Visit the Portsmouth Art and Cultural Center


The Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center hosts camps for children ages 3-12, workshops, as well as Boy Scout and Girl Scout programs. For more information please call the Education Office at
(757) 393-5258.


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For more information or to schedule a Cub Scout or Boy Scout workshop, please call the Education Office at (757) 393-5258.


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Workshops and Gallery Talks may require advance registration and fees. Be sure to review each event for details. Contact us at 757-393-8543 for additional information.


JUL 25

1:00 - 4:00 pm

Philip Weber

DESIGN TIME: Architectural Design Workshop
Instructor: Philip Weber

Shelter is a basic need, and we all are architects of our surroundings. Discover and explore the architect within you with Designer Philip Weber as he instructs this one-day workshop for anyone, ages 13 and up, interested in architecture and nature. This will be a design process to create a house suited to the environment and its location, incorporating unique ideas. Weber is a former student of Taliesin, the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture. His work is currently on display in The Architect Within.

The cost class is $15 ($10 for Portsmouth Museum Members) and includes materials, parking, and admission to museum exhibits Frank Lloyd Wright’s Samara & Beyond and The Architect Within. For information and to register, call 757-393-8543.

Registration deadline is Wednesday, July 22, 4:00 p.m.



1:30 pm

Special Presentation by Guest Speaker Philip Weber

First Saturday - Free Admission

Philip Weber is the featured artist in The Architect Within, an exhibit of portfolio drawings and plans which he completed while attending Taliesin, the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture. Weber will give a picture presentation of his experience studying at Taliesin. Audience members will have the unique opportunity to meet and learn from a Taliesin fellow. This program is free along with admission to exhibits and parking.

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.


5:00 - 8:00 pm

Exhibit Reception: Virginia Earth - Ceramic Art

First Friday - Free Admission

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.

REFLECTIONS: Mark Chatterly & Alexey Terenin

Two artists from opposite sides of the world are brought together to share their explorations on the modern human condition. Mark Chatterly from Michigan invites the viewer to join him on a journey to explore man’s odyssey from birth to death.

Alexey Terenin, from Prague and Moscow, utilizes the heritages of these two distinct cities to create a language of symbols and environments that is reminiscent of past histories.

Alexey Terenin "The Travelers" Oil on linen at the Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center, Virginia


1:30 pm

John Jessiman, co-curator of the exhibit Virginia Earth: Ceramic Art will share insights on ceramic art and featured artists on display at the Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center

From This Earth - Gallery Talk and Presentation
with John Jessiman

For this presentation, John Jessiman, co-curator of the exhibit Virginia Earth: Ceramic Art will share insights on ceramic art and featured artists whose work is on display. Jessiman is founder and director of the Club Creek Foundation located in Appomattox, Virginia. Cub Creek promotes the art of clay in this great Commonwealth. For over fifty years, John has been involved creating, teaching, and presenting ceramic art both nationally and internationally. This is an excellent opportunity for all, especially those interested in ceramics.

The program and exhibit admission is free and open to the public.

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400 High Street, Portsmouth, VA 23704 · 757-393-8543
Mailing Address: 521 Middle Street, Portsmouth, VA 23704
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.