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Abstract art exhibition opens at TCC’s Visual Arts Center

The exhibition “Multiple Abstractions” will open at Tidewater Community College’s Visual Arts Center on Jan. 21.
Glass vase by artist Julie Larkin
Peridot by Julie Larkin

The opening reception will be Jan. 26 at 7 p.m. with an informal gallery talk preceding the event at 6:30 p.m.

Events are free and open to the public. The exhibition continues through March 2.

“Multiple Abstractions” features nonobjective work by regional artists Sally Bowring, Eloise Shelton-Mayo and Julie Larkin.

Bowring, a Virginia Commonwealth University art instructor, uses layering methods resulting in paintings that allude to cycles, unpredictability, repetition and objects, both seen and unseen. Her work is partly inspired by the gardens at Manhattan’s Cloisters and more recently, our daily weather and changing climate.

Painting by artist Eloise Shelton-Mayo
Ancients by Eloise Shelton-

Themes of home, transition and memory are presented in Eloise Shelton-Mayo’s oil and cold wax paintings. Starting with a combination of geometric shapes and curvilinear forms, the TCC instructor depicts order and elegance in exploring the complicated relationships we have with each other and the world.

Emerging artist Julie Larkin pushes the boundaries of glassblowing in working with this unpredictable medium. Drawing from the methods learned at the Visual Arts Center, the TCC student is in the process of developing her own style as she perfects effective color combinations and the design of organic forms.      

For information, call Shelley Brooks at 757-822-1878, or visit

Pictured above: Detail from the painting Fall Bows to Winter by Sally Bowring