March First Fridays Guide

Local painter Christen Borgman Yates' "Agrarian Icons" are on display at WVTF & Radio IQ Studio Gallery in March. Photo: Rammelkamp Foto Local painter Christen Borgman Yates’ “Agrarian Icons” are on display at WVTF & Radio IQ Studio Gallery in March. Photo: Rammelkamp Foto

Give her a home where the buffalo roam and Christen Borgman Yates will paint the iconic American beast every day.
Her original contemporary works in oil and watercolor ask viewers to consider how they relate to landscapes and livestock in an increasingly urbanized world. Her most recent series, “Agrarian Icons,” on display at WVTF & Radio IQ Studio Gallery in March, brings the sheep, cattle and goats of the Blue Ridge Mountains to life, encouraging audiences to actively engage with the subjects. Although the UVA grad resides locally with her husband and four children, this is her first solo exhibition in Charlottesville.

First Fridays: March 6, 2015.

C’ville Arts Cooperative Gallery 118 E. Main St., Downtown Mall. “Casa Mia: The Art of Spring Cleaning,” featuring locally crafted natural home remedies by Brigitte Rau. 6-8pm, with a demonstration of products and techniques.

City Clay 700 Harris St. Suite 104 “Material Matters,” featuring salt and soda fired pottery by Judd Jarvis. 5:00-7:00pm with an artist talk 6-6:30pm.

CitySpace 100 Fifth St. NE. “Book Arts Exhibit: Miniature Books,” organized by the Virginia Art of the Book Center. 5-7pm.

Fellini’s #9 200 Market St. “Images of Ireland,” featuring watercolors by Sarah Hasty-Williams. 5:30-7pm.

Java Java 421 E. Main St., Downtown Mall. “Reinventions,” featuring Polaroid transfers and lifts by Cary Oliva. 5-6pm.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Performing Arts Center 1400 Melbourne Rd. “VSA Charlottesville/Albemarle Showcase,” featuring work from over 100 artists. 6:30-8pm.

McGuffey Art Center 201 Second St. NW. “Bound: The Artist’s Book” in the Sarah B. Smith Gallery; “Etta Levine: Colorscapes 2” and “Susan Patrick: For the Trees” in the Lower Hall North Gallery; “Charlene Cross: Glass. Metal. Fire” in the Lower Hall South Gallery; and “C2D2015,” sponsored by Art In Place, in the Upper Hall North and South Galleries. 5:30-7:30pm

PCA Office Gallery, 100 Fifth St. NE. An exhibit by photographer Stacey Evans. 5-7pm.

Second Street Gallery 115 Second St. SE. “Susan Bacik: Constructed Meditations, 1990-2015,” featuring mosaics, assemblages and installations from the past 25 years. 6-7:30pm with an artist talk at 6:30pm.

Spring Street Boutique 107 W. Main St. “The Wild Kingdom,” featuring oil on canvas works by Anne Marshall Block. 6-8pm.

The Women’s Initiative 1101 E. High St. An exhibit of 15 women artists featuring watercolors, photography, oils, acrylics and pastels. 5:30-7:30pm.

Warm Springs Gallery 103 3rd St. NE “Paper Works,” featuring artists Diane Ayott, Meredith Fife Day, Barbara Grossman, Sydney Licht, Marlene Rye and Eve Stockton. 5:30-8pm.

WriterHouse 508 Dale Ave. “Looking to the Past,” featuring collages from the ’60s and ’70s by Betsy Ballenger. 5:30-7:30pm.

WVTF & Radio IQ Studio Gallery 216 W. Water St. “Agrarian Icons,” featuring paintings by Christen Yates. 5-7pm.

Yellow Cardinal Gallery 301 East Market St. “Duet: Landscapes Real and Imagined,” featuring new works by Krista Townsend and J.M. Henry. 4-6:30pm.


Chroma Projects 107 Vincennes Rd. “Genius Loci,” featuring landscapes by Jeanette Cohen and Joan Elliott, with a reception on March 22, 3:30pm.

Focus Contemporary Art 385 Valley St. An exhibit by Robert Strini, Linda Wachtmeister and Michelle Gagliano.

Fralin Museum of Art at the University of Virginia 155 Rugby Rd. “Lucian Freud: Etchings,” and “A Portrait of the Artist, 1525-1825.”

Hot Cakes 1137-A Emmet St. An exhibit of watercolors by students of Lee Alter through March 28.

Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection 400 Worrell Dr. “New Narratives: Papunya Tjupi Prints with Cicada Press,” and “Art and Country.”

Les Yeux du Monde 841 Wolf Trap Rd. “Selections 2015,” featuring works by Pam Black, Peyton Hurt Millikan, Kris Iden, Ann Lyne, David Summers, Theo van Groll and Sanjay Vora, on display through March 8. “Susan Bacik: Constructed Meditations, 1990-2015,” featuring mosaics, assemblages, and installations from the past 25 years with a reception Friday, March 13, 5:30-7:30pm.

Sojourners United Church of Christ 1017 Elliott St. “BozART Group,” featuring contemporary religious art, landscapes and mixed media works.

Thomas Jefferson Memorial Church 717 Rugby Rd. An exhibition of paintings by Donna Redmond with a reception on March 1, 12:30pm.


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

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