The Boardwalk Art Show celebrates 60 years

by | Jun 8, 2015 | What’s Happening

Thursday, June 18–Sunday, June 21
19th–33rd Streets on Virginia Beach’s boardwalk

Sixty years ago, the Boardwalk Art Show started a Virginia Beach summer tradition and founded an arts organization which evolved into what is now the Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA). The four-day festival, which is older than the city itself, is produced by MOCA. The Boardwalk Art Show also serves as the museum’s largest fundraiser, providing critical exhibition and educational programming support.

What began as a group of local artists who organized to raise money for a fellow artist who suffered a stroke, is now one of the largest summer economic drivers for Virginia Beach.

The first Boardwalk Art Show Best in Show winner, Leonette Adler, met her husband Beryl Adler, at the show. A New York City native, she moved to Norfolk in 1955 and now lives in Virginia Beach. Adler continued working with the show as a member of the artist jury panel and as part of the Standards Committee. She has exhibited throughout the country with her work currently represented in multiple galleries, as well as in corporate and private collections.

This year’s show will feature two Israeli artists. Contemporary painter Yoram Gal and mixed media artist Mira Raman. Yoram recently wrote, “My son and I are flying from Israel to Denver, CO…after two flights, 24 hours total, we shall drive east, 1,800 miles to do Boardwalk…This is how much I love and invest in your show.”

For more details and to purchase tickets to experience the show in style at the Boardwalk Beach Club visit