Jul
2
to Aug 18

No First Friday in August, July shows continue!

PLEASE COME SEE OUR JULY EXHIBITS THAT CONTINUE THROUGH AUGUST 18TH, BUT WE DO NOT HAVE A FIRST FRIDAY IN AUGUST.

Un-Becoming Peter Allen: Peter Allen

SARAH B. SMITH GALLERY

The work explores the nature of identity, how we define ourselves to ourselves, and how our self–perception shapes and even creates that which we perceive “outside” ourselves.

Anamorph,  Peter Allen

Anamorph, Peter Allen

Members’ Summer Group Show

NORTH & SOUTH, UPSTAIRS & DOWNSTAIRS HALL GALLERIES

Our Summer Group Show is one of two annual group shows featuring both renting and associate members of McGuffey Art Center! Our walls will be graced with a collection including mixed media, watercolor, both oil and acrylic painting, and photo collage.

Mama’s Little Baby Loves Rhubarb Pie,  Robin Harris

Mama’s Little Baby Loves Rhubarb Pie, Robin Harris

John D’earth,  Lee Alter

John D’earth, Lee Alter

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Sep
3
to Sep 29

First Friday! September Exhibits Opening Reception


Tuesday, 3 September to Sunday, 29 September

OPENING RECEPTION: Friday, 6 September, 5:30–7:30 pm


For Spare Parts, They Broke Us Up: Nina Frances Burke

SARAH B. SMITH GALLERY

McGuffey Art Center is pleased to present “For Spare Parts, They Broke Us Up”, a solo show by emerging artist Nina Frances Burke, including  a collaborative work with Andy Foster, to be held in the Sarah B. Smith Gallery.  The exhibition opens on First Friday, September 6, 2019 from 5:30PM-7:30PM. The artists will be on hand throughout the evening to answer visitors’ questions about their work and process.  

Nina Frances Burke works with found objects, kinetic sculpture, and installation, utilizing a complex strata of form, materiality, and context .  In this exhibit, recycled food packaging materials, single use plastics, and cast sculpture come together in a non-linear narrative, questioning how our commodity culture influences interactions with our history, our neighbors, and the objects we come in contact with every day.  


“Really I’m still that kid with weird stuff in her pockets! I think about objects all the time. There’s a certain lonely magic in the process of finding. Lately I’m thinking a lot about gentrification and displacement of vulnerable populations; many objects in “Vocabulary of Objects” come from demolition sites close to my home, where historic houses are coming down to make way for development. In the work titled “Miss Maxine Says Better Get a Coat On”, I collected fragments of the front porch from a recently demolished home to create an installation honoring the history of a neighbor who often sat on her porch and scolded me for not wearing a better coat.”

Vocabulary of Objects  (detail), Nina Frances Burke

Vocabulary of Objects (detail), Nina Frances Burke


Central Virginia Watercolor Guild

NORTH & SOUTH, UPSTAIRS & DOWNSTAIRS HALL GALLERIES

This is the 28th consecutive Central Virginia Watercolor Guild Annual Exhibition since the guild was started by McGuffey artists in 1991. The commitment then and now is 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.

Stories to Tell,  William Snow

Stories to Tell, William Snow

 
A Close Call,  Juliette Swenson

A Close Call, Juliette Swenson

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Jul
19
6:00 PM18:00

Community All Arts Potluck

McGuffey Art Center would like to invite all arts organizations in Charlottesville to join us for a casual, fun potluck to hang out and get to know one another!

Join us on the front lawn on Friday, July 19th from 6—8pm for free food and great conversation with your local art organizations! If it rains we will move inside the building to the first floor hallway. McGuffey Front lawn, bring a blanket.  If it rains we will be inside the building in the first floor hallway.


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Jul
5
5:30 PM17:30

First Friday! July Exhibits Opening Reception

Un-Becoming Peter Allen: Peter Allen

SARAH B. SMITH GALLERY

The work explores the nature of identity, how we define ourselves to ourselves, and how our self–perception shapes and even creates that which we perceive “outside” ourselves.

