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”