Art Notes for February 3 | Arts

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McGuffey Art Center will feature “Lay My Burdens Down,” hosted by the Charlottesville Black Arts Collective, Friday through February 27 in the Sarah B. Smith Gallery, Upper Hallway and Lower Hallway.

Look for works by Benita Mayo, Kweisi Morris, Tobiah Mundt, Kori Price, Dorothy Rice, Amdane Sanda, Derrick J. Walker, Doreen Bonnet, Tori Cherry, Ashon Crawley, Sabrina Feggans, Veronica Jackson, Leslie Lillard, Somé Lewis and IZ The Virginia-based artists use visual arts, music, and performance art to reflect on the lines of the anthem “Down by the Riverside.”

Art is created in a wide variety of mediums including water soluble crayons, acrylic paint, oil, ink, gouache, graphite, and found materials. For more details, visit mcguffeyartcenter.com.

Chroma Projects will present “Against the Dark: Cameraless Photography by Robert Schultz” from Friday to February 25, with an opening reception from 5-7 p.m. on Friday.

Schultz, a poet, author and artist who won the latest StreetLight Art Search competition, presents works from the collection of natural specimens found in his recent book, “Specimens of the Plague Year”. Look for a series of resin chlorophyll leaf portraits that honor writers and poets, including Walt Whitman, Emily Dickinson, Rachel Carson, Frederick Douglass and Henry David Thoreau. For more details, visit chromaprojects.com.

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Second Street Gallery opens two new personal exhibitions this month. “Stuart Robertson: A Suh Wi Dweet” will be in the Main Gallery and “Marley Nichelle: Ghana to Gullah” in the Dové Gallery from Friday through March 25.

Nichelle’s “Ghana to Gullah” takes the viewer on a journey from Ghana to the artist’s home in low country South Carolina and helps educate viewers about Gullah culture. It explores food, music, culture, traditions, slavery and liberation.

Robertson’s solo exhibition, his first, captures a decade of life in Jamaica, Europe and the United States and the evolution of his practice at the intersection of figurative and abstract painting.

An opening reception is scheduled from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Friday; the two artists will be present from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. to visit with guests. To learn more, visit secondstreetgallery.org.

The Studio IX Gallery will open “Prolyfyck Women: Portraits of Running and Resilience” by digital and film photographer Jill Meriwether with a reception at 5 p.m. Friday and through February 27.

A race to benefit City of Promise is scheduled for Saturday at 9 a.m. at Studio IX. City of Promise works to improve the quality of life and educational outcomes for residents of the 10th and Page, Westhaven and Starr Hill neighborhoods.

The year-long Prolyfyck exhibition series introduces the community to local artists who are leading and an organization working to improve life in the community.

Mark your calendars for an Artist Talk and Happy Hour, which is set for 5 p.m. on February 24. Face coverings must be worn upon entering the building and at all times in the gallery. For more details, visit studioix.co.

Piedmont Community College in Virginia has scheduled an opening reception for “These Memories Can’t Wait: Beryl Solla” from 5-7 p.m. Friday. The exhibition will be presented from Friday to March 26 in the North and South galleries of the PVCC Gallery.

The retrospective exhibit includes works from across the former president’s career, from public art projects she led to individual works of art she created. Many of his colorful works were delightfully beaded. Brightly painted wooden carvings, ceramic sculptures and vessels, and stitched pieces embellished with sequins reflect its versatility. The last two unfinished pieces she was working on at the time of her death last February will also be presented.

A ‘make-it’ table will be available for visitors who wish to create their own works of art using some of Solla’s art supplies, which have been made available by James Yates, her husband and fellow artist. Get all the details at pvcc.edu/performingarts or at (434) 961-5362.

Vineyards of Revelation will exhibit paintings by Juliann Newton in February at 2710 Hebron Valley Road in Madison.

Learn more online at revalation vigne.com or call (540) 407-1236.

Charlottesville Unitarian Universalist Congregation chose Dolly Joseph as the featured artist for February.

‘Ephemeral Spirits’, Joseph’s new exhibition, can be viewed from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday at the church at 717 Rugby Road. You can also view the exhibit on the church’s website at uucharlottesville.org. Call (434) 293-8179 for details.

University of Virginia Health Arts Program will display “Through Our Eyes,” a collection of photographs taken by members of the Charlottesville Camera Club, through March 3 in the main lobby of the University of Virginia Hospital. Learn more about the exhibit at cvillecameraclub.org.

Virginia vault: “Nature, Us, and the Future – A Group Exhibition with Female Perspectives” will open with a reception from 5-8 p.m. Friday and remain on view through April 15. Works by Christen Yates, Judith Ely, Karen Rosasco, Lesli Devito, Phyllis Koch-Sheras and Susan Patrick will be featured in the space at 300 E. Main St. For details, call (434) 227-1333.

Westminster-Canterbury from the Blue Ridge will present “The Joy of Color”, a multimedia group exhibition by BozART Fine Arts Collective, until February 28. Masks are mandatory. For information, call (434) 972-3100.

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