Anne Blackwell Thompson

Dec 7 - Jan 4, 2012     

Harvest: pressed botanicals

Anne's Website:

Sunny Goode


May 18 – September 8, 2015


Sunny is a Richmond, Virginia contemporary artist who graduated from Hollins University with a B.A in Art History. In her own words, 
"Color is how I communicate. Even in my earliest memories, color was the primary voice – it is no wonder that I became an artist and love to paint.  I always say, a painting should make you feel something.”  

  “I often look back at a series I’ve done and realize that I can see very clearly what was going on in my life at that time, in the lines and shapes, but primarily with the colors I used. I tend to paint in a series, working through an emotion or savoring a feeling I get by painting a similar subject with different color variations. Painting brings me joy and also helps me through more difficult times in my life. I often think of it as my mental yoga. I want my paintings to reflect an emotion and to create a feeling that gets deeper each time you look at them."


“I believe a leaf of grass is no less than the journey-work of the stars”. 
-Walt Whitman

Anne Blackwell Thompson’s work speaks directly to the role that living things play in art – to inspire reflection and reconnection to the Earth. Anne has embarked on a unique journey to both preserve flora in the classical tradition of pressed botanicals and to compose elegant studies in texture, color and shape. Anne harvests and presses blooms, leaves, grasses and seaweeds from swamps, mountains, plantations, and private gardens throughout the South and the Atlantic coast. She transforms these specimens into works of art, great and small.

Anne brings to bear two decades of work as a historical decorative painter to this magnificent art form. She completed an apprenticeship in Turin, Italy, and studied art history and studio art at the Richmond College in London, England.

Her work is held in private and public collections across the country. Anne resides in Richmond, Virginia and is a member of the James River Garden Club, a supporter of the American Chestnut Foundation, and a weekly volunteer at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden.

We are pleased to present Recent Paintings: 
From Charlottesville to Richmond by Krista Townsend. 
Krista is a painter, website designer and medical illustrator. She holds a 
masters degree in medical illustration from The Johns Hopkins University 
School of Medicine. She studied fine art at The Schuler School of 
Fine Arts in Baltimore, MD and received her undergraduate degree in art 
from The Pennsylvania State University.

"Painting, for me, is about discovery and letting go. It’s about 
finding a place of stillness and focus where I can see what is 
before me. It’s not about trying to tell a story. It’s about the act 
of painting itself.

I paint what moves and challenges me to explore and dig 
deeper, learn and grow, while at the same time let go. That 
may sound contradictory, but it actually makes perfect sense. Painting 
is where I am most present. I can lose myself completely in the
 focus of figuring out what lines and shapes will achieve the depth and 
perspective of a road or a building in the distance, what shadows 
and reflections make up a car,perspective of a road or a building
what tones and values define the human form. I a fully aware 
of the canvas in front of me, the paints on my pallet, the brush 
in my hand, the light and sound around me, and the weight of my 
feet on the ground. My mind is not wandering, planning or 
seeking. I am simply here, in this moment, painting. So, at the 
same time, I am exploring and learning, I am letting go of what 
is not in the present. Nothing else exists but what is before me.

My hope is that when people see my work, they feel at least 
a little of that presence and clarity."  - Krista Townsend​

Krista Townsend
Recent Paintings: 
From Charlottesville to Richmond 

December 16, 2014 - April 4, 2015

Curtis Ripley


September 19, 2015 - January 8, 2016

Student Work on Display

April 3 - May 15, 2015

A multi-media exhibition of artwork 
by Lower School students at 
St. Catherine's and St. Christopher's Schools

​A reception for St. Catherine's artists and their families
Thursday, April 23 from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m.

A reception for St. Christopher's artists and their families
Friday, April 24 from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m.

Lower School art teachers Jacque Minarik of St. Catherine's School and Melissa Taylor of St. Christopher's School work with students in a variety of mediums.  This exhibition features a selection of watercolors, collages, linoleum prints, paintings and ceramics by students in junior kindergarten through fifth grade. 
Margaret O'Brien

Nov 2 - Dec 1, 2012 

Sightings: oil paintings
In partnership with Page Bond Gallery

Rick's Custom Frame + Gallery is pleased to present 

Curtis Ripley: PAINTINGS.

Curtis Ripley’s expressive, atmospheric abstract paintings are dynamic and assertive. His bold palette, often including a mix of primary colors, black, and white, gives his works a commanding presence. The history of each painting is visible, as the viewer is invited to follow Ripley’s energetic brush strokes under transparent layers and washes of oil paint. This sense of action and movement emerges and subsides as the eye moves across each canvas. 

