Silhouette Portrait Event

POSTED ON 12.3.2013

Please join us for a Silhouette Portrait workshop with photographers Ron Evans and Margo L. Hamilton on Saturday, December 14th from 10am-6pm at their studio in the McGuffey Art Center.

A lost art form of portraiture, the silhouette takes its name from the Frenchman Etienne de Silhouettte, who cut silhouettes during the mid 1700's. This was targeted to those who could not afford a full painted portrait. At that time they were referred to as 'shades.' With the invention of the camera in the early 1800's, silhouette portraiture faded. Photographers Margo L. Hamilton and Ron Evans specialize in silhouettes using the very thing that helped cause its demise...the camera. The beautiful image will be printed using archival pigment ink and paper which will last a lifetime.

These portraits make excellent holiday gifts, especially for family members and loved ones. Any number of people can be featured in the photograph, and you will receive two 5x7 inch prints for $50. This is half the usual price, and 50% goes to Second Street Gallery as part of the fundraiser. You may pick up your silhouette portraits either at McGuffey or SSG the week following the event.

Hope to see you there! Please sign up in advance by e-mailing or calling the gallery at 434-977-7284 to reserve your space.

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Behind the Scenes of Supercluster Arion and Other Phenomena

POSTED ON 10.8.2013

Second Street Gallery Appoints New Curator

POSTED ON 8.27.2013

Following a national search, Second Street Gallery has appointed Tosha Grantham as its new Curator.
Ms. Grantham will be primarily responsible for leading the artistic programming, scheduling artists and exhibitions, and helping further the mission of the gallery as it enters its fifth decade of continuous exhibition and outreach programming.

Ms. Grantham has significant experience as both a curator and researcher. She has worked on shows that present both contemporary and historical works, and also on projects involving recent technology, performance art, and new media. In addition to curatorial experience, she has worked as an artist, adjunct professor, art consultant, program coordinator and museum educator; she has organized public and member programs for special exhibitions and hosted lectures for public and private art collections. Beyond the visual arts, Tosha has produced projects with musicians, performing artists, dancers, poets, and playwrights.

Grantham was Assistant Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (VMFA, 2000–2006). She was guest curator of the exhibition, Darkroom: Photography and New Media from South Africa since 1950 (VMFA and the Birmingham Museum of Art, 2010–2011) and co-editor of the catalog (UVA Press 2009). Grantham was the David C. Driskell Fellow in Museum Studies at the Walters Art Museum (2006), and the Department of Art History and Archaeology Museum Fellow at the Walters Art Museum (2007). She is a recipient of the Jenny Rhee Fellowship (2006–2011), the Graduate School Summer Research Fellowship in 2011, and Latin American Studies Center Grants to conduct research in Brazil and Panama (2012 and 2013).

Tosha Grantham earned a B.A. in art history from Georgetown University, and an M.A. in art history from Howard University. She is a PhD Candidate in art history in the Department of Art History and Archaeology at the University of Maryland, College Park.

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Kite Making Workshop with the Community Housing Partners

POSTED ON 7.19.2013

We had an awesome kite making workshop, led by local artist Russell Richards, on Thursday July 18th in the gallery. A group of 14 girls from the Community Housing Partners participated in the fun workshop, where they were able to create their own kites from scratch, and paint them during the two hour session. Thank you to our Outreach sponsors for making community events like this possible!

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