An Abstract Look:

Michele Hemsoth, Jasmine Justice, Leigh Anne Chambers and Vittorio Collaizi






March 17 – May 14


Scenes from the Coleman Collection

Reception: Friday, April 7, 2017, 5:00- 8:00 p.m.

The exhibit An Abstract Look pivots on two meanings. On its face, the phrase suggests the appearance of abstraction as genuine and authentic, and references practices widely used by artists in the 1980s and 1990s.  Additionally, it references contributions by William DeKooning who in 1951 refers to abstract as a moveable style that destabilized the prevailing modes.

These four artists take a position between the two readings of the phrase, “an abstract look.”  Through installations of paintings on canvas, paper and mixed media, their work knowingly references previous styles and ambitions, while raising awareness to abstraction’s historical call for awareness and continuation to remain relevant. 


2017 Outdoor Sculpture


April 7 – October 8


Scenes from the Coleman Collection

Reception: Friday, April 7, 2017, 5:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Since 2005, the Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center, has annually sought proposals for outdoor sculptures to display within our enclosed garden courtyard.  Crawford A. Mann III, the Joan & Macon Brock Curator of American Art at the Chrysler Museum of Art served as juror for the 2017 exhibit.  His selections include work by eight sculptors from across the United States that will go on display this spring.   Featured is work by Abigail Cochran, VA; Jan Kirsh, MD; John Mason, VA; Pokey Park, AZ; Philip Smith, MD; Timothy Spurchise, VA; Kevin Vanek, MS and Carl Wright, WV.

The competition offers cash awards totaling more than $4,000 for a Juror’s Choice, Seawall Art, Brancusi, Honorable Mention and People’s Choice.  Pick up a ballot at the front desk and cast your ballot to help determine which artwork and artist receives the People’s Choice Award.  Voting closes on August 1st.    


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