For the month of June, the Sarah B. Smith Gallery will feature the photography of renting member Scott F. Smith. Scott Smith’s photographic imagery explores the intersection between abstraction and the observed world. The photographs pay homage to materiality and the ephemeral nature of light.
Come see the culmination of work from the 6 chosen incubator artists for the 2018-2019 residency in our Downstairs Gallery. The 2018-2019 residents include: Jennifer Billingsly, Sahara Clemons, Sri Kodakalla, Rayne Marie MacPhee, Miranda Elliott Rader, Frankie Szynskie, and Stephanie Watson.
The Upstairs Hallway will feature the second open-themed group show of the Feminist Union of Cville Creatives (FUCC), entitled "Women's Work." This exhibition will feature art in various mediums and showcase a variety of perspectives and modes of work. Featured artists include:
Nina Frances Burke
Lindsay Heider Diamond
Brielle Miel DuFlon
Laura Lee Gulledge
Jean R. Sampson
featuring a performance by Miranda Elliott Rader
Join us in the Sarah B. Smith Gallery for an artist talk and encaustic demo with the artists of the exhibit Melting Point: Contemporary Encaustic Works.
A sponsored project of Virginia Humanties, we invite you to a weekend of free and open to the public performance presentations featuring Veracruz, Mexico based Son Jarocho master musician and poet Zenen Zeferino in collaboration with roots music ensemble the Lua Project.
MEXILACHIAN SON is a multimedia project featuring extensive interviews with Latino immigrants in Central Virginia and the Shenandoah Valley. With support from Virginia Humanities, Lua Project artists Estela Diaz Knott and David Berzonsky documented the experiences of immigrants after settling in Virginia. Knott, Berzonsky, and Zeferino have now turned those stories into poetic verses and paired them with the music of traditional son jarocho songs. The resulting arrangements call upon both the Mexican and Appalachian traditions of the collaborating artists.
Lua Project and Zenen Zeferino will be performing these pieces, along with a collection of original Mexilachian songs, at two public presentations in early May in Luray and Charlottesville.
Zenen Zeferino was born in Jáltipan de Morelos, Veracruz, in a family of poets and singers, who for several generations have cultivated this form of musical and poetic expression, which has its natural space within the fandango tradition. This style has been kept alive to this day thanks to the cultural transmission through countless generations over hundreds of years. He is a skilled composer of verses who has cultivated the different poetic forms that the jarocho tradition offers. Besides being a skilled performer of the jarana, the principal accompaniment instrument of son jarocho, he is the possessor of an outstanding voice that has placed him in a privileged place among the singers of son jarocho, and is renowned as a lyrical improviser.
Estela Knott and David Berzonsky, based in Charlottesville, VA are two very experienced and effective performers, teachers and community bridge builders who have a deep love, appreciation and understanding of a multitude of global folk musical traditions. They began their journey together performing with renowned Malian griot and ngoni master Cheick Hamala Diabate, and in their 21 years together have travelled and performed throughout North and South America, and have engaged in extensive study of folk music from Mexico, Peru, and Brazil, performing and recording with artists throughout the Americas. More recently, they run Blue Ridge Music Together, which has worked with hundreds of Charlottesville area families teaching family oriented music classes, perform together in the Lua Project, which is an original music ensemble that blends elements of Latin and Appalachian song traditions. David also plays upright bass with the acclaimed Gypsy jazz ensemble, The Olivarez Trio.
Join us to celebrate our May exhibits!
Melting Point: Contemporary Encaustic Works
SARAH B. SMITH GALLERY
Encaustic, the ancient art that dates back to the Greeks and uses hot pigmented beeswax, has made a resurgence in the art world after a quiet 3,000 year hiatus. This exhibit is a curated selection of artists from the mid-Atlantic who all use encaustic in their work in dynamic ways.
Even with a shared interest in this unique medium, the work itself has a wide range of approaches: from organic to geometric to the narrative and sculptural.
Kelly Oakes: Still
“In the stillness of life, art is found”
Maddie Rhondeau-Rhodes: unknown thoughts
Maddie Rhondeau-Rhodes explores memory as it slips between the real and the imagined with bright bold paintings. Steeped in dark imagery and rooted in personal experience, her work investigates moments of clarity that illuminate and define self and identity. Paintings develop in an evolving, process-based dialogue with forms and figures that resolve in their own time.
Annual Local High School Exhibition
A variety of work will be shown from students in the surrounding area.
