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RVA Visual & Performing Arts Happenings 
April 18 - April 24, 2016
What is ART?
Music - Theatre - Film - Dance - Visual Art - Design
Oh, it's ON!  April 21-24
RVA Street Art Festival is back and better than ever  in Manchester.

This year, we will bring new life to the iconic Southern States Silos site, overlooking the James River and the Richmond skyline. Headquartered at the silos, the Festival will span the Manchester neighborhood, splashing color and life on historic buildings.

The three day festival will feature local food, brews, music, an artisan market, steamroll printing by Studio Two Three, and revitalize an undiscovered portion of  James River Public Parks. We are working with  RVA community organizers to educate festival-goers on the history of the  Richmond Slave Trail, which runs alongside the silos site. We are also working alongside the Earth Day Festival in Manchester to bring life and excitement to this up-and-coming area of Richmond.


Sunday, April 24 at 8pm: Adam Levin, guitar at Balliceaux      (203 N. Lombardy)

Classical Revolution RVA
Classical music is universal.  It is bigger than the elitist culture that has grown around it over the last hundred years.  It has the power to speak to anyone, regardless of age, background, or bank account; it can quiet a racing mind, comfort a lonely soul, or move a body to dance.  Its appeal is broad, but its reach is limited.  That's where we come in.
April 20 - May 14, 2016

A wonderful comedy from the Obie Award-winning author of Circle Mirror Transformation. It's Body Awareness Week at Vermont's Shirley College, and partners Phyllis and Joyce, and their possibly autistic son Jared, are rocked by a visiting photographer and his 'male gaze.' As sexuality, identity, role modeling and political-correctness  get stirred up, the results are both  touching and hilarious.

Co-produced with 5TH Wall Theatre and  Richmond Triangle PlayersTickets
April 22 - May 22, 2016
Opening Reception 
Friday, April 22, 20167-10 pm 
Free and Open to the Public 
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Craft/Material Studies Candidacy Exhibition
Fumi Amano 
Grace Kubiluis 
Chelsea Lee
Jubee Lee 
Stephen Nunes 
Shannon Slaight-Brown
Main, Helena Davis, Frable and smallspace Galleries 
Fumi Amano was born in 1985 in Aichi, Japan. She studied Art Education at the University of Education in Aichi. While studying Art Education, she learned about glass making as a traditional Japanese craft and worked diligently to master all techniques presented to her.
Upon graduating, she desired to learn even more about glass art. In order to expand her horizons and take her knowledge to the next level, she moved to Toyama to study at the Toyama Institute of Glass Art. In Toyama she studied glass art from completely different perspectives than she had previously studied in Aichi. While still studying in Toyama, Fumi received the best student award at the Nijima International Glass Art Festival. In 2009, Fumi came to the United States for the first time to take a workshop at Pilchuck. Upon returning to Japan, she worked at a junior high school teaching general art while continuing to exhibit her art work at APA Gallery in Nagoya. While she was generally satisfied continuing the work that she was doing, overtime she began to gradually question how she used glass in her art work. She realized that there was much more to glass than simply using it as craft material.
In order to learn more about glass and expand her horizons, she moved to Seattle, a place that many well known glass artists such as Dale Chihuly and Dante Marioni call their home. She worked in a glass blowing studio in Seattle for about a year before finally moving, in 2005, to Richmond, Virginia to formally study glass art at Virginia Commonwealth University.
Fumi is working hard to try and do new and creative things with glass while working towards achieving her ultimate goal; to demonstrate new possibilities in glass to people around the world, with hopes of impacting their lives positively. 
Grace Kubilius  is a Fiber Artist whose work includes wearable objects, sculpture, and performance. She graduated with a BFA in Fiber and Experimental Fashion from the Maryland Institute College of Art in 2013 and is currently pursuing her MFA at Virginia Commonwealth University. Grace has been a Resident Artist at Pyramid Atlantic Art Center and Craft Alliance Center of Art and Design. Her work has been shown at the Baltimore Museum of Art, Reese Gallery, and Society for Contemporary Craft and upcoming exhibitions include Ohio Craft Museum, Duara Gallery at Lynchburg College, and Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art. 

