Yay! The forecast is looking good for this weekend. The humidity and the temperature are dropping like ripe peaches from a tree.
The weather is going to be perfect for the 47th Annual Seawall Art Show. On Saturday from 10:00 – 6:00 and Sunday from 10:00 – 5:00, 80 artists, and 7 musical acts will be on High Street in Olde Towne Portsmouth between Court and Crawford.
This is a quality show. The artists submit photos of their work months in advance and are selected by jury. The jury selects unique art in a variety of media. There will be local artists, like Patricia DeHart, oil painter, Lisa Melita, clay artist, and perennial favorite Josh Solomon, master of glass.
There will be artists from much further away. Joyce McAdams, mixed media artist, from Edgewater, FL, Ivy Wong Ng, fiber art, from Gaithersburg, MD, and Tricia Hall, jeweler from Prince Frederick, MD are among the 80 artists. Click here to see a piece of art from each of the artists in this year’s show.
Olde Towne Portsmouth is just a ferry ride away if you live in Norfolk. You can catch the ferry right in front of the new Waterside. Get off at High Street Landing and walk on down High Street. If you are driving, parking is free on the weekends in the city garages and on the street in Olde Towne.
You can make a day of it at the Seawall Art Show. Check the website for the entertainment schedule. There will be musical acts both Saturday and Sunday, including The Top Hats Orchestra, Americana Lovebirds, Shawdowjack and 2 for Fun.
The Children’s Museum of Virginia is right on High Street. The special exhibit through September 9th is “Arthur’s World.” If your kids are fans of the anthropomorphic aardvark, they will love all the places Arthur and his friends hang out.
The Olde Towne Farmers Market will be hopping on Saturday morning from 9:00 – 1:00. I want to put in a plug for Red Barn Berkshires, the best bratwurst I have ever eaten. I also love getting some cold brewed Three Ships coffee from Len Neighbors and a delicious cinnamon roll from Whole-y Rollers. You can enjoy all that goodness in the lovely shaded courtyard of the Portsmouth Art and Cultural Center.
There will be several food vendors at the Seawall Art Show if you need a snack right away. If you’re there a little later, there are all kinds of great places to sit and eat. I just tried the new Fish and Slips at the Marina for lunch. This placed is perched up high with fabulous water views and the food was great. You can’t miss the new Legend Brewing Depot, right at High Street Landing. They have a great patio and you can watch the ferry come and go while you sip your beer.
There are many more great places to eat in Portsmouth.
A unique bonus of the Seawall Art Show is that art students from all over Hampton Roads are invited to show their work. The students show their work under a special tent across the street from the Children’s Museum from 10:00 – 4:00 on Saturday. Some of the high schoolers are veterans of the show. They are hoping to make their careers in art. They will be on site to talk about their work and they welcome feedback. It will be the first time for some of the middle school students. The Seawall Art Show gives these young artists a chance to talk to the pros and exchange ideas. Some will be selling their work. You have a chance to purchase a budding Picasso.
Portsmouth has just officially announced the new Arts And Cultural District. Portsmouth already has a healthy arts community. There are museums, artists, and wonderful public art throughout Olde Towne. The dedicated volunteers who run the Seawall Art Show will use the proceeds to further the cause of art in Portsmouth.
As Keith Haring said, “Art is for everybody.”
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For more information on the 47th Annual Seawall Art Show in Portsmouth this weekend, go here.