Now celebrating 18 years of artistic endeavor, the SkillQuest Art Show will return to the Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art from Wednesday, Oct. 2, to Sunday, Nov. 3. More than 200 new pieces of art, including wheel-thrown pottery, mixed media projects and paintings, will be on display in the Fleming Gallery.
To kick off the show, the public is invited to meet and greet the artists at a free dessert reception on Tuesday, Oct. 8, from 6 to 8 p.m. Evening activities will include:
Silent auction: Previous years’ art work available for purchase
Seaside sundries items: Beautiful hand-painted shoulder bags, jewelry, book beads, scarves, doggie biscuits and an array of soups, brownies and cookie mixes suitable for gifts.
Acoustic musical performances: Skip Friel
While not required, reservations are requested at (757) 385-4040 for planning purposes. Checks or cash only accepted for the silent auction and purchase of seaside sundries.
The Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art is at 2200 Parks Ave. and is open Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday noon to 4 p.m. Admission is $7.70 for adults, $5.50 for military, seniors and students (age 5 and up), children ages 4 and under are free.
All artwork and seaside sundries products are handmade by participants at SkillQuest, a day activity program for adults with intellectual disabilities. Administered by the city’s Department of Human Services, Developmental Services Division, SkillQuest provides training and support in the areas of communication, socialization, academics, independent living, gross and fine motor development, behavior management, leisure skills, and community exploration. The artists enjoy creative art classes along with various other instructional and support activities based on the preferences of individuals with diverse interests and abilities.
For more information about the SkillQuest program or the art show, call (757) 385-4040.
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