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  1. ODU presents "Art from Guantanamo Bay Exhibition"

    January 21, 2022, 6:00 PM - May 7, 2022, 5:00 PM

    Barron and Ellin Gordon Art Galleries

    Old Dominion University

    Detainees at the United States military prison camp known as Guantánamo Bay have made art from the time they arrived. The Art from Guantánamo Bay exhibition features 101 of these evocative works, made by men held without trial, some for more than 15 years. The six artists include both current (Moath Al Alwi and Ahmed Rabbani) and former (Muhammad Ansi, Abdualmalik (Alrahabi) Abud, Sabri Al Qurashi, Mansoor Adayfi) detainees, none of whom have been charged with committing a crime. Most pieces in the exhibition were taken from Guantánamo by the detainees' attorneys for this showing and following a laborious process of searching, scanning, and analysis for hidden messages by Guantánamo officials. A stamp reading "Approved by US Forces" signals that a work has been cleared, and the stamp's ink often bleeds through to the image on the other side, creating a ghostly mix of art and authority.

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  2. d'Art Center presents "Flourish: A National Juried Exhibition Featuring Floral and Botanical Artworks" and Rebecca King Hawkinson in the Vault.

    April 28, 2022, 5:30 PM - May 21, 2022, 5:00 PM

    d'Art Center

    The open call for artists reached 39 states. 268 artists submitted for a total of 996 submissions, and d’Art’s Gallery Manager, and the juror, Diane Husson, selected 65 pieces from 58 artists from 25 states for the exhibition! Flourish is an exhibition of artworks that feature floral and botanical artworks from across the country! Artist Rebecca King Hawkinson maintains a working studio practice in Black Mountain, teaching students, making new paintings, and taking portrait commissions. The artist regularly still travels to Europe to paint in the countryside. This April the artist returns to the South of France to create new works of art. See the website for classes, artists talks, etc.

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  3. Virginia Arts Festival presents The InHEIRitance Project: EXODUS: Homecoming

    May 5, 2022, 7:30 PM - May 7, 2022, 2:30 PM
    Attucks Theatre

    A brand new play co-created through conversations wit the community, that reimagines the 7 cities as an intergenerational family, and explores the hidden (and not so hidden) struggles of the 757.

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  4. Lifelong Learning Week

    May 7, 2022 - May 14, 2022

    Join us for a citywide celebration of learning, highlighting programs and activities from the Believe in Learning Norfolk partners. Learners of all ages will explore education, health, music, fitness, arts, science, history and more during Lifelong Learning Week, May 7 - 14. Enjoy virtual, in-person and hybrid sessions. Visit to pre-register.

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  5. Bay Oaks park public art dedication

    May 7, 2022, 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

    Bay Oaks Park Ocean View

    Join Norfolk Arts as they welcome Berkeley, California artist team, Jonathan Russell and Saori Ide Russell of Ride Art Studio, and special guest, Councilman Tommy Smigiel, for the dedication of Dialogue, a 23' tall, 16' wide, stainless-steel kinetic sculpture. Visitors will enjoy a silent dialogue, like dancers responding to one another, as wind creates an unpredictable movement of organic forms set within circles. Circles were chosen as a symbol of unity, harmony, and balance to reflect the supportive and resilient Ocean View community.

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