The Academy Center of the Arts, 600 Main St.

The exhibit “Mid Century Impressions,” featuring the oil paintings and sculpture of Paul Huffer, will open in the Academy Gallery, while Christina Davis will show her acrylic paintings in the Up Front Gallery and “The James River & African-American History,” an exhibit featuring etchings and newsprints by Geraldine Kiefer, will open in the Warehouse Theatre’s Arts & Education Lobby.

The First Friday reception runs from 5 to 8 p.m., and Huffer will discuss his work during an Art Talks event set for 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 14. (434) 528-3256,

Satellite galleries:

Magnolia Foods (2476 Rivermont Ave.) and Flint Property Group (2484 Rivermont Ave.): The oils of Geral Butler through Feb. 23.

The Virginian Hotel (712 Church St.): The oil paintings of Mike Piggott through Feb. 15, and the work of Arnulfo Jacinto from Feb. 15 to May 15. The Virginian will host an opening reception for Jacinto at 5:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 15.

The Greater Lynchburg Community Foundation (1100 Commerce St.): The oil paintings of Myrna Nein through March 15.

The Lynchburg Art Club, 1011 Rivermont Ave.

The 87th Annual Georgia Morgan Civic Juried Art Show opens during First Friday, with a reception from 5 to 8 p.m. Participating artists live within a 35-mile radius of Lynchburg and work in a variety of media, from paintings and photographs to mixed media and sculpture, according to a news release.

The show is held every year in honor of Morgan, who joined the Lynchburg Art Club in the mid-1920s, after studying at the Randolph-Macon Woman’s College and teaching in public schools. At the time, the club hadn’t found a permanent home or established any formal membership rules until she invited members to her studio in 1926.

The judge for this year’s show is Barbara Rothermel, director of the University of Lynchburg’s Daura Gallery and associate professor of museum studies. She will hold a judge’s critique of the work at 2 p.m. Feb. 10. Awards will include best in show; first, second and third prizes; four honorable mentions; and a people’s choice award. (434) 528-9434,

The Lynchburg Museum, 901 Court St.

The museum will display items from the Good Samaritans and Daughters of Samaria, a predominantly African-American fraternal order founded in 1847, during a First Friday reception that runs from 5 to 8 p.m.

By the late 19th and 20th centuries, many Lynchburg citizens were members and were actively participating in meetings, rituals and community leadership, according to a news release. The museum has a “rare and unique” collection of items from this time, including documents, photographs and regalia.

The items will remain on display throughout the weekend; the museum is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 2 and noon to 4 p.m. Feb. 3. For more information, call (434) or visit

Riverviews Artspace, 901 Jefferson St.

“The Reverence of Water and Its Relationship to Identity,” featuring the work of artist Cheryl Edwards, will continue in February. Riverviews also is featuring the work of Veronica Jackson as part of its Emerging Artist Series. Her installation will be up in studio 109 throughout the month of February. (434) 847-7277,

Riverviews Co-op Gallery, 901 Jefferson St.

The Co-op is featuring the work of new member Valerie Dowdy, who creates surrealistic drawings and paintings that “explore the boundaries of culture, gender and environment,” in February. In addition to painting, Dowdy also creates a weekly comic, makes hand-dyed silk scarves and has published a series of coloring books for adults. (434) 847-7277,

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