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Norfolk, VA 23510

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EVERY OCTOBER is Norfolk Visual Arts Month!

SEE A MAP  of places to go to see visual arts in Norfolk, VA every day!

Norfolk Visual Arts Month is every October (We will be updating this list as events are scheduled)

If you would like to have your visual art event or establishment listed, send information to or post it to the Norfolk Visual Arts Month Facebook Page.

4 fun ways to celebrate Visual Arts Every October:

National Arts and Humanities Month!


International Artists Day! October 25th


Through October Offsite Gallery  at the World Trade Center, 101 W. Main St., 1st Floor- Neighborhood Watch by Andy Harris. Exhibition on view Sept.22 – Nov 9 Gallery hrs: M- Saturdays 8:30am-5:30pm (Sundays see security)

Through October GlassWheel Studio  – 128 W. Olney –  Trains of Thought  by Emily Bartelt and Navid Rahman

Through Oct. 6th James Wise Gallery  at Norfolk State University – 700 Park Ave.  –  John Tobin & Heidi Peelen exhibit.

Through October 21st Transit Gallery - Elaine Fleck, A World Away- located on the 2nd floor of the HRT Building at 509 E. 18th St. - Gallery hrs: M-F 8am-5pm

October 5th, 12, & 14th Hermitage Museum Burning Man Nights -  7637 North Shore Rd.

October 6th Mural Dedication at Fountain Park! 5pm – Celebrating 100yrs. of the Navy! – 130 Bank St.

October 6th Zeke’s Beans & Bowls Jeff Tarkenton art exhibit opening 7pm-10pm – 800 Granby St

October 6th Pinot’s Palette – “Fallen Feather” Paint & wine event, 7pm-9pm – 240 W. 21st St….

October 6th 757 Maker Space Open Build Night! - 7pm – 10pm – 421 W. 22nd St. – part open house, part social and a good time to share what you are working on or need help with. This means we are open for visitors, guests, members any anyone with interest to come out for free and join us for the evening. It is FREE.

October 7th & 8th CBAA Ocean View Art Show 10am-5pm - 100 W. Ocean View Ave.  – The Ocean View Art Show will turn 55 in 2017. It’s Virginia’s oldest and largest artist run, art show.  Spend two days enjoying art, entertainment, food, and fun. Watch a video!

October 7th  Chelsea West Fest 12pm-6pm Chelsea is Norfolk’s newest beer, food, retail and fun district!

October 7th Selden Market Grand Opening – @ the Selden Arcade, 208 E. Main St.

October 7th & 8th 757 Comic & Cartoon Creators 24 Hour Comics Day! at Muse Writers Center -2200 Colonial Ave, Ste 3

October 8th  Riverview Village Days (every 2nd & 4th Sunday) 11am-4pm  (April – December) – 38th & Granby St. & Riverview Rally! (9am-3pm)

October 8th 19th Annual Colonial Place/Riverview Front Porch Art Walk 12pm-4pm

October 10th (every Tuesday night ) - Norfolk Drawing Group  – 7pm – meets at Hamm Fine Arts Building, Norfolk State University.  $7, no materials are provided.  Students with proper ID receive a discount

October 10th 757 Maker Space Cadets: Arduino Halloween Project Sensors + LED’s – 10am-11:15am –  421 W. 22nd St. – 757 Maker Space has regular opportunities for teens and adults to come and create with them all the time.

October 13th d’Art Paint Night @ Bearded Bird Brewing 6-8pm Ticket required:

October 13th Make & Take NecklacesCorner Gallery - 4400 Colley Ave.

October 13th (Friday the 13th) Fuzion Ink is giving tattoos at a discount on this day - 729 Granby St. in the NEON District

October 13th Art Matters Lunch & Gallery Tour  10:30am-1:00pm Chrysler Museum – 1 Memorial Place

October 13th Hunter House Victorian Museum Friday Fall Lecture Series: Trading In Cadavers 11am

October 14th Crafted Indie Art and Craft Market  at O’Connors Brewing Co., 12-6pm, 211 West 24th Street~over 50 of the best and brightest, juried selected artists, crafters, designers and makers from VA and beyond.

October 14th The Yard 1904 Granby Night Market 6pm – 1904 Granby St.

October 14th Norfolk Botanical Garden - 6700 Azalea Garden Rd. - Digital Photography 6:30-8:30pm - Take your photography to the next level w/ Dee Akright, professional photographer for over 30 years. Connect with the NBG Adult Education Page to see additional classes and opportunities.

October 14th Hermitage Museum – Art of Burning Man Closing Event! 5-10PM | 21+ | GENERAL TICKETS NOW ON SALE – 7637 North Shore Rd.

October 17th (every Tuesday night) - 7pm – Norfolk Drawing Group meets at Hamm Fine Arts Building at Norfolk State University.  $7, no materials are provided.  Students with proper ID receive a discount.

October 17th Arts Aid for Hidden Heroes Free Workshop at Tidewater Arts Outreach 809 Brandon Ave. Ste. 300

October 18th The Muse Comic Classes – 2200 Colonial Ave. Ste. #3 – offering TWO classes for writers and artists alike! Learn how to write comics or join our workshop to hone a work-in-progress, starting in October.

