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November First Friday Reception

Frederic A. Crist
Pipe Works and Other Ramblings

Fred Crist takes industrial materials and forges them thus transforming the materials into sculptural forms with heat and compression.  In the Sarah B. Smith Gallery.


Etta Harmon Levin
Cosmic Continued…Part 2

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This is Etta Harmon Levin’s imaginary journey into the cosmic world. It’s a jourey that goes from microscopic in size to as far as the mind can travel.   In the Lower Hall North Gallery.


Charlene Cross
Worlds Colliding

The work in this show explores new dimensions both in physical space as well as conceptually conceived work.  In the Lower Hall North Gallery


Charles Peale
Recent Collages

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This show of recent collages consists of new work featuring both a series of collages and stand alone works referencing pop culture and 1950’s advertising.  In the Lower Hall South Gallery.


UVA Sculpture Community
Off The Wall

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Recent sculptures by the members of the UVA Sculpture community in all sculpture media curated by William Bennett, Associate Professor of Sculpture at the University of Virginia.  In the Upper Hall Galleries.

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Day of the Dead Festival


Come join us for 6th Annual Dia de los Muertos celebration on the Front Lawn of McGuffey Art Center. This is beautiful Mexican tradition where we celebrate the lives of our loved ones who have passed on.  Bring photos, flowers or creations, be as artful as you’d like, think of things that are symbols of what your ancestors or loved ones who have passed on enjoyed in life.  As you arrive we will have live music, open studios in the building with artists Ofrendas to visit, Taqueria Mi Ranchito Food Truck will be available to nourish you and as we gather each person/family will be given a luminary bag to decorate for the community altar.  We will have a community procession to set the intention of remembrance and then dance and celebrate with our loved ones. See our Facebook invite for more info. as it evolves. There is nothing scary about this event. Feel free to decorate your faces and dress up (youtube Dia De Los Muertos and see what pops up)!


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Artisans Studio Tour

Forty plus artisans (including some McGuffey Associate Members like Randy Bill and Lotte Helleberg) will showcase their work in over 20 working studios throughout the region. Free and easily accessed by following the map at All studios offer unique experiences and unsurpassed quality craft. The popular passport program provides a chance to win a $300 credit for purchases from any of the Tour artisans. The Tour is self-guided and open to the public. Each studio on the Tour provides locally-sourced refreshments.



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Pop Up Salon with FUCC at Second Street Gallery

Second Street Gallery welcomes artists from the Femme Union of C’ville Creatives for a special workshop and pop-up salon.  FUCC participating artists from McGuffey include Sam Gray, Brielle Miel DuFlon, Eileen French, Laura Lee Gulledge, Lindsay Heider Diamond, and Heather Owens.  For more information "pop" on over to Second Street Gallery.

The artists will gather in the gallery to create and showcase their art on Saturday, October 21st from 12-5pm. Artwork from members of FUCC will also be available for purchase at this time.

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Fall Art Fest!


Y'ART SALE 9am-1pm:  Art supplies, artworks, and oddities for purchase at prices that will make you dizzy with joy!

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ART OUT 10am-3pm:  Artists inhabit the front lawn and beyond, making art on the spot with Urban Sketchers Charlottesville!

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DEMO DAYS 12pm-4pm:  open studios alive with artists in action!


FINDERS KEEPERS:  All Day!  Free art from us to you, hidden within our community.  #finderskeepersart

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October Exhibits Opening Reception

Bob Anderson:  Les demoiselles

The show takes its title from Picasso's first cubist painting, Les demoiselles d'Avignon, completed in 1907. The focus of the show will be 17 large, highly detailed and complex drawings, some of which took up to four months to complete. Several smaller sketches and photographs will also be included.   Bob Anderson will conduct an Artist's Talk on Sunday, October 15th at 2 pm.


ALL RISE:  The Artist's Voice in Contemporary Activism

The All Rise group show explores the role of the artist in intersectional activism, from multiple perspectives and media. Participating artists work with sculpture, installation, performance, painting, and ceramics on integrated themes of community organizing, racial justice, anti-war, homelessness, environmentalism, feminism, and LGBTQIA advocacy.


