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Crystal Wagner: Surface Tension

January 30 - April 17, 2016
EXHIBITION OPENING RECEPTION - JAN 29th 6:30-8:30PM Artist Crystal Wagner’s installations abound as they reach through, over and around their environments.  Wagner’s work draws from many different disciplines including drawing, sculpture, and printmaking. The hybrid forms mimic and reference natural, organic shapes and environments. Yet, they are sourced from cheap and readily available materials. In January 2016, Wagner will create an installation with water as a source of inspiration at MOCA. Crystal Wagner lives and works in Harrisburg, PA. She received her MFA from the University of Tennessee and her BFA from the Atlanta College of Art.  Her exhibition schedule includes growing lar…

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Crystal Wagner: Surface Tension

VIBE Creative District Mural Panels

Year-Round
MOCA is proud to partner with local artists and creative businesses on the NEW VIBE Creative District. A short drive from MOCA, the VIBE Creative District is a unique and interesting local community in Virginia Beach that shares the talents of local artists, makers and creative entrepreneurs. For the outdoor mural project, Richmond artist Ed Trask and Virginia Beach artist Igor Acord organized volunteers to paint and create murals to be installed on 18th Street, between Mediterranean and Cypress Streets. This area has been identified as the common area for future First Friday collaborations and fundraising events for the VIBE Creative District.  Vision of ViBe Creative District A group of a…

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VIBE Creative District Mural Panels

Matt Lively: Habitat

April 1-July 23,2016
Opening Reception Friday, April 1st at 5-7pm at MOCA's Satellite Gallery at Towne Pavilion II in conjunction with First Friday ViBe in the new Virginia Beach Creative Arts District.    In this exhibition, artist Matt Lively turns his full attention to one familiar icon, houses. Lively’s houses seem like the sophisticated version of a child’s idea of home. In many ways, they are the same; each has Cape Cod architecture, clapboard siding, a pitched roof and two gabled windows. The paintings, cheerful and sweet at first glance, eventually lead one to a sense of unease. They have a personality which gives them life. These are not mere houses, but metaphors for perhaps our own minds, our…

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Matt Lively: Habitat

The Promise

March 26 - April 17, 2016
Visual Art Students from Bayside, Green Run Collegiate and Tallwood High Schools explored the current MOCA exhibition  surrouding themes of water conservation. They then travelled to The Brock Center in Virginia Beach. Lynnhaven River Now and The Virginia Aquarium presented in-depth overviews of the condition and status of our local waters. They also learned about the decline of the oyster population and how it directly affects the natural habitat and ecosystems.  The students created over 150 ceramic oyster shells and mounted them on gradient blue wooden planks.  The oyster shells are arranged aesthetically to show the growth of oysters needed for the survival of the local water’s habi…

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The Promise

Courtney Mattison: Sea Change

January 30 - April 17, 2016
EXHIBITION OPENING RECEPTION - JAN 29th 6:30-8:30PM Artist and ocean advocate Courtney Mattison creates large scale ceramic installations and sculptures inspired by science and marine biology. Her intricate hand-crafted porcelain works celebrate the fragile beauty of endangered coral reef ecosystems and promote awareness to conserve and protect our natural world.  Born and raised in San Francisco, Courtney received an interdisciplinary Bachelor of Arts in Marine Ecology and Ceramic Sculpture from Skidmore College in 2008 and a Master of Arts in Environmental Studies from Brown University with coursework at the Rhode Island School of Design in 2011. Mattison has exhibited her work nationally…

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Courtney Mattison: Sea Change