Visual Arts Month
Norfolk Visual Arts Month is an annual October celebration of any organization or establishment in Norfolk, Virginia bringing visual arts to the forefront.
Visual Arts are all around you in Norfolk, Virginia. For over 10 years, the Norfolk Public Art Program has helped shape Norfolk’s identity by fusing the downtown area and surrounding neighborhoods with over 70 public art projects. We’ve identified nearly 100 ways to experience visual arts during the month of October. Not only will you find art in galleries and museums, you’ll find that many establishments are bringing visual arts to the forefront every day all year long. It is with good reason Norfolk is called the Cultural Capital of Virginia.
Check back as we update w/ additional events happening in October. Scroll down to see a calendar (please bear w/ us as we are updating our site).
Through December at Percolator – MacArthur Center Level 1 location: Featuring works from: Abstract Expressionist, Jorge Saenz of Virginia Beach; Guglielmo Botter from Italy whose drawings feature Norfolk landmarks and Fine Artist and Lisa Wright, who is the Art Curator for Percolator.
Through October Norfolk Academy Perrel Art Gallery “Organic Symphony II: Adagio, a solo exhibition by Karen Rudd”– 1585 Wesleyan Dr.
October 1st Slover Library Art Attack 2-3pm – Join the Slover for arts and crafts that are fun for the whole family. New activity each Monday. – 235 E. Plume St.
October 1st Monday Night Craftwork at Slover Library 6-7pm – 235 E. Plume St.
October 2nd Slover Library HOMAGO Teen Art Studio meetup 2-4pm – Do you Like Art? Do you need a place that you can create and learn new techniques? Come to our open art workshop to get your create on! – 235 E. Plume St.
October 2nd Painting Night w/ Norfolk Drawing Group – Tuesdays at 7pm – meets at Hamm Fine Arts Building, Norfolk State University. $7, no materials are provided. Students with proper ID receive a discount
October 2nd Visual Arts Workshop at Sentara Pace @Tidewater Arts Outreach – Offices are located at 809 Brandon Ave. Ste. 300 – If interested in volunteering for this Portsmouth program (or others) Email TAO at firstname.lastname@example.org
October 3rd Wine Down Wednesday @ Board & Brush $65 – 6:15-9:15pm – 336 W. 21st Street
October 3rd Slover Library Art Attack 2-3pm – Join Slover for arts and crafts that are fun for the whole family. New activity each week!- 235 E. Plume St.
October 3rd Slover Library Figure Drawing 5:30-7:30pm – Draw a clothed figure model. Tables, chairs and some drawing supplies will be provided.- 235 E. Plume St.
October 3rd Wednesday 2 for 1 @ Color Me Mine – 1/2 off studio fees all day – 1300 Colley Ave.
October 4th Thursday Ladies night @ Color Me Mine – 10% off piece and 1/2 off studio fees – 1300 Colley Ave.
October 4th Dragonfly Art Studio Art Lessons (grade 6-8) – $25 – 5-6pm weekly private group art lessons taught by owner Maggie Hudson. Nurture your child’s inner creativity by learning about artists and experimenting with techniques in several mediums from watercolor to clay, from da Vinci to Picasso – 1703 Colley Ave.
October 4th & 13th d’Art Firsthand (every 1st Thursday and 2nd Saturday of the month)Free interactive programming for all ages– 740 Duke St.
October 4th 1st Thursday
October 5th 1st Friday at Gallerie Ukwensi – 424 W. 21st St., Suite 101
October 5-6th Pixelfest at Half Moon, 1 Waterside Dr. w/ Slover Library – Growing Artists & Programmers through the love of games
October 6th Local Art Market at Fruitive at the Main 10am-3pm – 100 E. Main St.
October 6th Chelsea West Fest 12-6pm – Chelsea West Fest, hosted by and benefiting Hope House Foundation, will be a full-day of celebrating what makes this region great: local crafters, talented local musicians, local beers and brews, and the unique eateries just steps away from the festival. Gates open at noon!
