Vanishing Beauty


April 1 – June 5

8 Billion Gallons, Photo by Carl Galie
Brushy Fork impoundment located in West Virginia stands 900 feet high and holds over nine billion gallons of coal slurry.

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

Jean Benvenuto, Pivotal Moments and Terron Sorrells, Insight

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

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.

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

Portrait as Narrative


May 28 - August 7

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



July 1 - October 9

States of War, David Keefe & Combat Papers

Reception: Friday, July 1, 5-8 pm

Transitions features large-scale paintings, drawings and prints by New Jersey artist and marine Corps veteran David Keefe and artwork from the Combat Paper Project NJ. From 2002-2009, Keefe served in the United States Marine Corps and completed a tour of combat as an infantry scout from 2006-2007. In addition to creating his own art, Keefe teaches university art classes and directs Combat Paper NJ, a project that works directly in communities that are affected by warfare. The project uses papermaking to transform the soldier’s military experience. In these workshops, veterans use their service uniforms to create paper on which they draw, paint, print or write about their wartime experience.

TAA Member’s Show


August 13 – October 2

Reception: Friday, September 2, 5-8 pm

The Tidewater Art Alliance offers regional and member artists an opportunity to showcase their artwork in this juried exhibition.


Winter Wonderland icon


November 25 - December 31


Scenes from the 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.

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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.