{Buzzlet} First Fridays: May Edition

Posted on May 6, 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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Painting by Ucky Light

BozART Gallery

Light vs Dark/Abstract vs Realism

Featured Artists: Michele Price and Ucky Light
Opening Reception: 5-9pm Hors d’ouerves will be served.

Color or Black and White? Acrylic or Graphite? Abstract or Realism? These are areas to be explored by Michele Price and Ucky Light at a joint exhibition.

Ucky Light lives in Charlottesville with her husband. Born in Berlin, Ucky’s inspiration comes from New York where she explored abstract expressionists. From there she began her exploration of color, texture and form.

Michele Price also lives in Charlottesville with her family. Her inspiration comes from residing in Rome as a teenager where she learned the renaissance method of drawing know as ‘chiaroscuro’.


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

Beverly Ress, "Grass"

Chroma Projects: an art laboratory

Making This World

Featured Artists: Beverly Ress, Paula Christman, and Lydia Moyer

Opening Reception: 5-8pm

This beautiful expanse of gallery space will host not one, but three, exhibits.

Constructed Drawings by Beverly Ress, Earth Paintings by Paula Christman in the Passage Gallery, and The Alexander Veil, a film by Lydia Moyer in the Black Box.

418 East Main, on the Downtown Mall
Tues-Sat, 11-5pm

Skylight Studio

oil + acrylic on wood

Local Art

Featured Artists: Kate Barton, Ken Nagakui, and Sigrid Eilertson

Reception from 5-8pm
Light refreshments will be served.

Come check out a variety of new works by local, resident artists Kate Barton, Ken Nagakui, and Sigrid Eilertson.


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


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

Open when artists working!

Carol Maguire | Hydrangea Blossoms | 10×8 | oil on panel

Warm Springs Gallery

In Bloom!

Featured Artists: Elizabeth Brandon, Andre Lucero, Carol Maguire,
Susan Bull Riley, and David Williams
Artist’s reception: 5-8pm

“In Bloom,” A Collection of floral paintings just in time for Spring!


105 Third Street NE, on the Downtown Mall 


Wednesday through Saturday, 11-5, Sunday 11-3

Second Street Gallery

Elizabeth Crawford, "Totem Pole" Courtesy of Jack Shainman Gallery

Visuality and Uprooted

Featured Artists: Elizabeth Crawford and Hyungsub Shin

Open to public: 6-7:30pm

Catering provided by The Space Downtown and wine provided by Gabriele Rausse Winery.

Second Street Gallery presents not one but two exhibitions:

Main Gallery: realistic painter Elizabeth Crawford‘s “Visuality” offers ironic still lifes of everyday objects.

Dové Gallery: sculptor Hyungsub Shin‘s “Uprooted” displays seemingly mundane items reconsidered as collisions of nature and human manufacturing.

Exhibit runs from 5.6.11 to 5.28.11.


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


Tues-Sat, 11-6pm

JJ Eisfelder, "Purple Coneflowers 3"


An Exploration of Relief Painting

Featured Artist: JJ Eisfelder

Walk by any time to see the art!

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

Originally from Kansas City, JJ has her BFA in Printmaking from the University of Montana, where she also developed skills as a ceramic artist. She has been living in rural Virginia for 10 years, making functional ceramics and limited edition relief prints. She is currently selling her work through her Etsy site, and at various craft shows in the area. JJ also works at j fergeson gallery in Farmville where she will be having her second solo show later this year.

Exhibit runs from 5.3.11 to 5.29.11.

213 West Main Street, on the Downtown Mall


Monday-Thursday 7-10, Friday-Saturday 7-11, Sunday 7-7

Off the Mall

The WVTF and Radio IQ Studio Gallery

"Park 1," Fred Wolf, Mary Wolf, and Warrick Yarborough

Re-Imagining the City

Featured artists: Architects and Haven guests, coordinated by AIA Central Virginia and New City Arts

Opening Reception: 5-7pm

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

As a precursor to AIA Central Virginia’s celebration of Architecture Week, 5 architects paired up with New City Arts to creatively consider the city in which we live.

A handful of Haven guests re-imagined Charlottesville bike lanes, a park, a community center, and public transportation system. Guests and architects translated drawings, sketches, and writings into drafts and layouts. The work on display, including photographs of the design charrette, exhibits the participants’ take on our everyday life together.


216 West Water Street, across from Eloise


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

The Garage

Carl, Meet Virginia

Featured Artist: Jesse Wells

Stumble upon this venue from 5-8pm
Cheese, fruit, and wine will be served.
Jesse’s newest work explores impossible connections and unifying totems. Mapping the interpersonal aesthetics of the quest, it features prints and works on paper, zines, crochet, and embroidery.

Musical entertainment from Cville native Len Lye from 8-10pm, filling the air with old school meets new age – whatever it is, it’s really good. “One of the most gifted and innovative songwriters we’ve heard in a while,” adds Garage owner Sam Bush..


1st Street, across from Lee Park

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

"Sun-Shade," 2010, Watercolor 13 x 18

Crystal Light

Featured Artist: Chee Kludt Ricketts
Reception: 5:30-8pm
Assorted hors d’oeuvres and drinks will be served.

Recent Watercolors by Chee Ricketts, whose work was featured in the April-May 2011 issue of Albemarle Magazine.


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


Mon-Fri, 9-5pm


Thanks to all the Galleries for submitting information!