Exhibition brings Suffolk businesses of the past back to life

Published 7:13 pm Friday, November 4, 2022

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Suffolk Center for Cultural Arts presents, “Takin’ Care of Business,” an exhibition taking a look into the businesses of Suffolk, past and present, on view Nov. 10 through Dec. 17.

The opening reception for the exhibition is from 5:30-7:30 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 10 and is free and open to the public. M & M Hospitality Group is providing the delicious treats for the opening reception.

“Takin’ Care of Business” exhibit honors leaders and members of the Suffolk community as featured in the world of business, according to a news release from the Suffolk Center.

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Patrons will be able to see portraits of who these courageous people are and what they bring to the city. Works include 30 portraitures by Allyn Brown from O’Neal’s Studio as well as local artists who have captivated the very essence of Suffolk’s business community. The art galleries also will showcase a collection of artworks on loan by private collectors and archived photos by Suffolk News Herald newspaper.

Curatorial research for this unique exhibition has been performed in partnership with Suffolk Department of Economic Development, the Suffolk-Nansemond Historical Society and Annette Montgomery, writer of “Suffolk’s Black America Series.”

Visitors will be able to step back in time and see how Suffolk was a bustling city with a plethora of movie theaters, places to shop and restaurants to dine, making downtown Suffolk the place to be.

Patrons also will be able to take selfies with Suffolk’s Peanut People provided by Suffolk Tourism.