Art notes for the week of 1-11-2018

by the Charlottesville Daily Progress

Find it here.


Jum Jirapan’s new exhibit, “Coexist: A Prayer Flag Project,” invites viewers to offer their own prayers for peace for the world. It can be seen Friday through Jan. 18 at the Bridge Progressive Arts Initiative, and an opening event is set for 5:30 to 8 p.m. Friday.

The process combines two Eastern traditions — suminagashi, an ancient Japanese paper-marbling technique, and Tibetan prayer flags. Visitors can make their own prayer flags using the suminagashi technique; acrylic paints will be floated on water and transferred onto cotton fabric.

Once your flag dries, you may take it home. A donation for the artists, the International Rescue Committee and the Bridge will be appreciated. If you prefer, you may leave your flag at the Bridge to be sold to raise funds during the next exhibition. Flags that aren’t sold will go back to their creators by the end of April. Learn more online at

New City Arts Exchange will have a pop-up exhibit from Friday through Jan. 26. An opening reception for the 2018 Artist Exchange Exhibit is set for 5 to 7:30 p.m. Friday at Welcome Gallery.

Look for original prints, works on paper, photographs and paintings by Charlottesville artists Brittany Fan, Carol Barber, Eze Amos, Greg Antrim Kelly, James Johnson, Juliana Daugherty, Kirsten Hemlich, Lara Call Gastinger, Maggie Stein, Matt Smithson, Sarah Miller, Valencia Robin Grice and VM Fisk. All proceeds from sales of Exchange works will benefit Housing2Home.

In addition to the works created for the Exchange, an extra work by each participating artist will be in the exhibition.

“American Icons” is Carrol Mallin’s new show at Art on the Trax in Crozet, and a Second Saturdays reception for the January exhibit is set for 4 to 6 p.m. Saturday at Art on the Trax, which is at Creative Framing and The Art Box on Three Notch’d Road.

Mallin has been exploring the power of color through her work with acrylics. In addition to her floral and still-life works, she has been creating paintings on themes of social justice; these works intend to convey an understanding of folks who are disadvantaged or discriminated against but who can be seen by others who haven’t met them as frightening or alien.

The Art Box will be dishing up its famous ice cream sundaes, which are topped with fruit from local orchards.

Don’t forget that the Blue Ridge Barn Quilt Tour is going strong in Greene County. The map for self-guided tours is being updated to reflect its expansion to 48 locations with 59 barn quilts on display.

The quilts actually are painted panels. Larger ones, which can range from 5 by 5 feet to 8 by 8 feet, are displayed on barns, but smaller works also can be seen on mailboxes, fences, sheds and homes or in gardens.

Get a map at the Greene County Welcome Center, or print one from the Welcome Center’s website.

“Sunrises and Sunsets of Virginia,” an exhibit of new oil paintings by Randy Baskerville, can be seen at Random Row at 608 Preston Ave. through Jan. 26.

For details, dial (434) 284-8466.

The Virginia Lottery’s “Thank a Teacher” campaign includes an art contest for public school students in kindergarten through 12th grade. Through Feb. 2, the search is on for students’ designs for thank-you notes that’ll be distributed to teachers during National Teacher Appreciation Week from May 7 to 11.

Winners will be chosen at the elementary school, middle school and high school levels; each winner gets a $150 gift card, while his or her school’s art department will receive $1,000. The winners also will be invited to attend the Thank a Teacher kickoff event in the spring.

For complete rules, eligibility requirements and submission guidelines, go to