{Buzzlet} First Fridays: April Edition

Posted on April 1, 2011 by


When a new month rolls around, that means one thing in the Cville art community: First Fridays. Cville Niche is here to be the online resource needed.

Let us guide you with our virtual roadmap, from Downtown galleries to off the mall gems just a short drive away.

The journey begins at 5pm…

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BozART Gallery

211 West Main Street
Tues-Thur, noon-6pm, Fri-Sat, noon-9pm, Sun, 1-4pm, Mon, closed

Chroma Projects: an art laboratory

Small Breaches in the Firmament

Featured Artists: Bill Bennett, Barbara MacCallum, R andall Stoltzfus, Kathryn Henry-Choisser

Opening Reception: 5-8pm
Sparkling water and modest snacks provided {“It’s about the art.”}.Friday April 1st (April Fool’s Day) at Chroma Projects will introduce the next set of shows, and be celebrated with a pop-up event on the downtown mall in observance of the evening skies following the transformative spring equinox. 

Byron’s Telescope, an experience machine, will appear on the 5th street Stub, located diagonally across the mall from the gallery, on Friday April 1, from 5-9pm, and offer visitors, one at a time, a chance to encounter “A Breach in the Firmament.” The site-specific installation was created by Bill Bennett and the UVA Sculpture Department, and organized to coordinate with Chroma’s Intergalactic April exhibition.

Inside the galleries the sculptures of both Bill Bennett and Barbara MacCallum is on view in the Front Gallery in a show titled Small Breaches in the Firmament. Contemplating deep space from both the scientific and mythological perspective, the artists imagine different mechanisms for seeing our story in the stars. MacCallum appropriates the scholarly papers of astrophysics husband, Bob Johnson. In re-using them as the fabric in her constructions, they are manipulated to express another reality, one filled with dual meanings that segue between the cosmos and the mundane.

Stephen Margulies, performance artist, and curator of works on paper at The University of Virginia Art Museum, will present a response to Bill Bennett’s work in the Gallery at approximately 6:00pm

Skylight Studio

Within a Shell

Featured Artist: Terry M. Coffey

Live music by Trio Mandolino with Mac Warford, Charles Winkler, and Fay Witherell

Reception from 5-9pm
Light refreshments will be served.

Calligraphy is an ancient art celebrating and elevating words through artistic treatment. In Celebration of Words, an exhibit for the 2011 Virginia Festival of the Book, consists of a series of pieces featuring quotes from well-known authors about writing.

Terry M. Coffey, calligrapher and painter, is exhibiting these art works in a variety of inks, acrylic paints and gilding on canvas. It is a visual celebration of words and provides a powerful supplement to the Book Festival programs.


108 2nd Street NW, between Market Street and the Downtown Mall


Mon, closed, Tues-Sat, 10-6pm, Sun, 12-5

Open when artists working!

Fellini’s #9

Contemporary Wine Art on Canvas, Giclees on Canvas

Featured Artist: Melanie Haislip
Artist’s reception 5:00-6:30pm
Bob Bennetta on piano
Hors d’oeuvres & wine will be served.

In this installment of “Art @ the #9,” not unlike past First Fridays at Fellini’s, art and music is paired and celebrated.

Art will be exhibited from April 1-April 30.


200 West Market Street, on the corner of West Market and 2nd Street NW


Lunch: by reservation of 10 or more

Dinner: 5-10pm, Mon-Sat

Brunch: 11-3pm, Sun

Open late night.

Second Street Gallery

Auction Preview and New Collector’s Silent Auction

Featured Artists: Many local, regional and national artists!

Open to public: 6pm

Wine and finger food will be provided by Mona Lisa Pasta.

As a preview to the gallery’s Benefit Art Auction on April 8, all works in the live auction will be on display, including pieces by Sally Mann, William Wylie, Rob Tarbell, Sam Abel, Dean Dass, Clay Witt, Anne Slaughter, Russ Warren, and many more. Tickets are still available!


115 2nd Street SE, on the corner of Water Street and 2nd Street SE (next to Live Arts)


Tues-Sat, 11-6pm


The Last Time I Saw That Boy

Featured Artist: Craig Snodgrass

Reception: 6-8pm

Delicious coffee and home made pastries will be available for purchase, as usual!

In “The Last Time I Saw That Boy,” Snodgrass takes a reflective and introspective look through his own past and in turn shows us a half remembered dream of our own creation.

Through this muddled gazing-ball, we see images struck to the canvas with an intensity that arouses a nostalgic pity and an inkling of fear.


Off the Mall

The WVTF and Radio IQ Studio Gallery

Far Out Right Here

Featured artist: Patrick Costello

Opening Reception: 5-7pm

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

Patrick’s new work sits somewhere between small mounds of soil and the giant cosmic void. The paintings and prints in the show are inspired by canning food and geometric quilt and textile designs.

Patrick is the very recent NCAI Artist-In-Residence at The Haven at First & Market, which is a coordinated effort of local hospitality to support the already-established creative endeavors among haven staff, volunteers, and guests, while initiating new, artistic ventures in our community.


216 West Water Street, across from Eloise


To see the exhibit by appointment, contact Maureen at artsdirector@newcityarts.org.

The Garage

Prints by Daniel Perry

Musical entertainment by Hymn for Her, a punkabilly, stompgrass, Americana group from Philadelphia. Local songwriter Will Marsh opens.

Daniel Perry, local Jam maker, fills the Garage with hand-cut prints exploring the interrelated dynamism of nature and the human form.


1st Street, across from Lee Park

No regular walk-in hours. See calendar for open door hours and events.

Les Yeux Du Monde

John Borden Evans: New Paintings

This exhibition runs from March 3 – April 17.

Take a trip off the beaten path of Downtown galleries to visit this gem. You won’t be disappointed.
841 Wolf Trap Road

The Charlottesville-Albemarle Art Association 17th Annual Juried Show

Featured Artist: Various
Reception: 5:30 – 8:00pm
Assorted hors d’oeuvres and drinks will be served.
The Gallery @ 5th & Water is pleased to host the CAAA’s Juried show for the second year in a row.


107 5th Street SE, (the upstairs entrance by Hampton & Everett


Mon-Fri, 9-5pm

Isolated Article


Featured Artist: Allie Kelly

Opening Reception: 5-9pm

Light snacks will be served.

Stop by the little nook in between Monsoon and Now and Zen Sushi – Isolated Article. Elaine Butcher has designed Isolated as a small design studio and gallery space, as well as a little shop featuring local and handmade goods.

As Isolated loves any excuse to have a party, be sure to stop by and enjoy both Elaine Butcher’s handcrafted jewelry, as well as Allie Kelly’s nature-inspired paintings and textiles.
202 Second Street (across from McGuffey)
Visit by appointment only.


Thanks to all the Galleries for submitting information!