Thursday, November 08, 2018

November 2018 : Patrick Thorne, CeCe Cole

November at ADA Gallery:

Patrick Thorne: Dumb Company

 140 plus mixed media works on paper from 2017 and 2018

CeCe Cole: Projection Studies

Collectively Cole's installation titled Projection Studies is a contemplative exploration of light, shadow, form and function. The title refers to the presentation of an image and the art school terminology for problem solving and compositional planning. Conceptually the artist envisions future situations with models and adaptable installations.

Check them out and find more info at ADA Gallery.

228 West Broad Street
Richmond Virginia

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Wednesday, September 26, 2018


Upcoming Exhibition:


Opening Friday, October 5th, and on view through Saturday, October 27th, 2018.

Shannon Wright's solo exhibition Moonshot will also continue through October.

Shannon Wright, Moonshot, 25h x 19w x 8d inches,
acrylic, aluminum, aluminum hardware, 2017

Check them out and find more info at ADA Gallery.

228 West Broad Street
Richmond Virginia

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Wednesday, August 22, 2018



More works included in the August edition of the show: 

Braxton Congrove, In My Room, 2018, cardboard, flocking, acrylic paint, cord on panel, 20 x 16 x 3 inches

Tarek Abu Hageb, Brown in What, 2007 spray paint on canvas, 23 1/2 x 20 x 3/4 inches

Reid Dodson, (1), 2018, found paper on board, 14 x 11 inches

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228 West Broad Street
Richmond Virginia

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Don't miss the final edition of ADA's summer group show. New works added throughout the summer. 

August artists include:

Cece Cole, Tarek Abu Hageb, Jared Clark, Yann Leto, Eric Sall, Ellington Braun, Bruce Wilhelm, Patrick Thorne, Amy Pleasant, Jennifer Watson, Rob Lee, Alex Kvares, John Henry Blatter, Cameron Spratley, Brian Hubble, Braxton Congrove, Robert Otto Epstein, Chris Musina, Bernard Martin, Reid Dodson, Kirsten Kindler, Nathan Tersteeg, Erik den Breejen, Barbara Weissberger, Langdon Graves, Lana Licata, Rachel Hayes, Sandra Luckett, Roberto Jamora, Kyle Falzone, J M Henry, Nikolas Goodich, Sean Samoheyl, Steven Little, Stephanie Serpick, Steven Roebuck, Brian Novatny and Eric Doeringer. 

Jennifer Watson, The Approach, 36 x 18 x 1 inches, oil on panel, 2018

Eric Sall, Die Cut, 24 x 20 x 5/8 inches, oil on canvas, 2014

 Rob Lee, Untitled, 16 1/2 x 12 7/8 inches, acrylic and graphite on paper, 2005

For more information, go to ADA Gallery.
228 West Broad Street
Richmond Virginia

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Check out the July edition of ADA's 15 year anniversary summer group show.

This round of artists includes:
Chris Musina, Jared Clark, Langdon Graves, Brian Novatny, Kyle Falzone, Sean Samoheyl, Cameron Spratley, Eric Sall, Sophie Treppendahl, Nikolas Goodich, Eric Doeringer, Sandra Luckett, Becky Brown, Theresa Pfarr, Stephanie Serpick, Bernard Martin, JM Henry, Toto Feldman, Jennifer Watson, Steven Little, Tom Condon, Kirsten Kindler, Roberto Jamora, Amy Pleasant, John Henry Blatter, Brian Hubble, Robert Otto Epstein,  Braxton Congrove, Yann Leto, Nathan Tersteeg, Ellington Braun, and Patrick Thorne.

Celebrating FIFTEEN years of ADA GALLERY with work by old friends and new friends.
Yann Leto, Untitled, 2017, oil on paper, 39 1/2 x 28 3/4 inches

Stephanie Serpick, A New Fall #3, 2017, oil on board, 16 x 20 inches

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228 West Broad Street
Richmond Virginia



Other highlights from the June round of the 15YRS! summer group show:

Rachel Hayes, Melody Maker, 2015, Acrylic paint on silk, nylon, cotton, 22h x 20w in

Eric Sall, Untitled, 2014, oil on canvas, 30h x 40w in

Kyle Falzone, Bummer, 2018, wood, fabric, LEDs, 9 3/4h x 12 3/4w x 2 1/2d in

gallery hours: Wednesday - Friday 12 - 5 pm and Saturday 12 - 4 pm

For more information, check out ADA Gallery

228 West Broad Street
Richmond Virginia



Celebrating fifteen years of ADA Gallery in Richmond, Friday June 1st marked the beginning of a summer-long cumulative exhibition featuring former ADA artists and friends of ADA.