Photograph by Guillermo Ubilla

Photograph by Guillermo Ubilla



Innisfree Village is a lifesharing community with adults with disabilities. 

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FLOW: The Rivanna River Art Festival

Join McGuffey Art Center, our Member Artists, and the local arts community!  FLOW is a celebration of art, music, song, and dance inspired by the Rivanna River.   Presented by the Rivanna Conservation Alliance and Chroma Projects in collaboration with Albemarle County and the City of Charlottesville. Our sponsors include Stony Point Builders, Flow Auto, T&N Printing, Rivanna River Company, Roger Voisinet, Kevin & Holly Davis, Robin Hanes and Susan Allison

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Our rivers flow on, marking time, witnesses to all visitors to their banks - the bathers, laundresses and fishermen, the merchants, traders and explorers; the courtships, vows, and broken hearts; the baptismal candidates, poets and painters; the injustices and tragedies. The river moves forward throughout our human history, with constancy: cleansing, inspiring and promising possibility.    

FLOWtilla Decorated Boat Parade – launches the event at  Darden Towe Park Launch
Concludes at Riverview Park with regular shuttles back by the Rivanna River Company

FLOW Musical Performances  along the County banks at Darden Towe – 11:00 –3:00:
Terri Allard, Susan Christmas & Eric Demmit, Michael Clem, Front Porch Musicians and students, Annabeth McNamara, Chapman Grove Gospel Singers, Robert Jospe, Gina Sobel

FLOW Dance Performance Groups  along the County banks – 11:00 – 3:00:
Katherine Birdsall, Lillie Chihamba, Dorisse, Some’ Louis, Anne Megibow 

Rivertrees: Hands-On Flag-Printing Workshop with Fenella Belle, Polly Breckenridge, and McGuffey Art Center Artists - 11:00 -3:00:  
This workshop will offer an opportunity for visitors to create hand-printed designs on flags, that will then be installed as a banner in trees overlooking the Rivanna.  The resulting work will complement the collaborative flag piece created by McGuffey artist members, which will be installed across the Rivanna to the left of the Darden Towe boat ramp. Both works will represent McGuffey on this day of art inspired by nature and the Rivanna.

FLOW Installation Artists  along the County banks – starts at 11:00:
Bill Atwood, Renee Balfour, Michael Bednar,  Nina Frances Burke and Andy Foster, Lily Erb, Sam Gray, Sherrie Hunt, Jum Jirapan, Alan Box Levine, McGuffey Art Center, Deborah McLeod, Ed Miller, Esme’ N’tobe, Jim Respess, Sean Samoheyl, Martha Saunders, Michelle Gagliano & Linda Wachtmeister, and Alexandria Searles & The Lewis & Clark Exploratory Center

FLOW Plein Air Painters  along the City Banks at Riverview Park – starts at 11:00:
Ray Berry, Richard Crozier, Gray Dodson, Jennifer Esser, Giselle Gantreau, Michelle Geiger, Robin Hoffman, Nancy Wallace, Meg West, Laura Edwards Wooten

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The third Thursday of every month Big Blue Door creates hilarious longform improv with an ever-changing roster of styles and groups. September features the premiere of Big Blue Door’s fall performance ensembles!

C’ville Coffee
1301 Harris St
Thursday, September 21st
Show starts at 7pm!

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Ecological Illustration Day at Fairfields Farm, Afton VA

We are hosting another free Ecological Illustration Day at Farfields Farm in Afton, VA! This time we are excited to host McGuffey artist and Botanical Illustrator Lara Call Gastinger as our speaker! 



Sunday, September 17th
Starting at Noon
40 Farfields Lane, Afton, VA 

At noon we will open with lunch and getting ourselves settled for some words from Lara and Jorian, the owner of the farm. We will offer an optional garden walk with the head of our nursery and then get to making some art together!

Select art supplies will be available for use (watercolor, colored pencils, graphite, charcoal, some paper). We'll also have some beautiful historical botanical prints on display for your inspiration.

We will also have a plant sale from our nursery of medicinal and useful plants, up to 50% off. We may have other farm products such as eggs and beef for sale, as well.

Please RSVP to if you wish to come, and let me know if you have any dietary restrictions. 

