Every once in a while I realize that my job has kept me consistently alone for too long. Solitude is one of the glorious benefits but also occasionally lonely misfortunes of being a full time artist. Sometimes it takes a simple event to make me realize it's been a while since I've had human contact. Like when I turn on the radio and realize that while I'm singing "Shake it Off" and my voice is simultaneously squeaking and cracking, it's the first time I've used it all day. Or when the UPS guy comes to my door and I am shamefully in my teddy bear PJ pants and it's 12:30pm.
On these days I realize it's time to take a field trip. So I go to galleries or Plaza Art or hang out with my 6 year old nephew for a few hours and all becomes right with the world again. Today was a field trip kind of day. I went to to Quirk Gallery and the VMFA and thanks to the unique awesomeness of downtown Richmond, I feel human again! Hurray!
My favorite thing about Richmonders is the pride they have for their city. One of the clear displays of this is the RVA sticker. There are so many different versions and you can see them EVERYWHERE. Today I jumped on the bandwagon and the everywhere now includes my little black car! It felt like it was a long time coming and today when I went to Quirk Gallery I saw one of Matt Lively's Beecycle RVA stickers and I just haaaaad to have it:
Check out more of Lively's work on his site here!
If you haven't been in Quirk gallery before, I highly recommend stopping by. That place is awesome! They have a gift shop in the front that's like a more adorable Mongrel combined with a more affordable Urban Outfitters but nearly everything in there is made by artists, many of which are local. I bought a super cute notepad that has about a thousand little coral circles on it. 100% necessary office supply. Plus they had the RVA magazine that you can take for free! Walk past the gift shop and you're in the official gallery section with work that you should see in person tonight at First Fridays! More info about Quirk & the current exhibition is here.
Today I also went to the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts where I turned in my application for the VMFA Professional Fellowship. To see the work that I submitted you can go to yesterday's blog . To learn more about the fellowship you can go here, you can apply as a college student, a graduate student or as a professional. You can win up to $8,000! Definitely worth applying to each year since the juror(s) change each time! This museum is one of the most gorgeous places to go in Richmond, and this time of year with the leaves changing, it was even more amazing.
Today I am so grateful to live in one of the coolest cities ever. What makes it even better? 2 more RVA calendars sold! Yay for other RVA lovers! Think about getting one while they're still available: RVA Calendar.
I hope everyone has the best weekend! :)
Hi friends! Welcome to the blog! I'm Mandy and I'm an artist, blogger & founder of the "Artists to Know" interview series. Here you'll find photos of my latest art adventures, furniture makeover projects & advice from successful artists!
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