Monticello Road | Photography by Peter Krebs
Over the course of two years, Charlottesville artist/photographer Peter Krebs has visited and re-visited the people and places along the road’s one-mile length from Moore’s Creek to the Belmont Bridge. It is an area that is simultaneously historic and a hotbed of contemporary culture. He talked his way into homes and businesses and set up a series of spontaneous and informal photo booths at which he invited passers-by to pose in exchange for a free print created on the spot. The result is a library of pictures that glimpse into the lives of a neighborhood and that is both comprehensive in breadth and intimate in detail.
“I was astonished by what I learned by doing this project,” writes the artist. “Almost everyone I met was very forthcoming and full of interesting stories. Oftentimes, the people who seemed the most intimidating at first impression turned out to be the nicest. It broke some barriers for me and now I find myself wanting to interview everyone I meet.”
The exhibition, which runs from April 6 to 27, will include dozens of large prints plus a slide show of more than a hundred neighborhood faces. An eighty-page catalog accompanies the exhibition. There will be a corollary series of community events, including a film screening (Still Life with Donuts), youth programs, storytelling, a panel about neighborhood planning, an open house, an artists’ roundtable and more. See full schedule of events below.
“This process has really opened my eyes to how the arts can bring people together,” says Krebs. “I’m really looking forward to everyone meeting one another at the opening. The events will be a great way to share perspectives and to bring more community voices—and faces—into the arts.”
For more information about events, preview images and profiles of some of the people of Monticello Road, please visit www.monticelloroad.com.
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*Unless noted otherwise, events will take place at the Bridge PAI, 209 Monticello Road.
Friday, April 6, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Meet the people of Monticello Road.
Film Screening: Still Life with Donuts
Saturday, April 7, 9:00 a.m. – noon.
Filmmakers’ Q&A 11:00 Spudnuts (309 Avon Street)
This documentary is a must-see for anyone interested in Belmont. The film will loop throughout the morning and filmmakers Mark Edwards and Mary Michaud will answer questions at 11:00.
Open House: Virginia Industries for the Blind
Thursday, April 12, Tours 9:00 – 11:00 a.m and 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
1102 Monticello Road
You might be surprised to learn that this quiet-looking place is making beds for the Navy. You’ll also meet some of the nicest and most interesting people there. Refreshments will be served For more information please call William Vaughn (434-295-5168)
Panel: Neighborhood/Community Planning
Tuesday, April 17, 7:00 pm – 9:00 p.m.
In cooperation with AIA Architecture Week. A who’s who of architecture and planning will discuss what makes this place so special and explore new models for community development.
Storysharing and Oral Histories
Sunday, April 22, 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Long-time residents, transplants and people with interesting perspectives come together for what is sure to be a rich and lively conversation.
Artist’s Talk with Special Guests
Thursday, April 26, 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Peter Krebs will discuss his work and what he has learned about the artist’s unique role in a healthy community. He will be joined by others who actively engage the community in different ways. Guest speakers confirmed to date include Aaron Eichorst, John Trippel, Greg Antrim Kelley, Ross McDermott.
Friday, April 27