January First Fridays Guide

Painter Aaron Eichorst in his home studio in Belmont.  Photo: Amanda Maglione Painter Aaron Eichorst in his home studio in Belmont. Photo: Amanda Maglione

Local artist Aaron Eichorst believes in the power of a positive perspective on influencing personal success. His exhibition, “Inner Outlook,” is an artistic manifestation of his personal attitudes and temperaments over four years, and follows a previous series that featured a style called grotesque—an intricate incorporation of fantastic human and animal figures interlaced with architectural frameworks. “The imagery that I use in the pieces are all things that inspire me: people, animals, plants, art and architectural history,” Eichorst says. The nomenclature of his works further reflects this inspiration with the name “grottesques,” a term derived from his artistic style and “grottoes,” the underground chambers of ancient Roman palaces. See Eichorst’s acrylic and tempera paintings in the Chroma Projects Gallery through January.

 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 arts@c-ville.com.

First Fridays: January 8

Chroma @ SCS 218 W. Water St. “Inner Outlook,” featuring acrylic and tempera paintings by Aaron Eichorst. 5-7pm.

CitySpace Gallery 100 Fifth St. NE. An exhibit by Virginia Master Naturalists, with works by Rob Rebitzke in the PCA office. 5:30-7pm.

Graves International Art 306 E. Jefferson St. “Roy Lichtenstein & Company,” featuring paintings, drawings, watercolors, silkscreens, lithographs, and etchings by Roy Liechtenstein, Sam Francis, Erte, Jacques Villon, Jim Dine, John Chamberlain, Paul Cesar Helleu, Pierre Marie Brisson, John James Audubon, Mark King, Pierre Bonnard, and Edgar Degas. 5-8pm.

Java Java Café 421 E Main St., Downtown Mall. An exhibit featuring abstract acrylics by Steve Keach. 5-6pm.

McGuffey Art Center 201 Second St. NW. “Fragmentations, ” featuring works by Jim Respess and Steve Fishman in the Sarah B. Smith Gallery; and “New Members’ Show,” featuring works by Nina Frances Burke, Susan Willis Brodie, Brielle DuFlon, Andrew Groner, Lou Haney, Frederick Kahler, Erica Lohan, Rachel Devorah Trapp, and Tamara Walker. 5:30-7:30pm.

Spring Street Boutique 107 W. Main St., Downtown Mall. “Art is Brave,” featuring works by Adam Disbrow. 6-8pm.

Welcome Gallery @ New City Arts 114 Third St. NE. “Coming Close,” featuring paintings by Matt Kleberg. Closing reception 5-7:30pm.

WVTF & Radio IQ Studio Gallery 216 W. Water St. “Bridges,” featuring oil on canvas by Krista Townsend, presented by New City Arts. Closing reception  5-7pm.

Other Exhibits

Hot Cakes 1137 Emmet St. “Inspirations,” featuring oil paintings by Julia Kindred.

Les Yeux du Monde 841 Wolf Trap Rd. “The Kingdom,” featuring prints and paintings of birds, clouds and mysterious landscapes by Dean Dass. Through January 16.

Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection 400 Worrell Dr. “Where the Water Moves, Where It Rests,” featuring eucalyptus bark paintings by Djambawa Marawili AM.

Second Street Gallery 115 Second St. SE. “Sustainability,” featuring environmentally focused video, sculpture, painting, assemblage, installation, and photography by Jason Robinson, Eric Kniss, Molly Sawyer, J. Michael Hough, Morgan S. Craig, Robert Llewellyn, and Stefan Chinov.

Shenandoah Valley Art Center 122 S. Wayne Ave., Waynesboro. “New Watercolor: A Juried Contemporary Exhibit,” featuring works by 18 regional artists.

The Fralin Museum of Art at UVA 155 Rugby Rd. “Struggle…From the History of the American People,” featuring paintings by Jacob Lawrence; “Richard Serra: Prints,” from the collection of Jordan D. Schnitzer and his Family Foundation; “Fish and Fowl,” featuring sculptures, paintings, and prints; “Navajo Weaving: Geometry of the Warp and Weft,” featuring textiles; and “Two Extraordinary Women: The Lives and Art of Maria Cosway and Mary Darby Robinson.”

The Loft at Freeman-Victorius 507 W. Main St. “Landscapes and Still Lifes,” featuring oil paintings by Randy Baskerville.


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