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January 23, 2014

Works by Students from Local Schools on Display at Virginia Beach and Tri-Cities Centers


Opening receptions for two new art exhibits at Old Dominion's Virginia Beach and Tri-Cities higher education centers are scheduled next week.

"Spectrum," featuring works by visual and performing arts students from Salem High School in Virginia Beach, will be up through Feb. 22 at the Virginia Beach Higher Education Center. The opening reception is scheduled from 5-6:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 30. It is free and open to the public.

Chesapeake Public Schools will display student artwork at the Tri-Cities Center from Jan. 29 through September. The public is also invited to the opening-night reception for this exhibit on the second-floor hallway from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 29.

"Spectrum" encompasses a variety of media as a senior class project. Erin Richburg, lead visual arts teacher for Salem's visual and performing arts department and coordinator for this exhibit, said: "Twenty-nine students are participating in 'Spectrum.' The concept is 'open-ended,' student-driven, independent projects, so the works have research elements varying from personal fears to political statements, to exploration of architectural decay."

The exhibit is on display in the atrium of the ODU Virginia Beach campus, located at 1881 University Drive, Virginia Beach. The building is open from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. weekdays and 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturday.

Patti Edwards, Darden College of Education senior art lecturer and university supervisor, said ODU Virginia Beach is proud to engage art education teacher-prep students in a pre-service role of installation and inquiry in mentoring secondary art students in the Virginia Beach Public Schools.

"This exhibit celebrates community, collaboration and creativity," Edwards said, adding, "ODU art education students are honored to serve our community through on-going co-curricular events which embrace service learning at ODU Virginia Beach."

For more information visit www.odu.edu/vabeach or call 368-4100

At the Tri-Cities Center, students in grades K through 5 will display artwork encompassing various media and subject matter. Anticipated media include crayon, magic markers, tempera paint, colored pencil and construction paper art.

The center's second-floor hallways also feature works by Suffolk Public School students, grades K through 12. This exhibit of new artwork arrived Jan. 16 and will be on display through May. These imaginative pieces include the following media: tempera paint, magic markers, graphite, oil and chalk pastels, colored pencil, crayon and printmaking.

The artwork is "phenomenal, especially considering the ages of these student artists from kindergarten and up," said Ellen McClintock, ODU master advisor at the Tri-Cities Center. "This is a win-win situation for ODU and the artists. These opening-night receptions and continuing art exhibits allow students to exhibit their artwork in a university setting. In return, by recognizing their talents, ODU Tri-Cities Center becomes more visible to the community. This allows us to promote the services we offer, including junior-, senior- and graduate-level courses, conference accommodations, room rentals, academic advising and student services."

Art exhibits at the Tri-Cities Center, 1070 University Blvd., Portsmouth, are open for viewing weekdays from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (closed Sunday). For more information call 686-6220.