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Mindful is Engaging at MOCA

Mindful is Engaging at MOCA

By Betsy DiJulio The word “mindful” has become part of today’s lexicon verging on a trendy buzz word.  I first encountered it on my yoga mat, but it has eased out of yoga studios and begun to flow through society at large. At Virginia Beach’s MOCA, Mindful is the title of a new exhibition (shown

Human Scale Paintings by Angelo Mesisco

By Betsy DiJulio   In anticipation of the January 26 opening of New Works: Paintings by Angelo Mesisco, I had the distinct pleasure of visiting the artist in his spacious studio in an old commercial building on E. 25th Street in Norfolk the day before our early January snow storm.  Located on an upper floor

ART REVIEW: Stickwork is a Fantastical Fortress

By Betsy DiJulio Little boys build forts in the woods.  When they grow up, one of them at least builds fortresses. Although fortress isn’t quite the right term for what Patrick Doughtery builds.  Birds nest, indigenous tribe dwelling, boma, nor “folly”—those nonsensical structures erected on the estates of wealthy English and Scotsman—are exactly it either. 

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

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

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

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

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