May 21st - Sep 2nd, 2013 -
The Blue Star Museums initiative is a partnership among Blue Star Families, the National Endowment for the Arts, and more than 1,800 museums across America. First launched in the summer of 2010, Blue Star Museums once again are offering free admission and a free tour of the exhibitions to active duty military personnel and their families from Memorial Day, May 37, through Labor Day, September 2, 2013.
To request a tour, visitors may call the galleries at 757-683-6271 or contact Ms. Austin at 757-683-6272.
Sep 15th - Aug 25th, 2012 -
Sept. 15, 2012 - Aug 25, 2013
"Woman, Image and Art"
The majority of known, collected and discussed self-taught artists are men. Images of women in culture often express artists' idealization, ambivalence or wariness - a force to be controlled. The woman may be seen as a seductress leading men to sin and ruin. These complicated roles ascribed to women defy easy explanation. Lewis Smith's "Three Women" are circus performers demonstrating their skill and strength. Their costumes are form-fitting and seductive. Though strong, they must be feminine and alluring, never masculine or dominating. In contrast, Annie Blandings' "Barn" portrays couples dancing, rapt in each other. The woman is an adored partner that holds the family together. The drawing itself is pure and ethereal.
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