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

Music Maker Blues Revue

Thursday, May 17
7:00 p.m.

Cool John Ferguson

Music Maker Blues Revue

Roger Brown’s Restaurant & Sports Bar
316 High Street, Portsmouth, VA 23704

Adults: $25 | Senior & Military: $22.50
AAA: $22.50 | 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 Revue 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

Saturday, 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.

First Friday: Opening Reception

for We Are The Music Makers & CONCERT IN THE COURTYARD with Bobby BlackHat Walters

Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center

Friday, June 1

5 pm  – 8 pm

Bobby BlackHat Walters is a well-versed recording artist, harp player, vocalist and songwriter who brings together the finest blues musicians in Hampton Roads to perform classic, modern as well as original blues. Enjoy free admission to exhibits including We Are the Music Makers on view through August 12, 2018. This exhibition presents black & white photographic portraits and audio recordings of performers who have inspired American music for generations of country, rock, soul and rap musicians the world over. This exhibition is made possible by the Music Maker Relief Foundation established in 1994 by Denise and Timothy Duffy in order to preserve and share the work of these artists.

Tidewater Arts Outreach

Exhibit Tour of WE ARE THE MUSIC MAKERS with TOA Lead Blues Music Recital

Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center

Wednesday, June 13

2 pm – 3 pm

Enjoy a mini-tour of the exhibit We Art the Music Makers followed by an interactive musical event with local blues music, for ages 55 and up. The cost is $3 per person.


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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