Textile artist Tobiah Mundt captures and encases her fears and anxieties in sculpted form by exploring different methods of textiles, primarily needle felting. Her creatures, made from raw wool combined with natural and man-made objects, convey and illicit emotion. Mundt’s wool sculptures are poked thousands of times with a barbed needle, compacting the wool into its final form. “It’s therapy,” says Mundt of the process. The meticulous and repetitious technique informs her work, allowing her to enter an almost hypnotic state in which she deals with and passes on her emotions to the wool.
Tobiah Mundt’s needle-felted sculpture exhibit, “Otherness,” opens on July 1 at the Welcome Gallery at New City Arts.
First Fridays is a monthly art event featuring exhibit openings at many Downtown art galleries and additional exhibition venues. Several spaces offer receptions. To list an exhibit, please send information two weeks before opening to firstname.lastname@example.org.
First Fridays: July 1
C’ville Arts Cooperative Gallery 118 E. Main St. “Spirit Animals,” featuring water-color, acrylics, colored pencil and pastel works by Flame Bilyue. 6-8pm.
The Garage 250 First St. N. “Some times” featuring new prints, drawings and paintings by Nina Thomas. 5-7:30pm.
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 Dali, Georges Braque, Damien Hirst, David Hockney, Keith Haring, Roy Lichtenstein, Sam Francis, Philip Pearlstein, John Chamberlain, Andy Warhol, Gerald Laing, Joan Miro, Josef Albers and more. 5-8pm.
IX Art Park 963 Second St., SE. An exhibit featuring sci-fi themed oil paintings by Jesse Timmons. 7pm.
McGuffey Art Center 201 Second St. NW. “ə-ˈtōn-mənt,” featuring works by Peter Allen in the Sarah B. Smith Gallery and “McGuffey Members Summer Group Show,” featuring various works in the Lower Halls and Upper Halls. 5:30pm-7:30pm.
Mudhouse Coffee 213 W. Main St. “Liberty, Freedom and the Human Condition,” featuring acrylic works by Daniel Curnutte. 6pm.
Second Street Gallery 115 Second St., SE. “Listening Spirit: 5 Years of Burnside Farm,” featuring collaborative works by Kate Daughdrill and Patrick Costello. 5:30-7:30pm.
Spring Street Boutique 107 W. Main St. “Southwest Canyon Matrix,” featuring acrylics and mineral ink by Caroline Nillson. 6-8pm.
Welcome Gallery at New City Arts 114 Third St. NE. “Otherness,” featuring needle-felted sculpture by Tobiah Mundt. 5-7:30pm.
Art on the Trax 5784 Three Notch’d Rd., Crozet. “Floating in the Summertime,” featuring works by Alexandria Searls, with a reception on Saturday, July 9 at 4pm.
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, “Art Lovers,” featuring a collection of prints curated by Rebecca Schoenthal and Alicia Dissinger, “Icons,” by Andy Warhol, “On the Fly,” featuring sculpture by Patrick Dougherty and “Oriforme,” featuring sculpture by Jean Arp.
Hotcakes 1137 Emmet St., N. “Virginia Spring,” featuring oil paintings by Randy Baskerville.
Les Yeux du Monde 841 Wolf Trap Rd. “Syria Before the Storm,” featuring photographs by Ed Kashi.
Thomas Jefferson Memorial Church 717 Rugby Rd. “Blaze of Color,” featuring paintings by the BozART Fine Art Collective.
The Women’s Initiative 1101 East High St. “Summer Landscapes,” featuring a collection of 24 spring and summer views by the BozART Fine Art Collective, with a reception on Sunday, July 10 at 1pm.