Kalospectra™ comes to the Aloft Hotel Richmond West

One night art and action sports event comes to Richmond's West End

On Wednesday, November 18, from 6pm-10pm, the Aloft Hotel in the West Broad Village of Richmond, Virginia's West End will transform into a two-story art gallery, hosting the art and action sports event, Kalospectra, sponsored by Scion. Meet local and regional artists, witness performance BMX art, and enjoy free live music by DJ Cornbread in the hip atmosphere of the new Aloft Hotel. This event is FREE and open to the public! Come see why Aloft Hotel is the best place to rest your head and to gratify your soul.

The Aloft Richmond West is located at 3939 Duckling Drive, Glen Allen, VA 23060. For more information contact the Aloft Hotel at 804-433-1888, or visit www.twitter.com/aloftrichmond.

Bringing an eclectic mix of art to Richmond, featured artists at Kalospectra will include:

Ryan Humphrey: a former contestant on the Bravo TV show, "Top Design," his BMX-inspired installations, including Fast Forward, have been featured at the Queens Museum of Art in New York City and the Levy Gallery for the Arts in Philadelphia.

Doug Clarke (LiquidMethod): Doug Clarke is a commercial illustrator & designer living in Virginia Beach. Working professionally since 1998, Doug's work has appeared most recently in American Way and The Source magazines. On the fine art side, Doug does commissioned portraits, his last for Pat DiNizio of the Smithereens. www.liquidmethod.com

Colin Ginks: Colin Ginks is a visual artist and a published novelist. English by birth, he has lived a "nomadic existence" in such places as Lisbon, Marseille, Johannesburg and New York City, before recently settling in Norfolk, Virginia. Ginks has exhibited in galleries across Europe and in New York, including the Leslie-Lohman Gallery in New York City and most recently with the ArtFlux Organization, also in New York City.

Chelsey Barnes: "I am always trying to think positive; always carrying yourself negatively affects every aspect of your life. It really is easier to live life being sweet than it is being sour, but then again you've got to remember that there is no use being sweet if you're too prude to take your wrapper off every once in a while. I'm inspired largely by people that are set in situations where they must live a humble life."

Julian Lamaar Greene: "Working in various mediums, such as paints, ink, pencil, and charcoal, my work has a common thread which is recognizable by the subject matter and composition of each piece. It is my every intention to capture the true essence of the African-American experience, from the harsh reality of slavery and oppression to the everyday struggle of collective achievments and hope."

Hassan Pitts: Hassan Pitts is an interdisciplinary artist interested in fashioning images around absorption, sensation, emotion, movement and gesture. Hassan received a BFA in photography from Kutztown University, a BA in German studies from Dennison University and has most recently completed his MFA at Virginia Commonwealth University in photography and film.

Jennida Chase: Jennida Chase is an electronic artist who currently explores and combines several aspects of media-based art, ranging from film, video, animation, sound and photography. She completed her BFA at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1998 with a concentration in film, video and sound. In 2009 she completed her MFA from Virginia Commonwealth University's department of Photography and Film.

Cedric E. Custer: "As a former member of the Boilermakers - The International Brotherhood of Boilermakers, Iron Ship Builders, Blacksmiths, Forgers, and Helpers, AFL-CIO - and having been involved in heavy construction and fabrication for quite some time, I derive most of my inspiration and design from those experiences. I use an array of media including wood, glass, plastics, ferrous and non-ferrous metals, joining them with robust welds and other fastening techniques to get a solid industrial looking piece with a comfortable practicality for residential use."

Necole Zayatz: Necole Zayatz fancies horses, ambiguous metaphors, and interaction. She holds an MFA in Electronic Integrated Arts from Alfred University and exhibits work nationally and internationally. Currently she attends the Media, ART, and Text PhD Program at Virginia Commonwealth University and teaches in the Painting and Printmaking Department.

Lee Marchecko: "While a musician at heart, I find relevance in conveying messages in a visual form, often drawing inspiration for visual executions from music I have made. I like to think that my visual work pokes at a certain human quality that we all share; a quality that promotes human progression while reminding ourselves of the realities of social life."

DIRECTIONS to the Aloft Hotel, Richmond West

From Downtown Richmond -
Make your way out of the city to pick up Interstate 64 West, and continue for about 12 miles.
Take Exit 178A toward Short Pump to merge onto Route 250 West (W Broad Street).
At the second traffic light, turn left onto Brookriver Drive to enter the West Broad Village development.
Turn right onto Old Brick Road and continue for one block, then go around the circle-the hotel entrance will be immediately ahead.

CLICK HERE for more info on the Aloft Hotel Richmond West, including a local area map and additional driving directions.

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