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The Art Life: Charlottesville's Thriving Art Community

Art in CharlottesvilleLiving in your Charlottesville apartments gives you access to the city's special blend of urban sophistication, academic influence, and regional flavor that provides a wealth of opportunities to experience culture. Charlottesville's varied and vibrant art community contains an amazing array of options for viewing the visual arts. Get started with a few of our favorite stops on your art tour of Charlottesville:

McGuffey Art Center
Charlottesville's oldest cooperative art center, McGuffey is a community of artists located one block from the downtown mall. Members work to realize a mission to help artists develop and share on their disciplines. Classes, workshops, art camps, tours, and a busy gallery reflect the Center's mission - to serve artists and the community. Member artists rotate in residencies at the Center, and the environment is designed to create networking between artists and creators throughout the community. First Friday exhibitions at McGuffey are not to be missed!Second Street Gallery in Charlottesville

Second Street Gallery
Edgy contemporary art referring to world issues with which artists struggle and from which art often develops are the focus at Second Street . Second Street Gallery exhibits work from some of the finest artists in the field. The gallery encourages the development of a new way to see, make and talk about art. Exhibitions, lectures, tours, classes, publications and workshops contribute to an ongoing contemplation of how art is used to communicate. This ultra chic space, conveniently located on the downtown mall, is an intriguing and original collection of modern artists.

The Fralin Museum of Art
The Fralin Museum of Art in CharlottesvilleThe University of Virginia's Fralin Museum of Art is a beautiful gallery space that brings both the academic community and the residents of Charlottesville an appreciation of fine art. A varying list of exhibitions and tours led by knowledgeable guides make the gallery the perfect setting to consider art's identity and meaning. Exhibitions encourage visitors to learn about the origins of art work and consider their effect on culture.

Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection
The University's Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Collection adds an additional facet to our perception of art by representing the only non-Australian art gallery outside of Australia to be dedicated entirely to Australian aboriginal art. The gallery is motivated by the belief that understanding the similarities and differences between cultures can nurture an appreciation for those qualities we share as humans. Stunning, unconventional art humbles and inspires.

C'Ville Arts Cooperative Gallery in CharlottesvilleC'Ville Arts Cooperative Gallery
C'Ville Arts is an impressive conglomeration of talented local artists right on the Historic Downtown Mall. A high quality, original collection of affordably priced items includes paintings and drawings, photography, fiber arts, glass and ceramics, paper crafts, and so much more. Member artists are on the premises during business hours, allowing Charlottesville residents to interact with the art community while they shop for unique art and gifts.

Chroma Projects Art Laboratory
Chroma produces exhibitions that reflect their compelling vision and their mission to represent abstract and contemporary artists who create truly unique offerings. Chroma moves through various spaces for "pop up" art shows in the Downtown area as well as hosting private appointments at their Vincennes Road location. The gallery is dedicated to enabling art collectors to envision life with art as it will appear in their homes, and the gallery spaces they create embody this intent. Chroma is the place to find the perfect statement piece for your home or office.

Graves International ArtGraves International Art
Graves International Art gallery offers original art and collector's pieces by the world's leading artists. Work by old masters and contemporary artists are available only as originals or hand-made prints - the gallery refuses to offer signed reproductions. Collectors who wish to share the experience of the weight, textures, and lighting felt by the artist who created the work should visit Graves for that one and only piece.

Telegraph Art & Comics
Telegraph is more than your average comic book store. The shop keeps a collection of fine art prints available that celebrate graphic art's bold style. Telegraph also helps up-and-coming local graphic artists show their work and develop their own comics and graphic novels. This is a great chance to own a piece of art from an emerging artist who is changing the face of modern graphic art.

Harris Fine Art Gallery The Harris Gallery is a collection of fun, funky, contemporary art for the home. The gallery is enticingly packed with intriguing and colorful pieces that will accent your home and make your walls a work of art. The relaxed atmosphere encourages visitors to stay awhile in this free-spirited environment to imagine what it will be like to live with the art.

Les Yeux du MondeLes Yeux du Monde
The curators at Les Yeux du Monde want to literally "open the eyes" of the community so that everyone is able to see art, the world, and even themselves differently. Established and emerging artists are featured, contributing work that is intended to start a conversation and inspire a life that is occupied by art. The gallery displays intriguing modern architecture, highlighting a viewing space that it is a work of art in itself.

Charlottesville has so much to offer art lovers - in addition to the wealth of visual art, Charlottesville is teeming with opportunities to experience theater, film, photography, poetry, dance and music. "First Fridays" celebrate the local art and entertainment community monthly on the Downtown Mall, giving you a chance to explore the local galleries, and many of the local restaurants, coffee houses, book stores and furniture stores include an outstanding exhibition of local art. Start your artistic journey - it's easy to find the arts right outside your Charlottesville apartment.


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