It’s lit: Billy Hunt at Studio IX
Through dexterous utilization of non-traditional lighting techniques such as lasers, LED wands, programmed projections, and various other homemade light sources, photographer Billy Hunt creates transcendent images for his new portrait series. And he does it all without the use of digital editing techniques. Hunt is known for his photographs of the Charlottesville Lady Arm Wrestlers, and as the inventor of the Screamotron 3000, which takes a picture when the person in front of the camera screams, and his latest series is just as interactive as his previous ones. When “Laser Portraits” opens at 5:30 Friday evening at Studio IX, Hunt will be there to demonstrate for anyone who wants to play with light—or strike a pose. —Erin O’Hare
First Fridays: March 6
Artful Living Popup The Shops at Stonefield. An exhibition of acrylic paintings, ceramics, found art, and photography by Susannah Wagner, Linda Hollett, Noah Hughey-Commers, Keith Ramsey, Susan Patrick, Alex Solmssen, Keith Ramsey, and Diana Eichles. 5-7:30pm.
The Bridge Progressive Arts Initiative 209 Monticello Rd. “Americans Who Tell The Truth: Youth Speaking Truth,” an exhibit of 120 portraits made by Charlottesville High School students alongside some of the portraits from Robert Shetterly’s “Americans Who Tell the Truth” series. 5:30-8:30pm.
Chroma Projects Inside Vault Virginia, Third St. SE. “FIGMENTS,” featuring mostly constructions and collage work by Bill Atwood, all demonstrating the artist’s signature expressions of joyful, chaotic eccentricity. 5-7pm.
CitySpace 100 Fifth St. NE. An exhibit of student art from Albemarle County Public Schools. 5-7pm.
C’ville Arts Cooperative Gallery 118 E. Main St., Downtown Mall. “Storytelling with Paint,” a show of dreamlike works by Milenko Katic. 6-8pm.
IX Art Park 522 Second St. SE. “ECSTASIS,” a series of surrealist figure paintings in oil by Kathryn Wingate. 4-6pm.
McGuffey Art Center 201 Second St. NW. In the Sarah B. Smith Gallery, works by Renee Balfour; in the Lower Hall Gallery, a show by Fred Crist; and in the Upper North Hall Gallery, an exhibition related to the Virginia Festival of the Book. 5:30-7:30pm.
Milli Coffee Roasters 400 Preston Ave. #150. “Busker,” photographic prints by Eze Amos. 5-7pm.
Second Street Gallery 115 Second St. SE. In the Main Gallery, “By the Strength of Their Skin,” paintings by Regina Pilawuk Wilson, Mabel Juli, and Nonggirrnga Marawili, three of Australia’s most acclaimed women artists. In the Dové Gallery, “Nature Tells Its Own Story,” featuring paintings by Pakistani artist Tanya Minhas. 5:30-7:30pm
Studio IX 969 Second St. SE. “Laser Portraits,” a photography exhibition and demonstration (everyone is welcome to model) by Billy Hunt. 5:30-7:30pm.
Welcome Gallery 114 Third St. NE. “Sin & Salvation in Baptist Town,” an exhibition of archival pigment prints from photographer Matt Eich. 5-7:30pm.
WVTF Radio IQ 216 W. Water St. “Book Art,” featuring Eugene Provenzo’s eclectic collages, assemblages, and sculpture that compliment the Virginia Festival of the Book. 5-7pm.
VMDO Architects 200 E. Market St. “What,” an exhibition of paintings by Ryan Trott. 5:30-7:30pm.
Other March shows
Albemarle County Circuit Court 501 E. Jefferson St. An exhibition of work by members of the Central Virginia Watercolor Guild.
ALC Copies 156 Carlton Rd. #104. “Favorite Places: Home and Abroad,” recent oil paintings by Randy Baskerville.
