The Sandler Center Hosts “Nature’s Palette,” a Retrospective Exhibition of Paintings by Jean Rawls, Through Nov. 25

Friday, September 20, 2019

​The Sandler Center for the Performing Arts and the Virginia Beach Cultural Affairs Department announce a retrospective exhibition of paintings by Jean Rawls: "Nature's Palette," now through Nov. 25.

There will be a free reception at the Sandler Center on Monday, Oct. 7 from 6 to 8 p.m.

Jean Rawls, a Norfolk native and Virginia Beach transplant who passed away recently, held a lifelong interest in art. Jean earned a Bachelor of Science in education with a concentration in art, and a Master of Arts in humanities with a concentration in painting and art history; both from Old Dominion University. After graduation, Jean taught in Norfolk briefly before moving to Virginia Beach, where she taught art in Virginia Beach City Public Schools. She retired in 2002 from Princess Anne High School, where she was the Fine Arts Department Chair and taught Studio Art and AP Art History. She also served on the Arts and Humanities Commission for the City of Virginia Beach and was Chair of the Commission from 2009 - 2011. Most recently, Jean served as Chair of the Board of Directors of the Virginia Beach Art Center and was a major force in raising the funds to complete the beautiful new building that has become the residence of The Artists Gallery and the Pottery Arts Studio. Mainly because of her efforts, the Virginia Beach Art Center became a reality.

Her paintings have been shown in the New Waves Exhibition at the Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art, the Tidewater Virginia Art Education Association's Annual Juried Exhibition, Pembroke 4 Gallery, Beach Gallery, and The Artists Gallery. Her love of nature, especially her love of Back Bay marsh lands, the Lynnhaven River, the beautiful Shenandoah Mountains, and South Carolina Lowcountry is expressed in her paintings. Her palette reflects her unique response to the expressive colors found in flowing fields, majestic mountains and reflective streams. She sought to capture the ever changing patterns created by the reflection of sunlight on natural forms. Her explorations of color, texture and value embraced the whole of nature. Through her paintings she illustrated her compassion for our earth and all its beauty.

The exhibit will be on view in the second- and third-floor lobbies from now through Nov. 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.

The role of the Cultural Affairs Department is to develop the vision and direction of the cultural arts and history museums 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 City's liaison with Virginia MOCA and the ViBe Creative District, and serve as a resource to local arts and humanities organizations.


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