Saturday, April 28, 2012

Stockley Gardens Spring Arts Festival

Hope House Foundation, a non-profit organization that has been providing support services for people with developmental disabilities since 1964, announces the dates for the 28th Annual Stockley Gardens Spring Arts Festival—May 19-20, 2012, at Stockley Gardens Park in the Ghent section of Norfolk.

The park is located on the corner of Stockley Gardens and Olney Road in Norfolk. The hours of the festival, which is free and open to the public, are Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Sunday, noon to 6:00 p.m. All proceeds benefit Hope House Foundation.

Proud Sponsors of the event include: Miller Oil/Miller Mart, Mancon, Ghent Business Association, Old Point National Bank, WNIS 790AM, WHRO, VEER Magazine, Hampton Roads Magazine, 93.7 BOB-FM.

Over 140 artists have been selected to exhibit at the festival, which offers exhibition opportunities in every fine-art medium, such as painting, ceramics, sculpture, photography, and jewelry.

The awards for the festival will be presented at the After Hours Party/Artist Award Ceremony to be held on Saturday evening from 6-8 p.m. at the stage in the park. There will be over $5,000 in artist awards. A list of all award winners will be displayed at the Hope House Foundation Hospitality Booth on Sunday, May 20.

The festival judge will be Sidney Lawrence from Washington, DC. Mr. Lawrence is an artist, critic and curator who studied art history at the University of California, Berkley and Davis. Mr. Lawrence has participated in many local and national gallery shows including the National Portrait Gallery. He is represented in more than 40 collections.

The Stockley Gardens Arts Festival poster design for this spring was created by artist Tevin Flores with graphic design work by Christine Morgan.

Specialty food items will be available from many area vendors throughout the weekend. Vendors include such favorites as Ben & Jerry’s, Belmont House of Smoke, Cogan’s Pizza, Hawaiian Sno, East Fresh, Sherri’s Crab Cakes, Grapevine Restaurant, and Eat-a-Pita.

This Spring a new line up of local musical talent will be featured over the course of the festival, including well-known favorites such as So What!, Skye Zentz, Mink & Cheef’s Electric Band, Bria Kelly & Friends, ZigZag, More Perfect Jones, Betty Iron Thumbs, Dancing with Dragons, Jim Masters, and Passenger. A have a variety of children’s activities will also be held at the festival.

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