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
Opening Reception: Eyes Wide Open: TAA Artists & Guests
With music performed live by local musician Nathan Sacks
First Fridays offer free admission to exhibits, an art opening, light refreshments and music. Exhibits opening are Eyes Wide Open: TAA Artists & Guests in the entrance galleries and 2014 Outdoor Sculpture on view in the garden courtyard. Kicking-off our concert series is Nathan Sacks, a Norfolk based, singer-songwriter whose passion for songwriting started as a teenager. He has played in local bands such as The Void, Dangerous Darbys, and Honey Badger. Sacks studied jazz Saxophone at the Governor's School for the Arts and Old Dominion University, and was winner of the 2012 Sea Level Emerging Artist Songwriter Contest. His music is inspired by The Beatles, Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, Dr. Dog, and Ween, among others.
Sponsors include The Portsmouth Partnership, PortsEvents, TowneBank, Portsmouth Economic Development Authority, and The Portsmouth Redevelopment & Housing Authority.
Parking is free after 6:00 p.m. For more information call 757-393-8543.
First Saturday - Free Admission
Art Activities and Demonstrations
First Saturday at the Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center offers free admission to exhibits and programs. Artist activities begin at 10:00 a.m. featuring award-winning artist Mark Miltz who will demonstrate his skills in drawing and painting and discuss his process and materials. Additional TAA artists will also demonstrate their skills until 1:00 p.m. Join us for this opportunity to meet the artist, ask questions and observe their techniques.
Visitors may cast their ballot to vote for their favorite sculpture to determine the People's Choice Award, a prize worth $500 offered each year to the winning artist. Beginning at 1:30 p.m. a Gallery Talk by the Juror, Brian Kreydatus, will commence with insights into his selection of artists and awards for the Eyes Wide Open exhibit. Questions are welcome.
Parking is free on weekends. For more information call 757-393-8543.