Murmurations

Michelle Gagliano

April 5, 2019 – May 17, 2019

Second Street Galleryis pleased to present Murmurations, a new exhibition of work by artist Michelle Gagliano. The exhibition will feature a sculpture by Robert Strini.

Inspired by the natural world, as well as science and literature, Michelle Gagliano explores the intersection of light and dark in her expressive and affecting paintings. In this contrast between light and dark, Gagliano reflects on how we navigate in the world, learning to integrate different viewpoints, backgrounds, and belief systems into a harmonious, yet spirited, world. While her work is informed by this conversation of contrast, it is also always imprinted with an investigation into landscape, tracking the movement of light as it changes throughout seasons, weather, and time of day. Gagliano says of her work, “A dialogue forms as the light fractures itself onto the landscape. My current body of work takes this conversation into account and further reduces and deconstructs the landscape, reflecting and refracting the prism of light and soul in a contemporary concept.”

Michelle Gagliano resides in Scottsville, Virginia, and has been painting for over 25 years. Her work has been shown across the country, including solo exhibitions in Texas, Louisiana, California, and New Mexico. Gagliano is the recipient of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Fellowship award. Her work is also held in numerous private and corporate collections, both across the nation and abroad. She will be debuting a solo exhibition entitled Uprooted at the U.S. Embassy in Rome, Italy in May of 2019.

Murmurations opens at Second Street Gallery on First Friday, April 5 2019 from 5:30-7:30pm. Michelle Gagliano will be leading a workshop in tandem with the exhibition Saturday, April 13 from 1-4pm. The workshop, titled Visual Narrations, combines drawing, painting, illustration, and calligraphy that will help participants to create autobiographical and imaginative works using a combination of words and pictures. Click here for more information and to purchase tickets.

Exhibition Sponsors

Murmurations is generously sponsored by Daniel and Rosemary Chiacchia, and Suzanne Tanner.