Local abstract artist Aimee McDavitt lives with chronic illness, though it is rarely the subject of her art. “My experience has emphasized the importance of learning to seek, create and enjoy happiness within the confines of my situation,” she says. McDavitt’s acrylic works reflect free experimentation of several techniques—drips, drops, swirling, crinkling and color layering—to create texture and mood. Her pieces represent the contrast between what is perceived on the surface versus what actually is, upon delving deeper.
First Fridays – August 5
FF Angelo 220 E. Main St. “Water Lilies,” featuring photographs by Stephanie Gross. 5:30-7:30pm.
Art on the Trax 5784 Three Notch’d Rd., Crozet. “Poetry of the Landscape, Panoramic Views,” featuring en plein air works by Meg West, with a reception on Saturday, August 13 at 4pm.
FF C’ville Arts Cooperative Gallery 118 E. Main St. “Back to Modern,” featuring whimsical jewelry by Stephen Dalton. 6-8pm.
FF Chroma Projects Gallery 201 E. Main St. “Florescence,” featuring paintings by Jennifer Cox, Michelle Gagliano and Rachel Rotenberg. 5-7pm.
The Fralin Museum at UVA 155 Rugby Rd. “Fish and Fowl,” featuring sculptures, paintings and prints; “Casting Shadows: Selections from the Permanent Collection,” featuring the FUNd; “Icons,” by Andy Warhol; “On the Fly,” featuring sculpture by Patrick Dougherty; and “Oriforme,” featuring sculpture by Jean Arp.
FF The Garage 250 First St. N. “You Me We” featuring collaborative drawings and paintings by Ryan Trott, Sarah Yoder and Ken Horne. 5-7pm.
FF Graves International Art 306 E. Jefferson St. “Masters of Contemporary Art,” featuring limited-edition original prints, exhibition posters, stone lithography, drypoint etching and more by Ellsworth Kelly, Salvador Dalí, Georges Braque, Damien Hirst, David Hockney, Keith Haring, Roy Lichtenstein, Sam Francis, Philip Pearlstein, John Chamberlain, Andy Warhol, Gerald Laing, Joan Miró, Josef Albers and more. 5-8pm.
Les Yeux du Monde 841 Wolf Trap Rd. “Summer Light,” featuring various mediums in a group exhibition by several artists.
McGuffey Art Center 201 Second St. NW. “Atonement,” featuring works by Peter Allen in the Sarah B. Smith Gallery and “McGuffey Members Summer Group Show,” featuring various works in the Lower and Upper halls. On view through Sunday, August 14.
Shenandoah Valley Art Center 26 S. Wayne Ave., Waynesboro. An exhibit featuring works by Ashley Sauder Miller.
FF Studio IX 963 Second St. SE. “Broken is Beautiful,” featuring acrylic works by Aimee McDavitt. 5-7pm.
FF Spring Street Boutique 107 W. Main St. “Sea Life,” featuring oil on canvas by Leslie Wade. 6-8pm.
University of Virginia Health System 1215 Lee St. “Strange Objects and Unusual Places,” featuring photography by Fax Ayres.