WE’RE DOING A BURN! THE ART OF BURNING MAN CLOSING EVENT

WE’RE DOING A BURN! THE ART OF BURNING MAN CLOSING EVENT

THIS Saturday, October 14th | 21+ | 5-10pm We've just received approval from the Norfolk Fire Department to proceed with a CELEBRATORY BURN at 7pm during our Closing Event!* We HAD to end the exhibit in a blaze and we've collaborated with local burners to build a Norfolk-themed effigy that will go out in flames on our final night! For those that have been adding their thoughts and wishes to our driftwood on Thursdays, the pieces are being added to the effigy.

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City of Norfolk Receives Two Excellence in Economic Development Awards

City of Norfolk Receives Two Excellence in Economic Development Awards

“We are grateful that the City of Norfolk has been recognized, once again, for impressive achievements in economic development," said Mayor Kenneth Cooper Alexander. The City of Norfolk’s Economic Development Department was honored at an awards ceremony at the International Economic Development Council Annual Conference held September 17th - 20th in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

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MEASURED | Peter Eudenbach

MEASURED | Peter Eudenbach

popblossom is pleased to present MEASURED, recent works by Peter Eudenbach. Please join us for the Opening, Friday, September 29th, 6:30-8:30pm at WPA Studio + Gallery, located in The Monticello Arcade in Downtown Norfolk, VA.

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Norfolk State University – New G.W.C. Brown Memorial Hall Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

Norfolk State University – New G.W.C. Brown Memorial Hall Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

Last Friday was an incredible day for WPA and our NSU family. We met so many wonderful alumni who came to celebrate the ribbon cutting for the new G.W.C. Brown Memorial Hall. We were lucky to meet the daughter and granddaughter of Dr. Brown who came to dedicate the new 154,000 Classroom and Performing Arts Building. Thank you to Norfolk State University. Our whole team was honored to work for you and with you on this project.

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NEON District – Community Open Space Charrette

NEON District – Community Open Space Charrette

WPA is working with Downtown757 and NEON District to lead a Community Open Space Charrette on Tuesday, September 19th from 4-7PM at Hurrah Players. Please join us to brainstorm and draw up some ideas for the Corner of Olney & Wilson. We will celebrate with drinks after at COMMUNE.

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Vibrant Spaces Announces Selden Market

Vibrant Spaces Announces Selden Market

NORFOLK, Va. – (May 2017) – Downtown Norfolk Council is pleased to announce that Vibrant Spaces, an incentive program developed to stimulate street-level business, is partnering with the City of Norfolk to open Selden Market. Located in the Selden Arcade that sits between Main and Plume Streets in Downtown, Selden Market will serve as a storefront incubator for new businesses.

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Vivisection

Vivisection

June 2- July 21, 2017 - Benjamin Wright’s multisensory installation immerses you in his brain and lets you poke around the dusty corners of his cognitive resonance. His site-specific exhibition employs a diverse tool bag of overlapping media, materials, and imagery to portray the messy chaotic soup in which ideas are born and raised. Vivisection is sure to challenge your senses and preconceptions.

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As Norfolk makes over Selden Arcade, new shops and a high-tech “maker studio” may be coming

As Norfolk makes over Selden Arcade, new shops and a high-tech “maker studio” may be coming

Nearly two years after it was seriously damaged in an explosion, downtown’s Selden Arcade is ready for its next chapter. The city-owned 1931 building has long been a connector between Plume and Main streets. That neighborhood looks radically different than it did just a few years ago.

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DECONSTRUCTING THE WHEEL

DECONSTRUCTING THE WHEEL

The Godwin Family is pleased to present, DECONSTRUCTING THE WHEEL, an introduction to the late painter, Kurt Douglas Godwin, one of DC's most accomplished artists over the last 30 years—Opening April 21 and showing through May 25, 2017. An Opening Reception is scheduled for Friday, April 21st, 6:30-8:30pm

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AIA Featured Member – Mel Price, AIA

AIA Featured Member – Mel Price, AIA

As the 2017 chair for AIA's Small Firm Exchange, Mel Price, AIA, is the voice for small firms around the country. Luckily, she's never been afraid to speak her mind or take a bold stance on the issues impacting her firm or the profession. A principal at Work Program Architects (WPA) in Norfolk, Virginia, she believes that unique tactics are required when running an intimate small business.

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SOUND STRUCTURE

SOUND STRUCTURE

Visual artist Andrea Donnelly weaves exquisite cloths. The intricate and time-consuming processes she uses to transform thread to cloth are the conceptual backbone of her work. She touches every inch of thread in the woven-painting-object-artifacts she creates, imbedding imagery and forming figures locked within textile structure. Donnelly paints woven cloth, only to take it apart then weaves it again.

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Guideposts and glass “bread crumbs” could be coming to Norfolk’s NEON district

Guideposts and glass “bread crumbs” could be coming to Norfolk’s NEON district

WPA is pleased to collaborate with Sway on our second wayfinding project, this time for the NEON District and the Downtown Norfolk Council.

