Did you know that SSG sponsors the Walker Upper Elementary Art Club? Here is a post from a SSG super artist, Sarah Boyts Yoder about Art Club. 👏👏👏👏The highlight of a busy week was totally the 5th and 6th graders and @samanthapagni in Art Club at Walker Elementary! These young artists are brilliant - making collages from their work from last week and mixing in some studio ‘scraps’ I brought in. They win. Thanks Sam (you’re the best!) and @secondstreetgallery for facilitating such an inspirational art moment! #ssg#ssg45#ssgoutreach#walkerartclub#charlottesville#charlottesvillecityschools
25122 October, 2018
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TODAY - last chance to see "Objectify", an exhibition of photorealistic paintings by Michael Fitts and Megan Read. Swing by the gallery today between 11-6 to spend time with these unique works before they're gone.
Thank you to all our visitors, members, donors, and artists for supporting this amazing show! Up next: "Lady Painters: Inspired by Joan Mitchell", opening June 7. Can't wait until the opening? Join us for the: Sponsor Preview Party for Lady Painters.
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41117 May, 2019
Joan Mitchell is coming to Second Street Gallery!
We’re so excited for our next group exhibition, “Lady Painters:Inspired by Joan Mitchell”, featuring work by Isabelle Abbot, Janet Bruce, Priscilla Long Whitlock, Molly Herman, and Joan Mitchell herself.
SSG Suggested Reading this week is the exhibition’s namesake, “Joan Mitchell: Lady Painters” by Patricia Albers, as it captures her true intensity and courage in the male-dominated art world of the 1950’s, 60’s, and 70’s.
Want a chance to sponsor “Lady Painters”? Anyone who purchases a ticket at 100$ or above will be listed as a sponsor for the duration of the show and be invited to a special Sponsor Preview Party. We hope to see you all there!
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Time to get creative? Sign up today for Tina Curtis' Abstract Sponge Painting workshop. Tina will walk you through the creation of your own painting during the class on June 13 from 7-9 pm.
Buy your ticket at bit.ly/SSGcville. It is $15 for SSG Members and $25 for non-members.
Second Street Gallery is pleased to present Radiolaria & Reef: Our Ocean’s Living Abstractions, an exhibition of new work by artist Tina Curtis in Second Street Gallery’s Dové Gallery.
Curtis is attracted to the urchins, coral, and microscopic species of marine life that subtly grow, breathe, and move in our world’s oceans. Radiolaria & Reef is a close study of the living abstractions from these increasingly fragile bodies of water; both the thriving and the dying reef systems of our time. This new collection of work, created specifically for the exhibition at Second Street Gallery, is an assemblage of vibrant, abstract Oceanscapes consisting of bedecked kelp fronds, barnacles, gold leafed sponge coral and meticulously rendered Radiolarians, or “science lace,” as the artist refers to them.
Curtis holds a BFA in Interior Design from the Illinois Institute of Art-Chicago. She has been creating commissioned art for design clients since 2012. Most recently Curtis has expanded her work to include a successful line of hand painted jewelry and limited edition holiday ornaments. Her work has been exhibited in Chicago, New York, and Charlottesville, in addition to being featured in literary journals and magazines across the country and in the United Kingdom. Curtis currently lives and works in Charlottesville, Virginia.
Radiolaria & Reef opens at Second Street Gallery on June 7th, 2019. An opening reception will be held on First Friday, June 7 from 5:30-7:30pm with artist remarks at 6:30pm.
Want to meet the artists? Michelle Gagliano and Robert Strini will be in attendance for SSG's Extended Hours on First Friday from 5-7. In addition, Michael Fitts and Megan Read will be in the Main Gallery. Come say hello!
Michael Fitts' paintings in "Objectify" appeal to the nostalgic in his choice of subject matter. The objects that he paints are both very specific to a particular time and place but also ubiquitousness in nature.
Thank you all so much for the fantastic turnout at the First Friday reception of OBJECTify and Murmurations! If you couldn't make it to opening night, or would like to get a closer look at the art, we invite you to visit the gallery! The exhibitions will be on view until May 17th!
Second Street Gallery is pleased to present OBJECTify, an exhibition of new work by artists Michael Fitts and Megan Read. This exhibition in SSG’s Main Gallery will explore each artist’s distinct use of the photorealistic style of painting. While working with different styles and subjects, both Fitts and Read tackle the boundary between the familiar and unfamiliar in their highly detailed works.
Save the Date for a Sponsor Preview Party for "Lady Painters," an exhibition featuring the work of Isabelle Abbot, Karen Blair, Janet Bruce, Molly Herman & Priscilla Long Whitlock.
ABOUT THE EVENT
The Sponsor Preview Party will give sponsors of Second Street Gallery's "Lady Painters" exhibition an opportunity to come together to celebrate the artists and preview this very special show. Anyone who purchases a ticket at the $100 level or above will be listed as a sponsor of Lady Painters on our exhibition title wall in the gallery for the duration of the show.
Enjoy cocktails, passed hors d'oeuvres, and more in the company of friends and fine art.
