d’Art Center will open its national printmaking exhibition and host printmaking event the first night of NEON Festival
Norfolk VA, Thursday October 18th from 5 – 9pm, 740 Duke St. – For NEON Festival the d’Art Center will be hosting a Print and Sip event as well as opening its national printmaking exhibition, Impression the first night of the Festival. The event is free and open to the public. Attendees can get dinner from Sofrito and dessert from Joysicles Gourmet Pops food trucks, enjoy a beer from Smartmouth Brewery, view the exhibition and purchase packaged edition prints of the exhibited works, take some selfies at a photo booth, and do a printmaking make-and-take while listening to a DJ!
The juror, Brendan Baylor, will also attend and announce the awards for the exhibition at 7pm. 3rd place is awarded $150, 2nd place $300, and 1st place $500. Brendan Baylor is an interdisciplinary artist exploring the politics and ecology of landscape. He is currently Assistant Professor of Art (Print Media) at Old Dominion University.
The d’Art Center received just under 300 submissions for this Impression, and 40 works from 38 artists were chosen. 23 states are represented in this exhibition. The exhibition features the fine art of printmaking in traditional methods such as screen printing, letterpress, relief, lithography, and intaglio. “We were very excited about the amount of interest in this show, both locally and nationally,” says Amanda Bradley, the Communications, Marketing, and Gallery Manager at d’Art Center, “this exhibition will be a unique component to our part in NEON Festival.”
NEON Festival will take place throughout the entirety of the center. The d’Art Center recently reconfigured its footprint in the Duke-Grace building, and is now located solely on the first floor. d’Art associate and resident artists will be available during the festival for demos in their studios and meet and greets!
Located in the NEON District, d’Art Center has proudly served the greater Hampton Roads area for over 30 years by connecting the community with the visual arts. The d’Art Center is a non-profit 501c(3), houses professional working artist studios, represents local artists in its galleries, offers art education, provides outreach programming to the community, hosts exhibitions, and hosts events.