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

First Friday: Opening Reception & Music

Friday, April 6, 2018
5 – 8 pm

BJ GriffinOpening Exhibits: Outdoor Sculpture Exhibit

Join us as we celebrate the opening of the annual outdoor sculpture exhibit on display in our historic courtyard. Nine sculptures by artists from across the eastern seaboard are featured. (See Exhibits for details.) Enjoy light refreshments and a genre-bending musical performance by singer/songwriter and cellist BJ Griffin who mixes classical, jazz and pop music in his return to the First Friday Concert Series.

First Friday: Free Exhibits & Make-n-Take Printmaking Art Activities

Saturday, April 7
10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Print Activity
10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Free Exhibits & Make-n-Take Printmaking Art Activities

Featured in the current exhibit IN PRINT is the cyanotype print artist Staci Katsias, who uses the sun to create light silhouettes and shadows of blue. She will show visitors her techniques and let them experiment with this unique artform in a fun and fast art activity to highlight the exhibits on view. All of this is free for the First Saturday Series.

First Friday: Concert in the Courtyard: Music by The Wampler Brothers

Friday, May 4
5:00- 8:00 p.m.

The Wampler BrothersConcert in the Courtyard: Music by The Wampler Brothers

A new musical act will debut at this month’s First Friday Concert in the Courtyard, with the Wampler Brothers. Each member of this group plays a medley of stringed instruments including guitar, mandolin, and bass –and they all sing! There sound is not classical bluegrass nor contemporary, but self-described as “swampgrass.” It will be sure to beg a return visit.

First Saturday: Free Exhibits & Kite Decorating Activities

Saturday, May 5
10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Friday, May 4
5:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Free Exhibits & Kite Decorating Activities

The museum will be offering free admission with kite-kits for sale at $5 each. These delta kites can be decorated with magic markers and then flown outside at the beach or a park. It is an easy and fun activity to create a piece of artwork that will take to the air on a string. Please call 757 393-8543 for more information.

Music Maker Blues Review

Thursday, May 17
7:00 p.m.

Cool John Ferguson

Music Maker Blues Review

463 Court Street – Portsmouth, VA 23704
Adults: $25   |   Senior & Military: $22.50   |   AAA: $21.25  |  Student (under 25 with ID): $18.75
VA Arts Festival Box Office, 440 Bank St., Norfolk, Mon-Fri, 10am-5pm,Call 757-282-2822, or at the door while supplies last.


The Music Maker Blues Review is an all-star band composed of musicians who have played from street corners to concert halls, from down the road to around the world. Experience the music that strikes deep in your soul, across the entire blues spectrum. Musicians sharing the stage are Cool John Ferguson, Alabama Slim, Harvey Dalton Arnold, and Thomas Rhyant with Bubba Norwood on drums. The performance kicks-off the exhibit We Are the Music Makers: Preserving the Soul of America’s Music on view at the Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center from May 18 – August 12, 2018. (See Exhibits for details.)


Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center, Virginia Arts Festival, and Rocket Bike

First Saturday:
Free Exhibits & Music by the Who We Are Not Trio

Friday, June 2
11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Free Exhibits & Music by the Who We Are Not Trio

Local Band Who We Are Not will perform live in the courtyard. Who We Are Not is headed by husband-and-wife singer-songwriters Pamela Jo Sward and Joe Talley who mix a surprising combination of folk, jazz, and pop into their music style. This band has played on local radio and television such as The Hampton Roads Show for WAVY TV, and NPR’s Out Of The Box hosted by Paul Shugrue. They recently took Veer Magazine’s 2015 Best Emerging Artist Award. The Who We Are Not event and museum exhibits are free and open to the public.


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.

Wax On:
Cold Wax Workshop

Instructor: Eloise Shelton-Mayo

Saturday, May 12
10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Sign up for a fun day of art-making with this unique medium. Cold wax and oils allow for the creation of luminous colors and rich surfaces. Participants will work on small wood panels and papers, delving into color and composition. No experience is necessary and all materials are provided. Award-winning artist Eloise Shelton-Mayo teaches at the Visual Arts Center of Tidewater Community College.

Cost: $110/person ($100 members) and includes admission to exhibits. To register, call 757-393-8543 or register online.



Yoga in the Courtyard

Saturdays from April through June
9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

YOGA in the Courtyard

Join Neve Grace for a morning of outdoor Yoga, weather permitting, in the historic courtyard.  Donations welcomed.



Storytime in the Galleries

Ages 2 – 5
Fridays from April through June

10:30 – 11:30am

Tuition: $2 per student
Join us on a weekly adventure where we explore art through stories, rhymes, and songs! After the story, preschoolers let their imaginations run wild with an activity related to the week’s theme.
For more information call 757-393-5258 ext. 22.






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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.

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