Sandler Center Art Gallery Hosts “Aquatic Illusions” by Ed Gorham Beginning Nov. 10

Tuesday, November 03, 2015

​The Sandler Center Art Gallery is honored to announce that it will host Ed Gorham’s exhibit, “Aquatic Illusions,” beginning Nov. 10.

Gorham is a freestyle painter who has always been fascinated with water and the creatures that live in it. His process of painting on canvas mirrors the movement of water. He starts by covering the canvas with a dark color, then applies several colors, with each thinned to a different viscosity to encourage the colors to create their own lines and designs. Next, Gorham coaxes the creatures out of this background with brushes and pallet knives. Using this style, he can hide the focal point of the painting in plain sight. The viewer can involve himself in an exploration of the work to any degree, at any distance, and any angle.

Gorham holds a bachelor of fine arts degree from Virginia Commonwealth University. He has exhibited in many local shows including the Neptune Festival Art & Craft Show, Arts in the Park, Holly Point Art & Seafood Festival, Virginia Beach Boardwalk Art Show, and the Bon Air Art Show. His list of accolades includes second place at the Neptune Festival Art & Craft Show in 2011, honorable mention at the Virginia Beach Boardwalk Show in 2012, and best in show at the Bodacious Bazaar & Art Festival in 2012. Gorham also has displayed his artwork in galleries such as the Crossroads Art Center in Richmond, Montpelier Center for the Arts & Education in Montpelier, Va., Seagreen Gallery on the Outer Banks, and Ashby Art Antiques in Sarasota, Fla.

Gorham’s exhibit will be on view in the second floor lobby, Nov. 10 through Jan. 4 during 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. During this time, the exhibit, “Brock Childress: A Celebration of His Work,” will remain on display on the third-floor lobby.  All pieces will be available for purchase.

There will be a free artist reception at the Sandler Center on Nov. 12 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Join us for this special opportunity to celebrate the work of these two talented artists. 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.