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The 7th annual Norfolk Visual Arts Month ended October 31, 2020. We encourage you to continue to celebrate the over 100 organizations and establishments bringing visual arts to the forefront in Norfolk, VA every day. It is with good reason Norfolk, VA is the cultural capital of the region.


In October 2020 we experienced the oldest and largest artist run festival door-to-door coordinated by the Chesapeake Bay Art Association. The 2020 Art Crawl October 10 & 11 reached all the way to Va. Beach.

Residents were invited to attended the first series of Open Norfolk events ever at 6123 Sewells Point Rd. in the Five Points Neighborhood and at the Plot in the NEON District. The community celebrated and participated in creating an asphalt community art project with local artist Mensah Bey October 17, 2020.

The Palace Shops & Station kicked off our holiday shopping during their Fall Art Walk October 10.

For the 7th year, O’Connor Brewing Co, and Crafted joined together for an annual outdoor Market (a mini version took place this year with limited outdoor monitored capacity) October 10.

On October 15th The d’Art center hosted an opening reception for their 2nd national fiber exhibition: Material II.

At the annual Fall Stockley Gardens Art Festival, October 17 & 18 local & national artists showcased their talents virtually this year.

During the Fall Pop Up Market at MacArthur Center, October 23 & 24 shoppers visited the Offsite Gallery to see 6 local artists displaying their work during a group exhibition “Eclectic”. A few steps away at the Governor’s School For the Art’s Origin Gallery visitors discovered a variety of student and faculty artwork on display. For All Handkind just across the corridor conducted several hands on workshops throughout the month.

Over 30 people attended our newest public art project unveiling October 24 at the Larchmont Library along the Elizabeth River Trail. Artist Deedee Morrison was present and delivered remarks at the dedication of “The Future Is In The Margins”.

Texture of Ghent opened their new location on Colley Ave. featuring over 200 artists displaying their wares.

Norfolk Botanical Garden hosted a variety of classes during the month to include Watercolors, Drawing, Photography and Floral design.

Pottery classes at All Hands Pottery Studio were filled throughout the month.

In Ghent, Gallerie Ukwensi continued to feature over 15 local artists in their wonderful space. A few steps away is Gallery 21 featured a solo exhibition that ran through November.

A visit to an unexpected venue such as Ghent Antiques, Zeke’s Beans & Bowls, Crackers or Cure Coffeehouse did not disappoint.

The Hermitage Museum & Gardens continued to feature their nationally recognized art collection spanning 5,00 yrs. with changing outdoor exhibitions. The 24,000 sq. ft. Barry Art Museum at ODU conducted virtual Family Art day events in 2020. A Yellow Rose exhibition was installed at the art studio building on Monarch Way.

The Chrysler Museum of Art, one of the major art museums in the Southeastern United States continued to provide noon demos at their Perry Glass studio along with many sold out classes and the first ever Pumpkinpalooza.

New in 2020 the Glass Light Hotel & Gallery on Granby St. in the heart of Downtown Norfolk was brimming with artful accents that celebrate the glass art culture of Virginia. The hotel is a study in the art of modern hospitality.

Also new in 2020 the Slowdive Gallery had their first exhibition October 30.

Across the street at The Main visitors were greeted with a vast display of original artwork throughout. The Selden Market & Slover Library offered a variety of events during the month and welcomed visitors in a safe, social distanced environment.

We wrapped up the month with The Chrysler Museum of Art’s new public art dedication: Jumbo Wumbo
& at Mystery at the Museum event during Halloween at the Chrysler.

See you in 2021.

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