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Portrait a Master Painter, Teacher & Curator – James Warwick Jones

Portrait a Master Painter, Teacher & Curator – James Warwick Jones

By Michael Curry   With a gentle smile, James Warwick Jones likes to say that he has three jobs — painter, teacher and gallery manager. He is a thoughtful, reflective and wise creator and mentor to many – with an amazing eye for detail and technique to back it up. Any kind of praise makes

TCC Faculty Shine in Annual Exhibit

  By Betsy DiJulio Exhibitions at the TCC VAC are always a pleasant viewing experience.  Shelley Brooks knows how to edit and install beautiful shows in that attractive facility.  And the faculty members and administrators—past and present—are practicing, accomplished artists. Included is the work of both adjunct and full-time faculty, former full-time faculty, and prior

Matney Gallery Brings Amazon to Williamsburg

By Jeff Maisey   A colorful collection of photographs exhibited by Williamsburg’s Linda Matney Gallery (LMG) titled “ANCIENT TRADITIONS, MODERN LIVES: Amazonian Indigenous Peoples in the 21st Century” is really quite something to view as it provides a unique glimpse into the world of people who aren’t as primitive in their thinking as one might

Magnifique Lalique

By Betsy DiJulio Enchanted by Glass is, to be sure, a story about legendary designer, craftsman, and businessman, René Lalique (1860-1945), and his seemingly enchanted career that burgeoned during a time of artistic, scientific, and technological flourishing in France.  But it is also a story about thoughtful exhibition design, carefully crafted to not only present

Wayne White’s Experimental Monitorium is Fall Visual Art Highlight

By Betsy DiJulio Recently, I was treated to a preview of Wayne’s World.  No, not that Wayne’s World.  Not even close. No, this is the world that Wayne White, of Pee Wee’s Playhouse fame, has created for MOCA based on the two-day  Battle of Hampton Roads when, in 1862, the ironclads known as the Monitor

Motley Crew: Crizti Walsh paints a cast characters for her first solo art show

By Jim Roberts Crizti Walsh has spent many of her nights and weekends the last two and a half years painting an eclectic bunch of characters. Among them: a trapeze artist, a voodoo priestess, a woman with progeria and a Tanzanian albino. She said that painting these people—and creating individual backstories for them—is cathartic. “It’s

Maizelle Puts Spotlight on African American Art

By Jerome Langston “Something has to really grab me―catch the eye,” says award-winning Norfolk artist, Maizelle Brown, during a recent conversation at her spacious apartment, a spot that seems ideally suited for the display of paintings and sculptures. Known professionally as just Maizelle, the acclaimed visual artist, one of the most prominent in the Commonwealth,

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