February First Fridays Series

Posted on February 4, 2011 by


Go explore all the great galleries downtown this evening starting at 5pm,  as they open their doors with new exhibits and treats.

Skylight Studios (108 2nd st. NW)

Featuring: Ken Nagakui and Sigrid Eilertson

Exhibit: Kizashi

Kizashi is a Japanese term meaning ‘sign’ or ‘omen’.  Artists, Ken Nagakui and Sigrid Eilertson give insight to our cultural times in their respective mediums.  Nagakui uses the concept of Kizashi to describe his recent works of pottery with the hope that cultural change is happening while the collage works of Eilertson allude to a “sacred ancestral story of an age long since destroyed by modern development.” As we hope for an economic turn and common civility to take the upper hand, we work and hope for movement, even if it’s deep underground, beyond our cognitive senses.

Music:  The Ridge Runners

Isolated Article (across from McGuffey Arts Center Corner of Market and 2nd Street NW)

Featuring: Eliza Evans

Isolated Article is hosting an opening for the portrait paintings of Eliza Evans.  Her paintings are done quickly and include many people from around town, you probably know some of them.  In addition to having Eliza’s work, there are also a lots of great cards, t-shirts, bags etc from local artists and screen printers!

The Garage: (N. First Street across from Lee Park)

Featuring: Kristin Smith

Exhibit: Roots

This exhibit is made up of new work depicting an unnatural version of the natural world. Strange clouds and stalactites are the backdrop to unfamiliar plants and puddles formed of a mysterious substance. Revealed in cross-sections of the earth’s layers, this suspicious muck seeps and collects around the roots of plants that seem to survive in spite of their dripping surroundings. The show is inspired by nineteenth century infographs, unusual vegetation, and underground interiors.


Featuring: Amber Marley Padilla and Dinah Gray (Miki Liszt Dance Co.)

Exhibit: “Altered Series” & “Stone Speaks”

An opening reception for Amber Marley Padilla’s recent sculpture and works on paper will be held at the McGuffey Art Center from 5:30-7:30pm. The Virginia Stone Carvers Guild will also present an opening reception for “Stone Speaks,” in which eleven artists showcase their favorite sculptures created from soapstone, limestone, alabaster, and marble

Miki Liszt Dance Co. featuring Dinah Gray: This show will offer performances at 6pm, 6:30pm and 7pm. Admission is $5 (cash or check only). Tickets are available at the door. The audience is invited to a conversation with the artists after the 7pm show.


The Bridge (209 Monticello Road)

Featuring: Anthony Restivo

Exhibit: Far Off and All Aflame: Pushing Against the Real (Exhibition up through February 26, 2011)

In the artists own words: “I am going to live in this gallery for three weeks. Using simple materials, I will create a sparsely decorated space intended to bring an observer out of the mundane. Central to the piece is an exploration into our relationship to violence. Once in the space, the observer will be asked a question. I will make a record of their answer on the wall of the gallery. This piece will be the work of many.”

Visitors are welcome from sunrise to sunset.

Second Street Gallery (115 Second Street SE)

Featuring: Josephine Taylor & Kevin Everson

Exhibits: Monster Face + Bomb Landscape (Main Gallery-Taylor)/ The Equestrians (Dové Gallery- Kevin Everson)

WVTF and Radio IQ Studio Gallery (216 West Water St)

Featuring: Avery Lawrence

Exhibit: Black Shapes, Blue Skies

In partnership with NPRWVTF, and Radio IQ, the New City Arts Initiative invites you to join us for First Fridays with Avery Lawrence’s “Black Shapes, Blue Skies” at the WVTF and Radio IQ Studio Gallery

Avery is otherwise known as the proprietor of “The Pomp,” an experimental-production workshop in Charlottesville, VA. The Pomp offers an array of design services and specializes, for the moment, in screen printing on paper, t-shirts, and all other mostly-flat substrates.

Food will be provided by Feast! and wine from Blenheim Vineyards.