First Friday preview: Ideal October evening edition

shelby fischer, Scrumtrulescent
Shelby Fischer, "Scrumtrulescent."

The two keys to First Friday success: eye-opening exhibitions and good weather. Last month, Hurrican Hanna threatened to douse people's monthly art constitutional. But tonight's a different story. A perfect October evening and numerous worthwhile shows should make for a visually rewarding walkabout.

Les Yeux du Monde's new location on West Main (right next to the ABC store, in case you need a little nip) proves an ideal setting for "The Eternal Now," the latest show by our local genius of collage, Shelby Fischer. The fantastical compositions, often involving worlds where animals and humans interact on equal footing, showcase Fischer's spot-on sense of color and composition. What's particularly impressive is how Fischer's work has evolved over the past few years to include not just her signature amusing retro imagery, but also tile, wooden blocks, and found objects that all feel like small treasures. Yes, the work is fun and funny, but Fischer also delves into spiritual and psychological issues with her compelling combinations of imagery and items.

Over at the McGuffey Art Center, Kristina Glick Shank's exhibition, "How I Walk," on view in the south end of the Downstairs Hall Gallery, offers a fascinating combination of jewelry, small enamel compositions, and prints. It's refreshing to have a show by someone creating fine art jewelry, and the unusual exhibition is beautifully unified. Second Street Gallery's Dov© Gallery show by Jeff Eisenberg, "Internal Logic," featuring abstract works dealing with engineered reality, is an interesting 21st century complement to the current El Lissitzky exhibition of geometric abstracts, "Modernist Portfolios," at the University of Virginia Art Museum (but no opening tonight at UVA).

Migration: A Gallery is serving up painter Jan Aronson's beautiful close-ups of water in the exhibition, "While Rome Burns." And as long as you're on 5th Street, be sure to drop by the Gallery at 5th & Water to catch the return of artists from Lexington's Nelson Street Gallery in the show, "6 Broads and a Bob" (yours truly's high school art teacher from an eon ago, the fab and seemingly ageless Barbara Crawford, is sure to be one of the stand-out "broads"). Another destination that promises intrigue tonight is The Bridge with its group show "Chill Out! Chill Out? I Will Not Chill Out!" Curated by former C'villian, Colin L., it's sure to be juicy and irreverent.

Finally, although it's not your usual go-to source for eye entertainment, Livity Yoga and Fitness tonight celebrates its first anniversary with an exhibition of work by local luminaries painter Sharon Shapiro and photographer Lynne Brubaker. And several new art venues make their debut on the First Friday circuit tonight: Poetry & Prose, Andrea Wynne Fine Furnishings and Accessories, and the ART Life Studio. (Check 'em out and report back.) Now go forth and stroll!

First Friday, October 3

Les Yeux du Monde opens "The Eternal Now," an exhibition of new mixed media work by the always-interesting Shelby Fischer, with a reception, 5:30-7:30pm. 500 West Main St. (between Zinc and the ABC store). 973-5566.

The McGuffey Art Center hosts an opening for its four October exhibitions– Tamera Harrison Krischnick’s "Group Individually,” Lindsay Michie Eades’ "Breaking Out," Kristina Glick Shank’s "How I Walk,” and the multi-artist benefit show for Meals on Wheels– 5:30-7:30pm. 201 Second St. NW. 295-7973.

Second Street Gallery hosts an opening for its main gallery exhibition, “Gina Ruggeri," featuring Ruggeri's oil-on-mylar paintings and charcoal-on-paper drawings, and its Dov© Gallery show, Jeff Eisenberg's "Internal Logic," featuring drawings and paintings that examine "engineered reality and the built environment."6-8pm, with artists’ talks at 6:30pm. 115 Second St. SE (in the Charlottesville City Center for the Arts). 977-7284.

Migration: A Gallery welcomes its October exhibition, "While Rome Burns," featuring new oil paintings by Jan Aronson, with a reception, 5:30-8pm. 119 5th St. SE. 293-2200.

The Charlottesville Community Design Center hosts an opening for "Transpiration," an exhibition of UVA architecture students' projects that "engage both landscape and building, and are located along the streams, rivers, and water infrastructure of Charlottesville." 5-8pm. 100 5th St. NE on the Downtown Mall. 984-2232.

