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Announcing CHANNELS: Courtney Johnson | Lisa Kokin | Willie Anne Wright

Announcing CHANNELS: Courtney Johnson | Lisa Kokin | Willie Anne Wright

Courtney Johnson |  Lisa Kokin  |  Willie Anne Wright

Exhibition  |  September 7th – October 20th
Preview Reception + Artist Talks  |  Thursday, September 6th, from 5 – 8pm
Opening Reception  |  Friday, September 7th, from 5 – 9pm

Candela Gallery is pleased to present CHANNELS, a group exhibition featuring photographs and mixed media works by Courtney Johnson, Lisa Kokin, and Willie Anne Wright. The exhibition features three artists whose work evokes a transformative experience; each imbued with elements of salt, filament, or flora to create new forms. 

CHANNELS opens September 7th with an artist reception on September 6th, from 5-8pm and runs through October 20th.

Courtney Johnson, “Badwater Basin 28% salinity,” 2017. 14 x 20 inches
Salted Paper Print with Badwater Basin Water

COURTNEY JOHNSON As in her Lightlure + Cycle of Cities series, Johnson continues to pull at the threads between modern technology and experimental, alternative photographic processes. Through a honed scientific process, Salt is the eponymous product of salted paper prints and salt water from various locations selected across a salinity continuum. Johnson guides the chemistry of the natural materials and their effects on each photograph.

Lisa Kokin, “Best Wishes,” 2001. 69 x 91 inches, Mixed Media, Sewn Collage with Found Photographs

LISA KOKIN Sewn Found Photographs is a collection of photographic tapestries that stand as relics for a time that has long since passed. By literally stitching together vintage photographs of anonymous people, Kokin assembles nostalgic homages, interwoven with themes of identity, familial hierarchy, and social and societal rituals.

 Willie Anne Wright, “The Lovers,” 2016. 11 x 14 inches, Lumen Print

 WILLIE ANNE WRIGHT Crediting Pamela Coleman Smith as a strong spiritual and artistic guide, Wright re-envisions the complete major arcana as a set of photograms. Long enamored with manifesting a supersensory undercurrent in her photographs, Wright’s lumen prints document the blooms from her beloved Brugmansia plant alongside Smith’s tarot cards. Channeling The Tarot conjures an aura not unlike an encapsulated spiritual transcendence.

Announcing Candela’s UnBound7! Exhibition & Fundraising Gala!


Candela Gallery is excited to announce UnBound7!, Candela’s annual juried & invitational exhibition. UnBound! features a wide array of photographic techniques from both emerging and established artists, both locally and abroad. We are very proud to bring you a compelling selection of photographic work for the seventh year in a row!


Michael Abramson
Pascal Amoyel
Addison Brown
Susan Burnstine
Kimberly Chiaris
Christopher Colville
Cynthia Connolly
Brian Culbertson
John Cyr
Catherine Day
Jon Feinstein
Gabriel Garcia Roman
Torrance Hall
Frank Hamrick
Rachael Jablo
Michael Jackson
Mark Kelner
Tarrah KrajnaK
Pablo Lerma
Andy Mattern
Noelle Mason
Ruben Natal-San Miguel
David Pace + Stephen Wirtz
Lydia Panas
Rachael Phillips
Diane Pierce
Lissa Rivera
Shane Rocheleau
Wendi Schneider
Jennifer Shaw
Carla Shapiro
Heather Evans Smith
Krista Svalbonas
Rob Tarbell
Athena Tasiopoulos
JP Terlizzi
Martin Wannam
Emily White
Sara J. Winston
Lloyd Wolf
Woody Woodroof

FROM 7 – 11 PM

Candela Gallery will celebrate the summer exhibition by hosting our annual fundraising gala. The proceeds raised will be used to purchase select photographic works from the UnBound7! exhibition. The event allows us to continually build the Candela Collection and generate unique opportunities and exposure for participating artists. Candela’s promise is to eventually donate the collection to a notable art institution.

Event tickets ($50 per person or $90 per couple) are being sold in advance online and at the gallery. Visit our website, stop by the gallery, or call 804 225 5527 for your ticket!
Raffle tickets ($10) will also be available in advance and at the event.

