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Art league hosts members’ show

The Suffolk Art Gallery is back open to the public with a new exhibit and plans to keep moving forward.

After closing its doors in March, the Suffolk Art Gallery has reopened to showcase the Suffolk Art League’s Open Members Show through Aug. 21.

“We are very pleased with the number of entries we received,” said Linda Bunch, Suffolk Art League’s executive director. “With the pandemic, we weren’t sure how many people would feel comfortable coming out, but we had a great response.”

The variety of art on display includes two-dimensional works such as paintings with watercolor, acrylic, oil, mixed media and photography. Sculptures are also on display made out of glass, clay, wood and other mixed media. Jewelry pieces are on display as well.

“This showcase has something for everyone,” said Bunch. “Artists are very resilient, and this show presents a variety of work that is being produced by artists from across Hampton Roads and beyond. We are delighted that the Gallery is open, and we have a wonderful exhibit for folks to get out and see.”

Members of the Suffolk Art League could enter up to two pieces of art to display. There are 117 pieces of artwork shown from 64 artists from Hampton Roads and northeastern North Carolina.

Now that the Suffolk Art Gallery is back open, another event is planned.

On Aug. 20, Poetry, Prose, and Pizza will start at 6 p.m. with sign up beginning at 5:30 p.m. This open mic night will be hosted by Nathan Richardson, who is known as a performance poet and Frederick Douglass historian.

“Anyone can sign up to perform,” said Bunch. “Our gallery has a piano if any musicians would like to perform as well.”

The events are free and open to the public. No reservations are necessary, but masks and social distancing are required. For more information on upcoming events or membership, visit www.suffolkartleague.com.