Second Street Gallery is pleased to present "Murmurations," a new exhibition of work by artist Michelle Gagliano. The exhibition will feature a sculpture by Robert Strini. "Murmurations" opens at Second Street Gallery on First Friday, April 5, 2019 from 5:30-7:30pm.
Inspired by the natural world, as well as science and literature, Michelle Gagliano explores the intersection of light and dark in her expressive and affecting paintings. In this contrast between light and dark, Gagliano reflects on how we navigate in the world, learning to integrate different viewpoints, backgrounds, and belief systems into a harmonious, yet spirited, world. While her work is informed by this conversation of contrast, it is also always imprinted with an investigation into landscape, tracking the movement of light as it changes throughout seasons, weather, and time of day. Gagliano says of her work, “A dialogue forms as the light fractures itself onto the landscape. My current body of work takes this conversation into account and further reduces and deconstructs the landscape, reflecting and refracting the prism of light and soul in a contemporary concept.” "Murmurations" is generously sponsored by Daniel and Rosemary Chiacchia, and Suzanne Tanner.
Thank you to everyone who joined us at the Beck Cohen Studios last night and a special thanks to the generous artists that opened their space, Cate West Zahl, Kristen Finn, Sarah Boyts Yoder, Lisa Ryan, Greg Antrim Kelly, and Lou Haney.
Artist Spotlight: Cate West Zahl
This week we’ve been speaking with Cate West Zahl about her creative process, her experience with preparing for the exhibition, and of course, her studio.
How would you describe your creative process?
“What is most important to my paintings currently is to create a composition that has the feeling of strength in reserve- tension beneath calm. I take a painterly approach to making work; my process involves making small studies and drawings, some of which are based on architectural shapes found in the natural world, and now that I live in the commonwealth, the Virginia rural areas. Then when it is time to start a large painting, I use these studies as a guide for the big work. That said, once the initial drawing (made with a ruler and charcoal) is down, I make choices and marks based on what is right for the painting. The word pentimenti which means the visible trace of earlier painting beneath a layer of layers of paint on a canvas, describes my final work perfectly. The journey that I’ve taken to get to the final version is on display for the viewer to see.” What is your most important to/something you could not live without in your studio?
“My ruler. And Turpentine.”
Photo courtesy of Kristen Finn
SSG +BME art club with @kenhorne! Thanks @bmeopenstudio@ryanetrott for letting us create cool 😎 canvases with you! The art club will create permanent paintings for Burnley Moran Elementary school based on exhibiting artist, Ken Horne’s work.
38811 March, 2019
Combine drawing, painting, illustration, and calligraphy in this workshop designed to define your own visual narrative and nudge your creative process. Look for inspiration in illuminated manuscripts, poems, favorite illustrations, personal history, comic books, and more! With guidance from the instructor, students will create autobiographical and imaginative works using a combination of words and pictures to tell a story. Bring your own story or any book or poem that inspires you, along with a selection of art materials you want to use. For tickets and more information please visit our Facebook page!
ARTIST SPOTLIGHT: @sharonshapiro
Each week we will be bringing you a closer look at the artists in our Inside the Artist’s Studio exhibition. This week we spoke with Sharon Shapiro about her creative process, her experience with preparing for the exhibition, and of course, her studio.
What was the biggest challenge in having someone document your creative process? "When someone photographs you in your studio it can feel staged. Art is such a solo activity for me that it can feel strange to let someone into that space without feeling like you’re acting. Stacey Evans took another approach in which I became part of the art- she focused more on the elements in my studio rather than trying to take a traditional portrait of me, which is what makes her photographs so strong.
2. In a few words, how would you describe your studio space? "Historic, unique, comfortable- my studio used to be an old post office-it hasn’t been used that way since 1908"
We will be posting more of Sharon’s responses throughout the week, so stay tuned for more!
ARTIST SPOTLIGHT: @russwarrenart
Each week we will be bringing you a closer look at the artists in our Inside the Artist’s Studio exhibition, asking them all about their creative process, their experience with preparing for the exhibition, and of course, their studio.
What was the biggest challenge in having someone document your creative process? “No challenge!” Russ says. “Bill Moretz and I have been working together for more than 30 years.” Russ is used to having Bill photograph his work, ever since the pair met for the first time in Charlotte, North Carolina.
We want to wish a very Happy Birthday to one of our wonderful exhibiting artists, Cate West Zahl! We feel so lucky to have her as a part of our Inside the Artist's Studio exhibition. Help us to wish her a happy birthday by coming in the gallery to see her stunning work in person!
Our Studio Visit with Russ Warren and Bill Moretz is just around the corner- next Wednesday, February 20th! Guests will have the opportunity to tour Russ's studio, with both Bill and Russ in attendance to answer questions and chat about their work.
There are only 2 spots left for our Creating Tiny Worlds workshop with Artist-in-Residence, Jessica Burnam! Jessica will be teaching us all about tiny sculpture using a variety of techniques and materials. It's also totally free, so don't wait to reserve your spot!
