THE CRADDOCK-TERRY GALLERY
The Craddock Terry Gallery houses sophisticated, contemporary exhibits by regional, national and international acclaimed artists working with a variety of mediums. From extravagant blow-up sculptures to abstract painting, multi-media venues to chalk string art, our exhibits are as diverse as we are.
Because the arts play a vital role in stimulating society and developing strong communities, we ensure accessibility to art regardless of socio economic condition. This is why exhibits are always free and open to the public. The Craddock Terry Gallery also hosts artist’s talks, music venues from hip hop to blues, poetry “slams”, dance and many other creative expressions.
This June, Italian artist, Fiorenza Guanetti's, timeless artwork will grace Riverviews Artspace’s Rosel H. Schewel Gallery & Theater. Her limited and exclusive handcrafted textile artwork will be shown for the first time in the United States. Guanetti’s “Onirico" Collection (Italian for “dreamlike”) is inspired by the flora and fauna of Smith Mountain Lake. Pieces in the collection are vibrant, charismatic, and one of a kind (literally, as each textile is carefully embroidered by hand). Guanetti has tremendous imagination and skill, giving her work the ability to reach beyond language barriers, cultures, and age with her simplified yet thoughtful characters and compositions. Riverviews Artspace will display her collection in the Rosel H. Schewel Gallery & Theater on the first floor from June 7th through June 21st, 2019
In my career as an artist, though relatively brief, I have encountered resistance from the audience concerning artwork that is visually abstract. I often get the dreaded question “What is it?”
Answering with a simple “it is abstract” only serves to further me from that particular audience member. If they understood the nature of abstraction work then the question would never have been asked. This leads me to pursue the art of the abstract all the more relentlessly,and thus continued to push away those who do not understand the work.
In this series, rather than simply deny them an answer, I hope to circumvent the question altogether. My work focuses on shape and rhythm, how the pieces interact with each other and with their surroundings, and also the audience's relationship with the art.
It is not about what the shape is, so much as it is about what the shape is not.
Pop-Up Cash & Carry Art show by illustrator Todd Webb. $1 Crayon Portraits available on First Friday between 5:30 and 8:00PM.
Natsukashii is a Japanese saying that has no direct translation into English. The closest equivalent is a state of nostalgia, reminiscent of good memories, something yearned for, dear, cherished, and missed. But where nostalgia expresses a longing to return to a time or place when things were good, it is tinged with melancholy, even sadness and anxiety. (Indeed, the word comes from the Greek nostos, meaning homecoming, and algos meaning pain, and was first used to diagnose a medical condition of homesick soldiers). Natsukashii, on the other hand, is often absent this gloominess and suggests something slightly different: a happiness to be remembering a fond memory, sometimes with implications of nostalgia for a flawless past that never was.
Riverviews Artspace welcomes two artists for a joint show of classic technique in a contemporary interpretation. Kris Rehring and Simeon Youngmann use ambiguous subjects and environments with subtle palettes and grayscale to create intimate art pieces. The result is figural compositions that convey narratives or provoke emotion to suit each of their underlying themes.
Memories cling to us like skin. Indelible ink stained in our conscious and sub-conscious forever. Memories are precious and are tragic. Objects are connected to memories; they evoke emotions and become metaphors of another place and time.
Discourse is defined by Merriam Webster as the “formal and orderly and usually extended expression of thought on a subject.” At Riverviews Artspace, we have seen an uptick in contemporary artists expressing their thoughts and reactions through political work. With a predominant link to America’s current social and economic landscape, Riverviews has invited artists, George Lorio, Howard Skrill, and Jenny Wu for the upcoming exhibition, Political Discourse. Each artist uses their differing media to express their views, while using these works to create awareness and conversation. Riverviews Artspace is a nonpartisan organization with a mission in presenting contemporary art exhibitions, focusing on contemporary trends, as diverse as our community.
February 2019’s Emerging Artist
What does it mean to be invisible? How does the designation of invisibility affect my identity and sense of self? These specific questions also contextualize the title of my current exhibit—The Burden of Invisibility—by addressing the efforts I constantly make to combat a society that has been indoctrinated to view me through a singular, stereotyped lens or to not see me at all.
Riverviews Artspace Cheryl Edwards’ most recent exhibition, The Reverence of Water and Its Relationship with Identity. In this body of work, Edwards showcases various media from silkscreen prints, ink stain canvas, 3D Ndebele Doll, digital drawings and light boxes.
January 2019’s Emerging Artist
This show has no collective meaning, along with no premeditated meaning for any of the pieces. This show is a years worth of work, that can be as little or as much as you want it to be. Take what you want from it with as little preconceived notions as possible.