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Matt Amante Sculpture Installed Today - more coming soon

Semi-Circle Balance Study #9
2011
Painted Steel and River Rocks
94H x 37W x 19D

Monée Marie Bengtson at Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center Staurday, February 2

Taking an interdisciplinary approach, Monée combines drawing, Photoshop, pigment, dye, weaving, and embroidery to execute her two dimensional work. Using personal narrative as a jumping point, the artist applies colorful and imagined imagery meant to overlay the lurking fear generated by the familiar and the concealed. 

When the artist is producing scarves she prefers to draw from long-established methods of weaving, knitting, crochet, and embroidery. She is fond of nature and often employs organic motifs in each garment.

High-Wire Rescue / 2002 / Ink and marker on paper

Monée Marie Bengtson holds a Master of Fine Art from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) and Bachelor of Art from Northern Illinois University (NIU) with additional education in Ancient Art History from Southern Illinois University (SIU). She also attended Haystack Mountain School of Crafts in both 1998 and 1999. She received a Graduate Grant from SAIC in both 2000 and 2001, the North Shore Weavers Guild Scholarship in 1998 and 1999, the Ethel Skeins Clifford Scholarship from Haystack Mountain School of Crafts in 1999, and the Elizabeth F. Cheyenne Scholarship from Haystack Mountain School of Crafts in 1998. She is the Registrar and Preparator at the Contemporary Art Center of Virginia (CAC) where she also occasionally teaches as an Adult Studio School instructor.

JOB OPENING: ASSISTANT MUSEUM CURATOR

The City of Portsmouth is seeking a qualified candidate to fill the position of assistant curator in the history division of the Department of Museums. The individual will work as part of a collections management team for the history division that includes the Lightship Portsmouth and the Naval Shipyard Museum. Work includes collection management, exhibition planning, program development, research, grant writing, training, public lectures and interaction with collectors, donors, scholars and the community. 

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Meet The Artist of the Andes, Nicario Jiménez

Retablos are sophisticated folk art in the form of portable boxes filled with brightly colored figurines arranged into intricate narrative scenes.  From the 16th to the 19th centuries, Retablos were carried through the mountains by Spanish priests as portable religious shrines for Catholic saints.  Later, they were adapted by indigenous people to include their own deities and mythologies.  

Nicario’s compositions depict religious, historical and everyday events.  His hands move quickly and with confidence to fashion people, animals, and mythical figurines as he creates poignant scenes from a doughy mixture of boiled potato and gypsum powderFor his sculpting process, Nicario’s only tool is a small piece of wood resembling an enlarged toothpick.

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Read more about Nicario at his website

Traditions/Innovation Exhibit Featured Artist Billie Ruth Sudduth

Billie Ruth Sudduth is a widely acclaimed basketmaker living in the North Carolina mountains. Her works are in many public and private collections including the Smithsonian Institution’s Renwick Gallery; the Museum of Art and Design in New York; the Mint Museum of Art; Glaxo; and Bank of America. In 1997, she was named a North Carolina Living Treasure, the state’s highest honor for creative excellence in the field of crafts. She is the tenth recipient and the first female to receive the award.

Sudduth has received an Individual Visual Artist Grant, an Emerging Artist Grant and an Individual Visual Artist Fellowship from the North Carolina Arts Council. For five consecutive years, she was selected by Early American Homes for their “America’s 200 Best Craftsman” directory.

Sudduth’s baskets have been published in American Craft, Southern Accents, Colonial Homes, American Style, Southern Living, Home, the Smithsonian Magazine, Fiberarts, the Philadelphia Museum of Arts Member Magazine, Preservation, and The Crafts Report. Her work is included in Skilled Work, a publication of the Smithsonian Institution showcasing work in the Renwick Gallery’s permanent collection. Her work is frequently shown in newspapers and magazines across the United States. CBS Sunday Morning, PBS, Voice of America, and HGTV have also featured Sudduth and her baskets.

In addition to the United States, Sudduth’s baskets have been exhibited in museums and galleries in Germany and Denmark. She has exhibited at the Smithsonian Craft Show thirteen times. She is a member of the Southern Highland Craft Guild, Piedmont Craftsmen, and Carolina Designer Craftsmen.

Come see Billie Ruth Sudduth’s beautiful work starting February 1 here at the Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center.

Meet Artist Minnie Adkins, A Featured Artist in the Traditions/Innovation Exhibit Opening February 1, 2013

Excerpt from the Folk Art Society of America
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As a small child she was intrigued by the whittling she saw men doing, so her father gave her a pocketknife, and she soon ventured into distinctly unladylike territory.

"I started out making slingshots," she said. "Well, you can take the same type forked stick and make a rooster out of it, and then you’ve got something."

For many years, she continued making roosters, birds, and other hand-size creatures, giving them away or selling them for small change. She first received notice in 1973, in Worldwide Avon Collectors Magazine: “Minnie Adkins brought Avons and handmade items” [to the Worldwide Avon Collectors Show in Dayton].

Minnie’s recognition has come in part from her own work and in part from her activities championing the artistic abilities of others. Many other regional folk artists, including Tim Lewis, Linvel Barker and Jimmy Lewis, point to Minnie as the pivotal source of encouragement for their work and of introductions to the flow of collectors visiting Isonville.

Minnie’s art has extended well beyond wood sculpture to include paintings and, recently, collaboration on ceramic platters with her artist-cousin, Tess Little. Other collaborations include quilts made locally and limited-edition or one-of-a kind blown-glass vases, all decorated with her animal designs.

Come see some of Minnie Adkins creations at the Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center beginning February 1.

Gallery 1 - Photographer Glen McClure

As part of the opening of the photography exhibit ENCOUNTERS: Portraits by Glen McClure, Mr. McClure, along with crew of hard working assistants worked for four hours on the grounds of the Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center photographing anyone willing to be photographed. The photographer and his team worked from a portable studio set during the Olde Towne Farmers Market and Courtyard Art Demonstrations.

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Portraits by photographer Glen McClure

Just a few of the images taken August 4, 2012. See the galleries below for more.

Gallery 2 - Photographer Glen McClure
As part of the opening of the photography exhibit ENCOUNTERS: Portraits by Glen McClure, Mr. McClure, along with crew of hard working assistants worked for four hours on the grounds of the Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center photographing anyone who would be willing to be photographed. The photographer and his team worked from a portable studio set during the Olde Towne Farmers Market and Courtyard Art Demonstrations.

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Gallery 3 - Photographer Glen McClure: As part of the opening of the photography exhibit ENCOUNTERS: Portraits by Glen McClure, Mr. McClure, along with crew of hard working assistants worked for four hours on the grounds of the Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center photographing anyone willing to be photographed. The photographer and his team worked from a portable studio set during the Olde Towne Farmers Market and Courtyard Art Demonstrations.

A note from Glen: “Worked with a super great crew today over at the Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center doing portraits using the sidewalk studio set-up. Then a gallery talk. I am now officially worn out! Thanks to all the staff at Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center for a great weekend and a special thank you for my helpers today willing to give up 4 hours on a Saturday!.”

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