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Richmond, VA 23220
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InLight is Nov. 8! Mark your calendars!

Monday, September 23rd, 2013

Jason Peters, Meandering Dynamics, InLight Richmond 2012, photo by Terry Brown

Organized by 1708 Gallery, InLight Richmond is a public exhibition of light-based art and performances. Each year, InLight Richmond encourages artists to respond to a particular section of our diverse city, attracting audiences to unique areas of Richmond. InLight Richmond 2013 will be held on Friday, November 8, 2013 in downtown Shockoe along the Canal Walk from the Turning Basin to 17th Street. This year’s juror is Ken Farmer, the Co-Founder and Creative Director of Nuit Blanche New York, producers of the annual Bring to Light: Nuit Blanche Festival.

The InLight Richmond 2013 exhibition will present interactive projects, large-format projections, sculpture and performances that will engage the dynamic site.

InLight will kick-off with a Community Lantern Parade at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, November 8. 1708 Gallery is organizing free lantern- making workshops throughout the fall to provide an opportunity for the Richmond community to participate in InLight.

Please visit www.1708gallery.org/inlight for more details.

Mark your calendars for lantern-making at the Arts & Culture Xpo!

Wednesday, May 29th, 2013

Join 1708 Gallery at the Arts & Culture Xpo on Saturday, June 29.

1708 Gallery is gearing up for the 6th annual InLight Richmond! Join us for lantern-making at the Arts & Culture Xpo! This is the first in a series of lantern-making workshops organized by 1708. Workshops will take place throughout the summer and fall in preparation for the Community Lantern Parade that kicks off InLight Richmond 2013! Find out more about InLight Richmond at www.1708gallery.org.

The Arts and Culture Xpo (formerly the Cultsha Xpo) is a FREE annual event presented by CultureWorks to spotlight Richmond’s nonprofit arts and culture organizations. The 2013 Arts and Culture Xpo will be held June 29 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Greater Richmond Convention Center, Exhibit Hall A – in the heart or Richmond’s Arts and Culture District. Free parking is available at the Third & Marshall Street parking deck.

Support 1708 Gallery at the Xpo!

XpoBucks will be distributed to attendees at the event. This is FREE money to use and we hope that you will spend it with 1708 Gallery! At the end of the event, all participating organizations trade in their XpoBucks for REAL dollars.

All visitors to the Arts & Culture Xpo register as Cultural Shareholders. Registration is one time only so if you have registered in the past you DO NOT need to register again. Become a registered Cultural Shareholder online at www.richmondcultureworks.org.

Put the Arts & Culture Xpo on your calendar and register to become a Cultural Shareholder TODAY!

This is an easy way to support 1708 Gallery and a great way to learn more about how 1708 Gallery and other area non-profits contribute to the rich cultural life of Richmond.

Learn more by visiting www.richmondcultureworks.org.

Join us for an afternoon of artist studio tours!

Wednesday, January 23rd, 2013

Join 1708 Gallery for an afternoon of self-guided artist studio tours on February 10, 2013 and connect with some of Richmond’s most talented artists. The day will culminate with drinks and hors d’oeuvres with the artists at 1708 Gallery.

Engage in conversations with artists who have national and international presence while gaining behind-the-scenes access to their creative environments. Learn about their artistic processes and get the chance to view (or even purchase) never before seen and in-progress works.

The participating artists include Andras Bality, Suzanna Fields, Rosemary Kate Jesionowski, Bill Fisher, Ron Johnson, Michael Pierce, Matt King, and Justin James Reed.

Tickets are $35 ($25 for 1708 members) and may be purchased in advance online or at any of the following locations: 1708 Gallery, La DifferenceModern Artifacts and J. Emerson. Tickets will also be sold the day of the event at 1708 and the studio locations (cash and checks only).

Click here for more information about the studio tours.

Bring Your Own Beamer to InLight on Nov 2nd!

