Now in its 17th year, the SkillQuest Art Show returns to the Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art from Oct. 2 to Nov.4. 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. 2, from 6 to 8 p.m. Evening activities will include:
5th Annual Silent Auction: Previous years’ art work available for purchase.
SeaSide Sundries: 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: Anna Lee Scully and Skip Friel.
While not required, reservations are requested at (757) 385-4040. Checks or cash only accepted for the silent auction and purchase of SeaSide Sundries.
The Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art is located at 2200 Parks Ave. and is open Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. Admission is $7.70 for adults, $5.50 for military, seniors and students (age 5 and up). Children age 4 and younger 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 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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