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Visit Norfolk with the JRA
Thursday, October 03, 2019 to Saturday, October 05, 2019
Category: TRIPS

Visit Norfolk, Virginia with the JRA

October 3 - 5, 2019
Norfolk, Virginia
$500/person members | $550/person for nonmembers

Included: Transportation both to/from Norfolk and while in Norfolk provided and some meals included
Not Included: Lodging at The Main hotel, some meals

At the beginning of October, we will visit three museums never visited by the JRA, including two brand new large museums housing renowned collections. 

We will plunge into a major issue facing many cities and art museums: climate change and the rising water it brings. Norfolk has been paired in world arts press with Venice, Italy, as two of the most affected cities. Leading Norfolk architect Thom White will present the issues of art institution conservation and take us on a tour of structures designed to resist flooding.

We will visit the Chrysler Museum, known over the world for its glass collection, featuring an exhibition by Judith Schaecter, arguably one of the most interesting, glass artists working today. Glass curator Dr. Carolyn Needell will lead our tour, and we will see Beth Lipman's installation in the Moses Myers home, located in the Freemason Historic District, first settled in 1686, and listed on the National Registry of Historic Places.

Visit the home of Pat and Doug Perry to see the best of their glass collection.  We will be the last group to see their collection installed in their condo before it is moved to the brand new Glass Light Hotel.  This collection of glass is so massive that it gives the hotel its name. This collection and the next, the Barry, have hitherto not been open to the public. The Barry Museum, is a new institution, named in honor of the Barry family's gift of their $30M collection of mainly glass art. Director Jutta Page will show us around, and we will then visit the art department of Old Dominion University, and see artist studios.  

Additionally, we will gather at a farmer's market cafe to begin our tour of the NEON district, a major part of Norfolk's emphasis on the arts in their development efforts, with numerous public art installations. The day will be completed by viewing the art collection at The Main, one of the two new downtown hotels with art as a focus, where we will dine.

Saturday we will visit three private homes in the West Ghent and the Hague historic districts, firstly for a coffee salon to view the work of 3 artists and enjoy talking with them. The Hague historic district, built around 1900 was developed with the help of two Dutchmen (hence its name). It is on the edge of the Ghent district, so named because the signed Treaty of Ghent, ending the War of 1812, was brought to this country on a ship owned by a resident of this neighborhood.  Next we will visit an important private collection, then proceed to The Hermitage Museum and Gardens. The Hermitage is an Arts and Crafts house museum built around 1900 by Mrs. Florence Sloane on a 12 acre peninsula. Director Jen Duncan will lead our tour of the museum and its featured exhibit, Conversation: Contemporary Asian Art. There are large outdoor pieces as well as indoor work, including an intriguing companion piece to a work that has recently entered the permanent collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC. Philip Riske, Curator of Gardens, will lead our tour of the gardens. After lunch at the Hermitage we proceed to another private collection, followed by viewing the work of a major ceramic artist and a closing dinner.
On our return to DC, we will stop to visit the historic Williamsburg, VA. We will explore the offerings of Williamsburg and there will be time to dine on your own. 

Tentative Itinerary


11am: Depart DC

3pm: Check in and free time

4pm: See the Perry Collection at their private home before it is moved and installed into Norfolk's Glass Hotel opening this fall.

5pm: Welcome Dinner at the hotel.    


8am Slover Library: Welcome to Norfolk and remarks by award winning architect Thomas White of WPArchitects. Coffee & pastries available. We will then tour cultural structures created to resist high water. World media has linked Norfolk and Venice Italy as especially endangered to the rising waters. 

10am: Chrysler Museum: Tour of Judy Schaecter exhibit & glass galleries, led by Dr. Carolyn Needell, glass curator. The Chrysler is located in The Hague historic district, built around 1900, and on the edge of the Ghent district, so named because the signed Treaty of Ghent, ending the War of 1812.

11:30am: Lunch at museum’s Wisteria Café 

12:45pm: Moses Myers House with its’ installation by Beth Lipman. Beth is featured in Renwick Gallery’s permanent collection, and worldwide. This house is in the Freemason Historic District & was first settled in 1686. It is on the National Registry of Historic Places.

1:30pm: Barry Museum tour. Jutta Page, director of this new museum, will lead our tour featuring the huge, eponymous Barry Collection. The museum is on the campus of Old Dominion University. The collections represent American modernist painting, works on paper, historic dolls and automata, MOST OF WHICH HAVE NEVER BEEN ON PUBLIC DISPLAY. The especially remarkable glass collection - consisting of several hundred exceptional sculptures - features artists important to the American and international studio glass movement, mainly artists who began to create unique artwork using studio-scale glass furnaces and equipment.

Next,  Peter Eudenbach, head of the art department,  will meet us and we will see his studio and that of furniture maker John Roth.

3:00pm: Convene at Commune to depart on walking tour of NEON arts district led by Cheryl White, NEON public art chairperson. Commune is a farm to market collective restaurant located in the Texaco Building, which houses art exhibits, residency programs & the offices of the Rutter Family Foundation.

5:30pm: Tour art collection at The Main hotel, followed by dinner there



8:30am: Morning salon with coffee & pastries at the home of Trish & Ken Pfeifer, to view the work of Rick Nickell, Akiko Tanaka and Deborah Rogers and talk with the artists. The Pfeifer home is in West Ghent, as is the Chrysler. 

10am: Visit private collection of Orianna McKinnon. The McKinnon home is in The Hague/Mowbray Architectural district. The Mowbray Arch area has a high concentration of late 19th century houses.

11am Hermitage Museum & Gardens tour.  Director Jen Duncan will lead our tour of the museum, established in the early 1900s by Mrs. Florence Sloane, in their Arts and Crafts style family home built to eventually become a museum. The museum is on a 12 acre peninsula with beautiful gardens. Philip Riske, curator of gardens, will lead our tour of the gardens. The current exhibit is Conversation: Contemporary Asian Art, which includes large outdoor works

12pm: Catered lunch at the Hermitage

1pm: Private collection of Susan and David Goode. The Goode home is in the Alquonin district

1:45pm: View a showing of work by ceramic artist Michelle Erickson at the Rutter Foundation’s Texaco Building.

2:45pm: Depart for Williamsburg, VA to see the craftsman studios and historic sights. Free time on your own to explore and get dinner.

5:30pm: Visit the home of Rob Hunter, editor of Ceramics in America, in his gallery-like home in Williamsburg, to view his collection of antique and contemporary ceramics.

6:30pm: Depart for home

9:30: Arrive back in DC