The Sandler Center Hosts “Emerging Patterns” by Edward A. Obermeyer July 6 through Aug. 20

Thursday, June 28, 2018

​The Sandler Center for the Performing Arts and the Office of Cultural Affairs are proud to welcome Edward Obermeyer's newest exhibition, "Emerging Patterns," July 6 through Aug. 20, 2018.

Edward Obermeyer is an award-winning painter based in Virginia Beach. As an avid gardener, surfer and world traveler, he appreciates the intricate patterns of the flora and fauna that surround him and as a result, his art focuses on the smallest of natural subjects.

The tools of Obermeyer's creative process are an important and unique way of creating a painting. Using very long liner, scroller and pin-stripe brushes, Obermeyer creates large works of art. The process is incredibly intricate, yet very rewarding when viewing the end result. His work gives the impression of realism from a distance, but up close, viewers can see the abstract patterns that make up the subject matter.

Obermeyer is a retired art teacher with 34 years of service in Virginia Beach. He completed his career at Ocean Lakes High School as an AP Art Teacher and also taught Sculpture, Art Foundations, Advanced Art, and an Art Appreciation class for students with special needs. While teaching all those years, Obermeyer painted surfboards, pinstriped cars and motorcycles, created custom airbrush work, did freelance work, and participated in local art shows and gallery exhibitions. He also conducted workshops on Aboriginal culture and how to "make and play your own didgeridoo." Performing in front of students was a joyful experience for Obermeyer, and now he has embarked on his journey full time as a professional artist and performer with the same enthusiasm and joy that was such an important part of his teaching career.

The exhibit will be on view in the second- and third-floor lobbies from July 6 through Aug. 20 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, 201 Market St, Virginia Beach.

There will be a free artist reception held at the Sandler Center on Monday, July 9, from 6 to 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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