Your Guide to Experiencing All the Art That the City Has to Offer
One thing that makes Virginia Beach so exuberant is the art that the city features throughout. From galleries and museums to communities and events, there is always art to experience, whether it be as a viewer or an artist yourself.
The ViBe Creative District of Virginia Beach is a colorful area of the city that is the center of professional street art, mural paintings, art displays, various events and so much more. The vibrant neighborhood is also home to local restaurants, coffee shops and stores that take in the bright atmosphere of the area. The Artists Gallery, owned by the Virginia Beach Art Center is also located in the ViBe District and houses local artists to create and sell their work.
The Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art is a popular contemporary museum located at 2200 Parks Avenue near the oceanfront resort area. Exhibitions rotate out, so you rarely see the same pieces when you visit. The Art of The Vibe 3 is currently running in the Satellite Gallery, as well as the Prisms Art Camp Exhibition 2022 in the Fleming Gallery and Mille Colori by Dale Chihuly in the Rodriguez Pavilion. From October 8th to February 5th More Than Shelter will be in the Main Gallery, Made in VA 2022 (an annual juried art exhibition) will also be in the Main Gallery and Bryan Kreydatus: Homebodies will be in the Community Gallery.
21st Street Art Gallery is located on N Birdneck Rd and is well known for custom art and gifts. Art objects often include seascapes paintings, oil on a canvas, pottery and jewelry. Their five artists, Rick Romano, Heather Bautista, Ed Obermeyer, Heather Donis and Mike O’Shell keep the shop filled with unique and one-of-a-kind pieces.
The Virginia Beach Art Center offers educational and supportive classes that inspire people of all ages and skill levels to experience, engage with and create art. They have the Brock Gallery, which features monthly exhibits, the Bailey Ceramic Studio, The Artists Gallery as noted above and the Jean Rawls Art Classroom.