From These Hills

Southwest Virginia Artists and Their Neighbors

Sep 5 – Nov 30, 2003

From These Hills

Celebrating the diversity of artistic talent in the Southern Appalachian Highlands, From These Hills: Southwest Virginia Artists & Their Neighbors is a major exhibition of new works by artists working in all media in Southwest Virginia, Northeast Tennessee, Western North Carolina, Southern West Virginia and Eastern Kentucky. The exhibit idea, which originated in 1992 by the William King Regional Arts Center in Abingdon, Virginia, was designed to showcase current work by artists working within a 150-mile radius and promote their work to a broader audience. The Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center were invited to participate and present the sixth edition of this biennial exhibition following its debut at the William King Arts Center from March 7 – August 17, 2003.

After selecting fourteen artists by slides, guest curator Andrea Pollan traveled miles over hills and mountains to visit artists’ studios and select artwork. In her travels, she found that the artists though separated by great distances were a tightly knit community and drove many hours to visit each other’s studios and attend gallery openings.

Pollan invited artists Steven Bickley, Ole Bye, Joseph Champagne, Virginia Derryberry, Kathy Gibian, Charles Goolsby, Marilyn Pettit Hower, Elizabeth Johns, Jan Knipe, Jon Mehlferber, Catherine Murray, Neil Staples, Suzanne Stryk, and David Underwood. Selected works range from sculptures and photos to paintings and quilts.

Andrea Pollan is an independent curator and former director of the McLean Project for the Arts in McLean, Virginia. In her ten years there, she organized 56 contemporary art exhibitions and curated numerous contemporary exhibitions for university museums and galleries. She will give a talk on the selection of the artists on September 7th (beginning at 2 p.m.).

Opening reception: September 19th, 6 – 8 p.m.

Artists from South Korea and Southwestern Virginia will join with the Portsmouth Museums and Fine Arts Commission to celebrate the opening of FROM THESE HILLS: Southwest Virginia Artists and Their Neighbors and EAST MEETS WEST: A Dialogue on September 19th (from 6 – 8 p.m.) Traditional Korean food will be prepared by members of the Tidewater Korean community and the Portsmouth Museums volunteers for the occasion. Harp musician Hye-Yun Bennett (of the Virginia Symphony) will accompany the evening’s festivities.

A Ceramic Continuum

50 Years of Archie Bray Influence

Jun 19 – Aug 17, 2003

Ceramic Continuum

In 2001, the Archie Bray Foundation joined with the Holter Museum to organize a major, in-depth exhibit featuring 85 ceramic pieces. Drawn from their private collection, the exhibit celebrates the foundation’s 50th anniversary. Located in Helena, Montana, this residency program has been the breeding grounds for emerging artists, many of whom have gone on to establish international careers in contemporary ceramic art.

Artists John and Andrea Gill, Wayne Higby, Clary Illian, Warren McKenzie, Richard Notkin and Akio Takamori have made important contributions in their field. In addition to the resident artists, selections include work by past directors Rudio Autio, David Cornell, Ken Ferguson, Carol Roorbach, David Shaner, Kurt Weiser, Peter Voulkos and Josh DeWeese. Ceramics by world-renowned craftsmen Bernard Leach from England and Shoji Hamada from Japan are featured. Large-scale black-and-white photographs represent the site-specific outdoor sculptures on the 26-acre foundation property. This unparalleled exhibit offers an enduring visual legacy.

Anna’s Eyes

The Art of Theo Wildanger

Jul 11 – Sep 7, 2003

Jun 19 – Aug 17, 2003

Hannah's Eyes

In 2001, the Archie Bray Foundation joined with the Holter Museum to organize a major, in-depth exhibit featuring 85 ceramic pieces. Drawn from their private collection, the exhibit celebrates the foundation’s 50th anniversary. Located in Helena, Montana, this residency program has been the breeding grounds for emerging artists, many of whom have gone on to establish international careers in contemporary ceramic art.

Artists John and Andrea Gill, Wayne Higby, Clary Illian, Warren McKenzie, Richard Notkin and Akio Takamori have made important contributions in their field. In addition to the resident artists, selections include work by past directors Rudio Autio, David Cornell, Ken Ferguson, Carol Roorbach, David Shaner, Kurt Weiser, Peter Voulkos and Josh DeWeese. Ceramics by world-renowned craftsmen Bernard Leach from England and Shoji Hamada from Japan are featured. Large-scale black-and-white photographs represent the site-specific outdoor sculptures on the 26-acre foundation property. This unparalleled exhibit offers an enduring visual legacy.