October 6th Charlie’s American Café – GO Figure drawing nights: First Saturday of the month at noon (call to confirm)
October 7th Warhammer 4000 at Atlantis Games & Comics -10am-8pm – Entry fee is $10 and prizes will be awarded based on participation. – 9649 1st View St
-Doors will open at 9am for a 10am start time.
-Each round will be 2.5 hours in length
October 7th Tea with Professor Trelawney at the Hunter House Victorian Museum – $35 Fans of the wizarding world will delight in this afternoon tea featuring everyone’s favorite bumbling fortune teller! Character Experience included. RESERVATION ONLY EVENT phone 757-623-9814
October 7th Colonial Place/Riverview Front Porch Art Walk – Visit historic Colonial Place and Riverview where neighborhood artists display and sell their works of art on their front porches and yards.
October 9th Paint me a story @Color Me Mine $25 11am-12pm – 1300 Colley Ave.
October 9th Drawing Night w/ Norfolk Drawing Group – Tuesdays at 7pm – meets at Hamm Fine Arts Building, Norfolk State University. $7, no materials are provided. Students with proper ID receive a discount
October 10th Wednesday 2 for 1 @ Color Me Mine – 1/2 off studio fees all day – 1300 Colley Ave.
October 11th Opening Reception: Black Gods of the Metropolis: The Drawings of J. Alan Cumbey @ Baron and Ellin Gordon Art Gallery @ ODU – 4509 Monarch Way – 6pm – on view through January 13, 2019
October 11th Opening reception: Shift, Sift, Swoosh Bods by Levester Williams @ Baron and Ellin Gordon Art Gallery @ ODU – 4509 Monarch Way – 6pm – on view through November 18, 2018
October 11th Thursday Ladies night @ Color Me Mine – 10% off piece and 1/2 off studio fees – 1300 Colley Ave.
October 13th 757 Comic & Cartoon Creators – Monthly meetup @ Muse Writers Center– 2200 Colonial Ave, Ste 3
October 13th, Crafted at O’Connors12pm-6pm – 211 W 24th St,
October 13th Selden Market 2nd Saturday 208 E. Main St.
October 13th & 14th CBAA Ocean View Art Show 10am-5pm – 100 W. Ocean View Ave. – The Ocean View Art Show will turn 56 in 2018. It’s Virginia’s oldest and largest artist run, art show. Spend two days enjoying art, entertainment, food, and fun. Watch a video! (and join the group) Apply to be a part. Deadline: Sept. 20th
October 14th Riverview Village Days (every 2nd & 4th Sunday) 11am-4pm (April – December)
October 16th Slover Library HOMAGO Teen Art Studio meetup 2-4pm – Do you Like Art? Do you need a place that you can create and learn new techniques? Come to our open art workshop to get your create on!
October 16th Drawing Night w/ Norfolk Drawing Group – Tuesdays at 7pm – meets at Hamm Fine Arts Building, Norfolk State University. $7, no materials are provided. Students with proper ID receive a discount
October 17th Introduction to Landscape Design @ Norfolk Botanical Garden – 6700 Azalea Garden Rd. – 5 week class meets 1-4pm – Connect with the NBG Adult Education Page to see additional classes and opportunities.
October 17th Wednesday 2 for 1 @ Color Me Mine – 1/2 off studio fees all day
October 17th Slover Library Art Attack 211 W 24th St, Come one, come all, and join Slover for arts and crafts that are fun for the whole family. New activity each week!
October 18th Thursday Ladies night @ Color Me Mine – 10% off piece and 1/2 off studio fees
October 18th & 19th NEON Festival
October 18th Thursday Oil Painting @ Norfolk Botanical Garden – 6700 Azalea Garden Rd. – 8 week class 9:45-11:45am – Connect with the NBG Adult Education Page to see additional classes and opportunities.
