Murals splashed across the sides of buildings, cutting-edge exhibitions, and community theater productions: Richmond’s art scene is diverse and ever expanding. To keep you in the know of what’s happening on the city’s cultural forefront, here is a rundown of current shows about town.
1. Fashion at the Richmond Art Center
Blurring the line between functional clothing and art, the expansive exhibition “Body as Agent: Changing Fashion Art” presents wearable art from over 30 local artists. Featuring a pixelated necklace, draping garments, and vintage gowns, this exhibition sprawls through four galleries at the Richmond Art Center. The show runs through November 12 and is free to attend.
2. Five Artists, Five hours
Point Richmond’s clock maker in residence, Steven Hurst, has made clocks for the likes of Oprah Winfrey, Magic Johnson, and countless others. Sunday, October 4, from 1 pm to 6 pm, Steven invites you into his studio to see how he makes his unique time pieces — and to meet four other local artists doing innovative work. Painters Sean Papillion and Kathy Taylor, photographer Louis Thelemaque, and woodcarver John Tyler will be at the open studio event to share the techniques of their crafts.
3. “Adventure!” and Live Music at NIAD
“Adventure!,” a new show curated by Oakland artist Scott MacLeod, explores challenges faced by forms both big and small, animalistic and mechanical, as expressed by artists from Richmond’s most unique community art and gallery space.
The show opens to the public on October 2, with the opening reception on October 10. Along with the opening reception of “Adventure!” is the debut of NIAD’s first-ever live music series, Sight + Sound, which is kicking off the local honky-tonk revisionists Crying Time.
4. Charlotte’s Web at Masquers Playhouse
The Point Richmond community theater group puts on the classic story by E.B White about an unconventional love story between a pig and a protective spider as they explore the cycle of life, opening October 2.
5. The Arts of Point Richmond
A community of over two dozen artists, The Arts of Point Richmond is a hyper-local arts group that uses improvised spaces to show their work. Their work is varying, ranging from textiles, to jewelry, to painting and photography.
The travel photography of Irene Hightower is now up at the Mexican restaurant El Sol, at 101 Park Place in Point Richmond, and the abstract, industrial photography of Bob Colin is now up in the display windows at the Point Richmond post office.