Wednesday, July 23, 2014
Tonight is no ordinary First Friday. The G40 Art Summit, a convocation of outsider artists, muralists and street artists, opens its indoor exhibits, though its work is already covering walls all over town, inside and out

Meanwhile, the Billboard Art Project is already under way — and its audio components will be accessible this weekend — and the RVA Street Art Festival is warming up for its April 12 debut

Following a rapprochement between Art 180 and city officialdom, the “What Do You Stand For?” exhibit will be up on Monument Avenue through Sunday’s Easter on Parade. As for where they’ll go after that — maybe onto the yards of volunteering Monument residents? — I'd suggest following developments through Facebook.

At RVA News, Marc Cheatham gives some perspective on Richmond’s 2012 Spring of Creativity and reminds us that photographer Martha Cooper, whose career has been marked by a curiosity about street art, music and exotic events, came to town to shoot the G40’s activities.

The G40 has rolled into the Metro Space Gallery, 119 W. Broad St., where I was introduced to its basement that’s the size of a bowling alley. There’ll be music tonight, too, with themes varying per each venue.

At Gallery5, the G40 traveling exhibit “Weapons of Mass Change” opens

Last night, I also got to peek into the previews of the work 1708 Gallery has gathered for its upcoming auction. It'd be a strong show even without the opportunity to buy the pieces in question. Nearby, Quirk has its "Flock" show up, curated by Alyssa C. Solomon, and I admired Chris Chase’s sculpture. Love this bird with its head stuck in a box. I have days like that.

Over at Candela, you should go see photographer Julio Mitchel's intriguing images describing New York City’s dark side. Image No. 10 shows a group of early 1970s office workers preparing to rush onto the Staten Island Ferry. Go look and tell me if it doesn’t look like the cast of Mad Men. There’s a fellow with glasses and a bow tie and a tall guy at center, wearing sunglasses, who could easily be Don Draper. There are just two women identifiable, at either end of this line, bookending the image. It’s not a re-creation, but the real thing itself. Nobody looks happy in this picture, but it’s worth seeing, as is the entire exhibit.

At Ghostprint, check out paintings by the artist George Pratt. With Steven Budlong and James McGillion, Pratt created the documentary See You in Hell, Blind Boy, chronicling a journey through the Mississippi Delta researching his blues novel of the same name. The film won Best Feature Documentary at the New York International Independent Film Festival and was accepted and shown at film festivals in  Santa Barbara, Calif.; Nashville, Tenn.; and Hot Springs, Ark. 

There's plenty of reason to get out there and see what you can see. Have a good Easter, everyone. 

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