Virginia Center for the Creative Arts

Krista will spend two weeks on fellowship at the VCCA working on her “The Art of BEING a HERo” project that she will show through the month of October at McGuffey Art Center in Charlottesville, VA. The VCCA offers artists a residency program to fully focus on the work of creating art. She will be surrounded by other painters, writers, and composers.

Yellow Leaves | 36 x 48 Inches | Oil on Canvas

Yellow Leaves | 36 x 48 Inches | Oil on Canvas

Rappahannock Art Tour

Krista will have work at Cottage Curator in Sperryville, Virginia for the 14th Annual Rappahannock Art Tour, November 2-3, 2019.


Voyage Dallas

Krista was interviewed by Voyage Dallas for their online publication because of her representation by Bee Street Gallery in Texas.


New City Arts & The Haven Art Auction

Old Metropolitan Hall & Common House

Saturday, January 19 

The ninth annual New City Arts & The Haven Art Auction live auction will be held at Common House from 6:30-8:30PM and a silent auction will be held at Old Metropolitan Hall from 7:30-10:00PM. For the live auction, check-in will begin at 6:30PM. Bidding during the silent auction will end at 9:30PM.

In-person preview of all work at Old Metropolitan Hall from 10AM-6:00PM on Friday, January 18.


Teeny Tiny Trifecta

Second Street Gallery

September 7 - 28, 2018

Opening Reception, Friday, Sept 7th 6:00-8:00 pm. Be the first to see the work at the fundraiser Preview Party before hand from 5:00-6:00pm, purchase tickets from Second Street Gallery.

Krista Townsend will show three paintings in this group show at the Second Street Gallery in Charlottesville, VA. Founded in 1973, Second Street Gallery is the oldest nonprofit (501(c)3) contemporary artspace in Central Virginia. Second Street Gallery is committed to offering Charlottesville and the central Virginia region leading-edge new art in perspective and context, and to fostering an active and open appreciation of this art by directly engaging the issues surrounding works by the best contemporary artists in the field.



Glavé Kocen Gallery

July 13 - August 25, 2018

Opening Reception, Friday, June 13th 6:00-8:00 pm, JAMMIN'! Live free concert after opening 8:00-10:00 pm

Krista Townsend will have work in this big group show celebrating the dog days of RVA. Krista will be among some of Richmond's favorite folks and and new artists Glavé Kocen is carrying from around the country! 


Design House 2018: Benefitting Shelter for Help in Emergency

May 5 - May 20, 2018

Open every day: 10am - 4pm | Extended hours on Wed & Thurs: 10am - 7pm

Design House is an important outreach and fundraising event for the Shelter for Help in Emergency (SHE). Krista Townsend and 5 other selected artist will display work for sale to benefit SHE. Tickets will be available for purchase online soon and at the door starting May 5.
$20 single day | $45 multi-visit pass

Artist talk at Glavé Kocen Gallery

Artist talk at Glavé Kocen Gallery

Gallery Talk

Glavé Kocen Gallery

April 14, 2018, 11:30 am

Krista will discuss her show "IMMERSION" at Glavé Kocen on April 14th at 11:30 am in the main gallery. Her talk is entitled,  "No Right, No Wrong." She will discuss motivation, meditation, and making mistakes.


Immersion Catalog Release

April 3, 2018

The 20 page print catalog accompanying the show "IMMERSION" will be delivered from the printer on April 3 and available at the show opening on April 6 from 6pm-8pm. A PDF of the catalog is also available online. The catalog features 25 images from the show and an essay by Sarah Sargent. 

