Fine Arts

Art on Exhibit at The Center

Art on Exhibit at The Center

Friday, December 3, 2021 | 8:30am-4:30pm

Works by members of the BozART Fine Arts Collective and watercolorist Jane Skafte will be on display and for sale at The Center through December. Come and stroll the gallery halls on the first and second floors anytime during The Center’s business hours. While you're here, take a moment to sit outside on the terrace or inside the atrium and enjoy a delicious cup of coffee from our Greenberry’s coffee shop. 

“A New Rhythm” is a BozART Fine Arts Collective exhibit of recent work from 11 Central Virginia artists that includes photography, oils, acrylics and watercolors in both realism and abstraction. The artists represented are Sara Gondwe, Shirley Paul, Brita Lineberger, Craig Lineberger, Julia Kindred, Matalie Deane, Randy Baskerville, Joan Dreiser, Judith Ely, Juliette Swenson, and Betty Brubach. 

Jane Skafte looks to nature as a source of inspiration to create art as a poetic rather than a literal depiction of her subject matter, even when drawn to representational landscapes rendered in watercolor. Jane received her BFA from the School of the Art Institute in Chicago in textile design and her MFA from Syracuse University in studio art. She has had solo exhibitions throughout Virginia and her work has been in group exhibitions along the east coast.

Free and open to all.

Open to all.

Location: The Center

Friday Art Group (On site)

Friday Art Group (On site)

Friday, December 3, 2021 | 9:30am-11:30am

Fridays, 9:30am-11:30am

If you like to draw or paint, you are invited to join the Friday Art Group. No matter what your medium or skill level, you will enjoy the creative, pressure-free environment of a colorful group of novice and experienced artists. You can work from your own photos, pictures or illustrations or bring your own still life. There is no formal instruction, but plenty of help and advice from others if you need it. No registration necessary.

Members only.

Location: The Center

Contact: David Reynaud 434)293-5494

Mono-Printing Holiday Cardmaking

Mono-Printing Holiday Cardmaking

Friday, December 3, 2021 | 12:00pm-4:30pm

Learn to make beautiful monoprints, gelatin prints and mixed media for holiday cards and stationery. Jane Skafte will teach simple techniques for creating cards that can be mailed, tied to gifts, or given as art prints. This one-day workshop will cover card design, color mixing, image transfer, lettering and embellishment. Prime Members: free, Standard Members, 15.00, Guests: 20.00. Materials fee 25.00 for everyone, payable to instructor at time of class.

Open to all.

Location: The Center

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Holiday Paper Crafts with Diane

Holiday Paper Crafts with Diane

Tuesday, December 7, 2021 | 10:00am-12:00pm

Create two holiday snowflake cards, a matching gift tag. Fill a sleigh ornament with candy and wrap it with your choice of ribbon and embellishments. Decorate a tiny gift box with ribbon tie and rhinestones. Diane Chapman shares her 30 years of paper crafting. Prime members free, Standard members $10, Guests $15. Materials fee: $10 for all, payable to instructor at time of class. 

Open to all.

Location: The Center

Sorry, this event has sold out!

Acrylic Painting on Yupo Paper

Acrylic Painting on Yupo Paper

Tuesday, December 7, 2021 | 1:00pm-3:00pm

This is a two week class - December 7th and December 14th

From primary colors, learn how to create greens, purples, oranges, and browns. You will apply acrylics to Yupo, a recyclable, waterproof synthetic paper that does not absorb the paint which creates textures and other pleasing effects. Artist Joanne Coleman will teach you the basics of creating landscapes or still life, whichever you prefer in this fun 2-week class. Prime members: Free, Standard Members, 15.00, Guests 25.00. Materials fee: 20.00 for all, payable to instructor at time of first class.

Open to all.

Location: The Center

Sorry, this event has sold out!

Felting Angels with Donna Markey

Felting Angels with Donna Markey

Friday, December 10, 2021 | 1:00pm-4:00pm

Fiber artist Donna Markey will help you choose your colors and show you how to felt your very own angel. Give as a cherished handmade gift or keep for yourself. Prime Members: free, Guests: 20.00, Standard Members: 15.00. Materials fee: $12.00 per person for all participants, payable to instructor at time of class.

Open to all.

Location: The Center

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Piedmont Pastelists (Onsite and Online)

Piedmont Pastelists (Onsite and Online)

Monday, December 13, 2021 | 1:00pm-3:00pm

2nd Monday of each month, 1:00pm-3:00pm

Join a congenial group of artists who gather to practice their pastel painting skills. Each may bring a work in progress for a constructive group critique. 