October 18th Digital Photography:Light Painting @ Norfolk Botanical Garden – 6700 Azalea Garden Rd. – 8 week class 9:45-11:45am – Connect with the NBG Adult Education Page to see additional classes and opportunities.
October 18th Chrysler Museum Ubuhle Women Beadwork and the Art of Independence opening features the ndwango (“cloth”), a new form of bead art that has been developed by a community of women living and working together in rural KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.The Chrysler Museum is 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. Free noon Glass Demos every day!
October 19th Your Invited to a Funeral at the Hunter House Victorian Museum7-9pm – A tonic of mirth and sacrament awaits once you arrive…and cross to the other side. Light refreshments provided. Reservations will be accepted by phone at 757-623-9814
October 19th Opening reception: John Rudel Solo exhibition @ Offsite Gallery at the World Trade Center, 101 W. Main St., 1st Floor – 6-8pm – rotating exhibitions, hrs: M- Saturdays 8:30am-5:30pm (Sundays see security)
October 19th Kids night out @Color Me Mine – 1300 Colley Ave.
October 20th Student Saturdays @Hermitage Museum – 7637 North Shore Rd.
October 20th and 21st Stockley Garden Art Festival 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 Visual Arts Workshop at VersAbility Resources Fishing Point @Tidewater Arts Outreach – Offices are located at 809 Brandon Ave. Ste. 300 – if interested in volunteering for this program or others, Email TAO at email@example.com
October 23rd Primitive Events: Make a Rose forged from Metal – 164 S. Military Hwy.
October 23rd Drawing Night w/ Norfolk Drawing Group – Tuesdays at 7pm – meets at Hamm Fine Arts Building, Norfolk State University. $7, no materials are provided. Students with proper ID receive a discount
October 24th Slover Library Art Attack 2-3pm – Join the Slover for arts and crafts that are fun for the whole family. New activity each week.
October 24th Wednesday 2 for 1 @ Color Me Mine – 1/2 off studio fees all day
October 25th Thursday Ladies night @ Color Me Mine – 10% off piece and 1/2 off studio fees
October 25th Panel Discussion: Black Gods of the Metropolis: The Drawings of J. Alan CumbeyBaron and Ellin Gordon Art Gallery @ ODU – 4509 Monarch Way – 6pm – exhibition on view through January 13, 2019
October 25th Weekday Wine Down @ Norfolk Botanical Garden Paint a keepsake wine glass and enjoy a drink or two amongst the scenic views – 6700 Azalea Garden Rd. – 6 – 8:30pm- Connect with the NBG Adult Education Page to see additional classes and opportunities.
October 25th An Evening with the Curator: Bev Gibson and the story of Ubuhle Women
$10 for Members, $25 for all others – 6:30pm
Join Bev Gibson, co-founder of the Ubuhle Women collective, for an after-hours program. The evening begins in the Museum’s Glass Galleries with a tour of the exhibition followed by a lecture in the Perry Glass Studio. Gibson will explore the realities of modern life in rural South Africa and share stories of the Ubuhle Women as well as their extraordinary artworks. Beaded works of art made by the Ubuhle Women will be available for purchase. Light refreshments and a cash bar will be provided. Space is limited. Register at reservations.chrysler.org.
October 26th Adult night out @Color Me Mine – 1300 Colley Ave. $25 for (2) 2 piece ceramic chip and dip set, 2 studio fees and fun
October 27th Ubuhle Beading workshop with Bev Gibson 1 Memorial Place – 11:30-12:30am
$25 for Members, $40 for all others (limited to 10 participants, ages 14 and up)
Using glass beads and black cloth, workshop participants will create their own small, original artwork inspired by the exhibition Ubuhle Women: Beadwork and the Art of Independence. Join Bev Gibson, co-founder of the Ubuhle Women collective, for this unique hands-on experience. Register at reservations.chrysler.org.
