MAY 25 – JULY 8, 2023
OPENING RECEPTION: Thursday, MAY 25, 5:30 – 7 PM
FREE and OPEN to the Public

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WINE TASTING Opening Reception
Join the fun on Thursday, May 25 from 5:30 – 7 PM for a FREE WINE TASTING provided by Turnip Sprout Restaurant. Enjoy a variety of wines as you sip and explore the new artwork. Wine is available for purchase by the glass or bottle. The interactive art opening includes artist Rhona Dawson instructing guests on how to paint their very own decorative wine glass souvenir!

ART of WINE features 15 talented Artists:
Regina Combs • Rhona Dawson • Kirk Dice • Linda Disimone Rosana Aguilar Greene • Barbara Anne Harris • Carol Heischober • Tommy Johnson • Randall Maynard • John O’Neil III • Linda Phillips • Glenda Pyles • Karen Spaulding • Edward Vann • Sandy Waters

Turnip Sprout Logo

Special Thanks to the Turnip Sprout Restaurant for providing the WINE TASTING!

QUESTIONS: Please contact Brittany Waller at 757.923.0003 ext.108 or Brittany.Waller@suffolkcenter.org

READ SNH Article: ‘Sip and Explore MAY 25’
Sandy Waters

Sandy Waters

Karen Spaulding

Karen Spaulding

Rosana Aguilar Greene

Rosana Aguilar Greene

Suffolk Center Art Galleries generously sponsored by:

Sponsor: Davenport & Company
Sponsor: Suffolk News Herald
Sponsor: Smithfield Times
Sponsor: Tidewater News


Walk on the Wild Side 2023

Walk on the Wild Side 
ON VIEW: APRIL 13 – MAY 11, 2023
OPENING RECEPTION: Thursday, APRIL 13, 5:30 – 7 PM
FREE and OPEN to the Public
PRESENTATION: MAY 11, 2023, 6 PM on The Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife by wildlife biologist Susan Stanley

The Suffolk Center for Cultural Arts invites you to “Walk on the Wild Side” an exhibit of artwork showcasing the Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge. The exhibition will feature decoys and other animal carvings, sculptures, photographs, paintings, and drawings that highlight the beauty of nature. Works represent the Great Dismal Swamp, but do not have to be created in the Dismal Swamp. Featured artists: Edward Higinbotham, a woodcarver, and Wayne Martin a watercolorist.

Corby Amos • Robert Baker • Elizabeth Blanchard Bryan Branch • Kathryn Bunch • Gina Buzby • Dana Connor • Germaine Curry • Regina DeVal • Sharon Devlin • Gwen Elmore • Stephanie Faleski • Mick Grochowski • Bobbie Gunn • Edward Higinbotham • Debbie Hobbs • Tonya Hopson • Bonnie Horne • Valerie Johnson • Elizabeth Jones • Cindy Lane • Wayne Martin • Randall Maynard • Patrick Neary • John O’Neil III • Val Parnell • Mary Pawlowski • Linda Phillips • Pam Ponce • Karen Sallaz • Laura Schmidt • Lanier Williams • Terry Wylie

Juror Jim Gordon, an avid woodcarver from Suffolk, Virginia, awarded 1st, 2nd, 3rd place winner at the Opening Reception on April 13, 2023.  “Walk on the Wild Side” People’s Choice Award is OPEN for voting until the end of the exhibition.  

First Place: Linda Phillips / ‘Mom’s Resting’
Second Place: Bobbi Gunn /
‘Late October Skies’
Third Place: Bonnie Horne / ‘Barred Owl on Watch’

SCCA Great Dismal Swamp Presentation MAY 11

Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge contains some of the most important wildlife habitat in the mid-Atlantic region. At near 113,000 acres, the refuge is the largest intact remnant of a vast swamp that once covered more than one million acres.

The Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge is the largest intact remnant of a vast forested wetland that once covered more than one million acres of southeastern Virginia and northeastern North Carolina. The refuge is home to over 200 species of birds, nearly 100 species of butterflies and skippers, many turtles, numerous white-tailed deer, bobcats, otters, and one of the largest black bear populations on the east coast.

