Studio Two Three, Crossroads Art Center, www.buyrvaart.com and artist JC Gilmore-Bryan to raise and deliver funds for Notre Dame Cathedral
Ashley Hawkins, Executive Director, Studio Two Three,
Unique screenprints of Notre Dame Cathedral, created on site by Richmond artist JC Gilmore-Bryan during her 2017 and 2018 residencies at Paris’ Cite Internationale des Arts, are being sold by Studio Two Three, Crossroads Art Center and www.buyrvaart.com. They and the artist are donating 100% of all sales to the Cathedral’s rebuilding fund, and Ms. Gilmore-Bryan will deliver the funds in person when she travels to Paris in May.
“I have spent many hours visiting and photographing and making artworks of Notre Dame, beginning with my first visit over 30 years ago,” says Ms. Gilmore-Bryan. “The fire caused me to decide to deliver a personal contribution for the Cathedral’s rebuilding fund, and now Studio Two Three and Crossroads Art Center are helping me raise additional money. This grand building, more than any other in the world, holds a special significance in my life both personally and as an artist.”
“Crossroads Art Center provides support for a lot of good organizations in the Richmond region, but this is our first international cause,” says Crossroads owner Jenni Kirby. “JC’s screenprints of Notre Dame are special indeed, and we are pleased to have the opportunity to help with this philanthropic effort – not only at Crossroads but also via www.buyrvaart.com.”
“JC is one of our favorite resident artists at Studio Two Three,” says the Studio’s executive director, Ashley Hawkins, “and I’ve greatly admired her prints of Notre Dame. I’m proud that Studio Two Three is participating in her project to help repair the Cathedral.”
The prints will be available for purchase from April 23 through May 4 during open hours at Crossroads Art Center and Studio Two Three. They will also be available on www.buyrvaart.com. Normally priced at $175, the prints are available for $125 each, with 100% going to help rebuild Notre Dame Cathedral. The artist will be present at Studio Two Three from 11am until 1pm on April 27, and at Crossroads Art Center from 11am until 1pm on May 4. She will fly to Paris on May 7 to deliver the funds.
JC Gilmore-Bryan holds art degrees from MTSU, Vanderbilt, and Columbia. A longtime art instructor at VCU, she currently teaches at Virginia State University and the Visual Arts Center of Richmond. Her international credentials include several residencies at Paris’ Cite International des Arts, a Fulbright Scholar appointment to Bulgaria, and a Council for the International Exchange of Scholars appointment to Zimbabwe.
Her screenprints of Notre Dame Cathedral were created in 2017 and 2018 just across the river from the Cathedral at the Cite Internationale des Arts. They stretch and explore the boundaries of conventional screenprint techniques and make use of off-registration and phosphorescent inks. A group of the prints, entitled “Phantoms of Notre Dame,” was featured in a solo exhibition at the Cite Internationale des Arts in June 2018.