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Harris Johnson: “Abstract Painting I (DeKooning Room), 2014. Johnson is earning an MFA in Painting from Virginia Commonwealth University.

Emerging Virginia Artists

Emerging Virginia Artists

By Betsy DiJulio   Next provides a platform for 10 Commonwealth-connected “emerging” artists to share their latest work; exciting for them and important for their artistic careers.  While I’m not completely certain that the show completely delivers on Pfac’s self-proclaimed “peek into what’s next in art”—quite a lofty and prophetic goal—it certainly provides a glimpse

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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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Charlotte Potter: Fragile Cartography

By Betsy DiJulio  The only thing better than seeing a fine performance is seeing that performance and being invited backstage to meet the performers.  That’s how I felt when, due to conflicting publication deadlines and exhibition opening dates, I was invited to preview “Fragile Cartography” as work was being unpacked and arranged on tables and

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Changing Appalachia Debunks Stereotypes

By Betsy DiJulio Appalachian hillbillies?  Not so much. Charged with debunking stereotypes of the people of Appalachia as backwards, poor, unsophisticated, and worse, Portsmouth Art and Cultural Center (PACC) curator Gayle Paul traveled 1,800 miles in just six days to gather, pack and transport objects that would make the case. Guest curators, Dr. Jean Haskell

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