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Art Talk

Public Art NEA Art & Rising Tides project installed

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On October 20th we dedicated Matthew Geller’s public art project “Upper Blush”. Swaying benches create a titling motion that directs collected rain water into a nearby rain garden.

The City of Norfolk received a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts Our Town program to hire an environmental artist  work with urban planners and community partners to design and create artwork that responds to recurrent flooding.

Norfolk is the cultural, educational, medical, and business center of the southeastern Virginia region known as Hampton Roads. The City and area is renowned for its 400 year history, major military base, and shipping port.

Waterways are part of its success and charm but are also major threats due to recurrent flooding. According to The World Resources Institute, the Hampton Roads area is experiencing the highest relative rate of sea-level rise along the entire U.S. East Coast. The area is second only to New Orleans as the largest population center in the country at risk from sea-level rise. Norfolk is especially susceptible to flooding because the tension between flood water over topping banks and coming up through storm drains during high tides and rain water falling.  Tidal flooding is often exacerbated by wind speed and direction.

Norfolk was designated one of “100 Resilient Cities,” as part of the Rockefeller Foundation’s 100 Resilient Cities Initiative and received a grant to build and expand our ability to rebound from adversity, both natural and economic. We are a forward-thinking city that is strengthening the infrastructure and preparedness of our low-lying coastal region for the flooding challenges we face today and moving forward.

See more pictures on Flickr:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/seldenarcadegallery/albums/72157688263693504

 

“IMAGINE 5 POINTS” Norfolk’s 1st outdoor art gallery

We are pleased to announce “Imagine 5 Points”

Norfolk’s 1st outdoor art gallery on Sewells Point Rd.

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Watch a video! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=909eKd8I8CA

Congratulations to the following artists:

Elliott Addesso

Betsy DiJulio

Nancy Topping Bazin

Anne Bousquet

Mensah Bey

Joan Biddle

Aimee Bruce

Heather Bryant

Therese Cook

Shirley Cooper

Kim Morgan Cummings

Justin DeCou

Donna Iona Drozda

David Gwaltney

Andy Harris

Myke Irving

Robert Gusentine

Patricia Isenhour

Michael James

Nicol Jean

Christopher Kozak

David Lentzner

John Litz

Ryan Lytle

Emily Macon

Brianna Tew

Michelle Tillander

Virginia Van Horn

Maria Waldbaum

Catherine DelSandro Walsh

Keara Wilson

Dennis Winston

Denise Wright

Ja’lisa Yates

Sharon Pierce McCullough

Keith Oliver

John Roth

Bob Sites

Sharon Swift

Susan Tolbert

Eitan Stern

Ray Wiggins

SUMMER PROGRAM 2017

Lead Artists Jenna Rodriguez, Stefon Penn and Christopher Kozak completed public art projects over the summer with students of Norfolk’s Emerging Leaders Program and Teens With A Purpose.

Jenna Rodriguez worked with students to create “Traverse” for the Evelyn T. Butts Transfer Station  at 7607 Evelyn T. Butts Ave.  Wood templates of hands were cut then fabricated in plastic at NorvaPlastics and stamped with quotes gathered from travelers. The hands were placed along the chain link fence surrounding the station at various heights.  A mural of pedestrians and animals in action completes the project and hangs along a retainer wall stretching over a block (196ft.).

Christopher Kozak worked with students to create ”Fathom’s of Freedom”, an almost 40 ft. tall mural created in honor of 100 years Naval Station Norfolk.  Installed in October on the Fountain Park Garage at 130 Bank St., the mural depicts various things specific to Navy Norfolk and the goddess Columbia to represent the concept of liberty and holds the North Star and Little dipper above.  Christopher surprised his grandmother with a portrait of her and his grandfather who was in the Navy and was stationed here years ago.

Stefon Penn worked with student’s of the Teens With a Purpose summer camp to create ”Be Active”, a mural of children at play, for the entrance to the Young Terrace Recreation Center.  The mural was installed November 2017.

See Pictures here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/seldenarcadegallery/albums/72157686331855556

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Public artist Marc Archambault visits with NPS students April 2017

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The public art school committee selected Asheville Stone Mason, Marc Archambault of Hammerhead Stoneworks to complete 5 projects for 5 new schools in Norfolk, Virginia.

Hammerhead Stoneworks was founded in spring 2009. Marc has worked as a mason, designer and project manager.  He mostly works in and around Asheville, but has done projects in Chapel Hill, NC, Rock Hill, SC, Atlanta, GA and Gainesville, FL.

Marc visited with students of Richard Bolling and Campostella Elementary School in April to gather ideas for the first 2 of the 5 projects he is creating for Norfolk public schools.  The first 2 projects are scheduled to install some time late 2017.  The last three will install in 2018.

Watch: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K9b14uy1jcY

Church Street public art project to be installed soon!

Concrete has been poured for the Church Street public art project being installed in the median across from the Attucks Theater.  Artist Ayokunle Odeleye will be in town soon to complete the installation.

Below are some photos of the beginning phase completed March 5th.

The Public Art Planning Committee selected artist Ayokunle Odeleye to design and create artwork that will “celebrate the rich history and reflect the diversity of the cultural heritage of Church Street welcoming everyone to a place of inclusion.”  The artwork will signal a gateway, transition and connector to downtown.  The final artwork will be inspiring, stimulate thought and conversation, serve as an example of creativity, and be captivating, lively and unifying.

Here’s a short video.

Watch a video ~ Ayokunle Odeleye: 32 Years of Public Art Artist Talk

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yiQLIYu6Mqc&spfreload=1

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Celebrating 10 years of the Norfolk Public Art Program! (10/10/16)

JOHN RUDEL – Eyes in the MacArthur North Garage:

https://www.facebook.com/NorfolkVA/videos/1300526493305222/

GLASSATORIUM – Cementiscope in the NEON District:

https://www.facebook.com/NorfolkVA/videos/1300529436638261/

MATTHEW GRAY PALMER – All Things Within All Things - Virginia Zoo:

https://www.facebook.com/NorfolkVA/videos/1300516356639569/

ELECTROLAND – MetalMatisse at MacArthur Square

https://www.facebook.com/NorfolkVA/videos/1299466583411213/

USS INTREPID PROPELLOR – Ocean View

https://www.facebook.com/NorfolkVA/videos/1303712406319964/

GARTH EDWARDS – Enchanted Garden at Coleman Place Elementary

https://www.facebook.com/NorfolkVA/videos/1303714656319739/

JEN STRINGER and LAURA FREED – The Pitch at Harbor Park

https://www.facebook.com/NorfolkVA/videos/1303716919652846/

TODJI KURTZMAN- Splasher of the Healing Waters at Southside Aquatic Center

https://www.facebook.com/NorfolkVA/videos/1303715659652972/

 MARK GRIEVE & ILANA SPECTOR – Intertwine at the Botanical Garden

https://www.facebook.com/NorfolkVA/videos/1303710849653453/

MADELINE WEINER – Storyteller – Norview Community Center

https://www.facebook.com/NorfolkVA/videos/1303710116320193/

Take a Public Art Bike Ride! Print our map…

We’ve created a map with a suggested bike tour to take any time!

Here are the best routes to bike in general in Norfolk.

Be sure to ride by our Offsite Gallery in the World Trade Center at 101 W. Main Street while your out.  Ask the security guard at the front desk to let you in if it’s on a weekend.  If you just ride by you’ll see our most current exhibit through the front windows!

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HERE IS A PDF OF THE BIKE MAP: bike-tour-addresses