First Place: Linda Phillips / ‘Mom’s Resting’

Second Place: Bobbi Gunn / ‘Late October Skies’

Third Place: Bonnie Horne / ‘Barred Owl on Watch’

Great Dismal Beer
O'Connor Brewing Company
Wayne Martin, watercolorist.

Meet wildlife carver Edward Higinbotham, a Featured Artist in this year’s Walk on The Wild Side Art Exhibition.

Wayne Martin, watercolorist.

Featured Artist Wayne Martin, a watercolorist.

JIm Gordon Juror

Jim Gordon – Juror

Suffolk Center Art Galleries generously sponsored by:

Sponsor: Davenport & Company
Sponsor: Suffolk News Herald
Sponsor: Smithfield Times
Sponsor: Tidewater News

Walk on the Wild Side 2023

Suffolk Sister Cities ‘Peace by Piece’

“Peace by Piece: Food Security in My Community”
Suffolk Sister Cities International
FEBRUARY 28 – MARCH 25, 2023
FREE and OPEN to the Public

Suffolk Sister Cities International is pleased to announce that the 35th Annual Suffolk Sister Cities Young Authors and Artists Showcase will be on display in the main gallery of the Suffolk Center for Cultural Arts on February 28 – March 22. An Awards Ceremony will be held at 6:30 – 8PM on Tuesday, February 28, 2023 and is free and open to the public.

Students from Suffolk Public Schools and Nansemond-Suffolk Academy have created 118 Art entries and 81 Authors entries. Artists compete in 5 categories: Drawing, Painting, Photography, Mixed Media and Digital Art.  Authors compete in Essay and Poetry categories. This year there is a new category for Music with 3 entries. All entries interpret this year’s theme of “Peace by Piece: Food Security in My Community”. Works will be judged by experts in the related field. Winners in each category receive a $50 cash award.

Additionally, a ‘Best in Show’ for Art and for Authors is identified, with each receiving a $100 cash award. These winners are eligible to participate in the Sister Cities International Competition where they compete with entries from around the world and United States. There is a $1000 cash prize for winners of the international competition. Suffolk Sister Cities has had several International winners over the years, including last year’s Best in Show artist Rory Rockwood who earned a $1000 award for her Digital Art submission. Special thanks is owed to the Suffolk Center for Cultural Arts, Suffolk Public Schools, Nansemond Suffolk Academy, and the many teachers, students, judges and volunteers who make this annual Showcase possible.

The Young Artists and Authors Competition is one of several youth programs sponsored by Suffolk Sister Cities International. In past years, the organization has sponsored student exchanges and attendance at the Sister Cities International Youth Leadership Summit. In 2022, students from Kings Fork High School’s International Baccalaureate Program created a Sister Cities Club. Members learn about world cultures and volunteer in the local community. They have created global friendships through various projects, including digital pen pal and environmental projects.

To learn more about Suffolk Sister Cities International and its programs please contact Commissioner Maryanne Persons at 757-539-7188 or visit www.suffolksistercitiesinternational.org.

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Suffolk Sister Cities International

Sister Cities . . . In The World
The Sister Cities movement was founded by President Dwight D. Eisenhower on September 11, 1956. His vision was to involve citizens of the world in a grass-roots effort to promote peace through mutual understanding and respect. This initial act of “sistering” led in 1967 to Sister Cities International (SCI), which now unites tens of thousands of citizen diplomats and volunteers in 570 member communities with over 2,300 partnerships in 150 countries on six continents.

Sister Cities . . . In Our City
In 1981, Mayor Andy Damiani and the Suffolk City Council signed our first sister city relationship with the County of Suffolk, England. Our second sister city affiliation, with Oderzo, Italy, began in 1995 because of Amedeo Obici, an immigrant from Oderzo who founded Planters Nut and Chocolate Company and Obici Hospital in Suffolk. Today, Suffolk Sister Cities International (SSCI) consists of Commissioners appointed by City Council, a Board of Directors, Friends of SSC, and Suffolk International Youth Association (SIYA), all of whom oversee the development and implementation of programs, cultural/social events, and exchanges.