October 27th Hermitage Museum After Dark Haunting of the Hermitage 6-9pm – 7637 North Shore Rd. 21+ // TICKETS ON SALE SOON
gates 6pm :: show 7pm ::
A malevolent shadow has fallen over the Hermitage Museum. The generous and welcoming spirit of the Sloane’s legacy is held hostage and an evil presence now lurks in the darkest corners of the house and the grounds. As answers and allies emerge from some unexpected places, a solution may be hidden in the history of the museum and the collection itself.
October 28th Riverview Village Days (every 2nd & 4th Sunday) 11am-4pm (April – December) – Lafayette Park
October 30th Skulls at Revolution Studios w/ Primitive Events – Hand forge a skull pendant – 6:30pm -164 S. Military Hwy.
October 30th Drawing Night w/ Norfolk Drawing Group – Tuesdays at 7pm – 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 Night at the Museum 7-10pm – $10 – Reservations will be accepted by phone at 757-623-9814 – 240 W. Freemason St.
October 31st Wednesday 2 for 1 @ Color Me Mine – 1/2 off studio fees all day
35th Street Art Gallery – 617 35th St.
757 Maker Space – 421 W. 22nd St. – regular opportunities for teens and adults
A Latte’- Café 321 Granby St.
Alchemy Underground – 712 E. 25th St.
All Out Tattoo – 1540 Azalea Garden Rd.
Analogue Arts & Trade – 619 Colonial Ave. (temporarily closed)
Atlantis Games & Comics – 9649 1st View St
Bernsteins Gallery – 4400 Colley Ave.
Borjo Coffeehouse – 4416 Monarch Way has local art on display.
Coast DIY Bar – 2200 Colonial Ave.
Color Fleur – Selden Market, 208 E. Main St.
Commonwealth Tattoo Gallery 4 Granby St Suite B
Commune – Granby St.
Connect with AIGA Hampton Roads , an amazing group of local creatives.
Corner Gallery – 4400 Colley Ave.
Elliot’s Fairgrounds 806 Baldwin Ave.
Elizabeth River Trail – Take a walk beginning at Harbor Park and within a short distance you’ll pass 11
public art projects to include: 3 sculptures at Harbor Park, windscreen and pavement artwork at the Harbor Park Light Rail Station, (cool off in the Boxing gym at Harbor Park to see another project) a Wyland mural at Dominion Towers & Tower of Light overlooks the waterfront, the Norfolk Bell, Medal of Honor, the Lone Sailor and the Armed Forces Memorial. More art is on the way in 2019.
Fawn Street Studios – 2501 Fawn Street
Food, Clothing, Shelter @ Selden Market – 208 E. Main St.
For All Handkind @ MacArthur Mall – Providing a platform to support new & emerging artists while they support their favorite charities.
Fuzion Ink – 729 Granby St. in the NEON District
Gallery 21 – 115 W. 21st Street
Gallery 410 – 513 W. 31st St.
Gallerie Ukwensi – 424 W. 21st St., Suite 101
Glen McClure Photography Studio – 117 W. City Hall Ave. Suite 100
Governor’s School For The Arts Origin Art Gallery at MacArthur Mall
Harbor Gallery – 1508 Colley Ave
HIVE Contemporary – 814 Granby St. in the NEON District
James Wise Gallery at Norfolk State University – 700 Park Ave.
Kennedy Gallery at One Eleven – Pennsylvania Ave.
Kick Start Art Gallery – 117 E. Princess Anne Rd.
Kitsch – Shirley Ave.
Lin Lin Studio 9569 Shore Drive (Located in the East Beach Shoppes across from East Beach estates).
Local Heroes – 1905 Colonial Ave.
MacArthur Memorial – 198 Bank St.
Mermaid Factory 919 W 21st St Ste A
Mrs. Pinkadot 1914 Granby St.
Norfolk Ink Gallery – 2100 Monticello Ave.
Norfolk Academy Perrel Art Gallery – 1585 Wesleyan Dr.
Norfolk Collegiate Meredith Center for the Arts – 7336 Granby St.
