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.

READ Article in SNH Newspaper
VIEW ‘Peace by Piece’ PHOTO ALBUM
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!

Chesapeake Bay Art Association Exhibit

CBAA 59th Members Art Show
ON VIEW: MAY 19 – JUNE 24, 2022
OPENING RECEPTION: Thursday, MAY 19, 5 – 7 PM, Free & Open to the Public

Suffolk Center for Cultural Arts is excited to present a new art exhibition featuring the Artists in the Chesapeake Bay Art Association.

Chesapeake Bay Art Association (CBAA) Spring Members Art Show features 36 CBBA Artists, and 9 High School Students, and 98 works of art. At CBAA’s Annual Spring Members’ Show, they award at least one scholarship (usually many more) to deserving high school seniors who will be continuing their art education in the fall.

CBAA was founded in Ocean View, Norfolk, VA on August 8, 1961. The CBAA is a Hampton Roads artist’s group that gets together and makes art, talks about art, looks at art, and raises money for young artists to go to art school. CBAA puts on the best outdoor art show in Hampton Roads, the Ocean View Art Show in October. Our meetings are held at the Mary Pretlow Library in Ocean View every third Tuesday at 6:45 and everyone is welcome to visit and apply for membership.

Sponsor: Davenport & Company
Sponsor: Suffolk News Herald
Sponsor: Smithfield Times
Sponsor: Tidewater News
Judge Kyle Kogut

CBAA Art Judge: Kyle Kogut

Kyle Kogut (b. 1990 Philadelphia, PA) is an interdisciplinary artist working primarily in drawing and sculpture. Kogut graduated with an MFA from the Mount Royal School of Art multidisciplinary program at MICA in 2016. He received his BFA from Tyler School of Art in 2012. His work has been included in group shows nationally and has had solo and two person exhibitions in Baltimore, Chicago, Philadelphia, College Park MD, Detroit, Richmond, and New York. Kogut was a member of FJORD and taught at Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia, PA from 2016-2018. Kogut lived in Richmond, VA where he taught at Virginia Commonwealth University from 2018-2021 and was awarded a Space Grant in the Summer Studio Program at the Anderson in 2019. He will be attending the Summer Residency Program at the Wassaic Project in 2022. He currently resides in Norfolk, VA serving as a Visiting Assistant Professor of Drawing and Painting at Old Dominion University.

Congratulations to all the CBAA Member Art Show Winners! What an impressive group of artists and artwork. Come in and see the CBBA Exhibition and VOTE for the Peoples Choice Award through June 24, 2022, Free & Open to the public Tuesdays – Saturdays 10 am – 4 pm. Group Tours are available.

Check out the CBAA Facebook Photo Album from the CBAA Opening Reception on May 19, 2022.

1st Place – Julie Beasley, “Untitled”
2nd Place – Jake Willie, “Concussion”
3rd Place – Loren Hoffman, “Here: Disco Desert Runway”

CBAA Honorable Mentions:

• Christian Williams, “A Winters Harmony”
• Tee Jay Jones, “AAIT”
• John Tobin, “Shall I Let the Dog Out Dear?”

Student Artwork: 
1st – Gabriella Garza / Kellam High School
2nd – Camillia Robertson / Norfolk Academy
3rd  – Jay Yanello / Landstown High School
4th – Jade Van Vactor / Deep Creek High School

1st Place – Julie Beasley, “Untitled”

3rd Place – Loren Hoffman, “Here: Disco Desert Runway”

There are 36 CBAA Artists and 9 Students featured in the CBAA Members Art Show, * indicates Students.

Julie Beasley / Chesapeake, VA
Marianne Bechtle / Virginia Beach, VA
*Jaylah Belton / Churchland High School
Hyeja Billy / Chesapeake, VA
Alisha Brown / Norfolk, VA
Sherri Brown / Norfolk VA
Gina Buzby / Norfolk, VA
Kathleen Bruce / Chesapeake, VA
*Madison Clarke / Churchland High School
Vivian Davis / Norfolk, VA
Lesley Hildreth / Virginia Beach, VA
Tonya Hopson / Norfolk, VA
*Gabriella Garza / Kellam High School
Vanessa Golson / Norfolk, VA
Mick Grochowski / Norfolk, VA
Loren Hoffmann / Virginia Beach, VA
Ruth Johndrow / Chesapeake, VA
Eafrica Johnson / Chesapeake, VA
Monica Johnson / Norfolk, VA
Tee Jay Jones / Virginia Beach, VA
Maggie Kerrigan / Virginia Beach, VA
*Jada Kimble / Churchland High School
Amy Lee / Norfolk, VA

