Featuring the artwork of Taswir Abdul-Musawir, Patrick Mills, and George Stanley Jr. The gallery reception is free and open to the public and will feature the opportunity to talk with the artists about their work.
In our first ever solo photography exhibit, Mr. Smarttguy takes a transformative approach to push the boundaries of our visual vocabularies concerning the diffusion, absorption, and reflection of light through the conduit of melanin. Using the body as his canvas and light as his brush, Mr. Smarttguy creates a “limitless spectrum”.
Join us in our Newport News Community Gallery on January 11, 2019 for the celebration of this exhibit, featuring the powerful fine art photography of Mr. Smarttguy. Meet the artist and learn more about his creative process and his artwork. This event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served and a raffle will be held. To enter the raffle, RSVP above. This event is free and open to the public so RSVP is not required for entry to the event. It is only required for entry into the raffle.
Gazing upon the hanging tarp and exposed beams of the newly opened Downing-Gross Cultural Arts Center, artist Thomas Heath reflected on the memories of his childhood and his
grandmother, Beulah Fox who was the only African American employee at the all-white Walter Reed School located on the corner of 24 th Street and Wickham Avenue. Heath and his siblings, Linda Craig and Audrey Bolden, often helped Fox clean the very school that they would not be allowed to attend.
50 years after the passing of their grandmother, and 10 years after the official opening of the Downing-Gross Cultural Arts Center, Fox’s descendants return to curate a story of “beutiful” irony. This is the story of a woman who “laughed when she talked, was extremely empathetic, religious [she was a member of Zion Baptist Church under Reverend Day], and family oriented”, and the recompense gained from her grandson displaying his art in the very building that he was not allowed to attend as a child. Of course, this building is now the Downing-Gross Cultural Arts Center- a repurposed space that celebrates the diversity of the community and is open to all! The exhibit will be composed of the artwork of New York-based artist Thomas Heath of the Heath Gallery and personal artifacts from the Heath family.
While the incredible artwork is more than an incentive to visit the exhibit, the powerful narrative and historical relevance are reasons why it should not be missed. The reception is October 5, 2018 from 6:30-9:00pm where you can come and meet Thomas Heath and family as they share their story and art with the community. The event is free but RSVP is appreciated. Light refreshments will be served.
About Thomas Heath:
Thomas Edwin Heath was born in Newport News, Virginia where he attended elementary and high schools (John Marshall and Huntington respectively). He is the oldest of four children born to Mary Elizabeth Fox and James Edwin Heath. Heath’s earliest exposure to art was through family coloring contests at his grandmother’s (Beulah Fox) large dining room table. Heath could often be found daydreaming and doodling there during his formative years. Little did he know at that time, his doodles would lead to an art career.
Heath moved to New York City when he was 17 years old and did not formally begin painting until he was 40 years of age. He had married, started a family and was working in security when a chance meeting with artist Mark Morse led to a close friendship and Heath beginning to paint. Morse was the first person to look at Heath’s doodles and to declare that Heath was an artist. He encouraged Heath to pick up a paint brush and with Morse’s encouragement, Heath did just that. He purchased a 10-foot canvas, assorted paints and a paintbrush and began painting. He painted large canvasses and often hung those paintings outside the window of the townhouse he owned so that passersby on their way to work could see and enjoy Heath’s own daily art show. He zealously painted everything in his sight, almost as
though he was catching up for lost time. He painted clothing, furniture (including his own living room sofa) and musical instruments to free his creative identity.
Join us for the reception for this exhibit during the annual Elder Anderson Johnson Visionary Arts Festival.
"We Are the Music Makers!" educates and engages viewers in the cultural history of traditional Southern music. The exhibit includes 30 panels - featuring 28 photos and stories from Music Maker musicians. A supplemental website provides audio and video components for each panel. The exhibit highlights how poverty, geography, and age have limited the exposure of these artists, questioning the widespread idea that these musical traditions they perform have "died out."
We Are the Music Makers: Preserving the Soul of America's Music is a multi-media exhibit of photographs, audio recordings and video from Tim Duffy, founder of Music Maker Relief Foundation.
The reception is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served. During the reception, there will be private tours of this exhibit, along with the permanent Anderson Johnson exhibit, Working in the Spirit. To receive private tour, please RSVP below.
