The Sandler Center Hosts “Unknown Destinations” by Doug Clarke Now Through June 18

Thursday, April 12, 2018

​The Sandler Center for the Performing Arts is proud to welcome Doug Clarke's newest exhibition, "Unknown Destinations," through June 18.

Doug Clarke is an award-winning plein air and studio painter based out of Virginia Beach. Graduating with honors and magna cum laude from Virginia Commonwealth University, he works in oils creating plein air and studio paintings.

Clarke's work has evolved from commercial to fine art. As an active member of the Norfolk Drawing Group, the painter strives for excellence in his figure drawings and paintings. His commitment to life drawing and painting led him outdoors to paint "en plein air." There, he realized his passion for capturing light and nature in his own personal way.

Clarke has been commissioned to paint both Harborfest and Neptune Festival posters. His numerous awards include first place awards for Plein Air 757, Williamsburg Plein Air and the Plein Air Mount Lebanon quick-draw competitions, and he is a three-time winner of the Historic Fort Monroe Plein Air Exhibition. His paintings are collected far and abroad internationally. Clarke's work is currently represented by Harbor Gallery, Ellen Moore Gallery and Warm Springs Gallery.

The exhibit will be on view in the second- and third-floor lobbies from April 4 through June 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, April 18, 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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