Sep
29
10:00 AM10:00

FLOW: The Rivanna River Art Festival

McGuffey artists will participate with Deborah McLeod and Chroma Art Projects in FLOW: a one day environmental art celebration. Its underlying mission is to present all of the disciplines of our local arts - Dance, Music, Poetry, Site Specific Sculpture, and Plein Aire Painting - to interpret and emphasize the Rivanna's beautiful and sustainable natural environment: its history, its bounty, and its sacred meanings. It is an event for all ages to be inspired, to learn and have fun.

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Oct
5
5:30 PM17:30

First Friday! October Exhibits Opening Reception

Aaron Farrington
This Strange World

SARAH B. SMITH GALLERY

Wet plate collodion pictures of fairy tales, monsters, and retaining walls, as well as wet plate portraits from the ongoing film project People of Charlottesville/ Know Your Neighbor.

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Will Kerner & Rochelle Sumner
The Bonnet Maker

For if the woman be not covered, let her also be shorn: but if it be a shame for a woman to be shorn or shaven, let her be covered. – Corinthians 11:6 (KJV)

The Bonnet Maker is a series of live photographs conceptualized and installed to tell the narrative of an Old German Baptist Brethren woman (based on Rochelle’s great grandmother) and her process of leaving the old order plain culture. As she moves through her journey, the Bonnet Maker removes her bonnets–metaphorically and physically. Soon she uncovers the woman she had secreted away from community and self. These photographs document the initial phase of her self discovery. The project will continue with her emergence into the modern world.

 

Dominique Anderson
A Retrospective on the Escafe Operas

Dominique Anderson painted two separate sets of murals for the local restaurant, Escafe, which was forced to go out of business in February, 2018. The first mural, Escafe Opera I, completed in the late 1990's, consisted of ten 5' x 4' panels (50 feet of mural) that consisted of various local patrons and employees of the restaurant. The second project, Escafe Opera II, was completed in 2015 and was organized as two separate murals of two panels each. A number of well know local musicians appear in Opera II. When the restaurant closed down, the individual mural panels were sold to former friends and patrons of the restaurant. They have all been assembled for this final showing of this work of art in its original mural arrangement

 

McGuffey Figure Drawing Group Show

Using the energy and dynamism inherent in our live-model drawing sessions, our artists have created these artworks in celebration of the human figure.

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David Currier
Paintings and Sculpture : Recent works in 2 and 3 dimensions.

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Oct
13
9:00 AM09:00

Workshop with Cri Kars-Marshall: Mycelium * An Organism for Art

As a follow-up to the June “Wax, Fire & Fungi” show at McGuffey Art Center, artist Cri Kars-Marshall and mycologist Mark Jones offer a hands-on art workshop using fungal mycelium as the medium. Learn how to grow and form living mushroom mycelium into art. Make and take your own mycelium creations home to grow and finish.

We’ll begin with an overview of mushroom biology and discuss the artistic uses and structural ability of selected mushroom varieties grown on mixed sawdust substrates. Cri will discuss and demonstrate how mycelium could augment—or replace—current materials used for art: e.g., ceramics, leather, wood, even painters’ canvas. These remarkable fungal threads can also provide inspiration for graphic artists, sculptors and photographers.

Join us for an interactive presentation by Cri Kars-Marshall, McGuffey artist, and Mark Jones, mycologist and owner of Sharondale Mushroom Farm, Keswick.  Limit 25 participants.   Cost:  $85.00  Register early (by August 31st) to save $10.

SIGN UP AT:  www.sharondalefarms.com
FOR MORE INFORMATION:  https://myceliumart.crikarsmarshall.com/

* Mycelium is the body of a fungus

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Sep
15
12:00 PM12:00

Demo Day!

Join us for Demo Day at McGuffey. There are 2 highlighted artists to check out, as well as other participating artists with open studios. Jean Sampson will be demonstrating her process painting with oils from 2-4pm in Studio 26. Joel Jones will be leading an improv demonstration from 12-2 in Studio 20. Come by and see ART in ACTION!

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Sep
12
5:30 PM17:30

Bill Mauzy's Small Graces, Batten Institute at Darden School, UVA

Join McGuffey Associate Member Bill Mauzy at the opening reception for his show Small Graces.   Bill Mauzy will present an exhibition opening featuring images created in and around the pavilion gardens at UVA over a five year period. The black and white black images shed new light on familiar spaces.

