Erin O'Hare



Kuwinjku artists Joe Guymala (left) and Gabriel Maralngurra (right) stand amid some of the memorial poles that are part of "The Inside World: Contemporary Aboriginal Australian Memorial Poles" on view at The Fralin Museum of Art through May 24. Photo by Amy and Jackson Smith

Down under, up above: A wealth of Indigenous Australian art comes to Charlottesville this winter

This week, something extraordinary will happen in Charlottesville: Four exhibitions of contemporary Aboriginal Australian art will open in four different venues across town, bringing the total number of such exhibitions currently on view to six. And a seventh will open in mid-February. Having this many concurrent shows of contemporary Indigenous Australian art in one locale […]

“You Belong Here Now,” a series of Polly Breckenridge’s monotype prints, opens at Chroma Projects gallery Friday, January 3. Image courtesy the artist

January galleries guide

Precarious balance Polly Breckenridge’s monotypes at Chroma Projects Part of the appeal of printmaking is that it gives an artist the ability to create multiple copies of the same image. But for local artist Polly Breckenridge, the attraction lies in the printmaking process itself—the way the pressure of the press embosses each design element into […]

Aggie Zed’s sculptures are part of “Dancing in their Heads,” on view at Chroma Projects gallery through the month of December. 
Image courtesy the artist

December galleries guide

Creature conflicts People often describe Aggie Zed’s sculptures as “whimsical,” or “cute.” “I can see whimsical, but I don’t ever see cute,” says the artist, who uses handmade ceramic and mechanical bits in combination with found materials such as scrap metal, wire, and plastic milk jugs to create what she calls “really dear beings that […]

Virginia Greene, whose work is shown here, is one of the artists participating in this year's ARTCHO festival at IX Art Park this weekend. Photo courtesy ARTCHO

November gallery guide

ARTCHO festival makes art available to all Home. It’s sweet. There’s no place like it. It’s where the heart is, and it’s where charity often begins. The same can be said for this year’s ARTCHO festival, to take place this Saturday, November 2, at IX Art Park from 10:30am to 5:30pm. ARTCHO’s goal is a […]

Gabriel Allan while at work on his sculpture “The Messenger,” circa 2007. Image courtesy of the Allan family

October galleries

An artist’s journey The night Alp Isin heard that his friend and fellow artist Gabriel Allan passed away, he couldn’t stop thinking about Allan’s sculptures. Though Isin had seen “a bunch” of Allan’s pieces, covering a range of times and places, he “wasn’t sure what the totality was. That day, that night, I got this […]

Ryan Trott's "Things" is on view at the New City Arts Welcome Gallery through the month of September. Image courtesy the artist

Galleries: September 2019

These are a few of Ryan Trott’s favorite things Cups, mugs, hands, feet, flowers, water drops—these are just some of the everyday objects that inspire Ryan Trott.  Simplified shapes repeat throughout “Things,” the artist’s exhibition now on view through the month of September at the New City Arts Welcome Gallery. The paintings, drawings, screen prints, […]

"Memorial," an immersive audio-visual installation, at Chroma Projects Gallery. Image by Bolanle Adeboye

First Fridays: August 2

Openings Chroma Projects Inside Vault Virginia, Third Street SE. “Memorial,” an immersive audio/visual installation by Bolanle Adeboye, Richelle Claiborne, and Leslie Scott-Jones, with music from Lou “Waterloo” Hampton and Mike Moxham, that considers the African American perspective and makes space for communal creation, remembrance, awareness, and compassion. 5-7pm, performance at 5:30. CitySpace 100 Fifth St. […]