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Announcing UnBound6! Opening July 7th

Announcing UnBound6! Opening July 7th


at Candela Gallery

Opening on July 7th & Gala Event on July 22nd

We’re excited to announce UnBound6!, 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 sixth year in a row


Rocio de Alba    Laura J. Bennett    Lesley Nowlin Blessing    Gary Burnley    Aaron Canipe    Rebecca Clark    Jennifer Crane    Anastasia Davis    Scott B. Davis    Norm Diamond    Eliot Dudik     Matt Eich    Carol Erb    Kev Filmore    Alida Fish   Kevin Gallagher    Elijah Gowin   Lauren Grabelle    Kris Graves   Frank Hamrick    Jessica Harvey    Lauren Henkin    Aimee Joyaux   Kent Krugh    Todd Irwin Francis Lauther    Noelle Mason    James McCracken Jr.    Robert Moran    Robin Moyer   Alan Ostreicher    Emily Schiffer   Michael Sherwin    Wendy Small   Heather Evans Smith    Keliy Anderson-Staley    John Steck Jr.    Anthony Tafuro    Stephanie R. Thulin    Harrison Walker    Melanie Walker   Todd Walker



Candela Gallery will celebrate the summer exhibition by hosting our annual fundraising gala on Saturday, July 22nd from 7 to 11 pm. The proceeds raised will be used to purchase select photographic works from the UnBound6! 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.

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 Saturn Heads, SCI FI super 8 films, Studio Two Three Print To Go, mouthwatering back alley fried chicken, adult snow cones, 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!

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.

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! 

Lauren Henkin, “Roses,” 2014. 40″ x 32″ Archival Pigment Print

Anastasia Davis, “Untitled (bushes),” 2014. 16″ x 20″ Archival Pigment Print Mounted on Dibond

James McCracken Jr. “Urban Farmer: Brooklyn,” 11″ x 14″ Platinum Print

Noelle Mason, “Banned/Contraband (Tropic of Capricorn),” 24″ x 18″ Archival Inkjet Print, Tropic of Capricorn, Psilocybe Cubensis “Golden Teacher”

Announcing… Upcoming Solo Exhibitions by Jared Ragland & Alyssa Salomon

May 5 – June 24, 2017

Jared Ragland, “Untitled,” 2015. Edition of 5. 28″ x 35″ Archival Pigment Print

Jared Ragland:  Everything is Going to Be All Right

“All these years I have been assuming that between us words mean roughly the same thing, that among certain people, gentlefolk I don’t mind calling them, there exists a set of meanings held in common.” – Walker Percy, The Moviegoer

In “Everything is Going to Be All Right” Jared Ragland reflects on his personal history living in the American South and visually narrates the existential journey of Walker Percy’s character, Binx Bolling from the 1961 novel, The Moviegoer.  Set in New Orleans, The Moviegoer follows Binx’s pilgrimage for a clearer understanding of himself. In a similar way, Ragland’s work challenges viewers to experience beyond the lens of visual observation, encouraging them to reflect within, and strive for a more personal understanding. Steeped in the New Orlean’s landscape, the images within the series are a combination of black and white photographs and appropriated, digitally sourced images that often blur our perception of reality and evoke a deeper meaning.

Jared Ragland is an Alumnus of LaGrange College and received his Master of Fine Art in Photography from Tulane University in 2003. He currently resides in his hometown of Birmingham, Alabama.

Alyssa Salomon, “06130013-2 2016-06-13 PFVA,” 2016. 22″ x 17″ Van Dyke Photo on Pigmented Cotton Rag Paper

Alyssa Salomon:  ANIMAL LAND

Alyssa Salomon’s newest series, “Animal Land” explores the nocturnal landscape and the feral beauty hidden within heavily developed places along the East Coast corridor. Over the course of the last year Salomon has served as an Artist-in-Residence at Virginia Commonwealth University Rice Rivers Center, collaborating with biologist Anne Wright, Rice’s Director of Environmental Outreach, to highlight the mysticism of the ecosystems within the Central Virginia section of the James River Watershed. Salomon transforms night-vision stills from digital infrared cameras into handmade van dyke prints, resulting in romantic visions of unseen environments. In this ongoing photographic project, Salomon invites viewers to reconsider familiar landscapes as being cohabited by humans and other species, presenting moments experienced by non-human animals that are often overlooked and would otherwise not occur in the presence of humans. 

