NORFOLK, VA – The 6th annual Norfolk Visual Arts Month begins October 1, 2019. We encourage residents and visitors 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 hub of the region.


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Experience the oldest and largest artist run festival, the Chesapeake Bay Art Association’s 57th Annual Ocean View Art Show, October 12 & 13, 10am-9pm at Ocean View Beach Park, overlooking the Chesapeake Bay. Attend the annual Chelsea West Fest October 5, 1-6pm in Chelsea, Norfolk’s “grooviest fun district experiencing rejuvenation by entrepreneurs & trendsetting craftsmen.” You’ll find nearly 130 local & national artists showcasing their talents at the annual Fall Stockley Gardens Art Festival, October 19 & 20, 10am-5pm, voted one of the top two art festivals in eastern Virginia. Attend a free exhibition opening October 11, 5-8pm at the Offsite Gallery located inside MacArthur Center and an opening at Gallery 21 or The Dragonfly Art Studio. The NEON Festival, will be a celebration of energy, art & light October 19 & 20, 6-10pm. Draw from life with the Norfolk Drawing Group one Tuesday night, 7pm at Norfolk State University or, Throw Yourself into Pottery at All Hands Pottery Studio. Visit Gallerie Ukwensi, D’Art Center, TCC Perry GlassWheel Arts Center, Chrysler Museum Glass Studio and more to see artists at work. A visit to an unexpected venue such as Ghent Antiques, Zeke’s Beans & Bowls, Crackers, Cure Coffeehouse and more may be just where you find your favorite artwork. Visit the Hermitage Museum & Gardens featuring a nationally recognized art collection spanning 5,00 yrs. with changing outdoor exhibitions or the 24,000 sq. ft. Barry Art Museum at ODU, a result of a $37 million gift from Richard & Carolyn Barry, the largest in University history. The Chrysler Museum, one of the major art museums in the Southeastern United States provides a day of fun for the entire family.

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