Suffolk’s up and coming arts and culture scene has developed into the perfect blend of local, regional and national artisans through visual art, theatre, dance, music and more. Whether it’s the spoken word, an expression captured in a photograph or the timeless grace of a ballet dancer - Suffolk opens a gateway for artists and those who appreciate their craft.
Art-Ventures is an exciting way to explore and learn about art. Instructor Stephanie Gwaltney has over 15 years of experience at Suffolk Public Schools. Art-Ventures embraces a learning environment that will prepare you for the path ahead. Classes incorporate traditional learning styles and techniques with hands-on experiences. Whether you are a seasoned artist or a first timer, they have a class for you! They offer summer art camps, educational art programs, paint parties, private lessons, and therapeutic art practices. Your success is their priority. To support their inclusive community, they provide a personal approach, tailoring learning methods to each student's needs.
The Suffolk Art Gallery is a lovely art gallery situated in the historic Lakeside neighborhood in downtown Suffolk. Nestled amongst Victorian and Colonial architecture, you’ll find a former library constructed in the early 1960s and repurposed as the Suffolk Art Gallery in the mid 1980s.
The Gallery hosts a variety of exhibits and through a partnership with the Suffolk Art League and the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts offers year-round programming. From painting and pastels to weaving and quilting, you can find a variety of art classes and workshops offered by the Suffolk Art League.
New and exciting exhibits, events and lecture series are included throughout the year at the Suffolk Art Gallery, including:
• The Student Exhibit of Excellence
• Suffolk Art Gallery's Annual Juried Photography Exhibit
• The Suffolk Art League's Open Members' Show
• The Suffolk Art League's Juried Arts Exhibition
Hours of operation:
Suffolk High School, built in 1922, has been restored and repurposed as the premier visual and performing arts venue for Suffolk. In the heart of downtown, the classic Greek-Revival structure houses a 500-seat theater, which is the stage for ballets, children's plays, concerts, dramatic works, films, musicals, puppet shows, and symphony performances.
Two beautiful art galleries flank the Birdsong Theatre and host an ever-changing array of world-class exhibits. The galleries also provide additional space for special event rentals, receptions, meetings, etc.
The 62,880-square-foot facility offers studios for dance, painting, sculpting, weaving classes and several other arts related classes. Within the massive three-story Center, there is a ballroom and banquet hall, classroom museum, and gift shop.
Hours of operation:
Monday-Friday: 8:30am until 5:30pm Ticket window opens 90 minutes prior to events