EXPERIENCE CREATIVITY IN ACTION! Ever wonder how a work of art is made? We often see the finished product but not the behind-the-scenes process. Artists will be working in their studios, ready to answer your questions at the Open House. In this digital media age, engaging the creative process becomes even more meaningful. This all-ages event offers visitors the chance to connect with McGuffey artists one-on-one, and see first-hand what’s behind an encaustic painting, a clay sculpture, or a stained glass window.
Come and picnic on the lawn while listening to some family friendly local music. Join Polly Breckenridge in studio 16 between 12-2, for a demonstration of the monotype printing process used in her current exhibition “Under Pressure”.
Performance artist Miranda Elliott-Rader will be performing two short shadow puppet works, accompanied by sung and spoken narration. "Creation," a retelling of Genesis 1, recounts before the existence of time to the present day. “The Phosphorus Cycle" is about the phosphorus cycle, and its relationship to the blessed Virgin Mary.
Blake Hurt: Albemarle in Winter
Watercolor images of Albemarle County in winter.
Polly Breckenridge: Under Pressure
This new work is the culmination of 8 months experimenting with a monotype printmaking process using wet media acetate and water based pigments to explore composition and narrative. Dozens of hand cut shapes and figures used to create the prints on exhibition will also be included for viewers to interact with.
a. Faith: “Untitled”
The works in this show are an offering of witness, compassion, and protection for all those who suffer in the world. For myself, the act of making brings temporary relief. Materials like
fish hooks, barbed wire, thorns ,and cages, speak to the cruelty and injustice that seemingly and have no end. My art helps me work through my feelings of rage and hopelessness.
Group Show: P!NK
A group show of 14 artists exploring how P!NK is relevant to their work. Featuring work by artists: Carol Barber, Fenella Belle, Nina Frances Burke, Daniella Chadwick, Lizzie Dudley, Stacey Evans, Eileen French, Lou Haney, Sally Ingram, Susan Northington, Samantha Pagni, Jeannine Regan, Maddie Rhondeau, and Sharon Shapiro.
Associate Members Group Show: H2O
H2O The Associate Member Gallery is showing work involving water in all its forms, from puddles to oceans, clouds, rain, snow.
Brooklyn Allen (Lumberjanes), Ken Krimstein (The Three Escapes of Hannah Arendt), and James Sturm (Off Season) discuss their graphic novels and the power of the genre to tell important stories for all ages. Book sales and signing will follow. FREE to attend and open to the public.
Robert Gipe (Weedeater), Robert Meganck (Superlative Birds), and Kate Samworth (Liza Jane & the Dragon) discuss their detailed and, at times, whimsical book illustrations, and the power of artwork to ignite a narrative. Book sales and signing will follow. FREE to attend and open to the public.
Join us Saturday, March 9, for Demo Day! Artist, Jill Kerttula (Studio 10), will be demonstrating the steps used to make her fiber art pieces. Starting with an original photo custom printed on fabric, she will explain the many steps of layering and stitching that happen in turning the photograph into a non–traditional stitched art piece. Demo Day lasts from Noon-4pm.
Local Impressions: Plants, Pigments, and Place
Botanical works on textile and paper, using prints and dyes derived from local plants to celebrate our environment and community.
The Process of Book Illustrating
In partnership with the Virginia Festival of the Book, this show will feature artwork by children's book illustrator Kate Samworth, graphic novelist Laura Lee Gulledge, coloring book artist Bob Anderson, and illustrator Michael Powers that demonstrate the creative process behind their illustrated books. conjunction with the Virginia Festival of the Book, this exhibit explores the process of illustrating books, from early concept to finished product.
Margaret Embree: Moments
Each of our lives is a work in progress, I have been reminding myself of that a bunch while remembering to focus on each moment; individually unwrapped they contain vast amounts of imagery and sensory perceptions that enhance our experience. I have approached these pieces with a two-fold technique of not quite knowing what the materials will do and making something consciously from the results.
Lindsay Heider Diamond
Woman: Self & Other
This selection of work explores and reflects observations of quiet moments of women, through paintings and drawings in oil, acrylic, gouache and charcoal created over the last three years. Aging, the #MeToo movement and the path of my own life, as woman and artist, continue to be the inspiration for the work. This body of art is a kaleidoscope of women, with an ever-changing view presented in each piece. March is National Women In History Month, please come celebrate the beauty and strength of women.
