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The Gallery at UNOS

The Gallery at UNOS

Dedicated to increasing awareness of lifesaving organ transplants and organ donation, The Gallery at UNOS regularly features artwork by local artists and those directly touched by donation and transplantation. As guests are inspired by this artwork, they are also inspired by UNOS’ mission to save lives through increased organ donation and transplantation.

Featured exhibit

La Couleur de la Vie

September 2017

Chuck Larivey paints daily and loves exploring the merging of light and water on canvas. His large scale paintings capture energy like no other artist and are exhibited all over the world. “If my painting evokes an emotion, and my experience as an artist is shared, then it becomes worthwhile.” View more of his work at

Christaphora Robeers works in several mediums and concentrates on spatial relationships between color fields. She was born in the Netherlands but trained in America, and the mixing of these two cultures is an important element of her work. “This is the source of my internalization and the reflective quality of my work.”Learn more about her work at

La Coleur de la Vie - Gallery at UNOS Exhibit Sept 2017
Home - Gallery at UNOS Exhibit July/August 2017


July/August 2017

…is where the heart is. It’s where we strive to be and to feel its comfort. Mandy Fitzgerald paints as a way of confronting her fears and creating a safe environment for her anxious mind. Emotions rule her work, which is created in a very physical way. Mandy is the 2015 “Visual Artist of the Year” in Richmond, VA. View her work at

Lee Hazelgrove breaks art down into two parts: process and the tangible object. Lee loves the physicality of creating with his creative impulse surfacing through bold and vibrant colors. His vessels, though sheer in size and weight, have soft and subtle lines. View his work at


May 2017

Nancy Jacey is recognized for her vivid, colorful work that brings her subject matter to life. Nancy’s work is inspired by marine, nature and wildlife, and she uses Prismacolor pencil and acrylics for her illustrations and paintings. She teaches drawing and painting to students of all ages at her Parham Road studio. View more of her work at

Greg Taylor is an artist who is inspired by various mediums including copper wire, sculpture and latex on canvas. Greg says his work is the result of a need to create. It is both a challenge and an outlet. It’s a discipline and a passion. Greg’s other passion is educating others about organ transplantation and donation. Greg is a 2013 heart recipient. View more of his work at

Inspiration - Gallery at UNOS Exhibit May 2017
Stir Your Imagination - March 2017 UNOS Gallery exhibit

Stir your imagination

March 2017

The Steward School is home to over 400 artists in grades JK through 12th who are encouraged to stir their imaginations through art. The exhibition features the works of 50 student artist—including “Nature’s Beauty” by senior Karen Lane—in a wide variety of mediums from acrylic paint, photography, graphite and colored pencils, clay, fused and slumped glass, oil pastels and mixed media.

The students and faculty of The Steward School have a close connection to United Network for Organ Sharing and embrace The Gallery at UNOS’ mission of increasing awareness of organ transplantation and donation. Two Steward families have had loved ones give the Gift of Life and be organ donors.

The Art of Pausing

January 2017

Too often in this high-tech, fast-paced world we do not take time to pause. We don’t slow down to enjoy what’s beautiful and special around us. We don’t stop to take in what may seem ordinary, but in reality is extraordinary. The ART of Pausing changes all of that!

Ronda Petillo finds inspiration all around her from the grounds at the Virginia
Museum of Fine Arts to the waterways of Venice. Her medium of choice is oil
which she effectively uses to create paintings that, in her words, “I can get
lost in and hope that others will as well.” View additional work on her Facebook page @RondaPetilloArt.

Maria Reardon describes herself as a naturalist at heart who is most inspired by the natural landscape. She’s a plein air artist who creates her work through pastels using vibrant colors to express her joyful view of the world. “I am in perpetual search for the magic in landscape.” Learn more at and to view additional paintings.

UNOS Gallery exhibit - From My Family to Yours - Clement, Lestenkof, Reed
UNOS Gallery exhibit - From My Family to Yours - Clement, Lestenkof, Reed

From My Family to Yours

Diane Clement is an abstract expressionist who is self taught and has been painting professionally for nearly 15 years. Diane describes her work as “pushing the envelope of painting by mixing all types of paint and liquids” including wine, beer, alcohol, polyurethane, and fire. Her work combines everything she sees, learns and feels into a permanent collection of work. Learn more at

Deborah Lestenkof and Janice Reed are both two time kidney transplant recipients who live in Alaska and work with the Alaska Kidney Patients Association which provides support, education and advocacy to Alaska kidney patients. Deb’s work is influenced by nature and includes ink, oil and acrylic on canvas and ceramic tiles. More at Janice creates one of a kind bead work inspired by her Alaska roots. View her collection at