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Inspired by a 2011 experience with Sally Mann's landscape images of the South, Mauzy began photographing the pavilion gardens in 2013. The images focus on the garden's daily and seasonal moods, details, and unique spaces.

Mauzy says, “The images presented in Small Graces are as much portraits of certain emotional states--enabled when the eye, mind, and heart converge with favorable environmental qualities-- as they are images of physical spaces and events. Small graces which combine to form a sort of mental topography.”

Mauzy says, “I hope that the images I create might inspire those who spend time with them to experience the landscapes they inhabit with renewed interest and passion. However, my goal in sharing these images is simply to whisper 'consider this'.”

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Sep
7
6:00 PM18:00

McGuffey artists at Second Street Gallery's Teeny Tiny Trifecta!

At Second Street Gallery these McGuffey artist will have work in the "Teeny Tiny Trifecta" show: Nina Frances Burke, Stacey Evans, Eileen French, Giselle Gautreau, L. Michelle Geiger, Sam Gray, Lotta Helleberrg, Jill Kerttula, Sri Kodakalla, and Heather Owens (find more about these artists at http://www.mcguffeyartcenter.com/renting-members/)

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Sep
7
5:30 PM17:30

September Exhibits Opening Reception

J.M. Henry:  Verisimilitude

SARAH B. SMITH GALLERY

Central Virginia Watercolor Guild

This is the 27th consecutive Central Virginia Watercolor Guild Annual Exhibition since the guild was started by McGuffey artists in 1991. The commitment then and continues to help artists in the central Virginia area study and exhibit their work.  McGuffey Art Center has been an anchor for the guild to achieve their goals which is to "promote the highest level of excellence in the use of water media and to inform and educate the general public about the use of that water media." Awards include "Best in Show" for $800 and Juror's Choice $500 and other cash awards. 

 A "Juror's Talk" about these winners will be held at McGuffey on the second floor at 4:30 pm on Friday, September 7, and is open to the general public, prior to the reception which follows. This year's juror is Stephen Doherty, former editor of Plein Air Magazine, who currently lives in Waynesboro.
 

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Aug
3
5:00 PM17:00

No First Friday Opening for August...

Our fabulous July Group Show and Sam Gray's solo show will still be on view, hurray, but we will have no First Friday Opening Reception for August.  Our next First Friday Opening will be on September 7th at 5:30.  Here's a preview of our September shows:

J.M. Henry,Verisimilitude in the Sarah B. Smith Gallery

 

Central Virginia Watercolor Guild 

This is the 27th consecutive Central Virginia Watercolor Guild Annual Exhibition since the guild was started by McGuffey artists in 1991

 

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Jul
15
2:00 PM14:00

Artist Talk: Sam Gray

Sam Gray will be discussing her current exhibition Gaean Reveries!  Join us in the Sarah B. Smith gallery.   Gaean Reveries explores mystical connections between people and the natural world by merging and juxtaposing their forms. The pieces in this exhibit span a variety of painting and drawing media but they are connected in a spirit of anthro-botanical surrealism. Her work celebrates the divine feminine, natural creation, universality, mystery, and inner reflection.

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Jul
6
5:30 PM17:30

July Exhibits Opening Reception

Sam Gray:  Gaean Reveries

SARAH B. SMITH GALLERY

Artist Sam Gray explores mystical connections between people and the natural world by merging and juxtaposing their forms. The pieces in this exhibit span a variety of painting and drawing media but they are connected in a spirit of anthro-botanical surrealism. Her work celebrates the divine feminine, natural creation, universality, mystery, and inner reflection.

 

McGuffey Member’s Summer Group Show

Colorful, fun summer show by McGuffey Members with many different media represented including glass, clay, paintings, photographs and sculpture.

 

The Incubator Show



Showcasing the work of the six artists working in the incubator studio for emerging artists at McGuffey Art Center, this show is a culmination of their year of creating at McGuffey. 
 

Heather Owens

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Jun
3
3:00 PM15:00

Artist Talk: Wax, Fire & Fungi

Join us in the SARAH B. SMITH GALLERY for a discussion about this exhibit featuring the work of McGuffey artists:  Giselle Gautreau, L. Michelle Geiger, Cri Kars-Marshall, and Jeannine Regan. 

Art collides with nature in this four-artist exhibit of work comprised of materials transformed from the natural world.   Mushroom roots (mycelium), beeswax, natural pigments and tree resin are transformed through heat into four distinct visions that express poignant perspectives on the hidden parts of the world around us.