Norfolk Growler Company – 420 W. 24th St.
Norfolk Society for Cemetery Preservation – Take a cemetery tour during visual arts month!
Ocean View Arts – 209 W. Ocean View Ave. Suite 201
Otzi Tatoo 1130 Bossevain Ave.
Pinots Palette – 240 W. 21st. St.
Prince Ink – 433 Granby St.
Pure Lagos – 208 E. Main. St.
Pureheartshow – Military Circle Mall
Quixotic Arts – 3824 Granby St.
Sanctuary – Rotating exhibitions
Selden Market @ the Selden Arcade 208 E. Main St.
Spruce Home + Design – 243 W. Bute St.
Starving Artists Café – 4408 Colley Ave.
Stella’s – 1907 Colonial Ave
Sway Creative Labs – 211 W. Freemason
Teens With a Purpose – Onley Rd.
Texture – 806 Baldwin Ave.
Thank You Gallery – 450 W. 24th St.
The Art Works Gallery & Frame Shop 321 W. Bute St. – In Norfolk’s Freemason Harbor Since 1979
The Gallery at East Beach – 9559 Shore Drive
The Leather Arts Store – 415 N. Military Hwy. Ste. 13
The Yard A fresh blend of new and vintage decor, furnishings and gifts. The Yard features the work of several local artists
Tidewater Turners – 5802 E Virginia Beach Blvd.
Tidewater Woodworkers Guild – dedicated to advancing the understanding of the tools, equipment, processes, and procedures used in the art of fine woodworking in Tidewater Virginia.
Paul Street Gallery, Titustown Recreation and Visual Arts Center – 7545 Diven St.
Village Mermaid – 3900 Granby St.
Werrell Woodworks – 215 E. Plume St.
Werther Leather Goods – 208 E. Main. St.
Work Program Architect’s Gallery in the Monticello Arcade – 208 E. Plume Street
Zeke’s Beans & Bowls rotating art exhibitions- 800 Granby St.
Public Art Ride – Grab your bicycle and take a self-guided tour around town.
Be sure to ride by our Offsite Gallery in the World Trade Center while you’re 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!
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Neil Britton Gallery
The 1,200 square-foot Neil Britton Gallery opened in 2009 and is committed to engaging both the Hampton Roads and University communities in the visual arts. Changing exhibitions and programs include the work of both professional artists and students.
The MacArthur Memorial Museum
In 1961 General MacArthur executed a deed of gift in which he gave the City of Norfolk all his trophies, medals, prizes, decorations, uniforms, flags, swords, battle souvenirs, personal papers, documents, records and other personal memorabilia. The city restored the historic 1850 city hall to house this collection. The Jean MacArthur Research Center, an administration, archives, and education building serves as the repository for the MacArthur collection.
Hunter House Victorian Museum
The Hunter House Victorian Museum is a non-profit 501(c)3 historic house museum with a mission to educate the public in late nineteenth century decorative arts, Victorian Era culture and early 20th century culture, and the structure’s significance in Norfolk’s local history.
We accomplish this mission by offering guided tours of the facility, educational programs, and special events throughout the year. Please view our Calendar of Events to stay updated on our seasonal special programming.
Hermitage Museum & Grounds
The Hermitage features a nationally recognized art collection spanning 5,000 years, changing indoor and outdoor exhibitions, a Visual Arts Studio, and 12 acres of gardens and grounds that offer art and culture to the community.
The Harbor Gallery, located in Norfolk’s historic Ghent, is a special place. It stands alone from its competition for many reasons. It is a one of a kind gallery, delightfully attractive but unpretentious and user friendly. The cozy gallery becomes even more inviting when a furry cat and dog greet you at the front door. They have Hampton Roads’ largest selection of local and regional artists.
The d’ART Center is an environment where working artists are a part of an interactive arts community that engages the public through the experience of art and the creative process. All activities at the Center are aimed at bringing artistic experiences and education to the public.