Art For The Journey

Art for the Journey is a Richmond art nonprofit dedicated to “transforming lives through art”.  We are a community of artists who bring the joy and satisfaction of art-making to underserved children, veterans with disabilities, incarcerated women, older adults with dementia/Alzheimer’s, and other special groups as well as all adults who just want to paint.  We believe art-making contributes to well-being and even healing.  

The art offered here comes from our volunteer and staff artists, including several who have been nationally recognized.  We represent some 200+ years of experience.  Occasionally you may even see art created in one of our programs.  Your purchases help support these programs.  Visit us at and on FB at

To become a volunteer, contact Jamie Wigginton Director of Programs and Coordinator of Volunteers at:

Our broad cohort of 250+ volunteers includes both artists and “regular people”.  There is a place for everyone on our program teams.

At Crossroads Art Center, artwork from 12 Art for the Journey staff and volunteer artists is exhibited, and proceeds from the sale of art benefit Art for the Journey programs.  For more information about our exhibit, contact Cindy Paullin, Executive Director.

Artists include:

Mark Hierholzer; Cindy Paullin; Jamie Wigginton; Stephanie Shanks; Kimberly Price; Dr. William J. Frable; Gail Clevenger;  Drew Deane; Jacquie Evans; Theresa Halpin; Lezlie Hierholzer; and Lynn Tavenner


Attention Artists: Art for the Journey is delighted to announce our 5th annual Art Exhibition and Celebration and we invite you to submit your artwork.

This spectacular art event is attended by people who love art, culture, and community, and raises funds for the mission of Art for the Journey: to transform lives through art.

This year the number of guests will be limited, and the Celebration will be a socially responsible exhibit that can be experienced in-person with safeguarding measures in place.

Date: November 12, 2020
Time: 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Location: The Country Club of Virginia
                 6031 St. Andrews Lane
                 Richmond, Virginia.

This venue is one of Richmond's most stunning and beautiful locations. For the safety of our guests, CCV will place partitions at bar locations, food will be wrapped and plated, and the space will provide ample room to stay safely spaced throughout the gathering.

This year, artists who wish to exhibit their work will submit it through Art for the Journey's "Art Celebration website". This platform is where art will be juried and selected for the in-person exhibit, and will allow guests to preview art and make purchases — both in-person during the event and for a limited time thereafter.

Art for the Journey's annual Art Exhibition & Celebration will feature live music, delicious food, flowing wine, and of course, beautiful artwork. Tickets for the in-person event are $100.

Exhibiting artists receive a  discount for tickets to the event, a special discount code will be sent to confirmed exhibitors.

CBS reporter Greg McQuade returns once again to be our Master of Ceremonies, and to share his beautiful CBS6 news story about the AFJ veterans' program. In addition to artwork submitted by our many talented artists in the Richmond area, a special exhibit will highlight our programs with incarcerated women, seniors with dementia, school children from both the east end of Richmond and rural Ruther Glen, veterans living with PTSD, medical students, and much more!

"The Art of Community" Postcard Project will be unveiled  at the event, showcasing voices from community members everywhere.

The deadline to submit artwork for the exhibit is September 10th, 2020. Each artist may submit up to six works, which will be reviewed by an anonymous panel of Richmond professional artists. Artwork submitted must not have been displayed at our previous galas. A size limit of 36"x40" is requested, except with special permission and display planning.

If selected for the in-person exhibit at CCV, artwork must be properly framed and wired for hanging. Artwork must be labeled with artist name, artwork title, size, and price in the description section and labeled on the back of the painting.

To help raise funds and support artists, each year Art for the Journey splits the proceeds of the sale of the art at the Celebration 50/50 with the artist. AFJ will administer sales at the event and online. Net payment to artists for art sales after credit card service fees will be made by December 15, 2020. If your artwork is accepted by the jury, a follow-up notification will be sent to you the second week of October.

For exhibiting artists, artwork that has not been juried into the in-person event will have the opportunity to be showcased and sold through our online event site until November 26, 2020.   Click Here for More Information