October 18th Nothing Sketch At the Chrysler Museum - The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), in partnership with the Museum, hosts a free seminar to educate the community about the FBI’s history, priorities, and ways corrupt practices are investigated.

October 19th & 20th NEON Festival, a free festival that welcomes everyone to experience the NEON District through art exhibitions, local and national performances and mural tours.  2017 celebration highlights include:

*October 19th  Third Thursday at the Chrysler Museum and Glass Studio and d’Art Center, 5-10 pm

*October 20th Amplified IT & WHRO Digital Art Pop Up

*October 20th Norfolk Public Art Commission ribbon cutting Friday at 5:30 pm for the NEA Art & Rising Tides project by Matthew Geller.

*October 19 & 20  NEON District Mural Tour  - 7:30pm

October 20th Community Art Lab w/ Cedric Douglas, muralist Hugh R. Copeland Center 112 W. Wilson Ave.

October 20th Glass Wheel Studio Make & Take Printmaking

October 20th Starving Artists Café  6-8:30pm Come out for a close and personal look at Mark Fussel’s first month long exhibit this year. All 2017 pieces have not been shown at any event.

October 20th Commune Exhibition opening reception: Art Of Dying 5pm-1am  with : Alchemy Underground & Rutter Family Art Foundation  New exhibition: The Art of Dying curated by John Wadsworth

October 20th Baron and Ellin Gordon Art Gallery @ ODU – 4509 Monarch Way Free opening reception for “The Art Of Trains” 7-9pm

October 20th Offsite Gallery 5:30pm -Take a bike tour with current artist Andy Harris through Downtown, Freemason and Ghent and end at the NEON Festival! Meet on the 1st floor of the World Trade Center at 101 W. Main St.

October 20th Prince Ink NEON T-Shirt Pop Up at The Plot 776 Granby Street, Norfolk, VA 23510

Famed printers and all-around good guys Prince Ink will be popping up at The Plot to serve up fresh screen-printed T-shirts with NEON logo designs. Watch the guys print on site and then buy your very own NEON shirt to sport around the Festival.

October 20th Hunter House Victorian Museum Friday Fall Lecture Serie11am - 240 W Freemason St

October 21st Ocean View Arts  – 209 W. Ocean View Ave. Suite 201 - Mandala: Luminous Symbols for Healing Workshop  10:30 am  - 5:30 pm. Suitable for any skill level, supplies included in workshop fee, based on Dr. Judith Cornell’s book.  (757) 961-0808  

Oct. 21st & 22nd  Stockley Garden Art Festival, 10am-5pm, For almost 30 years, Hope House Foundation has been the vision behind the Stockley Gardens Arts Festival. And now, the free event is a community tradition, drawing more than 50,000 visitors annually.

October 22nd Riverview Village Days (every 2nd & 4th Sunday) 11am-4pm (April – December)

October 24th (every Tuesday night) - 7pmNorfolk Drawing Group meets at Hamm Fine Arts Building, Norfolk State University.  $7, no materials are provided.  Students with proper ID receive a discount.

October 26th Hermitage Museum Mysteries of the Museum 6:30pm-8pm –  7637 North Shore Rd.

October 27th Masquerade in Ghent! 6-10pm –  Colley Avenue between Shirley Avenue and Brandon Avenue.

October 27th Dragonfly Art Studio  – 6-9pm - 1703 Colley Avenue – 1st Annual Pumpkin Decorating Contest! Also: take an oil painting class, or check out their great art after school sessions.

October 27th Hunter House Victorian Museum Friday Fall Lecture Series: Deadly Victoriana - 240 W Freemason St

October 29th Wild Card Books & Art Fall Flash Sale + Pop Up Event! Andy Harris (our current Offsite Gallery artist) & Nate Crawford will be selling artwork.

October 31st (every Tuesday night) - 7 pm -Norfolk Drawing Group meets at Hamm Fine Arts Building, Norfolk State University.  $7, no materials are provided.  Students with proper ID receive a discount.

October 31st Hunter House Victorian Museum - A Night At The Museum! 7-9pm – For the first time ever, the museum will be open on Halloween night. $10 if not a member. - 240 W Freemason St

October 31st Chrysler Museum - Halloween Costume Bash – 10am-8pm Each year the Museum’s Gallery Hosts turn into living works of art. Find them in the galleries, complete their scavenger hunt, and get a prize

d’Art at Duke – 740 Duke St. -  over 20 resident artists!  Be sure to check their class schedule and join them for monthly art nights and artist talks.  Late nights are Thursdays.

Connect with AIGA Hampton Roads  an amazing group of local creatives.

Borjo Coffeehouse - 4416 Monarch Way  has local art on display.

Glen McClure Photography Studio - 117 W. City Hall Ave. Suite 100

Norfolk Growler Company - 420 W. 24th St.

757 Maker Space  – 421 W. 22nd St. - regular opportunities for teens and adults!

Slover Library  Art Attack every Tuesday and Thursday (except for the 16th)  & other art/crafting opportunities during the month! – 235 E. Plume St.

