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Norfolk photographer brings “Happenstance” to TCC Perry Glass Wheel

Happenstance art exhibit

Tidewater Community College will feature “Happenstance: Southern Tour” from Jan. 18 through March 22 at the TCC Perry Glass Wheel Arts Center.

The artist’s reception will be held on Feb. 6 at 7 p.m., with an informal gallery talk beginning at 6:30 p.m.

Galleries and events are free and open to the public.

In this exhibition, Norfolk photographer Sam Hughes brings photographic accidents, or “happenstance,” to life. In his latest body of work, Hughes, an assistant professor of art at Norfolk State University, used a 1969 Polaroid Land Camera to record unique scenes he discovered while traveling rural routes throughout six southern states. The resulting works of art include technical mishaps, deliberate manipulations and quirky subject matter as part of his creative process.

While Hughes’ work is displayed in the Glass Wheel’s second-floor gallery, selected members of TCC’s Visual Arts Center faculty are showing their work in a wide variety of styles and approaches in the first-floor space. Media include painting, encaustic, sculpture, glass, pottery, drawing, photography, mixed and more.

The TCC Perry Center is located at 128 W. Olney Road in Norfolk.

Gallery hours are Thursday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Sunday noon to 5 p.m. For more information, contact Shelley Brooks at 757-822-1878, or visit