Artists in the June edition include:

Robert Otto Epstein
Yann Leto
Erik den Breejen
Amy Pleasant

Roberto Jamora
Patrick Thorne
Cameron Spratley

Ellington Braun
Nathan Tersteeg
Becky Brown
John Henry Blatter
Braxton Congrove

Brian Hubble
Eric Doeringer
Steven Little
JM Henry
Sophie Treppendahl
Kyle Falzone
Nikolas Goodich
Sean Samoheyl
Theresa Pfarr
Pinkney Herbert
Thomas J Condon
Jared Clark
Nick Fagan
Barbara Weissberger
Brian Novatny
Chris Musina
Langdon Graves

Roberto Jamora, Destination Wedding Revisited
oil and beeswax on canvas over panel, 2018

Cameron Spratley, From the corner of my eye. The reaper. In all his glory.
mixed media, 2018

Sophie Treppendahl, Cheeseburgers in Paradise, 30 x 22 inches, oil on paper, 2018

Becky Brown, Shame Responsibility
acrylic on paper, 2018

For more information, check out ADA Gallery

228 West Broad Street
Richmond Virginia




ADA Gallery presented “Mundane,” a show of new paintings by artist, Nick Fagan, from Friday, May 4th through Saturday May 26th, 2018.

Gazer, latex on canvas, 20h x 16w x 1 1/2d in, 2018

"Transcendent experiences, meditative or catalyzed, serve as temporary solutions from the everyday routine—but not an escape.

Habits of ritual and routine more or less define the human experience. In our everyday lives, I have noticed that various exchanges and conversations can loop, presenting a sense of numbness, autonomy or disassociation from the real. In an attempt to break or transcend these rooted measures, we seek mind altering experiences like psychedelics or other forms of deep meditation to extend past a more-or-less bounded, corporeal reality. But when speaking of the artificial means to this journey, what happens when psychedelic trips are not insightful, are no longer revelatory, or perhaps nothing more than drug-induced illusions? A false sense of the profound manifests—what psychologists might call delusions of grandeur. This temporary shift of viewpoint and valuation thus defeats any attempt to escape.

These paintings function as a meeting point between escapism and the mundane. Hands or tumbling bodies emerge from these semi-psychedelic grounds, manifesting dystopian, mental environments. The muted pastel acid has become washed in the sun, appearing bitten by amorphous rays. Shapes spin and layer onto one another, insinuating a continuous cycle of flux and regurgitation."

Commerce, latex on canvas, 60h x 46w x 1 1/2d in, 2018

Nick Fagan received his  MFA in Sculpture + Extended Media from The Ohio State University in Columbus, OH and a BFA from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, VA. Fagan has recently exhibited at Untitled Art Fair with ADA Gallery in Miami, FL, YARDS projects in Cleveland, OH and The Carnegie in Cincinnati, OH. He has also completed residencies at the Vermont Studio Center in Johnson, VT, the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in Madison, ME, as well as the Anderson Gallery in Richmond, VA. Starting June 2018, Fagan will embark on a summer ARC Residency in Chattanooga, TN.

exhibition dates May 4 - 26, 2018

gallery hours: Wednesday - Friday 12 - 5 pm and Saturday 12 - 4 pm

For more information, check out ADA Gallery

228 West Broad Street
Richmond Virginia


Saturday, April 28, 2018


ADA Gallery presents Conveyors, a solo show by artist Derek Larson. Larson’s combination of moving paintings, animations and prints will be on view from Friday, April 6th through Saturday, April 28th, 2018.

Conveyors is an exhibit by Derek Larson which features a series of motorized paintings, screen prints and digital animations that highlight factory conditions, the decline of shopping malls and the golden age of American animation.  Larson’s paintings are motorized with conveyor belts and rollers to move in front of and behind shaped paintings. The canvases move like the background of a traditional animation and suggest factory automation through their hardware and stripped down construction. Larson's animated series "Très Mall" is his first feature-length effort about three artists living in Savannah, Georgia. They encounter real-world writers in cameo appearances who discuss topics in activism, art, consumerism and the environment. The main character inherits a strip mall and his friends join in to witness a slow progression of misplaced ambitions and other hijinks. Accompanying the animation are Acrylic on dura-lar screen prints that mimic celluloid in traditional cel animations, acting as artifacts to Larson’s digitally made animation.