History

Noting the lack of a chalk pastel society in Virginia, in August 2001, Dick Carpenter invited Charlottesville regional artists in that media to meet at Michaels Arts and Crafts store at Barracks Road shopping center. Many were members of the Central Virginia Watercolor Guild, which had long admitted pastel as a water compatible “mixed” medium, but not as a feature of the CVWG activities. The result of the meeting was, quite purposefully, an “un-organization” with NO membership requirements, bylaws, officers, dues, agendas, minutes, quorum, name-tags, committees, etc. Just like-minded people enjoying meeting to exchange ideas and experiences about pastel materials and techniques, constructive criticism, and “show and tell.” The format is a mutual critique -- an examination, not fault-finding. Suggestions for overcoming problems are a part of critiquing. The choice of subject and style of a painting are not topics of critique. Some elements of Critique: 1. Overall Composition - Division of space. 2. Shapes and values 3. Form –shadows-placement of each of the elements 4. Perspective- Illusion of depth 5. Color harmony 6. Paths for the viewer’s eye 7. Center of interest - 8. Principles of Design. Assuring that there is a “message”. All attending artists are active producers, serious about their work, open to criticism, willing to present “work-in-progress," and constructive in their comments and suggestions. Although pastels are the featured media, other problem-paintings may be introduced.

Click here to join the meeting:

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82839488707

Open to all.

Location: The Center

Basics of Painting with Alcohol Ink (On Site)

Basics of Painting with Alcohol Ink (On Site)

Tuesday, December 21, 2021 | 10:00am-1:00pm

Participants will learn all about this colorful and delightfully unpredictable medium – alcohol ink. Each person will experiment using different inks and surfaces to create images using different techniques, and receive lots of one-on-one instruction from artist Jan Settle.  Prime members free, Standard Members and Guests 15.00. Materials 20.00 for all participants, payable to instructor at time of class. 

About the Artist

Jan Settle received her BFA degree from Virginia Commonwealth Universty and worked in the field of Interior Design for many years. She paints with acrylics, watercolor, pastels, and her new passion is Acrylic Paint Pouring. Jan is a member of the Blue Ridge Art League of Culpeper, the Mid-Atlantic Pastel Society (MAPS) and the Firnew Farm Artists Circle of Madison. Her work can be seen in local galleries and in many of the exhibits held by MAPS. You can follow Jan on Facebook at CastleRock Designs and Workshops.

Open to all.

Location: The Center

Seats available: 1

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Basics of Painting with Alcohol Ink (On Site)

Standard Members and Guests $15.00
Prime Members $0.00
Learning from the Masters - Georgia OKeeffe

Learning from the Masters - Georgia OKeeffe

Tuesday, January 4, 2022 | 10:00am-1:00pm

There are four separate classes offered. You must sign up for each class individually.

Join artist Jan Settle for a little art history & lots of fun painting time as you learn about the famous Georgia O’Keefe. With Jan’s instruction & assistance, you will use O’Keefe’s iconic painting style as a reference and add your personal creative touch! Class fee: Prime Members free, Standard Members $15.00, Guests $20.00 per weekly class. Materials fee $15.00 for all for each class, payable to instructor at time of class.

Open to all.

Location: The Center

Seats available: 11

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Learning from the Masters - Georgia OKeeffe

Guests $20.00
Standard Members $15.00
Prime Members $0.00
Jazz Jam Session

Jazz Jam Session

Thursday, January 6, 2022 | 6:00pm-8:00pm

Meets the first Thursday of every month

A jazz jam session is a relatively informal musical event, in which musicians, including both instrumentalists and vocalists, who have not previously rehearsed their performance together, meet to play commonly known standard jazz tunes. The arrangements are created spontaneously by the musicians during performance. There is also a strong focus on individual improvised solos. Musicians may choose to participate in only one song or all songs during the evening.

The styles of jazz music performed during a single jam session can range widely – from early Dixieland jazz from the 1920’s, to big band swing of the 1930’s to 1940’s, popular Broadway tunes, Latin beats, Bebop and Cool jazz of the 1950’s to 1960’s and contemporary jazz from the 1970’s through to today. The jazz jam experience is a fun and educational experience for both participants and the audience. Participants get the chance to practice their jazz improvising skills in front of a live audience and meet other musicians in the local jazz community. Musicians of all abilities and ages from beginners to professionals are welcome to join in. The audience will likely hear some familiar jazz tunes but will also certainly discover new songs performed that they have not heard before.  

Steve Brecker will head up this program. He has a music degree from University of Miami and has played jazz trumpet for 50+ years in a variety of music groups. He is a member of the Charlottesville based Sentimental Journey Big Band and the Charlottesville (Municipal) Band.

Free and open to all. Not a musician? Just come and listen!
 

Open to all.