Tuesday, October 23rd, 2012

Calling All Artists for BYOB-RVA

at 1708 Gallery’s InLight Richmond
Friday, November 2, 7 p.m. to midnight

Organized by Norberto Gomez, Jr., BYOB-RVA is a feature of InLight Richmond 2012, 1708 Gallery’s 5th annual public exhibition of light-based art and performances.

BYOB or Bring Your Own Beamer is a series of one-night exhibitions hosting artists and their beamers (projectors). All artists are invited to show work during BYOB-RVA, with the only requirement being they provide their own projector (open to interpretation) and work. Installation is free-form, with artists reacting to the space and their fellow beamers throughout the night.

Beamers, or projectors, may consist of typical digital projectors used by computers or TVs, overhead projectors, or even a child’s toy. Other “screen” materials like computer monitors or televisions are also acceptable. BYOB-RVA is also open to creative interpretations of a “projector,” light & dark as medium, the moving image, music/sound/noise, installation, shadow-performance, etc. Please bring your cords, dvd players, computers, VCR, extra power strips, etc.

First initiated by Rafaël Rozendaal in 2010, over 80 BYOB events have taken place throughout the world, from Berlin and Tokyo, to San Francisco and New York City.

For more information check out the BYOB-RVA Facebook event: http://www.facebook.com/events/531875486838474/ or email Norberto at info@norbertogomezjr.com.

Video of InLight 2011!

Thursday, October 18th, 2012

Check out this video from 1708′s InLight Richmond 2011 with music by the Trillion who will be performing at this year’s InLight Richmond. The video was shot by Eric Carlson and edited by Caroline Moyer. Two very talented individuals! If you’ve never been to InLight, this is what you’ve been missing. Join 1708 for InLight 2012 on Friday, November 2nd along the new Arts & Culture District on downtown W. Broad St. For more information, please visit www.1708gallery.org/inlight.




None of Your Business

Tuesday, October 9th, 2012

As Crest, our most recent exhibition, winds down, we have one final piece to highlight. For her series of interventions titled “None of Your Business,” Naoko Wowsugi makes modest alterations to small businesses that improve the business’s functionality and foster communication between the patron and the server. From exchanging a styrofoam toothpick holder for a ceramic espresso cup to inserting a cowbell to ring for service in small-staffed storefronts, her actions playfully transgress traditional boundaries between what we consider public and private.

Wowsugi extended “None of Your Business” into our downtown neighborhood as part of her work in Crest. Her sidewalk sign contributions to three (that we know of) neighboring businesses include adding Happy Hour details to the sign for Lift Coffee Shop & Café (218 W. Broad), placing a picture frame on the Corporate and Museum Frame sign (301 W. Broad), and creating an entirely new, interactive sign for Richmond Camera (213 W. Broad). In her artist statement, Wowsugi states that she sees herself as an “unsolicited [community] technician” “seek[ing] potential projects that strengthen connections among others, their environments, and [herself] in everyday life.” Wowsugi’s interventions are unimposing, intimate and essentially public, and suggest a contagious generosity of spirit.

Wowsugi’s sign contributions are on view indefinitely here in the 2-300 blocks of W. Broad Street. You can learn more about her work at her website, wowsugi.com.

1708′s latest satellite exhibition now on view at the Linden Row Inn

Tuesday, August 28th, 2012

New Faces 2012, 1708 Gallery’s latest satellite exhibition at Richmond’s historic Linden Row Inn, features artists that are all students or recent graduates of Virginia Commonwealth University’s School of the Arts. Exhibiting artists include Colleen Billing, Hilliary Gabryel, Jennifer Guillen, Elizabeth Guzman, Josie Justice, Michael Muelhaupt, Rachael Starbuck, Mark Strandquist, Breonca Trofort and Egbert Vongmalaithong.