Join us for a special performance by iDance Ministry, hip hop dance group!
Join us for a special performance by The Sound Machine Band! Free and open to the public.
Join us for a special story telling performance with Baba Jamal Koram, The Story Man! Free and open to the public!
Join us to hear Black History Month Artist and physician Dr. Dena Jennings from Orange, Virginia, discuss the origins of gourd instruments, followed by a musical recital. Free and open to the public.
Please join us for a special performance by the Pilgrim Baptist Church Men’s Choir! Free and Open to the public.
Join us! FREE and open to the public!
Join us on our First Friday opening reception for a special performance with Chihamba! Free and Open to the public!
McGuffey Art Center is honored to present Black History Month 2019, a month-long celebration of the black creative community in Charlottesville. Our building will be dedicated to showing the work of black visual and performing artists, several of whom will be making their debut exhibits. Featured artists include Darrell Rose, Rose Hill, Michael E. Williams, Anthony Scott, JaeJae Johnson, Dena Jennings, Bolanle Adeboye, Liz Cherry Jones, Sahara Clemons ... and more!
We will have performing artists every Saturday during the month. Performers include Chihamba, Pilgrim Baptist Church Mens Choir, Storyteller Page West Hill, Baba Jamal Koram: The Story Man, The Sound Machine (R&B and Jazz), iDance Ministry. Check back for more details about our performance schedule!
We’re happy to host a Congo mask-making workshop presented by the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, as part of their programming for the exhibit Congo Masks: Masterpieces from Central Africa.
Waiting for the Parade by Michael E. Williams
Our Black History Month exhibit is only the beginning of a shift in our organizational commitment to actively removing barriers of accessibility, with a focus on sustainable, community-focused inclusion. Toward this end, our goal is to fund and implement permanent outreach programs and partnership with other community art centers and service organizations.
In order to maximize the effectiveness of this program, McGuffey is reaching out to individuals, families, businesses, and organizations to request your financial support. We have established a budget of $7,500 to cover special events, waived fees, and general operational costs.
If you are interested in becoming an underwriter to this unique program, please contact: Bob Anderson, firstname.lastname@example.org, 434-996-2457 or Nina Frances Burke, MAC@mcguffeyartcenter.com. We are accepting tax deductible donations through our fiscal agent, Fractured Atlas. Click their logo to go to our project page.
For this exhibition, Second Street Gallery’s Chief Curator, Kristen Chiacchia, has paired one local painter with one local photographer (Russ Warren and Bill Moretz, Sharon Shapiro and Stacey Evans). The photographers have documented the artists’ process as they created works specifically for the exhibition at Second Street Gallery.
An opening reception for the exhibition will be held First Friday, February 1, 2019 from 5:30–7:30 pm, with remarks by the curator and artists at 6:30pm.
Join us in the Sarah B. Smith Gallery for Kelly Lonergan’s artist talk about his current exhibit, “And Then There Were Two”.
We will be meeting in the Starnes classroom on Saturday the 19th of January at 10:00.
Facilitated by Susan Patrick. Please bring some recent work and join us in discussions about creating art, the intention, the process, the inspiration. This could be the last meeting of this group.
It's a New Year and a new chance for you to join our community of renting and associate artist members! As an artist’s cooperative venue, McGuffey could be the next step for you if you're committed to engaging creative community and advancing your art practice. Drop off dates for applications are January 5 & 6, pick up on January 12 & 13.
Find more details and the application form here: https://www.mcguffeyartcenter.com/becomeamember/
And Then There Were Two
SARAH B. SMITH GALLERY
This exhibition includes eleven paintings, ten of which include a male figure, a female figure, a brick walk, a chain link fence, and a tree. The figures are Eve and Adam outside the gates of Eden just moments after the Expulsion. This is that moment and that place, featuring the first steps in the history of humankind.
New Member Show
Come see the work of our newest members juried in to McGuffey in 2018. We welcome these new members this year: Tatiana Yavorska-Antrobius, Eze Amos, Daniella Chadwick, Fred Dodson, Judith Ely, Sophie Gibson, John Grant, M. Alexander Gray, Robin Harris, Alp Acar Isin, Heather Owens, Sharon Shapiro, Jing Shui, and Nate Szarmach.
Join us for our annual Winterfest and Holiday Market! FREE kids activities, live music, cash & carry affordable art, ornament making, and lots more!
Join us to celebrate our Annual Holiday Group Show and Gift Market!