Hampton Roads Virginia is home to a myriad of artists and craftsmen. Local artists are supported by a variety of organizations, galleries, shows, festivals, and events.

Art Associations

Chesapeake Bay Art Association

In 1961, artists living in Norfolk formed the Chesapeake Bay Art Association (CBAA). Each year, the CBAA hosts the Ocean View Art Show, in Norfolk.

Art Museums

Contemporary Art Center of Virginia

The Contemporary Art Center of Virginia is a nonprofit, noncollecting institution founded in 1952 to foster awareness, exploration and understanding of the significant art of our time. Regularly changing exhibitions feature painting, sculpture, photography, glass, video and other visual media from international, national, and regional artists.

Art Shows – Festivals

Seawall Art Show

The Seawall Art Show showcases work by artists working in media such as oils, pastels, watercolor, acrylics, pen and ink, pencil, fiber, fine jewelry, fun jewelry, blown glass, lampwork glass, stained glass, pottery, photography, and metal.

Virginia Arts Festival

The Virginia Arts Festival is a non-profit organization that was established in 1997. Each spring, artists team up with professional arts organizations to present a mix of music, theatre, and dance.

Ocean View Art Show

The Ocean View Art Show is presented annually by the Chesapeake Bay Art Association (CBAA).

Art Galleries

The Artists Gallery

The Artists Gallery is incorporated as a not-for-profit organization, managed entirely by its artist members. Founded in 1988, the Artists Gallery provides space for working, exhibiting, and showcasing original fine art by local and regional artists.

Skipjack Nautical Wares and Marine Gallery

Skipjack Nautical Wares and Marine Gallery, located in Olde Towne Portsmouth, Virginia offers authentic maritime antiques, fine original marine art, custom nautical furniture and furnishings, yachting apparel, jewelry and other custom nautical products.

The Beach Gallery

The Beach Gallery offers a wide selection of fine works by national and local artists from original works to lithographs to fine art prints.


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