Portsmouth Here & Now II

February 24 – May 6, 2018


Reception & Concert:
Friday, March 2, 5:00 – 8:00 pm

Portsmouth Here & Now II

John Tobin, Tobin in Bed with a Nasty Bug; Eloise Shelton-Mayo, Light & Dust VI

In celebration of the new Cultural Arts District, Portsmouth Here & Now II, presents the vibrant cultural life and activity in Portsmouth. This juried exhibition offers visitors a range of media from installations to sculptures, ceramics, jewelry, photos, prints and paintings by artists who live and/or work in the Portsmouth community.

In Print

March 2 – May 28, 2018

Reception & Concert:
Friday, March 2, 5:00 – 8:00 pm


Tanja Softic, Any Morning in the World; Jenny Robinson, Stern Looking Forward

In Print offers a contemporary view on the innovative ways that visual artists are exploring the printmaking medium. Bodies of work by regional and nationally acclaimed artists are featured in various techniques ranging from the traditional engraving to lithography, woodcut, stencil, silkscreen and 3-D printing.

2018 Outdoor Sculpture

April 6 – October 14, 2018

Friday, April 6, 2018
5:00- 8:00 pm

Outdoor Sculpture 2018

Brent Crothers, Turning Together; Adam Walls, War Stories

With spring, sculptures begin arriving in the historic courtyard for this annual outdoor exhibit. Included for 2018 are works by Lee Badger, Michael Bednar, Brent Crothers, Hanna Jubran, Barbara Kobylinska, Jordan Parah, Antoinette Schultze, Adam Walls and Richard Ward. Pick up a ballot to help determine which sculpture wins the People’s Choice Award, one of several cash awards offered to artists. Voting continues through August 1st.

We Are the Music Makers: Preserving the Soul of America’s Music

May 18 – August 12, 2018

June 1, 2018
5:00 – 8:00 pm

Music Maker Blues Review:
May 17, 2018
7:00 pm

463 Court St.

Pat Mother Blues Cohen

Pat Mother Blues Cohen

Music Maker Relief Foundation was founded in 1994 by Denise and Timothy Duffy to preserve and share the musical traditions of the Southern musicians that have inspired American music and generations of country, rock, soul and rap musicians the world over. Their efforts are preserved and featured in an exhibit of black & white photographic portraits and audio recordings.

Artifacts and artwork by such artists as Sam “The Dot Man” McMillian, NC and Elder Anderson Johnson, Newport News from the Music Maker collection are featured. This musical journey kicks-off with a performance by the Music Maker Blues Review, the performing arm of the Music Maker Foundation on Thursday, May 17, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. at 463 Court Street.

Co-sponsors: Virginia Arts Festival, Rocket Bike and Portsmouth Museums. (See Programs for details and to purchase tickets.)

Through Darkness Into Light: Photographs Along the Underground Railroad

June 16 – October 21, 2018

July 6
5:00 – 8:00pm

THROUGH DARKNESS TO LIGHT: Photographs Along the Underground Railroad

Jeanine Michna-Bales, Wading Prior to Blacknes; Look for the Grey Barn Out Back

Books have been written on the subject, but there is very little visual documentation about the Underground Railroad. Photographer Jeanine Michna-Bales took on this challenge and spent more than a decade researching “fugitive” slaves and their path to freedom. As America becomes more diverse today, Michna-Bales believes that an understanding of the experience – and those who lived through it is more relevant than ever. Through Darkness to Light: Photographs Along the Underground Railroad presents a photographic journey that shares what the experience would have been like for the millions of slaves who sought their path to freedom. This exhibition is toured by Exhibits USA.




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