Sarah Sargent writes about contemporary art for Artillery (“Killer Text on Art”) magazine based in Los Angeles, Virginia Living magazine and C-Ville Weekly. Raised in New York City, Sargent received her BA from Wellesley College in Art History and her MA in Art History from Columbia University. After working for several art galleries in New York, Sargent headed up Second Street Gallery, a nonprofit contemporary art space in Charlottesville known to feature outstanding emerging artists from around the country. While there, she curated over 50 exhibitions including several large scale site-specific installations. An avid collector of contemporary art, Sargent lives in the Charlottesville area; her blog is 


Gallery Rally

Second Street Gallery

December 9, 2018

Krista will participate in SSG's 3rd annual Gallery Rally, an incredible live drawing party and fundraiser event where visitors can watch local artists working side by side. As spectators watch the creative process, sketches become artworks – immediately available for $50 each. Proceeds from the event provide direct support for SSG’s exhibition and outreach programs.

Wildflowers-After Bloom | 48 x 36 Inches | Oil on Canvas After the Wildfire | 36 x 36 Inches | Oil on Canvas

Wildflowers-After Bloom | 48 x 36 Inches | Oil on Canvas
After the Wildfire | 36 x 36 Inches | Oil on Canvas

Riverviews’ 9th Annual Juried Art Show

Juror, Marta Staudinger

November 2017

Two of Krista Townsend's paintings were selected by juror, Marta Stuadinger for inclusion in the 9th annual juried art show at Riverviews Artspace in Lynchburg, VA. The work will show from November 3rd through December 15th with an opening reception, 5:30 - 8:00 pm, on Nov. 3. and an awards ceremony and reception 5:30 - 8:00 pm, on Dec. 1

Krista celebrating her new space

Krista celebrating her new space

New Studio

September 2017

Krista moved into a new studio in rural Charlottesville, VA at the end of September, 2017. She has 450 square feet of light filled space. Windows facing north and south overlook rolling fields with the Blue Ridge Mountains peaking between the trees in the distance. 

Artist talk at Les Jeux du Monde

Artist talk at Les Jeux du Monde

Les Yeux du Monde Features Six artists in a Radiant Summer Show

by Elizabeth Derby

July 26, 2017

"...Nature’s hot-weather celebration is the subject of two exhibitions currently on display at Les Yeux de Monde. “Summer Perspectives” and “More Light” each showcase three artists whose complementary works reveal radiance in the abstract."
[Cville, p. 33]


The Women's Initiative

May 2017

Krista participated in the annual Girls' Night Out event to benefit The Women's Initiative. The evening featured the Women in Art Auction that was a large part of the fundraising for the local, Charlottesville, non-profit that provides effective counseling services, social support and education to empower women to transform challenging life situations into opportunities for renewed well-being and personal growth.

Krista presenting her work at the VCCA

Krista presenting her work at the VCCA

Virginia Center for the Creative Arts

February 2017

Krista was a fellow at the VCCA in February 2017. She spent over a week painting in a private studio surrounded by many talented artists, musicians, and writers. At the end of her residency, she participated in an open studio evening and presented the body of work completed to other fellows and the public. 

Moss | 24 x 24 Inches | Oil on Canvas

Moss | 24 x 24 Inches | Oil on Canvas

Two Painters Who Are on Fire Close the Year Out at Glavé Kocen!

November 26, 2016

"Krista Townsend has done an about face ... and we are so proud to be hosting her first solo exhibit with us!  Krista’s ... expressive and impressionistic gesturing is all the more vivid with her bold colors. Krista,”...seeks to create wonder and connection in each moment. There is humor and curiosity in the everyday that is worth pausing for and absorbing.”

Chinatown | 36 x 72 Inches | Oil on Canvas

Chinatown | 36 x 72 Inches | Oil on Canvas

Warm Welcome: Group Show at McGuffey Invites Colorful Observations

by Sarah Sargent

May 22, 2013

"An intense, almost bluish light floods her work giving it a freshly scrubbed look as if it had just rained. The effect reminded me a bit of the work of Icelandic American painter, Louisa Matthiasdottir. There’s also a hint of Hopper in these empty streets. (To me, her “Chinatown” seemed like an animated, updated rift on Hopper’s “Early Sunday Morning.”)"