Exhibits - Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center

Date: March 4th- June 12th 2022.

Days Wednesday – Sunday.

Times: During normal operating hours.

Reception: March 4, 2022, 5:00-8:00 p.m.

Location: Portsmouth Art and Cultural Center at 400 High Street.



This 4-person exhibition features paintings and drawings influenced by contemporary Black Culture that traces its roots to Northern Africa, the Caribbean and beyond.  Featured artists are Anthony Burks, Sr., Florida; Portsmouth native and now Florida resident, Ramel Jasir; Arthur Rogers, Jr., Charlotte, North Carolina; and Clayton Singleton, Norfolk, Virginia.  Each artist brings their own unique style or “fingerprint” that differs yet compliments the work made by other artists featured in the exhibition.  

PhotoTwo Sisters by Clayton Singleton



Dates: May 1 – August 1, 2022

Reception: Friday, May 6, 2022

Location: Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center






Hanging Tree Guitars introduces the work of Freeman Vines, a luthier and material artist born in Greene County, North Carolina where his family sharecropped on plantations that once enslaved them.  Freeman’s sisters are the Glorifying Vines Sisters, a touring gospel group with whom Freeman played guitar.  During a stop on a gospel circuit, Vines heard a sound that would haunt and consume him.  He began building guitars in a quest to recreate that sound.  Each piece is composed from cast-off materials gathered from across the county.  The history of the materials informs the unique identity and sound.  With each guitar, Vines continues his search to recreate that sound.

The exhibit was organized by the Music Maker Relief Foundation, a non-profit organization whose work is to preserve the legacy of musicians who are the creative roots of American Music.  

Photo: Freeman Vines with Guitars, Photo by Timothy Dufy

2022 Outdoor
Sculpture Exhibit

Date: May 6th – October 16th, 2022

Reception: Friday, May 6, 2022

Location: Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center


Sculptures may be viewed throughout the courtyard.  Pick up your ballot inside and cast your vote for your favorite sculpture to help determine which artwork receives the People’s Choice Award.  Additional awards include Juror’s Choice, courtesy of Support Portsmouth Public Art (SPPA) and the Seawall Art Award, courtesy of the Seawall Art Committee.

Juror for the 2022 exhibition is Diana Blanchard Gross, an independent Curator and Exhibition Consultant.

Date: TBD 2022.

Days Wednesday – Sunday.

Times: During normal operating hours.

Reception: TBD.

Location: Portsmouth Art and Cultural Center at 400 High Street..

Earth at Hand: Traditions and Explorations in Ceramic Arts

Description Postponed until the fall

Earth at Hand presents ceramic and mixed-media works by three artists who have used clay and earthen materials for their creative expression.  Artists include Dr. Larry Jordan, 1947-2007, former art education professor at Norfolk State University; Thomas Lowell Edwards who creates utilitarian ware and incorporates mixed media into sculptural works; and Dianne Hottenstein whose work ranges from sculptures to finely crafted porcelain wares.


Photo by: Dr. Larry Jordan

This is event has been postponed until this fall. Please check back periodically for updates on the new date/times. Thank you!





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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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