The 2023 winner’s for the Suffolk Sister Cities International Young Artists and Young Authors Showcase are:

Best In Show Artist Violet Johnston

Best In Show Artist Violet Johnston, for ‘Our Child is Hungry’, Nansemond Suffolk Academy

Best In Show Author Xavier Wallace

Best In Show Author Xavier Wallace, for essay ‘Food Security Within the Community‘, Kings Fork High School

Artist’s Last Name Artist’s First Name Title of Work School
BEST IN SHOW-ARTIST Johnston Violet Our Child Is Hungry Nansemond Suffolk Academy
HM Walls Alli Hungry for Fruit Nansemond Suffolk Academy
HM Culbert Dylan “Out of Stock” Nansemond Suffolk Academy
HM Oliver Jackson Protected vs Unprotected Nansemond Suffolk Academy
#3 Lepper Camren Money=Luxury Nansemond Suffolk Academy
#2 Gastreich Kylie Fresh Veggies from the Heavens Nansemond River High School
#1 Rabsatt Sanaa I See Nothing Nansemond River High School
HM Blackwell Katelyn Helping Hands Nansemond Suffolk Academy
HM Edwards Meredith Simple Food Disappearance Nansemond Suffolk Academy
HM Joseph Charlie Fenced In Nansemond Suffolk Academy
#3 Bush Ashley “Diamonds Decomposing in the Dirt” Nansemond Suffolk Academy
#2 Davis-Lawrence Cyann Window of Food Nansemond Suffolk Academy
#1 Rose Izzy Wasting Away Nansemond Suffolk Academy
HM Linhardt Kennedy Keep Your Jaws Off Nansemond River High School
HM Hines Cadence Rolling in wheat Nansemond River High School
HM Morgan Caroline The Happiest Meal Nansemond Suffolk Academy
HM Adams Julia The Nurturing Tree Nansemond Suffolk Academy
HM Fox Lily A Year of Unprecedented Hunger Nansemond Suffolk Academy
#3 Johnston Summer The Future Nansemond Suffolk Academy
#2 Wolland Claudia Convenience Culture Nansemond River High School
#1 Petry Lily Running on Empty Nansemond Suffolk Academy
HM Bradshaw Taylor Virginia State With Popular Foods Nansemond Suffolk Academy
HM Blair Madison Food Countries Nansemond Suffolk Academy
HM Byars Vance Giving Food Nansemond Suffolk Academy
HM Sheppard London Starvation Nansemond Suffolk Academy
HM Meeks Paige Food All Around Nansemond Suffolk Academy
#3 Roberts Mary Corn you get me a bag of chips? Nansemond River High School
#2 Kuehl Makenna Food Kitchen Nansemond Suffolk Academy
#1 Mullins Amanda Rot Nansemond River High School
HM Middleton Cayla The Feast Nansemond Suffolk Academy
HM Waddington Mikayla Harsh restriction Nansemond Suffolk Academy
HM Garner Aiden New American Gothic Nansemond River High School
HM Boone Bryana Not Thank You Nansemond River High School
HM Pendleton Nicole Division in Nutrition Nansemond Suffolk Academy
HM Walker-Jenkins Brianna Untitled Kings Fork High School
HM Booker Krista The Fruitless Tree Nansemond Suffolk Academy
HM Campbell Haley Operation Food Drop Forest Glen Middle School
#3 Burks Mileena Growing a Farm of McDonald’s Nansemond River High School
#2 Dowd Paige out of reach Nansemond Suffolk Academy
#1 House Anne Ruffin Surviving Nansemond Suffolk Academy
BEST IN SHOW- AUTHORS Wallace Xavier Food Security Within the Community Kings Fork High School
HM Wylie Lara How Food Quality Affects Students Academics” Nansemond River High School
#3 Taylor Catelyn A World More Receptive Nansemond River High School
#2 Shinaba Shakirat ‘Full on the Outside Hungry on the Inside’ Nansemond River High School
#1 Milliner Morgan Famine Awareness Kings Fork High School
HM Huston Alayna The Monster Outside Nansemond River High School
HM Spencer Cassidy Triple A” Nansemond Suffolk Academy
#3 Clarke Christian The Mcdonalds Round the Corner” Nansemond Suffolk Academy
#1(Tie) Carr Madison Our Reality Nansemond River High School
#1(Tie) Gregory Arianna The Blue Café Nansemond Suffolk Academy
#3 Goden Korey “The Blizzard” Kings Fork High School
#2 Watson Charles Dark before Dawn” Lakeland High School
#1 Mason Windley And We Thank Him for our Food” Nansemond River High School

