First Friday 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
BozArt Gallery 211 W. Main St. Annual All-Members Show. 5-7pm.
The Bridge Progressive Arts Initiative 209 Monticello Rd. Artwork and goods by local artisans at “Great Gifts Holiday Shop.” Opening Party 5-9pm.
Café Cubano 112 W. Main St. Paintings by Robin Hoffman. 5-7pm.
City Clay 301 W. Main St. “Tis the Season” features work by local potters and wheel demonstrations. 5-7:30pm
Chroma Projects 201 Second St. NW. “Alchemy,” a collaborative series by Pam Black and Lauren Taylor with Todd Leback in the Front Gallery, “Mnemonic Devices” by Kim Boggs in the Passage Gallery, and “A Study,” an installation by Corry Blancin the Black Box Gallery. 5:30-7:30pm.
CitySpace Gallery 100 Fifth St. NE. Quilts made by the Crescent Hall Quilters. 5:30-7pm
C’Ville Arts 118 E. Main St. “Happiness, Love, and Wisdom” features clay sculptures by Tanya Tyree. 6-8pm.
FIREFISH Gallery 108 Second St. SW. “The Animal Series,” oil paintings by Sigrid Eilertson, “Glass.Metal.Fire.,” cloisonne jewelry by Charlene Cross, and “C’ville Vargas Girls: A Pin-Up Project for Brain Cancer.” 5:30-8pm.
The Haven 112 W. Market St. “There’s No Place Like Home,” an art auction to benefit this day shelter for the homeless. Plus, open artist studios and a pop-up shop of homemade goods. 5:30-8pm.
The Honeycomb 310 E. Market St. “Deep Shadows,” enamel paintings on wood by Elliott Downs. 5-9pm.
Java Dragon Coffee House 923 Preston Ave. Works by Janet Pearlman as well as other local artists. 5-7pm.
McGuffey Art Center 201 Second St. NW. Holiday Group Show. 5:30-7:30pm.
New Dominion Book Shop 404 E. Main St. Watercolors by Blake Hurt. 5:30-7pm.
Second Street Gallery 418 E. Main St. “…And Justice for Mall of America,” an installation by Brent Birnbaum in the Main Gallery and “Piñata” a video installation by students from Light House Studio in the Dové Gallery. 5:30-7:30pm. Artist talk at 6:30pm.
Studio Baboo 321 E. Main St. Box assemblages by Deborah Rose Guterbock, sequential illustrations by A.I. Miller, and paintings by Rhonda Raban. 3-7pm.
South Street Brewery 106 W. South St. (upstairs offices) Paintings and etchings by Tom Tartaglino. Artist reception reception 5:30-8:30pm.
Warm Springs Gallery 103 Third St. NE. “Museum Studies” featuring paintings by Bradley Stevens. 6-8pm.
WriterHouse 508 Dale Ave. “Live in Possibility,” abstract paintings by Judy Longley. 5:30-7:30pm.
Albemarle Charlottesville Historical Society 200 Second St. “1962 Time Capsule” and “Queen Charlotte,” as part of the Albemarle Charlottesville Historical Society’s collaboration with Celebrate!250.
Cavalier Inn 105 N. Emmet St. “Charlottesville’s Streetcar Railways” and “The Wealth of Theaters,” as part of the Albemarle Charlottesville Historical Society’s collaboration with Celebrate!250.
Charlottesville Albemarle Airport 100 Bowen Loop. Charlottesville Stone Carvers Guild show.
Cityspace 100 Fifth St., NE “Charlottesville Maps,” as part of the Albemarle Charlottesville Historical Society’s collaboration with Celebrate!250.
City Hall Lobby 605 E. Main St. “The City’s Public Schools,” as part of the Albemarle Charlottesville Historical Society’s collaboration with Celebrate!250.
Coca-Cola Bottling Works LAB 134 10th St. “Mi Ossa: Made by Hand in Haiti and Virginia,” local artist Clay Witt uses sustainable and recycled fair trade materials from Haiti to create unique jewelry and leather accessories.
Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection 400 Worrell Dr. “What They Wanted,” an exhibition by Melbourne-based artist Yhonnie Scarce.
Mudhouse 213 W. Main St. “Serpents,” a small series of paintings by Sharon Shapiro.
Over the Moon Bookstore 5798 Three Notch’d Rd., Crozet. “Fury’s Hallowed Trace,” featuring photographs by Bill Mauzy.
Speak! Language Center 313 Second St. SE, Suite 109. Rick Weaver’s watercolors of the plazzas and marketplace scenes of Cortona, Italy in the front space and Jennifer Byrne’s black and white photographic studies of Italian architecture in the main room. A collaboration with Chroma Projects Art Laboratory.
UVA’s Fralin Museum of Art 155 Rugby Rd. “Ancient Masters in Modern Styles: Chinese ink paintings from the 16th-21st centuries,” “Jean Hélion: Reality and Abstraction,” “Making Science Visible: The Photography of Berenice Abbott,” and “The Valley of the Shadow: American Landscape in the time of the Civil War.”
Visitor’s Center 610 E. Main St. “Charlottesville Mosaic: A City of Neighborhoods,” as part of the Albemarle Charlottesville Historical Society’s cooperation with Celebrate!250.
Check out PCA’s Google Map of local galleries and cultural hotspots to plan your visit.
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