SCCA to host Chesapeake Bay Art group’s member show

Published 7:39 pm Friday, May 13, 2022

The Suffolk Center for Cultural Arts will host a new art exhibition curated by the Chesapeake Bay Art Association.

The CBAA’s 59th annual Members Art Show opens with a reception on Thursday from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the center’s two galleries. The exhibition will continue through June 24, open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free.

The show will feature 36 CBAA artists, nine high school students and 98 works of art. Mediums include paintings, photography, pottery, glass, metal, paper and a unique 4-foot by-5-foot mixed media sculpture entitled “Here: Disco Desert Runaway” by Loren Hoffman. Hoffman’s art description reads: “After photographing 10,000 photos over 10 days in the desert, Loren wanted to bring a part of the magic out of the West and into the gallery. Letting the viewer experience the bazaar of Arizona and Desert X from the viewpoint of an Alien Disco Wizard.”


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Judge Kyle Kogut will select the Best in Show and other winning artworks. CBAA Award winners will be presented with Jerry’s Artarama gift certificates during Thursday’s opening reception. Gallery visitors are encouraged to vote for the CBAA People’s Choice Award through June 24.

Kogut, a Norfolk resident, is an interdisciplinary artist working primarily in drawing and sculpture. He graduated with a Master of Fine Arts degree from the Mount Royal School of Art multidisciplinary program in 2016. He received his Bachelor of Fine Arts from Tyler School of Art in 2012. Kogut is a visiting assistant professor of drawing and painting at Old Dominion University.

Local artists whose works will be featured are Tosha Watkins of Suffolk and Shirley Whitenack of Carrollton.

Others are Julie Beasley of Chesapeake, Marianne Bechtle of Virginia Beach, Jaylah Belton from Churchland High School, Hyeja Billy of Chesapeake, Alisha Brown of Norfolk, Sherri Brown of Norfolk, Gina Buzby of Norfolk, Kathleen Bruce of Chesapeake, Madison Clarke from Churchland High School, Vivian Davis of Norfolk, Lesley Hildreth of Virginia Beach, Tonya Hopson of Norfolk, Gabriella Garza from Kellam High School, Vanessa Golson of Norfolk, Mick Grochowski of Norfolk, Loren Hoffmann of Virginia Beach, Ruth Johndrow of Chesapeake, Eafrica Johnson of Chesapeake, Monica Johnson of Norfolk, Tee Jay Jones of Virginia Beach, Maggie Kerrigan of Virginia Beach, Jada Kimble from Churchland High School, Amy Lee of Norfolk, Sue Mangan of Norfolk, Janet Matthews of Virginia Beach, Ed Obermeyer of Virginia Beach, Janet Osborne of Chesapeake, Val Parnell of Virginia Beach, Alexia Pilpot from Landstown High School, Kathy Rantanen of Norfolk, Alan Rickman of Virginia Beach, Camellia Robertson from Norfolk Academy, Jorge Saenz of Virginia Beach, Michael Schimmel of Virginia Beach, Brenda M. Siegel of Chesapeake, Ellen Sinclair of Virginia Beach, Brandon Thompson of Virginia Beach, John Tobin of Chesapeake, Jade Van Vactor from Deep Creek High School, Peyton Waters from Granby High School, Christian Williams of Norfolk, Jake Wille of Virginia Beach and Jay Yanello from Landstown High School.

The Chesapeake Bay Art Association was founded in the Ocean View area of Norfolk on Aug. 8, 1961, as a group “that gets together and makes art, talks about art, looks at art, and raises money for young artists to go to art school.”

At the Suffolk show, the group will award at least one scholarship to a high school senior to study art education in the fall. For more information visit

For additional information on the CBAA exhibition, visit The Suffolk Center for Cultural Arts is located downtown at 110 W. Finney Ave.