WCAC’s first juried art exhibition since the pandemic – Daily Press

The initial onslaught of COVID drastically halted all forms of artistic activity in the region. Since things started to change direction and precautionary guidelines started to lift, organizations are making up for lost time. No one seems to do this quite like the Williamsburg Contemporary Art Center, which seems, at almost every turn, to offer something new to see.

This record continues on September 28 with its first juried exhibition since the pandemic – the annual regional juried art exhibition. It is open to all artists in the Hampton Roads area and is not limited to WCAC members. The show will run until November 11. Cash prizes for show winners will be announced at a reception for WCAC members and participating performers.

“This is an exceptional show that draws artists from across the region,” said Karen Schwartz, program co-chair. “All the artworks in the exhibition were juried and represent the best work of the selected artists. We are delighted to be able to welcome it back after such a long hiatus.

The judge for the event will be Miles Chappell, Emeritus Chancellor Professor of Art History at William & Mary. Chappell chose the works of 85 artists, professionals and beginners, whose creations encompass two- and three-dimensional works of art in all styles and mediums. “There is no limit to the creativity represented,” said Apryl Altman, co-chair of the program. “We are really excited about this show.”

As always, the Westover Avenue Gallery has ongoing “exhibits” in the Artisan Corner, featuring jewelry, fiber art, and other 3D works. The holiday season is approaching and there might just be some great finds here.

For more information, go to www.visitWCAC.org, email [email protected], or call 757-229-4949. The WCAC is open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Wednesday through Saturday.


Entering its 100th anniversary season, the VSO opens its Ferguson Center series on Friday with widely acclaimed and ever-so-connected bandleader Eric Jacobsen on the podium. The programme, Rhythm and Respighi, features violinist Simone Porter in Max Bruch’s Scottish Fantasy. Porter has been called an “emerging artist of passionate energy, interpretative integrity, and dynamic communication.” Since her debut at the age of 10 with the Seattle Symphony Orchestra, she has gone on to play with truly famous big orchestras all over the world and with top notch conductors.

Also on the program, Gottshalk’s irresistible foot tap “Festa Criolla” taken from his Symphony No. 1 (Night in the Tropics). To add to the joy, a collaboration with Norfolk’s Rhythm Project All Stars, a stellar percussion ensemble that is a year-round program for high school students that aims to instill discipline and dedication through performance and touring . Their talents will spice up the Creole atmosphere of the room.

And, the program ends with a truly breathtaking piece, “Pines of Rome” by Respighi, which is sure to send the senses into high gear.

The program starts at 7:30 p.m. For more ticket information, call 757-892-6366.


The Williamsburg Symphony Orchestra’s new musical season begins September 29 in the Williamsburg Community Chapel. A pre-conference with the new musical director, Michael Butterman, takes place from 6:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., with the concert starting at 7:30 p.m. The guest artist will be the sensational pianist Natasha Paremski in Rachmaninoff’s Rhapsody on a Theme by Paganini. For tickets and information, visit www.williamsburgsymphony.org/concerts.

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