Mark Strandquist, tent imprint 1 (from the absence / occupied series), 2012

Curated by artist and 1708 Gallery Board Member Amie Oliver, New Faces 2012 features a glimpse of some of the fresh-faced talent enrolled in the BFA program at Virginia Commonwealth University. The media on view varies from photography to drawing, painting to sculpture, video and prints, but each artist’s vision and enthusiasm for concepts, materials and process promises to enlighten.

Join us for the opening reception of New Faces 2012 on Friday, September 7th from 5 to 9 p.m. at the Linden Row Inn.

Click here for more information about New Faces 2012.

1708 Gallery organizes exhibitions for Linden Row Inn, a historic inn located at 100 East Franklin Street in downtown Richmond. The artwork is displayed in their lobby, parlor, dining room and courtyard for guests and the general public to enjoy. Part of the mission of our curatorial work for this venue is to show contemporary art that complements and creates a bridge with the historic interior and unique architecture. Linden Row Inn participates in the First Fridays Art Walk with a reception the first Friday of every month from 5 to 9 p.m. Visit their website www.lindenrowinn.com for more information.

Join us for a Block Party on Saturday, July 21st!

Monday, July 9th, 2012

Hello Neighbors! The Downtown Neighborhood Association is hosting a Summer Block Party on Saturday, July 21 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. to celebrate our neighborhood and it’s designation as the DOWNTOWN ARTS AND CULTURE DISTRICT! You are invited to the Local’s Crafts Market, Taste The Local Beer Garden and Mini Food Cart Derby set up in and near the parking lot at 313 W Broad St!

1708 Gallery will be hosting a FREE lantern-making workshop and screen printing with the folks of Studio Two Three in preparation for our 5th annual InLight Richmond (Friday, November 2 on Broad St.). We’ll also have a sidewalk sale of drawings created at our popular Monster Drawing Rally at just $40 a pop! Mark your calendars for the next Monster Drawing Rally on Saturday, December 15. While you’re here check out our current exhibition, Avery Lawrence is Moving a Tree and Arranging Suitcases. We’ll also be handing out 1708 bumper stickers and buttons!

Below are just some of our neighbors that will be participating in the fun:

ART180, 112 W. Marshall Street (804) 233-4180
We will have Art 180 free goodie bags and creative activites for all ages! Say hi, escape the heat and take a look at our brand new space.

BISTRO 27, 27 W Broad Street (804) 780-0086
Lounge a bit with a nice 50% off discount on all house wines from 4-6 pm.

CORNERSTONE ARCHITECTS, 23 West Broad Street #200 (804) 353-3051
Come by and check out the music of DJ Xian as he sets the mood for the afternoon.

CORPORATE MUSEUM AND FRAME, 301 W Broad Street (804) 643·6858
MAKE YOUR OWN ART! Art supplies will be provided and our special guest artist will help you explore your creativity.

GHOSTPRINT GALLERY, 220 W Broad Street (804) 344·1557
Come by and save 20% on special select items from the gallery’s private antique collection.

HOPPY DOG, 321 Brook Road (804) 728-4364
We will have sidewalk chalk fun and folks can enter their name into a raffle to win a Hoppy Dog gift certificate!

LIFT CAREGIVING,325 West Broad Street (804) 644-5438
Learn something new with our Advanced Wellness Massage chairs sessions.

POPKINS TAVERN, 123 W Broad Street (804) 343·1909
We will be offering cold drinks, filling appetizers and delicious $5 burgers all day.

QUIRK GALLERY,311 W Broad Street (804) 644·5450
Awesome, funky jewelry will be featured at the Trunk Show with Rachel Timmins.

RENOVATION RESOURCES, 18 W Broad Street (804) 644·3070
Come by for SIDEWALK CHALK ART for kids and adults. Or, you can participate in the SCAVENGER HUNT and get a sweet treat for learning how a family can save over 20,000 gallons of water a year. Last. we have a special disount on SKOY! , The Ultimate Paper Towel for $7.35 including tax.

