March First Fridays Guide

Eliza Evans' #selfies exhibit opens on March 5 at The Garage. Photo: Amy Jackson Eliza Evans’ #selfies exhibit opens on March 5 at The Garage. Photo: Amy Jackson

Local artist Eliza Evans has been painting acrylic portraits from real-life scenes since 2006, and she always tries to capture a good likeness as quickly as possible so the subject doesn’t get uncomfortable sitting. Her latest exhibit is a collection of self-portraits along with some portraits of her close friends and family on canvas, wood and dipper gourds that she grew. “There is something a little different about painting myself from the mirror,” says Evans in her artist statement. “I feel like I can loosen up and do more experimenting with my painting technique.” Evans hopes that even though the exhibit displays her face over and over, people will understand she doesn’t take herself too seriously.
Her #selfies exhibit opens on March 5 at The Garage.

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: March 4

Art on Ivy 2125 Ivy Rd. #5. An exhibit of colorful, textured book art by Lyall Harris. 5-6:30pm.

C’ville Arts Cooperative Gallery 118 E. Main St. “Love What You Do,” featuring ceramics by Trina Player. 6-8pm.

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.

JMRL Central Library 201 E. Market St. “On Our Own,” featuring works by a peer support recovery center for people with mental health challenges. 5-7pm.

McGuffey Art Center 201 Second St. NW. “Rock, Paper…,” featuring photography by Scott F. Smith in the Sarah B. Smith Gallery; “Studio Things,” featuring works by Bruno LaVerdiere and J.M. Henry in the Lower Halls; and “ArtReach,” featuring children’s art in the Upper Halls. 5:30-7:30pm.

Mezzanine Gallery @ New Dominion Bookshop 404 E. Main St. “A Splash of Color,” featuring oil paintings by Nancy Campa. 5:30-7pm.

Second Street Gallery 115 Second St. SE. “Vestiges and Relics,” featuring paintings by Chrissy Baucom, “Periodicities in Chaotic Forcing,” featuring installation of found objects by Heather Harvey, and “Pretty on the Inside,” featuring 3D forms and 2D drawings by Kortney Niewierski. 5:30-7:30pm, with an artist talk at 6:30pm.

Spring Street Boutique 107 W. Main St. “Beach,” featuring watercolor and sketches on paper by Barbara Grandis. 6-8pm.

The Bridge PAI 209 Monticello Rd. “A Portrait of Collaboration: Devising NO WAKE,” featuring multimedia works by Jennifer Hoyt Tidwell, Martha Mendenhall, Ted Coffey, Allyson Mellberg Taylor, Jeremy Taylor, Thadd McQuade, Sian Richards, Marianne Kubik, Deandra Irving, Miller Susen, Trina Candia, Sydney Wynn, Jennifer Downey, Samantha Pagni, Aaron Farrington, Stephen Thomas, Matt Thomas, Kim Boggs, and many children. 6-9pm.

The Loft at Freeman-Victorius 507 W. Main St. “Pottery and Paintings,” featuring clay and mixed media works by Ken Nagakui. 5-8pm.

The Women’s Initiative 1101 East High St. “The Feel of Greener Pastures,” featuring acrylic landscapes by Janet Pearlman. 5:30-7:30pm.

Welcome Gallery @ New City Arts 114 Third St. NE. “Deepsea Collaborations,” featuring prints, watercolor paintings, and drawings by Kaki Dimock and Josef Beery. 5-7:30pm.

WVTF & Radio IQ Studio Gallery 216 W. Water St. “We Dream of the House We Were Born In,” featuring paintings by Roger Williams, presented by New City Arts. 5-7pm.

Other Exhibits

Chroma Projects 107 Vincennes Rd. “Gathered from Available Data,” featuring prints, drawings, photography, paintings, and poetic text by Tanja Softic, with a reception on Sunday, March 6 at 4pm.

City Clay 700 Harris St., Ste. 104. “Functional Elegance,” featuring clay works by Patrick Gibson, with a reception on Friday, March 11.

CitySpace Gallery 100 Fifth St. NE. An exhibit by Albemarle County Public Schools, beginning March 7.

Ix Art Park 522 Second St. SE. “Hello Again,” featuring drawings and mixed media works by Polly Breckenridge.

Java Java Café 421 E Main St. “Rambunctious Still Life,” featuring paintings by Karen Siegrist.

Jefferson School African-American Heritage Center 233 Fourth St. NW. “The 1963 Danville Civil Rights Movement: The Protests, The People, The Stories,” featuring documentary portraits by Tom Cogill and text panels by Emma Edmunds.

Senior Center 1180 Pepsi Pl. “Scarlet Waterway,” featuring watercolor paintings by Rosemary Nothwanger.

Sentara Martha Jefferson Hospital 500 Martha Jefferson Dr. An exhibit of paintings and photographs by BozART Group artists Craig Lineburger and Madeleine Watkins.

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 Garage 100 E. Jefferson St. “#selfies,” featuring acrylic portraits by Eliza Evans, with a reception on Saturday, March 5 at 5pm.

Thomas Jefferson Memorial Church 717 Rugby Rd. An exhibit of watercolor paintings by Ken Chasin, with a reception on Sunday, March 6 at 12:30pm.

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