Sandler Center Art Gallery Hosts ‘Happy to Hear It’ by Barbra Mann Myers

Thursday, January 22, 2015

The Sandler Center for the Performing Arts is proud to announce that it will host Barbra Mann Myers’ exhibit “Happy to Hear It” beginning Jan. 26.  


Myers, a native of Newport News, creates her paintings using acrylics that are layered on the canvas. Each layer is varnished, sanded and burnished. This process gives her work depth and enhances the texture. She follows the shapes of the texture, allowing the painting to move on its own. “I try very hard to step back and see where the shapes fall and from there I create a sky, an abstract or a tree,” Myers said. “I never really know. That’s the joy of it all.”


Myers studied at Newark School of Fine Arts in Newark, N.J. Locally, she was a student of Barclay Sheaks.


Her commissioned paintings, illustrations and numerous gallery exhibitions have kept her involved in the art world for more than 30 years. Her work includes paintings for the headquarters of Fidelity Insurance in Covington, La., Kelly’s Tavern in Virginia Beach and Chesapeake, the Richmond Omni Hotel, the law offices of Williams Mullen, Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston Salem, N.C., and Oprah Winfrey’s home in Maui, Hawaii.


“Happy to Hear It” will be on view in the second- and third-floor lobbies from  Jan. 26 to March 28 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 held at the Sandler Center on Feb. 4 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.