Sue Mangan / Norfolk, VA
Janet Matthews / Virginia Beach, VA
Ed Obermeyer / Virginia Beach, VA
Janet Osborne / Chesapeake, VA
Val Parnell / Virginia Beach, VA
*Alexia Pilpot / Landstown High School
Kathy Rantanen / Norfolk, VA
Alan Rickman / Virginia Beach, VA
*Camellia Robertson / Norfolk Academy
Jorge Saenz / Virginia Beach, VA
Michael Schimmel / Virginia Beach, VA
Brenda M. Siegel / Chesapeake, VA
Ellen Sinclair / Virginia Beach, VA
Brandon Thompson / Virginia Beach, VA
John Tobin / Chesapeake, VA
*Jade Van Vactor / Deep Creek High School
*Peyton Waters / Granby High School
Tosha Watkins / Suffolk, VA
Shirley Whitenack / Carrollton, VA
Christian Williams / Norfolk, VA
Jake Wille / Virginia Beach, VA
*Jay Yanello / Landstown High School

Here is a sneak peek of a few of the artworks in CBAA’s Member Art Show!

Chesapeake Bay Art Association Exhibit

Walk on the Wild Side 2022

Walk on The Wild Side 2022
ON VIEW: March 24 – May 3, 2022
OPENING RECEPTION: Thursday, March 24th, 5:30 – 7:00 PM

Suffolk Center for Cultural Arts presents an exciting new art exhibition, Walk on the Wild Side, depicting the beauty of wildlife throughout our region and the world. The exhibit features highly collectible decoys, wildlife, and waterfowl art.

Walk on the Wild Side art exhibition showcases wildlife artists working in woodcarving, paints, sculpture, photography, and mixed media. This exhibition showcases many talented wildlife artists while featuring six artists: carvers Jim Gordon, Art Latimer, Marty Linton, Doug Brady, wildlife painter Linda Phillips, and wildlife photographer and painter Janet Ogren.

WotWS Peoples Choice Award VOTING

VOTE for your favorite Walk on The Wild Side 2022 piece of wildlife artwork in the People’s Choice Award through May 3, 2022.

Suffolk Center’s two award-winning Art Galleries are FREE and OPEN to the public, Tuesdays – Saturdays, 10 AM – 4 PM.

Enjoy this 2-minute Gallery Tour of ‘WALK on the WILD SIDE’ wildlife art exhibition. Suffolk Center’s art galleries are brimming with 179 amazing artworks created by 48 Artists: decoys, paintings, sculptures, mixed media work, and wildlife photographs.

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

Walk on the Wild Side 2022 FEATURED ARTISTS

Artist Jim Gordon

Jim Gordon
Medium: Sculptor/Carver

Featured Artist
After retiring as Director of Court services in Virginia’s Fifth Judicial District, Jim Gordon decided to see if he had any talent or promise in wood carving.  He had been a fan of folk art and, specifically wood carving, for years and was envious of friends Ryan Dockiewicz and Pete Peterson, who could turn a block of juniper into something both creative and beautiful, with what appeared to him to be of little effort.  Approximately four years ago, he completed his first piece—a snow goose silhouette, that he gave to his sister, Jan.  She fell in love with these birds while on a nature trip.  His attempts at making birds, fish, marine mammals, and the like has been an adventure for him ever since, but he has learned something with each piece he makes.

Artist Marty Linton

Marty Linton
Medium: Decoy Artist

Featured Artist
Marty is originally from a small island on the bayside of the Eastern Shore of Virginia called Saxis.  Water-fowling has not always been a tradition but a way of life for this small community of islanders.  Marty is no exception; he keeps the tradition alive by producing beautiful wildfowl art. Marty began his carving career at the age of 12 with Gerald Moore of Saxis Island.  He continued through high school working with other carvers.  Marty really began to take carving serious in 2005 when he started working with Chincoteague carver Arthur Leonard on gunning birds.

Over the past ten years, Marty took an interest in antique decoys.  In 2010, he entered the Lem and Steve Ward World Championship contemporary antique class for the first time and won 1st place in his category.  In the same year, he won 2nd Best in Show in Havre de Grace, Md.  Again in 2011, he entered the World Championship and won second place in the antique class with an antique goose and Best in Show at Havre de Grace with a shell duck drake. Since he started competing in 2010 Marty has several Best in show wins including the Lem and Steve Ward World Championship Contemporary Antique Division in 2018

Marty’s style of carving birds is inspired by many different locations and carvers.  His most recent master piece, a Northampton Virginia style Curlew, won the Lem and Steve Ward World Championship in Contemporary Antique division. This master piece was inspired by Cobb and Chincoteague styles.  Marty said his love for making antique decoys was inspired by many master carvers all over the Eastern Shore.

Artist Linda Phillips

Linda Phillips
Medium: Wildlife Painter

Featured Artist
Her love of the natural surroundings is reflected in the beauty and splendor of her subjects. Noted for her unusual ability to capture distinct details through soft, muted colors and tones, her work has an endearing quality and sensuality that delights the eye and touches the sol of everyone who sees it.

