Cluster of Healing: Learning From Our Neighbors

The Bridge Progressive Arts Initiative is pleased to present “Cluster of Healing, Learning From Our Neighbors” a collaborative installation by Savanna Palacios, Abreale Hopkins, with curatorial assistance from Jeanremi Varella. The Exhibit opens 5:30 pm May 7, 2021 in the windows of our community gallery at 209 Monticello Rd. Palacios and Hopkins’ works are centered around beauty within their communities and the landscapes they inhabit. Healing takes form in countless ways. They have chosen to heal through art and connecting to those around them.

This is the second exhibition in our Transfer Curation Series where each exhibiting artist nominates the next to showcase their work in our community art gallery. This experiment in chain-curation aims to deliberately diminish the role of curators and administrators as cultural gatekeepers in the world of contemporary art while introducing audiences to exciting new artists and perspectives.


Abreale Hopkins is an artist based out of Charlottesville, VA. She primarily uses painting and drawing in her work. By turning painting into a physical and tactile process, she  encourages herself and the viewer to explore their experiences, identities, emotion, and imagination. Abreale is a third year African American and Studio Art major at the University of Virginia.

Savanna Palacios is a self-taught artist based in Charlottesville, Virginia. Savanna uses her talent to express the beauty within her mind. She creates most of her work with water based markers and acrylic paint. She hopes to appeal to the viewers’ eyes.