The Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) will host a community event in conjunction with their current exhibition, “Turn the Page: The First Ten Years of Hi-Fructose” (“Turn the Page”), on Sep. 11, 2016 titled “Wet Paint: Block Party and Live Painting Event” (“Wet Paint”) from 1-5pm held outdoors on MOCA’s lawn.
“Wet Paint” will feature live painting with renowned pop-surrealist and street artist Greg “Craola” Simkins. Simkins is a California-based artist known for painting detailed mythical landscapes using a fantastic array of animals and hybrid creatures. His acrylic painting in the “Turn the Page” exhibition, “Killing Time,” depicts a hyper-realistic battle between a part robotic bird and shield toting Big Ben clock tower holding a giant squid. Set against an ethereal woodland landscape, the painting evokes a sense of place that is both medieval and futuristic.
Simkins began drawing and painting at the age of 3 and by 18 started creating graffiti under the name “CRAOLA”. In 1999, the artist received his B.A. in Studio Art from California State University of Long Beach and has since been featured in numerous group and sold out solo exhibitions. His paintings can be found in private collections from film director, Nick Cassavetes (My Sister’s Keeper, The Notebook), singer Stacy Ferguson “Fergie” and actor, Josh Duhamel, to NIKE CEO, Mark Parker. His list of commercial endeavors includes work for Disney, Mattel, Logitech, Pearl Jam, Eddie Vedder, Blink 182, Linkin Park, Good Charlotte, and Vans, to name a few.
Simkins will start a new painting in California and have it shipped to MOCA. “Wet Paint” ticket-holders will have the rare opportunity to view an acclaimed artist finish a painting on-site.
“I am excited and nervous about painting live in Virginia Beach,” said Simkins when asked about his thoughts on headlining this unique east coast event. “I always get nervous no matter how many times I do it, but it is always a pleasure getting to meet new people and experiencing a new place, so I am looking forward to it,” Simkins continues, “I am [also] beyond honored to even be mentioned among these amazing [“Turn the Page”] artists. I would have never thought that my artistic journey would have led me to amazing events such as these surrounded by so many incredible artists. I look forward to getting there to take it all in first hand.”
The “Wet Paint” block party will also feature live music by local bands; Tmobyle, Opal, and Ladada; a community mural project with Scuba Steve; family friendly activities; live pinstriping with Igor’s Custom; cartoon caricatures with Todd Webb; food trucks; Thank You Gallery booth; and wine and beer tent.
Tickets to this all ages, rain or shine block party are $10 and free for children 12 and under. “Wet Paint” tickets also include admission to view MOCA’s “Turn the Page” exhibition. All proceeds benefit MOCA’s exhibitions and educational programs. Blankets and lawn chairs are encouraged.
Prior to the event, MOCA will host a Master Class with Simkins, highlighting his approach to acrylic paints, including underpainting and glazing. The Simkins Master Class will be held Sunday, Sep. 11 from 10am-12pm. The cost is $65, $50 for MOCA Members and includes free entry to the “Wet Paint” block party. Interested participants can register via MOCA’s website here.
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