The Sandler Center Art Gallery Hosts “figments and fragments” by Barbara Kobylinska Aug. 28 through Oct. 30

Friday, August 17, 2018

​The Sandler Center for the Performing Arts and the Office of Cultural Affairs are proud to welcome Barbara Kobylinska's newest exhibition, "figments and fragments," Aug. 28 through Oct. 30, 2018.

Barbara Kobylinska was born in Warsaw, Poland, and received a master's degree in graphic design and later a master's degree in costume and stage design at Warsaw's Academy of Fine Arts. Since then, she has been an art teacher; a children's book illustrator, a poster, puppet and stage designer; and finally a sculptor. For the last 20 years, she has worked in her Virginia Beach studio, creating large (4- to 6-foot) colorful ceramic birds, bugs and flowers that mirror the natural world with an abstract, fanciful twist.

In 1981, she sailed with her husband across the Atlantic and through the Caribbean on a small sail boat. Since then, nature has been a dominant factor that has influenced and inspired Kobylinska's artwork. She feels and expresses her deep admiration for nature's wonders: organic, rich forms and abundant colors in her giant flowers and bird sculptures.

Bob Donovan, curator at Century Center Artspace, Arlington, Virginia, said, "Barbara Kobylinska approaches her art with both a studied sense of design and an unapologetic trust of intuition. Her artistic training and experience has afforded her a solid understanding of structural form and language of shape, mass and proportion. Barbara Kobylinska is adventurous and inventive. With humor and a sophisticated, playful intelligence, she invites us to share her delight in the unexpected."

Her large indoor/outdoor sculptures have been exhibited in many prestigious national art shows including SOFA WEST in Santa Fe, Chicago SOFA, US Botanic Garden in Washington, D.C., Loveland Sculpture Show in Colorado, ArtPrize in Michigan, as well as permanently aboard the "Oasis of the Sea" cruise ship, the Norfolk Botanical Gardens, Courthouse Galleries in Portsmouth, Virginia, and various private collections throughout the country.

Barbara Kobylinska is a member of International Sculpture Center, Washington Sculptors Group and Ceramic Designers Association.

The exhibit will be on view in the second- and third-floor lobbies from Aug. 28 through Oct. 30 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 Tuesday, Aug. 28, 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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