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

friday DEC 19

 

FACEPAINTING - 11:00 am - 4:00 pm

After you enjoy visiting with your favorite characters in Winter Wonderland, stop by the Art Annex and have your faced painted by one of the SonShine Artists.

OLDE TOWNE SANTA - 5:00 - 8:00 pm

Olde Towne Santa is here to meet children and listen to their wishes for the Holiday Season. Great photo opportunity.

SCRIMSHAW HOLIDAY ORNAMENTS - 5:00 - 8:00 pm

Using needlepoint tools, participants can scratch into shells to decorate ornaments using the technique known as scrimshaw. Pigment ink or dye is rubbed into the scratches to reveal the etched image.

saturday DEC 20

COOKIE DECORATING - 9:00 am - 3:00 pm (Art Annex)

Artisan Bakery, off Washington Street in Portsmouth, will be creating some holiday spice cookies for this activity, frosted with royal icing and ready to decorate. Visitors to Winter Wonderland can draw on these cookies using markers which color in edible ink with natural food dyes. This activity is easy, fun, and very tasty.

Happy Harp Performance - Noon - 2:00 pm

Visitors can enjoy traditional holiday songs played by local musician and harpist Meredith Esson.

ARTIC EXPRESS: A MAGICAL TRAIN TOUR OF WINTER FESTIVALS AROUND THE WORLD - 12:30 & 2:00 pm

A trainload of fun filled holiday magic, music and a wonderful story. An imaginary train ride magically takes children around the world to learn about winter festivals and the holiday celebrations of Diwali, Kwanzaa, Solsitce, Ramaden, Hanukkah and Christmas. Presented by Education Specialist Rob Wescott.

OLDE TOWNE SANTA - 3:00 - 8:00 pm

Olde Towne Santa is here to meet children and listen to their wishes for the Holiday Season. Great photo opportunity.

HOLIDAY CANDLES - 5:00 - 8:00 pm

Candle dipping activities will be offered with scent infused wax of pine and cinnamon.

sunday DEC 21

 

OLDE TOWNE SANTA - 1:00 - 5:00 pm

Olde Towne Santa is here to meet children and listen to their wishes for the Holiday Season. Great photo opportunity.

FACEPAINTING -1:00 - 5:00 pm

After you enjoy visiting with your favorite characters in Winter Wonderland, stop by the Art Annex and have your faced painted by one of the SonShine Artists.

Rainbow Puppets Present "Toyland" - 2:00 & 3:00 pm

Little Bo Peep has lost her sheep and cannot find them anywhere. Could her evil Uncle Barnaby somehow be involved? In her search, she meets a bumbling pirate, gets trapped in the scary Spider Forest, and eventually makes her way to Toyland where she seeks protection from the Master Toymaker.

This edition by the Rainbow Puppets features pre-recorded vocal performances from movie legend Mickey Rooney. While the original production opened a century ago, this program features a brand new script by show director David Messick.

friday DEC 26

Art Annex

SCRIMSHAW HOLIDAY ORNAMENTS - 5:00 - 8:00 pm

Using needlepoint tools, participants can scratch into shells to decorate ornaments using the technique known as scrimshaw. Pigment ink or dye is rubbed into the scratches to reveal the etched image.

FACEPAINTING - 5:00 - 8:00 pm

After you enjoy visiting with your favorite characters in Winter Wonderland, stop by the Art Annex and have your faced painted by one of the SonShine Artists.

saturday DEC 27

 

COOKIE DECORATING - 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Artisan Bakery, off Washington Street in Portsmouth, will be creating some holiday spice cookies for this activity, frosted with royal icing and ready to decorate. Visitors to Winter Wonderland can draw on these cookies using markers which color in edible ink with natural food dyes. This activity is easy, fun, and very tasty.

FACEPAINTING - 11:00 am - 4:00 pm

After you enjoy visiting with your favorite characters in Winter Wonderland, stop by the Art Annex and have your faced painted by one of the SonShine Artists.

CHOCOLATE DIPPING - 4:00 - 8:00 pm

MaryAnne Boho,The Williamsburg Chocolatier, will guide visitors in chocolate dipping techniques for creating delicious holiday treats to take home (or eat on the spot).

sunday DEC 28

 

FACEPAINTING -1:00 - 5:00 pm

After you enjoy visiting with your favorite characters in Winter Wonderland, stop by the Art Annex and have your faced painted by one of the SonShine Artists.

VIA GOODE - 2:00 & 3:00 pm

Via Goode, of Goode Stories, presents holiday tales through songs, dance and stories.

wednesday
DEC 31

NOON NEW YEAR'S EVE BASH - 11:00 am - 2:00 pm

There is no better place to bring in the New Year. Countdown to noon with a glittery ball drop and toast to the New Year. Face-painting, magic, and balloon-making will be held in the Art Annex prior to the countdown, along with a photo booth and refreshments. After the "Noon Year" has arrived, kids can create their own fireworks by walking on the "carpet of bubbles" that pop underfoot. Families can enjoy these New Year's festivities - all before bedtime.

friday
MAR 6

5:00 - 8:00 pm

Opening Reception:
Coding - Artists and Their Creative DNA

Coding explores the act of creating and what inspires artists and themes in their work. From cultural influences to life experiences this exhibit introduces varied perspectives into the creative dialogue. Features artists include Maria Barbosa, Victor Epuk, David Keefe, Kay Walkingstick and more.

friday
APR 3

5:00 - 8:00 pm

Opening Reception:
Portsmouth Artists & 2015 Outdoor Sculpture

Artist exhibit showcases the artists who live or work in Portsmouth, Virginia.

The tenth annual outdoor sculpture exhibit will feature invitational sculptures by past award winning artists and features sculptures by Rober Cage of South Boston, Virginia.

saturday & sunday
MAY 2-3

 

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. Co-sponsored by the Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center.

friday
JUN 4

5:00 - 8:00 pm

Opening Reception:
The Architect Within - Peter Weber

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.

Frank Lloyd Wright's Samara

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 architects 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 Wrights vision and relation with his client.

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

Opening 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.