We are always thrilled by the support and overall enthusiasm for the event. This years’ gala will offer libations, eats, and entertainment; including live music from The Sweet Potatoes, mouthwatering back alley fried chicken, adult snow cones, custom ice cream flavor courtesy of Charm School and any other action packed surprise we can come up with before then. Our annual summer party has earned its reputation as a legendary good time. Be there!

Please feel free to show your support for a good cause by buying raffle tickets even if you can’t attend the event… your ticket will pay forward to some sweet unsuspecting stranger at the party, AND you’ll be helping us collect photography! 

Shane Rocheleau, “Broken Stake,” 2016. Inkjet Print, 40 x 32 inches 
Wendi Schneider, “Island,” 2017. Archival Pigment Print on Vellum over White Gold Leaf, 11 x 16.5 inches
Lydia Panas, “Reanna,” 2013. C-Print, 30 x 30 inches
Rachel Jablo, “Untitled,” C-Print Photo Collage, 20 x 14 inches
Athena Petra Tasiopoulos, “Spirit,” 2018. Archival Pigment Print w/ Hand Painted Embellishments
in Wax Pastel, Acrylic, Graphite, and Colored Pencil, 8 x 8 inches

SOLSTICE | Oakwood Arts’ Benefit Auction at Candela Gallery


Top Row (L to R): Details of work by Susan Worsham & Sheila Pree Bright
Bottom Row (L to R): Details of work by Priya Kambli & Lorie Novak

The SOLSTICE Summer Benefit Auction includes work from a variety of international and local artists. The live auction features artists from countries including Cuba, Vietnam, India, and Malawi; artists represented in the collections of institutions including but no limited to MoMA, the Artist Pension Trust, the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History, and the Victoria and Albert Museum.

SOLSTICE Summer Benefit Auction
Saturday, June 23rd, 7-11pm
Candela Books + Gallery
214 West Broad Street
Purchase Tickets & RSVP Here

Oakwood Arts is a new non-profit located in Richmond’s East End that makes art and creative careers accessible to all through experiential education, inspirational programming, and community engagement.

Click here to learn more about Oakwood Arts.
Interested in sponsorship opportunities? Email [email protected] to learn more.


Asiya Al-Sharabi
Alexandre Arrechea
Shelia Pree Bright
S. Ross Browne
Liz Cohen
Linda Connor
Cynthia Henebry
Priya Kambli
Tony Labat
Massa Lemu
Tuan Mami 
Lorie Novak
Diego Sanchez
Taravat Talepasand
Aaron Terry
Dennis Winston
Susan Worsham 


A huge THANK YOU goes out to all who have submitted work to our UnBound7!exhibition. Again this year, we had a ton of great submissions to consider and we appreciate the opportunity to bring such an ambitious show to our audience here in Richmond.


Michael Abramson
Addison Brown
Christa Blackwood
Susan Burnstine
Kimberly Chiaris
Christopher Colville
Cynthia Connolly
Brian Culbertson
John Cyr
Catherine Day
Jon Feinstein
Torrance Hall
Rachel Jablo
Michael Jackson
Mark Kelner
Andy Mattern
Noelle Mason
Ruben Natal-San Miguel
David Pace & Stephen Wirtz
Lydia Panas
Rachel Phillips
Diane Pierce
Lissa Rivera
Wendi Schnieder
Jennifer Shaw
Carla Shapiro
Heather Evans Smith
Krista Svalbonas
Rob Tarbell
Athena Tasiopoulos
JP Terlizzi
Martin Wannam
Emily White
Lloyd Wolf
Woody Woodroof


Pascal Amoyel
Frank Hamrick
Pablo Lerma
Shane Rocheleau
Sara J. Winston

 We will be contacting accepted artists individually about which specific artworks we wish to exhibit next week. We are also in the process of confirming the last few invited artists and those names will join the line up in the coming days.

Thanks again for allowing us to consider your work. And please come to celebrate this exhibition and the new additions to the Candela Collection this summer. The gala event this year will be held on Saturday, July 28th, 2018. 

More information about the show and gala event will come out as soon as we iron out details with the participating photographers.

Many thanks for the opportunity to view and to consider your work! 

– Gordon Stettinius & Ashby Nickerson

Announcing Two Solo Shows: Chris McCaw & Harrison Walker

MAY 4 – JUNE 16, 2018

Candela Gallery is pleased to present exhibitions of new photographic works by Chris McCaw and Harrison Walker. Both exhibitions will open on Friday, May 4th, and will be on view through Saturday, June 16th. Please join us for a reception and artist talks on Thursday, May 3rd from 5 – 8 pm. 

