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April NIAD Opening Reception + Artist Talk // “a clearing”, organized by Mel Prest + “Danny Thach: Best Buddies” + “Heart & Soul of Richmond”

April 1, 2023, 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm

pink watercolor squares stacked on top of each other on white paper

Join us in NIAD’s Galleries for three new exhibitions! Artists and exhibition organizers will be on hand for a lively discussion in the galleries, and light refreshments will be served. Come browse the exhibitions and check out NIAD’s art-filled studios!

Main Gallery

a clearing, organized by Mel Prest

“Walking down a narrow path, you’re surprised as you reach a clearing.

This sudden openness makes you stop short and catch your breath as you begin to absorb the change in landscape.

Works in a clearing beckon, inviting you to enter.

Each artist composes forms evolving from intuitive, rather than predetermined, thinking. In these works, the initial pattern elements break down and fall away, creating an opportunity for something unknown to arise. Overlapping and unpredictable shapes and colors create conversations, inviting viewers to come closer, soften their gaze, release expectations. Through a variety of materials, these artworks attain a color energy using vibrant hues and textures. Optical vibrations and textures rumble as deeper looking opens to a clearing.” -Mel Prest



Annex Gallery

Danny Thach: Best Buddies

An extensive collection from Danny Thach’s “After Keith Haring” body of work.


NIAD Windows

Heart & Soul of Richmond, a Richmond Main Street Initiative + NIAD “Love Your Block” Project

View selections from this public art collaboration. The companion artworks will be on view at the Community Green Space at 315 Harbour Way in Richmond. A public unveiling will take place there on Saturday, April 1 at 11am.

Funded by a Love Your Block Mini-Grant from the City of Richmond City Manager’s Office, Economic Development and Community Services Department.


Accessibility: There are no stairs to enter the NIAD Art Center building. The building is one level. The sidewalk has multiple curb cut-outs and is wide enough for a wheelchair. The building does not have automatic doors. Our restrooms are accessible to people using mobility devices. We do not have gender neutral restrooms.

Please send accessibility requests to gallery@niadart.org




NIAD Art Center
551 23rd Street
Richmond, CA 94801 United States
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