Charlottesville Welcome Book Spring Summer 2020 VIRTUAL EDITION

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Galleries Art That Moves You Surrealist painter Salvador Dali said, “A true artist is not one who is inspired, but one who inspires others.” Whatever medium may inspire you, galleries and artwork abound here in Charlottesville, even amidst the current COVID-19 closings. Currently postponed is the popular First Friday Artwalk, so instead, enjoy a virtual tour around the area and immerse yourself in their online offerings, from virtual tours to online exhibits. Fralin Museum of Art at UVA

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A perfect place to start your virtual tour is the McGuffey Art Center, located one block from the Downtown Mall. This gallery space, which is normally full of artists at work in their studios, is accented by a gift shop that carries a variety of members’ art throughout the year. While you can’t browse the light-filled studios and multiple exhibition spaces at McGuffey right now, you can see the members and snippets of their work online. On the Downtown Mall, you can visit Chroma Projects and Second Street Gallery online. The University of Virginia’s Fralin Museum of Art provides a sophisticated, high-tech home for the art contained within its historic walls. Alongside their online collection, The Fralin is currently offering a video tour with curator Henry Skerrit of The Inside World: Contemporary Aboriginal Australian Memorial Poles. The more permanent exhibits the museum curates pull from the museum’s own permanent collections, as well as from other museums around the country. Another art museum at UVA, The Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection showcases Indigenous Australian art. As the only museum of its kind in the United States, the Kluge-Ruhe is a must visit. While stuck at home, browse their collection online, visit their social channels for “flat chat tours,” videos of past exhibitions and artist residencies, and take an introductory guide to Indigenous Australian art and culture. A virtual visit to the studio, gallery and printmaking workshop of landscape artist Frederick Nichols in Barboursville will allow you to see the work of Virginia artists. On your virtual tour, also stop at nearby Contemporary Art gallery Les Yeux du Monde just off Route 20. After visiting Barboursville, head east to Gordonsville and see a unique collection of work by local and national artists at the Annie Gould Gallery. To the west of Charlottesville is the gallery of P. Buckley Moss in Waynesboro. Keep an eye on the calendar for her special “Barn Shows,” when Moss opens up her McGuffey Art Center Waynesboro home in addition to the gallery. Whether you are merely appreciating or interested in purchasing, the Charlottesville area’s vibrant and robust art scene should not be missed. For more details and virtual events, visit 52

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