Last Thursday evening, the d’Art Center located in the NEON district of Norfolk, Virginia opened its second national juried Tiny But Mighty II exhibition of small three-dimensional works from across the U.S. that do not exceed 8” in their longest dimensions. Arts educator and Virginia-based freelance writer Betsy DiJulio and d’Art Center’s gallery manager Amanda Bradley selected fifty-five pieces from forty-eight artists across thirty-seven different states. The parameters of this exhibit includes both freestanding and wall-mounted 3-D works that must be three-dimensional in at least 50% of its form and structure. Despite delays and the added restrictions of viewing artwork in-person amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, the gallery at d’Art Center beautifully installed the show and held its opening reception last week. Virginia state-mandated rules require attending artists and visitors to adhere to social distancing and wear facemask coverings while inside the gallery.
Among the 55 different pieces selected for Tiny But Mighty II is my Cityscape Widget: Homage to New Beginnings, Pt. II, a petite copper vessel at only 3 inches long and wall-hung center-ish, in this gallery installation photo (left.) I’m quite pleased to be included with other notable metalsmiths in this exhibition, such as Oklahoma State University Professor and metalsmith Chris Ramsay, and Abigail Heuss, Associate Professor of Art/Metalsmithing from Valdosta State University, Georgia. After a brief intro by gallery manager Amanda Bradley, Tiny But Mighty II juror Betsy DiJulio gives a fascinating and poised walk-through of exhibit highlights in this YouTube video captured live – just before the exhibit opened to the public on August 6th:
Tiny But Mighty II exhibition runs from August 6th through August 29th at the d’Art Center, located at 740 Duke Street, Norfolk, Virginia in the NEON district of Norfolk. Opening reception August 6th from 5:30-7:30PM. Free and open to the public, normal gallery hours are Monday to Saturday, 10AM-5PM. Most of the works on display in this show are available for purchase through the d’Art Center gallery and online.