Analogue Arts & Trade - 619 Colonial Ave.

Chrysler Museum  Free and open to the public Tuesday-Sunday. Enjoy a guided tour every day at 2 p.m. Boasts a world renowned collection of painting, sculpture and glass. See all Chrysler Museum October events here!

The Chrysler Museum also hosts Historic Houses: Weekend Talks and Tours Enjoy a FREE talk and tour at the Moses Myers House at 1 p.m. and the Willoughby-Baylor House at 2 p.m (see links below).

Moses Myers House, 323 E. Freemason St. Guided House Talk with the Chrysler Museum | Weekends at 1 p.m. Ongoing exhibitions at the ca. 1792 home include Adeline’s Portal, a conceptual art installation by Beth Lipman inspired by a 19th century resident of the home. Other exhibitions include Moses Myers: Maritime Merchant, and Barton Myers: Norfolk Visionary.

Willoughby-Baylor House, 601 E. Freemason St. Guided House Talk with the Chrysler Museum | Weekends at 2 p.m. This historic house, built in 1794, features two exhibitions:  New Deal Near Here: Depression-Era Photography from the Chrysler Museum A vivid collection of images taken by Farm Security Administration photographers working in coastal Virginia.

The Norfolk Rooms Celebrate our port city’s rich history of creativity and cultural achievements through a selection of paintings, sculpture, furniture, silver, and more.

Neil Britton Gallery at Va. Wesleyan

Lin Lin Studio 9569 Shore Drive - Owned by artist Linwood Pettaway.  Visit the studio and gallery M-F 2-6pm.  (Located in the East Beach Shoppes across from East Beach estates).

35th Street Art Gallery  - 617 35th St.

Quixotic Arts - 3824 Granby St.

Titustown Recreation and Visual Arts Center, Paul Street Gallery - 7545 Diven St.

Gallery 21 Nicole Harp: A Retrospective  – 115 W. 21st Street

Village Mermaid  – 3900 Granby St.

Kennedy Gallery at One Eleven  - Pennsylvania Ave.

Thank You Gallery - 450 W. 24th St. (Coming to the Selden Market in the Selden Arcade)

Fawn Street Studios - 2501 Fawn Street

HIVE Gallery - 814 Granby St. in the NEON District

Local Heroes  - 1905 Colonial Ave.

Governor’s School For The Arts Origin Art Gallery at MacArthur Mall

Work Program Architect’s Gallery in the Monticello Arcade – 208 E. Plume Street

The Art Works Gallery & Frame Shop  321 W Bute St. – In Norfolk’s Freemason Harbor Since 1979 – Virginia’s premier fine art gallery and full service custom framing.  See work by exhibiting artists: Lawrence Hollingsworth, Greg Osterhaus, Mark Chatterley, Nancy Anderson Dempsey, Ani Yellowhammer, Scott Addis & Anderson Giles.

Harbor Gallery 1508 Colley Ave

Bernsteins Gallery 4400 Colley Ave.

The Gallery at East Beach 9559 Shore Drive

Norfolk Collegiate Meredith Center for the Arts 7336 Granby St.

Norfolk Academy Perrel Art Gallery 1585 Wesleyan Dr.

Macarthur Memorial 198 Bank St.

Teens With a Purpose Onley Rd.

Hunter House Victorian Museum 240 W. Freemason

Bridget’s 1911 Colley Ave.

Kitsch Shirley Ave.

Nest  208 E. Plume St.

The Yard A fresh blend of new and vintage decor, furnishings and gifts. The Yard features the work of several local artists

A Latte’ Café 321 Granby St.

Elliot’s Fairgrounds 806 Baldwin Ave.

Texture 806 Baldwin Ave.

Blue Dog Smoke Shop 802 Granby St.  - new stained glass panels in from Olga Koke

Stella’s  1907 Colonial Ave

Mrs. Pinkadot 1914 Granby St.

Mermaid Factory 919 W 21st St Ste A

All Out Tattoo 1540 Azalea Garden Road

Art Connection Hampton Roads connecting artists and organizations.

Pinots Palette 240 W. 21st St.

Otzi Tatoo 1130 Bossevain Ave.

Color Me Mine  1300 Colley Ave.

The Mermaid Factory 919 W. 21st St.

Sway Creative Labs 211 W. Freemason

The Bees Knees 617 Colonial Ave.

Spruce Home + Design 243 W. Bute St.

The Leather Arts Store 415 N. Military Hwy. Ste. 13

L’Abielle 336 W. 21st St.

Gallery 410

Tidewater Art Alliance - watch for members exhibitions around town and join!


Anytime:  Public Art Ride - Grab your bicycle and take a self-guided tour around town.   You can download a map of places to go. Here are the best routes to bike in general in Norfolk.  Be sure to ride by our Offsite Gallery in the World Trade Center while your out.  Ask the security guard at the front desk to let you in or just ride by and you’ll see most of the current exhibit through the front windows!


WATCH a video & learn what got the celebration started!  Formerly, a weeklong celebration, we now recognize the entire month of October anually as a time to celebrate visual arts in Norfolk, VA!