Events at the Portsmouth Art and Cultural Center

EVENTS

The Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center events and activities include First Weekend activities. First Friday and Saturday Activities are Free and open to the public.

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

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

saturday
APR 25

10:30 & 11:30 am;
1:30, 2:30 & 3:30 pm

ART ON A STRING: Kite Making Activities

April is Kite Month. Visitors may purchase kite-kits for $3 each and museum staff will assist in its creation, which is both fast and fun.  These small kites are fool-proof when it comes to flying.  Based on classic professional designs, they will take to the air naturally. 

Be sure to bring your kites to test them out or learn to fly at this year’s Kite Festival on May 3, from 10 am – 4:00 pm at Portsmouth City Park. 

Included with admission. For information call 757-393-8543. 

saturday
APR 25

1:00 pm

THE EKPHRASIS: When Visual Art Becomes Literary

Local creative writers will use visual art as a spring-board for creating new art in the written word. Authors will read their writings, introducing their new creations in the form of essays, short stories, and poems. The writings are based on artworks displayed in one of the two exhibits CODING: Artists & Their Creative DNA, and Portsmouth Here & Now. Along with others, author Jeffrey Hecker will headline the reading. Hecker is a Norfolk native with a degree from Old Dominion University. He is the author of several publications and books including Rumble Seat and Instructions for the Orgy. His work is found in numerous publications Cannonball City, The Waterhouse Review (where he was nominated for the Pushcart Prize) and Zocalo Public Square. The program is included with museum admission.

friday
MAY 1

5:00 - 8:00 pm

FIRST FRIDAY
Opening Reception: 2015 Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition
Concert In The Courtyard: Live Music By Don Comer & Amy Ferebee

The 2015 Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition will feature large-scale work by Robert Cage, whose curated farmland became a well-known destination in South Boston, Virginia. Several of Cage’s sculptures will be on view in the historic courtyard for the 10th anniversary of this exhibit.

Bring friends and family to this springtime event, offering free admission to museum exhibits, light refreshments, and a musical performance by Don Comer & Amy Ferebee, two talented guitarists and musicians from the region.

The Concert in the Courtyard series is headed by PortsEvents, and sponsored by The Portsmouth Partnership, PortsEvents, TowneBank, Portsmouth Economic Development, and the Portsmouth Redevelopment & Housing Authority.

saturday
MAY 2

10:30 & 11:30 am;
1:30, 2:30 & 3:30 pm

ART ON A STRING: Kite Making Activities

Visitors may purchase kite-kits for $3 each and museum staff will assist in its creation, which is both fast and fun.  These small kites are fool-proof when it comes to flying.  Based on classic professional designs, they will take to the air naturally. 

Be sure to bring your kites to test them out or learn to fly at this year’s Kite Festival on May 3, from 10 am – 4:00 pm at Portsmouth City Park. 

First Saturday - FREE admission. For information call 757-393-8543. 

saturday & sunday
MAY 2-3

10:00 am - 4:00 pm

11th Annual Atlantic Coast Kite Festival, Portsmouth City Park, Virginia

First Weekend: 11th Annual Atlantic Coast Kite Festival

Kite fliers and spectators of all ages will experience a visual feast at the 11th Annual Atlantic Coast Kite Festival. Held in Virginia Beach on Saturday and Portsmouth City Park on Sunday, this popular event features a variety of activities appropriate for all ages and all levels of kite aficionados. Cosponsored by the Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center, BeachEvents and Jackite, Inc.

saturday & sunday
MAY 9-10

10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Artisan Demonstrations

The annual Gosport Arts Festival offers a wide-range of work by artists who gather along High Street to sell their creations over Mother’s Day Weekend. During the Gosport Arts Festival traditional artisans will demonstrate and share their craft in the courtyard. Traditions represented include leather work, woodturning, blacksmithing, spinning, weaving, quilting, candle-dipping, soap-making, sock-making, broom-making, ceramic hand-built pottery, and hot glasswork. This is an excellent opportunity to meet artists and learn from them first-hand.

The outside courtyard activities and art show are free.

friday
JUN 5

5:00 - 8:00 pm

Exhibit Reception:
The Architect Within - Philip Weber & Frank Lloyd Wright's Samara

Weber was an apprentice at the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture and a member of Taliesin Fellowship from 1981 - 1990. During his time at Taliesin he produced an extensive portfolio of drawings to include plans, elevations, and perspectives as well as graphics or "nature patterns" and other designs. A select group of these works will be featured.

The Samara house, also known as John E. Christian House, was built between 1954 and 1956 in West Lafayette, Indiana. The exhibition explores the creation of a Wright house through the eyes of a client who spent more than fifty years fulfilling the renowned architect's Usonian vision. Wright used the term "organic" to convey his belief that every feature of the house, from the structure, to the interior, to the smallest details and objects, should be as one, expressive of a single idea. Through correspondence, furnishings, graphics, reproduction drawings and photographs, the exhibit explores Wright's vision and relation with his client.

friday
JULY 3

5:00 - 8:00 pm

FIRST FRIDAY
Concert In The Courtyard: Live Music by Sharkophagus

Sharkophagus is a quirky kind of jam band a la Dave Matthews doing some covers, with original stuff, too. Jamie, from Gosport Tavern, is the guitarist.

Bring friends and family to this springtime event, offering free admission to museum exhibits, light refreshments.

The Concert in the Courtyard series is headed by PortsEvents, and sponsored by The Portsmouth Partnership, PortsEvents, TowneBank, Portsmouth Economic Development, and the Portsmouth Redevelopment & Housing Authority.

saturday
AUG 15

10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Builder Fest

Join us for a day of creating and building. Visit with hobbyists and professionals to explore the process of building and making. Discover everyday items made by hand as in times past and play with futuristic toys.

friday
SEP 4

5:00 - 8:00 pm

Exhibit Reception: Virginia Earth - Ceramic Art

From large scale sculptures to utilitarian craft art, the exhibit offers a look at the wealth of ceramic arts created in Virginia. This exhibit is offered in collaboration with Tidewater Community College Visual Arts Center who will also feature ceramic craft art.



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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.