Events at the Portsmouth Art and Cultural Center

EVENTS

The Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center have joined with the Olde Towne Business Association to offer the First Weekend Series. The series, offered annually from February – October, encompasses a First Friday with extended museum hours and "Concert in the Courtyard" series sponsored by PortsEvents and TowneBank and is in conjunction with the Olde Towne Business Association’s First Weekend Series. The concerts are held outdoors, weather permitting, in the garden setting of the historic 1846 Courthouse. In case of rain, the concerts will be moved indoors. 

First Saturday activities typically feature guest artists and live craft demonstrations.

First Friday and Saturday Activities are Free and open to the public.

For more events and activities happening in Portsmouth please visit PortsVaEvents.com

saturday's APR
12, 19, 26

10:30 a.m.; 11:30 a.m.;
1:30 p.m.; 2:30 p.m.;
3:30 p.m.

 

ART ON A STRING Kite Making Activities

April is Kite Month, and the PACC will be recognizing this occasion by offering kite-making activities on Saturdays, gearing folks up for the upcoming Kite Exhibit Art on a String and the Best Kite contest May 4, 2014 at City Park. During the times this activity is offered visitors can purchase kite-kits for $3 each and a museum staff will assist in its creation which is both fast and fun. Most of the time will be spent decorating the kite with colored markers or paints. These small kites are full-proof when it comes to flying. Based on classic professional designs, they will take to the air naturally. Participants can test them out by bringing their kites to the 10th Annual Atlantic Coast Kite Festival at Portsmouth City Park on May 4, 2014.

 

saturday APR 19

1:00 pm

 

AN EKPHRASTIC EVENT: When Visual Art Becomes Literary

A Reading of Creative Writing based on current exhibits

Creative writers are invited to use visual art as a jumping-board for creating new art in the form of the written word.  On this day, the written will become spoken as writing selections are read by authors in the form of essays, short stories, and poems.  Students and colleagues of The Muse Writers Center, and other local writers, will base their creations from artworks on display in the exhibit Eyes Wide Open: Tidewater Artists & Guests.  Along with others, award-winning poet and author, Luis Igloria, will headline the reading.  Igloria has achieved numerous national and international awards, including the 2014 May Swenson Poetry Prize, and is featured in many publications around the world.  She is Professor and Director of the Old Dominion University MFA Creative Writing Program in Norfolk, VA. 

If you are interested in participating this reading, please submit poems, flash-fiction, or nonfiction (fewer than 1,000 words) to the Muse Writers Center by emailing instructor Noah Renn at noah@the-muse.org by 4:00 p.m., April 14, 2014.  This program is made possible in part by The Muse Writers Center.  For information please call 757-393-8543.

thursday APR 24

1:00 pm

 

"An Enslaved Woman and her Dressmaker Daughter"

Presentation by Kathleen Curtis Wilson at the Commodore Theatre

Held in conjunction with the exhibit Changing Appalachia: Custom to Cutting Edge, Historian Kathleen Curtis Wilson will tell the story of an exceptional African American family in Appalachia Virginia. Wilson will explain what is known and not known about skilled enslaved women and the importance of new discoveries in the field of African American studies. Her presentation includes photographs of textiles made by Lizzie Bolden, photographs of her mother and father, members of her family and other freed slaves living and working in Bath County.

Lunch may be purchased from Noon-12:45

This program is sponsored in part by the Commodore Theater, Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center, the African-American Historical Society of Portsmouth and the Thomson Family Foundation of Minnesota.

friday MAY 2

5:00 am - 8:00 pm

Lewis McGehee

FIRST FRIDAY in Olde Towne

Opening Reception - Art on a String
Concerts in Courtyard with live music from Lewis McGehee

Art on a String features a colorful display of artist-designed kites in all shapes and sizes created by George Peters and Melanie Walker of Boulder, CO. The exhibit also includes a collection of kite stamps from around the world.

The Concert in the Courtyard offers father-daughter duo Lewis & Kayce McGehee. Mr. McGehee launched his musical career playing guitar and singing with the likes of Ry Cooder, John Prine, The Talking Heads, Bruce Hornsby and others. Kayce follows her father in her passion for music, and has toured performing across the Eastern US.

Free and open to the public

saturday MAY 3

10:30 a.m. & 11:30 a.m.

 

ART ON A STRING Kite Making Activities

Kite-making activities gearing folks up for the upcoming Kite Exhibit Art on a String and the Best Kite contest May 4, 2014 at City Park. During the times this activity is offered visitors can purchase kite-kits for $3 each and a museum staff will assist in its creation which is both fast and fun. Most of the time will be spent decorating the kite with colored markers or paints. These small kites are full-proof when it comes to flying. Based on classic professional designs, they will take to the air naturally. Participants can test them out by bringing their kites to the 10th Annual Atlantic Coast Kite Festival at Portsmouth City Park on May 4, 2014.

