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Date:
May 17, 2014 - May 18, 2014
Time:
All Day
Time Details:
10 AM - 5 PM May 17 Noon - 5 PM May 18
Address:
Norfolk, VA 23510

STOCKLEY GARDENS ARTS FESTIVAL CELEBRATES 30TH ANNIVERSARY

Saturday, May 17

Since 1984, Hope House Foundation has hosted the Stockley Gardens Arts Festival, a two-day event featuring more than 120 artists displaying and selling their works. This year’s spring Stockley Garden Arts Festival will mark the event’s 30th anniversary, and the entire community is getting behind the show to celebrate. “In addition to great art and music, we are expanding the festival with performance and visual art installations from local artists along the beautiful Hague to the Chrysler Museum of Art,” said Elena Montello, festival director. “We’ve gotten support from our sponsors, TowneBank, the city of Norfolk, artists, musicians, businesses and our neighbors to make this festival truly remarkable.” Also along the Hague will be the Chrysler Museum Mobile Glass Studio and the Culinary Institute of Virginia with live artful demonstrations.

Since 1984, Hope House Foundation has hosted the Stockley Gardens Arts Festival, a two-day event featuring more than 120 artists displaying and selling their works. This year’s spring Stockley Garden Arts Festival will mark the event’s 30th anniversary, and the entire community is getting behind the show to celebrate.

“In addition to great art and music, we are expanding the festival with performance and visual art installations from local artists along the beautiful Hague to the Chrysler Museum of Art,” said Elena Montello, festival director. “We’ve gotten support from our sponsors, TowneBank, the city of Norfolk, artists, musicians, businesses and our neighbors to make this festival truly remarkable.” Also along the Hague will be the Chrysler Museum Mobile Glass Studio and the Culinary Institute of Virginia with live artful demonstrations.

Stockley Gardens Park provides a unique atmosphere for the festival with its garden setting in the heart of the historic district in Ghent. The festival attracts more than 25,000 people who enjoy the art, live music, an array of food and the community atmosphere every spring and fall. Artists come from across the United States and as far away as California to participate in the festival.

Art winners will be announced during The Art Party on Saturday, May 18 from 5 to 7 p.m. Admission is free. And, to celebrate the 30th Anniversary, the Waxing Poetics, one of the region’s favorite indie rock bands will perform. The event includes a cash bar with wine and beer from O’Connor Brewery and a chance to rekindle friendships from the last three decades.

Local rock fans still hear Norfolk's own Waxing Poetics on area and satellite rock radio with their biggest hit, Baby Jane. Born from the post-New Wave scene in the clubs of Norfolk and Virginia Beach, the Waxing Poetics were bright stars in the fertile local music scene of the mid-late '80s. While popular at home, with frequent sold-out shows at the Boathouse, they were propelled to greater success though their three widely available albums, hundreds of gigs at colleges and clubs up and down the East Coast and beyond, tirelessly promoted and managed by late Tidewater radio maverick Carol Taylor. They officially split in 1992, but have remained a strong draw over the past twenty-plus years at occasional reunion gigs, as well as in the digital realm.

Festival Music Schedule – on the main stage

Saturday, May 17
10 a.m. Logan Vath Singer/Songwriter
11:30 a.m. Scott Slay Bluegrass
1 p.m. Sunny & Gabe Funky Electro Pop
3 p.m. DJ P & Mr. T Retro New Wave
5 p.m. Waxing Poetics Indie Rock

Sunday, May 18
Noon Jim Newsome Quartet Jazz – played the first festival
1:30 p.m. The Bartones 60s Rock and Soul
3:30 p.m. Time and the Avenger 1984 Theme Featuring Andi Helfant-Frye

Another new element is Fork Art. Twelve area chefs have been recruited by food writer and editor Patrick Evans-Hylton to be the focus of a piece of art with their signature dish. These twelve artistic interpretations from local artists will be auctioned off during the show. The works of art will be displayed in the restaurants the week before the show. Participating chefs include: Brad Kelley, Salacia; Rodney Eihorn, Terrapin; Jerry Weihbrecht, Zoes; Mike Farrell, Still; John Mannino, Mannino’s; Todd Jurich, Todd Jurich’s Bistro; Sydney Meers, Stove; Ed Storey, Bardo; Kenny Sloane, Jr., Fin; Harper Bradshaw, Harper’s Table; Scott Simpson, Founders Inn; and Patrick Evans-Hylton, Coastal Virginia.