Arts

Hailstork: Music from the Heart

Most people tend to slow down when they enter their golden years—but that’s hardly the case for world-renown composer Adolphus Hailstork, who recently retired from his teaching position at Old Dominion University. At age 80, the Virginia Beach resident is…

Alison Glass' Pattern of Success

Surface designer, Alison Glass, is based in the Yorktown area, but her reach extends far beyond. One of the designers with Andover Fabrics, a 100-year-old family-owned company based in New York City,…

Hunger for Change

By Clayton Singleton Too often, I scroll food delivery apps on my phone, begrudge which grocery to visit or stare into my fridge indecisively like the cereal aisle scene in the film The Hurt Locker. I commonly refer to these…

Coastal Virginia Spring Arts Preview

By Hannah Serrano To say it’s been a tough year for the arts is, of course, a vast understatement. Arts organizations and venues are fighting hard to survive. Some remain shuttered through the fall; some are streaming digital performances in…

Arts Fest Headed Outdoors

On any given Friday or Saturday night—in normal pre-COVID times—the outdoor space between the Virginia Arts Festival building at the corner of Bank and East Charlotte Streets in Downtown Norfolk would likely be buzzing with arts patrons and event goers,…

A Mind-Bending Virtual Journey

Never underestimate the power of imagination—even in the face of a lingering pandemic. In a new virtual production co-commissioned by the Virginia Arts Festival, renowned mentalist and performance artist Scott Silven gets inside the memories, minds and hearts of audience…

CoVa Brunch & Bubbles

We are bringing our favorite brunch hot spots together under one roof for an event that is sure to delight the taste buds. Enjoy scrumptious brunch bites, a mimosa quad with every ticket and a bloody mary competition, plus live…

The Arts Must Go On...Virtually

Experience the Virginia International Tattoo through VAF's new Virtual Connections program. Stay-at-home orders may have you missing afternoons lingering at your favorite art museum or the excitement of experiencing a live performance on stage, but the COVID-19 quarantine doesn’t have to…

r. LUSK Studios Specializes in Decorative Arts

Photos courtesy of r. LUSK Studios Tucked amongst locksmith, auto repair and sign shops, a tattoo parlor, a kitchen and bath showroom and an HVAC supply company near Virginia Beach’s Town Center is a small business of a different ilk. …

Fall 2017 Performing Arts Events

If you’ve never been to the theater before, there is something indescribably exciting about watching a live performance. The performers project a pure passion for their craft. The music fills your entire being and carries you away with the rest…

Performance Painter Gerome Meminger

You might say the art of local painter Gerome Meminger encompasses two sides. One is his fine arts side, where he’ll use small brushes to incorporate intricate detail to his pieces, sometimes spending weeks completing a single painting inside his…

Hampton Roads Caribbean Film Fest

On June 10, the inaugural Hampton Roads Caribbean Film Festival took place at Slover Library in Norfolk, setting out to start a new tradition of sharing the importance of the Caribbean-American community through short films, features and documentaries. With Coastal Virginia…

Southern Routes at MOCA

A crossroads of cultures and the spirit of tall tales have come alive at the Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art’s (MOCA) Southern Routes in Virginia Beach. Opening May 12 with a private reception the prior evening, the exhibition is a…

Mindful: Exploring Mental Health Through Art

Organized by the Society for Contemporary Craft in Pittsburgh, Pa., Mindful is no typical “craft show.” Rather, using traditional craft materials in unexpected ways, the 14 artists in Virginia MOCA’s latest exhibition explore the often subterranean and misunderstood range of…

Urban Theory Studios

A little bit of West Coast cool is infusing East Coast tradition in the form of Urban Theory Studios. There since 2015, artist-owner Kelly Seeber, a transplant from the San Francisco Bay Area, creates energetic paintings with an urban edge…

Eco-Artists At Work

The artist community in Coastal Virginia, as elsewhere, is a microcosm of the larger population, including its diverse attitudes toward topics like sustainability. The four artists profiled here could scarcely be more different, including the role that eco issues play in their studio practices.

Madison County Getaway

Take a break from the holiday shopping, gift wrapping and decorating to spend an old fashioned weekend in Madison County. Your spirits will be immediately warmed by the rolling hills and valleys, the bountiful orchards and the pristine views of…

Hot Springs Getaway

Feeling a little chill in the air? How'd you like to go somewhere 'hot' without boarding a plane, train or ship? Spend a luxurious weekend in Hot Springs at The Homestead where you'll participate in all the holiday activities you…

Bedford Getaway

As the holiday festivities begin to appear in small towns throughout Virginia, we love flocking to these locations in a sense to "come home" to a familiar place even if it's a place we've never been. One such town is…