Annie Gould Gallery 109 S. Main St., Gordonsville. A show featuring work by Cecelia Schultz, Annie Waldrop, and Chuxin Zhang closes March 8; a show of works by Jeannine Barton Regan and Kathy Kuhlmann opens March 14, 4-6pm..
Charlottesville Tango 208 E. Water St. “Stillness,” a show of pencil sketches by David Currier.
City Clay 700 Harris St. #104. “Recent Work by Faculty and Members of City Clay,” featuring ceramics by Randy Bill, Sam Deering, Sophie Gibson, Judd Jarvis, Julie Madden, and others; and “Visual Investigations,” featuring the work of South Carolina-based ceramic artist Virginia Scotchie. Opens March 24, 5-7pm.
Crozet Artisan Depot 5791 Three Notch’d Rd., Crozet. A show and sale of ceramic bowls, jars, plates, teapots, and other functional items by Stephen Palmer.
The Fralin Museum of Art at UVA 155 Rugby Rd. “Select Works from the Alan Groh-Buzz Miller Collection”; “The Inside World: Contemporary Aboriginal Australian Memorial Poles,” and “Figures of Memory.”
Jefferson School African American Heritage Center 233 Fourth St. NW. “A Place Fit for Women,” part of Robert Shetterly’s “Americans Who Tell The Truth” portrait series.
The Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection 400 Worrell Dr. “Tithuyil (Moving with the Rhythm of the Stars),” featuring linocut prints and sculptural works by Brian Robinson, a Torres Strait Islander artist who combines Torres Strait cultural motifs with references to Western Classical art and popular culture; and “With Her Hands: Women’s Fiber Art from Gapuwiyak.”
Les Yeux du Monde 841 Wolf Trap Rd. “Same Difference,” featuring paintings by Dorothy Robinson and sculpture by Kurt Steger. Opens March 14.
Live Arts 123 E. Water St. “Reimagined,” a show of Polaroids as well as a few lightboxes, prints on wood and mixed media pieces by Cary Oliva.
Mudhouse Coffee 213 W. Main St. “Du Temps Perdu,” featuring paintings by Brian Geiger.
New Dominion Bookshop 404 E. Main St., Downtown Mall. “A Tribute to Eloise,” an exhibition of works by the e salon watercolorists.
Northside Library 705 Rio Rd. W. “Bold,” featuring acrylic paintings by Novi Beerens and collages by Karen Whitehill.
PVCC Gallery 501 College Dr. “Bloom: In Honor of the Centennial Anniversary of Women’s Suffrage,” a group show with paintings, sculpture, photography, and more by a roster of notable local artists.
Quirk Hotel Charlottesville 499 W. Main St. “Hello There,” a show of work by a variety of artists intended to introduce the community to the new hotel. Opens March 5, 5-8pm.
The Rotunda UVA. “Munguyhmunguyh (Forever),” an exhibition celebrating the 30th anniversary of the John W. Kluge Injalak commission and featuring both new and older works commissioned from the Aboriginal community of Kunbarlanja in western Arnhem Land, Australia.
Sentara Martha Jefferson Hospital 500 Martha Jefferson Way. “In Another World,” featuring works by members of the BozART Fine Art Collective, including Carol Barber, Frank Feigert, Craig Lineburger, Juliette Swenson, and others.
Shenandoah Valley Art Center 122 S. Wayne Ave., Waynesboro. “40 Under 40,” featuring the work of 40 Virginia artists under age 40; and “Orange,” a themed show by SVAC members. Opens March 7, 5-7pm.
Thomas Jefferson Memorial Church Unitarian-Universalist 717 Rugby Rd. “Umbrellas,” an exhibition of paintings and drawings by Donna Redmond.
Vitae Spirits Distillery 715 Henry Ave. “Go Wahoos,” a show of UVA-themed acrylic works by Matalie Deane.
First Fridays is a monthly art event featuring exhibit openings at many area art galleries and exhibition venues. Several spaces offer receptions. To list an exhibit, email firstname.lastname@example.org.