The Art Institute of Virginia Beach Art Gallery Hosts Closing Reception in Honor of June 19


The Art Institute of Virginia Beach, a branch of the Art Institute of Atlanta, Art Gallery will host a closing reception to celebrate its featured gallery artist, Richard C. Press, Sr., on Thursday, July 28, 2022. The The art gallery’s exhibit was personally curated by Mr. Press, a renowned artist based in Hampton, Virginia, in honor of Juneteenth. Now a federal holiday, Juneteenth celebrates the emancipation of enslaved African Americans, and Mr. Press’s oil and acrylic paintings commemorate this important part of history.

The Virginia Beach community is invited to attend the gallery closing for one last chance to view Mr. Press’s work. Additionally, the acclaimed artist will be presenting live artwork that will be showcased on the closing day.

“A lifelong painter, muralist and educator, Mr. Press visually and beautifully tells the stories important not only to African American history, but to the history of our country as a whole,” said Cheritta Crenshaw, counselor enrolling at the Art Institute of Virginia. Beach.

Crenshaw added, “It has been a pleasure to share his contributions with our community throughout this gallery exhibition and we look forward to a much-appreciated close for Mr. Press.”

Where: Virginia Beach Art Institute Gallery | Two Columbus Center, 4500 Main St. Suite 200, Virginia Beach, VA 23462.

When: Thursday, July 28, 2022, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Mr. Press’s murals captured wide attention, appealing to the masses both visually and symbolically. In 2019, his painting “Here Today, Gone Tomorrow” was featured in a documentary produced by USA Today titled “1619: Searching for Answers” – an in-depth look at the arrival of the first enslaved Africans in America in 1619. A A master with acrylics and oils, Mr. Press has created an impressive portfolio that includes abstracts, impressionism, realism, portraits, and several commissions for murals and private pieces.


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