Please join us for the event we’ve been waiting for all year— Susan Carr’s 2nd solo exhibition at LABspace, In My Room.
Susan began painting for this show the day she returned home from delivering her previous solo to us, 18 months ago. In My Room was meant to open a year later, April 2020.
While initially heartbreaking, the eventual 6-month delay (due to Covid) ultimately allowed Susan to continue working each day toward this exhibit. The result is a breathtaking collection of nearly 100 paintings, ceramics, painted wood constructions, soft sculptures, and drawings.
We are thrilled to share Susan’s extraordinary work with you, joyously reopening our fall season.
We welcome all visitors safely, with masks and appropriate distancing.
Huge thank you to Susan Carr for your dedication, patience, and this exquisite body of work.
See you all here, xo Ellen & Julie
Susan Carr: In My Room Opens This Saturday & Sunday: Sept 12 & 13th, 1-5pm On view Saturdays and Sundays 1-5pm and by appointment through Sunday, November 8th
Space Case installation view featuring Chloë Shupe, April Childers, Hilary McWilliams, Jodi Hays, and David Onri Anderson.
We hope you and your loved ones are staying healthy and sane these days. We haven’t written in a while and have some updates for you!
Thanks to your boundless generosity, LABspace has been able to support artists we love, and to help raise money for some great organizations throughout this uncertain and stressful time.
YOU— our thriving community of artists and art lovers— have collectively raised over $7600 for Black Visions Collective, The Loveland Foundation, Black Women’s Blueprint, Trans Justice Funding Project, and more inspiring funds that make a positive impact every day. We have been thrilled to help facilitate these donations through artwork sales on our LABspace Instagram page, and we continue to do so. We hope to reach $10,000 in donations, details below on how to support this goal. Thank you all so much for the love that you have shown!
Also thanks to you, our initial LABspace fundraiser has successfully carried us through months of being closed. We are beyond thrilled to be able to move forward with our IRL gallery programming!
Up next, we invite you to please visit us for the Closing Weekend of Space Case, Sat & Sun Aug 1st & 2nd, 1-5pm. We have halted commissions for the remainder of this show, so all new sales are at 50% listed prices, to be paid directly to the artists. There are still many gems yet to be claimed!
And please Save-the-Date for our opening weekend of Susan Carr’s solo exhibition, In My Room, Saturday and Sunday September 12th & 13th, 1-5pm. We can’t wait to share Sue’s new work with you! Please message us if you’d like to receive a PDF Preview.
Thank you, dear friends! Please be safe out there. We look forward to seeing you all SOON.
Sending love to you and yours,
xo Julie & Ellen
Next up at LABspace:
1. Space Case closing, 2. Susan Carr opening, 3. Fundraising for great causes continues.
Allyson Mellberg Taylor in Space Case, featured on Karlyn Benson’s Art Valley blog. Click photo to read the backstory of Space Case, and to subscribe to this great new resource for art in the area.
1. Space Case Closing Weekend: Sat & Sun, Aug 1st & 2nd, 1-5pm. Last chance to see this joyous celebration of artist-run exhibition spaces throughout VA, NC & TN.We have halted commissions for the remainder of this show, so all new sales are at 50% listed prices, to be paid directly to the artists.
Collectors are welcome to pick up their acquisitions anytime during these hours. If you are unavailable this weekend, please message us to visit another time. Thank you!
HUGE THANKS to Karlyn Benson for featuring Space Case on her Art Valleyblog. Click photo above to read the backstory of how this show came to be!
Susan Carr, Young Susan as Aunt Lou, 2020, oil on wood, 12 x 12 inches. Message us for a PDF Preview of Susan's upcoming solo exhibition.
2. Opening weekend of Susan Carr’s solo exhibition In My Room, Saturday & Sunday, Sept 12th & 13th, 1-5pm. Please save the date!We look forward to welcoming guests for masked, limited capacity visits during gallery hours to view this installation of nearly 100 new works that Susan has made this past year. Message us to receive a PDF preview of her paintings, painted wood sculptures, ceramics, and soft sculptures. We are so thankful to Susan for her patience while we replanned and rescheduled her exhibition, originally intended for this past spring. We. Can’t. Wait.
Ian Myers, snood, egg tempera on panel, 8 x 6 inches, 2020, $300 (+ $10 shipping). 100% proceeds to the Marsha P. Johnson Institute.
3. Fundraising for great causes continues on Instagram. Please follow us there, and scroll below to view a sampling of available works. We are so indebted to all the artists who have donated 100% proceeds to these phenomenal organizations, and to you fellow artists and art lovers who continue to collect and support this endeavor. Our total donations have now surpassed $7600. Please take a look and help us reach $10,000! We will continue posting new works on our LABspace Instagram each week. Please message us to claim artwork featured here. Thank you, friends!