Chelsea Lee is a sculptural ceramic artist in the Craft/Material Studies graduate department at Virginia Commonwealth University. She was born in Bismarck, North Dakota, where she grew up in an artist 's home. Lee graduated with a BFA from Minnesota State University Moorhead (MSUM) in 2010. She received the Excellence Scholarship from MSUM in 2009. Lee 's work has been in several shows in North Dakota and Minnesota, including the Plains Art Museum, the Upfront Gallery, the Hotel Donaldson in Fargo, North Dakota, and Minneapolis Institute of Art in Minnesota. 

Stephen Nunes was born in Fall River Massachusetts. He has been a junk collector, construction worker, limo driver, crate-builder, and art handler. His art is a practice that focuses on revealing patterns of activity through the documentation of shifting physical states and exposures of active processes. 
Jubee Lee was born in Busan, South Korea. In 2015, she earned a BFA  with honors majoring in glass at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale. She was awarded the prestigious Rickery-Ziebold Trust Award for her thesis works. She also received many, talented student awards, scholarships and academic honors and as well as honors for her glass sculptures from institutions including Southern Illinois University in Carbondale; Lakeland College in Mattoon, Illinois; New Trier Township High School in Winnetka, Illinois; Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design; and the Corning Museum of Glass in Corning, New York.
Currently, Jubee is pursuing her MFA studies in glass at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia. Jubee trained in both 2-dimensional and 3-dimensional materials. Although focusing on glass, she also has a strong interest in illustration and printing and uses her own 2- dimensional images as inspiration. Her recent work with glass utilizes the Pâte de Verre glass technique to create unique combinations of 2-dimensional and 3-dimensional images.

Shannon Slaight-Brown  (b.1982) received her BFA in ceramics and a BA in studio arts in 2013 from Illinois State University. The following year she attended a Post-Baccalaureate program at the University Wisconsin-Madison. She is currently a MFA candidate at Virginia Commonwealth studying in the Craft/Materials Department. The origin of her sculptures begins with the relationships she observes to have a modulated existence with the environment, human interactions, nature, and life. These types of patterns interest her because they have their own discrete visual languages and modes of communication. At times, they allude to a sense of harmony, conflict, or transcendence.

Meet some of our Partners

Custom Framing 
Made Simple

We come to you! That's right, we are a complete custom picture framing service that comes to you. You do not have to go to the picture framer... the picture framer will come to you.  What better place to design picture framing treatments than in the place where the artwork will be displayed. You will be able to choose from a wide selection of mouldings and a full range of mat board colors. A custom framing professional will provide you with a written quote and upon acceptance, your artwork will be taken back to our studio for framing.  Upon completion the frame will be delivered back to you and installed. How simple is that!

At Richmond Frame and Design, we pride ourselves on excellent customer service. We use museum quality acid-free materials and offer unique framing design ideas.  We believe that fine art deserves the utmost in attention and that we have a responsibility to preserve and protect the artwork while showing it at its very best.  We have several hundred picture frames to choose from, including portrait and period frames, gold leaf, hand carved, burl, and a full array of economical frames. Richmond Frame and Design is recognized by galleries, museums, collectors and design professionals as being one of the finest in our field.  Our owners, John Terry and Deedi Matzuk, have been in the custom picture framing business for over 25 years.
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A complete mobile service that is but a phone call away from having a picture framer come to your home or office to give you a free consultation and estimated price to frame your favorite art, poster, sports memorabilia, or documents of interest.
A complete mobile service that can help you select the components needed for your personal framing job with you never having to leave the comfort of your home or office.
A mobile service that can pick-up your soon to be framed item, frame it, and deliver the finished package without you having to wait in a single line of traffic or line of confused customers being rushed by an employee looking to close another sale. We can even hang your finished job if you would like.

