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ARTlab Summer/Fall 2016

May 22 - December 31, 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.   …

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ARTlab Summer/Fall 2016
ARTlab Summer/Fall 2016

Open (C)all 2016 Exhibition

June 1 - September 4, 2016
Many of the artists featured in Turn the Page: The First Ten Years of Hi-Fructose are influenced by art history. For this Open (C)all exhibition, MOCA invited Hampton Roads artists of all ages to respond to the work of one of the following artists: Andy Warhol Max Ernst Hieronymous Bosch Francisco Goya Alphonse Mucha Walt Disney Ingres Frida Kahlo Rembrandt Dr. Seuss Each of the artists above has been cited as influences of one or more artists participating in Turn the Page: The First Ten Years of Hi-Fructose. The works featured in this Open (C)all exhibition reflect individual imagination in creating a new work of art. MOCA would like to thank all the artists who submitted work for this exh…

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Open (C)all 2016 Exhibition
Open Call 2016

christine k. harris: awake

MAY 22 - December 31, 2016
Artist Christine K. Harris wants us to wake up. Too often we move through life, head down, involved in our personal problems in our minds and on our screens. But, if we just look up and around, there is a possibility for deep insight. We have the opportunity to recognize the ties that bind everything together into a whole: People, plants, insects, and animals. Everything that lives has connection to everything else. Learning to pay close, thoughtful attention to the natural world is a process whose story continues to unfold. Christine K Harris is a sculptor and part time art therapist. She earned a Master’s Degree from Eastern Virginia Medical School in art therapy.  She has practiced art…

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christine k. harris: awake
Christine K. Harris. "Fragile Shelter", 2016. Resin, Polymer Clay, Acrylic Paint. Courtesy of the Artist.

Matt Lively: Habitat

April 1-July 23,2016
Opening Reception Friday, April 1st at 5-7pm at MOCA's Satellite Gallery at Towne Pavilion II in conjunction with First Friday ViBe in the new Virginia Beach Creative Arts District.    In this exhibition, artist Matt Lively turns his full attention to one familiar icon, houses. Lively’s houses seem like the sophisticated version of a child’s idea of home. In many ways, they are the same; each has Cape Cod architecture, clapboard siding, a pitched roof and two gabled windows. The paintings, cheerful and sweet at first glance, eventually lead one to a sense of unease. They have a personality which gives them life. These are not mere houses, but metaphors for perhaps our own minds, our…

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Matt Lively: Habitat
Matt Lively Orbit, 2015 Oil on Canvas on Wood. Courtesy of the Artist and Glave Kocen Gallery.

The Promise

March 26 - April 17, 2016
Visual Art Students from Bayside, Green Run Collegiate and Tallwood High Schools explored the current MOCA exhibition surrounding themes of water conservation. They then travelled to The Brock Center in Virginia Beach. Lynnhaven River Now and The Virginia Aquarium presented in-depth overviews of the condition and status of our local waters. They also learned about the decline of the oyster population and how it directly affects the natural habitat and ecosystems.  The students created over 150 ceramic oyster shells and mounted them on gradient blue wooden planks.  The oyster shells are arranged aesthetically to show the growth of oysters needed for the survival of the local water’s habi…

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The Promise
"The Promise" student exhibit at MOCA (2016).