The Sandler Center Celebrates 10th Anniversary by Hosting “The Performers” Exhibit By Vonnie Whitworth Beginning Nov. 10, 2017 through Jan. 18, 2018

Thursday, November 09, 2017

The Sandler Center for the Performing Arts is proud to announce that it will host Vonnie Whitworth's exhibit, "The Performers," beginning Nov. 10 in celebration of all the wonderful artists who have graced the Sandler Center stage over the past 10 years. This selection of work is greatly inspired by performances that have been held on the Sandler Center's main stage.

A native of Virginia Beach, Whitworth has been a full-time professional artist for 45 years. Her art work is sought after in major art shows throughout the country. Her art studio is located at the D'Art Center in Norfolk.

Whitworth's first Sandler Center art exhibit is a collection of watercolors inspired by the art of music and dance, capturing emotions, movements and gestures as the dancers and musicians perform their rigorous and fine-tuned routines, not only showing their innocence and beauty, but their heart and soul as well. Some of the paintings were planned and staged, meeting the models on location. Others simply capture a special character on a street, a beautiful niece playing her violin, or just a moment in time that she will never forget.

Whitworth explained, "Throughout the years, watching my own grandchildren perform at the Sandler Center has brought me great joy and treasured memories. Many of those special memories have been captured and created in this new collection of work."

The exhibit will be on view in the second- and third-floor lobbies from Nov. 10 through Jan. 18 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 Wednesday, Nov. 29, from 6–8 p.m. 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, serve as the liaison with Virginia MOCA and the ViBe Creative District, and serve as a resource to local arts and humanities organizations.  


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