Special thanks are due Anne Wright for allowing use of imagery collected from biodiversity research in James River Park System.  To Dr. Leonard Smock, Dr. Greg Garman, Anne Wright, Virginia Commonwealth University Rice Rivers Center, Science in the Park, Nathan Burrell and James River Park System, appreciation and admiration for innovative thinking, imaginative research, generosity, and spectacularly rich habitats. 

Related Links: Jared Ragland & Alyssa Salomon

Announcing… CHOP SHOP


MARCH 2 – APRIL 22, 2017

Ayumi Tanaka “The path,” from the series Wish You Were Here. 2014. 16″ x 20″ Silver Gelatin Print

Candela Gallery is pleased to announce CHOP SHOP, an exhibition exploring the work of seven artists, who are transforming images through various processes of manipulation. Featured artists are: Nadine Boughton, Tom Chambers, Blythe King, Peter Brown Leighton, Lissa Rivera, Ayumi Tanaka, and Maggie Taylor.


Maggie Taylor “What remains?,” 2016. 22″x 22″ Inkjet Print

Though each of the photographic works in this exhibition have been altered through digital manipulation, the tools of collage, illustration, deconstruction, redaction, surrealism are used in different measures by the exhibiting artists. By chiseling the foundation of their imagery, new perspectives are presented, as meaning shifts away from the real, slipping through different eras and otherworldly narratives.

Peter Brown Leighton, “Man Lives Through Plutonium Blast,” 2014. 10″ x 7″ Archival Pigment Print

Since it’s invention, the camera has been considered a truth telling instrument. But all along, there have been subversive applications, when depictions of the real have been pushed to suit the needs of the maker. So, information became less concrete and far more subjective and photography more mutable. Each of these artists, have uniquely embraced fabrication and the whole cloth creation of ideas, shaping reality by their own designs.

The exhibition will be on view March 2 – April 22, 2017.

A Preview Reception & Artist Talk will take place Thursday, March 2nd, from 5-8pm.

The Opening Reception will take place Friday, March 3rd, from 5-9pm.

Lissa Rivera, “San Jose, California,” from the series Absence Portraits. 5″ x 7″ Archival Pigment Print  Courtesy of ClampArt

Tom Chambers, “Glass Flower,” 2010. 14″ x 14″ Archival Pigment Print

Blythe King, “X-Ray Vision,” 2017. 20″ x 16″ Image Transfer, Collage, and 23K Gold Leaf on Illustration Board

Nadine Boughton, “Wingtips,” 2015. 15″ x 15″ Archival Pigment Print


Nadine Boughton

Tom Chambers

Blythe King

Peter Brown Leighton

Lissa Rivera

Ayumi Tanaka

Maggie Taylor

Announcing…. Susan Worsham: By The Grace Of God


January 6th – February 18th, 2017 

worsham201Susan Worsham, “Diospyros virginiana (Virginia Sugar-plum),” 2014. 40” x 50” Archival Pigment Print

Candela Gallery is pleased to announce By The Grace Of God, our second solo show from Richmond, Virginia based photographer, Susan Worsham.

Over the past nine-years, Susan Worsham has let curiosity and a sense of nostalgia guide her, traveling quiet roads, to warmly lit places, engaging with people she meets along the way. Her portraits illustrate collaborative reflections of fleeting moments shared between strangers. Images of backyards, shrouded by overgrowth, lush with vivid color are rich with a deeper truth. Dated facades, blanketed by dust, are each a chronicle of time’s passage.  Worsham’s work often serves as metaphor for her own life experiences.

worsham231Susan Worsham, “Icing Fingers,” 2014. 32” x 40” Archival Pigment Print

The artist writes, “These portraits represent a connecting point where two separate paths cross in the road and make something beautiful together that they could not have done without the other. For me these pictures become the proof of that moment and that beauty existed in it.”

Through brief encounters, Worsham rediscovers the rusting edges of her own southern childhood.  The photographs delicately impart a sense of intimacy, and enigmatic symbolism.  The experience of this exhibition will be inimitable, poetic and deeply personal, drawing inspiration in equal parts from the artist’s memories of family, from the southern landscape, and from the commingled confusion of sadness and beauty.

