Monday, June 25, 2012

Key West Comes to RVA!!

We are so excited about having a little taste of Key West in Richmond! The following is from the two curators, Byron and Lawson:

Hi folks....
Got plans for Tuesday, July 3rd, from 5-8 PM....?....(July 4th eve)...

We have been asked by Katie UkropQuirk gallery owner, to curate a show at Quirk of some of our personal favorite artists.So we thought long and hard, and decided to bring to Richmond 3 artists that we know and love from Key West.  The artists are 3 of the most wonderful and delightful women you will ever meet....and they will be there to talk about their work, their inspiration, or anything else that might come up.  They are each extremely talented in their own medium, and we think you will certainly enjoy the variety that the show has to offer.

Of course there will be beverages like beer and wine (it is an opening, remember),  but our friend Margaret Doyle will also be there with her coffee cart serving up Cuban coffee’s too...after all, we are bringing folks in from Key West..... 

Now what else do you have to do on a hot-middle-of-the-week-summer-holiday in Richmond?....come down to Quirk, enjoy the show, and then go back to your humid back yard BBQ....

Got friends or family in town, bring them with you!....and if you know someone who might be interested in the show, tell them about it....even pass along this email .....

A bit about each artist, to peek your interest....

1)      Helen Harrison....her work is as tropical as you get.  She uses renewable and organic materials to create sculpture and other 3-dimensional work.  Helen has an innate appreciation for wood and its infinite variations.  Her sculptural concepts are based on the notion of forms paired with dramatic color. The work reveals and re-shapes the beauty found in nature.  Helen is in the collection of quite a few private Richmond collectors, and is also in the corporate collection at Media General.

2)       Cynthia Wynn ....”technically I use very simple fabrication techniques: welding, torch cutting, and grinding.”....and you will see that this is an understatement when you see Cindy’s functional and very beautiful sculptural work made from re-purposed scrap metal and machine parts.  Her work is also in several collections around Richmond.

3)      Susan Sugar ....both oils and watercolors, Susan paints the skies most people never appreciate or see; tumultuous, moody, dawn skies.  Working in Key West where she lives about half of the year (the other half here in NYC), Susan captures moments and poetry in place with her paints and brushes.  She is also collected and coveted by several Richmond collectors.

Well, that is who we have brought to Richmond......we are very come see, enjoy, and even purchase!

The artists will only be there on the 3rd, and you would not to miss out on the opportunity to meet each of them and fall in love with the artist as well as the art!

Details again:

Tuesday, July 3rd
5-8 PM
Quirk Gallery
311 West Broad Street
Richmond, Virginia, 23220

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

We're going to da beach!

Our fabulous boss lady is scooping us up and taking us to a beach getaway......So, we will be closed June 20th- June 23rd! But have no fear, Quirk will reopen Monday, June 25th :) 

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Myung Urso Rocks!

We just added some fresh jewelry from Myung Urso on our website! Her work is so beautiful and fun to wear, everyone should own some of her work. To give you a better idea of her methods and reasoning behind them, read her artist statement:

"My imagination transforms itself from memories and personal stories. Painterly surfaces and sculptural forms influence my contemporary jewelry aesthetic.

Assisting my elderly mother with hand sewing and the traditional ways for the preparation of food helped to shape my hand skills. The shaping of rice cake and arranging vegetables for winter storage enhanced my visual aesthetic. My previous work experience as an editor/reporter and art curator has broadened my knowledge and interpretation of contemporary jewelry.Calligraphy and sewing serve as my fundamental techniques, which I have practiced throughout my lifetime. Calligraphy has always fascinated me in how the brush stroke touches and enlivens the surface of a paper or fabric. Black ink lines and patterns often reveal meaningful symbols, letters or poetic landscapes. The collaboration between metal and various fiber materials enhance my ability to create. Materials have their own character and offer many unique shapes, colors, patterns and textures. I challenge myself to emphasize the special characteristics and beauty of materials while expanding the boundaries in creating an original identity for my jewelry art forms."  Myung Urso

Friday, June 8, 2012

Father's Day is coming... and we're here for you

Remember those awesome Dad's out there, cause Father's Day is next weekend! Amazing how it's almost the middle of June! Well have no fear, we have made a special "Dude table" in store just for this. From antler bottle openers to a Dark Rum scented candle, we've got you covered :) 

Trunk Show, Sat. June 9th

Come out and join us for three great trunk shows all on one day! You will not be leaving empty-handed, I promise :)