Anamorph,  Peter Allen

Anamorph, Peter Allen

Members’ Summer Group Show

Our Summer Group Show is one of two annual group shows featuring both renting and associate members of McGuffey Art Center! Our walls will be graced with a collection including mixed media, watercolor, both oil and acrylic painting, and photo collage.

Mama’s Little Baby Loves Rhubarb Pie,  Robin Harris

Mama’s Little Baby Loves Rhubarb Pie, Robin Harris

 
John D’earth,  Lee Alter

John D’earth, Lee Alter

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Jun
7
8:00 PM20:00

Shadow Puppet Show


Miranda Elliott-Rader will perform her three shadow puppet shows: Creation, The Phosphorus Cycle, and the brand-new Black Shining Angels. Bees, seeds, and elements come to life in these meditative stories of faith and the natural world.

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Jun
7
5:30 PM17:30

First Friday! June Exhibits Opening Reception

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: 
Candice Agnello
Cynthia Burke
Nina Frances Burke
Lindsay Heider Diamond
Brielle Miel DuFlon
Ashley Gill
Sam Gray
Laura Lee Gulledge
Dawn Hanson
Sri Kodakalla
Paula Lam
Annie Layne
Ramona Martinez
Ann Ray
Madeleine Rhondeau
Jean R. Sampson
Delu Stricker
Abigail Wilson
featuring a performance by Miranda Elliott Rader

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May
23
5:30 PM17:30

Potluck and TedTalk Viewing!

What makes you excited to create?

Come to McGuffey Art Center and hang out with local artists while we chat about art and creative inspiration! We will be watching Vanessa Ruiz' TedMED talk in the Main Gallery. Bring yourself & snacks and/or drinks to share!

Vanessa Ruiz

Vanessa Ruiz

Street Anatomy,  Vanessa Ruiz

Street Anatomy, Vanessa Ruiz

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May
12
3:30 PM15:30

Mexilachian Son: New Songs For An Emerging Virginia Culture

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.

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May
3
5:30 PM17:30

First Friday! May Exhibits Opening Reception

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.

Participating Artists: Giselle Gautreau, L. Michelle Geiger, Bridgette Guerzon Mills, Gina Louthian-Stanley, Lynda Ray, Jeannine Barton Regan, Kristie Edwards Wood.

 

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.


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Apr
13
10:00 AM10:00

TomTom Festival Open House

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”.

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Apr
5
7:45 PM19:45

First Friday: Shadow Puppet Performance

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.

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Apr
5
5:30 PM17:30

First Friday - April Exhibits Opening Reception

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.

Susan Northington

Susan Northington

 

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.

Susan Brodie, “Headwaters” acrylic on canvas, 16” x 16".

Susan Brodie, “Headwaters” acrylic on canvas, 16” x 16".

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Mar
23
2:00 PM14:00

The Power of Graphic Novels

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.

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DEMO DAY with Jill Kerttula
Mar
9
12:00 PM12:00

DEMO DAY with Jill Kerttula

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. 

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Mar
1
5:30 PM17:30

First Friday - March Exhibits Opening Reception

Local Impressions: Plants, Pigments, and Place
Lotta Helleberg

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.

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Feb
1
5:30 PM17:30

First Friday - Black History Month Exhibits Opening Reception

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.

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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, bob.littlerhinostudio@gmail.com, 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.

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Feb
1
5:30 PM17:30

Opening Reception: Inside the Artists Studio at Second Street Gallery

Second Street Gallery is pleased to present Inside the Artists’ Studio, a group exhibition featuring three associate members Stacey Evans, Sharon Shapiro, and Guillermo X Ubilla.

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.

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Jan
20
2:00 PM14:00

Artist Talk with Kelly Lonergan: And Then There Were Two

Join us in the Sarah B. Smith Gallery for Kelly Lonergan’s artist talk about his current exhibit, “And Then There Were Two”.

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Jan
19
10:00 AM10:00

Open Peer Critique

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.

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