RVA Mag's First Fridays picks for January 2017

Posted by: brad – Jan 04, 2017


January 6th is the first Friday of the month, and you know what that means. Yes, all our bills are due, but on the bright side, the monthly artwalk is happening in RVA!

There are plenty of happenings, music, artist showcases, exhibits and other events so get out there and find one or a few of the events listed below to check out.

Here are a few picks from this month's roundup that RVA MAG liked:

“American Documentary” at the Coalition Theater

Richmond’s downtown live comedy venue, The Coalition Theater, located at 8 W Broad st, will host “American Documentary,” a live improvised documentary starring Zane Adickes, Shawn Hambright, Townsend Hart, Grace Manno, Joe McAlhany, Jonathan Nelson, and Kolt Risser, and directed by Katie Holcomb and Jim Zarling.

The show will kick off at 8pm with an opening performance by Zoggin', improv comedy based off the work of German filmmaker Werner Herzog. Admission is 10 dollars.

“Watershed” at Linden Row Inn

Andras Bality, JRP 15 Parents Day at Passages Adventure Camp, oil on canvas, 2015.

1708 Gallery at Linden Row Inn will have an exhibit called “Watershed,” a captivating collection of works by Andras Bality, Pierre Bowring, Genesis Chapman, David Freed, Andrea Keys Connell, Alex Nyerges, and Sayaka Suzuki.

The works in this thematic exhibit are inspired by the James River to evoke the opposing natures of strength, yet vulnerability of the James and its watershed basin.

There will be a reception from 6 – 8pm.

“CITYSCAPES IN NOIR” and “Pipe Dreams Series” at 9WG

Keith Ramsey will have two exhibits on display at 9WG.

Downstairs, CITYSCAPES IN NOIR features oil and acrylic works, adorned by strategic shadow placement to bring specific parts of the artwork into focus. This ingenuitive approach allows a unique opportunity for Ramsey to influence the viewer’s perspective.

On display upstairs is Ramsey’s Pipe Dreams Series, a collection of works inspired by politics and worldview.

“Bring the AT to RVA” at RPL’s Main Branch

View of Lake Fontana from Shuckstack

The Richmond Public Library will host a myriad of exhibits, one of which documents lone hiker and Richmond artist, Cheryl Hadrych’s trek on the Appalachian Trail through pastoral photographs. The exhibit will be on display in the Gellman Room, but take the time to view the few other exhibits, conveniently on display at RPL’s Main Branch – these include, Titus Marques’ “A Glimpse of Happiness,” Rebecca Taylor’s “From This Earth,” and Christopher C. Alexander’s “Paintings of Trains and Nature.”

“River Journeys” at the Visual Art Studio

Anyone who has seen half of Richmond (which wouldn’t take long) can relate to the reverence for a city as beautiful in its urban presence as in its natural presence. This First Friday will be the last chance to see this juxtaposition depicted in Susan Lamson’s “River Journeys” at Visual Art Studio. This series of fine art giclée works are characterized by the charm of stunning architecture and the encompassing nature of the River City.

Bonus - “Toma! Toma! Toma!” at Gallery5 (top image)

Join Gallery5 for their monthly First Fridays gallery opening and celebration. “Toma! Toma! Toma!” a show of large-scale paintings by local artist Nick Candela, opens in the main gallery, and “Richmond Resists,” a show of resistance movement art and artifacts, opens in the Library.

The First Friday party will feature music from Pete Curry, Red Feather, and FuzzQueen.

Visit the First Friday’s blog here to check out all of the events happening on and around Broad Street this weekend. RVA First Friday’s run from 5-9pm.

Words by Greg Rosenberg and RVA First Fridays Blog