Thrown, Carved & Fired

Ceramic Arts
Aug 15 – Oct 26, 2008
Entrance Galleries

Exhibit Reception
Friday, Aug 14, 2008
5:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Thrown, Carved & Fired

From large-scale sculptures to mixed media and utilitarian forms, Thrown, Carved and Fired features an assortment of artistic creations by artists from the Ceramic Design Association of Hampton Roads. Artists include Robyn Bailey, Phyllis Canupp, Suzanne Cowan, Janet Drew, Frederick Freeman, Lesley Hildreth, Diane Jacobson, Barbara Kobylinska, Karen McLemore, Rita Park and Bill Pinkham. Many of these artists practices in the arts began with their studies in other media, such as painting, drawing, sculpture and theatre design before focusing on ceramics. These current works emphasize their varying themes, forms and use of color. Thrown, Carved and Fired opens with a reception on August 14th and continues through October 26, 2008.

Spectacular Spectacles

Jul 25 – Oct 19, 2008
Main Gallery

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

Spectacular Spectacles

For thousands of people, spectacles bring the world into focus, yet few people understand how eyeglasses work and would be surprised by the variations in their use as they developed. Early spectacles from China were thought to improve one’s sight in both a physical and spiritual sense. Western spectacles were designed to accommodate fashion, serve vanity, hide failing eyesight or simply to spy on others. Spectacular Spectacles is an exhibit featuring over 300 spectacles and vision aids from around the world. The exhibit, created by the Museum of Vision and toured by Smith Kramer Fine Art Services, offers the finest and most unusual pieces representative of changes in technology and craftsmanship.

Historic Spectacles

Outdoor Sculpture Competition

Feb 8 – Oct 12, 2008
Courtyard

Exhibit Reception
Feb 7, 20088

Outdoor Sculpture

Gina Cavallo Collins, Coordinator of the Statewide Exhibits Program at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in Richmond juried the 2008 Outdoor Sculpture Competition and Exhibit that will be displayed in the historic courtyard of the Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center. Sculptures made by artists from across the United States and in a range of media including glass, metal, stone and wood are featured. Artists include are Steven Durow from New Orleans, Louisiana; Thomas Givens from Charlottesville, Virginia; Gary Greskow from Oriental, North Carolina; Alison Helm from Morgantown, West Virginia; Barbara Kobylinska from Virginia Beach, Virginia; Pokey Park from Tucson, Arizona; Henry Richardson from New York, New York; Philip T. Smith from Columbia, Maryland and Kris Waid-Jones from Peru, New York.

4th Annual Museum Day

Sep 27, 2008

Smithsonian Magazine and the Portsmouth Museums are celebrating the 4th annual National Museum Day on September 27. Bring a Museum Day Admission Card and the holder and one guest may enter the museum for free. Be a part of the national celebration, get into the museums for free and celebrate the cultural offerings and other activities offered right here in Hampton Roads. See you there.

Kites

A Tradition for All Ages
Apr 18 – Jul 6, 2008
Main Gallery

Exhibit Reception
Apr 18, 2008

Kites

The exact date and origin of the kite is unknown, though it is believed that they were flown in China more than two thousand years ago. Traders eventually spread kites from China to Korea, and across Asia to India. As kite flying spread, each area developed a distinctive style and cultural meaning for flying them. In the 16th and 17th centuries European sailors brought kites back from Japan and Malaysia. At first, they were regarded as curiosities and had little impact on European culture. During the 18th and 19th centuries, kites were used as tools for scientific research furthering knowledge about the wind and weather, and also contributed to development of the airplane.

Kites are made with a variety of materials: fabric, paper, wood and fiberglass and depending upon size such natural materials as a simple leaf. For this exhibition, artist designed kites and kites from many cultures are featured. Programming includes kite making and kite flying activities.

From paintings to prints, this exhibition offers a range of working methods and techniques with this time-honored and traditional medium. Encaustic prints and paintings by Michele Barnes, Andi Helfant Frye, Jean Peacock, and Martine Strohmeyer are featured.

New Revolutions

Wood-turners from Tidewater
Feb 8 – May 4, 2008
Entrance Galleries

Exhibit Reception
Feb 7, 2008

New Revolutions

Since World War II, woodturning has quietly developed as an art form – now embraced by collectors and museums. New tools and techniques have freed turners to explore new forms and ideas. Featured in this exhibition are wood-turners from the tidewater region of Virginia and beyond, many of whom are members of the Tidewater Turners. Turned wooden vases, bowls, chairs and abstracted forms will be displayed by Bob Chiavarini, Tom Crabb, Mike Dennis, Gerald Felix, Cliff Guard, Jim Vogle, Wolfgang Voglebean and Jerry Whitehurst.

Annual Portfolio

Tidewater Art Alliance
Jan 25 – Mar 30, 2008
Main Gallery

Exhibit Reception
Feb 7, 2008

Seduction of Hot Wax

Encaustic or Hot Wax painting originated in Ancient Greece and is perhaps the earliest method of easel painting. It became a lost art during the medieval and Renaissance periods due to the cumbersome nature of its equipment. In the 18th century it reemerged when mural painters sought results that could endure under damp conditions. Encaustic has since enjoyed another revival. Its visual and physical properties and range of textural and color possibilities have attracted contemporary artists.

From paintings to prints, this exhibition offers a range of working methods and techniques with this time-honored and traditional medium. Encaustic prints and paintings by Michele Barnes, Andi Helfant Frye, Jean Peacock, and Martine Strohmeyer are featured.

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