Apply to be a Docent!

POSTED ON 10.16.2019

Apply to be a docent today!

The Second Street Gallery Docent Program provides students and Charlottesville community members with the opportunity to explore art through interactive tours with visitors of all ages. By encouraging close looking and active conversation, docents foster a contemplative and immersive space around the contemporary art objects in the gallery. The Docent Program requires one extended training session in the beginning of the 2020 semester as well as one spotlight tour and gallery sitting session per exhibition run (approximately every 6 weeks). 

This application cycle is for January - May 2020. Applications are due no later than 11:59pm on October 31.

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Illuminations & Illusions First Friday Reception

POSTED ON 10.16.2019

Second Street Gallery is pleased to present “Illuminations & Illusions”, an exhibition spanning over four decades of Beatrix Ost's career as a visual artist. The opening First Friday reception will be held on November 1 from 5:30-7:30pm, with a reading by Beatrix at 6:30pm.

Beatrix Ost’s evocative and dreamlike work has been exhibited all over the world, exploring the nature of time and intimacy, as well as the fragility of the beauty that surrounds us. The multisensory show at Second Street Gallery will include a tightly curated selection of Beatrix’s dark, surrealist-inspired paintings and sculptures, accompanied by a musical score by Abel Okugawa Music composed specially for the exhibition. There will also be an olfactory element to the exhibition, celebrating fragrance as an artistic medium. Acclaimed internationally as an artist, screenwriter, designer, and style icon, Beatrix's exhibition at Second Street Gallery promises to challenge and delight audiences with her exceptionally personal and irrefutably universal vision.

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Second Street Critique with Deborah McLeod

POSTED ON 10.15.2019

Taking place once a month, lunchtime crits at Second Street Gallery will give artists a chance to get constructive feedback on their work from a practicing artist or arts professional in a supportive and open environment.

November’s crit will be led by Deborah McLeod on Thursday, November 7 from 12 - 1pm.

McLeod is the owner and director of Chroma Projects Art Laboratory, a contemporary arts gallery open in downtown Charlottesville since 2010. As a staff member or guest curator, she has worked with institutions throughout the Commonwealth, including Second Street Gallery, Longwood Center for the Visual Arts (Farmville), Peninsula Fine Arts Center (Newport News), Hand Workshop (now the Visual Arts Center of Richmond), Richmond Arts Council, and McLean Project for the Arts. She is also an active arts journalist, exhibition catalog author, and juror. McLeod earned her B.A. degree in Arts Management at Mary Baldwin College and studied craft and sculpture at the Instituto Allende in Mexico.

Spaces to present at lunchtime crits are offered on a first-come, first-served basis. Artists will have 10 minutes in which to gain feedback on their work. It is recommended that artists show just one or two works and allocate most of the 10 minutes to receiving feedback from the group.

Participation isn’t mandatory –you’re welcome to simply come and view the works and take part in the discussions or just observe! If you wish, bring your lunch. The discussion will start at 12pm and will last about an hour.

Admission is FREE, but advance sign up is required. Limited to 20. Only 4 people will be
guaranteed a spot to have their work discussed by the group.

Sign-ups for the following month’s crit will open up at the end of the session, giving attendees first dibs at next month’s spots.

Sign up at

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Making 3D Bugs and Butterflies with Doug Young

POSTED ON 10.9.2019

Make your own three-dimensional bugs or butterflies using reclaimed materials on Saturday, November 2, from 11am - 12:30pm. This free workshop will incorporate several types of modeling to create your bug or butterfly based on the specific anatomy of the insects. SSG exhibiting artist, Doug Young will lead the workshop and help the young artists (and their grownups) create their bug or butterfly to take home.

RSVP to Lou Haney
Spaces are limited
Ages 7 and up

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