First Fridays Buzzlet: February Edition

Posted on February 3, 2012 by


February is here! Enjoy the crisp “winter” evening with a little gallery-hopping and Downtown strolling. Stop by the great selection of First Fridays gallery showings, from photography to paintings, and make it a night of art!

Follow this list for a guided walking tour of the Downtown galleries. The journey starts at 5pm…

 The WVTF and Radio IQ Studio Gallery 

Freshwater {Leila Anne Harris}


“Freshwater,” Archival pigment print, 8″ x 10″, 2012

 In partnership with NPRWVTF, and Radio IQ, the New City Arts Initiative presents “Freshwater” – new photographs by UVA graduate Leila Anne Harris.

Catering by Feast! and wine provided by the artist.

216 Water St., across from Eloise // 5-7p

– bozART Gallery –

Architectural Fragments {Chris Rich}

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Watercolor by Chris Rich

In the words of artist Chris Rich, “There are many wonderful abstractions to be found in small areas of large objects. This idea opens a new world of interesting and undiscovered designs. Chistine’s exhibit explores this concept with architectural finds old and new, making the unnoticed and ordinary become captivating and extraordinary.”

Hors d’oeuvres and drinks will be provided.

211 West Main Street, next to the Mudhouse // 5-8p

– The Garage –

Gloria {Ellen Picker}

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Local photographer Ellen Picker explores  the “coruscations of bodies and shore” with a collection of brand new photos.

Cheese, wine, and crackers will be served.

250 First St. NE (across from Lee Park) // 5-8p

The Southern Cafe and Music Hall

A First Fridays Experience of Art, Music, and Sustainability

{Featuring the music and art of: Wes Swing and Sarah Siskind and the art and multimedia of: Bolanle Adeboye}

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“Join us for a very special evening focusing on Art, Music and Sustainability. The evening features the music of Wes Swing, who is celebrating his campaign to raise funds to tour sustainably in a bio-fuel touring van, the music and art of singer-songwriter Sarah Siskind, who has written songs for the likes of Randy Travis, Alison Krauss, and Bon Iver (and has performed twice at The Festy Experience), and the art and multimedia of Bolanle Adeboye, who created art and video for Wes Swing’s most recent album “Through a Fogged Glass”. And you can expect the decor and vibe inspired by The Festy Experience. // Bolanle Adeboye is a designer/maker determined to find and appreciate the exquisite in the mundane.”

103 South 1st St. on the Downtown mall // 6-8p exhibit, show starts at 8p

Second Street Gallery – 

Journey {Laura Ball}


"Untitled (Oracle", watercolor, 15"x11", 2010.

Second Street Gallery is pleased to present “Journey,” an exhibition of works by Laura Ball in the Dové Gallery. Her work is a menagerie of Archimobodesque wildlife, “a pantheon of animals rendered from an aggregate of other creatures.” The paintings in this exhibit vibrate with color and life as the subjects at hand, often animals, are set in motion by the fluid nature of the watercolor medium. Artist talk at 6:30.

Enjoy wine for a suggested donation.

115 Second Street SE // 6-7:30

– Warm Springs Gallery –

Back Country:  Scenes from Rural Virginia {Ed Hatch}

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Ed Hatch, a prominent Virginia realist artist, brings his recent works to Warm Springs Gallery. His rural landscapes reveal in paintings his personal awareness and intimacy with the subject matter. Using his special blend of detail and diffused light, Ed has the superb ability to translate his experience with both acute precision and delicate subtlety.

Light refreshments will be served.

105 Third Street NE, next to Cappellino’s Crazy Cakes Downtown // 5-8p

– Chroma Projects –

Foresta Vergine {Michelle Gagliano}, Sanctuaries {Laura Wooten}, and A Frost Displaced {Tim Gonchoroff}

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Michelle Gagliano: FORESTA VERGINE (PRIMEVAL FOREST), Front Gallery

Chroma Projects Art Laboratory presents three artists, all working with ideas about the natural world in wintertime, when its abundance seems to have abandoned us.

Chroma Resident Artist Michelle Gagliano’s stunningly luminous and often epic paintings of silhouetted thickets of trees transform into luminous gothic cathedrals of nature. // Laura Wooten paints haunting, imaginary terrain that ranges from natural realism to magical realism as the scenes lead the viewer along a wooded path to enter an invented realm. // Tim Gonchoroff will create a site specific work in the Black Box and Front Gallery from gathered forest material. Gonchoroff’s work considers process and the geometric forms that can be carefully teased out of unruly natural materials.

418 E. Main St. on the Downtown Mall // 5:30-8p

– The Bridge: PAI 

Twig {Carolyn Capps}


Comparable Needs and Disparate Interests, 278x300.

 “My current body of work is entitled Twig because the multiple meanings of the word fit well with the layers of thought in this series… I hope this work opens a small window to this more sympathetic paradigm by allowing us to see ourselves in others and others in ourselves.” Read more of the Artist’s Statement.

Refreshments from The Farm will be served.

209 Monticello Road, nested next to Belmont Bridge // 6-8p