Sandler Center Art Gallery Hosts “A Brush With Nature” by Kay Hofler and Jean Rawls

Tuesday, September 09, 2014

The Sandler Center for the Performing Arts is proud to announce that it will host Kay Hofler and Jean Rawls’ exhibit “A Brush With Nature” beginning today, Sept. 9.  

Hofler is a painter of natural forms, who enjoys the movement and three dimensional qualities of plants, flowers, shells, vegetables and fruits. Painting close-up views in a large format using oil medium on canvas gives Hofler the opportunity to create a more dynamic impact that emphasizes the beauty found in nature.


Hofler has been a professional artist and a member of The Artists Gallery, located in Virginia Beach, since 1997. She has exhibited in many local shows, currently at The Artists Gallery and at Shore Gallery and Design. Hofler holds a bachelor’s degree in art education from Longwood University and a master’s degree in humanities from Old Dominion University. “Creating art, for me, is a way of coming in touch with the mysticism of nature, and to fulfill a kind of spiritual need that is an important part of human existence,” Hofler said.


Rawls finds her painting inspiration in the natural world. Each time Rawls is faced with a new canvas, with brush in hand and an excited heart, she feels the anticipation of the upcoming journey. With each new work, she is taken into the ever-evolving areas of landscape, those spaces where natural systems compete as one section transitions into the next.


A Norfolk native and Virginia Beach transplant, Rawls has held a lifelong interest in the arts. She is a member and chairman of The Artists Gallery and served the city as a member and past chairman of the Virginia Beach Arts and Humanities Commission. Currently, her work can be seen at Beach Gallery and at The Artists Gallery. Rawls holds a bachelor’s degree in education, with a concentration in art, and a master’s degree in humanities, both from Old Dominion University.


The exhibit “A Brush With Nature” will be on view in the second and third floor lobbies from Sept. 9 to Nov. 1 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 at the Sandler Center on Sept. 18 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. The reception is made possible by a generous gift from Tom and Juanita Felton to the Sandler Center Foundation. 


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.