8aSusan Worsham, “Bottled Light, William Eggleston’s Childhood Home, Sumner, MS,” 2013. 25″ x 20″ Archival Pigment Print

A preview reception & artist talk will take place Thursday, January 5th, from 5-8pm.

The exhibition will open to the public Friday, January 6th, from 5-9pm.

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Announcing… Chasing Tales




Visual storytelling is an art form unto itself.  It can entertain us with fictional narrative, impart wisdom through documentation, or provide an escape just as literature does.  This power of the narrative is immense. Opening November 4th, Candela Books + Gallery announces Chasing Tales, a group exhibition featuring photographic work by Daniel Coburn, Paul Thulin, and collaborators Antone Dolezal and Lara Shipley, all artists connecting the past and present fusing elements of reality with mysterious and imaginative intent.


Daniel W. Coburn, “Resurrection,” from The Hereditary Estate, 2014. 24″ x 30″ Archival Pigment Print

Daniel Coburn weaves together homespun histories and symbolic fabrications in The Hereditary Estate; a series in which Coburn creates haunting and metaphoric tableaus, photographing his family as they transcend their own stories through remembrance, performance, and spirituality.


Antone Dolezal & Lara Shipley, “Waiting for the Light,” from the Devil’s Promenade. 30″ x 37″ Archival Pigment Print

Antone Dolezal and Lara Shipley draw the viewer into the backwoods of the Ozark mountains to experience the infamous floating “spooklight” in the Devil’s Promenade. Often described as ‘a place you can feel,’ Dolezal and Shipley recreate the mysterious orb of light, and those who have been affected by it.


Paul Thulin, “Lady of Shallot,” from the series Pine Tree Ballads. Archival Pigment Print

Paul Thulin explores his heritage and childhood memory in a search for familial identity in Pine Tree Ballads. Returning yearly to coastal Maine, as his family has for over a century, Thulin has reimagined the environment from his past and rediscovered his ancestors through fantastical imagery.


Further press images available upon request.

Announcing… STUMP


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Debi Cornwall, “Smoke Break, Camp America,” from the series Gitmo at Home, Gitmo at Play, 2014. 26″ x 32″ Archival Pigment Print

As the General Election approaches, Candela Books + Gallery introduces STUMP; a group exhibition featuring photographic artists whose work is politically salient, couched in national issues, or generally steeped in concerns we are all facing.

With STUMP, our hope is to sponsor discussion around an array of issues at the forefront of national debates. The photographic works featured draw on our current culture and provide a lens through which to examine issues both locally and globally important.




STUMP artist Lindsey Beal highlights issues regarding sexual freedom and women’s reproductive rights. Sheila Pree Bright covers the Black Lives Matter movement inspiring a crucial dialogue about racial inequality and political struggles that divide us. Debi Cornwall explores the dire and often times bizarre world of those imprisoned at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and those that guard them. Tom Kiefer takes a humanizing look at immigration and the risks migrants take crossing the border in hopes of a better life. Mark Peterson documents the theatre of the campaign trail. Brian Ulrich captures American consumerism and the allure of material wealth. Lastly, D.M. Witman examines climate concerns and the harsh realities of changing environmental regimes.

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Tom Kiefer, “Soap,” from the series El Sueño Americano , 2014. 24″ x 24″ Archival Inkjet Print

The exhibition runs September 2 through October 22, 2016, with a preview & artist talk on Thursday, September 1st from 5-8pm. The opening reception will take place Friday, September 2nd from 5 to 9pm.

In the run up to the national election in November, Candela Books + Gallery will also host a voter registration drive in the gallery during this exhibition, through Monday, October 17th during open hours.

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Announcing… UnBound5! Opening July 1st! 

Five years of UnBound! is a big deal. Since Candela opened its doors in 2012, our UnBound! exhibitions have been continually dedicated to supporting, exhibiting, and collecting exceptional fine art photography. UnBound5! showcases a wide array of photographic techniques from 41 emerging and established artists, both locally and abroad. We are very proud to bring you a compelling selection of photographic work for the fifth year in a row.

The opening reception is on Friday, July 1st, from 5 to 9pm.

