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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11 Comments

  • 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!
    Barbara

  • 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!
    Elsabe

  • Hi Deborah,
    This is exciting!

    Sue

  • 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.

    Sincerely,

    Annie Waldrop
    anniewaldrop.com

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

  • Mary Kayaselcuk says:

    Deborah,

    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 bronzeetal@gmail.com 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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