Big Ugly Brewing to open August 4th!

Big Ugly Brewing to open August 4th!

WPA and Altruistic Design collaborated on the expansion of Chesapeake’s only brewery. Congratulations to Big Ugly and to our partners at Blueridge General and Lynch Mykins.

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BRITTON + SAUNDERS | WABI-SABI

BRITTON + SAUNDERS | WABI-SABI

popblossom is pleased to present, WABI-SABI (Alternative Perspectives). Please join us for the Opening Event, Friday, July 6th from 6:30 - 8:30pm at WPA Studio + Gallery, located in The Monticello Arcade in Downtown Norfolk, VA.

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World Below the Brine

World Below the Brine

We’re very excited to announce that WPA, in association with Rhiza A+D and Piece of Cake Productions, has been selected by the City of Virginia Beach - Office of Cultural Affairs to design, fabricate, and install a piece of interactive temporary public art at Rudee Inlet Loop.

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$2.6M raised toward a new Elizabeth River Trail – complete with glow-in-the-dark paths

$2.6M raised toward a new Elizabeth River Trail – complete with glow-in-the-dark paths

A Norfolk nonprofit’s vision for the Elizabeth River Trail, full of winding loops, glow-in-the-dark paths, public art and playgrounds, is several million dollars closer to becoming reality.

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ELIZABETH DORBAD | THE ARCADE

ELIZABETH DORBAD | THE ARCADE

popblossom is pleased to present THE ARCADE, selected works from the series, ITINERANT ARCHITECTURES, by Elizabeth Dorbad. Please join us for the Opening, Friday, April 6, 6:30-8:30pm at WPA Studio + Gallery, located in The Monticello Arcade in Downtown Norfolk, VA.

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Crawling out of the Cubical

Crawling out of the Cubical

More companies are finding that where you work can make a difference in how you work

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Compensation strategies from a small firm principal

Compensation strategies from a small firm principal

How being financially transparent and sharing responsibilities improves happiness in the workplace

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Big Time

Big Time

Tuesday, Feb 27 at 7:15pm NARO Cinema Presented with AIA of Hampton Roads BIG TIME The film follows young Danish architect Bjarke Ingels, one of architecture’s biggest stars, during the course of five years, while he struggles to finish his biggest project so far. We are let into Bjarke’s creative processes as well as the endless compromises that his work entails, and we are on the side when his personal life starts putting pressure on him, too. Bjarke Ingels’ company Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) has been given the task of designing and building one of the skyscrapers that will replace the Twin Towers. The film offers an intimate look into the innovative and ambitious Danish architect, whom the entire world is celebrating as a young genius. (93 mins) big time trailer and website

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The Marrige and Harmony of ART & ENGINEERING

The Marrige and Harmony of ART & ENGINEERING

A Panel Discussion Featuring Donald Lipski, artist of The Canoes at Lesner Bridge; Chris Wojtowicz, Virginia Beach Public Works Project Manager; Mel Price, Principal Architect, Work Program Architects; Moderated by Ron Williams, Virginia Beach Deputy City Manager

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MING YING HONG | CONDITIONS OF UNCERTAINTY

MING YING HONG | CONDITIONS OF UNCERTAINTY

popblossom is pleased to present CONDITIONS OF UNCERTAINTY, selected works by Ming Ying Hong. Please join us for the Opening, Friday, February 2, 6:30-8:30pm at WPA Studio + Gallery, located in The Monticello Arcade in Downtown Norfolk, VA.

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Altruistic Design

Altruistic Design

WPA is proud to announce that Jeremy S. Maloney has founded Altruistic Design in Virginia Beach.

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BOYER + VITALE | FADED BY THE SUN

BOYER + VITALE | FADED BY THE SUN

popblossom is pleased to present, FADED BY THE SUN, an exhibition of new works by Hampton Boyer and John Vitale, showing November 17—December 31, 2017, at WPA Studio + Gallery inside The Monticello Arcade, 208 E Plume St, Norfolk, VA. The artists will be present at the Opening Event, Friday, November 17, 6:30-8:30pm.

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NEON Community Open Space

NEON Community Open Space

WPA presented the updated design concept for a park at the old Cofer Lot to an enthusiastic audience at the November NEON District monthly meeting.

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Congratulations, Yuzhu Zheng

Congratulations, Yuzhu Zheng

We are pleased to share the news that Yuzhu Zheng, who does much of our architectural photography, has her own show opening Nov. 8, 6:30-8 p.m., at the Meyera E. Oberndorf Central Library in Virginia Beach.

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UPDATE: NEON Community Open Space Charrette

UPDATE: NEON Community Open Space Charrette

TONIGHT: The results of the Charrette and next steps for the site will be presented at this month’s NEON District Committee Meeting, at the Push Comedy Theater in the NEON at 5:30 pm. 763 Granby Street, Norfolk.

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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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