Location: The Center

Stories Behind the Photos with Ben Greenberg

Stories Behind the Photos with Ben Greenberg

Thursday, January 6, 2022 | 6:00pm-7:00pm

Ken Burns, in his acclaimed series on America’s national parks, proclaimed them as the country’s greatest idea. This idea has become a celebrated recognition of public lands at all levels of government in the United States: national, state, regional and local. We are so fortunate in Virginia for its remarkably diverse natural environment that is protected and preserved in numerous public lands. It is the goal of Ben Greenberg’s upcoming book and planned show of photographs at The Center at Belvidere, Natural Public Lands of Virginia, to celebrate that remarkable diversity and its benefits found in every corner of the state. Ben will give a walking tour of his Virginia Natural Public Lands photos displayed. Free and open to all.

About the Artist:

Ben Greenberg is a lifelong resident of Virginia. He has photographed scenic vistas in Virginia, the mid-Atlantic area and many locations in the United States for more than fifty years, the last forty-five as a professional photographer. His carefully crafted images have won local and national awards and competitions. Ben's photographs have been exhibited in numerous individual and group shows, featured in diverse publications and purchased by thousands of Virginians.

Ben's first photography book, Natural Virginia, celebrates the natural beauty of Virginia with 122 panoramic landscape photographs from throughout the state. Natural Virginia highlights dedicated state organizations committed to preserving Virginia's fragile environment for future generations. It is dedicated to all who take pleasure in these scenic locations. A veteran photography teacher and lecturer for camera clubs, OLLI, the Charlottesville Photography Initiative,and other organizations, Ben has two websites showcasing his landscape and wildlife images: www.bengreenberg.com and www.naturalvirginiabook.com.

Open to all.

Location: The Center

Seats available: 20

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Stories Behind the Photos with Ben Greenberg

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Advanced Beginners Guitar Class

Advanced Beginners Guitar Class

Monday, January 10, 2022 | 1:00pm-2:00pm

Mondays, January 10-March 7 (will not meet January 17), 1:00-2:00 pm - Register below

If you can play a few guitar chords and strum, this class is for you!  In this class you will learn more advanced chords, fingerpicking and strum patterns while having funs and with familiar songs. Join accomplished musician and instructor, Mike D’antoni for this class. BYOG (bring your own guitar!) This class is open to all! Prime members free; Standard members $64; Guests $96

Open to all.

Location: The Center

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Advanced Beginners Guitar Class

Prime Members (Adv. Guitar) $0.00
Standard Members (Adv. Guitar) $64.00
Guests (Adv. Guitar) $96.00
Stretch your Imagination - Bracelets

Stretch your Imagination - Bracelets

Monday, January 10, 2022 | 1:00pm-3:00pm

Charlotte Beagle has been fashioning beaded jewelry for over 30 years and is excited to share with you how to make a one or two strand memory wire bracelet or a stretch bracelet. Learn about memory wire and have fun combining beads and leather to create a one-of-a-kind bracelet that will fit most anyone. Prime members free, Standard Members 10.00, Guests 15.00. Materials fee $10.00 per person, payable to instructor at time of class.

Open to all.

Location: The Center

Seats available: 3

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Stretch your Imagination - Bracelets

Guests $15.00
Standard Members $10.00
Prime Members $0.00
Beginners Guitar Lessons

Beginners Guitar Lessons

Monday, January 10, 2022 | 2:15pm-3:15pm

Mondays, January 10-March 7 (8 weeks) (no class on January 17)

It’s not too late to learn a new instrument! If you’ve never touched a guitar or only know that it has strings, this class is for you! It’s also a good refresher if you played many moons ago and might need a do over. Join accomplished musician and instructor, Mike D’antoni for this class. It’s BYOG (bring your own guitar!) Open to Center members. Prime members free;   week Standard members- $64. Guests $96. Space is limited. Please register below.

Open to all.

Location: The Center

Seats available: 7

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Beginners Guitar Lessons

Prime Members (Beg. Guitar) $0.00
Standard Members (Beg. Guitar) $64.00
Guests (Beg. Guitar) $96.00
Learning from the Masters - Mary Cassatt

Learning from the Masters - Mary Cassatt

Tuesday, January 11, 2022 | 10:00am-1:00pm

There are four separate classes offered. You must sign up for each class individually.

Join artist Jan Settle for a little art history & lots of fun painting time as you learn about the famous Mary Cassatt. With Jan’s instruction & assistance, you will use this American impressionist’s painting style as a reference and add your personal creative touch! Class fee: Prime Members free, Guests: 20.00, Standard Members $15.00 per weekly class. Materials fee $15.00 for all for each class, payable to instructor at time of class. Register here.

Open to all.

Location: The Center

Seats available: 11

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Learning from the Masters - Mary Cassatt

Guests $20.00
Standard Members $15.00
Prime Members $0.00
Great Songs and Songwriters

Great Songs and Songwriters

Friday, January 14, 2022 | 11:45am-12:45pm

Fridays, January 14-February 18 (6 weeks), 11:45 am-12:45 pm

Come and revisit song hits from the 1940’s through the present.  We’ll listen to, and analyze what makes these songs memorable, both lyrically and musically.  Rogers and Hart, Lionel Ritchie, Taylor Swift, and so many other songwriters will be included. Join local musician, music teacher and songwriter Mike D’Antoni for commentary and discussion on what makes a great song great!

