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Walk on the Wild Side 2023 ~ Call to ARTISTS!

CALL TO ARTISTS!
Walk on the Wild Side 

ON VIEW: APRIL 13 – MAY 11, 2023
OPENING RECEPTION: Thursday, APRIL 13th, 5:30 – 7 PM
FREE and OPEN to the Public

CALL TO ARTISTS!
THEME: The Suffolk Center for Cultural Arts invites you to apply to participate in “Walk on the Wild Side” an exhibit of artwork showcasing the Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge. Artists are asked to submit decoys and other animal carvings, sculptures, photographs, paintings, and drawings that highlight the beauty of nature. Works submitted can be representative of the Great Dismal Swamp and do not have to be created in the Dismal Swamp. There will be two featured artists: Edward Higinbotham, a woodcarver, and Wayne Martin a watercolorist.

OUR GALLERY: Due to the renovations in the building this exhibit will be featured in our award-winning Norfolk Foundation Gallery. Witness the mastery of visual artists in the gallery space, which hosts an ever-changing array of local and regional exhibitions. The gallery features a beautiful natural light 14-foot ceiling, which has been awarded BEST ART GALLERY GOLD by Coastal Virginia Magazine for both Southside and Peninsula area art galleries, as well as BEST ART GALLERY by the Suffolk News Herald. Suffolk Center’s Art Exhibitions are FREE and OPEN to the public, Tuesday-Saturday, 10am-4pm.

AWARDS: When participating in the exhibition there is an opportunity for you to be voted 1st, 2nd, 3rd place winner or favorite piece of artwork in the “Walk on the Wild Side” People’s Choice Award. This exhibit will be juried by Jim Gordon an avid woodcarver from Suffolk, Virginia.

ELIGIBILITY: Up to four (4) works of any medium not previously exhibited in Jesters Gallery Shop or at the Suffolk Center may be entered. Artwork must be original. SCCA reserves the right to refuse entry of works with unusual installation or works otherwise judged unsuitable.

ARTWORK IMAGES: Submit your intention to participate by emailing Brittany Waller no later than March 13, 2023. Email JPEG images of your work to Brittany.Waller@Suffolkcenter.org by March 13, 2023. Please submit high resolution images as this will aid in determining if your work has been approved to be in the exhibition, you will receive a confirmation via email notating your acceptance.

SCCA Walk on the Wild Side Prospectus
DOWNLOAD Walk on the Wild Side PROSPECTUS

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. Formal protection of this resource began in 1973, when the Union Camp Corporation (a local forest products company) donated 49,097acres to The Nature Conservancy. The Nature Conservancy conveyed the donated land to the federal government, which, combined with additionally purchased land, was used to establish the Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge in 1974.

The refuge’s conservation priority endeavors to restore the biological diversity of the swamp ecosystem through hydrological restoration, forest management, and fire management. 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.

GREAT DISMAL SWAMP MAP

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 ~ Call to ARTISTS!

SHINE

SHINE 
ON VIEW: JANUARY 12 – FEBRUARY  11, 2023
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

SHINE

Takin’ Care of Business

TAKIN’ CARE OF BUSINESS
ON VIEW: NOVEMBER 10 – DECEMBER 17
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

A TRIBUTE to PEACE
ON VIEW: SEPTEMBER 20 – OCTOBER 28, 2022
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.

GALLERIES SPONSORED BY:
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!