The Bridge opens the hilariously named group exhibition, "Chill out! Chill Out? I Will Not Chill Out!," curated by artist and former Pudhaus mover and shaker Colin L.,with a reception, 6-9pm. 209 Monticello Road (across from Spudnuts). 984-5669.

Livity Yoga and Fitness celebrates its first anniversary with an opening party for its exhibition by painter Sharon Shapiro and photographer Lynne Brubaker. 6:30-9pm. 609 East Market Street, 2nd floor, Suite 209. 244-YOGA.

C’ville Arts (formerly known as Transient Crafters) hosts an opening for “"Conversion of Form," an exhibition of raku-fired pottery by Tanya Tyree, 6-9pm. 118 E. Main St. on the Downtown Mall. 972-9500.

BozArt Gallery welcomes "Ode to Lowe's: New Mixed Media Works," an exhibition of constructions by Ashley Gill, with a reception, 5:30-9pm. 211 W. Main St. on the Downtown Mall. 296-3919.

Sage Moon Gallery holds a reception for "Emerging Artists," an exhibition of over 40 new and promising artists, 5:30-8pm. 420 E. Main St. on the Downtown Mall. 977-9997.

Art Upstairs (which is not upstairs) celebrates its September exhibition, of painter Christine Rich’s “Tenacious Trees,” with a reception, 5:30-8:30pm. 112 W. Main St., Suite 4 (York Place). 923-3900.

The Gallery @ 5th & Water opens “"6 Broads and a Bob," featuring work by Paisley Griffin, S. Harb, Dorothy Blackwell, Jean Marie Tremmel, Barbara Crawford, Clover Archer Lyle, and Robert Williams, all members of Lexington’s Nelson Street Gallery. 5:30-8pm. Located in the foyer of Henderson & Everett and Stoneking/von Storch. Upstairs at 107 5th St., SE. 979-9825.

Paintings & Prose (formerly Jane's Attic), the gallery at Lakeview Virginia Neurocare, Inc, opens a multi-artist exhibition of paintings, film, and sculpture, entitled, "Menopause: Meeting the Myth," 5:30-8:30pm, with artists' talks at 7pm. 406 E. Main St. on the Downtown Mall. 220-3490.

Spring Street re-opens its exhibition of sculpture by the always-interesting Robert Bricker, 6-8pm. 107 W. Main St. on the Downtown Mall. 975.1200.

La Galeria re-opens its showcase of photographer Mary Porter’s scenes from the Pacific Northwest with a reception, 5-8pm. 218 W. Market St. 293-7003.

WriterHouse welcomes Jennifer Esser's exhibition of recent paintings, "New Language," with a reception, 6-8pm. 408 Dale Ave. For more information:

Siips Wine Bar hosts an opening for "Simple Thrills," an exhibition of KiKi Slaughter's abstract oils, 6-8pm. 212 E. Main St. on the Downtown Mall. 293-8224.

Andrea Wynne Fine Furnishings and Accessories celebrates photographer Jon Golden's exhibition, "Northern Landscapes:  Iceland, Norway, Finland & Russia," with an opening, 5:30-8pm. 310 Second St. SE. 963-7674.

ART Life Studio, a new community art space, hosts an open house featuring paintings from students who participate in this past summer's "Painting from the Wild Soul" women's workshop at Appalachian State University. The Glass Building, Suite 208, 313 Second St., SE. 996-22902.


Wow, no comments about how the cops overreacted to the school shooting in CO and PA or the bomb threat in Culpeper.

Could the same thing happened here ? You bet, but you won't see the Hook admit it. They like to stir the pot, but won't admit when they (and their bloggers) are wrong.

Wrong? Wrong about what? Did you even follow the bomber case here? Those kids didn't do anything and spent months in jail. A jury even agreed that one kid didn't do anything.
Their interogations were coerced without a lawyer or their parents present. Why d you think those kids are not in jail now? And besides, the guy in the Colorado shooting was 54-years old. This is America, dude. The cops can't throw you in jail because they think you might do something...and they especially shouldn't do it to kids. So what exactly should the Hook admit? That bad things can happen? That the authorities are justified in locking up kids even though they have no evidence?