First Friday: No excuses edition, part 2

Beatrix Ost, "In your body is a good place to be."
Beatrix Ost's "In your body is a good place to be" is included in Chroma Projects' "Disclosed."

If you thought April's First Friday offered a delightful art stroll on a heavenly warm evening, get ready for the May sequel. Could this weather be any better for meandering through the Mall and its surrounding environs, ducking into this gallery and that for a dose of visual culture?

Although some venues, like Second Street Gallery and Warm Springs Gallery, are continuing their April fare, most venues are changing it up with intriguing new shows. I'm especially eager to see Chroma Projects"Disclosed," which features nine artists exploring the idea of secrets, taboos, and exposure. Owner/director Deborah McLeod takes an adventurous approach to curating shows, so the works promise to be intriguing.

Another recommended stop this evening is a collaboration between artist Dean Dass and poet Sam Witt on view at the brand new WVTF/Radio IQ Studio. Meanwhile, local favorite, glass artist Chip Hall, is showing work at McGuffey Art Center (which also features four, yes, four other exhibits). One street over at The Garage, Richmond-based artist Sean Kelly presents "Flux," an installation of drawings, video, and performance. (Color me curious.)

Finally, two photography shows promise strong work: Ed Deasey's "Black and White Dreams" at Angelo, and a showcase of UVA fourth-year students' images at The Bridge.

As always, the above are just a few enticing items on the First Friday menu. Here's the full range of choices for your arty walk-about:

First Friday, May 7

The McGuffey Art Center holds an opening reception for its five May exhibitions: Cri Kars-Marshall, Jeannine Barton Reagan, and Jean Simpson's "Gathering Light"; Chip Hall's sculpted hot glass; James Hubin's "Re:Nata"; Dick Thomas' paintings and sculptures with wood; and the "2010 Inmates Show." 5:30-7:30pm. 20 Second St. NW. 295-7973.

Chroma Projects Art Laboratory opens "Disclosed," a nine-artist show that explores the idea of exposure, 5-8pm. 418 E. Main St. on the Downtown Mall. 202-0269.

The Bridge hosts an opening for the UVA fourth-year photography show, 7-9pm. 209 Monticello Road. 984-5669.

The Garage celebrates "Flux," an exhibition of drawings, video, and "performance" by Richmond artist and UVA alum Sean Kelly, with an opening, 7:30-9:30pm. 250 N. First St. For more information, visit

Angelo hosts an opening reception for photographer Ed Deasy's exhibition, "Black and White Dreams," 5:30-7:30pm. 220 E. Main St. on the Downtown Mall. 971-9256.

Eloise opens the exhibition, "Bill Atwood's First Art Show since the 3rd Grade," featuring artwork by Bill Atwood to benefit the Women's Initiative. 5-7pm. 219 W. Water St. 295-3905.

Mono Loco opens "Hidden Works: Creations by non-art majors at PVCC," a show curated by instructor George Andrews that features work created by members of Piedmont Virginia Community College's Art 100 Class. 5-7pm. 200 W. Water St. 979-0688.

The WVTF and Radio IQ Studio opens a collaborative exhibition by artist Dean Dass and poet Clay Witt, 5-7pm. 216 W. Water St. For more information, contact

Fellini's #9 hosts a reception for Elaine Reed's watercolor exhibition, "Places I Have Been," 5:30-7pm. 200 W. Market St. 979-4279.

Mudhouse opens artist Cass Kawecki's exhibition of recent work, "Experiment in Process," 6-8pm. 213 W. Main St. 984-6833.

Sage Moon Gallery, LLC welcomes "Ladies in Waiting," an exhibition of Jacqueline Peters' oil paintings, with a reception, 5:30-8pm. Siips, 212 E. Main St. on the Downtown Mall. 977-9997.

Spring Street welcomes "New Paintings" by Gloria Mitchell with a reception, 6-8pm. 107 W. Main St. on the Downtown Mall. 975-1200.

The Art Life Studio opens the exhibition, "Women Shaping Life through Art," featuring paintings, installations, life-size self-portraits, and poetic writing by Cate Caldwell, Donna Ernest, Melanie Fredericks, Susan Hastings, Amy Kilroy, Hobby Parent and Karen Robertson. 5:30-7:30pm, with an artists' presentation at 6:30pm. 313 Second St SE (the Glass Building), Suite 208. 996-8087.

BozART Gallery opens painter Randy Sights Baskerville's exhibition, "Eyes on Virginia," 5-9pm. 211 W. Main St. on the Downtown Mall. 296-3919.

C'ville Arts opens "Portraits of Song," an exhibition of Kathleen Mistry's bird-oriented artwork, 6-9pm. 118 E. Main St. on the Downtown Mall. 972-9500.

Art Upstairs hosts an opening reception for its exhibition of animal portraits painted by Christine Rich. 5-8pm. 112 W. Main St. on the Downtown Mall (in York Place). 923-3900.

Skylight Studios hosts a reception to celebrate the abstract expressionist works of C.P. Franklin, 5-9pm. 108 Second St. NW. 293-3908.

The Gallery @ 5th & Water opens Nancy Jane Dodge's exhibition, "Conversations," which includes the artist's new Pitcher Plant series. 5:30-8pm. Upstairs foyer of Hampton & Everett and Stoneking/von Storch, 107 5th St. SE. 979-9825.

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