Thereís an art to creating community. It takes art. Music. Food. Laughter.
A willingness to work together. Most of all, it takes vision.
For more than 28 years, Hope House has been the vision behind the Stockley
Gardens Arts Festival. And now, the free twice-yearly event is a community
tradition. Each year, on the third weekend in May and October, more than 25,000 people
flock to Stockley Gardens in Norfolkís historic Ghent neighborhood to
browse through jewelry, pottery, paintings, and other works of art. The park
is full of strollers and dogs and tantalizing smells. Music wafts from the
stage. Friends stop to chat. And throughout the weekend, there is a feeling
of hope. Together, the two festivals draw more than 50,000 visitors a year.
The money raised during these events helps us assist with housing, transportation,
medical needs, and various other necessities for people with developmental
disabilities in Hampton Roads. But the events themselves benefit the entire
community, by providing an opportunity to enjoy art, music, food, and friendship
in a beautiful outdoor setting.
All day Saturday and Sunday, approximately 150 artists exhibit a wide
variety of media, including painting, sculpture, ceramics, jewelry, photography,
and many others. In addition, there are childrenís activities,
live musical entertainment at the main stage, and food vendors
from across the region. Each year, a nationally recognized artist or curator judges the
artists, who compete for the festivalís cash prizes. College and high school students
exhibit their artwork at the Student Exhibit and compete for prizes. (College students
exhibit during the fall show; high school students, in spring.) The award
winners are announced during the Artistsí Reception, which
is held Saturday evening.
Information about Hope House is available at the information booth in the
center of the park, while booths for other local non-profit agencies are located
on Community Row.
Weíre proud to give the community one of the best outdoor arts festivals
in the area. In fact, the Stockley Gardens Arts Festival has been featured
in Richmond-based 64 Magazine as "One of the 64 reasons we love Virginia!" So
donít miss the upcoming Stockley Gardens Arts Festival. Itís
a good time, for a good cause.