Heading to Virgina today to check out the energetic team at Quirk Gallery. Thanks to owner Katie for sharing her thoughts and her brick and mortar, and living a handmade life.
We absolutely love our neighborhood in Richmond, Virginia. We feel that having a gallery/store that features our local talent only adds to the ambience and character of Broad Street. Our customers are seeking locally crafted work and want to support Richmond’s art scene. It is a privilege for us to represent our local talents.
Quirk also aims to add a little beauty to our neighborhood. We are definitely a destination in our slowly “up and coming neighborhood.” We want to make the experience worthwhile.
We are also fortunate enough to have VCU (Virginia Commonwealth University) just down the street. Such a wealth of talented artists! We have benefited immensely from student and faculty support. Many of our Quirk Represents Artists have graduated from the metals department. VCU puts a lot of energy and focus into their Crafts department… We are so lucky to represent so much talent!
We have just recently reached out to an online shopping site. But, our galleries and brick/mortar shop are the heart of soul of Quirk.
It is our customers that have shaped quirk. Without them, we wouldn’t be able to do what we love.
Handmade/indie art is so tactile and personal. It makes the shopping experience so much more interesting. It has been such a pleasure getting to know the artists…and understanding why they created their work. Each piece that I have acquired personally has a story…and so much more meaning. I love the history and identity of work that is handmade rather than mass-produced.
***The best part of quirk is working with friends that I love and share the same mission. It is definitely a group effort. I couldn’t do it without the help of Maggie and Diana. They are young and vibrant and so in touch with the local art community. I’m so thankful for their ideas and energy. They also keep me in line… and try to keep me on task.
311 West Broad St.
Richmond, VA 23220