Music, Art, Creation?: Come Compare Art at the Second Street Gallery on October 5th

September 27, 2018


At Second Street Gallery 

On October 5th from 5:30 to 7:30 there will be an opening reception at Second Street Gallery and the featured artist is Lana Guerra from New Orleans. She will also be presenting a puppet show at 6:30.

My work will be in the “Backroom” which is really the office area, but I am still very excited to have a presence at this gallery. When I moved to Charlottesville seven years ago, I wanted to do art that was contemporary and could be shown at this gallery. Now after working these years to find my own voice in abstraction, my wish has come true. I am happy to be working in a manner that is abstract, intuitive and feels good to create.

When you go through the gallery you will see that Lana and I use some of the same bright colors such as fluorescent pink and teal but the over all feelings of the paintings are so different. Her art is like punk rock and mine is like jazz. I wonder if my art really is like jazz? I looked up Jazz on Wikipedia and maybe Lana’s art is more like Jazz, both originated in New Orleans. I do not know much about music, but I thought Wikipedia would say that jazz was improvisational and playing with the elements of music. However, it didn’t really say that, maybe I should ask a musician how they feel about it. I am in love with the art and design elements and I feel I do intuitively play with the elements to make finished compositions. Lana is working in an intuitive stream of consciousness, letting her creativity run wild. I hope to find out more about the narratives she creates on October 5th. She may have purposes and reasons for the stories or she may create them and the meanings emerge. I feel pretty sure the need to create is another common bond between the two of us and not just the same bright colors.


 LANA GUERRA 9.7.2018 TO 10.20.2018



red, purple abstract painting

” Melt My Heart” 2018 © Carol Barber

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Teeny Tiny Trifecta

August 30, 2018

Super excited to have three works in the Teeny Tiny Trifecta show at the Second Street Gallery. This is a fund raiser for the gallery and you can also purchase the small works online. Everyone is priced at $100.00!  Check them out:

Or these are the opportunities to see them in person:

September 5th, 5-7pm: @Season 45 Kickoff PartyYour 1st opportunity to view the works in person in the gallery.

September 7th: 5-6pm: Private VIP reception for the artists and special guests, catered by APimento Catering. A small # of tickets will be released for this event at our event on the 5th. The works in the show will go on sale at 5pm sharp.

September 7th, 6-8pm: FREE public First Friday Opening Reception: Teeny Tiny Trifecta. FREE and open to all! Works will continue to be sold throughout the opening on a first come, first serve basis.

September 8th: Works will be available for purchase online.

Carol Barber
“Feel,” 2018
Mixed media
5 x 7 inches (10 x12 inches, framed)
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Delayed Spring

April 23, 2018

Projects, shows and classes have been developing. Check out my new works! Some on canvas which is a renewed way of working after many works on paper.

IMG_1115 IMG_1229All works, 2018 © Carol H. Barber Fine Art

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Cheers to 2017!

December 28, 2017

I was so happy with my studio time this year. Making new connections on Instagram and being involved with the Welcome Gallery in downtown Charlottesville, VA were also some highlights. So many things I want to accomplish in 2018: one is getting my art out into the world in an organized way, working on exciting compositions and bringing the magic of working on paper to canvas. I am also working on my teachers’ certification. Hope all of your dreams come true in 2018!

Built on Broken Dreams

18” x 24”,

acrylic on canvas

Spring Blossoms

18” x 18”,

acrylic on canvas


Alternate Paths II

14” x 17”, 

acrylic & cut paper on paper

Alternate Paths I

14” x 17”, 

acrylic & cut paper on paper

Where the Green Grass Grows II

14” x 16”, 

acrylic & cut paper on paper


14” x 17”, 

acrylic & cut paper on paper

Destination Vacation

24” x 36”,

acrylic on canvas

Available works on paper matted to 8″ x 10″

Carol H. Barber © 2017


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Artist Exchange

December 23, 2017


The New City Arts Artists Exchange show! I was so happy to be included in the artist exchange this year. I created 16 pieces of similar art to be traded with 13 other artists. So now I own 13 pieces of new and original art and two of my pieces will be sold to help the gallery and Housing2Home. A show of each of the pieces from the exchange will be shown for two weeks at the Welcome Gallery from January 12 – 26, 2018. I hope you can come to the opening, Friday, January 12 from 5PM-7:30PM off the downtown mall in Charlottesville, VA.

Gallery and show information
Above is my exchange art when it was still together, now it is dispersed among the artists and gallery.​Looking forward to seeing you in 2018!    –Carol Barber

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Visual Poetry

October 08, 2017

"Pink Notes", 12" x 24", acrylic and collage on canvas, $290.

“Pink Notes”, 12″ x 24″, acrylic and collage on canvas, $290.

Ralph Waldo Emerson, “We may climb into the thin and cold realm of pure geometry and lifeless science, or sink into that of sensation. Between these extremes is the equator of life, of thought, or spirit, or poetry—a narrow belt.”

My graduate advisor just shared this quote, giving me new inspiration and energy!

#carolbarberart #creativelife #acrylic #originalpainting #contemporaryart #abstractart #artwork #artist #art #modern #interiordesign #artofinstagram

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New big painting

September 07, 2017

I am happy with the compositions that emerged in this painting. I painted on raw canvas and I think the novelty of the experience slowed me down and kept me from overworking it. I was surprised that the painting became about texture. The brush strokes did not readily stick to the raw canvas and this gave a dry brush effect. I thought it was going to be more poured stains and look like watercolor. I will now seal the back and the front of the canvas to keep it from shifting in color.


“Soft Landing”, 25″ x 38″, acrylic on raw canvas

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Beach Inspired Paintings

July 27, 2017

Here are some closer pictures so that you can see these beach inspired paintings a little better. I love Golden acrylic mediums, they can alter the paint to be fluid, creamy, transparent or grainy. Perfect for capturing the feeling of the ocean.

Surf and Sand, 18″ x 24″, acrylic on canvas
© Carol H. Barber 2017
Catch a Wave, 16″ x 12″, acrylic on canvas
© Carol H. Barber 2017
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New Work

July 13, 2017


Last four paintings. What I think I did well: color harmonies, paint consistency i.e thick and thin, and using line.
What I want to focus on next : exciting compositions, use of shape and negative space. Really want to work in a series also.

Also some exciting news, I joined BozART Fine Art Collective which is a group of artists working together to show our art in different venues. Looking forward to making many new connections in the coming months.


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Crozet Arts and Crafts Festival

May 16, 2017

These shows are so much work but I am glad I did it. I feel full of hope from the experience.

festivaltent01 18485403_10158586634710401_7959859894757338421_n works © CarolBarber 2016-2017.

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