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New exhibit at Virginia Beach Art Center proves less is more

I've always been the type to appreciate the little things. It's the small things in life that matter the most. During the pandemic, this mantra has become more relevant.

To survive this crazy time, it has become more important to appreciate what we do have. For me, I've been grateful for my healthy family and the bonus time with my teenage children.

As an art lover, I have also enjoyed the creativity that has blossomed during these stressful times with local artists. In fact, there's an upcoming exhibition showcasing how even little works of art can bring big joy to art lovers. These small compositions prove that great art comes in small packages.

On Aug. 7, the Virginia Beach Art Center, home of the Artists Gallery, will be opening a new exhibition titled "Less is More." The art show will feature artwork no larger than 10 inches in height or width. There also will be a special category of miniature paintings that are smaller than 5 inches.

William Campbell, gallery artist, said these scaled-down works are affordable and can fit almost anywhere.

"We think many people would like to add the work of local artists but often don't have the space for large pieces or can't afford the prices," Campbell said. "You can collect the work of your favorite artists without a lot of wondering where it will go. Like beautiful gemstones, they pack a lot of wallop in a small space."

Kay Hofler, an oil painter, usually paints 2- to 3-foot paintings of florals and succulents. For this show, she went outside her comfort zone and painted a banana split and chocolate-covered cherry. Other examples include small seascapes, sculptures, mixed media, photography and paintings.

The exhibition will be available to the public for live viewing and on the website at artcentervb.org. The public is invited to see the show in the gallery while following health guidelines.

Additionally, there will be a live video award ceremony at 7 p.m. Aug. 7 on the Virginia Beach Art Center Facebook page. Art lovers can tour the submitted entries, view the judges' remarks and purchase artwork from the comforts of their own home. The exhibit runs through Aug. 30.

Please send any community events, new businesses or story ideas to Lee Belote at jlbelote@verizon.net.

What: "Less is More" exhibition featuring artwork no larger than 10 inches in height and width

Where: The Artists Gallery at the Virginia Beach Art Center, 532 Virginia Beach Blvd.

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