Chris McCaw, “Heliograph #139,” 2017. Unique Gelatin Silver Paper Negative, 14 x 44 inches (4 panels – 11 x 14 inches each)


Chris McCaw returns to Candela Gallery in his second solo exhibition featuring work from his recent projects, as well as new work from his Sunburn series. Over the last decade, Chris has continued to push the boundaries of the photographic medium, sharing his unconventional techniques for capturing the movement and the power of the sun as it travels through his viewfinder. With hand-built cameras and vintage photographic paper, McCaw creates unique pieces documenting the sun’s movement through illusory land and seascapes. Long exposures throughout a day, or over multiple days, materialize as marks and burns made directly by the sun’s light as it exposes the paper. As McCaw writes, through this collaborative process, “the sun has become an active participant in part of the printmaking.”

Candela will be showing several new works from McCaw’s Tidal series (2013-present), which builds on long exposures, and documents the rise and fall of the tides as they reveal sections of the shoreline. McCaw’s Cirkut series (2015) was produced in the Arctic Circle with a modified 1913 Cirkut camera—a rotating camera that was the first of its kind to create panoramic photographs. With a 10-foot long scroll of vintage photo paper, and a potential for 80 hours of continuous exposure, these images capture multiple sunrises and sunsets in one image. In his Poly-Optic and Heliograph projects (2012-present), McCaw ventures into the abstract by creating multiple exposure images with up to 63 lenses, directly writing with light. Permeating the work, McCaw’s unique methods and innovative processes repurpose traditional photographic techniques while forging a new path for the medium. 

Harrison Walker, “Portal # 065, 064, 120, 063, 004, 113,” 2017. 


In his first solo exhibition at Candela Gallery, Harrison Walker presents his Portals project, highlighting a mix of photographic processes through a series of abstract works. In Walker’s words, the series is “an investigation of photographic chemistry, psychological perceptions, and ideas of duplication, mimicry, and the multiple.” Through experimentation and discovery the varied effects of his photographic, printmaking, and drawing techniques, seek to elicit not only an emotional but also a fundamentally experiential viewing. 

The results are unique objects with a repeated circular form. Marked with the formula for their duplication each variation carefully documented and displayed. In his meticulous manner of expression, Walker dives headlong into the unknown, making objects and images that explore the possibility for variation in texture and surface, color and form.

Walker received his MFA in Photography at Tyler School of Art, Temple University, in Philadelphia, PA. He currently lives in Athens, Georgia.

AIPAD Candela Gallery Booth 309

at The Photography Show Presented by AIPAD

Join us Wednesday April 4th – Sunday, April 8th, 2018
at Pier 94, 55th st and 12th Ave.




UnBound7! Call for Submissions

UNBOUND! An Invitational & Juried Exhibition

July 6 – August 4, 2018

Candela Books + Gallery announces our seventh annual invitational and juried exhibition: UnBound7! The summer group exhibition will feature work from a wide range of fine art photographers. An UnBound7! gala event, will raise funds to purchase select works from the exhibition. Works purchased by Candela through this event will subsequently be included in the Candela Collection.

The mission of the Candela Collection is to support photographers through the purchase of original photographic work and to actively pursue opportunities to donate said works to notable permanent collections.

UnBound! generates opportunities and exposure beyond the traditional group or juried show. Our hope is that photographers will support us with their active participation just as we hope to support their work and careers in return. All accepted photographers will have their artwork featured at Candela Gallery, a gallery space in the downtown arts district of Richmond, Virginia.

For a look at last year’s exhibition, go here: UnBound6! Exhibition

To celebrate the 7th UnBound! exhibition, Candela will host it’s annual UnBound! event on Saturday,  July 28th. The gala will include food & drink, live music, curious entertainment… along with incredible photography. The ticket and raffle sales from this event will be used exclusively to purchase work from the exhibition for the candela collection.

All work for the exhibition will be selected by Candela’s founder, Gordon Stettinius, and Associate Director, Ashby Nickerson.

Deadline for Submissions:  April 27th, 2018
Notification of Acceptance will go out:  May 11th, 2018
Accepted work should arrive at Gallery no later than:  June 22nd, 2018

Please follow directions carefully:

– Candela Books + Gallery is looking for photographic work. We will also showcase a small selection of photobooks. Feel free to submit both!

