Call for Artists: Bond/Bound

POSTED ON 3.25.2020






Second Street Gallery is currently accepting submissions for a new online-only exhibition, Bond/Bound, set to open digitally on Wednesday, April 15, 2020. 

Bond/Bound responds to the tension between social connection and social distancing in our current moment. Though at times the efforts to contain COVID-19 feel intensely isolating, we have also found creative opportunities to connect deeply with family, friends, and community. Bond/Bound will feature works in a range of mediums created during, and inspired by, this period of uncertainty. 



We encourage collaboration if possible, but both collaborative and individual works will be considered. Any medium and size is welcome.

Please submit a .jpg photo of your work for consideration with a resolution of at least 1080 x 1080 pixels. In addition to the image(s) of your work, artists must write a 200 word statement about the inspiration, process, and ideas behind their creation. This statement will be shared as a caption along with the artist’s name and social media handles if applicable. Send both your image(s) and statement to

Accepted images will be posted on Second Street Gallery’s Instagram as well as an online image gallery on our website.

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Resources for Kids

POSTED ON 3.24.2020

We'll be updating this page every week with new, free activities inspired by past and current exhibitions. Have fun and get creative!

Second Street Gallery is a 501(c)3 nonprofit art space, and we depend on donations from the community to bring the best of contemporary art and arts outreach to all ages! If you enjoy these Resources for Kids, please consider making a donation to support the gallery during this unprecedented time.




Whimsical coloring book page by local artist Ryan Trott (printable) HERE.

Coloring page by Lana Guerra, inspired by her exhibition water.poison.drink.dive (printable) HERE.

Anthro-botanical coloring page by local artist Sam Gray (printable) HERE.

Flowering dogwood coloring page by local botanical artist Lara Call Gastinger (printable) HERE.

Charlottesville-themed coloring page by Steve Haske (printable) HERE.

Coloring page of a decadent interior scene by Lou Haney (printable) HERE.

'Be Kind'! Coloring page by Abigail Wilson (printable) HERE.

Two special pages by Sahara Clemons (printable) HERE.

Picnic coloring page by Brittany Fan (printable) HERE.



Activity book inspired by the exhibition By The Strength of Their Skin (printable) HERE.

Activity book inspired by Tanya Minhas' solo exhibition, Nature Tells Its Own Story (printable) HERE.

Activity book inspired by past exhibitions from John Grant and WAXenVine (printable) HERE.

Activity book inspired by the exhibition Inside the Artists' Studio (printable) HERE.

Activity book inspired by José Bedia (printable) HERE

Activity book inspired by Erik Benson and Melissa Cooke-Benson (printable) HERE.

Activity book inspired by Sarah Boyts Yoder's Create & Critique workshop (printable) HERE.



Grow your own crystals like Doug Young! Activity book (printable) HERE.

Make your own sustainable tea bag painting like Adrienne Dent! Activity book (printable) HERE.

Print, cut, and make your own collages inspired by Stacey Evans and her virtual exhibition "This Familiar Space" HERE.

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Second Street Sketches

POSTED ON 3.24.2020

Making art and exploring new ideas together can be a welcome outlet in this time of increased isolation. #SecondStreetSketches is a way to exercise our creative brains and spread some joy - all experience levels welcome!

Check out our Instagram (@secondstreetgallery) and Facebook as we post daily art prompts inspired by past and current exhibitions. Post your masterpieces on Instagram using #SecondStreetSketches and tag us to get featured on our Stories.

We will be featuring 30 Curator Picks in an online Second Street Sketches exhibition starting in May. Executive Director & Chief Curator Kristen Chiacchia will be choosing one favorite from each day of April's prompts.

Docent Tours at SSG

POSTED ON 3.7.2020


Friday, March 13, 12pm

Saturday, March 14, 12pm

Add some art to your lunch break with spotlight tours at SSG, free and open to all! We'll learn more about the current exhibitions, "By The Strength of Their Skin" and "Nature Tells Its Own Story", and dive deep into visual analysis of one work.

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