2017 Call to Sculptors


Exhibit April 7 – October 8, 2017
Proposals Due on November 16, 2016

Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center Outdoor Sculpture Garden

Proposals Due on November 16, 2016
Exhibit: April 7 – October 8, 2017

The Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center seeks proposals for the 2017 Outdoor Sculpture exhibit on view from April 7 – October 8, 2017. Cash awards include $1,500; $1,000; 2@$500; and $200. Travel stipends are provided. The juror for the 2017 exhibit is Crawford A. Mann III, the Joan & Macon Brock Curator of American Art at the Chrysler Museum of Art.

To enter, download the application, complete, and send with photos or digital images to Sculpture Committee, Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center, 521 Middle Street, Portsmouth, VA 23704-3622. Proposals must be received or postmarked by November 16, 2016.

2016 Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition


April 1 - October 9

Reception: Friday, April 1, 5-8 pm

Originating in 2006 and with each consecutive season, the Outdoor Sculpture exhibit has offered a range of sculptures gathered from across the eastern seaboard and beyond to share with our Hampton Roads community. For 2016, the open call for sculptures continued. Shelley Brooks, Coordinator of Exhibitions and Arts Programming at the Visual Arts Center of Tidewater Community College selected ten new works for the 2016 exhibition.

Drop by in March for a sneak peak as works go on display. Visit the sculpture garden, bring your lunch to dine at one of the many cafe-style tables or relax for a Concert during the Courtyard Series, shop at the seasonal Farmer’s Market or enjoy a quiet moment with friends in the shade.

Pictured above: Big Fish by Barbara Kobylinska and Kit Fox by Pokey Park


States of War, David Keefe & Combat Papers


July 1 - October 9

Reception: Friday, July 1, 5-8 pm

“TRANSITIONS: States of War, David Keefe and Combat Papers”, features paintings, prints and drawings by David Keefe, an artist and United States Marine Corps veteran and artwork from Combat Papers, NJ. Keefe served in the Marine Corps from 2002-2009 and completed a tour of combat in Iraq from 2006-2007. In his art, Keefe explores multiple histories as they converge from his childhood memories of ice-fishing in Minnesota to ruin-dotted deserts in the Middle East. The role of war plays out in his paintings, the unstable paradigm of cultures presenting multiple possibilities to contemplate in order to choose one’s fate.

See Programs & Workshops to learn more about a Combat Paper Workshop and gallery tour lead by Keefe and his NJ team in September.

Pictured above: David Keefe, "Meeting of Dark Scout and Winged Boy"

Tidewater Art Alliance
Member’s Exhibition


Through October 2, 2016

Reception: Friday, September 2, 5:00-8:00 p.m.

The Tidewater Art Alliance is a non-profit arts organization consisting of artists and supporters of the visual arts who promote the development and creativity of arts across the region. This open and non-juried exhibit allows member artists to submit one artwork of their choice that does not have to fit an exhibit theme or relate to a larger body of artwork. Forty-five artists participated to create an exhibit that offers paintings, photographs, mixed media and sculpture.

Images: Dianne Hottenstein, Greener Grass; Eloise Shelton-Mayo, Chambers; Barbara Hennig-Loomis, Candy is Dandy

The Reality
of J. Robert Burnell, his Life and his Art


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J. Robert Burnell

J. Robert Burnell; East River, acrylic, photo by John Sheally II

J. Robert Burnell has a gift of portraying a moment in time - a military homecoming, a schooner race, a long-married couple in a porch swing – with a quiet and indelible intensity that connects with the casual viewer or the art buff. Burnell is a Portsmouth native and descendent of generations of watermen. In his paintings, he captures the warmth, charm and history of his hometown as well as that of the greater Chesapeake Bay area. Drawing upon on his heritage and his architectural training, Burnell has created a popularity that has endured over the last 50 years.

Visitors will be able to see several new paintings among those on display and featured in the new book to be released on October 7, “The Reality of J. Robert Burnell, his Life and his Art.”

Artist Reception and Book Signing: Friday, October 7, 5:00-8:00 p.m.

Winter Wonderland icon


November 25 - December 31


Scenes from the Coleman Collection

Opening Weekend: November 25-27

Celebrate the season with Winter Wonderland, a holiday classic for generations of Hampton Roads visitors and residents which includes scenes from the famed Coleman Collection. From Victorian scenes of animated skaters and carolers to the enchanted forest of bears, deer and Santa's workshop, the displays are sure to delight visitors of all ages.

During Winter Wonderland we also offer an array of holiday activities including crafts, face-painting, tasty treats, performances including plays, music and song, and horse-drawn carriage rides.

Winter Wonderland Hours:

Tuesday – Thursday: 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Friday & Saturday: 9:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Sunday: 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Closes at 5:00 p.m. on December 24th & 31st

Closed Christmas day and Mondays, except December 19th & 26th

Admission to Winter Wonderland is $3.00/person or free for museum members.

For group tours and reservations please call 757-393-5258.

Holiday Pass:

A Holiday Pass, good through December 31 includes TWO visits to Winter Wonderland and one visit to the Children's Museum for $12 per person. Pick up your Holiday pass at either location.

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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.