 Larson’s animation Très Mall will also be screening in NYC Times Square via Chashama, at Jepson Center Telfair Museum in Savannah, GA October-April and at Morris Museum in Augusta, GA in September. Larson will also be participating in the MASS MoCA Residency May-June, 2018.
Derek G. Larson received his MFA from the Yale School of Art and has participated in a number of national and international exhibitions and residencies. His first feature-length animation "Très Mall" will screen this summer in Times Square New York City and in the fall at the Jepson Telfair Museum in Savannah and Morris Museum in Augusta. He will continue working on this project through the summer as a resident of the MASS MoCA Residency. His work has been featured in ARTPULSE,, Big Red & Shiny, Gizmodo, The Seattle Times and New American Paintings. With prior experience as a video editor at PBS, Larson's work combines animation and video with painting and performance, his current work explores science fiction, autoimmune diseases and malls.

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Friday, February 09, 2018

Pleased to announce ADA will be exhibiting at NADA NY 2018!

ADA will be presenting a solo booth of Bernard Martin's work at NADA NY 2018

With De Kooning, acrylic on canvas, 57 x 49 inches, 2016
Born in Ferrum, Virginia in 1935, Bernard Martin is professor emeritus of art at Virginia commonwealth University where he was the first chair of the Department of Painting and Printmaking from 1966-1999.  He has had numerous solo exhibitions throughout his multi-decade career, including three separate traveling shows of his work organized by the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, as well as two previous exhibitions at ADA Gallery.  His work has appeared in over 200 group shows nationally and internationally since 1965.  He has been the recipient of awards and grants including two Virginia Museum of Fine Arts and a National Endowment for the Arts Visual Arts Fellowship.  His work is to be found in a number of public collections - the National Collection of Art, Washington, DC, the Chrysler Museum, Norfolk,  Va, and the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, VA - as well as many corporate and private collections.  One such collector is his good friend Tom Robbins for whose novel, Skinny Legs and All, Martin did both the cover and interior illustrations. 

NADA New York
March 8–11, 2018

Skylight Clarkson Sq. 
550 Washington Street
New York, NY

VIP Preview by Invitation
 Thursday, March 8, 10am–2pm

Opening Preview by Invitation 
Thursday, March 8, 12–2pm

Open to the Public 
Thursday, March 8, 2–8pm

Friday, March 9 12–8pm

Saturday, March 10, 12–8pm

Sunday, March 11, 12–6pm 

You can find more info and images on Bernard Martin on Artsy
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A Bigger Splash with Father, acrylic on canvas and panel, 63 x 49 x 3 inches, 2012

Monday, February 05, 2018

more work from FINE LINE : February 2018 at ADA GALLERY

Gian Pierotti, Artifact 3, 4 x 10.5 x 2 inches, wood, paint & carbon, 2018

Jared Clark, Maybe Mayan (top left), Raspberries (top right), Goblin Hairdo (bottom left), Violet Violet (bottom right),
10 x 7 inches, india ink on Arches paper, 2018

Kirsten Kindler, Recap, 68 x 6 x 6 inches, found plastic caps, 2012
Kyle Falzone, Wonky Linnner Boy, 22 x 23 x .75 inches, house paint and gouache on wood, 2018

Fine Line @ ADA Gallery February 2018

featuring artists Nick Fagan, Jared Clark, Ghost of a Dream, Brian Novatny, Alex Kvares, Shannon Wright, Patrick Thorne, Kirsten Kindler, Kyle Falzone, Gian Pierotti and Mike Linskie.

Come check out the exhibition from FEB. 2 - 24, 2018.

Brian Novatny, Untitled, 21 x 23 inches, ink on paper, 2013


Shannon Wright, Manual (4 of 34  drawings), 11 x 8.5 inches, vinyl, 2003-2008

Nick Fagan, Look Gone, 64 x 46 x 2.5 inches, steel, 2018

Check out the show at ADA Gallery at 228 W Broad Street, Richmond, VA. 
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Monday, January 22, 2018

Closing Reception for Bruce Wilhelm January 27th, 5-8pm and Upcoming 1708 Annual Auction

Closing Reception for Bruce Wilhelm's solo show, Next, on Saturday, January 27th 5-8pm at ADA Gallery, 228 W Broad Street.