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Smartmouth Brewery and WPA team up to design new brewery at Virginia Beach Oceanfront

Smartmouth Brewery and WPA team up to design new brewery at Virginia Beach Oceanfront

By next year, Oceanfront beachgoers will be able to finish the day with a Smartmouth brew poured fresh from the source. No driving to Norfolk necessary.

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CHRYSLER MUSEUM OF ART TAPS WORK PROGRAM ARCHITECTS   TO EXPLORE POSSIBLE EXPANSION OF ITS PERRY GLASS STUDIO

CHRYSLER MUSEUM OF ART TAPS WORK PROGRAM ARCHITECTS TO EXPLORE POSSIBLE EXPANSION OF ITS PERRY GLASS STUDIO

The Chrysler Museum of Art launched its Perry Glass Studio in 2011 as an educational complement to the Museum and its extraordinary glass collection. The state-of-the-art facility offers classes in all glass processes for both novices and experienced artists. The Perry Glass Studio also is known for innovative Third Thursday events that feature glassmaking as a performing art.

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Lisa Tubach “LONGING FOR ELEUTHERA”

Lisa Tubach “LONGING FOR ELEUTHERA”

An ardent observer of the natural world, painter and conceptual artist Lisa Tubach explores nature’s hidden complexities. Her paintings, large scaled and vibrantly hued, are informed by her experiences in studio locations in remote or distant places.

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Bonchon

Bonchon

WPA is excited to work on another new restaurant in downtown Norfolk. Bonchon has recently opened their new 2,800sf restaurant at 273 Granby Street

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Facing South

Facing South

Popblossom and our Partners, Slover Library Foundation and Work Program Architects, are pleased to present FACING SOUTH Part I: Southern Perspectives, two exhibitions featuring the works of three rising stars of Contemporary Southern Photography, Matt Eich, Susan Worsham & Eliot Dudik.

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The Sleeping Theater

The Sleeping Theater

Thom would like to thank all who came out to the opening of his first solo art exhibition, The Sleeping Theater, and also to invite you to his artist talk tomorrow evening at 6pm. More information can be found via this this link. Thom will be telling the story behind the works and discussing the various processes and methods used to make them.

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The Sleeping Theater

The Sleeping Theater

The Sleeping Theater. An exhibition of works by Thom White. June 10 – July 29, 2016

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Bucolic Images

Bucolic Images

Three respected Hampton Roads photographers - Wednesday, Jan 20 2016

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Mill Street Carriage House

Mill Street Carriage House

In April of 2015, the historic carriage house located at 533 Mill Street was destroyed in a fire. Constructed in 1906 with additions built in 1907-1909 and 1924-1925, the building served the Royster family’s three homes around Mowbray Arch and Warren Crescent, housing six cars below and the chauffer and mechanic in a small apartment above.

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Bonchon

Bonchon

A former sushi restaurant with a low interior profile has been renovated into an exciting Korean restaurant, a new concept for Norfolk. While much was required to expand the size of the kitchen to accommodate a full menu of Korean specialties, Asian fusion dishes, as well fryers for the franchise’s signature chicken wings, it is the dining space that dazzles.

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Ernie Franklin “Whimsical portraits of man, beast and fowl”

Ernie Franklin “Whimsical portraits of man, beast and fowl”

Whimsical oil portraits of man, beast and fowl

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Norfolk Reinvented

Norfolk Reinvented

Check out this companion video piece created in conjunction with an article in Distinction magazine talking about Downtown Norfolk’s revitalization. Mel Price of WPA was proud to participate in the video alongside Drew Ungvarsky, Buddy Gadams, Mary Miller, Dina Taylor, and Marissa DiGirolamo.

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NSU Brown Hall Progress

NSU Brown Hall Progress

The new Brown Hall theater walls are beginning to take shape. See these cool drone photos shot by SB Balllard’s team.

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WPA Retreat!

WPA Retreat!

The WPA team had a fantastic first-ever company retreat in Cape Charles, Virginia. We stayed at the beautiful Hotel Cape Charles, and it was a perfect fit for fun and learning in a space well-designed for both. We reviewed and analyzed our past 4-1/2 years of growth and success, and set goals for the next 5 years.

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Oozlefinch Craft Brewery

Oozlefinch Craft Brewery

WPA is thrilled to partner with For the People Projects on Oozlefinch Craft Brewery in Hampton, VA. The project is located at Fort Monroe and is BCOM project. Jen Stringer (longtime friend and collaborator) is the Lead Designer and Owner of For the People Projects.

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NEON Festival

NEON Festival

WPA is excited about the NEW ENERGY OF NORFOLK!

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2015 AIA Hampton Roads Design + Honor Awards

2015 AIA Hampton Roads Design + Honor Awards

WPA and our design partners are honored to receive the Merit Award for Interiors for the Norfolk Tug Warehouse Renovation project. The renovation was a project in which we could highlight adaptive reuse, the challenges of integrating modern design elements harmoniously with old, and incorporating custom design elements.

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Anne Fleury “Birds”

Anne Fleury “Birds”

Help us launch a big week for the arts in Norfolk with the opening reception for Anne Fleury's second solo U.S. exhibition.

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