Suffolk Center Art Galleries generously sponsored by:

Sponsor: Davenport & Company
Sponsor: Suffolk News Herald
Sponsor: Smithfield Times
Sponsor: Tidewater News

Suffolk Sister Cities ‘Peace by Piece’


OPENING RECEPTION: Thursday, JAN. 12th, 5:30 – 7 PM
FREE and OPEN to the Public

The Suffolk Center for Cultural Arts offers a variety of art classes throughout the year. This exhibit, SHINE, highlights the work completed by students in these classes along with that of their instructors. The exhibit will also feature artwork by some of the SCCA administrative staff.

Working at the Suffolk Center for Cultural Arts is always an adventure, meeting people from all walks of life. One day as I was walking in the hallway, I heard a beautiful tune coming from the piano. Though excited to see who was playing, I waited for him to finish, and before he could exit the building, I asked him his name and if he was a professional pianist. Surprisingly, Josiah Austin by day works for the City of Suffolk as a building inspector. He started taking piano lessons at the age of five. He used to play for his church but took a 10-year hiatus when he joined the military, and now he is getting back into his musical groove. The Suffolk Center for Cultural Arts invites you to the “SHINE” exhibition opening reception to hear and enjoy the melodic sounds by Josiah Austin. The reception is on Thursday, January 12th, from 5:30 pm-7:00 pm.

Barbara Anne Harris | Suffolk, VA
Bonnie Kaczmarczyk | VA Beach, VA
Darlene Keyt | Windsor, VA
Elizabeth Blanchard | Suffolk, VA
Gordon Jones | Suffolk, VA
Hanna Zadorozhnia | Suffolk, VA
Jeanice Sadler | Suffolk, VA
Joy Branch | Ivor, VA
Karen Sallaz | Suffolk, VA
Lisa Morrison | Suffolk, VA
Phyllis Quire | Suffolk, VA
Rachall Brinkley | Suffolk, VA
Regina DeVal | Suffolk, VA
Rhona Dawson | Suffolk, VA
Sandy West | Chesapeake, VA
Takin Care of Business
Tommy Johnson with Artwork

Artist: Rachall Brinkley

Artist: Lisa Morrison

Artist: Gordon Jones

Artist: Hanna Zadorozhnia

Artist: Phyllis Quire

Artist: Joy Branch

Artist: Elizabeth Blanchard

Artist: Barbara Anne Harris

Artist: Karen Sallaz

Artist: Bonnie Kaczmarczyk

Artist: Jeanice Sadler

Artist: Darlene Keyt

Suffolk Center Art Galleries generously sponsored by:

Sponsor: Davenport & Company
Sponsor: Suffolk News Herald
Sponsor: Smithfield Times
Sponsor: Tidewater News


Takin’ Care of Business

OPENING RECEPTION: Thursday, NOV. 10th, 5:30 – 7 PM
FREE and OPEN to the Public

The Suffolk Center for Cultural Arts presents, “Takin’ Care of Business” an exhibition taking a look into the businesses of Suffolk, past and present. The exhibit will honor leaders and members of the Suffolk community as featured in the world of business. Patrons will be able to see portraits of who these courageous people are and what they bring to the city. Works include portraiture by Allyn Brown from O’Neal’s Studio as well as local artists who have captivated the very essence of Suffolk’s business community. The galleries will also showcase a collection of artwork on loan from private collectors and photos by Suffolk News Herald Newspaper.

