PROGRAMS

The Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center offers classes, camps and workshops for youth and adults throughout the year.

First Friday: Art Exhibition & Concert in the Courtyard

Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center

March 1, April 5, May 3, June 7, July 5, August 2, September 6, October 4,

5 – 8pm

Join us on March 1st for the beginning of the Concert in the Courtyard Series sponsored by the Portsmouth Partnership, Towne Bank, and the Portsmouth Housing & Redevelopment Authority. The Series continues through October. Enjoy live music outside in the courtyard (inside the Art Annex if inclement weather) and light refreshments along with beautiful art in the galleries of the museum. This event is free and open to the public. Parking is free after 6 pm.

Concert in the Courtyard Performers:
March 1: Push Comedy Theater
April 5: Paul Urban
May 3: The Wampler Brothers
June 7: Less Cowbell
July 6: Court Street & Company
August 2: Lewis McGehee
September 6: Chan Hall Smooth Jazz
October 4: Brackish Water Jamboree

For more information on exhibits, please visit http://portsmouthartcenter.com/exhibits/.

For more information about the artists performing, please visit our calendar and click on a specific day. http://portsmouthartcenter.com/event-directory/

Target audience: All ages.

First Saturday Exhibit & Art Demonstration

Emily Williams

Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center

Saturday, March 2
Glass Lampwork Demonstration 10am-1pm

Every first Saturday of each month through October the museum is free and open to the public with programming that highlights exhibits. Visitors will get to meet one of the Horizons: As Above, So Below artists, Emily Williams, and watch as she demonstrates and explains her process for creating these beautiful and fluid sea life forms in glass using a blowtorch and glass cane.

Target audience: All ages.

A Post Such as Portsmouth: British Operations in Hampton Roads during 1781

Reenactment of British Encampment

Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center

Saturday, March 30
10am – 4pm

 

Visitors can immerse themselves in history at the time of the Revolutionary War as a reenactment of events portraying British occupation took place. Meet General Benedict Arnold, along with German and British soldiers, Loyalist Militia, and the Royal Navy Sailors who will conduct a drill. Experience a 1781 British encampment complete with tents, tools, and rations. Talk with civilians about the domestic life of this era, and what it was like during the war. This event is free and open to the public.

Target audience: All ages.

 

First Saturday: Exhibits & Kite Art Activity

Kite Decorating Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center Saturday, April 6 10am-5pm

Every first Saturday of each month through October, the museum exhibits are free and open to the public with programming that highlights exhibits. April is National Kite Month. Celebrate with the purchase of a kite kit for $5, and decorate it at the museum.

Target audience: All ages.

 

Guided Gallery Tours

Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center

Saturday, April 13, 1:30pm
Saturday, May 11, 1:30pm
Saturday, June 15, 1:30pm

Saturday, April 13, 1:30pm; Exhibit Topic:Horizons: As Above, So Below

Saturday, May 11, 1:30pm; Exhibit Topic:Our Living Past: A Platinum Portrait of Music Maker

Saturday, June 15, 1:30pm; Exhibit Topic:Horizons: As Above, So Below

Join Curator Gayle Paul for a guided gallery tour. Learn about the artists and the creation of the exhibit. These gallery tours are offered in conjunction with events sponsored by the Olde Towne Business Association.

Target audience: All ages.

 

Senior Series Provided by Tidewater Arts Outreach

Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center Art Annex

Wednesday, April 17
Wednesday, May 15

10:30am-12pm

Enjoy a mini-tour of the current exhibits, immediately followed by a hands-on creative art project or musical event led by professional local artists. These activities are designed for adults 55 and better but friends and caregivers of those who attend are invited as well. There is a nominal $3 admission cost. Please call 757-393-8543 or visit online at portsmouthartcenter.com.

Target audience: Seniors and adults.

 

First Saturday: Exhibits, Music, and Art Activity

Music and Art Activity

Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center

Saturday, May 4

Art Activity with Horizons artist Lynne Frailing: 10am-1pm

Music Performance featuring the Who We Are Not Group: 11am-1pm

Every first Saturday of each month through October, the museum exhibits are free and open to the public with programming that highlights exhibits. Enjoy a live concert by local act The Who We Are Not Group, led by Joe Talley and Pamela Jo Sward. Who We Are Not writes and performs original music as well as well-known songs from the past, with a unique mix of folk, jazz, and popular styles. Also, Horizons artist Lynne Frailing will offer a uniquely fun make-n-take art activity at 10am. 

Target audience: All ages.

 

First Saturday: Exhibits, Music, and Art Presentation

Music and Art Presentation

Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center

Saturday, June 8

 

Music Performance featuring M.S.G. Acoustic Blues Trio: 11am-1pm

Art Presentation by Tim Duffy: 1:30pm

Every first Saturday of each month through October, the museum exhibits are free and open to the public with programming that highlights exhibits. Local musicians M.S.G. Acoustic Blues Trio dish out Piedmont style blues for listeners starting at 11am. Photographer, ethnomusicologist, entrepreneur, and founder of the Music Maker Relief Foundation, Tim Duffy gives an illustrated presentation highlighting the exhibition and his organization at 1:30pm. His discussion touches on his research, his work as an “ethnomusicologist” and the musicians he has employed and befriended through his foundation.

Target audience: All ages.

 

WORKSHOPS

Workshops and Gallery Talks may require advance registration and fees. Be sure to review each event for details. Contact us at 757-393-8543 for additional information.

FOLLOW

Facebook

E•NEWS

NEWS right to your email.

 

400 High Street, Portsmouth, VA 23704 · 757-393-8543
Mailing Address: 521 Middle Street, Portsmouth, VA 23704
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.

Copyright 2017 City of Portsmouth, VA
website by Arengee