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New Exhibit at VisArts

The Visual Arts Center opens a new exhibit on Friday, April 9th. Loren Schwerd: Mourning Portrait is a series of memorials to the communities of New Orleans that were devastated by the flooding that followed Hurricane Katrina. The public is invited to an opening reception from 6-8 PM.

Details from the press release:

Assistant Professor of Sculpture at Louisiana State University School of Art in Baton Rouge, Schwerd began by working from her photographs of vacant houses and businesses in the Ninth Ward neighborhood. She wove hair into portraits of these homes using human hair extensions she found outside the St. Claude Beauty Supply. “By documenting private homes, I venerate the city’s losses, both individual and collective,” says the artist.

Loren Schwerd will present an artist’s talk and demonstration at 1 PM on Saturday, April 10. In other related programming, Sonya Clark, Chair of the Department of Craft/Material Studies at VCU, presents “A Hairy Subject,” discussing the use of hair as a medium in historical and contemporary artworks on Saturday, April 24, at 1 PM. Suzanne Savery, Director of Collections & Interpretation at the Valentine Richmond History Center, presents “Hair, Art & Remembrance in the 19th Century,” using images and objects from the Valentine’s extensive collection on Saturday, May 8, from 1 PM.

The exhibition continues through June 6, 2010.  The Visual Arts Center of Richmond, at 1812 W. Main St., is open Monday-Friday 9 AM-7 PM, Saturday 10 AM-4 PM and Sunday 1-4 PM.

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