Curatorial research has been done in partnership with the Suffolk-Nansemond Historical Society and Annette Montgomery, writer of “Suffolk’s Black America Series.” Visitors will be able to step back in time and see how Suffolk was a bustling city with a plethora of movie theaters, places to shop, and restaurants to dine, downtown Suffolk was the place to be. Come and take selfies with Suffolk’s Peanut People provided by Suffolk Tourism.

Suffolk Department of Economic Development

Special Thanks to  Suffolk Department of Economic Development for helping us curate so many amazing, historical photos of Downtown Suffolk, Virginia.

M & M Hospitality Group

Special Thanks to  M & M Hospitality Group for providing us with delicious tapas for Takin’Care of Business opening reception on Thursday, November 10th from 5:30-7PM. Free and open to the public.

Allyn Brown Photographer

Artist Allyn Brown
Kris Brown and Susie at
The Pinner House

Tommy Johnson with Artwork

Artist Tommy Johnson
‘Seaboard Station’

‘Prentis House’ by Brian Murphy
Owner: Marcus Gersbach

Takin Care of Business

Visual Arts Coordinator, Brittany Waller, hangs historic images of Suffolk in a street grid pattern for Takin’ Care of Business.

Suffolk Center Art Galleries generously sponsored by:

Sponsor: Davenport & Company
Sponsor: Suffolk News Herald
Sponsor: Smithfield Times
Sponsor: Tidewater News

Takin’ Care of Business

A Tribute to Peace

OPENING RECEPTION: Thursday, SEPT. 29, 2022, 5:30 – 7 PM
FREE and OPEN to the Public

Suffolk Center for Cultural Arts is excited to present A Tribute to Peace Art exhibition!

In challenging times, honoring peace, and tranquility through art is the focus of this exhibit.  Artists’ works will feature two-and three-dimensional pieces that project their visions of peacefulness, whether it be a bright and cheerful landscape, a colorful floral, or a portrait of someone in a tranquil pose.

This art exhibition welcomes the Kyiv City Ballet of Ukraine to the Suffolk Center for their residency September 19-22, 2022.

Vonnie Whitworth from VA Beach

Vonnie Whitworth, VA Beach VA

Elizabeth Jones, Carrollton VA

Elizabeth Jones, Carrollton VA

Tommy Johnson, Suffolk, VA

Tonya Hopson, Norfolk VA

Tonya Hopson, Norfolk VA

Kiana Perez, Chesapeake

Kiana Perez, Chesapeake VA

Rick Seguso, Va Beach

Rick Seguso, Va Beach VA

This powerful art exhibition features 46 Talented Artists from all over Coastal Virginia and Western Tidewater.

Miriam Birdsong, Suffolk, VA
Bonnie Byru, Suffolk, VA
Regina Combs, Suffolk, VA
Dana Conner, Moyock, NC
Germaine Curry, Carrollton, VA
Nancy Dempsey, Suffolk, VA
Sharon Devlin, Va Beach, VA
Kirk Dice, Suffolk, VA
Demetrius Dillard, Suffolk, VA
Thomas Duntemann, Va Beach,VA
Jennifer Edwards
Linda Gerek, Suffolk, VA
Daniel Goodwin, Hampton, VA
Barbara Anne Harris, Suffolk, VA
Debbie Hobbs, Suffolk, VA
Barbra Hoffman, Ivor, VA

Tonya Hopson, Norfolk, VA
Petya Ivanova, Va Beach, VA
Tommy Johnson, Suffolk, VA
Valerie Johnson, Smithfield, VA
Elizabeth Jones, Carrollton, VA
Bonnie Kaczmarczyk, Va Beach, VA
Kay Kerr, Carrollton, VA
Maggie Kerrigan, Va Beach, VA
Barbara Kobylinska, Va Beach, VA
Cindy Lane, Suffolk, VA
Iris Mamlin, Suffolk, VA
Summer Mathis, Suffolk, VA
Randall Maynard, Chesapeake, VA
Elisabeth McGinn, Norfolk, VA
Devi Anne Moore, Chesapeake, VA

