January 19, 2022

Sandler Center to Host Opening Reception for New Gallery Exhibition on Jan. 31

The Sandler Center for the Performing Arts, Sandler Center Foundation and the Virginia Beach Cultural Affairs Department will host an opening reception for "Imagination Through Color," by Jorge Saenz, on Monday, Jan. 31, 2022, from 6-8 p.m. in the Sandler Center Art Gallery (201 Market St., Virginia Beach, VA 23462).

Jorge Saenz is a Nicaraguan American artist based in Virginia Beach. Relying on his architectural background and ever-evolving concept of color fields, Saenz has hand-carved his own niche in the abstract realm, drawing inspiration from prolific artists like De Kooning, Rothko and Frankenthaler.

A close glance at his work reveals multiple layers of shapes, patterns and color fluctuation, often completed with translucent drips and asemic writing. Commonly inspired by social causes, Saenz's unapologetic use of various mediums and contrasting color temperatures hint at his romantic approach to abstract art.

"I love color, and I am unapologetic about it," said Saenz. He further explained this exhibition is "a soulful journey of imagination across a vast field of color that unites our hearts and minds into one."

A winner of several art awards, Saenz exhibits in the Hampton Roads area and is working on exhibiting internationally. His artwork is currently at the Virginia Beach Art Center in Virginia Beach, d'Art Center in Norfolk, and The Charles H. Taylor Visual Art Center in Hampton.

Artwork in the gallery will be on display until May 2022 and is available for purchase. Visit www.texturalabstracts.com, @texturalabstract.art on Instagram or Jorge A. Saenz on Facebook to learn more about the artist and his work.


The Cultural Affairs Department engages residents and visitors through meaningful arts, heritage, and cultural experiences to connect and strengthen communities. The Department assists and directs the Virginia Beach Arts & Humanities Commission, coordinates the City's Public Art Program, oversees Virginia Beach History Museums, provides contract management for the Sandler Center for the Performing Arts, serves as the liaison with Virginia MOCA and the ViBe Creative District, and serves as a resource to local arts and humanities organizations.

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