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First Friday! September Exhibits Opening Reception

Tuesday, 3 September to Sunday, 29 September

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

ARTIST TALK: Watercolor Guild, 4:30p

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


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


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