New Storefront Art at 101 East Main Street

We’re excited to have a new installation from local artist Dave Moore up on the Downtown Mall! As scores of passersby watched, Dave installed the site-specific panels of canvas on Friday afternoon. Check out photos of the installation process here.

As you might notice, one of the panels is also an homage to Motherwell’s Elegy to the Spanish Republic series. Also, if you like what you see, be sure to check out Dave’s new exhibit in Richmond at Pibby’s Bicycle & Skate in May.

101 East Main Street & More!

Though you might not have been able to tell, we’ve been busy recently! Reko’s kangaroos and Salena’s buzzard came out of the storefronts they were inhabiting. Though we’re a little disappointed to walk down the mall without either of these eye-catching installations, we’re also psyched that both spaces are now successfully being rented by new tenants.

In other news, we’re installing new work by local artist Dave Moore downtown today at 101 East Market Street. Stop by around noon to watch the process and say hello! More updates and images to come…

Finally, we’re thrilled to be partnering with The Bridge PAI and The IX Complex to launch a mural design competition as part of the Charlottesville Mural Project. Local community members as well as artists around the world are invited to submit their design ideas for a mural that will be placed on a large wall facing Monticello Avenue in Downtown Charlottesville. Submission deadline is June 1. For more details, click here.

Salena Hitzeman at 505 East Main Street


This morning, we installed artwork by Salena Hitzeman in the windows at 505 East Main Street. Be sure to take a look if you’re in the neighborhood and view more photos here!

Some other exciting news is that we are partnering with Night-n-Day Cleaning Services to make sure the windows housing our installations stay sparkling clean and eye-catching.

Also, be sure to watch the premiere episode of Arts Spotlight on cable access TV10 (also viewable online) to see an interview with Sarah Lawson, Director of CommonPlace Arts.

Finally, artist Reko Rennie is now on display at the Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection. If you like his pink kangaroos and are curious to see more of his work, it’s definitely worth the drive.

Reko Rennie’s Pink Kangaroos

You might have noticed the most recent windowspace installation if you’ve walked along the Downtown Mall recently… the pair of life-size, hot pink kangaroos at 107 East Main Street are pretty eye-catching! Each one is a giant window static that we installed a couple days before the end of the year.

The kangaroo is “Big Red” from Aboriginal artist, Reko Rennie. Rennie will be painting installations and murals around town during the month of January, thanks to the Kluge-Ruhe Collection. More information can be found here!

The first CommonPlace Arts windowspace, by artist Avery Lawrence

The first window installation went up this morning, courtesy of Avery Lawrence! If you’re downtown, head outside and take a look at 213 East Water Street.

Avery Lawrence is a local artist who runs The Pomp, an experimental-production workshop in Charlottesville. The Pomp offers an array of design services and specializes, for the moment, in screen printing on paper, t-shirts and all other mostly-flat substrates.

Kettle & Cork: Artistic Spaces

As part of New City Arts Initiative’s ongoing Kettle & Cork reading series, a handful of people met this morning at Cafe Cubano to discuss public art and its potential for community revitalization. It was a great chance to mull over some of the details of CommonPlace Arts, and consider some of the potential outgrowths of the project in the future.

In the meantime, I’m excited to announce that we’ll be installing our inaugural windows tomorrow. The locations and artists are still a secret, but keep an eye out for details and photos!

News travels fast

Many thanks to longtime CommonPlace Arts supporter Morgan Perkins for getting the project a healthy dose of news coverage! In case you missed it, NewsPlex ran a nice piece about us on Tuesday, titled “New Art Project Cleans Up Window Displays”. You might notice that some details seem to be missing… but hey, publicity is publicity. We’re just happy that the idea is spreading like wildfire and folks are getting involved!