The NEON Festival, presented by Business Consortium for Arts Support, in Downtown Norfolk’s NEON (New Energy of Norfolk) District will be held October 19 and 20.
The free festival welcomes everyone to experience the NEON District’s offerings through art exhibitions, local and national performances and mural tours.
The festival will start with the Chrysler Museum’s Third Thursday event on October 19 at the Museum starting at 5 p.m. and at the Perry Glass Studio at 8 p.m.
A preview of other festival events includes:
- d’Art Center celebrates the strong resident and associate artist program and new photography exhibition during their own Third Thursday event
- Norfolk Public Art Commission unveils national artist Matthew Geller’s sculpture in the NEON District with a ribbon cutting Friday at 5:30 p.m.
- Glass Wheel Studio extends hours on Friday evening to showcase its exhibitions of Trains of Thought by Emily Bartelt and Navid Rahman and SEE WORTHY by Jennifer Caldwell & Jason Chakravarty
- The Plot, Friday, 6-10 p.m. beer garden, food trucks, live music and performances
- Work Release Gallery at Commune opens a new exhibition from the Rutter Family Art Foundation, The Art of Dying, curated by John Wadsworth on Friday
- Programming from NEON arts partners Hurrah Players and Governor’s School for the Arts
A full list of exhibitions, events and entertainment will be available in September at www.neonnfk.com/festival.
This year, the NEON District will accept applications from artists for pop-up exhibition spaces and from performers for a variety of neighborhood venues during the NEON Festival. Applications must be submitted by September 1, 2017, and applicants will be notified if they are selected by September 15. If selected, the events committee will work with participants on planning and locations. Email firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions, and applications are available at https://goo.gl/forms/mfrAWqgEe3Y81yg72.
The NEON Festival is presented by Business Consortium for Arts Support with beer provided by O’Connor Brewing Company. It is produced by the Downtown Norfolk Council with numerous community and art partners. The festival kicks off Visual Arts Week in Norfolk that includes Stockley Gardens Arts Festival and the Virginia Fall Wine Festival. For more information, visit the Facebook link NEON Festival.