CURRENT Art Fair An Electrifying Four Days


There’s nothing else like it in Richmond, or in Virginia, or in the rest of the country, for that matter. CURRENT Art Fair celebrates the arts for four days in October, and this year’s event will be held at the Bon Secours Redskin Camp Center. Gallery owners Jennifer Glave and BJ Kocen own and operate CURRENT.

“We’ve added some fun elements we hope attendees will find inspirational and surprising,” says Jennifer. “We’ve already been inspired by the many art organizations supporting CURRENT, and the artists they are showcasing at the fair.”

It reads like a Who’s Who of the visual arts community in Richmond. Among the Richmond galleries participating are 1708 Gallery, Candela Books + Gallery, Page Bond Gallery, Ada Gallery, Reynolds Gallery, The Walton Gallery, Iridian Gallery, Eric Schindler Gallery, Shockoe Artspace, Studio Two Three, Crossroads Art Center, artspace, and Oakwood Arts.

And other Virginia galleries are also represented: Linda Matney Gallery from Williamsburg, BOJUart from Virginia Beach, Les Yeux du Monde from Charlottesville, and Calloway Fine Art & Consulting from Washington, D.C.

The venue of this year’s event lends itself to an even bigger production than in previous years.  The Redskins Training Camp, along with its spacious indoor facility, offers more than 250 parking spaces and a large outdoor space which will be home to the CURRENT Midway.

The midway will also have several mobile units. Among them will be the VMFA Art Mobile, which will feature work from past recipients of the VMFA Fellowship; and S23 To-Go Print Truck, a printmaking studio on wheels. Along the midway there will be Creation Stations, interactive areas where anyone, young or old, can create their own artwork. Visitors will also be able to watch demonstrations from various Richmond artists representing the Street Art Festival, the Visual Arts Center of Richmond, 1708 Gallery, and RVA Makers, among others.

The four day event will also include the premiere of the documentary film, “The Builder”, and talks by Noah Scalin and Ken Farmer. CURRENT will also host a VIP preview party on opening night, and a Sunday morning jazz brunch.

“This fair is truly unique,” says BJ Kocen. “We’re shooting for something Virginia is going to embrace and be proud of year after year.”

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