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Current Exhibition

French Connections
July 13 – September 30, 2018

 The special exhibit of works by Marc Chagall opens July 13 and runs through September 30, 2018 at the Peninsula Fine Arts Center. Drawn from the permanent collection of the museums throughout Virginia and North Carolina, works by the artist Marc Chagall (1887-1985) provide a glimpse into the influential Avant-guard styles that converged in Paris during the early 20th century. Chagall grew up in Russia, and moved to Paris in 1911 in order to master his craft.

 Additionally, the “Glow of Paris” exhibit contains photographs by Gary Zuercher. His romance with Paris and its bridges at night are captured in 35 unique images.. His manipulation of the camera playing with shadow and light effects, isolates and elevates these important architectural symbols of Paris far beyond their daily, prosaic function

 The show complements the interactive art exhibition Chagall for Children. Focusing on the works of Marc Chagall, this one-of-a-kind experience is a unique approach to introducing families to art through the life and work of a master artist, helping children and adults alike develop a greater understanding and appreciation of all forms of artistic expression. Chagall for Children is designed to engage visitors in the exploration of the artist and his artwork through 15 interactive, multi-sensory components.

Each exhibit area features one Chagall work with an accompanying hands-on activity in a variety of media. Visitors are encouraged to explore specific art principles such as color, composition, light, and texture. Many stations are accompanied by audio descriptions highlighting information about the artwork. Books about the artist are provided to encourage further exploration and to stimulate literacy learning.

Accessibility: PFAC welcomes all visitors and is committed to making its programs and services accessible to everyone. Wheelchairs and gallery stools are available at no charge. Guide Dogs are permitted in the galleries and a water bowl is available upon request. Large caption panel copy and gallery guides are available – advance notice is needed. 

Upcoming Exhibition



October 13, 2018 – January 24, 2019

The ADORN exhibition includes; Judith Peto Leiber: Earthly Delights; The Perfect Dress; Roberto Coin: Jewelry; Walk This Way – an exhibition of juried and selected works; and CharismaSpheres a large-scale photography exhibition by John and Kim Wadsworth.

Judith Leiber (American, born in Budapest, Hungary in 1921), known for the creation of exquisitely designed couture women’s accessories which blur the boundaries between function and art, adorns minaudières and compact cases with semi-precious stones. Her creations also include day bags, belts and pillboxes. Beautifully detailed both inside and out, each tiny minaudière takes months to fabricate with special attention paid to the construction including the interior details and hardware.

The Perfect Dress – Hubert De Givenchy says that “The perfect dress can make many things happen in a woman’s life. It can bring happiness. It is so nice to give happiness to your friends.” From debutantes balls to charity galas, and red carpet events, to that one special wedding day, women look for the perfect dress for the perfect occasion only a few times in their lives. Carefully chosen for that special occasion, a gown should not only flatter the wearer, and demonstrate her sense of style, but also illustrate an understanding of the significance of the event. The Perfect Dress exhibit looks at stylish evening wear; designers Oscar de la Renta, Hubert de Givenchy, and Romona Keveza have been a part of these moments. These dresses exhibit that desire in women. “Feminine, sophisticated, luxurious” is how Romona Keveza describes her gowns. These designers are known for making women feel special and beautiful; whether it is an evening dress of black velvet, a stunning wedding dress that is blush & french violet printed silk organza gown or an evening set with gold netting and beading. The exhibition highlights styles, silhouettes, and colors that have been perennial favorites for many years. There is a perfect gown for every woman and every occasion.

Roberto Coin – “Fashion is changeable. Style is not. Style is part of us, our life, in every moment and every expression.”
The company that bears jewelry designer Roberto Coin’s name was founded in 1977 in Italy’s Vicenza. His creativity took shape through the hands of the historical and most renowned Italian jewelry artisans who brought his romantic and borderless imagination to life through their skills, telling his story through jewels that truly become works of art. This exhibition looks at pieces created by Roberto Coin throughout the years. These works are the result of a thorough process, a journey among different cultures and multiethnic influences, through the world of nature, between echoes of the past and future projections. Roberto Coin signs each one of his piece with a small ruby casted inside the jewel, in direct contact with the skin of who wears it. This magical
signature, surrounded by an antique halo of legend, represents the message of good wishes that Roberto Coin dedicates to his passionate clientele. Loans courtesy of private collectors and Hauser’s Jewelers.
Walk this Way will present a contemporary look at fashion inspired art created by artists throughout the United States. Artists across the nation are devoted to what might be considered a “lost art,” creating such handmade objects designed to be functional as well as beautiful, and reflective of both their own aesthetic and a wearer’s chosen style. This attention to handmade specificity, materials, and aesthetic details elevates these useful adornments to the realm of art.

Everyone lives within a CharismaSphere–an aura of adornment that reveals our persona to the world.  Our CharismaSphere is a self-curated exhibition of ourselves as works of art.   John and Kim Wadsworth’s entrancing CharismaSphere Portraits capture this dynamic fusion of spirit, fashion, beauty, and style.