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February Artist of the Month: Sam Mathias & Faith Rowland

VEI is proud to display two artists for the month of February: Sam Mathias & Faith Rowland. I’m Sam, I’m a family and elopement photographer here in Mechanicsville, Virginia. And I love it here! Behind the camera besides being a huge fan of jokes and puns, I’m a cat mom of 4. I’m always down […]

January Artist of the month: Sam Mathias

AOTM: palm trees

I’m Sam, I’m a family and elopement photographer here in Mechanicsville, Virginia. And I love it here! Behind the camera besides being a huge fan of jokes and puns, I’m a cat mom of 4. I’m always down for tacos and spaghetti. I’m slightly obsessed with the national parks and my goal is to visit […]

November Artist of the Month – Bon Air Artists Association

Morning Lineup for VEI

The Bon Air Artists Association: In 1974 Jeannette Kaulfers founded The Bon Air Artists Association to further stimulate her students’ avid interest in art. The club encourages and nurtures a love of art by offering educational programs, promoting the arts in the greater Richmond community, and giving emerging artists the chance to gather, share and […]

October Artist of the Month – Brenda Stankus

Brenda Stankus impressionist art showing buildings

The Painting Class is a small painting school for adults who love painting and the arts. Classes take place 3 times a week in 10 week sessions of 3 hours each, 4 seasons of the year. Class sizes range from 8-12 students per session, from professional painters who have spent their lives painting to those […]

Farewell to Dr. Brown

VEI would like to thank Dr. Brown for her decades of service to VEI and the local community as we wish her well as she begins her new chapter of life in retirement. Dr. Brown, an esteemed ophthalmologist at the Virginia Eye Institute, specialized in cornea and external diseases of the eye, pediatric ophthalmology, and […]

September Artist of the Month – Bob Waldrop

VEI’s Artist of the Month is Bob Waldrop with his photography company: momentNtime. momentNtime is my vision of the wildlife and other landscapes or boats or interesting moments I see, shared with you through my lens. I enjoy taking and sharing these images. This hobby has given me so much joy, and in turn I […]

August Artist of the Month – JRAL

James River Art League (JRAL) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization of more than 130 juried member artists from throughout Central Virginia. Our goal is to encourage the creation and appreciation of the visual arts. We provide our member artists with motivation, association, and continuing education through programs that feature qualified artists and art professionals, and […]

July Artist of the Month – The Painting Class

July artist of the month painting 1

The Painting Class is a small painting school for adults who love painting and the arts. Classes take place 3 times a week in 10 week sessions of 3 hours each, 4 seasons of the year. Class sizes range from 8-12 students per session, from professional painters who have spent their lives painting to those […]

VEI at Special Olympics RVA

VEI Special Olympics

VEI had a blast this year, volunteering at the Opening Eyes event at University of Richmond this past Saturday! The 2023 Summer Games brought more than 1200 athletes, 2000 volunteers, and countless supporters this weekend in the RVA Special Olympics’ largest annual competition. VEI helped provide new free glasses and vision screenings for all of […]

June Artist of the Month – Focus Group Camera Club

Early in 1989, conversations among friends who shared a love of photography crystallized into the Focus Group Camera Club. The purpose of the Club was to learn more about photography, to inspire, encourage and learn with each other. Through the years, members have arranged field trips, locally to Virginia’s parks and historical areas, and sometimes […]

VEI Wins Best of Virginia

Virginia Living Best of Virginia 2023 Winner Badge

VEI has won Best Eye Doctor in Virginia Living’s ‘Best of Virginia’ issue! We’re so thrilled to announce that we have received this amazing award and recognition for the Central Virginia region. Thank you so much to all of the amazing people who cast their vote for us. Nearly half a million votes were cast […]

May Artist of the Month

May artist of the month painting

Meet Karen Roodman, May artist at VEI With a fusion of dynamic color, creative design and energy, Karen’s paintings reflect passion for art that is inspired by life. ​ In her teens, she experimented with painting, multi-media work and ceramics while pursuing a deep interest in Ballet. Later, she became a Master Pilates Instructor and […]

Playing With Light

Disappearing Text Graphic

VEI is proud to sponsor the Science Museum of Virginia’s newest exhibit: Playing with Light. The exhibit opened on February 11th. It takes a deep dive into all the different ways we interact with light in the world around us. The exhibit uses a variety of scientific disciplines in fun, interactive exhibits to help break […]

February & March Artists of the Month

VEI is excited to announce Ronnie T. and his wife Cheryl as our February and March Artists of the Month. Ronnie was born in Lawrenceville, Virginia, and is one of 15 children. He is a father of two sons and a grandfather to 10 grand kids! He started out sketching and then later took up […]

Supporting Continued Education at VEI

Headshot of Chelsea Holder

Here at VEI, continued education is not only supported, but encouraged. Many of our staff members have accomplished the completion of new certifications while working for VEI. Chelsea Holder recently completed her SHRM-CP Certification and we had a chance to ask her some questions about her experience. We’re so proud of our staff for working […]

January Artist of the Month – Max Perry

Mex Perry headshot

Max Perry is a painter, animator, illustrator, filmmaker, and musician based in Richmond, Virginia. He is a graduate of Roanoke College (BA), Virginia Commonwealth University (BFA), and American University (MFA). Since 2009, he has exhibited animated short films internationally which have been well received at film festivals around the world. In addition, he has been […]

TSA Wellness Event at RIC 

TSA Wellness Event at RIC

Melissa Casanova, Physician Liaison and Marketing Manager performing vision and hearing screenings at the TSA Wellness event at the Richmond International Airport this past week. 

Welcoming Dr. Henger

VEI - Ryan Henger, OD

We are pleased to announce that Ryan Henger, O.D. will be joining VEI on December 12, 2022, and will be practicing at our Westchester location. Dr. Henger graduated with a Bachelor of Vision Science from Ferris State University in 2017 and completed his Doctor of Optometry in 2020 from Michigan State University.  He brings with him […]

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