Art teachers show their stuff at Suffolk Museum

Published 10:25 pm Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Preparing the exhibit: Suffolk Museum assistant Debbie Hill hangs a painting by Sandee Darden, an art teacher at King’s Fork Middle School. The painting, titled “On the Edge,” is one of about 60 artworks submitted by area art teachers for a show that will be held at the museum Jan. 7-22.

The teachers who are members of the Tidewater Virginia Art Education Association are used to doing everything they can to make their students shine and to encourage them to exhibit their works.

Starting on Friday, however, those teachers will be putting their own talents on the line in an exhibition at the Suffolk Museum.

About 60 works of art in a variety of media will be on display during Winterim, an annual show that is jointly produced by the Suffolk Museum and the Suffolk Art League, according to Museum Coordinator Nancy A. Kinzinger.

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“This is a very high-quality show,” Kinzinger said on Tuesday as museum workers and volunteers prepared spaces in the museum building on Bosley Avenue for the event. “People will really want to see what our teachers can do. There’s some really nice work here.”

In fact, the exhibition includes works by five Suffolk teachers, so there will be an especially personal connection for people from the area. The president of the local art teachers’ organization also taught some courses at the Suffolk Museum last summer, Kinzinger said, so some folks may even have met her.

But even without the connections, Kinzinger said she expects Winterim to draw good crowds during its three-week run. January shows, she said, usually bring in between 600 and 700 people.

As has been the tradition for this annual show, there will be no opening reception. Instead, a closing reception and Fine Craft Expo will be held Jan. 22. The expo will feature fine crafts from Hampton Roads artisans and will include artist demonstrations. It will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. that day, with the reception scheduled from 2 to 4 p.m.

Participants in the show will be competing for a Best in Show award or one of four merit awards. Leigh Anne Chambers, director of Rawls Museum Arts in Courtland, will be the judge.

The artwork will be on display and open for free public viewing Jan. 7-22, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and from 1 to 5 p.m. on Sundays.