Join us for the closing reception of this incredible exhibit. This event is free and open to the public. Every August, Downing-Gross Cultural Arts Center hosts the “Out of the Classroom” exhibit which is exclusively comprised of works by an artist (or group of artists) who teaches. For the 2018 exhibit, we featured a joint displaying of married couple, James and Alexandra Whiteside.
Alex Whiteside paints mostly abstracts while Jimi Whitside creates images that help him to articulate his unique point of view as an autistic artist.In the words of Alex Whiteside, “Jimi paints realistic and surrealistic themes and I paint mainly nonrepresentational abstracts, but the common thread between the two of us is the interpretation of emotion, nostalgia and memories, and the creativity that comes from the soul.”
Alexandra and Jimi Whiteside have graciously decided to hold a raffle! The prize is a 5" x 7" piece made specifically for the closing reception. If you would like to enter, please submit a donation of any amount on the Eventbrite page or at the reception. All proceeds will go to continuing the arts programming at Downing-Gross.
Attention All Visual Artists!
We are having a free hang day and artist meet and greet on July 14, 2018 from 12pm-5pm.
Come and mingle with artists and art enthusiasts while learning to hang your art in a gallery (if you already know how to do so, then come and help others). Exhibit duration is July 14-31, 2018. This will also be a great opportunity to get to know the center, what we have to offer, how to get a show in the gallery, and to give feedback on what we can offer you as an artist.
You can also bring any WIPs (works in progress) that you are working on to create amongst fellow artists (please bring your own supplies).
Fill out THIS FORM to reserve your hang spot and to view the parameters.
If you just want to come and meet the artists without hanging any artwork, feel free to RSVP here. It's not required but is recommended!
"Blacker the Berry” primarily explores the strength and beauty of the black woman through the physical form using mostly black and white portraiture accented by surprising hints of color and radiant gold-leaf appliqué. Artist Ray Johnson calls upon the most important women in his life including his mother, wife, and daughter as inspiration for these incredible works. In this exhibit, Johnson has pushed himself even further to include men and images of anyone who strikes a feeling within him.
As Johnson states “I want people to see themselves in the art. I want them to feel… the story within it.”
Join us in our Newport News Community Gallery on June 6th for the celebration of this exhibit, featuring the beautiful and powerful work of Ramon Johnson. Meet Ray and learn more about his creative process and his artwork. This event is free and open to the public.
Come one, come all!
The Hilton Elementary School Art Exhibit will be on display from May 17th until May 24th, 2018. It is located in the Newport News Community Gallery at Downing-Gross Cultural Arts Center. The opening reception will be held on May 17th at 6:30 PM.
Check out our "fan mail" station at the art show! Write a compliment to someone about their artwork and the "mail" will be delivered after the show!
This event is free and open to the public. No RSVP required. Sponsored by the Parent Teacher Association.
Join us for the Annual Third Congressional District Art Show Gallery Reception with Congressman Bobby Scott. This event is free and open to the public. NO RSVP is required.
“To me, photography is an art of observation. It’s about finding something interesting in an ordinary place… I’ve found it has little to do with the things you see and everything to do with the way you see them.”
— Elliott Erwitt
The young photographers of Point, Aim, & Shoot Studios are proud to present an exhibit dedicated to finding the quietly beautiful parts of Newport News. Join us on April 6th at 6:00 PM for the gallery reception, where you can meet the young photographers, learn more about their work and enjoy the wonder of our city. This event is free and open to the public.
Come and experience the other-worldly artwork of artist J. Ortiz, who will create an experience for the audience that stimulates the senses. Ortiz will recreate “the artist at work” while the viewer explores his celestial and abstract creations made from a variety of media to include spray paint and acrylics, made with unconventional materials and techniques.
Creative Spray opens on March 24th with an opening reception from 7-9 PM in the Newport News Community Gallery at Downing-Gross Cultural Arts Center. Come out and enjoy the work of J Ortiz and be inspired to create. On display March 24th-30th.
The women of A Space of Her Own are coming together again for the closing of the exhibit to bring you the live performances and full exhibit as it was intended. If you missed the opening reception, this will be your final chance to meet the artists and experience the poetry and dance live before the exhibit leaves. Join us on Friday, January 26th at 7:00 PM.
