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Mindful: Exploring Mental Health Through Art

January 28 - April 16, 2017
One in four adults lives with a mental health condition, yet this common illness often remains hidden behind a wall of secrecy and isolation. Mindful: Exploring Mental Health through Art breaks down societal stigmas and offers an opportunity to encounter and understand mental health through the lens of contemporary craft.  Mindful: Exploring Mental Health Through Art, explores the impact that mental illness is having on society, and the role the arts can play to both encourage positive self-expression and guide effective mental health promotion and treatment. Featuring more than 30 works created by 14 contemporary artists Mindful examines creative responses to mental health conditions t…

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Mindful: Exploring Mental Health Through Art
Michael Janis Echoes, 2015 Kilnformed glass, glass powder imagery 10” x 30” x 4” Photo: Anything Photographic

Jamie Betts: Left Behind

January 28 - April 16, 2017
Jamie Betts is a Fine Art, Commercial and Editorial photographer based in Richmond, Virginia. For the past ten years, Betts has documented abandoned places found across Virginia and beyond.  Like stepping into a time capsule, these photographs tell the stories of their past inhabitants.  Peeling wallpaper, crumbling brickwork and personal artifacts reveal traces of human presence and the inevitable effect of time. Derelict hospitals, farmhouses, barns, churches and other forgotten places appear to decay and crack before our eyes. Nature slowly begins to invade them as moss, stalactites and vegetation take hold. ARTIST TALK with Jamie Betts on Thu, Mar 16 These exhibitions are supported in…

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Jamie Betts: Left Behind
Jamie Betts. Reclamation. Abandoned Home Rural VA, 2015. Giclee watercolor print on gatorfoam. Courtesy of the Artist

Nevet Yitzhak: WarCraft

January 28 - April 16, 2017
Nevet Yitzhak is a video and installation artist as well as a composer.  In WarCraft, she creates a large-scale video installation using symbols borrowed from Afghan war rugs. The rugs were first created by rural Afghan women as a reaction to the 1979 Soviet invasion. They abandoned traditional patterns and introduced symbols of war: guns, tanks, airplanes, etc. Yitzhak creates her own war rugs from scratch and brings them to life in the form of 3D animations engaged in active battles. WarCraft resembles a video game: planes fly from one rug to the next, dropping bombs that burn holes in the fabric, while tanks fire across screens, creating bullet holes. The battle rages on in endless loops…

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Nevet Yitzhak: WarCraft
Nevet Yitzhak. Installation view at the Yossi Milo Gallery, New York

New Waves 2017

January 28 - April 16, 2017
Virginia MOCA proudly celebrates its 22nd juried exhibition, New Waves 2017. This annual tradition presents a small portion of the vast array of artistic talent found in our Commonwealth - over 300 artists submitted work!  MOCA would like to thank juror, Ken Harman, and all the artists who submitted entries. As you move through the gallery, you will see a ballot box asking to vote for the People’s Choice award. Take part in this year’s exhibition by voting for your favorite artwork. MOCA will announce the winner at the end of the exhibition.  Organized by Heather Hakimzadeh for Virginia MOCA.  Artists:    John AdamsSarah Boyts Yoder  Mickael BrothCaryl BurtnerSiobhan ByrnsCase…

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New Waves 2017
Megan Wynne, Double Rebirth, 2016. Courtesy of the Artist.

Youth Art Month 2017

March 1 – April 2, 2017
Virginia Beach City Public Schools Youth Art Month 2017 Celebrate the achievements of elementary, middle and high school students from Virginia Beach City Public Schools during Youth Art Month (YAM). Youth Art Month (YAM) is an annual observance each March to emphasize the value of art and art education for all children and to encourage public support for quality school art programs. Established in 1961, YAM provides a forum for acknowledging skills that are not possible in other subjects. Art Education develops self-esteem, appreciation of the work of others, self expression, cooperation with others, and critical thinking skills. All of these skills are vital to the success of our future le…

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Youth Art Month 2017
Artwork by Nora Petermann, a third grader from Princess Anne Elementary School