Get Artsy in Virginia Beach

Get Artsy in Virginia Beach

Visitors flock to Virginia Beach to enjoy the warm weather and beautiful beaches. When you need a break from the sand and sun though, you can experience the art, culture, and history of Virginia Beach too. After all, you can’t miss the King Neptune statue that welcomes you to the beach. The area also hosts a choice of theaters, museums, and art galleries. Here are a few places to get artsy in Virginia Beach.

Virginia Beach Art Galleries

Art buffs won’t find any shortage of fine art galleries in Virginia Beach. You can stop at 12 art galleries along Virginia Beach Boulevard from the oceanfront to Independence Boulevard. Galleries like the Jones Gallery feature works by celebrated local artists. The Jones Gallery is home to three generations of painters. The family still actively paints and runs the gallery, which also serves as a studio.

Visitors who prefer sculpture will enjoy the Richard Stravitz Sculpture & Fine Art Gallery. Stravitz’s bronze sculptures often focus on lifelike bodies in motion. Stravitz explores dance, sports, and animals in his work. For something different, add the Tomstone Animation Gallery and Studios to your art tour.  This gallery offers an up-close view of animation cels, drawings, and paintings by animation artist Tom Ray.

Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art

If you prefer art showcased in a museum setting, spend a day at the Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art. The museum explores art created by living artists. Exhibitions include a mix of paintings, sculpture, and drawings. The museum also offers education classes for kids, teens, and adults. You’ll find the museum just a mile from the beach off 22nd street. There are plenty of hotels near the Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art.

Plus, if you plan your trip in mid-June, you can experience the museum’s annual Boardwalk Art Show. Each year, the museum invites 245 juried artists to this outdoor art show along the beach.

Atlantic Wildfowl Heritage Museum

Catering to a niche audience, the Atlantic Wildfowls Heritage Museum features the history of wildfowl and how it affects the local area. Nature buffs and sportsmen will appreciate the artwork and exhibits here. Works on display include carvings of ducks by local volunteer duck carvers. At the gift shop, visitors can buy duck decoys, artwork, hand-carved walking sticks, and books.

Sandler Center for Performing Arts

To enjoy a night of performance art, check the schedule for the Sandler Center for Performing Arts when you plan your trip. The calendar features a mix of classical ballet, touring Broadway shows, and kid-friendly events. Past events include Mama Mia, Tango Fire, and Swan Lake performed by the Russian Ballet. Known for its architecture and acoustics, the theater seats up to 1,000 guests.

When you travel to Virginia Beach, schedule some time to enjoy the art and cultural activities available throughout the area. Plan a day at a theater or museum when you’re ready to take a break from the beach. Be sure to stop in the fine art galleries that dot Virginia Beach Boulevard. Art lovers won’t be disappointed.

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