Outdoor Sculpture Competition

Mar 2 – Oct 7, 2007

Exhibit Reception
Jan 19, 2007
6:00 – 9:00 p.m.

This annual juried outdoor sculpture exhibition will go on display in the historic courtyard of the Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center. A Juror’s Choice and People’s Choice Award will be determined once sculptures are on site.

Criteria requires that artists be 18 years or older and that all artworks must be suitable for outdoor weather conditions in Hampton Roads.

The SEAWALL AWARD for $1,000 and is offered through the Seawall Art Show Committee from the 2006 Seawall Art Show proceeds. Additional awards are JUROR’S CHOICE at $1,000 and PEOPLE’S CHOICE for $500.

Outdoor Sculpture Competition

Mar 2 – Oct 7, 2007

Exhibit Reception
Jan 19, 2007
6:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Outdoor Sculpture

This annual juried outdoor sculpture exhibition will go on display in the historic courtyard of the Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center. A Juror’s Choice and People’s Choice Award will be determined once sculptures are on site.

Criteria requires that artists be 18 years or older and that all artworks must be suitable for outdoor weather conditions in Hampton Roads.

The SEAWALL AWARD for $1,000 and is offered through the Seawall Art Show Committee from the 2006 Seawall Art Show proceeds. Additional awards are JUROR’S CHOICE at $1,000 and PEOPLE’S CHOICE for $500.

By Native Hands

Native American Baskets
Mar 2 – May 28, 2007
Main Gallery

Exhibit Reception
Friday, Jul 24, 2008
5:00 – 8:00 p.m.

By Native Hands

BY NATIVE HANDS: Native American Baskets is a traveling exhibition that features over 60 baskets drawn from the significant Native American basket collection of the Lauren Rogers Museum of Art in Laurel, Mississippi. Ann Drumheller of the National Museum of the American Indian has recognized the collection and sites, “I believe that no other institution in the Southeast comes close to having such a significant sampling of Native American basketry… I cannot say enough as to the importance and future significance this collection can have…”

Humans have been making baskets for thousands of years – it is a craft that is common to all cultures. Baskets produced between 1850 and 1910 by artisans representing more than forty North American tribes across the continent are featured. The collection offers baskets of all types: from the small burden baskets of the Klikitat in the Pacific Northwest to the ornate feathered basketry of the Pomo in the Southwest, large hand-painted splint storage baskets from the Northeast and the elaborate double weave of richly dyed Choctaw in the southeast. Smith Kramer Fine Art Services in Kansas City, Missouri City organized the exhibit tour.

 

Early Images of Virginia Indians

Mar 2 – May 28, 2007

Exhibit Reception
Mar 2, 2007

The William W. Cole Collection Organized by the Virginia Historical Society, the exhibit features engravings produced from 1590 to the 1800s that depict the native peoples of Virginia. These images brought to life European perceptions of and thus policies toward the natives of Virginia. Europeans had explored the areas around the Chesapeake Bay in the 1500s, however no images of the natives were produced. When the English became interested in colonization in the 1580s, Theodore de Bry published and issued the first engravings of Virginia natives. Four of these prints are featured along with prints by Simon Gribelin, which were commissioned by Virginia planter Robert Beverly in 1705. For these prints, Gribelin borrowed from the earlier prints combined with Beverly’s descriptions. Additional prints by De Bry, in the 1630s were derived more from his imagination than from the authentic sources.

Spectacular Achievements

Audubon’s Animals of North America

Jan 19 – Mar 4, 2007
Entrance Galleries

Exhibit Reception
Jan 19, 6 – 8 p.m.

Spectacluar

Seventy original hand-colored lithographs from John James Audubon’s magnum opus, The Vivaparous Quadrupeds of North America, published between 1845 and 1848 by John T. Bowen of Philadelphia are the finest images of North American Animals ever made. The quadrupeds are wonderfully animated, expertly executed and beautifully printed in large (22 x 28”) format. Spectacular Achievements is a unique opportunity to view Audubon’s lithographic works and to appreciate his skills as a artist, observer and interpreter of nature.

With Paintbrush & Shovel

Watercolors by Bessie Niemeyer Marshall

Apr 20 – Jul 29, 2007
Entrance Galleries

Exhibit Reception
Apr 20, 6 – 8 p.m.

Paintbruch & Shovel

Bessie Niemeyer Marshall, a Portsmouth native was a gifted Virginia artist who received scant recognition during her lifetime. Marshall’s paintings are the primary surviving record of a unique WPA project that put women to work creating a wildflower sanctuary in Petersburg, Virginia during the 1930s. As part of the New Deal programs, communities were taking steps to bridge social problems, preserve local history, protect the environment and promote artistic expression. The herbarium garden collection was an outgrowth of all of these trends.

With a subtle palette and in exquisite detail, Marshall produced 238 watercolors of native flowers, shrubs and trees for the Lee Park collection. Offered from the collection are eighty watercolors that contain a variety of wildflowers, flowering shrubs and flowering trees, many of which are native to Virginia. Some rare and imperiled species on the federal list of threatened species are featured.

Celebrating Jamestown

Collections from 200-300 Year Anniversaries
Aug 10 – Oct 28, 2007
Entrance Galleries

Exhibit Reception
Aug 17, 6 – 8 p.m.

Featured are over 100 commemorative items from private collections that consist of porcelain plates, books, maps, prints, pins, buckles and silver. Objects mostly represent the 300-year anniversary, however items from the 250th and 200th anniversaries are also included.

 

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The Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center, housed in the 1846 Courthouse, is devoted to offering quality educational, cultural and aesthetic experiences in the arts through rotating visual art exhibits, lectures, classes and performances.

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