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

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,

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

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

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