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ART: “Almost so bad it’s good”

ART: “Almost so bad it’s good”

By Jim Roberts Erin Wendell is a self-taught artist under no pretense that her work will ever hang in the Louvre—but she’s OK with that. To be sure, when asked to describe her style, she smiled and said: “Almost so bad it’s good.” “It’s definitely not sophisticated,” she continued. “But arrogantly, I like it more

Video Still Rasputin Sonnet 43

An Artistic Feast

By Betsy DiJulio  A Feast of Languages is an exhibition of work by artists who are part of the energy and vitality that has emerged in Norfolk’s NEON Arts District and the ViBe Creative District in Virginia Beach,” explains curator, Neil Britton Gallery Director, and Virginia Wesleyan art professor, John Rudel. He goes on to

“Mid-Century Modern--A Place to D/well”

ART PREVIEW: The Rejuvenation of Betsy

By Jeff Maisey Losses and Linkages is Betsy DiJulio’s first-ever solo show as a visual artist. It runs September 16 through October 21 at Norfolk Arts’ Offsite Gallery on the first floor of the World Trade Center building. The gallery describes the exhibit this way: “In this body of deeply metaphorical work, Betsy DiJulio shares

Mark Ryden, Rosie's Tea Party, 2005 | Oil on Canvas, 51 x 51 inches
Private Collection | Courtesy of Lio Malca, New York ©Mark Ryden

Hi-Fructose Opens at MOCA

By Betsy DiJulio  The opening of this long-awaited (and now controversial) exhibition, in the making for over three years, occurs after press-time.  So Alison Byrne, Director of Exhibitions and Education, and Heather Hakimzadeh, Curator, agreed to provide a preview of what’s in store via an email Q & A. This ten-year retrospective of Hi-Fructose: The

(John A. Lee’s Woodshop Pink)

James Warwick Jones on Artists Who Teach

By Betsy DiJulio   James Warwick Jones, gallery manager of Charles H. Taylor Arts Center, took an hour or so to engage with me via email about “Artists Who Teach,” the Center’s current exhibition.  As a practicing artist, teacher, and curator, Jones brings a unique perspective to this popular long-standing show that recognizes educators for

Chrysler Museum of art Norfolk

ART REVIEW: Transforming Black & White

By Betsy DiJulio   Elegant and austere, Norwood Viviano’s gracefully attenuated and pendant and occasionally funnel-like “plumb bob” forms are, in fact, three-dimensional graphs of population growth and decline in 25 US cities from New York to Flint, Michigan, including Norfolk. The artist has transformed “black and white” census data into glossy black, smoky gray

This Jimi Hendrix inspired guitar art is from painter Clayton Singleton. It’s titled “Bold as Love” and is part of the Instruments of Art exhibit and fundraiser for Tidewater Arts Outreach.

Visual Art Guide Through March 15

Instruments of Art “Havana Nights” February 6 7 PM Decorum Furniture Art and music aficionados will be celebrating in nostalgic Cuban-inspired style at “Havana Nights,” the Tidewater Arts Outreach (TAO) 2016 Instruments of Art event at Decorum Furniture, 301 W. 21st St. in Ghent on Saturday, February 6, from 7-10 p.m. The Decorum galleries will

(American Tiki, Hal Weaver)

Unmasking Small Works of Hal Weaver

By Jeff Maisey   Each year, Charles H. Taylor Art Center in Hampton challenges local artists to think small. Really small. Miniature. As a result, dozens of painters, sculptures and mixed media artists rise to the occasion by submitting itty bitty work exhibited as Small Works: Miniatures by Tidewater Artists. One of this year’s participants