Vanishing Beauty

April 1 – June 5

Vanishing Beauty April 1 – June 5

Reception: Friday, April 1, 5:00 – 8:00 pm

From sea-level rise to mountain-top removal, Vanishing Beauty features work by artists whose art addresses concerns for conservation of the environment. From photographs to sculpture, paintings, drawings, digital art, and video, the exhibit raises awareness on issues affecting our planet and ultimately our daily lives.

For the past fifteen years, North Carolina photographer Carl Galie, a native of West Virginia who was reared in a coal mining family, has photographed the devastating impact of mountaintop removal for coal and its impact on our nation’s streams, rivers and water resources. Lauren Rosenthal’s River Atlas is a river-centered atlas that proposes a new socio-political structure for the United States, based on our fresh water systems. Sculptor Brent Crothers uses both natural and recycled industrial materials to create evocative and poetic sculptures directed at the heart of our human footprint.

Since 2007, South-African born photojournalist Gideon Mendel has focused his efforts on an arts advocacy project entitled Drowning World, an arts advocacy project about flooding and his response to climate change. Digital and electronic artist Eric Corriel explores these issues through digital projections in Water Will Be Here.

Degrees of Separation

April 1 – May 8

Degrees of Separation

Reception: Friday, March 4, 5- 8 pm

Throughout their careers, or during their lives a majority of visual artists have assumed the role of teacher, using a portion of their creative energy to inspire and build the skills for the next generation of artists so that they may realize their abilities and aspirations as artists.

Degrees of Separation references that link between teacher and student, and future generations as the artistic lineage grows and is passed along.

For this exhibit, the chain of influence connects Portsmouth Public Schools Art Teacher, Jean Benvenuto Stith (Giacolone) to her professor, Charles Sibley under whom she studied at ODU. Stith credits Sibley’s color and painting expertise as having a powerful impact on her as an artist and teacher.

For this exhibition, paintings by Charles Sibley, and Jean Benvenuto Stith (Giacolone) are featured along with mixed-media works by six of Stith’s former students who have pursued careers in the arts. This next generation of artists include: Cameron Booth, Brendan Fagan, Jon Gaines, Brittany Hooper, Zepher Potrafka, and Terron Sorrells.

Shown above: Jean Benvenuto, Pivotal Moments and Terron Sorrells, Insight

2016 Outdoor
Sculpture Exhibition

April 1 – October 9

Sculpture Exhibit

Reception: Friday, April 1, 5-8 pm

Originating in 2006 and with each consecutive season, the Outdoor Sculpture exhibit has offered a range of sculptures gathered from across the eastern seaboard and beyond to share with our Hampton Roads community. For 2016, the open call for sculptures continued. Shelley Brooks, Coordinator of Exhibitions and Arts Programming at the Visual Arts Center of Tidewater Community College selected ten new works for the 2016 exhibition.

Drop by in March for a sneak peak as works go on display. Visit the sculpture garden, bring your lunch to dine at one of the many cafe-style tables or relax for a Concert during the Courtyard Series, shop at the seasonal Farmer’s Market or enjoy a quiet moment with friends in the shade.

For this exhibition, paintings by Charles Sibley, and Jean Benvenuto Stith (Giacolone) are featured along with mixed-media works by six of Stith’s former students who have pursued careers in the arts. This next generation of artists include: Cameron Booth, Brendan Fagan, Jon Gaines, Brittany Hooper, Zepher Potrafka, and Terron Sorrells

Pictured above: Big Fish by Barbara Kobylinska and Kit Fox by Pokey Park

Portrait as Narrative

May 21 – July 31

Portrait As Narrative

Reception: Friday, June 3, 5-8 pm

The Oxford dictionary defines portrait as “a painting, drawing, engraving or photo depicting the face, head and shoulders of a person”. A narrative is “a story or account that connects certain events”.