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Rick's Custom Frame + Gallery is a full-service custom frame shop and art gallery of original work.  With over 30 years of experience, our staff offers expert consultation for all of your framing needs. 
Whether your project involves children's artwork, diplomas, portraits, family memorabilia, original art or textiles, our team of designers and framers can assist you. We have one of the largest selections of mouldings and mats in the area.  We also offer hand-painted french lines, archival products and custom shadow boxes.
Every framing project is unique and we have the expertise to make yours the best it can be.
We are open  Monday -  Saturday 
from  10 a.m. to 6 p.m.  Please stop by or visit our website at 

13620 Winterberry 
Ridge Road
Midlothian, Va 23112
O - 804-744-6490

4905 W Clay Street        Richmond, VA 23230         
Monday - Friday 10 - 5     
Sat  by Appt

contact Bob Saintsing at
Office: 804-320-3484
Cell: 804-928-5367

Rick's Custom Frame + Gallery
5702 Patterson Avenue
Richmond, VA 23226
 Phone 804.288.0001
Open 10-6 Monday - Saturday

For Art's Sake Gallery 
& Custom Framing

Frame a cherished family photo, artwork or memento, or make giclee prints of your artwork. 

For Art's Sake's Custom Framing  has the largest selection of custom and floater frames in the Richmond Area.  Our custom framing specialist is     available to help pick out frames and design your artwork.  

We can help you with your Art Reproduction needs from digital restoration, canvas stretching or re-stretching, to quality "giclee" prints. All giclee prints, whether on canvas or paper, are printed with archival inks so they won't fade, change color, or deteriorate over time. Come by FAS for pricing.
Our Fine Art Restoration specialist can help repair your damaged paintings and artwork, having over 30 years of experience including restoration for the National Gallery!

For Art's Sake Gallery is an  800 square foot art gallery that hosts exhibits each month of local and regional  professional and up and coming artists. Our gallery's intimate feel is an excellent venue for an artist's solo show and private parties. We are located in the Gayton Crossing Shopping Center in Richmond's prestigious West End.

Join us on the Second Friday of every month for an opening reception, where you will meet the featured artist(s) and enjoy free drinks and appetizers.

We are always looking for new artists!!  To submit paintings for consideration for an exhibit or representation, send 5 jpeg images with an artist statement or bio to

Browse our collection of paintings by nationally acclaimed artists such as Andre Lucero, Christopher Wynn, Maria Reardon and Julia Lesnichey and enjoy our monthly exhibits by local and regional professional and up and coming artists. 

Upcoming Exhibits:
May 2 - June 6, 2016
Watercolors by Christopher Wynn and Pastels by Maria Reardon
Opening Reception Friday May 13, 2016
June 6 - July 5, 2016
Tuckahoe Artists Association
Opening Reception June 10, 2016 

Art Classes -  We offer a variety of classes for adults. Each class gives students the opportunity to learn at their own level and pace. Beginner or advanced, our art           classes are just right for any eager student! Our adult  classes offer watercolor, oil, acrylic, pastel, graphite, colored pencils or even mixed media and are ongoing throughout the year at our convenient west end location.  Click to Link to Classes

Youth Classes -  Come and discover famous painters and their work from around the globe.  You will then be inspired by these artists to create paintings that are unique to you!  You will learn how to use acrylic paint, and be able to practice many painting techniques during the process.  This class is for the beginner to starting intermediate painter. Come ready to learn, de-stress,  have fun and even get a bit messy!  Link to Youth Classes

Gayton Road Shopping Center - 9770 Gayton Road, Henrico, VA  23238   (804) 740-1400
Monday - Friday 10 am to 5 pm, Saturday 10 am to 3 pm, Closed Sunday Or By Appointment           
Art Restoration Partner
Bonnie Shelor

Over 30 Years Experience in Painting Restoration

Areas of Expertise:
* Cleaning Paintings including:
Removing over-painting
Repairing holes and tears in canvas
Treating and repairing flaking pigment
In-painting areas of missing pigment
Old wax method of lining fragile canvas
Varnishing final product
* Cleaning and toning frames including filling missing plasterwork
* Some paper repair and "In-Painting"
* Icons, Cleaning, In-painting and Varnishing
* Porcelain
* Oil, Acrylic, Pastel, Graphite, and Ink
* Over 500 Paintings Restored
* Clients worldwide including The National Gallery Washington D.C., Tate Gallery London England, National Geographic, and more 

Bonnie Shelor  --  Fine Art Restoration
804-560-8009   More Information

Tel 804.355.2001

Our office hours are 11am-5pm, Monday through Friday.
The box office opens 30 minutes prior to performances.
Members/subscribers, please email the box office for reservations

