Uptown Gallery

Posted by Jenni Kirby - June 30 2016

As an artist's co-op, Uptown Gallery allows each visitor to experience the artwork and the artists who created it. The gallery's unique feature is that it is staffed by the artists themselves. Each time you visit the gallery you will have the rare opportunity to meet one of the artists whose work is shown here. The gallery has more than 30 outstanding artists, with work in a varied palette of media and techniques. 

11 AM to 5 PM Wednesday through Friday
11 AM to 4 PM on Saturdays. 

First Fridays
Uptown Gallery is open the first Friday of every month 5pm - 9pm. During the first Friday opening light refreshments are served.

Driving Directions

Click for Driving Directions. Free parking is available when you visit Uptown Gallery. You may park in the parking lot at the corner of Randolph and Main Streets. There is an entrance on Randolph Street.



 June 2018

Title: "What to Do With Orange?" Explores the Impact of Color   

What does an artist do with orange? Is it only good for sunsets and flame? Does it have an emotional content or is it just an attention-getter? Richmond artists try to answer these questions and more at Uptown Gallery's sixth judged color exhibit, "What to Do With Orange?". Award-winning artist & respected teacher Susan Singer judges and will give a gallery talk at 6:30 PM Feb. 2. 

Wakefield E "Explosion of Orange" acrylic 25x31 $450

 July 2018

Uptown Gallery, 1305 W. Main St., (804) 353-8343  Opening reception Friday, July 6th, from 5PM to 8:30 P.M. for "Finding Common Ground" by David Robatin and 20 other artists. “What to Do With Orange?" in the ELM Loft space continues through July 28. 

Uptown Gallery's new exhibit will be "Finding Common Ground: Emotionalism" by David Robatin, a very unusual painter.  Most painters portray objects, perhaps with feeling, while others go to great effort not to portray anything recognizable. Robatin, however, paints only his feelings. He translates his emotions into recognizable but highly abstracted objects whose only purpose is to evoke the emotions he has experienced. "It’s freeing to develop an idea and see it through to something that others can experience. To me, the key is finding common ground in that experience – a story or thing that happened to you that has happened to me. I find value in that commonality. Those are my emotions up there, they are my aspirations, my history, happiness and pain. All of it … my wishes, dissention, stubborn nature and second chances ... waiting to be shared with you."

image by David Robatin. Called "It's OK--Come With Me--I Have a Way",  acrylic painting