– Only email submissions will be accepted. Though we may inquire further about the work.

Send submissions to: [email protected]

– Subject Line:  UnBound7! Submission!

Include up to 3 JPG images of work (approx. 10” x 10” x 72 dpi) in the body of a single email.
Also include a resume and artist statement, if applicable. Inclusion of an artist statement is strictly optional.

– For each image include:



(Full Description of Object would be excellent, i.e. sepia toned gelatin silver photograph OR archival pigment print OR unique paper photogram… etc.)



Photographer’s Name:


City, St., Zip


Email Address:

Artist Website:

– There is no entry fee. 

For all work selected for exhibition:

Accepted work should be for sale.

Candela gallery will retain a 50% sales commission from the sale of work to any patron other than the collection itself. All funds raised from ticket and raffle sales for the UnBound6! event will be used to purchase work for the Candela Collection.

Candela reserves the right to not exhibit work that is significantly misrepresented during the submission process.

Accepted work should be presentation ready when it arrives at the gallery.

Accepted work should arrive at our gallery no later than June 22nd, 2018.

Accepted work should include return postage. (Note: When possible please include return shipping in one of two ways: a pre-processed FedEx label that includes the requisite bar code, or a UPS shipping document.)

We will return unsold work within two weeks after the exhibition closes.

Ship work to:

Candela Books + Gallery
214 West Broad Street
Richmond, Virginia 23220

For all Collected Work:

Candela will record all relevant history for the artwork in question.

Candela will file a CV, resume, artist statements, bios for each collected photographer.

Candela reserves the right to feature the work within Candela’s gallery space.

Candela will properly insure the collection.

Candela need not seek approval before any specific artwork is loaned to an outside organization for exhibition or donated to any other permanent collection.  But Candela will make a reasonable effort to contact a specific photographer to indicate that their work has been exhibited and or acquired by another permanent collection or institution. Candela also reserves the right to reproduce the work in support of said exhibitions and will make an earnest effort to notify photographers when such reproductions occur and provide resulting tear sheets when possible.

DAY 155, 156, 157 – Schedule of Events

STEVEN CASANOVA  |  DAY 155, 156, 157

FEBRUARY 22 – 24, 2018

More than 4 months without electricity, without water — a crisis caused by a natural disaster, but made possible by over a century of U.S. colonialism. For about a million Puerto Ricans, this is still their daily reality. Without a vote in Congress, and with increasingly restrictive laws and regulation, the island has had little power in helping itself, becoming more dependent every day on outside help.

Day 155, 156, 157 is an educational experience, working to put the current crisis into perspective. The weekend programming will be composed of an exhibition of photographic and sculptural work, depicting the tragedy and the prevalent need in Puerto Rico. Proceeds from the exhibition will go toward helping small Puerto Rican farmers re-establish their farms and rebuild their communities.

A communal flag folding of a 750 square foot Puerto Rican Flag followed by a film screening of Harvest of Empire will take place on Friday, February 23rd. A documentary that takes a look at the history of U.S. intervention in Latin America and the resulting emigrations. There will also be an experimental music performance by DJ Rattan Saturday, February 24th.

Day 155, 156, 157 organizer, Steven Casanova, is a multimedia artist with a focus on social justice projects. He has been featured in group shows at 1708 Gallery, The Anderson, Studio 6, and The Valentine Museum. Since Hurricane Maria struck in September 2017, Steven has been active in fundraisers, lectures, panels, protests, marches, and work on the ground in Puerto Rico, bringing attention and aid to those affected by the tragedy.



DAY 155   |   February 22nd
​Puerto Rican flag on view from ​9am – 6pm

DAY 156   |   February 23rd
Exhibition opens at 9am
Puerto Rican flag on view from ​9am – 5pm
Ceremonial folding of flag at 5:30pm
Bijou Film Center screening of Harvest of Empire at 7:30pm

DAY 157   |   February 24th
Exhibition opens at 9am
DJ Rattan performance at 7pm

Announcing… Morgan Ashcom: What the Living Carry


What the Living Carry

MARCH 2 – APRIL 21, 2018

Morgan Ashcom, “Untitled #91,” Edition of 8. Archival Pigment Print, 24 x 30 inches

Candela Gallery is pleased to announce our first solo show with Virginia-based photographer, Morgan Ashcom. The exhibition coincides with the release of Ashcom’s recent book, What the Living Carry, published by MACK Books.