African Myth, Magic & Reality

Mar 13 – Jun 8, 2003

African Myth

For the past six decades, Betty LaDuke has traveled the world creating stunning paintings that remain tributes to the people and artistic traditions of over 20 countries. Her devotion to the understanding of indigenous cultures, respect for human rights and the pursuit of her own sense of spirit fuel her storytelling and artwork. She has made over fourteen annual trips to Africa including the countries of Cameroon, Eritrea, Nigeria, Kenya, and Uganda, among others. She sketches the people she has grown to know, whether in war zones or refugee and relocation camps. Her paintings address universal themes of love, birth, growth and war. Through the use of rich colors, fluid shapes and rhythmic lines she expresses compassion and deep appreciation for the cultures she portrays.

East Meets West

A Dialogue

Sep 19 – Nov 9, 2003

East Meets West

From September 19 – November 9, 2003, the Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center will offer artworks by 24 South Korean artists. The exhibit features paintings, sculptures and mixed media works in both Eastern and Western styles that communicate the essence of the human experience. Whether they paint in traditional or nontraditional styles, Eastern philosophy forms the basis of their creative expression.

The exhibit and supplementary programming are designed to promote understanding of the Korean culture and their history that dates back through five millenniums. The artists, from varied backgrounds, and of different ages and geographic regions in South Korea, are all serious artists with many having the educational equivalent to the Master of Fine Arts degree.

Heeja Freeman, a South Korean artist living in Richmond, Virginia approached curator Gayle Paul with the idea for this exhibition. The Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center are grateful for her hard work and dedication that helped to bring this exhibition into fruition. Korean dance, Taekwondo and artist demonstrations and workshops will introduce audiences to the Korean culture. A gallery guide available to patrons highlights the artists and their work.

A Celebration of Portsmouth Historic Architecture

Jun 27 – Nov 3, 2002

Historic Architecture

To commemorate the 250th anniversary, the Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center have organized an exhibit featuring Portsmouth’s historic architecture. Portsmouth lists five districts on the Virginia Landmarks Register and National Register of Historic Places. The registers identify the districts as having nationally significant buildings or places, and include Olde Towne, Park View, Port Norfolk, Cradock and Truxtun. Under federal law, the National Registry can protect a building or place from demolition or alteration.

Featured are documentary photos, architectural drawings and artist renderings that detail the city’s rich architectural history.

2003 Annual Portfolio

Tidewater Artists’ Association

Nov 15 – Jan 26, 2003

Annual Portfolio

This annual juried multi-media exhibit offers member artists an opportunity to exhibit a body of works, which represent a developed theme, style or vision. The Tidewater Artists’ Association is a non-profit organization of professional artists and patrons of the arts who support, develop and promote the visual arts in Hampton Roads.

Beyond Words

Käthe Kollwitz & Contemporary Print Artists

Feb 7 – Apr 20, 2003

Coordinated by the Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center, Beyond Words features contemporary print artists from the state of Virginia, who work in a series of multiple printmaking media combined with prints by German artist Käthe Kollwitz, 1876-1945. During her lifetime, Kollwitz endured the effects of the late 19th century social revolution, two world wars and a depression. She devoted her art to articulating her social and ethical concerns toward justice and humanity. Her work records the tragic struggle of these historical events.

Curators from across Virginia were invited to select artists representing their regions whose work shares the desire that their work will make difference and the world a better place to live. Curators include Anna Fariello from western Virginia; Deborah McLeod from the northern region, Eileen Mott represents Richmond and central Virginia, Suzanne Foley from the Piedmont Region and Gayle Paul from the Tidewater region.

Don’t Grieve After Me

The Black Experience in Virginia, 1619-2001

May 9 – Jun 29, 2003

Don't Grieve
Updates the path breaking exhibition originally produced in 1984-86 by Hampton University Museum in cooperation with the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities. Six new panels have been added to the exhibit that focuses on the contributions of African Americans to Virginia over the past half-century. Scholars gleaned from a wealth of photographic material to select representative images of the experience of so many African American people who have lived and helped to shape Virginia’s recent history.

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