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Jun
1
6:00 PM18:00

First Friday Dance Performances at 6:00 and 7:15, Studio 20

Join us for choreographed pieces and improvisations in modern/contemporary dance in Studio 20.  Following the show will be an informal audience discussion.

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Featuring choreography by Anne Megibow and Cat Maguire.  Improvisations by Susan Barnard and the Charlottesville Contact Improv Co-op

Performers:
Susan Barnard, Jen Burstein, Mariah Johnson, Arielle Lemons, Tom Lever, Amanda Liscouski, Chitra Kate McDevitt, William Munkacsy, Megan Renfro, Olivia Rivard, Melanie Ross-Fairchild, Matt Starnowski, Brad Stoller

Limited seating. No late seating. Donations gratefully accepted to defray performance costs.

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Jun
1
5:30 PM17:30

June Exhibits Opening Reception

Exhibit dates: May 30th – July 1st
Opening Reception: First Friday, June 1st, 5:30 -7:30PM

Artists Talk: Sunday, June 3rd at 3pm in the Sarah B. Smith Gallery

 

Wax, Fire & Fungi:

Giselle Gautreau, L. Michelle Geiger, Cri Kars-Marshall, Jeannine Regan

SARAH B. SMITH GALLERY

Art collides with nature in this four-artist exhibit of work comprised of materials transformed from the natural world.   Mushroom roots (mycelium), beeswax, natural pigments and tree resin are transformed through heat into four distinct visions that express poignant perspectives on the hidden parts of the world around us.

 

Instinct:  Nancy Galloway, Joshua Galloway

This two-person show of paintings focusing on the natural world are evidence of the two artist’s  shared interest in light, juxtaposed colors, and the drama of the combinations.

 

Jane Skafte:  Where We Live

This drawing is part of my series on climate change, depicting what is left of an ancient forest that succumbed to earth changes, when the forest became flooded by saltwater. Our current coastal erosion and flooding due to glacier melt will cause more such episodes, but will create ghost cities.

 

Aaron Farrington: 

Little Creatures of the Mystery Woods and Other Works in Progress

This show will include works from the macro Panoramic photographs of the small creatures that live in the Mystery Woods, as well as works in progress from the Retaining Wall Blues series and wet plate portraits from the ongoing People of Charlottesville series.

 

Nathan Motley:  George Harrison and Death Circa 1999 - 2010

 

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May
4
5:30 PM17:30

May Exhibits Opening Reception

Exhibit Dates: May 1st through May 27th
Opening reception: Friday, May 4th, 5:30 – 7:30PM


Megan Elizabeth Read
Recent Works in Oil

SARAH B. SMITH GALLERY

A collection of paintings exploring vulnerability, solitude, and paralysis, and the process of finding/creating a sense of place.

 


Lotta Helleberg & Erica Lohan
Traces from Nature

Prints on fiber and paper by Lotta Helleberg and drawings on claybord by Erica Lohan. 

 

Kerney Rhoden
Faces and Figures: Life Studies in the Studio

 



Annual High School Show

UPPER HALL GALLERIES

An eclectic, mixed media show of art by students from local area high schools. 

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May
4
5:00 PM17:00

Scott Smith's Photography Exhibit, Fluid Passages, Opening at Chroma!

Exhibition Dates:  May 4-26, 2018
Artist talk: Saturday, May 26 @ 3pm

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Apr
14
12:00 PM12:00

TomTom Festival Open House and Free Pile Exhibition

McGuffey Art Center is thrilled to be an art venue for the upcoming citywide Tom Tom Founders Festival with two main events: an Open House with art demonstrations and a group show featuring innovative works that explore reclaimed materials.

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The McGuffey Open House is on Saturday, April 14, 12:00 noon to 4:00 pm, and is free and open to the public. No Tom Tom Festival tickets or reservations are required to attend. The exhibition Free Pile Show is on view at the McGuffey Art Center upper hallway gallery April 3 - 29, 2018.

The Open House will showcase creativity in action, featuring over a dozen artists working in their studios, ready to answer questions with visitors first-hand about what is behind their artmaking, including artists working in encaustic, mixed media, painting, and glass blowing. In addition, the upper hallway show for April is linked to Tom Tom's support of creativity and experimentation. Entitled Free Pile Show, the exhibition includes pieces that draw their inspiration (and actual materials) from the famed "free pile," a zone in the McGuffey Art Center building that is a gathering place for art studio cast-offs, unused materials, and community oddities.

