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Downtown Richmond is home to a rich heritage and an abundance of public artworks. Richmond Main Street partners with local artists, the City of Richmond Arts and Culture Commission, and others to promote the arts in Downtown through our Art In Windows program and special events.

Art In Windows

Art In Windows brings together artists, merchants, property owners, residents, City departments, and community organizations to transform Downtown storefronts into living, breathing art spaces that celebrate the rich legacy and history of Richmond, and explore the relationship between art and community development. 

Art In Windows Archive

Our 2019 Art In Windows program, titled Art Through Transition, explored the intersection of social justice and community development through art. The Summer show featured works by Luis Estrada, whose dynamic paintings and drawings are peppered with meteorological symbols and diagrams representing weather, trains, time, and professional wrestling. The show was included in the East Bay Express Fall Arts Guide 2019-2020. Generous support was provided by the Richmond Arts & Culture Commission, the Neighborhood Public Art Mini-Grant program, and NIAD Art Center.

On view at 1600 Nevin Plaza (Richmond Main Street office and Downtown Richmond Visitor Center)

Our 2019 Art In Windows program, titled Art Through Transition, explored the intersection of social justice and community development through art. The Spring show featured four artists from The Art of Living Black 2019 exhibition: Elmarise Owens, Stephen Bruce, Malik Seneferu, and Angela Douglas. The opening reception featured an engaging and thoughtful conversation about the role of artists and the arts in neighborhood revitalization efforts. This show reingnited a valuable partnership with The Art of Living Black and successfully connected two artists with a new patron. Generous support was provided by the Richmond Arts & Culture Commission, the Neighborhood Public Art Mini-Grant program, and Stephen Bruce.

On view at 1600 Nevin Plaza (Richmond Main Street office and Downtown Richmond Visitor Center)

Art In Windows Spring 2017 exhibition, Richmond In Focus, featured works of photography by:

  • Tony Tamayo – striking and vibrant photographs of local landmarks and vistas printed on canvas and glass surfaces
  • Ellen Gailing – a series of hauntingly beautiful prints capturing the interiors of abandoned structures at Point Molate
  • Ken Osborn – portraits of Richmond places that hold special significance to the community: Wildcat Canyon, Sakai Brothers Rose Company greenhouses, and others
  • Rasheed Shabazz – digital collages inspired by the RYSE Center’s play Richmond Renaissance featuring youth from the play’s cast integrated into archival images from the first half of the 20th century

On view at 16th Street & Macdonald Avenue, the ground floor retail space of the Richmond BART parking garage.

Art In Windows Fall 2016 showcased two collections of children’s art:

  • Pieces of Richmond: A Community ART Perspective – 40+ multi-media artworks created by youth courtesy of free community workshops led by local artist, Azia Banagan (aged 10).
  • The Scribbler Artist Project – 15 original illustrations made by students at Mira Vista Elementary School participating in activities offering a creative approach to literacy learning (Tatiana Ortiz)

On view at 16th Street & Macdonald Avenue, the ground floor retail space of the Richmond BART parking garage.

Art In Windows Fall 2015 exhibition featured 2 artists from The Art of Living Black:

  • Angela Allen Simms – highly tactile and colorful intuitive paintings, revealing the artist’s self-exploration and interpretation of her environment
  • Karen Seneferu – Triangular Prism series presenting a dynamic visual
  • exploration of space, culture, heritage, and the artist’s exploration of beauty
  • Malik Seneferu – vibrant portraits with pops of magical realism and abstraction, exploring concepts of beauty, race, politics, identity, and spirituality.

On view at 400 Marina Way, 1000-D Macdonald Avenue, and 402 Harbour Way (Richmond Main Street office)

A Spring-time unveiling event for the Alive & Free mural by Richmond artist Richard Muro Salazar, who worked collaboratively with Alive and Free to create a design that promotes nonviolence through positive messages and the representation of the city’s diverse resident population.

Alive & Free mural is located on the exterior of the Anitas Building, at Harbour Way & Macdonald Avenue.

Art In Windows Fall 2012: Frame-Up 94801: Drawing Heroes in the Iron Triangle, featuring the unique work of Richmond artist Fred Franklin. 28 prints, collages, and works on paper portraying local residents and leaders, and reflecting on the Iron Triangle’s rich history.

On view at 400 Marina Way and 1000 Macdonald Avenue (Richmond Main Street office)

Art In Windows Spring 2012 exhibition featured 2 artists from The Art of Living Black:

  • Stephen Bruce – dynamic acid paintings on copper evocative of geological formations and seascapes
  • Tracy Ricks – large-scale abstract paintings composed of dynamic colorfields and serving as a testimony of the artist’s spiritual reflection

On view at 400 Marina Way and 1000 Macdonald Avenue (Richmond Main Street office)

Art In Windows Fall 2011 show featured whimsical art bikes and playful watercolors by Bay Area artist, Slimm Buick, whose works are deeply influenced by his personal interests in folk art, record collecting (pre-1960s American music), vintage clothing, and kinetic art.

On view at 400 Marina Way and 1000 Macdonald Avenue (Richmond Main Street office)

Art In Windows Spring 2011 exhibition brought together 3 Bay Area artists:

  • Malik Seneferu – vibrant paintings exploring his relationship to home and heritage
  • Ron C. Smith – figurative and abstract works capturing dynamic influence of music
  • Virginia Jourdan – paintings offering depicting intimate, quiet moments between mother and child

On view at 400 Marina Way and1000 Macdonald Avenue (Richmond Main Street office)

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