Open to all. Free for Prime members; $30 for Standard members; Guests $48. Registration required below:

Open to all.

Location: The Center

Seats available: 20

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Great Songs and Songwriters

Prime Members $0.00
Standard Members $30.00
Guests $48.00
Learning From the Masters - Frida Kahlo

Learning From the Masters - Frida Kahlo

Tuesday, January 18, 2022 | 10:00am-1:00pm

There are four separate classes offered. You must sign up for each class individually.

Join artist Jan Settle for a little art history & lots of fun painting time as you learn about Mexican painter Frida Kahlo. With Jan’s instruction & assistance, you will use Kahlo’s folk-art style as a reference and add your personal creative touch! Class fee: Prime Members free, Guests: 20.00, Standard Members $15.00 per weekly class. Materials fee $15.00 for all for each class, payable to instructor at time of class. 

Open to all.

Location: The Center

Seats available: 12

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Learning From the Masters - Frida Kahlo

Guests $20.00
Standard Members $15.00
Prime Members $0.00
Natural Public Lands of Virginia with Ben Greenberg

Natural Public Lands of Virginia with Ben Greenberg

Tuesday, January 18, 2022 | 1:00pm-2:30pm

Ben Greenberg’s photographs of landscapes, wildlife and nature provide a journey through the national parks, nature preserves, and local parks protected and preserved for current and future generations. An award-winning photographer and author, Ben will give a classroom presentation where you can here stories on the history and development of some of his works, and observe firsthand what makes Virginia the beautiful state we can all enjoy. Free and open to all. 

About the Artist:

Ben Greenberg is a lifelong resident of Virginia. He has photographed scenic vistas in Virginia, the mid-Atlantic area and many locations in the United States for more than fifty years, the last forty-five as a professional photographer. His carefully crafted images have won local and national awards and competitions. Ben's photographs have been exhibited in numerous individual and group shows, featured in diverse publications and purchased by thousands of Virginians.

Ben's first photography book, Natural Virginia, celebrates the natural beauty of Virginia with 122 panoramic landscape photographs from throughout the state. Natural Virginia highlights dedicated state organizations committed to preserving Virginia's fragile environment for future generations. It is dedicated to all who take pleasure in these scenic locations. A veteran photography teacher and lecturer for camera clubs, OLLI, the Charlottesville Photography Initiative,and other organizations, Ben has two websites showcasing his landscape and wildlife images: www.bengreenberg.com and www.naturalvirginiabook.com

Open to all.

Location: The Center

Seats available: 40

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Natural Public Lands of Virginia with Ben Greenberg

RSVP $0.00
Learning from the Masters - Lee Krasner

Learning from the Masters - Lee Krasner

Tuesday, January 25, 2022 | 10:00am-1:00pm

There are four separate classes offered. You must sign up for each class individually.

Join artist Jan Settle for a little art history & lots of fun painting time as you learn about painter Lee Krasner, pioneer of Abstract Expressionism. With Jan’s instruction & assistance, you will use Krasner’s style as a reference and add your personal creative touch! Class fee: Prime Members free, Guests: 20.00, Standard Members $15.00 per weekly class. Materials fee $15.00 for all for each class, payable to instructor at time of class. 

Open to all.

Location: The Center

Seats available: 12

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Learning from the Masters - Lee Krasner

Guests $20.00
Standard Members $15.00
Prime Members $0.00

Basics of Watercolor for Beginners

Friday, January 28, 2022 | 12:30pm-2:30pm

Every Friday for four weeks, from January 28th to February 18th

Learning watercolor is really fun when someone shows you how to avoid the trouble spots along the way. Artist Jane Skafte promises to make the exercises easy and rewarding in this introductory class. Each week will cover a new topic and technique. Prime Members: free, Standard Members, 40.00, Guests 55.00. Please purchase the supplies below for class:

Materials:

  • A pad or block cold press watercolor paper (140lb, size 12″ x 16″)
  • Pencil
  • Painting palette for watercolor paints 
  • A water container
  • Paper towels or a rag
    • Winsor & Newton Cotman Sketchers’ Pocket Box or individual colors
  • Round synthetic brush (size 6 + 10)
  • Flat synthetic brush 1"
  • Liner or rigger brush
  • Masking fluid
  • Watercolor pencils
  • Small Spray bottle

Open to all.

Location: The Center

Pay for this event online

Basics of Watercolor for Beginners

Guests $55.00
Standard Members $40.00
Prime Members $0.00