August First Fridays Guide

Photo: Martyn Kyle Photo: Martyn Kyle
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 concentrations of light. Kern’s inspiration comes from nature, from dreams, sometimes out of thin air and often from his particular love of tree forms and lanterns. His imagery is essentially experimental, with each painting revealing something unexpected to Kern at every turn.

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

First Fridays: August 7

C’ville Arts Cooperative Gallery 118 E. Main St., Downtown Mall. “Flights of Fancy,” featuring bead creations by Steve Cunningham. 6-8pm.

CitySpace Gallery 100 Fifth St. NE. An exhibit by Albemarle County Public Schools. 5:30-7pm.

McGuffey Art Center 201 2nd St NW. A mixed media installation by Michelle Geiger and Summer Group Show by the McGuffey members. 5:30-7:30pm.

PCA Office Gallery 100 Fifth St. NE. An exhibit of impasto landscape paintings by Julia Lesnichy. 5:30-7pm.

SCS Gallery 214 W. Water St. “Where Light Comes From,” featuring fantastical paintings by Stephen Kern. 5-7pm.

Spring Street Boutique 107 W. Main St., Downtown Mall. “Southwest Adventures,” featuring oil on canvas by Anne Marshall Block. 6-8pm.

The Garage 250 N. First St. “Potential Energy,” featuring steel sculpture by Lily Erb. 5-7pm.

The Loft at Freeman-Victorius 507 W. Main St. “Round Table Artists,” featuring oil and watercolor by Kathleen Free, Brigitte Turquois Freeman, Judith Minter, Taylor Randolph, Linda Staiger, Virginia Rice Thompson, Laurie Thurneck, and Christine Tucker. 5-8pm.

The Women’s Initiative 1101 E. High St. Landscapes, still life, abstracts and photography featuring the artists of BozART. 5:30-7:30pm.

Other Exhibits

Albemarle County Courthouse 501 Jefferson St. “Members Watercolor Show,” featuring water-based medium by the Central Virginia Watercolor Guild, through October 25.

Brooks Hall at UVA 1702 University Ave. An exhibit by Victor Captain featuring works refelcting his indigenous community in Guyana, South America, through August 14. Reception with the artist at Commonwealth Senior Living, 1550 Pantops Mountain Place on August 16. 3-5pm.

Java Java Café 421 E. Main St. “Hot Flowers, Cool Birds,” featuring paintings by Karen Siegrist.

Les Yeux du Monde 841 Wolf Trap Rd. “Summer Scenes,” featuring oil on canvas by Isabelle Abbot and Priscilla Whitlock, through August 16.

Mudhouse 213 W. Main St., Downtown Mall. “Labradorite #1,” featuring oil on canvas by Mary Jane Nichols.

The Fralin Museum of Art at UVA 155 Rugby Rd. “Collection,” featuring photography by Sol LeWitt, from August 14 through December 20; “Struggle…From the History of the American People,” featuring paintings by Jacob Lawrence, from August 21 through June 6, 2016; and “Cavaliers Collect,” featuring a variety of genres on loan from UVA alumni and friends, from August 28 through December 20.

Thomas Jefferson Memorial Church 717 Rugby Rd. “Earth and Sky,” featuring oil and mixed media paintings by Roger Lehr, with a reception on Sunday, August 9 at noon.

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