RVA Thriving Artists is a non-profit that sponsors programs to educate and inform artists, sponsors open figure drawing sessions, summer camps, and exhibit opportunities for Virginia visual artists.

Projects include offering free exhibit space and marketing for under served artists, community meet-ups, free exchange workshops that focus on the business of being an artists and techniques to improve and expand one’s craft, open figure drawing sessions and stipends for community projects.


The Exchange

Join us for The Exchange meetings. In these programs, you will learn about the business side of being an artists (creating a website, marketing your art, copyright laws, and techniques around making art (welding, painting, illustrating, clay work and more).

Palette Knife Painting

Linda Hollett-Bazouzi will lead this Exchange. She has painted exclusively with a palette knife since 2007 (with rare exceptions). She picked up a knife at a class on using the palette knife and plein air painting, and never looked back. A huge advantage is the ease of cleanup!

In this Exchange, Linda will talk and demonstrate. Then participants will try their hand at painting with a palette knife. Supplies are included.

The event is free. Click here to register as spots are limited.

Figure Drawing Sessions

We sponsor open Figure Drawing Sessions on the first and third Sundays of each month. Join us. The fee is $10 and used to pay the model. Time is from 1 p.m. – 4 p.m..  Click on the date(s) below to register.

Queer Life Drawing

Queer Life Drawing sessions are held at Gold Lion Community Cafe. Bring your art supplies and sketch our model.  Your donation pays the model and goes towards fundraising for the Color Theory: The Richmond Queer Art Experience , an exhibit at Art Works in August and September celebrating Pride Month in Richmond.

Location:  1014 Hull Street Richmond, VA 23224

Date: May 2, 2023

Time: 6 pm – 8 pm

Happy Hour Meet-ups

Join us for monthly Happy Hour Meet-ups at Benchtop Brewing (434 Hull Street).  Time: 6 pm – 7 pm.

April 18

May 16,

June 20


Aug 15

Sept 19

Oct 17

Nov 14

Dec 19

The Community Bridge Project

Learn about our latest opportunity: The Community Bridge Project–free exhibit space at Art Works for Virginia visual artists.

Click here to apply.

Amuri Morris

Meet Amuri. Her paintings are on display through May 31, 2024 at Art Works.