Born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland, Linda developed a natural skill for drawing at an early age. She still approaches each new subject with that same child-like excitement and enthusiasm. As a self-taught artist, her work is unique and distinctive.

Linda’s art is displayed in galleries throughout the region. However, being semi-retired now, she produces only a limited number of works annually, primarily for select exhibitions and organizations. Well known for her generosity, thousands of dollars are raised each year because of her art donations to those organizations fund raising campaigns. Linda’s studio is in Suffolk, VA near the historic villages of Crittenden and Eclipse. Should you desire an appointment or further information, please call Linda at 757-620-9106.

Artist Janey Ogren

Janet Ogren
Medium: Wildlife Photographer & Painter

Featured Artist
I never attempted to create Art until I was 50 years old. It started with a dare from a neighborhood friend and instruction from a VB MOCA drawing class. At about that same time, I first went for my first trip to Kenya to photograph Wildlife.

Years and many classes and hours of practice later, I have developed my color filled style. Since I am a photographer, I choose to use only my photos as reference for my oil paintings and continue to explore different angles of light on my Wildlife subjects.

Currently, I have a studio with photography and paintings at The Virginia Beach Art Center and paintings at Beach Gallery in Virginia Beach. Learn more at: janetogrenphotography.com

Artist Doug Brady

Doug Brady
Medium: Woodcarver

Featured Artist
I grew up on the Eastern Shore of Virginia in the small town of Oyster. I still reside on the shore today and I enjoy the quite way of life and everything to do with the water.

In the early 1990’s a relative of mine started carving ducks and shore birds. The first time I saw them I immediately had an interest in them. I started carving miniature ducks then moved on to shore birds. As I carved I thought about other things to try. I started doing fish and whales and eventually other things that were unique and different. I enjoy carving it takes time and patience but the finished product is worth it. I encourage anyone who is interested in trying carving to do so, they too may discover a hidden talent.


Artist Art Latimer

Art Latimer
Medium: Fish Carver

Featured Artist
Is Air Force retired, from the Eclipse Village of Suffolk, VA, married to the former Mary Ainslie Saunders Hazelwood, started carving and painting fish, salt and fresh water species, in 1992. An avid fisherman, when he could not catch fish, he made them from wood and copper.

Art initially made them from old barn wood and called them folk fish as they were not painted in their true colors but a combination of colors women and men alike seemed to prefer. He sold hundreds of them in retail stores, museums, craft shows and from a website. He then started carving and painting fish in their original shapes and colors and has sold hundreds more, plus donating many to local charities, his Rotary Club, churches, and other organizations.

He makes them in many different sizes from 6 to 40 inches. Most of them he places on wood bases, but uses “rusted” fish stringer chain for hanging some fish. Some customers prefer patina copper fins; others prefer the burned copper look.

An idea for a different fish resulted in him painting a rockfish in college colors and using logo stickers to further id them. He refers to them as collegiate fish. Sold them to his north Suffolk rotary members for $100 each and donated $50 for each fish sold to a rotary charity. Others saw them and placed orders for their college or their kids’ college. They make unique, great gifts. He found “Nemo” which has become a favorite for many. Special orders can be sent to art thru the Suffolk cultural art center gift shop. Picture is of Art working in work clothes in his workshop where he is most days.


Walk on the Wild Side 2022

Blackwater Artist League: “On the Cusp of Change”

On View: May 13th – June 25th
Art Opening:  May 13, 2021

On view at Suffolk Center’s
BB&T & Norfolk Foundation Art Galleries

Free & Open to the Public
Tuesday – Saturday, 11 am-4 pm

VIEW On the Cusp of Change ARTWORK
SCCA Blackwater Artist League Exhibition

VIEW all 63 pieces of On the Cusp of Change’ artwork, created by 14 members of the Blackwater Artists League. Artwork is available for purchase.

Blackwater Artist League: “On the Cusp of Change”
ON VIEW: May 13th – June 25th
Opening Reception: May 13th @ 5:00 PM

Join us for a new art exhibit featuring the Blackwater Artist’s League. Their art exhibition, ‘On The Cusp of Change’, promises to be an eclectic mix of painting styles including: watercolors, cold wax, oils, acrylics, and pastels.

Established in 1984, this talented organization features artists from all media who get together each week to paint and sketch. The only requirement is an interest in art. Members come from throughout the area; Windsor, Suffolk, Franklin and North Carolina. Member meet in Courtland, VA at the art house, next to Rawls Museum. On occasion the Blackwater Artists work en Plein Air at various locations.

‘On the Cusp of Change’ art exhibition is on view May 13th – June 25th, Tuesday – Saturday, 11am -4 PM. Admission is FREE and OPEN to the Public.
Blackwater Artist League: “On the Cusp of Change”