Sandler Center Art Gallery Hosts Brock Childress: A Celebration of His Work

Monday, August 31, 2015

​The Sandler Center Art Gallery is honored to exhibit a retrospective of the work of the late Virginia Beach artist Brock Childress, who passed away in September 2014. This exhibit is a tribute to and celebration of his life and love of art. It will be on display through Oct. 26. 

Childress was a lifelong resident of Virginia Beach who created his art solely for the joy of painting. He did not sell his art work. As a young boy, he was always interested in fine arts and was mentored for many years by Retha Seidel, a well-known local artist of distinguished talent.  He discovered an interest in working with acrylics on large canvases. Most of his vibrantly colored canvases are 4 feet by 6 feet and visually striking. Rather than categorizing his work as anything in particular, Childress referred to his pieces as “assemblages of images, open for interpretation.”


Childress was the first artist to be featured in the Sandler Center Gallery in 2010. For the first time, all pieces will be available for purchase during this exhibit.


The Brock Childress exhibit will be on view in the second- and third-floor lobbies 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.


About the City of Virginia Beach’s Office of Cultural Affairs:
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.