Sandler Center Art Gallery Hosts Artist Ed Obermeyer’s Aboriginal Modernism

Monday, January 06, 2014

The Sandler Center for the Performing Arts is proud to announce that it will host Ed Obermeyer’s exhibit, “The Journey to Post Aboriginal Modernism,” starting Jan. 6. Obermeyer’s paintings reflect his passion for life and a desire to tell stories with images from personal experiences around the world. His Post Aboriginal Modernist art style began when he and his wife sailed the Grenadine Islands and Barbados to find inspiration. These tranquil islands with their Caribbean blue colors became another series of paintings entitled “The Grenadines Series.”

Obermeyer also spent nearly a month in Australia visiting a variety of Aboriginal tribes to study their art-making methods and types of visual language. Through the study of Aboriginal culture and the making and playing of Yidaki or Didgeridoo, an Aboriginal wind instrument, he now paints in a more stylized manner. His technique combines identifiable images with Aboriginal dot painting and symbols used in Aboriginal culture. He is also influenced by the pattern paintings of Alfredo Arreguin, Hokusai, M.C. Escher and Vincent Van Gogh.

His exhibit will be on view from Jan. 6 to March 10 during the Sandler Center’s normal operating hours: Monday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., or during any performance at the Sandler Center. There will be a free artist reception Jan. 22 from 6 to 8 pm.  The Art Gallery is on the second and third floors in the common areas of the Sandler Center for the Performing Arts.


The role of the Office of Cultural Affairs is to develop the vision and direction of the cultural arts in Virginia Beach, assist and direct the Virginia Beach Arts and Humanities Commission, coordinate the city’s Public Art Program, provide contract management for the Sandler Center for the Performing Arts, provide administrative leadership to the Sandler Center for the Performing Arts’ 501(c)3 Foundation and serve as staff liaison to local arts and humanities organizations.