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Cville Sabroso Festival!

Get ready for Cville Sabroso: Charlottesville's annual Latin American music and folklife festival. Co-sponsored by McGuffey Art Center members The LUA Project, in partnership with sin Barreras, WTJU and more.   Cville Sabroso includes authentic food, music, and dance from many different Latin American Countries, kids activities and more - bring the whole family to this celebration of our Latin American communities and the culture they bring. A whole day of colorful events from the traditional to the contemporary.  

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September Exhibits Opening Reception

Flora, Fauna, Flesh and Blood: Photographs by Lauren Doran

Lauren Doran's series explores the all-encompassing task of raising children.  This undertaking requires all aspects of a parent’s being: emotional, intellectual, spiritual and physical.  Being a part of her children’s lives has led Lauren to examine her own life and values.  She has always held nature and spirituality in high regard but having children has strengthened and deepened this appreciation and connection.


Central Virginia Watercolor Guild
26th Annual Exhibition

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Virginia residents submitted images for the show which have been juried by Steve Fleming, artist from Arlington, VA. 

“Good art is the result of hard work and dedication. It only happens when the artist finds his or her own story to tell and then learns to do so with his or her own unique language.  I am an artist who works in watercolor oil and acrylic.  For 20 years, I taught at The Art League in Alexandria, Virginia; now I teach private classes and workshops across the country and abroad”.  – Steve Fleming, Juror CVWG

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Transmutations by Scott Smith at Staunton Augusta Art Center

McGuffey Art Center member Scott Smith's exhibition opens in Staunton on Friday,  in concurrence with Jon Parks' exhibit Southern Exposure.  

While both are masters of photography with many years of professional work, these two artists have composed bodies of work that are completely different from one another.

Scott Smith pushes his craft to the limit by "transforming simple materials - paper, ice, and stone - into free compositions that are more suggestive than descriptive." He uses light and texture in the most unique ways to create "images that allude to something organic... rather that ethereal or purely abstract."

Jon Parks' body of work, on the other hand, is grounded in his ability to capture the essence of the rural folk he photographs on film which he prints from his own black and white negatives. He does not crop or manipulate his photographs for any reason. He has learned that "the magic truly only happens once."

The exhibit will run through September 16. Routine gallery hours are 10-5 M-F and 10-4 Sa. There is no charge to attend the opening reception or to visit the galleries.  For more information, visit https://saartcenter. org

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July First Friday Opening Reception

Visions of Woven Color

Klaus Anselm, Meredith Bennett, Joan Griffin, Jean Jones, Cameron Kashani, Jan Russell, Ann Vonnegut

Seven artists who relish color and diversity in their weaving are presenting their work in a show at McGuffey Art Center. This festive presentation showcases brilliant color, diversity of materials, variety of weave structures, ethnic and original techniques and complex images as well as simple designs.


McGuffey Artists Summer Group Show

A McGuffey Members show with 50+ artists in a variety of media. A fun, colorful and refreshing summer exhibit! 




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June Exhibits Opening Reception

MARYANNA WILLIAMS  Pattern: Recent Linocuts

“My linocuts come from an interest in patterns and the energy generated by them, and about the beautiful surfaces created by overlaying translucent and opaque colors.”



Candice Agnello, Sam Gray, Paul Hostetler, Phuong Duyen Nguyen, Madeline Rhondeau, Jesse Timmons


Drawings by 33 refugees of all ages from eight countries.

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Open House Saturday April 15th


Groove and Flow Yoga 10:00 - 11:15 on the front lawn!  Bring your mat and start the day with Liz Gregory and live music with Clarence Green.  In case of rain, yoga will take place in Studio 20.  Donations accepted for SHE, Shelter for Help in Emergency.


Demos and Workshops 12-4pm FREE and Open to the Public!  Artists will be busy creating with a variety of techniques and practices such as printmaking, collage, mixed media, painting, clay, jewelry, fibers, photography, music, dance, and more.  


Plein Air Painting Group Session!  Free - registration 8:30 - 9:00 am.  Become part of the Cville arts community in a large plein air painting session and show your work at McGuffey in June!  For more information or to register, contact us at 434-295-7973.


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