One of the great places here in Charlottesville is the McGuffey Art Center. It is an old elementary school refurbished into an artist incubator, gift shop and gallery. There are many studios for artist- in-residence, gallery spaces, classes, open life drawing, etc etc etc.... and .... wait for it... it is three blocks from my house!!!!
The first time I went there I was blown away by both the caliber of the art on display and the variety of artists involved. jewelery, print making painting of all sorts, sculpture, fiber, drawing, and even a performance area is available. The studios are open for people to walk in and talk to the artists and every one I met was really on the program of helping people to know more about their process and art in general.
They jury artists in twice a year, and September was a jury time. I made some new fiber art, sharpened my resume, and created the all important artist statement so I could throw my hat into the ring.
It was hard keeping my fingers crossed for several weeks, but it worked, and I got my notice of acceptance. I am thrilled to be a part of this organization. There will be an upcoming holiday show and then a show for the new artists.I am also making a piece to donate to their fund raiser in November. I guess I better get busy!
I will keep you posted!
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