Category Archives: visual

The Garage: April 2016

Hey, NA. It’s been awhile! One of my favorite venues in town is back at it with the Spring & Summer Seasons and I am thankful. It’s a little late (now that it’s June…) but April First Fridays brought in water colors by local artist Hank Ehrenfried. (The opening featured torrential downpours and gusty winds, so the garage door had to be lowered for the first few minutes. Luckily, the storm passed!)

Hank Ehrenfried art

tip jar broke!

Daniel Markham & John Calvin Abney

Music courtesy of Daniel Markham and John Calvin Abney on a rainy & cold April night. (Broken tip jar evidence of gusty winds.)

Guilt, by Louise Dechow

Guilt, Louise Dechow
It’s Monday! In honor of missing the weekend, I’ll share a bit about mine for the sake of nostalgia. Last weekend (July 3rd) I explored a few galleries for First Fridays in Charlottesville. One of my favorite venues in town is The Garage. It’s a one car garage that hosts shows from local and touring bands and also acts as a gallery of local art. Last Friday featured a show from Lynchburg artist Louise Dechow called Guilt.
Guilt, Louis Dechow
Shows at the Garage are always kind of funny because space-wise, there’s only so much to see. But if you take the time to really focus on the details of the pieces, then the small size of the venue becomes the most perfect space.
Guilt, Louise Dechow
This particular show was a really great example of that. Seems understandable from far away, but there was a lot of beauty in the details of the pieces of fabric entangled together. I love how this artist chose to represent an emotional experience. And I love how it can mean something different to each individual, and maybe at different times and moments of encountering it.
Guilt, Louise Dechow
Do you have a favorite local venue for First Fridays??
Guilt, Louise Dechow

xx. Amanda

Just Another Modern Monday

Jackson Pollock, The Key, 1946.

Jackson Pollock, The Key, 1946.


It’s Monday! Which means I am behind (of course). So while I write a few posts for the week and catch up on other life-related activities (bills, groceries, episodes of Mad Men) here’s The Key.

x. Amanda

Art Institute of Chicago

Jackson Pollock

Greyed Rainbow, Jackson Pollock, 1953. Oil on linen.

I spent last weekend in Chicago and was able to visit the Art Institute. And I think that was probably my best museum experience. It was incredible, you guys. We only had time to see the modern and contemporary wings, and a little impressionism on our way out (we were sneaking peeks of Monet while they literally shepherded us out of the building), but what we saw was nothing short of amazing. The Art Institute of Chicago deserves a multi-day visit if you have the time (make the time!). I wish I could go back every weekend.
Jasper Johns

Corpse and Mirror II, Jasper Johns, 1974-75. Oil on linen (four panels).


American Gothic - Grant Wood

American Gothic, Grant Wood, 1930. Oil on beaverwood.


I love how the woman’s dress kind of pulls out the curtains in the top floor window, and how the man’s pitchfork mirrors the hem of his overalls. People in their work, land, purpose and daily activity.
Desert Forms - Hughie Lee Smith

Desert Forms, Hughie Lee Smith, 1957. Oil on Masonite.

This one makes me want to cry. Two people alone, no regard for the other. They’re like “hey we’re in this apocalyptic desert together but, sorry, I’d rather just do it alone.” Ouch.
By-Products Plants, Joseph Stella

By-Products Plants, Joseph Stella, 1923. Oil on canvas.

Futurism, mystery, industry. Beauty and death in American progression.
Nighthawks, Edward Hopper

Nighthawks, Edward Hopper, 1942. Oil on canvas.

Who are they and do they have anything to do with each other? I don’t understand it, but I want to. You know??

Okay so this is a pretty small taste but seriously you guys. Go to the Art Institute of Chicago! Do it now! (Or definitely the next time you’re in Chicago.)

x. Amanda