Jennifer Kirby founded Crossroads Art Center 13 years ago. Almost from the start, she dreamed of selling local artists’ works online, as well as in the gallery. With BuyRVAart.com, her dream has finally come true.
Together with her friend Cathy Fallin, Kirby launched the e-commerce site to make it quick and easy to find and buy local art and discover things to do in Richmond.
Kirby was looking for new ways to increase exposure for the many talented artists in the area. She and Fallin are passionate, too, about promoting Richmond’s thriving visual and performing art scene. BuyRVAart.com does both.
Crossroads represents more than 225 artists from the Mid-Atlantic region. Some are well-known and others are emerging, and they work in a variety of media.
Today on BuyRVAart.com, you’ll find works by 25 artists, from painters to a potter. Pictured is “La Dolce Vida,” a mouthwatering watercolor by Susan Stuller ($825).
Browsing the website, I discovered new artists and fell in love with two pieces, much as Kirby and FalIin may have envisioned. George Heath’s landscape paintings are transporting. His ocean scene, “Beach 69” ($250), is devoid of anything but sand and water, and it leaves me serene.
Todd Hennessey’s close-up photographs of flowers make me think of Georgia O’Keefe. His prints start at $25 and show how buying local, original art really can be affordable.
And speaking of price, BuyRVAart.com is fantastically searchable. You can search the inventory by price, medium, style, subject and size.
Crossroads Art Center, 2016 Staples Mill Rd, is a 25,000 square-foot community hub with galleries, studios and classrooms. Summer hours are Monday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.