Annual Colonial Place/Riverview Front Porch Art Walk

Holiday Shop Right Here at the 16th Annual Front Porch Art Walk on Sunday, October 12th, 2014  from 12 noon-5pm. Rain or shine.

By Cheryl Copper

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Colonial Place – Riverview’s annual art show is like no other in Hampton Roads. In its 16th year, the event showcases up to 40 resident artists on their front porches as well as a specially featured artist at the Lydia Roper Home in Riverview. The Porch Art Walk has grown and changed from its inception in 1998 when artist and CPRV resident Sheila Robinson conceived the idea to highlight local fine artists.  It still showcases fine art and encourages participants to visit both neighborhoods on foot, bike, or by car though it’s expanded to include varied crafts–pottery, jewelry, hand-made note cards, masks, knitted creations, decorative items—from fan pulls to hula hoops and upcycled art. It’s free, rain or shine, and open to the public.

The special guest artist is Clay McGlamory,

Clay McGlamory was born in San Diego, California. In 1978 he and his family moved to Okinawa, Japan where they traveled extensively throughout Asia before moving to the Tidewater area of Virginia.  His experiences in the South Pacific and Asia changed his outlook at an early impressionable age, enriching his appreciation for other cultures as well as his own.  He went to 6th through 12th grade in Virginia Beach where his interest for visual art began to thrive.  Clay moved to Norfolk where he went to Old Dominion University (ODU) for his BFA and attended the joint program between ODU and Norfolk State University for his MFA graduating with honors.  He has taught printmaking and design courses for ODU as an Adjunct Assistant Professor since 1999 and has taught printmaking and book arts for the Governor’s School for the Arts since 1994.  Clay has had 15 solo exhibitions including The Red Door Gallery in Richmond, Virginia in 2009, The White Canvas Gallery in Richmond, Virginia in 2006 and The Contemporary Art Center of Virginia in Virginia Beach, Virginia in 2005.  His work has been included in over 120 national and international juried and invitational exhibitions and has won awards for printmaking, book and mixed media works.  He was one of the 2007 recipients of the SURDNA foundation grant for artists teaching in art specialty high school programs.  Clay is an active, participating member of the Southern Graphics Council and the American Print Alliance.  He has given workshops in a variety of media, worked as a master printer, completed commissioned site specific installations, curated exhibitions and organized print portfolios that have been exhibited in many venues across the country and are in national collections.  The majority of Clay’s current works are large back lighted screenprint installations and monoprints on colored and clear Acrylic sheets, he also works in lithography, collograph, book arts, and creates mixed media assemblages.  His work is in numerous public and private collections, including a recently installed, 18 foot long, back lighted, permanent commission work in the Batten Arts and Letters Building on the campus of ODU. You can visit him at the Lydia Roper Home which is also a hospitality site and a suggested starting point for the day’s walking tour.

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Hospitality sites offer Porch Art Walk maps the day of the event:

Granby (or off Granby) Street

  • Lydia Roper Home (127 E. 40th Street in Riverview, starting point and featured artist Clay McGlamory)
  • The Kennedy Gallery at One 11 Art (111 Pennsylvania Ave.)
  • Mj’s Tavern 4019 Granby Street
  • Charlies Café at Riverview 4024 Granby Street

Hats off to the volunteers in this all-volunteer venue (Shirley Cooper-Sherron, Stephanie Hale, John Bratten, Betsy Rivers-Kennedy) and to the civic league which provided $100 and newsletter and space to promote it.

If you have questions about the event, please contact Shirley Cooper-Sherron at 757.575.4547 or email at enlightenup2@cox.net

PLEASE VISIT AND ‘LIKE’ OUR PAGE ON FACEBOOK: CPRV FRONT PORCH ART WALK and see images by this year’s artists, as well as updates on the event.

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Sheila Robinson, Artist and Founder of the CPRV Front Porch Art Walk

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