Piedmont Council for the Arts



Eliza Evans' #selfies exhibit opens on March 5 at The Garage. Photo: Amy Jackson

March First Fridays Guide

Local artist Eliza Evans has been painting acrylic portraits from real-life scenes since 2006, and she always tries to capture a good likeness as quickly as possible so the subject doesn’t get uncomfortable sitting. Her latest exhibit is a collection of self-portraits along with some portraits of her close friends and family on canvas, wood […]

See artist, Sharon Zarambo's diverse works on exhibit at the First Fridays Finish event at Ix Art Park. Image: Courtesy of artist

February First Fridays Guide

Artist Sharon Zarambo founded Bellozar Studio in 1987. Though she has explored a range of mediums, she has worked in mixed media for the past eight years. Inspired by the work of surrounding artists, Zarambo has created a number of striking totemic works, along with sculptures and wall art, which reflect a blend of influences. […]

Painter Aaron Eichorst in his home studio in Belmont.  Photo: Amanda Maglione

January First Fridays Guide

Local artist Aaron Eichorst believes in the power of a positive perspective on influencing personal success. His exhibition, “Inner Outlook,” is an artistic manifestation of his personal attitudes and temperaments over four years, and follows a previous series that featured a style called grotesque—an intricate incorporation of fantastic human and animal figures interlaced with architectural […]

Glimpse some of Zed’s fantastical works at Chroma Gallery @ SCS through December 26. Photo: Martyn Kyle

December First Fridays Guide

Sculptor and painter Aggie Zed sees all of the beauty and strangeness in her imaginative ceramic and copper works as alive. Her complex elephant creations often feature elements of low-tech industry like wheeled carts that intricately express the physicality of the pachyderms. Zed names wings, particularly “clumsy, comic, metal wings,” as a part of her […]

Cary Oliva's show is at Spring Street Boutique through November. Photo: Martyn Kyle

November First Fridays Guide

In her non-traditional photography, local artist Cary Oliva manipulates instant film (namely Polaroid) formats to create phantom-like images with textural imperfections and light flares, reminiscent of watercolors. Oliva enjoys working with early art forms and returns to the motif of age often: “I feel like an old soul in general,” she says. “I’d rather buy […]

Experience the manifestation of Kelly’s perceptions through her brush at her show, “Sticks & Stones,” which features paintings on reclaimed wood and slate at The Garage. Photo: Martyn Kyle

October First Fridays Guide

Local visual artist Allie Kelly has a keen eye for capturing beauty in the world around her. She appreciates observing natural splendor and producing its likeness with equal vigor, expressing a joy in “watching light as it changes” and seeing “lines that curve and carve.” Experience the manifestation of Kelly’s perceptions through her brush at […]

Photo: Martyn Kyle

September First Fridays Guide

En plein air, a French expression meaning open air, is used to describe the act of painting outdoors. Artist Meg West prefers the form, the environmental immersion and challenge that comes with it. Living in Virginia, she says she benefits from being able to “breathe, see and experience the view large all around,” and see […]

Photo: Martyn Kyle

August First Fridays Guide

Much of Charlottesville resident Stephen Kern’s new exhibition at SCS gallery, titled “Where Light Comes From,” is derived from the young artist’s submission portfolio that gained him entry to VCU Arts for the upcoming fall semester. The works are imaginative scenarios illustrative of curious fantasies, often illuminated with dangling lamps that pierce Kern’s nocturnes with […]

Photo: Chris Pecoraro

July First Fridays Guide

Local poet Judy Longley often feels like she’s drowning in words. After years of letting her poetry consume her, she’s learning how to revel in silence with a new skill set and a new name. Working as Juliet Da Luiso, Longley unleashes her joy and curiosity in highly abstract oil paintings rather than verses or stanzas. […]

Richard Freeman's recently relocated frame shop is now also home to his own artwork. Photo: Amy Jackson

June First Fridays Guide

Richard Freeman is one of Virginia’s little-known art institutions. His frame shop sat stalwartly on the Corner for most of the last century, after opening under print-loving Paul Victorius’ ownership in the late 1930s. When the ’60s rolled around, Victorius took notice of Freeman, a former naval officer running a small art gallery in the […]

