The Looking Glass at IX Art Park in Charlottesville

By Annie Tobey | March 9th, 2020

A wonderland of art

The Looking Glass Art in IX Art Park in Charlottesville Image

Fourteen Charlottesville artists have collaborated in one space to create an immersive project of light, color, sound, tactile and interactive opportunities, digital media and diverse materials. Said visual artist Jeff Dobrow, “All kinds of artists [came] together to each fill in a niche in an entire experience, creating a cohesive, artistic experience.”

“This is a cabinet of curiosities,” said artist Beatrix Ost. “It will fill you with new possibilities.”

Therefore, The Looking Glass opened in January in IX Art Park (say “icks”) in Charlottesville; just south of the Downtown Mall. So, the public park includes a free walk-through outdoor space of sculptures and murals, open 24/7. IX also contains a performance venue and gallery for ticketed events. Tickets for The Looking Glass run $15 for adults, $12 for ages 4 to 13 and free for children 3 and under.

“We’re building an enchanted forest,” said Susan Krischel, executive director of the nonprofit IX Art Park of the exhibition’s creation. “We want [people] to come in here and find themselves enchanted.”

“Come and let the button be pushed,” said Ost, “the button of curiosity.”

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