Cynthia Mason, Black Hole, 2019, linen, porcelain, shredded documents, black velvet, apoxie, oil, ink, graphite, thread, grommet, 10 x 10 x 1.5 inches, $300 (shipping included). 100% proceeds to The Okra Project.
Jennifer Coates, 3 figures 4 deer, 2020, gouache and colored pencil on paper, 8 x 10 inches, $400 (+ 10 shipping). 100% proceeds to The Okra Project.
Berly Brown, Diamond Time, 2020, oil, acrylic, pumice, and glass beads on canvas, 14 x 11 x 1 inches, $350 (+ shipping) or free drop-off within capital region. 100% proceeds to Black Women’s Blueprint.
Seth Koen, 1993, 2020, wood, 7 x 9 x 5 inches, $1000 (+ shipping). 100% proceeds to Black Women’s Blueprint.
Carol Retsch Bogart, Woven Matrix, 2019, thread, paper pulp, wax, 13 x 13 inches in maple floater frame, $295 (shipping included). 100% proceeds to Black Women’s Blueprint.
Elisa Soliven, Untitled, Pair, 2020, oil pastel on paper, 9 x 12 inches, $150 (+ shipping). 100% proceeds to the Justice for Breonna Taylor gofundme.
Chieko Murasugi, Little Watershed, 2020, mixed media including arches paper, acrylic, ink, cotton kimono fabric, nori (dried seaweed), cheesecloth, and rabbit skin glue, 22 x 15 x 4 inches, $300 (+ shipping). 100% proceeds to The Loveland Foundation.
Ellen Letcher and Julie Torres, Moon Broom, 2018, acrylic, color pencil, and collage on panel, 12 x 12 inches, $300 (local pick-up/drop-off, or shipping included). 100% proceeds to Therapy for Black Girls.
Amanda Nolan Booker in Space Case, featured on Karlyn Benson’s new blog, Art Valley. Click photo to read the backstory of how Space Case came to be, and to follow the blog.
It’s been a while! We hope you and your loved ones are staying safe and healthy.
We’ve been hustling to keep LABspace going as a functioning IRL artist-run space... and it’s working!
Thanks to your generous support, we are able to keep our physical space for the foreseeable future, which is a HUGE accomplishment in these uncertain times.
We are blown away by your collective kindness. Dozens of unsolicited artwork donations have flooded in, and we are also selling work at our usual (or a slightly reduced) commission, which helps LABspace AND the artists we love. Many of you have collected work from us during this time and we are so grateful.
We are dreaming up new ways to exhibit artists, and for you to see inspiring artwork safely from home, and safely at LABspace.
Detailed below are 4 ways you can help keep LABspace going. We will continue doing everything we can to support this thriving community that we have all created together.
Sending love to you and yours.
Thank you, friends! xo Julie & Ellen
Four ways to support LABspace ❤️
Allyson Mellberg Taylor in Space Case, featured on Karlyn Benson’s new blog, Art Valley. Click photo to read the backstory of how Space Case came to be, and to follow the blog.
1. Space Case is still on view! We have successfully made arrangements for visitors to see the show safely and privately on their own, making an appointment for an individual or couple, once every 3 days. Message us to receive instructions for this ZERO-CONTACT visit, or to view our digital checklist by email.
Huge thanks to Karlyn Benson for featuring Space Case on her new blog, Art Valley. Click photo to read the whole crazy backstory of the show, and be sure to follow her blog!
Susan Carr, The Fickle Finger of Fate, 2020, oil on wood, 24 x 18 inches. Message us for a digital preview of Susan's upcoming solo exhibition.
2. Susan Carr’s solo exhibition has been postponed until late summer/fall.Email us to receive a digital preview of her exhibition of 86 artworks (so far!). We can’t wait to install the extraordinary work that Susan has been making for the past year, and to reopen our doors.
Julie’s painted envelopes featured on artist Etty Yaniv’s blog Art Spiel. Click photo to read the interview, and to follow Art Spiel’s Artists on Coping series.
3. Throughout this health crisis, I’ve been struggling to find a way to make sense of everything. Fueled by frustration, I began painting all the envelopes that have come to LABspace from all of you over the past two years. My goal is to make and sell 100 envelopes for 50 bucks each. I post new envelopes on myInstagram nearly every day. Painting them has become a therapeutic experience, and continues to help fund the gallery. You can read more about it on Etty Yaniv’s blog, Art Spiel. Her Artists on Coping series has been a balm in these anxious days.
