Annual Portfolio

Tidewater Artists Association
Sep 9 – Oct 20, 2005

Annual Portfolio

The Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center, housed in the historic 1846 Courthouse building in Olde Towne Portsmouth seeks proposals for an outdoor sculpture exhibit. The sculptures will be on display within our garden courtyard from February 24, 2006 – September 3, 2006. The courtyard is open to the public during museum hours and closed after hours.

This year’s juror is Cameron Kitchin, Director of the Contemporary Art Center of Virginia. He will select artworks. Artist awards include Juror’s Choice at $1,000 and a People’s Choice at $500.

Photos of Courtyard and sites for installation are shown below. Click here for more information, including Application and Jury Action Card in PDF format. Please send proposals including artist’s vitae, list of artworks to be submitted, include dimensions, weight, materials, date of completion, and slides representing work for submission. Please include a self-addressed stamped envelope and send to the attention of Sculpture Committee, Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center of the Portsmouth Museums, 420 High Street, Portsmouth, VA 23704-3622. For further information, please call the Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center at 393-8983. Proposals must be received by September 30, 2005.

Place, Setting & Time

Early Tidewater Silver
May 28 – Sep 5, 2005

On view from May 28 – September 5th in the Entrance Galleries, PLACE, SETTING & TIME focuses on the development of metal trades in Colonial America and Tidewater Virginia. Highlighted are the tools and techniques used by early artisans accompanied by pieces made by regional silversmiths. Also included is original silver flatware by James Gaskins (1782-1824) whose home and foundry were located in Portsmouth, Virginia.

The Eye of the Storm

Civil War Drawings by Robert K. Sneden
Jun 10 – Aug 28, 2005

Eye of the Storm

The Civil War legacy of Robert Knox Sneden is an unparalleled treasure of watercolors, maps and diagrams by a Civil War soldier-artist. His images present the odyssey of combat, capture, imprisonment and deliverance, a pictorial record of the war that puts the viewer in the shoes of a Union soldier. Robert Knox Sneden who was a mapmaker in a New York regiment of the Union Army during the Civil War. In 1863 he was captured by a Confederate regiment and spent time as a prisoner of war in Confederate prison camps, including the Andersonville in Georgia.

Following his thirteen months of confinement, Sneden was left permanently disabled and returned home disabled and weighing only eighty pounds. To fill the long hours he began to expand on his soldier journal and rework his wartime sketches into watercolors. When he died in 1918 at the age of eighty-six Sneden left behind a five-thousand-page memoir and approximately one thousand watercolors.

Sneden’s art was largely forgotten until 1993 when an art dealer brought four scrapbooks containing more than four hundred Sneden images to the attention of the Virginia Historical Society. Further research lead to the acquisition of additional watercolors and maps. The Sneden Civil War Drawings and Watercolors are believed to be the largest collection of Civil War soldier art ever discovered. Ninety-five Sneden watercolors, maps, drawings and diary excerpts was organized by the Virginia Historical Society into a limited tour that will be on view at the Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center from June 10 through August 28, 2005.

Forty Years

J. Robert Burnell
Feb 12 – May 29, 2005

J. Robert Burnell

J. Robert Burnell, a Portsmouth native has developed a reputation for painting scenes of everyday life on the Chesapeake Bay. Often referencing his own and historical photographs, Burnell recreates life and the impact of time on his subjects. From small to large and mural-sized paintings, Burnell merges abstract tendencies into realistic scenes.

Burnell’s paintings and drawings are found in many public and private collections including the Virginia Museum of Fine Art, Chrysler Museum and Portsmouth Civic Arts Collection. He has completed many on-site murals for both public and private collections including the Marriott Hotel, the Norfolk International Airport, and City of Norfolk. His portrayals in watercolor, oil and acrylic media have been exhibited throughout the Southeast and Atlantic Coast states, for which he has received critical acclaim and over 150 awards. Burnell is a member of the American Society of Marine Artists and currently has several commissions underway.

Flora & Fauna

Sep 16 – Oct 30, 2005

Flora & Fauna

“Flora and Fauna” offers a artwork by Virginia artists whose muse is the magical world inspired by flowers, insects, animals and birds. The exhibit offers artwork by Virginia artists whose muse is the magical world inspired by flowers, insects, animals and birds. Invited artists include Robin Braun, Steven Kenny, Sheila Giolitti, Ann Hubbard, George Whitman and Mary Yaeger.

Flame to Form

A Contemporary Look at Glass
Mar 26 – May 15, 2005
Entrance Galleries

Exhibit Reception
April 1, 6 – 8 p.m.

Flame to Form

A Renaissance in glass art spread across the globe during the 1970s. From this renewal, interest in the glass arts spread through artists and collectors alike. New forms and techniques were experimented with and combined with the masters’ skills. Flame to Form Flame offers glass creations by Hampton Roads glass artists Judy Doyle, Matthew Fine and Emilio Santini. These artists’ works offer a range of working methods from rough to highly polished forms, from cold and hot cast glass to delicate flame-worked goblets and vessels.

Master glass artist Emilio Santini returns to the Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center to offer his recent creations. Santini’s heritage in glassmaking can be traced through a 500-year family heritage of glass artists in Murano, Italy, where he apprenticed in glass factories starting at the age of 11. Currently a resident of Williamsburg, Santini makes his living by selling his work, and teaching at renowned glass schools such as Penland in North Carolina, Corning in New York, Pilchuck in Washington State and Virginia Commonwealth University In Richmond.

Glass artist Judy Doyle began working with glass following retirement from a career in graphic arts. She currently resides in Sandbridge and works from her home studio where she creates cast glass sculptures utilizing the cold casting process. She then completes her sculptures to a finely polished finish. Her interests in cultural stories are themes in her work.

Matthew Fine trained as a sculptor exploring materials such as metal and stone that he casts, welds and carves. Over the years, he began combining hot and cold cast glass forms into his sculptures that range from small to mid and large in scale. He has developed a reputation for his artwork regionally and is exhibiting nationally from the east to west coasts of the United States. Fine lives and works in Norfolk.

Just Like Me

Portraits & Self-Portraits

Jan 15, 2005 – Mae 13, 2005
Entrance Galleries

Exhibit Reception
Friday, Jan 14, 2005

Exhibit Reception
April 1, 6 – 8 p.m.

Just Like Me

Just like Me is a dynamic exhibition of portraits and self-portraits from eight multicultural artists who use the self-portrait to express their unique personalities and inventiveness. By using a variety of styles and media, including watercolor, collage, pen and ink and mixed media these artists imaginatively and creatively express their own identity. Self-portraits from the award-winning book Just Like Me are featured along with artwork in a variety of media including illustrations from children’s books, graphic art and fine art.

The artists come from different ethnic backgrounds including Japanese American, African American, Latino, Jewish, Native American, and Australian-born American. Artists featured are Enrique Chagoya, Maya Christina Gonzalez, Nancy Hom, George Littlechild, Mira Reisberg, Elly Simmons, Daryl Wells and Hideo Yoshida. The artists recount childhood memories, family stories, and experiences. This exhibition was organized and toured by ExhibitsUSA.

The Portsmouth Public Schools were inspired to participate and selected the best of their student artists’ work. Through their stories and visual work, they will share personal narratives that offer insight into the lives of their makers.

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