STEADY SOUNDS, 322 W Broad Street (804) 308·2692
Music to soothe your savage inner beast! Enjoy an afternoon of music curated by a collection of the best tastemekars in town.

TARRANT’S, 1 W Broad Street (804) 225·0035
Enjoy a very special “Happy Hour” from noon to 6 at Tarrants and enjoy discounts on select appetizers and full bar.

THEATRE IV, 114 W Broad Street (804) 282·2620
Free guided tours all day with a performance of our new show, Spring Awakening starting at 8pm. We will be offering a special discount to all Block Party participants!

VACLAA, 401 West Broad Street (804) 649-2671
Outside Moore’s Autobody Shop, we will begin crafting a special Latin American inspired weave to cover the entire VACLAA bus and you are invited to participate! Supplies will be provided and everyone is invited in the fun.

Find out everything you need to know about the new ICA building fromVCUarts Magazine and free swag scattered along the Artwalk!

Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Fellowships

Monday, May 21st, 2012

The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts is now accepting applications for its 2013-14 Visual Arts Fellowships. These grants are available to both professional artists and students who reside in Virginia. Apply now!

$8,000 Professional artists
Graduate students (includes art history students)
Undergraduate students (includes college-bound high school seniors)

Deadline for applications is November 9, 2012.
For more information, please visit http://www.vmfa.museum/fellowships/

Support 1708 at the Cultsha Xpo, Sat., June 23rd!

Monday, May 14th, 2012

Come out and support 1708 Gallery at CultureWorks’ Cultsha Xpo at the Science Museum of Virginia on Saturday, June 23rd from 10 AM – 5 PM!

In preparation for InLight Richmond 2012, we will be hosting an all-day, hands-on lantern-making workshop at Cultsha Xpo. Bring your family and friends and join us! Presented by CultureWorks, Cultsha Xpo offers Richmond the opportunity to learn more about and support area non-profits like 1708 Gallery AT NO EXPENSE TO YOU.

Visitors to Cultsha Xpo will need to register as Cultural Shareholders. If you registered last year your registration is still good.  If you have NOT registered and you register online  before June 11 and use our code (1708) then CultureWorks will donate $1 to 1708!

Register here:


$75,000 worth of CultshaBucks will be distributed to each Cultural Shareholders at the event. This is FREE money to use and we hope that you will spend it with 1708 Gallery! At the end of the event, all participating organizations will trade in the CultshaBucks that they have received for REAL dollars.

This is the first in a series of lantern making workshops organized by 1708 Gallery.  Workshops will take place throughout the summer and fall in preparation for the Community Lantern Parade that kicks off InLight Richmond 2012. InLight Richmond 2012 will take place at its inaugural location along the broad street arts corridor.

PUT THIS ON YOUR CALENDARS AND REGISTER TODAY. This is an easy way to support 1708 Gallery without pulling out your checkbook and is a great way to learn more about how 1708 Gallery and other area non-profits contribute to the rich cultural life of Richmond.

InLight 2012 and the lantern making workshops and parade are generously sponsored in part  by Altria.

More about Cultsha Xpo

Cultsha Xpo is an annual event presented by CultureWorks to spotlight the Richmond region’s nonprofit arts and culture organizations. A gathering for Cultural Shareholders – anyone who recognizes and values arts and culture for great communities!

The Cultsha Xpo is an explosion of the arts, history, science, and family fun for the Richmond Region – all under one roof on one day. The day features:

FREE admission to the Science Museum of Virginia.

FREE performances from local arts and culture organizations including musical, visual art, theatrical, historical, dance and more!

• Opportunities for families to learn more about classes, tickets, subscriptions, performances, education programs and so much more from local participating arts and culture organizations.

FREE money – CultshaBucks – for each cultsha member to use at the event, with any of the participating organizations. $75,000 will be distributed for cultsha members to invest with the organizations.

For more information, please visit http://www.richmondcultureworks.org/Home/CultshaXpo.aspx.

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