May First Fridays Guide

David Garratt  at Chroma Projects Lab David Garratt at Chroma Projects Lab

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

May 3

The Bridge PAI 209 Monticello Rd. “El Trabajo – iConnect Program Students” and an exhibit by UVa photography students and faculty. 5:00-7pm.

Chroma Projects 418 E. Main St. “Elements” by David Garratt and “Visitant Sicily” by Jennifer Byrne in the Front Gallery. “The Ice Machine” in the Black Box. “We Are Not Our Work” by Carolyn Capps in the Underground. 5:30-7:30pm.

City Clay 301 W. Main St. “Garden Inspired,” pots and sculptures from City Clay member artists and friends. 5-7:30pm.

CitySpace 100 Fifth St. NE. An exhibit by New City Arts Initiative in CitySpace Gallery. Watercolors by Matalie Deane on display in the Piedmont Council for the Arts office. 5:30-7pm.

C’ville Arts Cooperative Gallery 118 E. Main St. “The Moon Sings Tonight” by Mary Ellen Larkins. 6-8pm.

FIREFISH Gallery 108 Second St. NW. “Exploring the Earth” by Mary Farrell. 5:30-7:30pm.

The Garage 250 1st St. N. “Clouds and Veils: new paintings and works on paper” by Matt Kleberg. 5-7pm.

The Honeycomb 310 E. Market St. “Idylls” paintings and drawings by Anthony Maughan. 6-9pm.

McGuffey Art Center 201 Second St. NW. Works by Karen Blair, Priscilla Long Whitlock, and Jessie Coles in the Sarah B. Smith Gallery. “Flocking,” drawings by Rachel Kerwin in the Lower Hall North Gallery. “Apotheosis,” paintings by Krista Townsend in the Lower Hall South Gallery. “Annual High School Art Show” in the Upstairs Galleries. 5:30-7:30pm.

Telegraph 110 Fourth St NE. “Eat Me,” a poster celebration of junk food. 5-10pm.

Warm Springs Gallery 103 Third St. NE. “Meanderings,” new paintings by Richard Oversmith. 6-8pm.

WVTF and Radio IQ Studio Gallery 216 W. Water St. “Spring Woodcuts” by Josef Beery. 5-7pm.

WriterHouse 508 Dale Ave. “Now and Then” featuring collages, oil paintings, and drawings by Nym Pedersen. 5:30-7:30pm.


Atelier One 1718 Allied St. “Sheridan Avenue Tails,” by photographer Kay Taylor.

Jefferson School African American Heritage Center 233 Fourth St. NW. “Between Invention and Reality,” sculptures by Caesar Morton.

Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection 400 Worrell Dr. “We Bury Our Own,” a series of photographs and video works by artist Christian Thompson.

Les Yeux du Monde 841 Wolf Trap Rd. “Light” by David Summers.

Second Street Gallery 115 Second St. SE. “Decoration/Destruction,” a group exhibit featuring the work of Olga Antonova, Laurent Crasté, and Cheryl Pope in the Main Gallery. Works by Marina Rosenfeld the Dové Gallery.

UVA’s Fralin Museum of Art 155 Rugby Rd. “STrAY: Found Poems from a Lost Time,” featuring work by the contemporary artist Suzanne McClelland; “Corot to Cézanne,” featuring French drawings from the collection of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Mellon; and “Traces of the Hand: Master Drawings from the Collection of Frederick and Lucy S. Herman.”


Check out PCA’s Google Map of local galleries and cultural hotspots to plan your visit.

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