The Baddest of Boys part of the HIV/AIDS Staged Reading Series
Tue April 19 & Thu April 21 @ 7:30pm
In collaboration with the VCU Humanities Research Center
Staged readings that explore the evolution of plays about the HIV/AIDS epidemic from the beginning of the crisis until today. These readings are in collaboration with Richmond theaters and will be at venues throughout Richmond.

by Jordan Harrison / Directed by Mark Lerman

April 15, 2016 7:30 PM - May 08, 2016 3:00 PM

We sometimes yearn for "the good old days" when things never changed, but was it really as good as we imagine? MAPLE AND VINE focuses on yuppie power couple Katha and Ryu. She's an editor at Random House and her Asian American husband is a successful plastic surgeon, but Katha can't get a good night's sleep. When they're invited by a mysterious stranger to join the SDO (Society for Dynamic Obsolescence) they decide to give it all up to pursue more traditional values in the gated community of 1950s reenactors. 
Jordan Harrison's awards include a Guggenheim Fellowship, Hodder Fellowship at Princeton University, Theater Masters' Innovative Playwright Award, Kesselring Prize, Heideman Award, Jerome and McKnight Fellowships from The Playwrights' Center, and NEA/TCG Playwright-in-Residence Grant. 


Virginia Repertory Theatre
Summer and Smoke
By Tennessee Williams
April 22 - May 15
This sultry Tennessee Williams classic reflects on the conflict between passion and Victorian morality. In Mississippi at the dawn of the 20th century, a young woman's sexual awareness evolves from chaste modesty to desire.

The Sara Belle and Neil November Theatre
Marjorie Arenstein Stage
at Virginia Rep Center

Summer Camps
Register now!
Virginia Rep's fun-filled camps are full of exploration, investigation and imagination. Our unique and fun day camps provide an exciting and comprehensive understanding of professional theatre performance and production for students from preschool through 12th grade. With instruction by some of Virginia's finest theatre artists and educators, your dramatic student will have a theatrical experience like no other!
We strive to keep the tuition costs affordable for all of our campers. A limited amount of tuition assistance is available for those families with an identified need. The application will be provided to you upon request.

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4000 MILES
April 30 - May 21, 2016
Produced by  Cadence Theatre Company, in partnership with 
Virginia Rep.
At Theatre Gym at Virginia Rep Center
By Amy Herzog
Direction by Gary Hopper
A beautifully spun, comedic, heart-wrenching story of an elderly woman and her 21-year-old grandson seeking respite from a recent tragedy. His visit extends until the unlikely pair builds a loving familial bond from the ground up and healing begins. Winner of the 2013 Obie Award: Best New American Play; 2013 Pulitzer Prize finalist.

Rush Hour at Hardywood -- MOTHER GOOSE
  • Thursday, May 5, 2016
  • 6:30 pm Hardywood Park Craft Brewery
  • Grab a beer, hit the food trucks and enjoy a great one-hour concert featuring selections from Fauré, Ravel and Mendelssohn and discussion in the Hardywood tasting room.
    Cover fee is $15 and seating is limited.
Hear timeless Sinatra hits including "Come Fly With Me," "Luck Be a Lady" and "My Way" when Steve Lippia joins the Richmond Symphony onstage for the Genworth Symphony Pops concert "Steve Lippia's Centennial Celebration: A Frank Sinatra Tribute." 
Saturday, April 30 at 8pm |Tickets start at $10:
Metro Collection

Sunday, May 8, 2016

3:00 pm

Join us at Randolph-Macon College for intimate, chamber orchestra concerts that allow you to get up close and personal with the musicians of the Richmond Symphony. The series takes place at Blackwell Auditorium at Randolph-Macon College in Ashland and features free pre-concert talks at the Dollar Tree Room in Brock Commons one hour before the concert.

