If you haven’t traversed into the fresh and budding Norfolk Arts District yet – now is a great time to start. Come Friday, June 19, the Okay Spark Art Gallery is featuring a new group exhibition presented by d’ARTists.
Just two blocks away from the Chrysler Museum of Art is the Okay Spark Art Gallery, and it is the only contemporary craft gallery in Norfolk, Virginia. They focus on artists who are in limited production and the creation of one-of-a-kind pieces. This Friday they will be showing the art of the d’ARTists, whom originally displayed their work at the Selden Arcade.
This will be their first group exhibition since the closure of the Selden Arcade on April 17, 2015 due to an explosion that caused damage to the d’ART Center and artist studios. The building is under assessment for what caused the problem and are making the necessary repairs.
This event will run thru July 31; opening night begins tonight from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. It is free and open to the public. There will be about 25 artists in total showing their work and all of the artists will be present at the event to answer questions and discuss their pieces. And not only is it their first show outside of the Selden, but it will also be the largest group exhibition they have ever had.
Shannon Lionetti, gallery director of Okay Spark, stated that they will not only be showing art – but there will also be a jeweler trunk show at the end of the building. They will be utilizing two parts of the building and music and live entertainment will also be present.
“Whoever can help out is coming to help out, and everyone is lending a hand and no one is getting paid for it,” Shannon said. “Everyone is just supporting the arts.”
The pieces range from paintings to print, sculptures and jewelery, so there is no shortage of variety in what to explore and look at. All the work is for sale. Okay Spark will not be taking any of the commission; 90 percent will go to the artists and 10 percent will go to the d’ART Center.
Okay Spark will have regular hours after the grand opening, when people can visit the exhibition throughout the next month-and-a-half. These hours can be found on their Facebook page.
The d’ART Center is very community based and and their mission is to engage the public through the experience of art and the creative process. They love to bring art and seek to tie artistic expression in with education.