 

saturday MAY 3

12:45 am - 2:30 pm

TASTES OF APPALACHIA

at the Commodore Theatre


Writer Gary Nabhan says the local foods of Appalachia "are treasures of global importance, just as much as the bluegrass music of the same region." This program combines both food and music from Appalachia, featuring two outstanding chefs and several musicians. Farmer and Chef Dale Hawkins, owner of Fish Hawk Acres in Rock Cave, West Virginia, and Appalachian-born French-trained Chef Susi Gott Séguret, director of the Seasonal School of Culinary Arts, will prepare a multi-course luncheon that showcases the region's food traditions and creative innovations on those traditions. The award-winning chefs will discuss their approaches to food in Appalachia and engage in discussion with the audience. Music about food in Appalachia will be provided by Dr. Katie Hoffman, ballad singer and scholar, Brett Tiller, banjo player and cast iron historian, Chef Séguret and her son, Luc.

Chef Susi Gott Séguret Chef Dale Hawkins

Tickets (Tickets: $45.00 includes lunch $10.00 balcony, does not include lunch) may be purchased at the Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center's Gallery Shop or by calling 757-393-8543.

Deadline for reservations is April 27th.

 

sunday MAY 4

10:30 a.m. & 11:30 a.m.

 

10th Annual Atlantic Coast Kite Festival

Join us at City Park in Portsmouth for this high flying event in celebration of the 10th Annual Atlantic Coast Kite Festival, jointly sponsored by the Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center, Portsmouth, BeachEvents, Virginia Beach and Jackite, Inc.

Kite Fest Portsmouth, Virginia

The festival offers kite ballets performed to music with dual and quad-lined kites to giant kites that fill the sky.  Try your skills at flying and test your speed against others for ever popular bolo races, a family activity sure to delight all ages. 

Members of the American Kite Flyer’s Association from Connecticut to Florida will be on hand to catch the wind and demonstrate their kite skills. For those who don’t have a kite, vendors will offer an array of kites and products for sale.  If you are interested in building a kite, Kite Education Specialist Archie Stewart will guide participants in building a kite of their own with his hand-built and guaranteed to fly kite kit, purchased for a nominal fee of $5 fee.  An open area is available for participants to bring and fly their own kites, with flying instructions and guidance. 
Build and design your own kite and join us for the Colors in the Sky, a Best Kite Contest beginning at 1:30 p.m.  Prizes are awarded. In addition, easy to make crafts, balloon animals, and face-painting are offered. 

This event is free and open to the public, and is made possible in part from the generous contributions of Jackite Inc. of Virginia Beach, and the Thomson Family Foundation.

 

MAY 10 & 11

10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

 

Museum Exhibits & Artist Demonstrations

In conjunction the Annual Gosport Arts Festival, artists and artisans will be stationed throughout the Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center courtyard demonstrating their techniques and sharing information on their craft. Traditions represented include woodturning, blacksmithing, flint-napping, spinning, weaving, quilting, candle-dipping, soap-making, sock-making, broom-making, and ceramic pottery. This is an excellent opportunity to meet artists and learn from them first-hand. The courtyard demonstrations and Gosport Art Show are free! While you're here, be sure to visit the new exhibits including Art on a String and Changing Appalachia. You can also cast your vote on your favorite outdoor sculpture for the 2014 People's Choice award.

This event is offered in conjunction with The Gosport Art Show, Edmarc, and made possible in part by the generous contributions from Tidewater Community College Visual Art Center and the Thomson Family Foundation. Parking is free in weekends.

 

friday JUN 6

5:00 am - 8:00 pm

Modern Funk Band

FIRST FRIDAY in Olde Towne

Concerts in Courtyard with live music from Modern Funk Jazz Band

Sponsored by PortsEvents and TowneBank and is in conjunction with the Olde Towne Business Association's First Weekend Series.

Free and open to the public

friday JUL 4

5:00 am - 8:00 pm

FIRST FRIDAY in Olde Towne

Concerts in Courtyard with live music from Brian Sewell.

Sponsored by PortsEvents and TowneBank and is in conjunction with the Olde Towne Business Association's First Weekend Series.

Free and open to the public

friday AUG 1

5:00 am - 8:00 pm

Robbin Thompson

FIRST FRIDAY in Olde Towne

Concerts in Courtyard with live music from Robbin Thompson.

Sponsored by PortsEvents and TowneBank and is in conjunction with the Olde Towne Business Association's First Weekend Series.

Free and open to the public



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The Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center, housed in the 1846 Courthouse, is devoted to offering quality educational, cultural and aesthetic experiences in the arts through rotating visual art exhibits, lectures, classes and performances.