Big Tent Event
  • DATE Friday, May 6 - 8, 2016
  • VENUE Chimborazo Park
The RVA East End Festival 2016 will be an inclusive community celebration highlighting the diverse neighborhoods and unique quality of Richmond's East End.  Proceeds from the festival will be used to support and enhance music education in Richmond Public Schools East End.
A free outdoor concert by the Richmond Symphony, No BS! Brass Band, and vocalist Desiree Roots will kick off the three-day neighborhood festival devoted to the arts.  Other activities include a variety of performances by local artists and schools, a Kids Zone, food trucks, and vendor booths.  Bring your lawn chair and enjoy the music!  Festival admittance is free and open to the public.
Festival Schedule
Visual Arts Center of Richmond
April 1- May 29, 2016
The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen
2880 Mountain Road, Glen Allen, VA 23060
Free Parking!      More Information  
April 27 - 7pm | Tickets $20
April 28 - 10am | Tickets $10

Hailing from Philadelphia, this exhilarating and "soul-stirring" dance company goes beyond the traditional dance performance to deliver an "experience" that inspires and energizes audiences and dance fans of all ages!
An Evening of 20's Tin Pan Alley Jazz 2nd Stage Dinner Concert

Journey back to the roaring 1920's & 30's with Rumble Seat Revival, a fabulous six piece ensemble featuring dynamic vocals, guitar, upright bass, clarinet, cornet, accordion, washboard and ukulele! Rumble Seat Revival is dedicated to the reinvention and rejuvenation of pre-war American jazz made famous by legendary Tin Pan Alley writers and early 20th century tunesmiths. Don't miss this unique one-night-only concert!  Advance tickets are only $15  and are available online at  or by calling 804-261-ARTS (2787) today.

Friday, May 6 - 7pm 
Advance Tickets $15 
 $18 at the door
Drinks and dinner available for purchase at the concert! 
Beyond the Photograph
Sharon Lalik
March 17 - May 15, 2016
Sharon Lalik paints ordinary, everyday objects as if they themselves are one of a kind masterpieces. Their color, detail and size are hyped up on steroids! Eye opening, larger than life 'still life'. 

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Nikki Galapon
Nikki Galapon is an abstract visual artist living in Glen Allen, Virginia. She works in oil, acrylic, watercolor, and does mixed media work with vintage materials. Her training as an architect is evident in the balance of organic and the geometric structures used in her work. Her work can be found in private and public collections worldwide and select works are currently displayed at the Virginia Artist's Gallery at Fralin Art & Frame in the heart of Carytown.


I begin a piece by looking at or thinking about my subject, and recognizing what inspires me about it. I try to keep that in mind throughout the process, while letting my instinct rule how the painting is expressed. It may take two hours or two weeks to complete a painting. There are times when I am extremely traditional in the application of paint, and other times I may throw or sling my paint from across the studio. I split my time between painting en plein-air, where I study nature's beauty, and painting self-expressionistic abstract work in the studio. My paint brush is an extension of my soul. My medium of choice is oil paint. When painting outdoors, I keep my palette simple, using cool and warm versions of red, yellow, blue and white. My abstract work calls for a mixture of mediums like metallic and luminescent paint, oil sticks or charcoal. I like the freedom and absolute honesty that painting gives me.

Adele Castillo

Artist Statement Crossroads 2015 " Adele Castillo is an acrylic painter and art instructor who lives in central Virginia. She is most recognized for her colorful paintings of dogs, but is also known in the region for her knowledge and use of acrylics. A cum laude graduate of Old Dominion University, Adele taught elementary art in Virginia Beach Public Schools before leaving to pursue her own painting and private teaching career. "

Winner of several awards, Adele has been exhibiting her work in various venues which have included Stockley Gardens Art Festival, Gosport Art Festival, 43rd St. Art Festival, Arts Around the Lake, the Cramer Center art gallery at Steward School, Gloucester Arts on Main, Art Works Gallery, and Crossroads Art Center, to list a few. Her paintings grace private collections throughout the region and nationally as well." Adele maintains a working studio at Crossroads Art Center. There she may be found painting animals, experimenting with acrylic textures and mediums or teaching acrylic painting classes and workshops to adult students.


Quill Theatre begins the final week of performances for King Lear, starring Joe Inscoe, at VMFA. 

