In The Beginning…
When asked why she started Plein Air Richmond in 2012, Loryn Brazier honestly replied, “You know, I get asked that a lot and it just seemed like a good idea. People told me Richmond was too big of a city and it couldn’t be done, but it’s so pretty I had to try.”
Despite the initial doubt, Plein Air Richmond has been a success. June 2016 marks Plein Air Richmond’s 4th year. The event is held each year at Brazier Gallery and benefits a non-profit organization. Plein Air Richmond 2016 will benefit the Richmond SPCA.
“So when did you begin painting?”
Loryn Brazier received her degree from VCUarts and started her career in fashion design and advertising. After spending 20+ years in advertising, Loryn was inspired to paint like Danish artist P.S. Krøyer.
Brazier Gallery was born out of Loryn’s necessity for a public art studio. The space she found was too large so she thought a gallery might be a fun way to take up space. “I knew plenty of artists so I thought, why not?” The first artist friend she called was Dawn Whitelaw and the rest was history. Brazier Gallery became Richmond’s first contemporary impressionist gallery. It’s opening closely followed the VMFA’s 1995 exhibit on Impressionist Artists. Brazier Gallery has since moved from Carytown to it’s current location on West Main but many of the initial artists have remained with the gallery. Gallery artists Larry Moore, Nancy Tankersley, Ed Hatch, Jason Saunders, and Beth Marchant will be participating in this year’s Plein Air Richmond. Loryn hopes Plein Air Richmond will continue to be a fun, community event for years to come.