Diane Urbiztondo’s “Under the Stars” contains pieces that represent the 12 Zodiac signs. The exhibit is based on the Legend of the Zodiac, according to the gallery’s Facebook page. Eleven of the pieces are acrylic on rag paper, and the piece depicting Aries is oil on canvas. “Under the Stars” will be on display through Thursday, March 24 at Visual Art Studio.
At Gallery5 through Thursday, Feb. 25 is Kevin McKee’s “Sleep Paralysis.” McKee, a painter who lives in Richmond, pursues careers in art and science, according to a press release by the gallery. His career choices stem “from his lifelong interest in philosophy and human cognition.” He holds a bachelor’s of science in psychology from Virginia Commonwealth University and is pursuing a graduate degree in statistics.
In a statement to the gallery, McKee said his work contains no explicit themes, but each piece is “like a journal entry, serving as an expression and a landmark of my past. Some depict dreams or come from free association, while others have almost no unconscious elements.” The artist leaves his pieces untitled “to avoid imposing any particular interpretation on them.” McKee said the ambiguity of his pieces “is an essential fact of the experiences I’m trying to capture,” and while he would call his pieces surrealism, he is more interested in using the elements of surrealist art “to enhance the underlying expression rather than for their own sake.”
Through Saturday, Feb. 27, at Glave Kocen Gallery, “Ovation: Celebrating 20 years of Henrico High School’s Center for the Arts,” highlights the works of nine CFA alumni. “We’re very happy to spotlight the program and exhibit curated by ‘Coach’ Jeff Hall,” the gallery said in a press release. “The artists below have already made their mark on the world and here is just a wee bit of background on all of them.”
Meredith Argenzio appeared on “The Today Show” because of Project Hotel Rehearsal. Alex Curley has assisted with do-it-yourself basement galleries and house shows in Richmond, and is an elementary art teacher for Fairfax County Public Schools in Alexandria. Emily Erb’s work has been displayed at the Museum of American Finance on Wall Street in New York City, and will have an exhibit this year at The Visual Arts Center of Richmond. Eleanor Farley’s “Whimsical Sculpture” was in the top ten in Baltimore’s “City Paper” in 2012. Assistant Professor at the Sculpture Department at Rhode Island School of Design, Ben Jurgensen shows his work internationally. Jane Winfield also shows her work internationally, and teaches drawing at VCU. Andrew Pranger gained rave reviews from local and national art publications when he started a small collective of young artists. The collective turned disused spaces in towns into temporary “pop up” galleries. The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts and The Morris Museum acquired work by Stanley Rayfield for their permanent collections. Rayfield was commissioned by film director, producer, writer, and actor Spike Lee to create “Radio,” a portrait from Lee’s 1989 film “Do the Right Thing.” Last but not least, Dash Shaw’s graphic novel, “New School,” was named one of the best books of the year by National Public Radio.
Visual Art Studio is located at 208 West Broad Street and can be reached at 804/644-1368. Gallery hours are Tuesdays-Fridays, noon to 6 p.m. and Saturdays, noon to 4 p.m. Gallery5 is located at 200 West Marshall Street and can be reached at 804/510-0488. Gallery hours are Thursdays and Saturdays, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Glave Kocen Gallery is located at 1620 West Main Street and can be reached at 888/358-1990. Gallery hours are Tuesdays-Fridays, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturdays, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.