Participating Artists:

Asiya Alsharabi  Lindsey Beal  Chris Bennett  Christa Blackwood  Tommy Bruce  Shawn Bush  Marcus DeSieno  Matt Eich  Gloria Baker Feinstein  Domenico Foschi  Joe Gillette  Steve Gross & Susan Daley  Muriel Hasbun  David Johnson  Lena Kholkina  Galina Kurlat  Nate Larson & Marni Shindelman  Rebecca Sexton Larson  Gretchen LeMaistre & Kirk Crippens  Andy Mattern  James McCracken Jr  Sarah Midkiff  Lena Mirisola  Zora J. Murff  Luis Gonzalez Palma  Marina Paulenka  Walker Pickering  Susana Raab  Shane Rocheleau  Whitten Sabbatini  Jay Turner Frey Seawell  Jennifer Schlesinger  Scott F. Smith  Joni Sternbach  Athena Petra Tasiopoulos  Phil Toledano  Melanie Walker  Susan Worsham


Candela Gallery will celebrate the summer exhibition by hosting our perennial fundraising gala on Saturday, July 23rd from 7 to 11 pm. The proceeds raised will be used to purchase select photographic works from the UnBound5! exhibition. Our UnBound! events allow us to continually build the Candela Collection and generate unique opportunities and exposure for participating artists. Candela intends to donate the collection to a notable art institution.

We are always thrilled by the support and overall enthusiasm for the event. This years’ martial arts inspired gala will offer entertainment, libations and eats; including Jackie Chan-cakes, kung fu super 8 films, a Chuck Norris look-a-like contest (all present are automatically entered), a live performance by GULL, mouthwatering back alley fried chicken, adult snow cones, 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.

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.

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! 

Galina Kurlat, Ezra, 2016. 7″ x 5″ Tintype

Walker Pickering, Rifle, 2013. 30″ x 24″ Archial Pigment Print

Matt Eich, Backyard Haircut, Norfolk, VA, 2015. 24″ x 30″ Archival Pigment Print

Lindsey Beal, Venus Figure #17, 3.25″ x 4″ Ambrotype

Athena Petra Tasiopoulos, Vision, 2016. 7″ x 5.5″

Archival Pigment Print  with Hand-Embellishments in Graphite, Acrylic, and Wax Pastel

Family Pictures — Call for Submissions

Family Pictures

Photographers Photographing Their Own Families

Candela Books + Gallery is currently seeking photographs made by photographers photographing their own families for our next book project.

We are looking for images that evoke intimacy, love, frustration, humor, absurdity, the ordinary as well as the extraordinary…

Photographs of your family life.

Photographs of your children, your siblings, your parents.

Photographs of your lovers.

Even if this type of photographic work is not what you are known for, we want to see your family images if the photos are emotionally charged, if there is hilarity, if there is love, aging, sex, ritual, celebration, coming of age, sisters, brothers, grandparents, if there are tears or anxiety or loss.

Generation by generation, it seems we are all made of the same stuff. Mothers from everywhere recognize what it means to hold their children for the first time. Grown children everywhere recognize what it means to see your parents slowing down. Many of us are parents and children and lovers simultaneously. Our bodies are changing, mortality swirls around us, our children are the echoes of our loved ones.  Really, we have but a short time to kick up a little dust before it eventually settles back over us.  Let us have a look at you and your people.

Please send your questions, your website links or images to:

Gordon Stettinius

[email protected]


We know photographers love to procrastinate with deadlines BUT the sooner you get your work to us, the better.   We expect to include the work of as many as 40 photographers, with some photographers having a small selection of works.  So, the deadline is open for the moment but we will be into the final editing sometime around Summer of 2016.

Copies of the book will be given to those who are included in this project and there will be an exhibition to celebrate the finished book, when a selection of images from the book will be exhibited at Candela Books + Gallery, located in a recently renovated building in the Downtown Arts District of Richmond, Virginia.

Many thanks!



Gordon Stettinius

Candela Books + Gallery

214 West Broad Street

Richmond, VA 23220


Announcing… Subject to Change, Opening March 4th



Lisa Kokin, Forget-Me-Knot, 2000. 51″ x 35″ Mixed media sewn found photo collage.

The notion of objects having a soul is an old one and is perhaps a bit romantic.  But the intangible presence which objects possess is nearly inarguable.  Imperfections can signal appreciation or neglect, unusual provenance, or even historical import.  Just how does an artist respond to a given object – with emotion or with intellect or with intuition?  These ideas are what we hope to examine in this exhibition.

