The Academy Center of the Arts, 600 Main St.

Laura Pharis is showing her mixed media work in the Academy Gallery exhibit “A Winter’s Tale,” while the Blue Ridge Photographic Arts Society’s group exhibition, “Urban Architecture,” will be in the Up Front Gallery, and work by painting students of Rosalie Day White in the Warehouse Theatre’s Arts & Education Lobby.

The First Friday reception runs from 5 to 8 p.m. and features music by Isaac Williams. An Art Talks event will be held from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Jan. 10, featuring Pharis discussing her work. (434) 528-3256,

Satellite galleries:

Magnolia Foods (2476 Rivermont Ave.) and Flint Property Group (2484 Rivermont Ave.): Animal portraits by Melinda Arthur through Jan. 26.

The Virginian Hotel (712 Church St.): The oil paintings of Mike Piggott through Feb. 15.

The Greater Lynchburg Community Foundation (1100 Commerce St.): Acrylic paintings by Trish Owen through Jan. 25.

The Lynchburg Art Club, 1011 Rivermont Ave.

Michele Richards Fredericks will be showing her work in January, alongside paintings from the club’s permanent collection.

Fredericks is a Lynchburg native who recently moved back to the area to work professionally as an architect. She draws inspiration from her travels and her architecture studies, according to a news release, and enjoys creating work that is playful and light. Her current technique involves mixing acrylic and pen, “taking the rigid line work of architectural drafting to the canvas.”

The work from the permanent collection will include paintings by founding club members Bernhard Gutmann, Julia Mahood, Louise Jordan Smith and Georgia Morgan, as well as other notable artists in Lynchburg, such as Pierre Daura, Louise Payne, Elliot Twery and Annie Adams Robertson Massie. (434) 528-9434,

The Lynchburg Museum, 901 Court St.

The museum is displaying items from Lynchburg’s downtown theaters during First Friday, with a reception that runs from 5 to 8 p.m.

Lynchburg at the turn of the century was a popular destination for audiences and a popular venue for live acts, with entertainers like Maude Adams, Paderewski and Geraldine Farrar performing at the Academy of Music or the City Auditorium, according to a news release. After motion pictures became prevalent, locals attended showings at the Isis and Paramount theaters on Main Street.

The museum will highlight programs, advertisements, tickets and photographs from these sites, along with items from performances. (434) 455-6226,

Riverviews Artspace, 901 Jefferson St.

“The Reverence of Water and Its Relationship to Identity,” featuring the work of artist Cheryl Edwards, will open during First Friday, with an artist talk at 6:30 p.m. See story here for more information.

Riverviews also is featuring Grace Eades in its Emerging Artist Series. (434) 847-7277,

Riverviews Co-op Gallery, 901 Jefferson St. 

This month's featured artist, Susan Saandholland, will be showing a series of photographs exploring the burdens on family members of people currently incarcerated. Karen Bowden also will be showing work exploring the theme "all creatures great and small."

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