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As First Fridays enters its fifth year, 10 new galleries join the scene.

312 Gallery, 312 Brook Road, 339-2535

After a stint on the arts and crafts show circuit as a vendor, 312 Gallery's director Rickie Shaw says he decided to settle down on Broad Street to become "part of the Renaissance of the area." 312 Gallery features African, local African-American artists and up-and-coming talent from Virginia Commonwealth University. This season kicks off with recent works by S. Ross Browne.

Ascend Inc., 101 W. Broad St., 225-8080

Ascend has been active as a nonprofit arts organization since 1999, teaching drama, dance, theater and music classes for students of all ages. But in May, Clarence D. Page Jr. president of Ascend, met Jerome W. Jones Jr., whose colorful portraits of major athletes and musicians have been cycling through ever since. Jones' portrait of former Pittsburgh Steeler's Quarterback Terry Bradshaw caught the eye of Fox Sports, Bradshaw's new employer. An interview with Jones will run on Fox later this winter. For First Friday, the pencil and ink drawings of Charles E. Brown Jr., an inmate at Pamunkey Regional Jail, will be on display, as well.

Forinstance Gallery, 107 E. Cary St., (757) 574-4111

Right now, Martin Johnson lives in Virginia Beach where he oversees the family plumbing business full time. A veteran of the New York art scene, Johnson apparently prefers Richmond's art vibe to the one at the beach, and he opened Forinstance in April, rotating shows of his own modern paintings and sculpture. It's open by appointment only.

Henry Street Gallery, 422 W. Broad St., 247-1491

In its heyday, Henry Street Gallery was one of Richmond's hippest galleries, according to Curated Culture's Newton. It was a co-op with 35 members 18 years ago. It's been out of commission for more than a decade now, but the original owner, Mar Makay, reopened the gallery, lining up local artists to show at Henry Street. Makay also teaches art in Richmond Public Schools and paints at her sign-painting shop, Jay's Signs and Mar Murals. In September, Richmond artists Nathan Motley and Georgia Meyers will show their work.

Nonesuch, 918 W. Grace St., 649-4069,

www.none such.com

Nonesuch is a gallery in the front, a clothing store in the back and a library of local zines and publications in the middle. The monthly shows have drawn contributions ranging from paintings to taxidermy and so far seem to lean toward the cartoon-inspired and psychedelic. Melissa Roberts, a 25-year-old graduate of VCU with a degree in sculpture, opened the store in May. September's show will feature the drawings and sculpture of Peter Corrie.

ORO Interior/Concepts,

212 W. Broad St., 344-9847

ORO opened in February as an interior décor and design business with art shows changing monthly. So far, it's focused on paintings, but the next two months feature photography. "We're just trying to help young, local artists," design director David Crow says. In September the gallery will show paintings and prints by regional artist Allen Kent.

Quirk Gallery, 311 W. Broad St., 644-5450, quirkgallery.com

Quirk is the latest project for Kathy Emerson, the former manager of the Plant Zero Café and the 17th Street Farmers' Market before that. The for-profit gallery will feature fine crafts from an international variety of artists with shows in the main room running for two months, and smaller exhibits in the Vault and Cabinet of Curiosities changing every month. Emerson and Assistant Director Cate Fitt worked together at VCU's Anderson Gallery 20 years ago, so Quirk is a reunion of sorts. The gallery's first show "Watt's Up?" features chandeliers designed by local, regional and national artists.

Richmond Frame, 215 W. Broad St., 648-0515

Richmond Frame began showing art in March. Past shows have focused on photograpghy, but in September the store will show drawings, paintings and prints of Richmond's jazz scene by Dave Klemencic.

Sledd/Winger Glass Works, 414 W. Broad St., 644-2837, www.sledwinger.com

The stained-glass studio was open in Shockoe Bottom for 12 years, next to the Edgar Allan Poe museum. In February, the studio and shop moved to Broad Street and began showing artists' work. In September, the gallery will show the metal furniture of Maurice Bean, paintings by Ed Gorham and stained glass by four artists who work in the shop.

Gallery 5/Virginia Fire and Police Museum, 200 W. Marshall St., 644-0005, www.gallery5arts.com

Richmond's newest gallery resides in the city's oldest firehouse and is run by the youngest gallery owner. Amanda Robinson just turned 23, but armed with a degree from the Savannah College of Art and Design, she's been putting on some pretty head-turning shows/events featuring young local artists and bands. She traveled across the country last summer with the Warped Tour selling her clothing line, Vigilantics. Afterward, Robinson gave up the business and decided to return to Richmond and start Gallery 5 in a building with some family history: Her grandfather and uncles served as firemen in it; her father once saved it from a demolition truck and then lived there; and she taught fire-safety classes there as a teenager. Robinson's thinking big and says there are classes, open studios, lectures and maybe even a coffee shop in the future.

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