Sarah Boyts Yoder creates abstract paintings in her local studio. Photo: Rammelkamp Foto

May First Fridays Guide

First Fridays is a monthly art event featuring exhibit openings at many Downtown art galleries and additional exhibition venues. Several spaces offer receptions. Listings are compiled in collaboration with Piedmont Council for the Arts. To list an exhibit, please send information two weeks before opening to arts@c-ville.com. First Fridays: May 1, 2015. City Clay 700 Harris St. Suite […]

Local abstract painter Susan Northington's works are on display at McGuffey Art Center in April. Photo: Rammelkamp Foto

April First Fridays Guide

Contemporary artist Susan Northington specializes in capturing her Central Virginia surroundings in exaltations of personal expression. Her abstract interpretations of the Blue Ridge Mountains and flat horizon lines aim to evoke the emotion of a place, rather than the physical reality of location. Northington’s works are currently included in the McGuffey Art Center’s collaborative exhibit […]

Local painter Christen Borgman Yates' "Agrarian Icons" are on display at WVTF & Radio IQ Studio Gallery in March. Photo: Rammelkamp Foto

March First Fridays Guide

Give her a home where the buffalo roam and Christen Borgman Yates will paint the iconic American beast every day. Her original contemporary works in oil and watercolor ask viewers to consider how they relate to landscapes and livestock in an increasingly urbanized world. Her most recent series, “Agrarian Icons,” on display at WVTF & […]

Crozet artist Minal Mistry's woodwork is on display at C'ville Arts Cooperative Gallery during February. Photo: Rammelkamp Foto

February First Fridays Guide

Crozet natives Kathleen and Minal Mistry get close to nature in their duo show “Wood and Wings” at C’ville Arts Cooperative Gallery. Kathleen pairs colorful bird paintings with mixed metal jewelry such as pendants displaying miniature versions of her aviary artwork. Meanwhile, Minal’s woodwork upcycles industrial products like pallets and construction waste to become one-of-a-kind […]

Steve Wolf's Trees Above River with Dead Sycamore is on display at the McGuffey Art Center through the month of January. Photo courtesy of the artist.

January First Fridays Guide

  First Fridays is a monthly art event featuring exhibit openings at many Downtown art galleries and additional exhibition venues. Several spaces offer receptions. Listings are compiled in collaboration with Piedmont Council for the Arts. To list an exhibit, please send information two weeks before opening to arts@c-ville.com. First Fridays: January 2, 2014. Batesville Market 6624 Plank Rd., Batesville. […]

Phyllis Koch-Sheras' paintings are on display at the Arden Creek Clubhouse all month. Photo courtesy of artist.

December First Fridays Guide

  First Fridays is a monthly art event featuring exhibit openings at many Downtown art galleries and additional exhibition venues. Several spaces offer receptions. Listings are compiled in collaboration with Piedmont Council for the Arts. To list an exhibit, please send information two weeks before opening to arts@c-ville.com. First Fridays: December 5, 2014. C’ville Arts 118 E. Main […]

Josef Beery's woodcuts are on display at The Garage through November. Photo courtesy of the artist.

November First Fridays Guide

  First Fridays is a monthly art event featuring exhibit openings at many Downtown art galleries and additional exhibition venues. Several spaces offer receptions. Listings are compiled in collaboration with Piedmont Council for the Arts. To list an exhibit, please send information two weeks before opening to arts@c-ville.com. First Fridays: November 7, 2014. Angelo 220 E. Main St. […]

October First Fridays Guide

October First Fridays Guide

First Fridays is a monthly art event featuring exhibit openings at many Downtown art galleries and additional exhibition venues. Several spaces offer receptions. Listings are compiled in collaboration with Piedmont Council for the Arts. To list an exhibit, please send information two weeks before opening to arts@c-ville.com. First Fridays: October 3, 2014. CitySpace 100 Fifth St. NE. “Rising […]

Cat Denby's work will be on display at Fellini's #9 this Friday. Image courtesy of the artist

September First Fridays Guide

First Fridays is a monthly art event featuring exhibit openings at many Downtown art galleries and additional exhibition venues. Several spaces offer receptions. Listings are compiled in collaboration with Piedmont Council for the Arts. To list an exhibit, please send information two weeks before opening to arts@c-ville.com. First Fridays: September 5, 2014. Angelo 220 E. Main St. “Fields […]

McGuffey's summer group show features work by Lee Halstead, among others.

