October 8-16, 2016 will be the 3rd annual Visual Arts Week in Norfolk.  During the week, we encourage residents and visitors to take advantage of the many ways to experience visual arts in Norfolk every day. It is with good reason Norfolk is called the Cultural Capital of Virginia.

The Norfolk Visual Arts Week website features nearly 100 ways to experience visual arts in Norfolk. Like the Norfolk Visual Arts Week Facebook page to stay connected. 

The official week begins with the oldest and largest artist run art show, the Chesapeake Bay Art Association’s 54th Annual Ocean View Art Show, October 8 and 9 (10am-5pm) both days at Ocean View Beach Park, overlooking the Chesapeake Bay.

Visual Arts week concludes with the 2016 Stockley Gardens Fall Arts Festival, October 15, (10am-5pm), and October 16, (12pm-5pm). More than 25,000 people come to see and buy fine art and enjoy live entertainment and kids’ activities throughout the weekend.

On October 8, the CRAFTED: Indie Arts and Craft Market at O’Connor Brewing Co. (12pm-9pm) also kicks off the week along with The Looking Glass Backlot Deal Days Outdoor Arts and Crafts Fair (10am-3pm) followed by the Colonial Place & Riverview annual Front Porch Art Walk on October 9, (12pm-5pm) and Riverview Village Days (11pm-4pm).

2016 marks the 10th year of the Norfolk Public Art Program! Head to the Slover Library Forum October 10 at 10:10am for light refreshments, speeches and cheers. Free and open to the public.     

There are ongoing exhibitions during the week at our Offsite Gallery and Transit Gallery, the d’Art Center, the Neil Britton Gallery at Virginia Wesleyan, OKAY Spark Gallery, Harbor Gallery, Paul Street Gallery at Titustown Recreation Center, Kellam Gallery, Corner Gallery, Art Works Gallery and Frame Shop, James Wise Gallery at Norfolk State University, the Baron and Ellin Gordon Art Galleries at ODU, The Governor’s School Origin Gallery, Glass Wheel Studio, Gallery 21, The WPA Gallery in the Monticello Arcade and more. See local art at coffee shops, restaurants and specialty stores such as Zeke’s Beans and Bowls, Cure, Café Stella, A’Latte, Elliot’s Fair Grounds, Work Release, Kitsch and Bridget’s to name a few. Visit the Chrysler Museum or take their weekend tour to the Moses Myers House or Willoughby Baylor House to see art on display or enjoy a visit to the Hermitage Museum. Visit norfolkarts.net for a complete list of places to go.