Create & Critique: Laura Wooten

POSTED ON 12.22.2020

Session 1: January 13, 4pm

Session 2: January 20, 4pm

Join us for a two-part virtual workshop led by exhibiting artist Laura Wooten! Wooten's solo exhibition View From The Ridge illustrates the changing seasons of Virginia’s landscape and human connection to the land. Wooten painted over 90 small works for the show, inspired by the daily walks she and her dog took to the same spot every day for a year. Laura Wooten earned her undergraduate degree in Art and Architecture at the University of Virginia and continued at UVA as an Aunspaugh Post-Baccalaureate Fellow in Studio Art. She went on to receive her MFA from American University. Her landscape paintings have been exhibited at the Baltimore Museum of Art and the Biggs Museum of American Art in Dover, Delaware.

Learn how light & color create a mood, explore observation & memory, and find inspiration in your daily experience. RSVP required to $10/$7 members payable online HERE.

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Open Call: Exhibition Proposals at Second Street Gallery

POSTED ON 12.9.2020

Second Street Gallery is now accepting exhibition proposals from artists, by artists, for Season 48, 2021-2022. Read the full description and apply HERE.

Submissions are due February 28, 2021 at 11:59 PM. We will be hosting a virtual info session on February 9, 2021 at 12 PM for interested artists to ask questions and learn more directly from the Chief Curator. Register for free HERE.

Submission fees are $15/$10 for members of Second Street Gallery payable online HERE.


SSG aims to foster active and open appreciation for contemporary art, engaging directly with the issues surrounding the work itself. We embrace diversity of background, identity, and expression. We encourage artists from groups historically underrepresented in the art world to apply.

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Live Embroidered Portraits with Michael-Birch Pierce

POSTED ON 11.30.2020

Michael-Birch Pierce's embroidered portrait practice was born from a desire to find authenticity in machine production. Guiding fabric by hand under a standard home sewing machine, each portrait is one of a kind, stitched live, with the subject watching. Merging fashion and illustration, Michael-Birch Pierce's free-motion embroidered portraiture has garnered them international recognition. Michael-Birch Pierce is sought everywhere from Art Basel to the 2018 Oscar Party. They have designed for the Obamas, exhibited at NY Fashion Week, and received numerous prizes. And on Sunday, December 13th they will be at Second Street Gallery!

Pricing is $100 per portrait. You will be limited to a single portrait (5 x 7 inches) per session. If multiple people in your party want a portrait, each individual must sign up for their own time slot.

No sketching or planning: portraits are done in 3-5 minutes with one continuous line of thread in a single color.

Pet portraits are available: bring a photo of your pet (no animals in person!) to get a custom pet portrait.

Babies too: if you are bringing a baby in for a custom portrait, it is recommended that you also bring a photograph with you.

This event will be held on Sunday, December 13th when the gallery is closed to the public. Only ticket holders will be permitted in the gallery during the event. Attendees will be asked to wear a mask at all times while in the gallery except when they are getting their portrait done. Social distancing and safety measures will be in place.

Questions? Need more info? Contact Second Street Gallery at 434-977-7284 or

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ROYGBIV Artists Announced

POSTED ON 11.24.2020

In June of 2021, seven artists will exhibit a unique work created in shades of only one color on the visual light spectrum for the exhibition ROYGBIV. We've now sent out all the secret color reveals - check out everyone's reactions on Instagram and follow each artist to see their progress!

RED: Madeleine Rhondeau-Rhodes is a surrealist painter and collage artist based in Charlottesville, exploring memory and unconscious behaviors.

ORANGE: MK Bailey is a painter based in Washington, D.C., creating unexpectedly colorful works about femininity, kinship, and death.

YELLOW: Aaron Eichorst, based in Charlottesville, creates intricate kaleidoscopic paintings in the tradition of the Grotesque, inspired by people, animals, plants, and architectural history.

GREEN: Heather Owens is an artist and illustrator based in Charlottesville whose imaginative works reflect her inner landscape, lush childhood fantasies, and inventive stories.

BLUE: Sarah Kahle is a watercolor painter based in Washington, D.C., creating work through the lesbian gaze to expand how we understand femininity, represent a diversity of womxn, and highlight the fluidity of LGBTQ+ sexuality.

INDIGO: Katie Aki Holloway is a gouache and mixed-media painter based in Virginia, inventing fantastical worlds rooted in real desires and challenging mainstream queer narratives in the media.

VIOLET: Sam Gray is an artist, illustrator, and graphic designer based in Richmond, examining themes of feminism, human relationships with nature, and the subconscious through a style she's dubbed as anthro-botanical surrealism.

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