A Space of Her Own is an effort to bring to the forefront the need for women’s representation in art and society. The relevance of women’s contributions to history should be undisputed, but their narratives as told by women themselves are largely absent from our societal fabric. The purpose of this initiative is to create more collaborative artistic spaces that are accessible to everyone, especially women, while in turn acting as homage to women artists from previous generations.
Each artist listed on this site has chosen a trailblazing female artist of a previous generation to act as their muse for a new piece that they have created. They will present their muse in a multi-sensory artist reception in the Newport News Community Gallery on January 6th, 2018.
The exhibit will be displayed from January 6-27, 2018.
For more information on the exhibit, the artists, and the free workshops, visit http://aspaceofherown.weebly.com/
Join us for the reception of our new gallery exhibit entitled Eight Artists Dream. This multi-artist collaborative exhibit will be open in the Newport News Community Gallery on our second floor for the entire month of November. For the chance to meet the artists featured in the gallery, join us at the artist reception on Saturday, November 4th at 5:00 pm. This event is free and open to the public.
Featuring the works of:
Join us for a free public gallery reception in the Newport News Community Gallery. The exhibit, “REBIRTH”, features works by artist Jesse Raudales who is celebrating his 10 Year Anniversary as the First Latino Olympic Artist. The event is hosted by actor Tommy Ford.
Free and open to the public.
Every year we turn over our Newport News Gallery to local artists who are also teachers. Check out Richard Press, Linda Hansen, and Everna Lee from July 26 - Aug 26th.
Rites of Passage: A PIECEFUL JOURNEY
Artwork by Crystal Johnson Horne
In the Newport News Gallery from April 1st - May 13th
The Mariner's Museum is hosting free photography workshops in conjunction with their exhibit, "Liquid Light: Photography Beneath the Sea". Participants in the workshops have the opportunity to be featured in a special show in the Newport News Community Gallery.
The show runs Nov 2 - 28th.
For more info on the workshops, visit The Mariner's Museum website.
Ends October 31st
Atrium Gallery Show (floors 2 and 3)
Ludovic Bowe was born in Philadelphia, PA, but has spent most of his life in Hampton, VA. As a child Ludovic drew and painted and took art classes in school through High School. After graduating from High School, working in several fields, getting married and raising a family, Ludovic decided to pursue art again. In 2006 Ludovic earned an associate’s degree in Fine Art and began to enter artwork in local art shows and exhibits in Hampton Roads.
Ludovic works primarily with acrylics on canvas, but has done mixed media, watercolor, photo manipulation, and photography.
Ludovic is influenced by the Impressionist and post-Impressionist periods and that is reflected in some of his artwork. Ludovic’s artwork is diverse, some pieces are traditional, some are modern, and some include both traditional and modern elements, and include land/cityscapes, portraiture, abstracts, still lifes and some works that defy definition.
Being African-American, the culture and history of Black America is also represented in the subject matter of some of his paintings, including his love of music, especially jazz.
Ludovic’s artwork has won awards; he has had artwork commissioned by institutions and private collectors, and artwork purchased by the City of Hampton.
Thesis Show | Master of Interdisciplinary Arts at VCU
Francie Pearce will be entering her 13th year of teaching art at Carver Elementary School in Newport News. Prior to this, she taught one year at Keystone Academy in Newport News. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Art History and Classical Archaeology from Oberlin College in Oberlin, Ohio. Originally from New Jersey, she has exhibited locally in Hampton and Newport News, where she lives with her husband.
Liz Bahl-Moore teaches art for Williamsburg-James City County Public Schools. Currently at Lafayette High, she taught two years at Rawls Byrd Elementary, three years at Warhill High and two years also at Lafayette. Prior to that, she taught for four years at Culpeper Middle School in Culpeper, Virginia. She earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Longwood University in Farmville. She has exhibited consistently in Farmville, Culpeper, Williamsburg, Newport News, and Hampton. A native of Pennsylvania, she lives in Williamsburg with her husband and son.
Angel Jones is an award-winning art educator for Norfolk Public Schools. She has been a member of the faculty of Jacox Elementary since 2005. A native of Portsmouth, where she lives with her husband, son and daughter, she earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond. In 2013, her artwork received third-place honors in the Tidewater Virginia Art Education Association Exhibit at Downing-Gross Cultural Arts Center.