Another fabbbbulous reason why we moved here! Endless culture!
On the First Friday of every month, all of the art galleries here in town throw open their doors and hold receptions to celebrate their latest exhibitions. Our plan tonight was to take in the art and fill up on reception food and wine while we did. Scratch that. Reverse it!
After a quick afternoon snack (one of Diana‘s Chic Bars!)…
We headed downtown on bike. The age-old debate is what to wear when you’re biking in the summer. I tried to dress up some bikable shorts as much as possible
I really, really enjoyed the evening! Downtown was PACKED and the art was amazing.
We went to three galleries, each a bit more booming than the last.
Enjoyed a few bites here – I focused on fruit! I didn’t take any photos inside because it didn’t seem appropriate.
I asked a few of the artists here what the etiquette was for photography at art galleries, and they said to just ask the artist. Luckily both said I could share with you all my favorite pieces of the night.
Cynthia Burke created these intriguing animals that remind me of the professors from Wicked. I love their seriousness and poise. My mom would love these!
Nancy Bass’s cows are totally awesome. I want them in my house!!
The food was great too! And vino!
Glass O wine and lots of veggies! Don’t get me wrong – I ate a bunch of cheese + crackers too!
The show here was word art, which I LOVE. R. Luke Dubois’s “Hindsight Is Always 20/20” takes Presidential State of the Union addresses and pulls the top uttered words into an eye chart – emulating the “vision” leaders portray. So interesting to read what each president’s top word was and how they evolved over time.
Corwin Levi’s “Marks and Remarks” was the second exhibition that was created from doodles and notes he took during his graduate degrees. The most intricate pencil work I’ve ever seen!
The food here was incredible and catered. And I STILL can’t stop thinking about the gingerbread-topped brie with gingerbread crackers…!!!
The kielbasa (or what it seemed like) with mustard was also amazing!!
Then we knew where we could find more free wine – Beer Run! Of course our favorite spot! We headed there on our bikes for a free tasting.
Was excited to see Murphy-Goode! (Hi Jenna + Adam!)
Once we were back on the mall (more biking!) we were greeting by loud noises, drum rolls and …the UVA marching band! Today was “Paint The Town Orange” day and they’re gathering spirit for the first football game in the middle of everything. Such fun!!
Matt and I walked up and down the mall for a while, unsure if we were hungry, thirsty for water, thirsty for alcohol or just tired. We ended up finding a great outdoor seat at Enoteca to have a taste of vino and a few bites. It ended up being just the right amount.
I couldn’t decide between red and white, so I ordered a Rose, which was dark and JUST what I wanted! White on the nose, red on the finish.
To eat, we shared [it was really dark ]
dates, gorGonzola dolce, speck
fig-rosemary-pine nut paste, prosciutto crudo [Mi favorita!]
sundried tomatoes, mozzarella fresca, basil pesto
White Bean Pesto Dip, Ciabatta
It was all incredible!!
Such a fun night. My skin smells like sweat from all the biking + walking!
Tomorrow should be a good one – much cooler [in more ways than one 😉 ]