Exhibitions & Special Events

Kevin Chadwick ~ Tapestry of Life

Friday, October 5th 2018 - Wednesday, October 31st 2018

Please join us for the gallery's debut exhibition of artist Kevin Chadwick on Friday, October 5th from 5-8pm. The artist will be in attendance and we will be serving lite bites and refreshments.

Join us Friday, October 5th from 5 until 8 pm for the debut exhibition "Tapestry of Life" featuring artist Kevin Chadwick. His works are soulful as well as colorful depictions of a bygone era. Chadwick is a master story teller and the tapestries he weaves with his oil paintings captivate the viewer and evoke emotional connections to his subjects.
After graduating from the Art Institute of Pittsburgh in 1976, Kevin found his career immediately took off and has taken many artistic turns through the years. Landing his first job as an illustrator while still in school, Kevin worked for a national glassware company illustrating for corporations such as McDonalds, Burger King, Hallmark Cards and Twentieth Century Fox. Upon moving to Washington, DC in 1978, Kevin first freelanced as a magazine illustrator until 1984 when he decided to form his own firm Chadwick Design Incorporated. First specializing in theatrical graphics, Kevin also illustrated for national ad agencies along with National Geographic, The Washington Post, PBS, Kennedy Center, New York Times Book Review, Special Olympics and the Shakespeare Library just to name but a few. Kevin received numerous awards from Communication Arts Magazine, Art Directors Club of New York and of Washington, DC. Able to illustrate in various mediums, Kevin more and more enjoyed the richness of oil paints. First using them as washes combined with pencil in illustrations and later strictly traditional oils on canvas or panel.
Kevin now works out of the historic city of Lynchburg, VA painting full time. His portraits and figurative works can now be found in the collections of the Caring Institute, Washington. DC, World Mercy Fund, Bad Homburg, Germany, The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, Stratford-upon-Avon, England,  
Doyle Hotel Collection, Dublin Ireland and in private collections both here in the States and in Europe. Chadwick now specialzes in African American figures.

Craig Nelson ~ Travels through Italy

Friday, November 2nd 2018 - Sunday, December 2nd 2018

Join us Friday, November 2nd from 5 until 8 pm for the Opening Reception of "Travels through Italy" by nationally acclaimed artist Craig Nelson.

Ella W. Richardson Fine Art is pleased to honor award-winning artist Craig Nelson with his seventeenth solo exhibition "Travels through Italy" at the gallery. The show opens on November 2nd with an art reception from 5:00 until 8:00 pm. All are welcome to attend and the artist will be flying in from California to be in attendance. 

Traveling and painting throughout Italy over the past 10 summers, artist Craig Nelson has experienced the incredible, unique and varied characteristics of this gorgeous country. From Venice and the Dolomites in the north to Puglia and Ravello in the south, the breathtaking coastlines and small villages and towns in Tuscany and Umbria all serve as inspiration for Craig's painterly, impressionistic approach. Craig captures the luscious vineyards, cobble stone street scenes, glimmering sunlight and romantic moonlight shimmering off of the Venetian canals and Amalfi coast with seductive brushwork in vibrant oils.

How is life connected and what do these small moments mean? Are they a reminder to slow down and observe the world today, as we did on vacation? In the newest exhibition by Craig Nelson at Ella W. Richardson Fine Art, each captured moment spills into an ocean of sentiments. It is up to you, dear viewer to find the meaning at their depths. Does the light dappling the vines in Tuscany strike a memory? Can you feel your pulse quicken at the sight of a busy side street in Florence? No? Well, how about this: listen closely as you observe Nelson's Italian landscapes. You might find that you hear strains of "O Sole Mio" drifting through your consciousness, a music box recording played from days past. 

Nelson has been painting for over forty years. After receiving his BFA with distinction from the Art Center College in California, Nelson became the Department Chairman of Fine Arts, Drawing, and Painting at the Academy of Art College in San Francisco. He continues to serve this position and has taught several of the artists represented by Ella Richardson's gallery. Nelson's numerous achievements include five gold medals, two silver medals, Best in Show, a silver medal from the Society of Illustrators in New York, and over 200 awards of Excellence from the Society of Illustrators in Los Angeles. He has been published in Communications Arts Annual and JCA (Japan) in addition to many others. His works are collected worldwide.