EXHIBITS archive 2009

A Stitch in Time

54-40 Quilters

Apr 3 – Jun 7, 2009
Courthouse & Entrance Galleries


Exhibit Reception
Friday, Apr 3, 2009
5:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Biography by Gerry Wright

Biography by Joanne Cramatie

Founded in 1993 by eight African American women, the 54-40 Quilters Guild from Hampton, Virginia have increased their membership and continue to gather, share and teach their quilting traditions and designs for all to share. The exhibit will offer a selection of their quilts and appliquéd wall hangings.

From Manila to Peking

Asian Treasures from the MacArthur Collection
Feb 28 - May 31, 2010
Main Gallery


Exhibit Reception
Friday, Mar 6, 2009
5:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Cosmetic Chest
Eggshell and lacquer over wood
19th century, Japan, MacArthur Collection

Peonies in a Basket
oil on silk, undated, Japan
MacArthur Collection

Samurai armor, antique ivory figures, wood sculptures, cloisonné, porcelain, lacquered chests, and elegantly painted scrolls are some of the outstanding treasures on view at the Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center from February through May. The exhibit, pulled from the MacArthur Memorial’s collection of over 2,000 rarely shown artworks, features gifts offered in appreciation for the contributions of General Douglas and Mrs. MacArthur to the Asian nations following the post World War II era. The collection includes gifts from such notables as the Emperor and Empress of Japan; the first president of the Republic of Korea, former Philippine Ambassador Carlos Romulo and China’s Madame Chiang Kai-Shek, among others.

Annual Portfolio

Tidewater Art Alliance

Jan 30 – Mar 12, 2009
Courthouse & Entrance Galleries


Exhibit Reception
Friday, Feb 6, 2009
5:00 – 8:00 p.m.

The Tidewater Art Alliance traces their early origins to 1901 and the alumnae of the Leache-Wood Female Seminary who organized the Irene Leache Memorial to support artistic projects in the Tidewater area. Though the organization has changed its name several times, the need and their goal has remained. Today the Tidewater Art Alliance continues to support, promote, and develop the visual arts in the Tidewater area.

The Annual Portfolio is one of their featured exhibits and offers artists an opportunity to exhibit a cohesive body of works that represent a developed theme, style or vision. The result is a multi-media exhibit consisting of six works by each of the member artists. Gina Cavallo-Collins, an independent curator living in Richmond, Virginia made selections for the 2008 Portfolio.

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