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VIBE Creative District Mural Panels

Year-Round
MOCA is proud to partner with local artists and creative businesses on the NEW VIBE Creative District. A short drive from MOCA, the VIBE Creative District is a unique and interesting local community in Virginia Beach that shares the talents of local artists, makers and creative entrepreneurs. For the outdoor mural project, Richmond artist Ed Trask and Virginia Beach artist Igor Acord organized volunteers to paint and create murals to be installed on 18th Street, between Mediterranean and Cypress Streets. This area has been identified as the common area for future First Friday collaborations and fundraising events for the VIBE Creative District.  Vision of ViBe Creative District A group of a…

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VIBE Creative District Mural Panels

Crystal Wagner: Surface Tension

January 30 - April 17, 2016
EXHIBITION OPENING RECEPTION - JAN 29th 6:30-8:30PM Artist Crystal Wagner’s installations abound as they reach through, over and around their environments.  Wagner’s work draws from many different disciplines including drawing, sculpture, and printmaking. The hybrid forms mimic and reference natural, organic shapes and environments. Yet, they are sourced from cheap and readily available materials. In January 2016, Wagner will create an installation with water as a source of inspiration at MOCA. Crystal Wagner lives and works in Harrisburg, PA. She received her MFA from the University of Tennessee and her BFA from the Atlanta College of Art.  Her exhibition schedule includes growing lar…

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Crystal Wagner: Surface Tension

ARTlab Winter/Spring 2016

Explore the new exhibitions hands-on in ARTlab! The Butler Gallery (ARTlab) is a space for all ages to discover current exhibiting artists and their processes through interactive activities, fun facts, art making stations and reading materials provided by the Virginia Beach Public Library. Experience MOCA’s Winter/Spring exhibitions through the ARTlab, an interactive space for all ages. Help create an oyster reef inspired by the exhibitions, learn about coral reefs, discover how you can help your local waterways and create your own water inspired artwork.  MOCA would like to thank Lynnhaven River Now and Courtney Mattison for their assistance with ARTlab. Organizations featured in ARTlab:…

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ARTlab Winter/Spring 2016

Courtney Mattison: Sea Change

January 30 - April 17, 2016
EXHIBITION OPENING RECEPTION - JAN 29th 6:30-8:30PM Artist and ocean advocate Courtney Mattison creates large scale ceramic installations and sculptures inspired by science and marine biology. Her intricate hand-crafted porcelain works celebrate the fragile beauty of endangered coral reef ecosystems and promote awareness to conserve and protect our natural world.  Born and raised in San Francisco, Courtney received an interdisciplinary Bachelor of Arts in Marine Ecology and Ceramic Sculpture from Skidmore College in 2008 and a Master of Arts in Environmental Studies from Brown University with coursework at the Rhode Island School of Design in 2011. Mattison has exhibited her work nationally…

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Courtney Mattison: Sea Change

Just Add Water: Short Animated Film Exhibition

January 30 - April 17, 2016
EXHIBITION OPENING RECEPTION - JAN 29th 6:30-8:30PM Those of us who live in Southeastern Virginia understand our dependence on its waterways. Access to the Atlantic Ocean and river inlets are not just means of economic and physical sustenance for the region, but for the entire country. With that in mind, our Winter exhibition series explores and celebrates humanity’s dependence on this vital resource. MOCA will present a contemporary animated short film exhibition celebrating filmmakers who include water as a significant role. Each film takes a different approach to both storytelling and animation. They all incorporate different facets of the relationship we all have to this essential elem…

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Just Add Water: Short Animated Film Exhibition