BOJUart Exhibiting at the CURRENT Art Fair
August 10, 2019 admin

BOJUart Exhibiting at the CURRENT Art Fair

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BOJUart Exhibiting at the CURRENT Art Fair

BOJUart is pleased to announce that it will be exhibiting at CURRENT, Virginia’s only contemporary art fair, October 25-27, 2019. Held at the Bon Secours Washington Redskins Training Camp, Level 2, CURRENT kicks off with a VIP Preview on Thursday, October 24 and opens to the public October 25-27, 2019.  CURRENT will be chock full of art-centric activities including a massive exhibition space, a dozen presentations in the Current Theatre, an outdoor interactive area and The McKinnon and Harris Current Lounge where visitors can sit back, relax and take it all in. 

BOJUart Director and Co-Founder Judy Jessen says, “BOJUart is honored to be invited to exhibit along-side such prestigious contemporary galleries and their fine artists. We’re proud to represent Hampton Roads, the City of Virginia Beach and Virginia Beach’s creative ViBe district. CURRENT is making history, and we’re thrilled to be a part of it.” At CURRENT the BOJUart booth will be curated with a diversity of artists and work of various sizes, with every artist developing new work just for the fair. Artists: Marlowe Emerson’s mixed media, large complex abstracts; Michael Greenwald’s mixed media, contemporary painting and resin; Cameron Wilson Ritcher’s mixed media, spray paint, latex, pastel and graphite on wood; floral abstract sculpture from ceramic artist Kristin Kowalski, Bob Petersen’s large-scale environmental photography, webbed hot glass sculptures by Jack Pine and strong women subject paintings by local icon Richmond muralist Nico Cathcart.  

As of press time 17 exhibitors are on board from Richmond, Williamsburg, Charlottesville, and Virginia Beach. The exhibition floor has almost all the founding galleries back in action; 1708 Gallery, Candela Books + Gallery, Page Bond Gallery, Glave Kocen Gallery, ada Gallery and Reynolds Gallery have all returned. Additional art spaces returning from the 2017 iteration of the fair are The Walton Gallery, Iridian Gallery, Schindler Gallery, Shockoe Artspace, and Studio Two Three. New to the fair for 2019 are The Linda Matney Gallery from Williamsburg, BOJUart from Virginia Beach, Les Yeux du Monde from Charlottesville and first time exhibiting Richmond Galleries Crossroads Art Center and artspace. Also a wrapping station will be provided by Professional Art Handling courtesy of Andrew Campbell owner of PAH and Technical Director of the fair. 

Expanding on the fair this year is the addition of the Midway where mobile units like The VMFA Art Mobile (Featuring work from past recipients of The VMFA Fellowship) S 23 on the go, and Art on Wheels will be alongside the Fair’s, “Creation Stations.” This interactive area will allow anyone young and old to create artwork or watch a demo with Richmond artists from The Street Art Festival, RVA Makers and more. The Current Theatre will feature more than just esoteric panel talks. Films curated by Enjoli Moon of The Afrikana Independent Film Festival will be shown alongside an animation Matt Lively had a hand in and a documentary put together by Shockoe Artspace will be premiered as well. Noah Scalin and his “Creative Sprint” will be held alongside other inspired talk and panel discussions. Ken Farmer celebrity appraiser from the Antiques Road Show is scheduled to share his experiences being associated with the program. A whopping 10+ presentations will be held in the Current Theatre. The fair will also feature guided tours throughout the day and other special events during the run like the VIP Thursday Night Preview Party and the Sunday Morning Jazz Brunch.

Shown courtesy of the artist: Flicker. Ceramic, 12 x 8 x 4 inches

In the fall of 2015, several local gallery owners and directors, from 1708 Gallery, ADA gallery, Candela Books + Gallery, Glave Kocen Gallery, Page Bond Gallery, Quirk Gallery, and Reynolds Gallery, joined together to establish Richmond’s first contemporary art fair. Coined CURRENT (a nod to the nearby James River, the idea of the new, and the notion of an electric spark), the fair is held yearly in the fall. Jennifer Glave & BJ Kocen (the new owners and operators) have been working diligently for over a year moving CURRENT forward since its hiatus in 2018. They searched high and low for the perfect spot and they found it at the Bon Secours Washington Redskins Training Center. This space symbolically overlooks the WTVR radio tower that Sheppard Fairey’s CURRENT logo is based on. The training camp’s footprint is also the perfect space for the fair’s reboot with a picturesque view of Scott’s Addition and it being a technically superior facility including 250 parking spaces. “This fair is truly unique” says BJ Kocen “It might even be the only of its kind in the nation but we haven’t researched that claim yet! Regardless, we’re shooting for something Virginia is going to embrace and be proud of year after year.”

The Fair will be held October 24th-27th. October 24th is a ticketed VIP Preview Party 6-9PM with hours open to the general public on October 25th-26th from 12-8pm and Sunday, October 27th from 12-5pm. VIP Preview Tickets are $55 along with a Patron Level Ticket for $155. General Admission tickets are $10 dollars a day and Super Passes available for $15 dollars which grants patrons access all 3 days plus early bird hours. Early bird discounted tickets are on sale until September 2, 2019.




Instagarden, 2019. Marlowe Emerson.

Krypton, 2019. Michael Greenwald.

Speak No Evil 2, 2019. Cameron Wilson Ritcher. http://Speak No Evil 2, 2019. Cameron Wilson Ritcher.

Burst 2, 2018. Kristin Kowalski.

Hazy Tide, 2019. Bob Petersen.

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