Dream up components of your own tiny universe using a variety of media and techniques! With an emphasis on reusing found objects, we will create components which will be combined to create a tiny universe of your very own. We will supply plaster, small boxes for the diorama, paints, and assorted supplies. Join Artist-In-Residence, Jessica Burnam, as teaches us about tiny sculpture. Ages 12 and up.
There is a striking sense of individualism in each of WAXenVINE's portraits. Scott Irvine and Kim Meinelt's unique way of blending multiple images together creates seemingly palpable psyches for each of their subjects. When viewed together, the collective force of their photograph is as beautiful as it is overwhelming. We also want to remind you of the great article of the show in Cville Weekly- check it out here: http://ow.ly/nYts50kaxxK…/
“TORN” will be on view through January 18th, 2019. For more details and info on pricing, please contact the gallery. Photo courtesy of Stacey Evans
WAXenVINE's "Pins + Needles" is as transfixing as it is disturbing. Seemingly a traditional vintage portrait, the subject stares unsmiling at the viewer. We only get a glimpse of single eye- sharp and glinting, while the rest of her face and the majority of her body covered with needles, as if she is a voodoo doll. While first impressions suggest our subject is a victim, something in her expression troubles this idea- causing us to wonder if it is her protection against our gaze, not a punishment.
"TORN" will be on view through January 18. For more details and info on pricing, please contact the gallery.
Before our exhibitions by artists John Grant and WAXenVINE come to a close, we are pleased to celebrate their work one last time this Friday for an Artist Talk and Reception! There will be wine, good conversation, and of course, beautiful art!
The event will be held from 5:30-7:30, with the artist talk beginning at 6:30. We hope you will join us. For more info, please check out our event page linked below.
Thank you to Chip Hall for our annual glassblowing workshop for the Cherry Ave. Boys and girls club. Also thanks to the McGuffey artists- Carolyn Capps, @susannorthingtonart for the wonderful tours/art activities
Gallery Rally Artist Spotlight: Aaron Miller is a graphic designer and head of PVCC's Graphic Design Program. When he's not teaching courses ranging from typography to graphic design to painting and drawing, he enjoys storyboarding, animation, web and logo design, and illustration. Come out to SSG's 4th annual Gallery Rally on December 8th to watch Aaron's designs come to life! #contemporaryart#cville#ssg45#galleryrally2018#visitcharlottesville@artspvcc#pvcc
2008 December, 2018
Gallery Rally Artist Spotlight: Carol Barber
Carol Barber is working with acrylics on paper or canvas. Her work expresses the balance of chaos and control and opposing forces such as expansion and connection or resistance and conformity. You might have seen Carol's colorful and geometric work recently in the Back Room at SSG! #contemporaryart#ssg45#galleryrally2018#visitcharlottesville#cville
2608 December, 2018
Gallery Rally Artist Spotlight: Ben Whitlow
Ben (Bn) Whitlow is a Charlottesville / Crozet native, Father, Musician and IT Professional. Bn spends his spare time with his children, going to amusement parks, playing video games, riding bikes, waiting patiently for the next Star Wars movie or drawing cats for his partner, Kathryn. You won't want to miss Ben at the Gallery Rally on December 8th! #contemporaryart#cville#ssg45#galleryrally2018
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Gallery Rally Artist Spotlight: Giselle Gautreau
Giselle Gautreau is a painter who lives and works in Charlottesville, Virginia. She has received awards for her work, including a Professional Artist Fellowship from the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts and an Individual Artist Fellowship from the Virginia Commission for the Arts. Her work is in public and private collections in Canada, the United States, Germany and Tokyo.
Gallery Rally Artist Spotlight: Lisa Bentley Tobias lives in Charlottesville, Virginia with her husband, Motion Graphics Artist, Jonah Tobias and their two children. She studied painting at Maine College of Art in Portland, ME followed by a fellowship at The Skowhegan School. #cville#ssg45#contemporaryart#galleryrally2018
3608 December, 2018
Gallery Rally Artist Spotlight: Steve Haske Steve Haske is an illustrator that enjoys drawing a lot. Come to Gallery Rally to see Steve's creativity in action on Saturday December 8th!
See more of his work on his website: http://www.stevehaske.com #contemporaryart#cville#ssg45#galleryrally2018
2408 December, 2018
Gallery Rally Artist Spotlight: Warren Craghead III
Warren lives in Charlottesville with his wife and two daughters. He likes to draw all the time and make pictures and books and has exhibited his work internationally. #cville#ssg45#galleryrally2018#contemporaryart
2908 December, 2018
Gallery Rally: Jum Jarapari- Thai-American artist, making Charlottesville her home since 2016. "Approaching art as therapy, I am particularly fond of painting abstract and creating forms and images in an attempt to express my understanding of love&life." #cville#ssg45#contemporaryart#galleryrally2018
1817 December, 2018
Gallery Rally Artist Spotlight: Kristie Wood, a native C-Villian, is a mixed-media artist, painter, and photographer. She has only recently reclaimed that familiar spirit and drive and is once again finding inspiration to create. #ssg45#cville#galleryrally2018#galleryrally#artcollectors