John Edward Welch
“I cannot Accept This Wonderful Gift…”
Opening Reception: Friday September 5th, 6:00 – 9:00 PM
John Edward Welch (1918-2011) was a self-taught sign painter and artist, and longtime resident of Newport News, Virginia. His mixed-media paintings combine African-American history, biographical portrayals of cultural figures, and social commentary. Working in obscurity until 2010, Mr. Welch garnered the art world’s attention at age 93 when his artwork was exhibited at the Ricco/Maresca Gallery in New York City.
This exhibition was co-curated by Thomas Moore, who is an artist, and Senior Curator of Photography at the Mariners’ Museum in Newport News, Virginia.
Special thanks to Michelle Erhardt, Anna Holloway, Thomas Moore and Elaine Viel for loaning artwork for this exhibition.
Learn more: History, Art and Experience Collide | Mark St. John Erickson, Daily Press
A photography exhibition by Jenny Hueston
Opening Reception: Friday July 11th 6:00 – 10:00 PM
Jenny Hueston’s photographs are a visual record of subcultures and communities, and the surroundings in which they exist. Her work has been recognized by The New Yorker and she travels extensively for her ongoing photography projects. Hueston currently resides in Los Angeles, California.
Norfolk Art Creep
Friday July 11th 6:00 to 10:00PM
Facebook Event Page
The Norfolk Art Creep combines a traditional gallery crawl of some of the city’s best contemporary galleries with an art & party shuttle that takes you from gallery to gallery to ensure added safety, convenience, and a continuous evening of culture and fun.
+ GALLERY ADMISSION IS FREE AND OPEN TO ALL AGES.
+ SHUTTLE PASSES CAN BE PURCHASED AT http://www.eventbrite.com/e/norfolk-art-creep-er-shuttle-pass-tickets-12109358417
COLLECT AN EXCLUSIVE PIN FROM ALL 5 GALLERY SHOWS (including shuttle) AND GET INTO THE AFTER PARTY FOR FREE!
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+ MAYER FINE ART GALLERY +
+ NOBILE & AMUNDSEN +
+ THE PARLOR ON GRANBY +
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LIMITED NUMBER OF SHUTTLE PASSES AVAILABLE – GET YOURS NOW!
More info at the FACEBOOK EVENT PAGE.
WPA has been hard at work with the Downtown Norfolk Council and teams of volunteers to realize the second manifestation of The PLOT in Norfolk’s Downtown Art and Design District. PLEASE JOIN US!
Tomorrow evening, Tuesday, June 24th, from 4-8 pm will be a PLOT Volunteer Session. There are shipping containers and planter boxes to be painted, a huge community garden to be filled with dirt and plants, a large scale chess board to be established, a stage to be built… and lots more! Come be part of the story.
To keep in the loop on all things PLOT: https://www.facebook.com/ThePlotDowntown
The NSU Greenhouse is now complete and ready for professors and students to begin installing the plants. Species will range from blue-green algae to oak tree seedlings.
Construction is nearing completion for this 4,700 SF warehouse renovation in the Berkley area of Norfolk. WPA has been working hand-in-hand with PG Harris and Space Design Group to design the renovation to this old pickle plant from the late 1800’s.
WPA’s sign for Satya Yoga was installed this week. We’re very proud of this sign and especially of the way that the stainless steel and teak wood blend in with Historic Freemason. The laser-cut stainless bracket spells out “Satya” in Sanskrit and is designed to be reminiscent of the Victorian brackets found on nearby buildings. The teak wood will naturally age to a dignified gray in time.