Because I’m Happy

Because I’m Happy features work by Happy the Artist and three generations of Happy, including his father, Robert E. Kuhn, and his sons Max and Chances. Happy the Artist is well-known for his mural art that tells a story and his rainbow colored car, the Happymobile, both of which are widely seen across metro Richmond. “It’s all about driving around RVA and talking with people and seeing what people are about,” says Happy. For more information, visit: or

Happy the Artist exhibits at UNOS Gallery - September 2016
Painting with Light - UNOS Gallery - Nov 2015

Art for the Journey

The exhibition features 40 pieces of original art showcasing paintings by friends and volunteers of Richmond based non-profit Art for the Journey, as well as artwork by AFJ program participants including women in prison, lower income seniors and at-risk youth. This group show featuring works by:

  • Jinx Constine
  • Jack Frable
  • Theresa Halpin
  • Lezlie Hierholzer
  • Cindy Paullin
  • Beverly Perdue
  • Kimberly Price
  • Steve Sawyer
  • Jamie Wigginton

The Saints

The exhibition features 40 pieces of original art showcasing student talent at two Richmond private schools, St. Catherine’s School and St. Christopher’s School.

St. Catherine’s motto: What we keep, we lose: only what we give remains our own. The school’s visual arts program is extensive and includes a ceramic studio, a darkroom with 10 enlargers and an arts studio. Students’ artwork includes drawing, painting, printmaking, mixed media, sculpture and photography.

St. Christopher’s nonacademic programs emphasize the life-affirming principles of honor, spirituality, leadership, and community service. The visual arts program feeds boys’ natural inquisitiveness and interest in putting together and taking things apart including cutting, folding, sculpting and intricate wood-working projects.

Painting with Light - UNOS Gallery - Nov 2015
Artwork by Manny Carwile


UNITED highlights the artistic talent of United Network for Organ Sharing’s 350 dedicated team members who work tirelessly to save lives through organ matching and transplantation.

UNITED also celebrates the pencil drawings of Ken Schuler, a living donor who gave the Gift of Life on April 19, 1999 after watching a TV news story about a woman who needed a liver transplant. Ken become the first person in the world to donate his liver to a stranger. Ken lives in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley and walks out his front door for inspiration. His favorite medium is the No. 2 graphite pencil. View his work at

Wild Beauty Near and Far

Dr. Rob Sabatini travels near and far photographing wildlife. This collection includes 30 photographs from Kenya, Brazil, Alaska, North Carolina and Virginia. Rob is an associate professor in the VCU Department of Periodontics. View additional work at or contact him at

Andy Stuart uses dabs of watercolors with a paintbrush held in his teeth to create his art. Andy has little use of his arms or legs because of multiple sclerosis. He is a self-taught artist and understands line, color and spacing after working 20+ years as an architect. Andy resides at The Virginia Home where you can contact him at 804-538-1796.

Painting with Light - UNOS Gallery - Nov 2015
Painting with Light - UNOS Gallery - Nov 2015

Painting with Light

Painting with Light is a group show featuring photography by heart recipient Debra O’Hearn and members of the Virginia Plein Air Painters.

Debra O’Hearn, a former ER nurse, returned to her love of photography after receiving a heart transplant on Easter Sunday in 2007. Her work is inspired by and is dedicated to her donor, 29 year old Emily Kay Compton who was struck by a vehicle while jogging in Florida. Debra says Emily is always with her. Emily is her light.

Virginia Plein Air Painters produce spontaneous art that captures the light and emotion of the moment. They paint en plein air which is French for “in open air.” The goal is to capture the changing light that occurs throughout a day and recreate it on canvas. Learn more at

Bike 2015: Richmond Wheels

Bike 2015: Richmond Wheels features cycling art by three nationally known artists based in Richmond, Virginia. The art is available for purchase with 20% of sales supporting United Network for Organ Sharing.

Featuring Andras Bality, Matt Lively and Greig Leach.

Gallery at UNOS - Sept 2015

Communicating Gestures: the Visual & the Visceral

Communicating Gestures: the Visual & the Visceral includes photography, drawings and acrylic paintings from 24 different Richmond area artspace artists. artspace formed in 1988 as an association of artists interested in exhibiting their work, and it now operates a nonprofit gallery for the visual and performing arts, promoting the understanding and awareness of contemporary art.

The Art of the Scar

A scar is seen by many as ugly and something to be concealed. For transplant recipients, a scar is a mark of beauty and of life. It’s a badge of honor.

Fifteen transplant recipients teamed up with 30 high school photography students to show off their scars. The unique project resulted in this exhibition of photography, acrylic paintings and mixed media.

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