“The past is never dead. It’s not even past.” ― William Faulkner

Born and raised in Free Union, Virginia, Ashcom chisels his work out of the rural Americana of Hoys Fork – an amalgamated fiction of a small town, nestled in the South. Influenced by memories of his Shenandoah upbringing and deeply rooted in southern literature, Ashcom depicts landscapes obscured by climbing vines and dying brush, while everyday subjects perform menial tasks amongst their dated surroundings. Much like Faulkner’s mythical Mississippi-inspired county, Yoknapatawpha, Ashcom has constructed a place galvanized by the past – its resoluteness, and its refusal to be tied down or easily consumed.

 Morgan Ashcom, “Untitled #56,” Edition of 8. Archival Pigment Print, 24 x 30 inches

Through a collection of hand-typed letters written by ‘Morgan,’ requesting a DNA analysis from a certain ‘Eugene’ at the ‘Center of Epigenetics and Wellness of the Spirit,’ What the Living Carry chronicles a quest for understanding. By weaving together fragments of the living with this murky, shadowed past, Ashcom’s reality provides a prompt to mythicize one’s own memories through the lens of Hoys Fork.

Ashcom holds an MFA from the University of Hartford and currently lives and works in Charlottesville, Virginia. His work has been exhibited and published both nationally, internationally, and has won numerous awards including: Center’s Choice Awards, the German Photobook Award, and Center for Photography at Woodstock’s Photography Now Purchase Prize. Ashcom has been an artist in residence at Light Work and has taught photography at Western Connecticut State University, Ithaca College, University of Hartford, Cornell University, and the University of Virginia.

Preview Reception & Artist Talk  |  Thursday, March 1st from 5-8pm
Opening Reception & First Friday Art Walk  |  Friday, March 2nd from 5-9pm

Morgan Ashcom
MACK  Book
Photo District News

Morgan Ashcom, “Untitled #9, Edition of 8. Archival Pigment Print, 24 x 30 inches


Morgan Ashcom, “Untitled #105,” Edition of 8. Archival Pigment Print, 24 x 30 inches

January 2018 Opening “Science as Muse”

Science as Muse

January 5 – February 17, 2018

Caleb Charland, “Fruit Battery Still Life (Citrus),” Archival Pigment Print, 32 x 40 inches
Courtesy of Sasha Wolf Projects

Candela Gallery is excited to present the first show of the new year: Science as Muse, an exhibition featuring photographic works from Walter ChappellCaleb CharlandRose-Lynn FisherPam FoxDaniel KarikoMichael RaunerRobert Shults, and Susan Worsham.

The eight artists in Science as Muse share a particular interest in science, though their artistic interpretations vary dramatically. Included in this exhibition are artists who have been caught up in the documentation of the incredible worlds within which scientists practice their craft. Other artists use sophisticated equipment made possible only by modern scientific innovation. Some approach their creation through the foundational scientific process, asking questions and applying scientific method, producing unexpected results. Finally, there are those artists who have recontextualized science and its paraphernalia, imbuing or even circumventing the essence of time-tested practical applications with aesthetic pursuits.

The threads that can be teased from these different approaches remind us that photography itself comes from science, and that its early practitioners were as varied as their contemporary descendants. Among early photographers there were storytellers, technicians, explorers, and there were alchemists drawn to the unknowns that chemistry promised. This spirit of discovery then remains with us, and these artists are proof that the muse is always dancing just beyond our reach.

The exhibition will be on view January 5 – February 17, 2018.

A Preview Reception & Artist Talk will take place Thursday, January 4th, from 5-8pm.

The Opening Reception will take place Friday, January 5th, from 5-9pm.

Pam Fox, “Windsock,” 1999-2002. Gelatin Silver Print, 20 x 16 inches


Daniel Kariko, “Along City Greenway Path, May 2nd [Soldier Fly],” 2016. Archival Pigment Print, 27 x 28 inches


Robert Shults, “Untitled,” 2012. Gelatin Silver Print, 16 x 22 inches


Rose-Lynn Fisher, “Overwhelm #3,” 2014/2017. Archival Pigment Print, 4.8 x 6 inches