Local Artists Shine at the MOCA Boardwalk Art Show

It’s the 60th year for the Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art’s (MOCA) Boardwalk Art Show, and if you take the trip down to the Oceanfront you won’t be disappointed. The ocean breeze is blowing and the artists are on hand until Sunday, June 21 displaying works of art from all over Hampton Roads and the entire country.

The art show goes on daily until 6 p.m. with the wine and beer garden at the 24th street park open until 10. Also at the 24th street park is the entertainment stage featuring Dahna Rowe Friday from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. then Borderline Crazy from 7:30 p.m. until 10:30 p.m. On Saturday Brandon Bower Band performs from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. and popular throwback band The Deloreans from 7:30 p.m. until 10:30 p.m. On Sunday Mike Proffitt performs from 2 p.m. to 5.

If you’re hungry, there are all kinds of food vendors from junk food to gourmet crepes and crab cakes. There are also plenty of hydration stops on the boardwalk, which you will definitely want to stop at in this June heat.

IMG_1441While wandering the boardwalk, I was lucky enough to meet most of the Hampton Roads artists exhibiting. I was impressed to see artists from as far away as Oregon, but it was the light, beachy, creative pieces from around here that were truly head-turning.

Williamsburg architect Carlton Abbot took the time to show me post cards he created using natural pigments while he was in Italy. He mailed them back here to his wife or himself, having drawn them in pen and colored them in with diluted chocolate, wine, or vegetables that he found on his travels.

Glass artist Cindy Lackore showed me her “Save the Bay” crab necklaces and happily showed that they only “steam the male crabs” and left the female blue crabs their uncooked blue color. IMG_1456

For more Hampton Roads artists and where to find their booths, check out the photo gallery.

Photos: 2015 MOCA Boardwalk Art Show

If you have to be close to next year’s art show, sign up to be a volunteer after you check out this year’s event! Visit boardwalkartshow.com to sign up and for more information.

See you on the boardwalk!