Practice What You Teach

Practice What You Teach opens today, October 1! The awards presentation will be streamed at this evening at 7:00 pm. Juror, Barbara Laws will be presenting awards! 

Barbara Laws is an esteemed art educator, she taught in the Norfolk Public Schools for 42 years at elementary, middle, and high school levels, until her retirement. During that time, she also served for 8 years as an Assistant Principal and an Arts Supervisor for 15 years. She served in many roles in VAEA, including President of VAEA.

If you are attending the VAEA conference later in the month, come to our Educator’s reception on Oct. 16th, 5-7 pm.  The Art Center is also open throughout the conference:  Thurs-Fri, 10 am- 5 pm, Sat. 10 am- 4 pm, and Sunday 12-4 pm.

I am so tickled to have two mixed media pieces in this show. If you are in the Virginia Beach area please stop into the Art Center to enjoy the stellar skills of art teachers! 


Oh Money! Money!

 This summer I had the opportunity to participate in an artist residency with the Kolaj Institute. This weekend there is a virtual forum on Zoom discussing our collaborative collage process and how we went about illustrating the text. Please join the fun, it is free but registration is required.  For more information and registration information click here.


Travel Sketchbook

Travel Sketchbook with marbled paper cover and an interior back pocket. Signatures made of watercolor rag paper.


The Sketchbook Project


The sketchbook project was a surrealist experiment. This handmade book traveled between 12 participants throughout the span of this spring semester. Each individual had the book for one week to add their own spin on the contents. The recipient each week connected/transitioned the artwork from the previous person. Additionally they wrote the new recipient a friendly note to be slid in between the pages where they would be starting. The end result is an art object representing the students in AVT 668, 2021 spring semester. It brings the most satisfying closure to what has been an unpredictable and challenging semester!


In the Garden with Walt

We were together. I forget the rest. 
                                              Walt Whitman

This afternoon I had the pleasure of photographing a dear friend's pop up wedding in a beautifully lush garden off the beaten path of a busy trail. The lily pads were preparing to catch the rain and the winds were rapidly picking up...passion in the air. Surrounded by the poetry of Walt Whitman, it was the perfect spot for nuptials.