August First Fridays Guide

First Fridays is a monthly art event featuring exhibit openings at many Downtown art galleries and additional exhibition venues. Several spaces offer receptions. Listings are compiled in collaboration with Piedmont Council for the Arts. To list an exhibit, please send information two weeks before opening to arts@c-ville.com. First Fridays: August 1, 2014. C’Ville Arts Cooperative 118 […]

July First Fridays Guide

July First Fridays Guide

First Fridays is a monthly art event featuring exhibit openings at many Downtown art galleries and additional exhibition venues. Several spaces offer receptions. Listings are compiled in collaboration with Piedmont Council for the Arts. To list an exhibit, please send information two weeks before opening to arts@c-ville.com. First Fridays: July 4th, 2014. C’Ville Arts 118 […]

Megan Bent's photo exhibit "There is a Crack in Everything, That's How the Light Gets In" opens at the Bridge PAI on Friday night.

June First Fridays Guide

First Fridays is a monthly art event featuring exhibit openings at many Downtown art galleries and additional exhibition venues. Several spaces offer receptions. Listings are compiled in collaboration with Piedmont Council for the Arts. To list an exhibit, please send information two weeks before opening to arts@c-ville.com. First Fridays: June 6, 2014. Blue Moon Diner […]

Jane Angelhart's painting "Major Huja" can be seen at McGuffey Art Center this Friday. Photo courtesy of the artist

May First Fridays Guide

First Fridays is a monthly art event featuring exhibit openings at many Downtown art galleries and additional exhibition venues. Several spaces offer receptions. Listings are compiled in collaboration with Piedmont Council for the Arts. To list an exhibit, please send information two weeks before opening to arts@c-ville.com. First Fridays: May 2, 2014. Angelo 220 East […]

Joseph Holston's "Colors, Angels, Forms" can be seen at Warm Springs Gallery this month.

April First Fridays Guide

First Fridays is a monthly art event featuring exhibit openings at many Downtown art galleries and additional exhibition venues. Several spaces offer receptions. Listings are compiled in collaboration with Piedmont Council for the Arts. To list an exhibit, please send information two weeks before opening to arts@c-ville.com. First Fridays: April 4, 2014 BON 100 W. […]

John Hancock's "Abundance" will be on display at McGuffey.

March First Fridays Guide

First Fridays is a monthly art event featuring exhibit openings at many Downtown art galleries and additional exhibition venues. Several spaces offer receptions. Listings are compiled in collaboration with Piedmont Council for the Arts. To list an exhibit, please send information two weeks before opening to arts@c-ville.com. Angelo 220 E. Main St. “New Work: Marsh […]

Ron Martin's "Crozet Peach Orchard" can be seen at Fellini's #9 during February First Fridays.

February First Fridays Guide

First Fridays is a monthly art event featuring exhibit openings at many Downtown art galleries and additional exhibition venues. Several spaces offer receptions. Listings are compiled in collaboration with Piedmont Council for the Arts. To list an exhibit, please send information two weeks before opening to arts@c-ville.com. First Fridays: February 7, 2014. BozArt Gallery 211 […]

Second Street Gallery showcases Julian Forrest's "And If You're Frightened."

January First Fridays Guide

First Fridays is a monthly art event featuring exhibit openings at many Downtown art galleries and additional exhibition venues. Several spaces offer receptions. Listings are compiled in collaboration with Piedmont Council for the Arts. To list an exhibit, please send information two weeks before opening to arts@c-ville.com. Angelo 220 E. Main St. “Maps of an […]