NBC29: ‘Face to Face: Portraits of Our Vibrant City’ Depicts Personalities of Charlottesville




Artists across the Charlottesville area had a chance to showcase faces of the community for an exhibition at the Bridge Progressive Arts Initiative.

The ‘Face to Face: Portraits of Our Vibrant City’ event featured works from artists who were paired randomly with strangers to create a portrait depicting not only the person’s appearance but also their strengths and experiences.

The Bridge Progressive Arts Initiative’s website stated:

“Face To Face: Portraits of Our Vibrant City uses the intimate process of portraiture to connect artists and community members who have different life experiences. Part portraiture and part biography, the Face to Face exhibit allows the strengths, experiences, and passions of vibrant individuals in our community to inform masterfully created portraits. It initiates dialogue about equity, value, and perception. Portraits are exhibited at the Bridge and then gifted from the artists to the community members.”

Alan Goffinski, with The Bridge Progressive Arts Initiative, said, “Truthfully this whole exhibition is supposed to be a celebration of Charlottesville and includes all the vibrancy and the bright smiling faces that we know Charlottesville to be.”

The exhibition came to a close Sunday, February 24.

The artwork is accessible online and the subjects of each of the portraits were able to take the artwork home.