(Amanda Wheeler)

By Jordan Collier

know little about art. In fact, I know almost nothing. If someone held up two paintings and asked me which was Impressionism and which was Surrealism, I’d be hard-pressed to come up with an answer. My greatest artistic achievement is probably the macaroni Spider-Man I made back in elementary school.

Because of this, I was greatly surprised at how much I enjoyed the Art Gallery Hop that took place on last Friday here in Richmond.

To be perfectly honest, I wasn’t even aware Richmond had the art community it does, so the event was a real eye-opener. Ten small businesses and galleries located on Third Street, East Main Street, and Lancaster Avenue opened their doors between 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Guests were encouraged to “hop” from one gallery to the next, sample the art, eat free food, and meet featured guest artists.

The art forms on display included paintings, sculptures, quilts, multimedia art, pen and ink drawings, and even photography.

I visited seven of the galleries, and each offered something slightly different from the others.

Debra Hille, the guest artist at Creative Arts by Sherri, posed an interesting question to me when I commented that I liked her painting but wasn’t exactly sure what I was looking at because of my lack of artistic knowledge.

She asked me what I felt when I looked at her work-and if I liked it.

Hille made me realize that I didn’t need a master’s degree on the subject to answer those two simple questions.

The piece itself was an abstract, and all of the reds, yellows, and purples immediately made me think of fire.

The patron that had the painting commissioned wanted a lot of energy in the painting, so my own interpretation probably isn’t all that far off.

The Irvington House Museum had a display of quilts and photographs. Curator Doug Brewer pointed out the attention to detail the quilters had.

A quilt called The Good Dragon, made by Pat Jennings, was so intricate that the body of the dragon actually looked like it had different kinds of scales.

Another quilt by renowned quilter Virgiona Pilond was based on a song about a cherry tree.

At first glance I only saw two lovers stitched into the quilt, but Brewer showed me that the other objects told part of the story as well.

There was also live music at the hop in the form of Otherson.

Otherson is a street musician who plays fiddle and blues music on the guitar and harmonica-and sings to boot.

It was the first time I’ve seen a street musician in Richmond, and it was an experience I won’t soon forget.

The next Art Gallery Hop is on Oct. 17.