Artist Javier Tapia to Discuss Exhibit at Art @ Happy Hour

Javier Tapia

Free gallery talk at Piedmont Arts, April 26

MARTINSVILLE, Va – Enjoy a free guided tour of the exhibit, Acuarelas en Gran Formato, at Art @ Happy Hour on Thursday, April 26 from 5 – 7 pm at Piedmont Arts.

Artist Javier Tapia will lead a gallery talk from 5:30 – 6:30 pm. C omplimentary refreshments and an open bar will be available during the event.

Acuarelas en Gran Formato, which translates to ‘large format watercolors,’ is a study in abstraction and color, featuring brightly hued geometric forms that tower over the viewer.

Of his process, Tapia says, “My attempt is to arrive at an energized and surprising surface through which color, space and layers interact. Certain marks come at certain times—some released without deliberation and others made with focused intention. In these paintings, my attempt has been to stay with a subject until I have exhausted what I know, sometimes finding new questions that drive the next work.”

Tapia is an associate professor of painting and drawing at Virginia Commonwealth University. He earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees at the University of Texas at Austin, where he graduated with honors. He has been awarded several grants and scholarships and has participated in numerous international and national exhibitions. Tapia’s work is part of the collections of the National Museum of Peru, the Ogden Museum of Southern Art in New Orleans and the Museum Pedro de Osma in Lima, Peru.

ART 180: Imagining a World Where No Youth are Locked Up, featuring work by incarcerated youth from the Richmond Juvenile Detention Center’s Post-Dispositional Program; PhotoVoice, featuring photographs by students participating in CHILL MHC; Work by Donna Koger; and Second Chances, featuring work by trustees from the Martinsville City Jail will also be on display.

Piedmont Arts is a nonprofit art museum in Martinsville, Virginia that inspires and engages the diverse Martinsville-Henry County community and surrounding areas through visual arts, performing arts and arts education. Piedmont Arts is a statewide partner of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts and is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums. Piedmont Arts programming is partially supported by the Virginia Commission for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts. Piedmont Arts is located at 215 Starling Avenue, Martinsville. Museum hours are Tuesday – Friday from 10 am – 5 pm and Saturday from 10 am– 3 pm. Admission is free. Learn more at