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Southside Artists Association

Southside Artists Association presents:
‘Out of the Shadows, INTO THE LIGHT’

ON VIEW: November 4- December 17, 2021
OPENING: Thursday, November 4th @ 5:30- 7:00 PM

FREE & OPEN to the public.

Davenport
Arts Support
Southside Artists Association
Southside Artists Association

Southside Artists Association’s mission- “The objective of this organization shall be to promote the creation and appreciation of fine art in the South Hampton Roads area in the Commonwealth of Virginia, to encourage artistic talent and to support such civic endeavors as well as enhance the beauty and cultural development of the South Hampton Roads area.”

​Southside Artists Association was established in 1965 as the Chesapeake Art Guild. As our organization grew, we added members from Virginia Beach, Portsmouth, Suffolk, Norfolk, Chesapeake, and North Carolina. The name was changed to accommodate the addition of these areas.

This exhibition ‘Out of the Shadows, Into The Light’  features 23 artists, with 57 paintings, and 3 wood turned pieces.

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Juror James Warwick Jones

JUROR
James Warwick Jones studied at Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts with Will Barnet, Walter Stuempfig, Louis Sloan, and others 1965-68, before graduating Magna Cum Laude form Old Dominion University with a B.S. in Secondary Arts Education in 1971. After teaching in the public schools and working 37 years at arts centers and museums, he retired as a Gallery Manager at The Charles Taylor Visual Arts Center. Over the past 57 years, he has exhibited in more than 300 exhibitions and won over 150 awards. His work is in public and private collections including the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.

Southside Artists Association

SOLACE Healing Through the Arts

SOLACE: Healing Through the Arts!
ON VIEW: October 1 – 23, 2021
OPENING: Friday, October 1 @ 5:30 – 7:30 PM

FREE & OPEN to the public.

Davenport
Arts Support
Chasing The Light

‘SOLACE: Healing Through the Arts’
An Exhibit featuring the healing artwork by the Community!

Suffolk Center for Cultural Arts is proud to open SOLACE: Healing Through the Arts featuring visual arts, performances, and community Workshops over a six-week period, October and November. This series aims to bring individuals of all backgrounds together to find solace or healing from trauma, illness, isolation, grief, and/or related experiences, including, but not limited to, the past year’s world, national, and local events. The SOLACE Visual Art exhibition opens on October 1, 2021 during the Welcome Back Open House and runs through October 23, 2021. The SOLACE: OPEN Mic Night showcases the community with performing arts, like dance, song, and poetry, on November 5, 2021 at 8 PM. Both events are free and open to the public.

‘SOLACE started as an experiment. Typically, our galleries at the Suffolk Center host invitational exhibits — amazing, curated displays of artistic ability and prowess. What makes SOLACE so special is that for this exhibit, we invited anyone in our community to contribute their work, no matter their background, medium, education, or skill level, to tell their story of healing through art.’ shares Lorelei Costa Morrow, Suffolk Center’s Executive Director and CEO.

And what a treasure trove — and potent time capsule — the center received from the community. ‘We are proud that this exhibit includes work of such tremendous artistic skill as Torey Hall’s powerful drawing, Hides the Sun, Nansemond. Yet we are just as proud to display works by students, including three paintings by children, who received our art kits at the Children’s Hospital of The King’s Daughters as part of the SOLACE initiative.’ shares Rick Byrd, Suffolk Center’s Education Manager.

These pieces tell such a diversity of trauma and healing experiences. Diana Veazey’s sculpture, Broken, shows the artist’s feelings after a breast cancer diagnosis; C. Edward Vann’s oil paintings are haunting depictions of pain. Lisa Jeffress’s acrylic painting, Serenity, was planned to be a gift for a cousin who then passed away unexpectedly; Pat Eelman’s photograph, All Dressed Up and Nowhere to Go, depicts longing and loneliness during COVID. Elizabeth Blanchard’s oil paintings are an expression of the solace she finds in nature and in her faith; Walt Hardy’s work, Free at Last: FREE AT LAST! is a celebration of Juneteenth and speaks to an escape from bondage. Renee Cowan’s acrylic works show her hope for a united America.

In various works, you can see anger, grief, fear, peace — and in some pieces, even joy. For some artists, these pieces are expressions of healing, or the need for healing. For others, creating these works became their process for healing. As artist Maia Micou wrote in her SOLACE art statement: “Mental health is a battle and I want my artwork to raise awareness to something that we all face every day. If I can inspire anyone out there to keep going and to fight, my art has done its job.”

We hope the community will discover a piece of art within the SOLACE galleries that resonates with them, or inspires them!


Broken by Diane Veazey
Hides the Sun, Nansemond
Blues by Maia Micou
It's In The Eyes by Barbara Anne Harris
Free at last: FREE AT LAST! by Walt Hardy
SOLACE Healing Through the Arts

Chasing The Light

‘Chasing The Light’
ON VIEW: July 29 – Sept. 4, 2021
OPENING: Thursday, July 29 @ 5:30 PM

FREE & OPEN to the public.

Davenport
Arts Support
Chasing The Light

‘Chasing The Light’
An Exhibit featuring the work of the Suffolk Plein Air Society

On View: July 29 – September 4, 2021
Opening Reception: Thursday, July 29, 2021 at 5:30 PM
FREE & Open to the Public

In preparation for September’s Suffolk Plein Air Festival 2021, the Suffolk Plein Air Society will have an exhibit in the award-winning galleries at the Suffolk Center for Cultural Arts from July 29 – September 4, 2021 titled “Chasing the Light.” Members of the Suffolk Plein Air Society will display pieces that they have created during their monthly second-Saturday painting sessions, or that they have created in their studios. Works will include landscapes, florals, animals, cityscapes, and abstracts—anything these prolific artists have been painting in oils, acrylics, or watercolor.

Meet the 20-member group during the opening reception on Thursday, July 29 at 5:30 p.m. in the BB&T and Norfolk Foundation Galleries.


For more information on joining the Suffolk Plein Air Society please visit: https://suffolkcenter.org/plein-air-society/
For more information on the Suffolk Plein Air Festival being held September 7 – 11, 2021 in Downtown Suffolk,  please visit: https://suffolkcenter.org/plein-air-invitational-2021/

Chasing The Light