Hampton, Va.— Hamptons Arts kicks off its 35th anniversary season with two spectacular shows at the Charles H. Taylor Visual Arts Center and a special cocktail event to celebrate summer.

“We’re thrilled to welcome visitors to the Visual Arts Center to experience the diverse range of works created by some of the region’s best artists,” said Hampton Arts artistic director Richard M. Parison, Jr. “These boundary-pushing works represent the breadth of their creative energy. Our newest addition, Cocktails at the Charles on August 5, offers a fresh way to explore the exhibits and socialize with other art enthusiasts.

“Artists Who Teach”

July 16 — August 27

Artist Reception and Award Ceremony: July 23, 3 p.m. — 5 p.m.

Artists Who Teach is an annual juried exhibition that presents the artwork of talented visual arts educators throughout Coastal Virginia. Artwork in all media is represented by current educators of local schools, colleges, art centers and institutions.

Truly Matthews, Assistant Director of Education & Engagement at the Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), serves as juror and judge for this year’s exhibition. With over ten years of experience in the museum field, she is committed and passionate about helping all audiences make meaningful connections between art and the everyday. Matthews currently serves on the Executive Board of the Virginia Art Education Association as Treasurer and previously held the position of VAEA Museum Division Director. She holds a MA in Museum Studies from Johns Hopkins University and BA from Old Dominion University.

This year’s exhibition features cash prizes awarded to Best in Show, First, Second, and Third Places.


Solo Exhibition by Johnny Shield

July 16 — August 27

2020 Artists Who Teach Juried Exhibition “Best in Show” winner Johnny Shield will present a solo exhibition, “Reverberation.” In his artist statement, Shield says, “The fractures in today’s society have not yet been pieced back together. Echoes of a long-settled conflict remind us that maybe these states are not as ‘united’ as the name once implied.”

Cocktails at the Charles

Friday, August 5, 5:30 p.m.

Hampton Arts offers a twist on happy hour! Cocktails at the Charles provides patrons an exciting opportunity to enjoy and appreciate the beauty of the exhibitions while sipping a glass of select wine or an elegant cocktail and relaxing in the visual arts center at day’s end.

This one-of-a-kind social experience will begin by mixing and mingling with the evening’s exhibition- inspired cocktails, curated by Zach Pool, Fuller Raw Bar’s Chief Mixologist. A casual, informative conversation with “Artists Who Teach” juror Truly Matthews follows, including an exclusive private walk-through of the exhibition.

$25 per person / $20 for Hampton Arts League members includes a voucher for one cocktail/mocktail. Other cocktails and beverages are available for purchase. This event is for ages 21 and over and is sponsored by the Hampton Arts Foundation and Hampton Arts League.

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