Subject to Change centers around seven artists who use traditional photographic processes to revive lost or discarded everyday objects. Each appropriated piece offers it’s own course in which to channel history, precipitating new stories through a range of alternative processes including wet plate collodion, silver gelatin prints, image transfers on film, collage, and 3-D mixed media objects.


K.K. DePaul, Only Child (from the series Only Child), 2014. 18″ x 24″ Unique mixed media.

The works on view bring together a wide range of personal effects that include lost possessions, family tokens, found objects, collected memorabilia, and rescued belongings; In this collection of contemporary works, each artist has modified and redefined interpretation, setting up new manifestations, each with a redefined impact, now waiting for the appreciation of a new audience. Exploring multiple familiar themes — of love, of loss, of relationships, of mystery – Subject to Change brings new interpretations to the familiar objects around us.

Participating artists: David Emitt Adams, K.K. DePaul, Heidi Kirkpatrick, Lisa Kokin, Tarrah Krajnak, Rachel Phillips, and Kris Sanford.

The exhibition will open Friday, March 4th, from 5-9pm.


David Emitt Adams, Seven Hours Until Sundown (from the series Conversations with History), 11″ x 9″ x 5″ Tintype on found object.
Kris Sanford, Polka Dots (from the series Through the Lens of Desire), 2015. 10″ x 10″ Archival inkjet print.


Rachel Phillips, Divination By Mirror (from the series Divination), 2016. 2.5″ x 4.25″ Unique transfer to original cabinet card.



Tarrah Krajnak, Hambre (from the series 1979), 2014. 24″ x 36″ Archival pigment print.
Heidi Kirkpatrick, Mother, 2001. 5.5″ x 5.75″ x 1.75″ Unique film positive on vintage book.


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Announcing Andreas Rentsch: Experiments in Time



Andreas Rentsch, “Untitled,” from Entangled with Justice, 2009, unique, toned type 55 polaroid negative, 4″ x 5″

Candela Books + Gallery is pleased to present Andreas Rentsch: Experiments in Time, a comprehensive view of Rentsch’s photographic career.

Andreas Rentsch is a New York based photographer who deliberately challenges conventional approaches to photography. Though Rentsch’s works exemplify the literal definition of photography, ‘writing with light,’ his emphasis on experimentation and chance yields an innovative hybrid of analog photography, uncertainty, and performance art.

Rentsch’s work is cerebrally tethered to themes of justice and empathy, informed by his childhood experiences growing up the son of a warden on a prison compound in Switzerland. In his more recent series, Entangled with Justice, Rentsch performs in front of the camera; using his own figure, though unrecognizable, to create narratives depicting the unjust treatment of Iraqi prisoners at Abu Ghraib as well as public unrest in Afghanistan. Rentsch relies upon the random development and decay of Polaroid Type 55 film to reference the uncertain nature of human existence and emphasize the cruelty and vulnerability of incarceration.

Rentsch received his MFA in Studio Art from Stony Brook University. He is the recipient of several major awards, including the New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship and Polaroid Artists Support Grant. His work has been exhibited worldwide, and is in numerous private and public collections including the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; the Polaroid Collection; the Heckscher Museum of Art in Huntington, NY; Musée de la Photographie in Charleroi, Belgium; Musée de l’Elysée in Lausanne, Switzerland; Museet for Fotokunst in Odensee, Denmark; the Swiss Foundation of Photography in Winterhur, Switzerland; the Museum at Checkpoint Charlie in Berlin, Germany; and the Foundation Gianada, in Martigny, Swizterland. Rentsch is an educator who taught at the International Center of Photography in New York from 2004 to 2015. Today, he resides in Huntington, NY and teaches photography at Mount Ida College near Boston.

Experiments in Time will be on view at Candela Gallery from January 8 – February 20, 2016.

Preview Reception & Artist Talk will take place on Thursday, January 7, 2016, 5-8 pm. The Public Opening Reception will take place on Friday, January 8, 2016, 5-9pm. 

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03 copyAndreas Rentsch, “Untitled,” from the Figure series2002, unique, type 55 polaroid print, 4″ x 5″

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Andreas Rentsch, “Untitled,” 2002, unique, type 55 polaroid print, 4″ x 5″


Andreas Rentsch, “Untitled,” from Entangled with Justice, 2009, unique, toned type 55 polaroid negative, 4″ x 5″