April Shows at McGuffey Art Center

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      Elizabeth Howard

      April exhibitions and First Friday Reception:
      Friday April 5, 5:30 – 8:00 PM


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      1st Floor Galleries

      April 2 – April 28, 2024
      Rosamond Casey

      Counting the Days

      Many of the paintings in this series, Counting the Days, begin with random marks and a loaded brush. Out of these forms, human shapes begin to assert themselves through constant drawing and redrawing. Finally, a mood or quality emerges. In these paintings, figures seem to be drawing breath in an atmosphere of uneasy calm, as if they were counting the days, inching along toward a fatal edge. This foreboding tracks with a mood in the culture. And yet, these pensive faces and postures of repose might also suggest an inner quiet has descended on them – a fertile quiet that with time might help re-animate us.

      Casey has shown her work biennially in solo exhibits since the 80s in a variety of gallery venues including four museums. Her work has been acquired by public and private collections including the Library of Congress and the National Gallery of Art.

      In the artist’s words:

      “In 2015, after years of staying true to abstraction as a tool for extracting meaning, I began painting human figures with oils on canvas. The figurative work that emerged over the last three exhibitions told stories: of our pilgrimage in the land of digital technology; the threat of rising water; and an imagined future in a watery landscape. They felt like parables of our time so I gathered them together in a small book. My new work, Counting the Days, might be regarded as a coda to this sequence. Or, alternatively, just a discrete assortment of paintings.”

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      Smith Gallery

      April 2 – April 28, 2024

      Sara Gondwe
      Turn Up the Color!


      Sara Gondwe is a Charlottesville, VA self-taught, abstract artist originally from Beaver Dam, WI. She has degrees in Philosophy and Education from the University of Wisconsin, Madison campus, and a certification as a Reading Specialist.  Using a unique medium, she scrapes bits of crayons onto canvas, metal, glass, or wood. Ms. Gondwe uses an iron to move and melt the crayons into a design with creative imagination and determination.  Using the tip of a tube of metallic fabric paint she augments and embellishes her creations.  One can often see items such as beads, safety pins, twigs, mesh, buttons, tissue, etc., in her work.  She has won numerous awards at the local, regional, and national levels. In the Fluvanna County Review, journalist Page Gifford stated, “In the advanced category the work of Sara Gondwe stood out. Her mixed media “Insects in the Grass” was bold, colorful, and expressive and seemed to set a new standard for looking at art.”

      Themes include the Leaps of Joy Fish series, Zebra Tree series, Underwater Caves, East African scenes, Patterns, Trees that come alive, and so much more.  Her art is influenced by the bright colors of the Malawian culture while living in Central East Africa.

      The artist states, “The process of creating art, for me, is meditative, spontaneous, and therapeutic. While painting, I have no negative thoughts and instead am filled with peace, joy, and optimism for a positive result.  Viewers bring many varying perspectives to my art and often see in my paintings personal reflections of something from their own lives.”

      2nd Floor Galleries

      April 2 – April 28, 2024


      A group exhibition examining the personal and universal experiences that make up motherhood.

      The experience of being a mother is both expected and unpredictable, personal and universal. Your body changes. Your abs don’t go where they’re supposed to. You pee yourself. Your curly hair may turn straight. There are late nights and upended social lives. There is anxiety, depression, and rapturous love.

      Motherhood is a space of constant transition and adaptation. You must reconcile your identity before children with your current identity. You must make the way you as a mother fit in with the rapid changes of a child.

      Amidst the challenges, there are moments of lightness and joy. There is the impossible magic you feel looking at your child’s face. Laughter. Hugs. New traditions. The ever-returning gift of seeing your children grow into new versions of themselves.

      The intention of (m)other is not just to represent the contradictory and faceted experience of motherhood through art, but to create a space where the joy, love, frustration, loss, and wonder of raising a child can be shared intimately. A space where it is safe for all of the truths to be true at the same time.

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