 Final two performances on Fri, April 22 and Sat, April 23 at 8pm. 
Submit an Exhibition Proposal

1708 Gallery invites US-based and international artists, and curators, to submit proposals for the 2017 and 2018 exhibition seasons. Students with an anticipated graduation date of May 2016 are eligible to apply for exhibitions in 2017, and graduates in May 2017 for exhibitions in 2018. 1708 Gallery strongly encourages proposals for developing projects and bodies of work. In addition to proposals for exhibitions in the 1708 Gallery space, public works and other non-gallery based projects will be considered.

Selected proposals will be given an exhibition period of approximately six weeks at 1708 Gallery, a $1000 honorarium, and shipping, travel, production and other installation and exhibition support.

1708 Gallery is committed to providing opportunity and space for experimentation, freedom and artistic growth, while promoting understanding and appreciation of contemporary art. We also support artists' professional development through creation and facilitation of public or educational programming; interaction with collectors; and engagement with diverse audiences.

The deadline for submissions is 11:59 PM EST on Tuesday, May 31, 2016.
Application Fee: $20

Please contact 1708 Gallery Coordinator Erin Willett with any questions at or 804.643.1708
For more information and to submit a proposal, please visit:

1708 Gallery is a non-profit arts organization founded by artists in 1978. Our mission is to present exceptional new art. 1708 Gallery is committed to providing opportunities for artistic innovation for emerging and established artists and to expanding the understanding and appreciation of new art for the public.
319 West Broad Street  Richmond, VA 23220   Tue-Fri: 11am-5pm
Saturday: 11am-4pm   804.643.1708

Get Excited for Plein Air Richmond, 2016!
Jun 19, 2016 - Jun 26, 2016

Artists can register for this event now until April 1st.
Link to entry page

  Child Development Center Wyndham 
11601 Nuckols Rd 
Glen Allen, VA 23059 

Dates: May 1, 2016  (1 Performance)
Tickets: Go On Sale April 16th, 2016 at 7:00pm
All girls ages 4 - 10 are welcome! Come DRESSED like a princess, learn to ACT like a princess, and MEET some of your favorite princesses! Multiple age-based activities including nail painting, crafts, photo sessions and of course, yummy princess treats to eat! Tickets go on sale Saturday, April 16! Cost $25 
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The International Furnishing and Design Association of Richmond presents 
an intimate evening with four world-renowned designers.  

Saturday April 30th 4:00pm - 8:00pm  
Private Venue (details included with your RSVP)

Cocktails and conversation.
Be a part of history in the making as IFDA Richmond launches a new format for Day of Design.  Spend a special evening getting to know the scoop, the successes, and the secrets behind some of the best designers in the industry.  This unparalleled experience is not to be missed.  Space is very limited and will sell out, so get your tickets now!

The evening begins with a cocktail reception on the lawn where you have the chance to mingle and network with the featured designers as well as the Richmond design and furnishing community.  Then we will return to the main ballroom to begin the designers' presentation in an intimate conversational setting while enjoying a light spring supper.  Listen and learn as the featured designers discuss their latest successes, journies, and trends in the world of design. 

At the end of the presentation, we will adjourn back to the lawn and veranda to enjoy cocktails and nibbles before the celebration concludes.  An optional late dinner with the featured designers is available for purchase and is limited in quantity (see ticket options).  

Join us on April 22, 7-10 p.m. for the opening reception and meet the artists. The exhibits continue through May 22, 2016. This event is free and open to the public. 

Jessica Sims, painter and active art community leader in Richmond, Virginia, will be the featured artist in April at Art Works 4th Friday exhibits. 

Exhibits include:

So the Story Goes by Jessica Sims  - Jessica Sims is an abstract painter. She has a BFA from VCU and a MFA from UNCG. She is the former president of artspace gallery and is a current member. The exhibit will be in the All-Media Gallery.

John Dale Best Recent Works  This exhibit will be in the Centre Gallery, East.

Floral Essence by Mark Best  This exhibit will be in the Centre Gallery, West.

Embracing the Dream  by Curt and Debbie Palat - This exhibit will be in the Corner Gallery.

Places I've Been  by Jill Ward  - This exhibit will be in the Skylight Gallery.

Each month Art Works offers artists from all over to participate in a juried art show with cash prizes. The juror will be: Frederick Chiriboga. Submissions are accepted from any artist and any medium. Call for Entries is on April 15 and 16, 2016 at Art Works.

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