“Although these paintings are primarily abstract, they do have subjects,” Ripley says. “They have to do with place, time, motion, the season, transience, shadows, music, and the emotion of color.” Ripley notes that poetry is perhaps the most important influence in his work. Like poems, each of his paintings shows an “economy of means” and openness to individual interpretation. His intuitive, lyrical compositions draw the viewer in and encourage quiet introspection.

 Sunny Goode
Trees : Our Life & Hope Art Show

 January 20 - February 25, 2016

With each New Year comes a beginning, a fresh start...hope.

I have always loved trees, every season, every angle and the representation of life. The vibrance of the colors created by trees, and their crazy very different shapes of trunks, leaves and branches. The cycles of the skeletons that are around all winter, and the lush life in the summer. The sheer number of trees we see everyday, and the ability to take that for granted everyday. My mother had a piece of art by potter Charles Counts in our home when I was a little kid growing up in Atlanta, Georgia that had a quote written in it, “Our life is in the tree and tree is our life.” Oxygen. Breathe. Nature. These paintings represent life to me. I have always loved trees, their beauty, strength, and resiliency. They are parallel to the human spirit.​

                                                    -- Sunny Goode, January 2016

Sunny was chosen by a local charity as a W.I.S.H (Women Inspiring Strength and Hope) 2016 honoree. One of 10 women, she has been asked to help raise awareness, and funds to grant a wish to a terminally ill child and their family in Virginia. Sunny will donate 15% of the sales from the show to Make-A Wish in Richmond, Virginia, which brings hope to these special children who are fighting daily to live.

Sunny's Make-A-Wish donation page
Rick’s Custom Frame + Gallery is pleased to present Pleasures of the Table: New and Selected Watercolor and Gouache Paintings by Judy Bumgardner. Judy taught art at Collegiate and St. Catherine’s Schools in Richmond, Virginia for more than 40 years and throughout her career, continued making her own art. She now resides in Deltaville and is represented by Morning Glory Gallery of Gloucester, Virginia.

During a sabbatical in San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, Mexico in 1974, Judy, and her husband James began collecting masks and the writings of Octavio Paz. Influenced by these works, she used watercolor to explore transparency and the paradox of imagery with the face and the mask.

Still using watercolor and gouache, her current body of work explores the tradition of still life painting of food and decorative platters and tiles, influenced by time spent in Spain and Belgium.  

Judy states, “Throughout history food has conveyed symbolic import in religious ceremonies, secular traditions, art, and poetry. Some of my paintings are titled with dance names when the juxtaposition and interplay of shapes reflect that art form. Others have place names when I become aware in my memory or imagination of the spirit of place. I hope that my work celebrates the pleasures of the table with the communion and joy of the human spirit.”

The exhibition runs April 5 through June 3, 2017 and is open to the public. The gallery is open Monday-Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. 


v.1 [trans] manage to see or observe (someone or something); catch an initial glimpse of: [as n.] (sighting). 
–The Oxford American Dictionary

“From a sighting to a finished painting is a journey. At first, the glimpse, then the canvas set up, the paint-loaded brush in hand I make marks dictated by the scene. But soon the canvas takes over, reality recedes, by now the scene is revealing a story. I search this out. It will be a personal observation and experience. It will prove why I stopped at this place. There is the back and forth of formal issues, space, composition, texture, tension, inclusion, deletion. The paint is dabbed, dragged and dribbled. Color is streaked, layered and lumped, staining or thick. The encounter with the canvas is a dance. Finally the work will declare its story. Encouraged and aided by memory and imagination: of weather, a tree, a storm, the noise, where we skated, some history, a childhood game, a poem, a glaring color, and of nature, its power and explosive energy, I explore and expose my personal response to the sighting.”    –Margaret O’Brien

We shall not cease from exploration
And the end of all our exploring
Will be to arrive where we started
And know the place for the first time

–T.S.Elliot, Four Quartets "Lillie Gidding" (1942) pt.5

Student Work on Display

March 1 - 31, 2016

A multi-media exhibition of artwork by 
Lower School students at St. Christopher's School

Please join us for a reception celebrating 
St. Christopher's artists and their families

Thursday, March 17, 5:30 to 7 p.m.

Lower School art teacher Melissa Taylor works with students
in a variety of mediums. This exhibition features a selection of
collages, linoleum prints, paintings and soft
sculptures by students in grades 1-5.

on view now . . . April 5 - June 3, 2017