Abstract Watercolor Painting Workshop with Molly Herman

POSTED ON 5.22.2019

Join Molly Herman, one of the exhibiting artists in the forthcoming Second Street Gallery exhibition, "Lady Painters: Inspired by Joan Mitchell," for an Abstract Watercolor Painting Workshop. This hands-on workshop will take place at Common House on June 7 from 7-9 pm. (Note: this is a 21+ event)

Participants will learn about Joan Mitchell, a leading Second Generation Abstract Expressionist painter, as well as explore their own creative ideas in this class. Attendees will mine their own remembered and special landscapes and express them abstractly in a watercolor painting. You will be encouraged to experiment with new materials and ways of mark making.

$10 materials fee, FREE for members of Common House. Ages 21+ only please.

You can RSVP by emailing

Molly Herman grew up in Alexandria, VA and lives and works in New York City. Ms. Herman has exhibited widely and her work is in many important collections including that of Larry Poons and Paula DeLuccia Poons, George Faber, Counsel General of Luxembourg; Intuit Inc., and Kansas City University, among others. Herman's work will be on view at Second Street Gallery from June 7- July 19.

Read more about the exhibition at Second Street Gallery here:

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Abstract Sponge Painting Workshop with Tina Curtis

POSTED ON 5.22.2019

Create abstract sponge paintings with the artist, Tina Curtis. Use real sea sponges to recreate shapes inspired by coral reefs. Each participant will create one acrylic painting during the session.

There is a $15 fee for SSG members and $25 for non-members. Ages 14 and up. Reserve your spot here. 

Tina Curtis holds a BFA in Interior Design from the Illinois Institute of Art-Chicago. She has been creating commissioned art for design clients since 2012. Most recently Curtis has expanded her work to include a successful line of hand painted jewelry and limited edition holiday ornaments. Her work has been exhibited in Chicago, New York, and Charlottesville, in addition to being featured in literary journals and magazines across the country and in the United Kingdom. Curtis currently lives and works in Charlottesville, Virginia.

This workshop is held on the occasion of the exhibition, "Radiolaria & Reef." The exhibition opens at Second Street Gallery on June 7th, 2019. An opening reception will be held on First Friday, June 7 from 5:30-7: 30 pm with artist remarks at 6:30 pm. 

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Joan MItchell is Coming to Second Street Gallery!

POSTED ON 5.15.2019

Second Street Gallery is privileged to present its first exhibition honoring a principal figure of the second generation of Abstract Expressionism. Lady Painters: Inspired by Joan Mitchell will be held from June 7 to July 19 in Second Street Gallery’s Main Gallery. Artists participating in the exhibition include: Isabelle Abbot, Karen Blair, Janet Bruce, and Priscilla Long Whitlock of Virginia, as well as Molly Herman, a native of Alexandria, Virginia who now lives and works in New York City.

The highlight of the exhibition will be the inclusion of two rarely seen original works of art by Joan Mitchell, on loan to Second Street Gallery from The Fralin Museum at the University of Virginia. The Untitled works, a painting and a work on paper both dated 1957, are important compositions from a significant year in Joan Mitchell’s oeuvre.

“The inclusion of these works will add immeasurably to the visual and scholarly distinction of Second Street Gallery’s exhibition,” says Executive Director and Chief Curator, Kristen Chiacchia. “It was my goal to include at least one original work by Joan Mitchell in this exhibition, and give these artists, who have looked to Mitchell for inspiration in their own career, the opportunity to finally exhibit alongside the artist.”

Matthew McLendon, the J. Sanford Miller Family Director of The Fralin Museum of Art, shared Chiacchia’s enthusiasm for the partnership: “It is a pleasure loaning two works by Joan Mitchell to this important exhibition at Second Street Gallery celebrating her continuing influence. As a vital bridge between the University of Virginia and the wider Charlottesville community, The Fralin Museum of Art is honored to be partnering with one of our community’s most valued cultural assets.”

An opening reception for the exhibition will be held on First Friday, June 7 from 5:30-7:30pm with artist remarks at 6:30pm.

This exhibition is made possible in part by The FUNd at CACF, Les Yeux du Monde Gallery, and The Fralin Museum at the University of Virginia.

Downloand the offical Press Release HERE.

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Sponsor Preview Party for “Lady Painters”

POSTED ON 4.25.2019

Please join Second Street Gallery for a special Sponsor Preview Party in the gallery on Thursday, May 30, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Buy your tickets HERE


The Sponsor Preview Party will give sponsors of Second Street Gallery's Lady Painters exhibition an opportunity to come together to celebrate the artists and preview this very special show. Anyone who purchases a ticket at the $100 level or above will be listed as a sponsor of Lady Painters on our exhibition title wall in the gallery for the duration of the show. 

Enjoy cocktails, passed hors d'oeuvres, and more in the company of friends and fine art.

All work in the exhibition will be available for purchase, beginning on May 30th at the Sponsor Preview Party.

Festive attire is encouraged!

Please contact the gallery directly if you would like to make payment with a check. 


Lady Painters: Inspired by Joan Mitchell

This comprehensive exhibition will examine the lasting influence that Joan Mitchell has had on women artists who continue to work in the abstract expressionist style of painting. Participating artists include Isabelle Abbot, Karen Blair, Janet Bruce, Molly Herman, and Priscilla Long Whitlock.

The exhibition is made possible in part by The FUNd at CACF, Les Yeux du Monde Gallery, and The Fralin Museum at the University of Virginia.

Special thanks to our Sponsor Preview Party Host Committee: 

Gardy Bloemers & Nick Duke, Sr.
Charlotte Dammann
Christy Ford
Katherine Knox
Lynn & Chuck Mills
Suzanne Tanner
Lyn Bolen Warren
Deborah White
Sarah Boyts Yoder
Cate West Zahl

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