- We have good food with a good conscience.
- We work in a very cool building with an interesting history and an eclectic neighborhood.
- We get to work to some great, home-grown, organic, live music.
- We get to look at some really great local art. It’s kind of Urban Artwork. We’ve become a market, cafe, and gallery!
We really started to think about this when we came across a post on Facebook from some friends at Rocket Pop Media about a mural that got painted on their building. Richmond artist (and Richmond Punk Rocker!) Ed Trask got them to allow the side of their building at Robinson and Main in the Fan to be his canvas. Here’s how it went down:
“Average day. Ed walks in. We know Ed from being around town and some connections in the local music scene. Ed says that he has this idea for a piece. He had a spot that he’d chosen but he thinks that this big, white wall would be better. He then goes on to explain that the piece is kind of commissioned by Converse, they want to film him painting it, and they want to put it on their website.”
“No problem, Ed, but we don’t own the building. You know that we’ve been trying to get a Trask for years. We would have to call the owner and get him on board. When would you need to start?”
“Now,” says Ed. “The Converse guy is outside with his cameras and my paint is in the truck.”
If you’ve not seen the piece, take a quick run up Main Street. It is on the side of Rocket Pop Media facing Starlite. You can see the Converse video here.
It was great that Ed Trask got some international exposure and it was nice to see the Richmond art scene get noticed by a company as big as Converse, (and we’re a little jealous of the gang at Rocket Pop) but we get to see that stuff every day!
Laura Bell, while still a student at the University of Virginia, has a very mature style. We read her bio, and it said, “I want to present the idea of the biological body as a playful orchestra of movement, sound, and color.”
Her work certainly does that! Colors leap from the canvas, and motion is implied throughout the works. We looked at her pieces when it was quiet, and they seemed to pulse with our own heartbeats, and when we were busy they seemed to move along with the sounds of the music, the coffee machine, or the bustle of our dining room. Like a moving scrim behind a static band, her works were a static scrim buzzing to the energy of their surroundings.
Nicole Gomez is a Texas native who now resides here in Richmond. The first piece of hers that we ever saw was a portrait of the Dos XX man (Stay Thirsty, my friends). It was a fairly straightforward image, surrounded by text. The more we got into it the more we felt a sort of Howard Finster reference. After seeing many of her works, we realized that they are certainly not derivative of Finster’s, but they do have a modern folk-art aesthetic that appeals to us. She has some wonderful watercolor works, but is equally adept at working with more vibrant mediums. She also has an affinity for Roosters, which made her a natural fit for us!
We don’t know how to describe Kris Krull. Artist? Furniture Designer? ReImagineer? They all seem to fit.
A friend of ours turned us on to a table that Krull had made out of found objects, but we’re really turned on by his latest works. They incorporate light, image, and structure in a very unique way. We’re sometimes reminded of a disco ball, sometimes a nightlight, sometimes we just don’t know. We do know that it creates amazing patterns across the walls, and they seem to glow with a stunning energy.
We’re looking forward to continuing our role as a gallery. You can just come for our food, just come to hear some music, or just come because it’s a neat area of town. Just do us a favor: the next time you stop by, look at the walls.