The Sandler Center Hosts “Means to Unknown Ends” by Scuba May 15 through Aug. 25

Friday, May 10, 2019

​The Sandler Center for the Performing Arts and the Office of Cultural Affairs are excited to announce the newest exhibition from artist Scuba, "Means to Unknown Ends," May 15 through Aug. 25, 2019.

Scuba is a Virginia Beach native who minored in art at James Madison University where he began painting with a focus on color theory abstractions. Then known as Scuba Steve, he created the ViBe Creative District's very first Crosswalk Mural in 2016. That project led to several more commissions, and ultimately a residency with Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles where Scuba currently lives and works.

Artist Statement
This body of work tracks my introduction and familiarization with a set group of colors shortly after uprooting my life in Virginia and moving across the country. Letting my mind drift as I painted the initial 26 studies, I was guided by various color interactions through feelings of nostalgia and reflection; reminiscing and future outlook.

Thoroughly introduced to the colors, I began looking at them through one another, resulting in the Screen series. This search continued into the more complex Compositions We've Seen, But Are Still Nice to Look At. The resulting paintings gave me something nice to look at, yet ultimately unsatisfied. Still searching.

The exhibit will be on view in the second- and third-floor lobbies from May 15 through Aug. 25 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, May 20 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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