Samantha Goss: “That Place Where I Didn’t Feel Like an Outcast”

Artist name: Samantha Goss Featured Work 1: Samantha Goss does a beautiful job melding the solid textures, objects, people, and places of the earth with the ethereal ones of dreams and fantasies, both delightful and haunting. Her works are gracefully composed, powerful, and saturated with emotion. Featured Works Slideshow: 5 Questions for the Artist: 1. What is…

Miriam Robinson: “The Indescribable”

Artist name: Miriam Robinson Featured Work 1: “Faceprint” Free Painting Hidden in Public Interdisciplinary Artist Miriam Robinson creates a range of colorful, beautiful, and layered works. They contain rich hues and some utilize carefully chosen areas of white negative space and thoughtful written messages to engage the viewer. She experiments with control and chance and wanders along…

Blu Loui: “Something That Has to Touch My Heart”

Artist name: Blu Loui Featured Work 1: Blu Loui captures diverse moods and characters in his striking, balanced works.  He uses contrasting colors, strong outlines, and  accurate and emotive curving lines in his drawings which capture the essence of a moment or being, and range from fanciful cartoons to illustrative realism. Featured Work Slideshow: 5 Questions for the Artist: 1. What is art…

Nikolai Tolstyh: “Life is Too Short to Do Things You Do Not Like”

Artist name: Nikolai Tolstyh Featured Work 1: Nikolai Tolstyh is a self-proclaimed “natural craftsman” who combines natural shapes, textures, and basic materials in new and thoughtful ways. By cutting our silhouettes and holding them against natural backgrounds, and relying on paper, leaves, matches, water, sky, and string, to speak for him, he reintroduces us to our surroundings with…

Vaughn Whitney Garland: “Art is the Discovery of Myself in the World.”

Artist name: Dr. Vaughn Whitney Garland Featured Work: RightHereOnce, Online Sound Walk: sample from Geology of the Fall Zone: North Geo Tour (select the image below to visit a segment of this interactive audio walking tour series) Dr. Vaughn Whitney Garland is a sound artist and independent curator who is an active participant in Richmond, VA’s vibrant public and community art scene.  He creates sound…

Tendekai: “To Remain Humble and Creative”

Artist name: Tendekai Featured Work 1: Painting from the Tendakai Challenge Tendakai’s work reflects on  places and their inhabitants up close and from afar. With a fluid, lyrical, and rich painting style, he captures imagery from Africa to London with care and emotional presence. His works are varied, strong, beautiful, and alive. Featured Works Slideshow: 5 Questions for the…

Jor Smith Michel: “Good, Better, Best. Never let it rest. ‘Til Your Good is Better and Your Better is Best.”

Artist name: Jor Smith Michel Featured Work 1: Jor Smith Michel creates works that are both personal and rely on his interpretation of familiar, over-saturated cultural references. I appreciate how he interacts with, re-frames, juxtaposes, and plays with icons and symbols drawn from various striking sources, from comics to celebrated artists, in order to create his own visual…

Connor Stratman: “Art is a Collective Motion”

Artist name: Connor Stratman Featured Work 1: I’m Not Really Flying I’m Thinking   Conor Stratman’s sound explorations have both levity and density and are mysterious, ambient, sonorous, soothing, and questioning. Featured Work 2: Wires Above The Ground 5 Questions for the Artist: 1. What is art to you? I like to think art is a physical movement that…

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Moriviví: “We Want to Stimulate Reactions That Help us Grow as a Society.”

Arts Organization name: Moriviví Featured Work 1: Moriviví Mural in Progress: The Moriviví women’s art collective in Puerto Rico is passionate about interacting with local communities and creatively expressing the communities’ voices. They currently focus on the collaborative creation of murals which integrate beautiful symbolic images with social commentary. Their work has been the victim of censorship,…

Jennie Lobato and drawchange: “That Every Child on Earth Could Express Themselves in Good Times and in Bad Through Art.”

Artist and Arts Organization name: Jennie Lobato and drawchange Featured Work 1: Children participating in a drawchange program with founder Jennie Lobato Jennie Lobato is an artist and community arts education provider who founded drawchange in 2009 in order to provide art opportunities to under-served children. The program works with Art Therapists and Child Behavior Therapists to offer a tailored curriculum…