Portrait as Narrative presents current and past Hampton Roads artists working in a variety of mediums. From silverpoint, to drawing, printmaking and painting, featured artists offer visual narratives that go beyond the personal depictions of their subjects. Artists include Corinne Lilyard-Mitchell, Barbara Hennig-Loomis, Amanda Outcalt, Steve Prince, Clayton Singleton, and Donald Wilson.

Images above: Amanda Outcalt, Waiting for Spring; Barbara Hennig-Loomis, Hart of the Wud; Clayton Singleton, The Best I Have to Give


States of War, David Keefe & Combat Papers

May 21 – July 31


Reception: Friday, July 1, 5-8 pm

“TRANSITIONS: States of War, David Keefe and Combat Papers”, features paintings, prints and drawings by David Keefe, an artist and United States Marine Corps veteran and artwork from Combat Papers, NJ. Keefe served in the Marine Corps from 2002-2009 and completed a tour of combat in Iraq from 2006-2007. In his art, Keefe explores multiple histories as they converge from his childhood memories of ice-fishing in Minnesota to ruin-dotted deserts in the Middle East. The role of war plays out in his paintings, the unstable paradigm of cultures presenting multiple possibilities to contemplate in order to choose one’s fate.

See Programs & Workshops to learn more about a Combat Paper Workshop and gallery tour lead by Keefe and his NJ team in September.

Pictured above: David Keefe, “Meeting of Dark Scout and Winged Boy”

TAA Member’s Show

August 13 – October 2

TAA Member’s Show - August 13 – October 2

Reception: Friday, September 2, 5:00-8:00 p.m.

The Tidewater Art Alliance is a non-profit arts organization consisting of artists and supporters of the visual arts who promote the development and creativity of arts across the region. This open and non-juried exhibit allows member artists to submit one artwork of their choice that does not have to fit an exhibit theme or relate to a larger body of artwork. Forty-five artists participated to create an exhibit that offers paintings, photographs, mixed media and sculpture.

Images: Dianne Hottenstein, Greener Grass; Eloise Shelton-Mayo, Chambers; Barbara Hennig-Loomis, Candy is Dandy 

2017 Call to Sculptors

Exhibit April 7 – October 8, 2017
Proposals Due on November 16, 2016

TAA Member’s Show - August 13 – October 2

Proposals Due on November 16, 2016
Exhibit: April 7 – October 8, 2017

The Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center seeks proposals for the 2017 Outdoor Sculpture exhibit on view from April 7 – October 8, 2017. Cash awards include $1,500; $1,000; 2@$500; and $200. Travel stipends are provided. The juror for the 2017 exhibit is Crawford A. Mann III, the Joan & Macon Brock Curator of American Art at the Chrysler Museum of Art.

To enter, download the application, complete, and send with photos or digital images to Sculpture Committee, Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center, 521 Middle Street, Portsmouth, VA 23704-3622. Proposals must be received or postmarked by November 16, 2016.

Winter Wonderland Logo
November 25 – December 31

Coleman Collection

Opening Weekend: November 25-27
Celebrate the season with Winter Wonderland, a holiday classic for generations of Hampton Roads visitors and residents which includes scenes from the famed Coleman Collection. From Victorian scenes of animated skaters and carolers to the enchanted forest of bears, deer and Santa’s workshop, the displays are sure to delight visitors of all ages.
During Winter Wonderland we also offer an array of holiday activities including crafts, face-painting, tasty treats, performances including plays, music and song, and horse-drawn carriage rides.

Winter Wonderland Hours:
Tuesday – Thursday: 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Friday & Saturday: 9:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Sunday: 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Closes at 5:00 p.m. on December 24th & 31st

Closed Christmas day and Mondays, except December 19th & 26th

Admission to Winter Wonderland is $3.00/person or free for museum members.
For group tours and reservations please call 757-393-5258.

Holiday Pass:
A Holiday Pass, good through December 31 includes TWO visits to Winter Wonderland and one visit to the Children’s Museum for $12 per person. Pick up your Holiday pass at either location.

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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