Chroma Projects Art Laboratory

Charlottesville, VA | by March 10, 2010

The new gallery is appro­pri­ately named refer­ring to a place where its focus is on exper­i­men­ta­tion, inves­ti­ga­tion and col­lab­o­ra­tion. Located in the charm­ing down­town pedes­trian mall of Char­lottesville, VA, the grand open­ing of Chroma Projects Art Lab­o­ra­tory gallery is to be cel­e­brated next week with a spe­cial event on Wednes­day, March 17 and a pub­lic art open­ing on Fri­day, March 19 (scroll the images for the exhi­bi­tion post­card). The owner and direc­tor of Chroma Projects Art Lab­o­ra­tory is the multi-​​talented Deb­o­rah McLeod. She is the for­mer Exhi­bi­tions Cura­tor at the McLean Project for the Arts and a for­mer writer and critic for the Bal­ti­more City Paper. I should add that she cur­rently is one of the con­trib­u­tors for The Stu­dio Visit. My own work will be part of her ros­ter of artists along with two fan­tas­tic DC area artists: Pat Goslee (who was fea­tured on the TSV in 2008) and Bev­erly Ress. I got the tour of the space when I dropped off my work and it is my honor to fea­ture her new col­lab­o­ra­tive gallery space here on this site where she has been an amaz­ing con­tribut­ing writer and edi­tor as well.

First of all, it is huge. Housed in a his­toric art deco build­ing, is a place where themed exhi­bi­tions will take place as well as a place where artists have stu­dios. Span­ning two floors, the space boasts two project spaces in addi­tion to the main gallery, a black box for video and time based work, a com­mu­nal ‘lounge area’, kitchen and sev­eral artist stu­dios. It is a diverse group of artists and arti­sans that include a painter, an archi­tect, a jew­eler, ceramic and con­crete artists and a print­maker. Deb­o­rah says she wants to “shake it up in Char­lottesville”, by not just fea­tur­ing work that is dec­o­ra­tive and func­tional, but work that pushes the con­cep­tual enve­lope. They’re inti­mate and pri­vate spaces that flow and have been clearly designed to cul­ti­vate a sense of community.

The first show titled “In The Begin­ning” runs from March 19 – May 1, 2010. For fur­ther infor­ma­tion on the pro­gram, exhi­bi­tions and stu­dios, con­tact Deb­o­rah McLeod at:

Chroma Projects Art Laboratory

418 East Main St. on the Mall

Char­lottesville, VA 22902

(434) 202‑0269

Web­site soon to come!

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  • Don McLeod says:

    Deb­o­rah — con­grat­u­la­tions on your new endeavor. It looks like a big project. I have to ask, what is the big walk-​​in refrig­er­a­tor for? Our best to you. Don and Susan

  • Eileen Mott says:

    Deb­o­rah: How very very won­der­ful. I can’t wait to see your new space and new projects. Bravo! Enjoy every moment. love e

  • what a won­der­ful new space for the down­town mall, we’re excited to see it. (champ tay­lor from the phillips /​ dc refer­ral)
    best wishes

  • Barbara Bernstein says:

    Con­grat­u­la­tions, Deb­o­rah! All the best! Can’t wait to see the space in per­son!

  • Leah Cupino says:

    I’m really look­ing for­ward to the works cre­ated by your col­lec­tion of artists. This gallery’s role is much needed in Char­lottesville. Congratulations!

  • Deb­o­rah,
    I am send­ing Jamin Ann from Glen­stone down to see you gallery this week­end. Would love to be there myself!

  • Hi Deb­o­rah,
    This is exciting!


  • Sara Clark says:

    Great to hear from you and that you involved in some­thing new! I’d like for you to con­tact me,so we can con­nect again.

  • Dear Chroma Gallery,
    I am writ­ing you at the sug­ges­tion of my friend, Leah Stod­dard, to intro­duce you to my work.
    Cur­rently, I am look­ing for exhi­bi­tion oppor­tu­ni­ties in the Char­lottesville area. I have vis­ited your gallery and feel that my work is a good fit for the kind of work that you show. I have a strong his­tory of sales up and down the east coast. Please visit my web­site at the above address. Thank you for your time and con­sid­er­a­tion, and I look for­ward to hear­ing from you if you have any ques­tions or require any addi­tional information.


    Annie Wal­drop

  • from Richmond…Coming on Fri­day 14th…what are your hours…Thanks, csl

  • Mary Kayaselcuk says:


    Build-​​out is pro­gress­ing at the Downing-​​Gross Cul­tural Arts Cen­ter in the John­son gallery. The crated murals were brought from stor­age and most were amaz­ingly, in good con­di­tion. How­ever, one is suf­fer­ing from mold and a few require restora­tion to be usable. I need to reach Andrew Bax­ter about some emer­gency conservation.

    Do you have a work­ing num­ber or viable email address for him? The list­ings I was able to find were and (804) 380‑9816. The phone is out of order and the email bounced.

    I greatly appre­ci­ate your con­sid­er­a­tion of my request!

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