New public art:
Norfolk Arts installed their newest public art project “Place In Time”, a free-standing powder coated steel, aluminum and brass sculpture at Munson Park in the Park Place neighborhood in January. Created by Ken McCall of Boise, Idaho, the Munson Park public art planning committee commissioned the artist to create strong, fun artwork that represents children, families and community. A center tree contains elm tree-shaped leaves with Park Place street names that move kinetically in the wind and at times form the shape of a heart. The project initiated a new community tradition and enables timeless interaction by way of a time capsule base. The community was invited to be part of history by contributing small items to place inside. Three figures surround the tree to signify the roots of Park Place; past, present and future. Each figure has a map engraved on the surface; the largest includes a hand-drawn 1918 map of Park Place and Munson Park, a second figure shows a modern-day map, and the smallest figure a simplified unlabeled map representing the future. The project will inspire viewers of all ages.
Norfolk Arts & Adams Outdoor Advertising billboard program 2020
Five local Hampton Roads regional artists were selected to appear on an Adams Outdoor Advertising billboard in 2020. Selected artists include John Tobin, Wade Mickley, Poetry Jackson, Carl Medley, Jr. and Petya Ivanova. The artwork will relocate to various billboard locations throughout the Adams Outdoor Advertising area throughout the year.
Nonprofit organizations should apply by March 27th for a grant in 2021
The Norfolk Commission on the Arts and Humanities is proud to support the nonprofit organizations that make the arts and culture come alive in Norfolk, VA. Fiscal year 2021 grant applications are now available at norfolkarts.submittable.com. Apply by March 27. Free grant writing workshops are available. First time applicants are encouraged to attend and to schedule a meeting with Debra Burrell, Arts Manager. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.
At the Offsite Gallery through March 4, “Un-Filtered” by Angela Douglas Ramsey
Un-Filtered is an ongoing project on childhood & the life of Angela Douglas Ramsey. A native of Virginia, Angela chose to stay & raise her four children here. In a world constantly comparing lives on social media, she aims to capture the beauty of chaos & the not always perfectly posed, staged & fluffed moments. Angela considers herself a collector of memories, creating images that tell stories of everyday life. Free & open to the public.
Work in progress for Chelsea:
We made a visit to see local artist Larry Bage at work on his Kracken sculpture for the Chelsea District/Elizabeth River Trail this month. Larry is using a variety of recycled items that relate to the trail such as old bicycle parts to create his Kracken that rests upon a bouy he purchased from a nearby scrap yard. You can see some of Larry’s work in the Main St. Garage and his sculpture garden and studio is nestled just behind Walgreen’s on 21st St. Larry’s apprentice Shelby lends a hand most days and is working closely on this project with him.