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Visual, Environmental Impact

Visual, Environmental Impact

By Betsy DiJulio   To be sure, this traveling exhibition of 75 pieces in a wide range of media by some 32 artists accomplishes its dual stated goals: 1) to recognize, document, and share the work of leading contemporary artists who chose to focus their work on global as well as local environmental issues; and

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The Utopian and Dystopian Art of Saya Woolfalk

By Jerome Langston   Exploring the multi-discipline, multi-media work of Saya Woolfalk, the buzz-heavy, highly imaginative New York City based visual artist, whose work challenges assumed notions of race, gender, and science itself, is at times both confusing and clarifying. The acclaimed artist’s work, replete with its literary allusions and dizzying array of visual stimuli,

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Smokey Bear Roars Back to Spotlight at Chrysler Museum

By Jeff Maisey Have you noticed Smokey Bear is seemingly everywhere these days? Well, he’s roaring back in time for his 70th birthday, which, as it turns out, is the centennial of the Virginia Department of Forestry. For the occasion, Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe declared August 9 Smokey Bear Day. “Smokey Bear has been at

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Baby, You Can Paint My Car

By Betsy DiJulio The “baby” or rather “babies” were, in this case, art teacher Trish Pfeifer’s best-behaved fifth grade class at St. Helena Elementary School in Norfolk.  Pfeifer is an award-winning art teacher/art teacher mentor for Norfolk Public Schools, and this project is just one reason why. After seeing the work of self-taught artist Harrod