Lisa Morrison, Suffolk, VA
Ed Obermeyer, Va Beach, VA
Val Parnell, Va Beach, VA
Kiana Perez, Chesapeake, VA
Gayle Pipkin, Winton, NC
Angie Salerno, Suffolk, VA
Karen Sallaz, Suffolk, VA
Rick Seguso, Va Beach, VA
Ellen Sinclair, Va Beach, VA
Karen Sumner, Littleton, NC
Allison Swan, Va Beach, VA
Akiko Tanaka, Japan
Sandy Waters, Suffolk, VA
Tonya Swindell, Suffolk, VA
Vonnie Whitworth, Va Beach, VA

Suffolk Center Art Galleries generously sponsored by:

Sponsor: Davenport & Company
Sponsor: Suffolk News Herald
Sponsor: Smithfield Times
Sponsor: Tidewater News

A Tribute to Peace

Surf & Sounds of Summer!

Surf & Sounds of Summer!
ON VIEW: July 21 – August 27, 2022
OPENING RECEPTION: Thursday, July 21, 2022, 5:30 – 7 PM

The reception and art exhibition are FREE and open to the Public Tuesdays – Saturdays, 10 AM – 4 PM.

Surf & Sounds of Summer is an exhibit of artwork that exemplifies positive summer experiences. Crashing Waves, sounds of seagulls, children laughing, boats bobbing in the ocean, people fishing and crabbing, picnics of corn on the cob, watermelon, hotdogs, and ice cream—these are just some of the images depicted in the artwork for this exhibit that captures the essence of summer. ‘After seeing all the beautiful summer themed artwork, I was transported back to my childhood and fond memories of our family trips to the beach.” shared Rick Byrd.

Sponsor: Davenport & Company
Sponsor: Suffolk News Herald
Sponsor: Smithfield Times
Sponsor: Tidewater News

This eclectic art exhibition features 31 talented Artists with a wide variety of mediums; Felting, Beading, Painting, Photography, Pottery, found objects, and more! Visitors are encouraged and VOTE for their favorite piece of artwork in Surf & Sounds of Summer People’s Choice Award, voting open through August 27, 2022.

Elizabeth Blanchard / Suffolk, VA
Kay Bolden / Poquoson, VA
Angela Bounds / Portsmouth, VA
Linda Bunch / Suffolk, VA
Gina Buzby / Norfolk, VA
Dana Conner / Moyock, NC
Mona Cunnikin / Suffolk, VA
Germaine Curry / Carrollton, VA
Nancy Dempsey / Suffolk, VA
Kirk Dice / Suffolk, VA
Suzanne Erickson / Portsmouth, VA
Kazuko Fuller / Chesapeake, VA
Barbara Harris / Suffolk, VA
Debbie Hobbs / Suffolk, VA

Eafrica Johnson / Chesapeake, VA
Valerie Johnson / Smithfield, VA
Elizabeth Jones / Carrollton, VA
Kay Kerr / Carrollton, VA
Cindy Lane/ Suffolk, VA
Randall Maynard / Chesapeake, VA
Elizabeth McGuinn / Norfolk, VA
Ed Obermeyer / VA Beach, VA
Val Parnell / VA Beach, VA
Cynthia Quesenberry / Suffolk, VA
Ray and Martha Rountree / Suffolk, VA
Jorge Saenz / VA Beach, VA
Karen Sallaz / Suffolk, VA
Ellen Sinclair / VA Beach, VA
Edward Vann / Norfolk, VA
Sandy Waters / Suffolk, VA
Jama Watts / Hampton, VA

Check out these Surfs & Sounds of Summer Exhibition images:

Surf & Sounds of Summer!