4th Friday Art Exhibits & Opening Reception @ Art Works!

Winter is coming. Soon the days will be short and the nights long. We invite our guests to come up to the attic and dust off their spookiest Halloween attire and join us for the 4th Friday reception and new exhibit openings. There will be prizes for the best costumes.

It’s not all spooky stuff, because we’re also inviting kids (and adults love it, too) for a crafty scavenger hunt and pumpkin decorating activity. And new exhibits will get you in the Halloween mood, including: Chris Semtner’s Phantasmagorium, George Hughes’ Spontaneous Markings, Andrea Danner’s The Magical World of Little Lamzy Divy and the All Media Show with a Dark Art theme.

Please join us on October 28, 6-8 p.m., for the Opening Reception. Meet these amazing artists, enjoy live music and celebrate with us with refreshments and libations to benefit RVA’s booming artists. Parking is free.

Phantasmagorium by Chris Semtner

Artist, author and curator Chris Semtner is perhaps best known as the horror and dark history expert who has appeared on PBS, BBC, American Heroes Channel, C-Span and other networks and who has written articles for Biography.com, Crime Writers Chronicle and other publications. His museum exhibits have been reviewed in The New York Times, Deep South Magazine, and other publications. Amid juried and curating exhibitions across the country and a busy speaking schedule that has taken him to venues ranging from the Steampunk World’s Fair to the Library of Congress and as far afield as Japan, Semtner continues to paint compelling images informed by his years of research into things spooky, chimerical and outrageous. The sources of his images are hazy memories, half-forgotten dreams, dusty old books and rarely seen black and white films.

The exhibition will be held at the Jane Sandelin Gallery.


Spontaneous markings by George Hughes

Raised in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Bedford County, Virginia, George Hughes developed a deep appreciation for nature. While earning his Bachelor of Arts from VCU, he was immediately struck by the tension between the urban environment and the rural atmosphere he was used to. VCU introduced Hughes to a more expressive, spontaneous, and free style of working through the Impressionist landscape. Hughes focused on the brand of improvisation and bright colors. Hughes traveled across the country to visit the national forests that inspired his work. The exhibition will be in the Corner Gallery.


The Magical World of Little Lamzy Divy by Andrea Danner

Andrea Danner knew she was an artist as a girl, winning the Smoky the Bear coloring contest when she was five years old. Most of his works revolve around his love and passion for animals and nature. In her recent work made of papier-mâché and paper pulp, she focuses on bringing paper to life through fun and a bit of “magic”. Many of the materials she uses are reused and recycled, including old pages from library books. Her whimsical creations bring her joy and laughter, which she shares with others.

The exhibition will be in the Skylight Gallery



This exhibition is central to all Art Works openings. This is a juried show with cash prizes and is open to all artists and mediums. The theme is “black art”. After all, it’s Halloween and a spooky display seems appropriate.

The call for applications is from September 23, 2022 to October 18, 2022. Submit your applications via our online form. See our website for more details on submitting your artwork: artworksrva.com

Painting by: Lac Sheri

Christopher S. Washington