The resulting works by ten McGuffey member artists come from a place of rich imagination and resourcefulness—plus a bit of tongue-in-cheek. Just like the pile itself, this show promises the unexpected at every turn. The artists in the Free Pile Show include: Nina Frances Burke; Lindsay Heider Diamond; Brielle DuFlon; A. Faith; Andy Foster; L. Michelle Geiger; Christopher Headings; Jill Kerttula; Susan Northington; and Kelly Doyle Oakes.

McGuffey Art Center is located at 201 2nd Street NW, one block north of Charlottesville's Historic Downtown Mall. Limited parking is available behind the building, with passes distributed inside at the front desk. The building is handicap accessible via elevator. Hours are Tuesdays through Saturdays, 10-6, and Sundays 1-5pm. The building is closed on Mondays.

The Tom Tom Foundation's mission is to celebrate entrepreneurship, culture, and innovation in small cities. Tom Tom’s signature event is a weeklong festival that takes place in Charlottesville, Virginia, each April (April 9-15, 2018), in conjunction with Thomas Jefferson’s birthday. This cross-disciplinary, multi-venue experience transforms the Charlottesville downtown, strengthening diverse local communities as it empowers creators and civic leaders who are shaping the nation's future. For additional information about the Festival please visit: tomtomfest.com

Established in 1975, McGuffey Art Center is one of the oldest artist-run organizations in the United States, featuring over 40 studios open to the public, one block from the Downtown Mall in Charlottesville. The McGuffey Arts Association is a group of more than 150 juried members dedicated to providing opportunities for the community to participate in the creative process through free access to open studios, more than 50 annual exhibitions and performances, classes, tours, and outreach projects. 

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Apr
6
5:30 PM17:30

April Exhibits Opening Reception

Nan Rothwell and Junko Ono Rothwell:  Playing with Light

SARAH B. SMITH GALLERY

Playing with Light at McGuffey Art Center features paintings by Junko Ono Rothwell and functional pottery by Nan Rothwell in a joint show by the two sisters-in-law. Nan Rothwell highlights a series of lamps along with other functional pottery. In her oil and pastel paintings, Junko Ono Rothwell plays with light and shadow.

 

Scott Supraner:  Even Odds and Ends

Scott Supraner shows varied collection of recent wall reliefs constructed from clay.

 

Cynthia Burke:  Gathering

A selection of old and new gathered together.

 

Free Pile Show

This group show is made up of works of art where the materials originated in McGuffey's Free Pile, so that all of the work in the show is recycled from items that once had other lives and uses.  Curated by Christopher Headings.  Participating artist include Nina Frances Burke, A. Faith, Susan Northington, Lindsey Heider Diamond, Brielle DuFlon, Jill Kerttula, Kelly Doyle Oakes, Andy Foster, L. Michelle Geiger, and Christopher Headings.

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Apr
6
5:30 PM17:30

Opening Reception - Our Town, Our Eyes: McGuffey Artists Consider Charlottesville at CitySpace

Opening for First Friday in April, McGuffey Art Center is pleased feature an off-site group show of works by 11 of its member artists. Entitled Our Town, Our Eyes: McGuffey Artists Consider Charlottesville, the exhibition is on view at Charlottesville's CitySpace Gallery from April 6 - 27, 2018.

Artists were invited to consider Charlottesville from their point of view, and the resulting show will represent works in a wide range of media, from painting, drawing, and photography, to mixed media, encaustic, and glass. The participating McGuffey member artists include: Polly Breckenridge,  Aaron Farrington, Jack Graves III, Charles Hall, Susan Northington, Kelly Doyle Oakes, Jeannine Regan,  Maddie Rhondeau, John Trippel, and Guillermo Ubilla.

There will be an opening reception at CitySpace on First Fridays, April 6, 5:30-7:30 pm. The event is free and open to the public. CitySpace Gallery is located at 100 5th Street NE, Charlottesville, VA, on east end of the Historic Downtown Mall. Hours are Monday through Friday, 9 am - 5 pm.

For additional information, please call (434) 260-1533, or visit Charlottesville Tomorrow's website: www.cvilletomorrow.org. CitySpace Gallery is a city-owned meeting space managed by Charlottesville Tomorrow, a local nonprofit designed to inform and engage the public by providing clear, non-partisan information and research with the confidence that an informed public will make decisions that will protect and build upon the distinctive character of the Charlottesville-Albemarle area.

