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1.	Kawase Hasui Japanese, 1883–1957 Mt. Fuji from Narusawa, 1936 Color woodblock print on laid paper Gift of Momotaro Yanagida, Mayor of Moji, Japan, sister city of Norfolk

Gifts from Japan Rediscovered

Gifts from Japan Rediscovered

By Jeff Maisey   Imagine looking through your attic or closet and uncovering a gift from long ago – like 54 years ago. That’s essentially what happened to Alex Mann, Brock Curator of American Art at the Chrysler Museum of Art, when he happened upon a series of woodblock prints at the museum. “As I

Ryan McGinness, Art History Is Not Linear (VMFA) 6, 2010, Acrylic on panels. Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond. National Endowment for the Arts Fund for American Art. © 2014 Ryan McGinness / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

McGinness and New Waves Shine at MOCA

By Betsy DiJulio “Ryan McGinness: Studio Visit” is a uniquely seductive concept for an exhibition, as visitors are made to feel as though we are walking through his studio space.  Organized by the VA Museum of Fine Arts in Richmond, MOCA’s installation of the components makes it work beautifully. McGinness, a native son of Virginia

Foggy Morning on the RF&P Bridge

Inspirational Landscapes

By Betsy DiJulio   Intrigued that a show by an architect turned professional landscape painter—who also happens to play award-winning fiddle and banjo—was on view this winter at Virginia Wesleyan College’s Neil Britton Gallery and would be accompanied by a roots music concert series, I contacted curator and art professor, John Rudel, for details. From

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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