C'Ville Art Blog

Our mission is to become involved in the fine art community by participating in events or shows as they happen and sharing our critiques and views. We hope to provide an accessible platform for helping our larger community discover what the Charlottesville art scene has to offer.

Detail of "Ursa I" by Clay Witt. With the authors reflection in the gold leaf background.

C’ville Art Blog: Clay Witt at the Garage

The Garage is primarily recognized as a fun offbeat downtown music venue. However, if you squint and peer behind the lead guitarist, or stumble past on your way to your car on First Fridays, you discover the space also curates monthly art shows. While its shows are fairly difficult to access (the space is closed […]

Cynthia Burke in her studio.

C’Ville Art Blog: A Studio Visit with Cynthia Burke

This week we share our studio visit with local artist Cynthia Burke. Cynthia Burke is a local artist who paints in a style similar to that of Alex Gross and Mark Ryden. We visited her in the studio at the McGuffey Art Center to find out more about her work and her artistic vision. Her studio is filled with inspirational […]

Detail of "From The Rooftop" by Jessie Meehan.

C’ville Art Blog: The Whimsical World of Jessie Meehan

The Firefish Gallery is currently showcasing a collection of works by local artist Jessie Meehan that approaches painting in a refreshing and imaginative way. The body of work, titled “Tiny Lights,” is united by many elements, including the use of white pin points, stars or “tiny lights” that show up in each piece. The artist […]

Cynthia Burke in her studio.

C’ville Art Blog: A studio visit with Cynthia Burke

Cynthia Burke is a local artist who paints in a style similar to that of Alex Gross and Mark Ryden. Her studio at the McGuffey Art Center is filled with inspirational objects, and dozens of quirky paintings hang on the walls. We paid her a visit to find out more about her work and her artistic vision. Tell me a […]

Detail of an encaustic painting by Lindsey Oberg.

C’ville Art Blog: Lindsey Obergs’s encaustic allegories

The dreamlike encaustic collages of Lindsey Oberg currently on display at Mudhouse on the Downtown Mall have a soft, ethereal quality. The medium is unusual, and something not seen very often. It is indicative of an artist who has experimented with and fully understood her medium of choice. Although collage can often become flat and heavy, these […]

a.maze installation at Second Street by Hong Seon Jang. With permission of gallery.

Hong Seong Jang’s mostly tiled floor

Material based sculpture can be immensely captivating, transforming everyday and unexpected objects through scale, quantity, and precision of assembly into breathtaking constructions. The untitled work of Hong Seong Jang currently installed at the Second Street Gallery falls into this category. Like many found object works of art, however, it struggles with the contrast between low quality […]

Detail of Self-Portrait with an Album, by Émilie Charmy. c. 1907-1912.

Émilie Charmy – A Visceral Voice at The Fralin Museum of Art

The Émilie Charmy retrospective currently on display at the Fralin Museum of Art is perplexing. Most of her paintings have a fierce inquisitive quality. Her application of paint gives expressive life to simple compositions. Single thick brush strokes resolve into a small elegant wrist or a delicate twist of hair. Although a few paintings, like “Nu […]

A landscape by Tom Tartaglino at the UVA Medical Center.

Art at the Hospital: Some Thoughts On Aesthetics and Medicine

This summer, I’ve noticed art in unlikely places around town: local hospitals. McGuffey Art Center member artist Lindsey Oberg had new mixed media works on display at Martha Jefferson Hospital in June. “In the Country” by Richard Bednar and “Sightings,” a collection of photographs by Frank Feigert, have been featured in UVA Medical Center’s Main Hospital lobby […]

Chanatown, Oil on Canvas - with permission from Mcguffy artist Krista Townsend.

C’ville Art Blog: On painting in Charlottesville

An Op-Ed style manifesto and general response to the McGuffey Summer Show Art in Charlottesville can be characterized by a sort of conservative tameness. Local artists combine quaint country craft with universally pleasing aesthetics to create an experience that is enjoyable but limited to a limbo world of perpetual charm. Limitless talent is channeled into oil, […]

Room With a View by Klaus Anselm - with permission of the artist.

Tapestries by Klaus Anselm and Joan Griffin at McGuffey Art Center

The abstract and stylized tapestries of Klaus Anselm and Joan Griffin, currently on display at the McGuffey Art Center, are indisputably beautiful objects. They have clear pleasing palettes, unexpected bright intense colors, soft surfaces, and an odd but familiar resolution. Anselm’s tapestries are mostly geometric abstractions, overlapping squares, curves, and quadrilaterals that fill each composition. Griffin’s […]

C’ville Art Blog: An Outpost at Chroma Projects

C’ville Art Blog: An Outpost at Chroma Projects

The objects and contraptions assembled in the main gallery at Chroma Projects seem like props from a wild Terry Gilliam film. The sculptural collages are built from found materials, mostly things which look salvaged from roadsides or abandoned lots. Dymph de Wild has made the objects appear functional, meaningful, bizarre, and beautiful. Some of them even […]

Black Prints from Cicada Press

Black Prints from Cicada Press

When first observing the “Black Prints from Cicada Press” at the Kluge Ruhe, the print “let’s be polite about aboriginal art” by Vernon Ah Kee jumps out and sets the stage for the exhibit. The print is a simple black square with an aesthetically arranged column of text. The font is simple, it looks like Arial, […]

Panels from a comic by local artist Francesca Rowan. Image courtesy of the artist.

Discovering a local comic artist at The Telegraph Gallery

The Telegraph is unique in Charlottesville for its wide selection of zines, indie comics, and small press books. Among these are several works by local artists, including a short comic by the young artist Francesca Rowan titled Alencia. This zine-style stapled booklet contains a short sword-and-sorcery story about a young heroine who uses her skills […]

A shot from Slumber Party Massacre by Rich Tarbell and Brian Wimer. Image courtesy of the artists.

Slumber Party Massacre: A Screaming Good Time

For the LOOK3 Festival of the Photograph, Rich Tarbell and Brian Wimer have created a series of charming and nostalgic narrative photographs. The series, “Slumber Party Massacre,” is essentially a remake of the 1982 film of the same name. Tarbell and Wimer have obviously altered the story and how we view it by shooting photographs rather than film. This […]

Detail of Nude in Motion by Guillermo Ubilla. Image courtesy of the artist.

Discovering movement with Guillermo Ubilla at FIREFISH Gallery

We take mobility and locomotion for granted. Our bodies are designed like a well-oiled machine and our nervous system works with such fluidity that we often forget the complexity involved in creating movement. It isn’t until we sustain an injury that we remember all the physiological aspects, and how hard it is when that range […]