MRA Exhibit + Open House

Happy fall, art lovers!

Please join us this Wednesday evening for the first show in our new home on 23rd Street in Churchill. In addition to 23 featured pieces of work, you can sift through our artists’ portfolios while enjoying a cool beverage and some great company.  All artwork will be available for purchase!

Albert Costanzo, 2017

We look forward to celebrating with you in our new neighborhood.

MRA Twenty three on twenty third
Wednesday, September 20th
401 n 23rd Street

Sally + the Milk River Arts crew


First Friday + Milk River Arts in the News

First Friday This Week…
Join us in celebrating art and artists this Friday in our new space! The gallery will be open from 3-6, so please stop by and make a gelatin print, or just say hello.

In the News…
Milk River Arts is featured in Richmond Magazine. It captures the joyful spirit of our new studio in Church Hill. Read more here:
Please follow us on Facebook and Instagram to stay in the know!

Celebrating Spring + Summer!

Thanks to ALL who came out to support our FLOW Exhibition at the Weinstein JCCWe felt the LOVE.. so many friends, families, and art lovers together in one place!! On behalf of every one of us at Milk River, thank you for asking about our work, celebrating with us, buying what you loved, and telling others what we’re all about.
Milk River chalked up studio hours preparing for our CROWN workshop for VisArts’ Family Day! Inspired by paper flowers and a multitude of natural embellishments, hundreds of people stepped inside our studio to create one-of-a-kind, over-the-top head toppers! Thanks, Visual Arts Center of Richmond  for a day of laughter and for the chance to share our talents!
Donations are awesome and SO appreciated! We’ve got many friends who share gifts to support our growing community of artists. Thank you, Studio Two Three, for opening up your beautiful world to us in vibrant ways. Thank you, Quiet Donor, for the gift in honor of the American Dream of SELF HELP. Thank you, Collegiate School Epicurean Club and Care Square Krispies, for selling homemade treats that make delightful surprise checks possible! Thank you, glavé kocen gallery, artists and friends, for your support of MRA at jubilant opening celebrations each month!

It’s hot out there.. Grab a cool beverage and let’s raise a glass to great artists and the arts in RVA!
With love + gratitude,

Milk River Arts: F L O W || Opens Thursday!

Join us this Thursday for the opening of Milk River Arts: F L O W!  Participating artists Will Anderson, Shaina Cilimberg, Albert Costanzo, Joseph Driebe, Reid Hall, Bukuru Nyandwi  and Mark Trezise will share their stories through visual art.  Come meet the artists and experience what we call “flow.”

The reception will kick off the fifth annual ReelAbilities Film Festival at the Weinstein JCC, featuring films promoting appreciation and awareness of the lives of those with special needs and exceptional abilities.

The Milk River Arts opening reception on Thursday, March 16, 6–7pm, is free and open to the public. The show runs March 16 to April 9.

but darling
you are a river.
the rocks will
break you.
the valleys will bend you.
but you will never
because that is what you do.
you flow.
  -v i n a t i


Drawing Inspiration from Others

We are extremely lucky to be part of a community that supports the arts. Recently, we left the business of the studio to visit our community partners, Glave Kocen Gallery.  Will, a MRA core artist, was in the process of his own multi-media collage painting and was very excited to discover local artist, Josh George.

George’s work sparked a dialogue about adding texture and details,  serving as a great jumping off point for Will to incorporate collage and paint. See Will’s work-in-progress below.

Our artists continue to work hard preparing for our upcoming exhibit,  Milk River Arts: F L O W,  opening on March 16th at the Weinstein JCC. Please come celebrate with us!


A HUGE thank you to Glave Kocen, Studio Two Three, VMFA, Visual Arts Center, and all artists who inspire and help make the world a more beautiful and interesting place.

What Inspires You?

At Milk River Arts, we strive to understand what inspires our artists. Is it  different materials? Music? Star Wars? Social Activism? Other artists? When we slow down, listen, and pay attention, we grow as artists and human beings .

Shaina, who’s work in progress is pictured below, is working with Abby on varying skin tones. Shaina draws inspiration from other artists, coffee shops, and her own experiences out in the world.

Stay tuned as we ramp up for our upcoming show, Milk River Arts: FLOW, at the Weinstein JCC. Opening reception March 16th 6:30-7:30pm. For more details, visit

Studio visit with Michelle Erickson!

One of the highlights of our month was a studio visit with Michelle Erickson, artist-in-residence at the Visual Arts Center. Michelle was kind enough to invite us into her studio where she spoke about her unique approach to ceramics. We then lended our hands to Michelle’s collaborative project.  Thank you to Michelle and The Visual Arts Center for this memorable experience!IMG_9164 IMG_9161 IMG_9160 IMG_9157

Featured Artist: Mark Trezise at VisArts this Saturday!

Come meet Mark Trezise this Saturday at the Visual Arts center Collectors’ night auction! His fused glass piece has already received quite a bit of attention, so please joins us in supporting the Richmond art community.

Mark Trezise is a lover of bold color and pattern in both his fashion and his art. He studied graphic illustration and prepress imaging at Montgomery College, and his keen sense of design translates directly to his work. Paintings, drawings, and fused glass bowls all possess an imaginative and careful precision, evident through strong lines, composition, and vivid pops of color.


Featured Artist: Albert Costanzo

Meet our friend Albert Costanzo, a prolific artist who has been with Milk River Arts since last summer. His bold paintings have received quite a bit of attention, including the piece below which will be included in 1708’s Cabin Fever silent auction this weekend.  Come out and bid high!


Artist: Albert Costanzo


Artist Bio:

Albert Costanzo’s vibrant paintings imagine dynamic neon cityscapes where micro-humans inhabit a world few of us know about. Detailed renderings of planes, train tubes, runways, and the occasional satellite dish emerge from botanical centers that are inspired by imagination and his 30-year career at the Pentagon. Costanzo, born in 1959, is a self-taught artist. His work has been acquired for the Quirk Hotel collection.

Learning to Make Your Mark

“The artist never entirely knows — We guess. We may be wrong, but we take leap after leap in the dark.” ~Agnes de Mille

Letting go continued to be the theme this week in the studio. Learning to get lost in the process allowed the artists to further experiment with mark-making and how this can be incorporated into their personal style.

Thank you to the VMFA and the Visual Arts Center for helping create such rich experiences!

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