Christina Tenaglia, Untitled, 2020, paint, wood, nails, approx 18 x 7 x .5 inches. Email to claim via LABspace fundraiser. $300
4. We continue to show and sell artwork every day on Instagram andFacebook, as a fundraiser to keep our LABspace lights on. Please follow us, and scroll below to view available works. We are so indebted to artists who have donated their work, and to fellow artists and fans who continue to collect. We’d be nowhere without you, and certainly not in our physical space.
Thank you ALL for contributing to the success of this thrilling endeavor that we have loved since artist Susan Jennings founded the gallery in 2014. LABspace has brought so much meaning into our lives, and has connected us with so many of you. We are honored and energized to keep it going, no matter what.
See y’all SOON, xo Julie & Ellen
Diane Dwyer, Untitled (March 8), 2020, oil crayon on yupo paper, 9 x 12 inches. Email to claim via LABspace fundraiser. $200
Jon Cowan, Radiant Void, 2020, gouache, ink and watercolor on paper, 4.5 x 3.5 inches. Email to claim via LABspace fundraiser. $200
Niki Kriese, Headfirst, acrylic on panel, 12 x 16 inches. Email to claim via LABspace fundraiser. $400
Susan Still Scott, untitled, 2016, flasche, acrylic, graphite, paper, birch veneer, 13 x 12.5 inches. Email to claim via LABspace fundraiser. $100
Black Lake, The House Gently Rocks and Turns; tape, acrylic, ink, 12 x 9 inches. Email to claim via LABspace fundraiser. $200
Brantner DeAtley, Flip It, acrylic, watercolor, and ink on card, 2004-2019, 7 x 5 inches. Email to claim via LABspace fundraiser. $50
Jackie Shatz, Slipstream, ceramic and paint, 9 x 6 x 6 inches. Email to claim via LABspace fundraiser. $300
Allyson Mellberg Taylor, Stress Eating, walnut ink and egg tempera on paper, 15 x 11 inches. Email to claim via LABspace fundraiser. $600
Christina Renfer Vogel, Untitled (Hawaiian Shirt), 2017, oil on panel, 5 x 6 inches. Email to claim via LABspace fundraiser. $200
Will Hutnick, Quick Sand, 2019, acrylic, colored pencil, crayon, marker and mica on canvas, 20 x 16 inches. Email to claim via LABspace fundraiser. $1500
Amanda Barr, Banana Peel, 2019, ceramic and acrylic. Email to claim via LABspace fundraiser. $300
Dan Devine, Serapis, 2019, cast plaster, 9 x 13 x 8 inches. Email to claim via LABspace fundraiser. $600
David Pollack, Birdhouse, 2019, oil on wood, weatherproofed, 9.5 x 10 x 7.5 inches. Email to claim via LABspace fundraiser. $200
Bill Thelen, ink and watercolor on bristol, 7 x 5 inches. Email to claim via LABspace fundraiser. $100
Installation view of Space Case, featuring April Childers’ Bottomless Cookie Jar, Cookie Jar with No Bottom (Natty Bo), 2017, air dry clay and acrylic, 11 x 6 x 11.25 inches.
Space Case is on pause for the time being, we hope to see you all soon.
With everyone’s health and well being in mind, we are suspending our regular gallery hours for a while. We hope to reopen Space Case eventually with viewings by appointment, and an eventual Closing Celebration to give this joyous show a proper send off.
We are so grateful to the artists and spaces we met across VA-NC-TN, and all you wonderful folks who have come out to see and support their work.
Susan Carr’s solo exhibition will open sometime late summer/fall. Her new body of work is extraordinary and we are beyond thrilled to share it with you. We are preparing a digital preview since many of you have requested advance images. Please drop a line if you’d like to receive it.
Thank you all so much for your lovely messages, visits, and for sharing images of our show.
Be safe, stay healthy, and see you all SOON.
XO Ellen & Julie
Please join us for a journey through the artist-run spaces of Chapel Hill and Raleigh NC, Chattanooga and Nashville TN... with a detour through Charlottesville VA!
We’ve organized this show based on recent visits with artists who run uniquely situated and inventively programmed labors of love, exhibiting the work of fellow artists in attics, basements, sheds, faculty offices, former meat packing plants... and traditional white boxes, too.
Also on view are works from Drawing and Painting majors at the University of TN, Chattanooga who we met through Christina Renfer Vogel’s curatorial project Office Space, in which Vogel installs exhibitions in her faculty office and hallways.
We are so indebted to our own local community of artists who show, promote, and support fellow artists, and that has been the mission of LABspace since Susan Jennings founded the gallery in 2014.
We hope that you will join us in celebrating this enduring tradition of artists supporting artists!
Space Case: Making a case for artist-run spaces
Extended and reopening sometime soon