Bruce Wilhelm, NEXT, 36.5 x 30 inches, acrylic on canvas, 2017, $3,000

Interview w/ Bruce Wilhelm in the January 10th edition of Richmond Virginia's Style Weekly

Bruce Wilhelm’s “Next” runs through Jan. 27 at ADA Gallery, 228 W. Broad St.

By Karen Newton

Hoping to keep her son out of trouble, Bruce Wilhelm's mother bought him a set of paints when he was a teenager. He was hooked.  

Everything about painting spoke to Wilhelm and it's remained his focus for 20 years. As to why he was so captivated by this work, he's quite certain it's the pace.

"Art will slow you down," he says. "I was born tired of this silly, fast-paced, multitasking, do everything, experience nothing world."

Wilhelm's latest show, "Next," at ADA Gallery, was so named simply because he was in the middle of another show when this one was arranged. It's not his way to go into a show with a stated theme, nor does he consider future shows when painting.

ADA Gallery owner John Pollard sees the hardworking, blue-collar artist as a natural, which is why he's been showing Wilhelm's work since 2004 when he was a student. 

"I think of Bruce as a bit of a scientist, using trial and error, experimenting with different ways of making marks, new ways of expressing himself," Pollard says. "He's often adding and subtracting, pulling things forward and pushing other things back." 

Wilhelm recalls his undergraduate years in Virginia Commonwealth University's painting and printmaking department as essential to making him aware of a world of art possibilities. Six years after he finished there, he headed off to do graduate work at the Rhode Island School of Design. That time, he recalls, was nothing short of amazing because of the brilliant people and top-notch professors. 

"The questions that I left Rhode Island with might stay with me for the rest of my life," Wilhelm says. "But despite the shine of all these brilliant art people, I got a glimpse of the dark side of the art world. Many of them are susceptible to posturing, politics and the art world's subpar jargon: art speak."

He sees his own artistic process as playful and it often involves listing actions, colors, and descriptions of past methods to get started. The descriptions are culled from notes he takes about which processes he finds interesting in his work. From there, he'll review the lists and narrow his focus. Since he's generally not sure how a piece will turn out, he waits for inspiration before starting a painting. On occasion, that process may involve a U-turn.

"I thought the last painting was pretty good, so now I reverse the good decisions and see what I end up with," he explains. "Superinefficient, but I decided that while I need to be efficient in most aspects of my life, painting should resist that." 

Because gallery owner Pollard is an artist himself, he can't bring himself to show anything he doesn't love. 

"I joke that I'm not smart enough to figure out what people want to buy, so I show what I would buy and hope that I'm not alone," he says. "But seriously, it's Bruce's brain because he's always inventing and I find that exciting. I'm never bored with his work."

ADA Gallery represents Wilhelm at home and internationally, having shown his work in Dallas, London, Miami and New York. Over the years, practically every artist he knows has encouraged him to move to New York, but he knows his preference for a hermitic life prevents that. 

A decade ago, Wilhelm made a list of the most probable futures of art, at the top of which was that the center of the art world would move East. He fully expects that in his lifetime, the art made in Beijing will be much more important than that made in New York. With a simply stated goal of always trying to make a better painting, Richmond's low cost of living has kept him here.

"Richmond is just big enough to support an art scene, just small enough to make your contributions count," he says, acknowledging that having Virginia Commonwealth University here is huge. "The art game is real here, not just posturing." S

 Bruce Wilhelm, Stretcher Shroud with Fragments, 48 x 53 inches, acrylic on canvas, 2017, $4,000

And check out Bruce's work below that will be auctioned off at: 

On Saturday, February 10, 2018, from 7 to 10 pm, 1708 Gallery will present CABIN FEVER, our Annual Art Auction. Take part in the joy of discovery, the thrill of bidding, and bring home new art by the region's best emerging and established artists. The annual art auction provides significant support for 1708's exhibitions and programs.

CABIN FEVER will include Live and Silent Art Auctions with works by an outstanding group of artists. The Live Auction artwork will be on view at 1708 Gallery from Tuesday, January 30 through the night of the auction on Saturday, February 10. The Silent Auction artwork will be displayed in the beautiful space next door at our neighbors, Black Iris and can be viewed by appointment prior to the auction.
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