Established in 1975, McGuffey Art Center is one of the oldest artist-run organizations in the United States, featuring over 40 studios open to the public, one block from the Downtown Mall in Charlottesville.  McGuffey Arts Association is a group of more than 150 juried members dedicated to providing opportunities for the community to participate in the creative process through free access to open studios, more than 50 annual exhibitions and performances, classes, tours, and outreach projects. 

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Apr
5
to Apr 6

McGuffey Partners with Art in Odd Places: Matter - Brielle DuFlon and Nina Frances Burke

McGuffey Art Center is proud to be one of eight presenting partners for the Art in Odd Places 2018: MATTER/Charlottesville citywide event, a festival collaboration between the student-run University of Virginia Arts Board and area art organizations. McGuffey is represented by two temporary outdoor installations created by member artists Nina Frances Burke and Brielle DuFlon from their personal experiences during the August 12, 2017 demonstrations and violence downtown.

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Entitled First Matter/an alchemical remediation of contaminated space, the linked works by Burke and DuFlon are among the festival's 30 performances and site-specific installations that will occur on both the University of Virginia campus and on the Historic Downtown Mall of Charlottesville. The events take place throughout the day at two locations over two days: Thursday, April 5 on UVA Grounds, and Friday, April 6 on the Charlottesville downtown mall.

For the submissions, artists were asked to respond to the festival's theme of MATTER, defined as "Substance, Complication, State of Affairs, Content, Happening, Text, Situation, Material, Importance, Experience, Problem, Atomic."  In their response, Burke and DuFlon will build two spaces for contemplation using fiber,  reclaimed materials, and organic matter from each site. One will be at UVA under an historic tree on Monroe Hill near the Rotunda, and the other will be at the intersection of First Street  North and East Main Street, near Emancipation Park. Their goal is to "purify the ground" through a "dual exchange" where "alchemy is the foundation for public remediation" in response to August 12. Community members are invited to enter the spaces and spend time,
sitting on handmade pillows or on a bench under a welcoming tree, and in those artist-created shelters think about what happened last summer—and what the future might hold.

Founded by multidisciplinary artist Ed Woodham in 1996, Art in Odd Places (AiOP) is known for its annual art intervention festival in New York City. Woodham is currently the UVA Arts Board visiting artist for 2017-18, and developed the MATTER/Charlottesville event for 2018. The organization is dedicated to working collaboratively with other artists to realize visual and performance art that activate public spaces and supports community building. For additional information, visit www.artinoddplaces.org.

The Arts Board of the University of Virginia is a student-run board whose mission is to present an outstanding artist, performance, and/or exhibition each year. It was created to raise students' awareness of and appreciation for the arts. For more information, visit:
www.uvaartsboard.com. 

 

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Mar
25
2:00 PM14:00

Artist Talk: Judy McLeod

Gallery Talk with Judy McLeod, March 25th, 2 – 3:30, Sarah B. Smith Gallery

Forty years of art by Judy McLeod are exhibited in 3 venues, one of them being McGuffey Art Center. This retrospective follows Judy McLeod’s artistic and emotional paths and experiences over 4 decades. Trained as a printmaker, screenprints, etchings, and lithographs begin the journey for McLeod. From beginning to current, an autobiographical, feminist, and woman’s point of view is expressed.

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Mar
24
2:30 PM14:30

Dance Performance on the Mall - Excerpt of Pina Bausch's Nelkin Line

On Saturday March 24th 2018, a group of about 15 Charlottesville dancers will perform an excerpt from German modern dance choreographer Pina Bausch's, Nelkin Line on the Downtown Mall (in front of the Violet Crown Theate). This is an ongoing project for the Pina Bausch Legacy Foundation (Pina died in 2009 at the age of 69) which has been performed around the world in the last year.

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The largest Nelkin Line so far has been in Dublin, Ireland with hundreds of dancers. The performance venues have varied from swimming pools to fields, to large festivals.   proceeding on the mall from the west end at 2nd street, to the Pavillion. Much of Pina's work involves repetition and is often distilled into the most essential movement or gestures. This piece is no different. We will learn her gestures for the 4 seasons; it is performed in a moving line (another characteristic of her work), and will be a pattern of gestures.

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