The Sandler Center Hosts “The Synergy of Architecture and Experience” by Roxanne Verdon Bell Dec. 6 through Feb. 10

Monday, December 02, 2019

​The Sandler Center for the Performing Arts and the Cultural Affairs Department are delighted to announce the newest exhibition from artist Roxanne Verdon Bell, "The Synergy of Architecture and Experience," Dec. 6, 2019 through Feb. 10, 2020.

There will be a free artist reception at the Sandler Center on Monday, Dec. 16 from 6 to 8 p.m.

Roxanne Verdon Bell received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU). While at VCU, she explored various mediums, and studied art history and garment construction. She was interested in both the current and historical expressions of culture through design, and was particularly interested in textiles and architecture. Verdon spent her early career with a 10-store Mid-Atlantic retailer as a retail buyer, building a visual story from product selection to visual merchandising. The idea of layers that contribute to the whole has been a consistent theme of her creativity. When photography became digital, it provided new tools with which she could translate her observations and express herself artistically. Verdon began to study and experiment until she developed the techniques and a style that has become her voice.

Artist Statement
My art is an expression of my environmental experiences conceived through visual and emotional interpretation. I use photography to record elements of perceived impact or influence that will act as media through which I convey sensory experiences in an abstract way. The media elements most commonly featured in my work come from architecture, textiles and reflective surfaces. I work to digitally compose an image on metallic canvas with depth and a dynamic balance of visual elements that invites the viewer in for their own experience.

The exhibit will be on view in the second- and third-floor lobbies from Dec. 6 through Feb. 10 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 Cultural Affairs Department enhances the quality of life and economic vitality for the city by assisting and directing the Virginia Beach Arts and Humanities Commission, coordinating the city's Public Art Program, supporting Cultural and Public Performing Arts Programming, the Virginia Beach History Museums, providing contract management for the Sandler Center for the Performing Arts, and serving as the liaison with Virginia MOCA, the ViBe Creative District, and the Virginia African American Cultural Center.

The mission of the Cultural Affairs Department is to engage residents and visitors through meaningful arts, heritage, and cultural experiences to connect and strengthen communities.


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