It's difficult to say whether the paint on Amanda Robinson's hands is from putting together a store in the gallery in the Virginia Fire and Police Museum, preparing the gallery space for an upcoming show or working on her own art (when she has time, often ahem when other folks are getting some reading done).
Almost a year and a half after opening the doors of Gallery5, Robinson doesn't look like she's any closer to getting a full night's sleep. Maybe it's because she's constantly adding another element to her artistic circus. With those paint-flecked hands, she's juggled putting the work of young artists on the walls (a first stamp on their resumé) with no budget, hosting live music, executing a nude art show (for which she spent the most money she'd ever spent on a show: $200 for the materials to build boxes for the models) and organizing a show of Russian art whose November opening will bring in the Russian ambassador and other notables.
Speaking of juggling, there's the October show to think about, a Carnival-themed affair with a freak show, burlesque and taxidermy. And though Robinson has a loyal board to help with the planning and interns to put the big shows together, it's likely that those hands won't be pigment-free anytime soon.Back to Top forty under 40