June 1, 2020

Virtual Sandler Center Gallery Exhibition on View June 5

​The Sandler Center for the Performing Arts and the Virginia Beach Cultural Affairs Department are delighted to announce a virtual exhibition for "Apprentice to Light: The West of Ireland," by artist Glen McClure on June 5 at 4 p.m. on Facebook Live. The event will be simulcast on both the Virginia Beach Arts and Sandler Center Facebook pages. The exhibition opening reception for the artist originally scheduled in March was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Born and living in Norfolk, Va., Glen McClure photographs people and landscapes in the U.S. and Europe. He purchased his first camera in his early 20s and then joined the Studio Center as a photographer's assistant. After working as a photographer at Arthur Polizos Advertising, he launched his own commercial photography business in 1988.Influenced by early 20th-century photographers Josef Sudek and Paul Strand, McClure's work is recognized for masterful photographic techniques and for inviting strong and immediate connections between subject and viewer. "My subjects call to me," said McClure. "Shape, texture, reflections — I'm fascinated by all these. But ultimately, it's mood, drama, atmosphere and feeling that I'm interested in conveying to the viewer. My completed works are my impressions or interpretations, after I've spent many hours back in my studio processing the images to successfully recapture the feeling and emotion of the original scene." During the past two decades, McClure has had more than 70 solo and 50 group exhibitions in the U.S. and Europe. Fully illustrated catalogues have accompanied many of these exhibitions. His work can be found in many private collections and museums, including The Polaroid Collection, The Chrysler Museum, The Mariners' Museum, and the Taubman Museum of Art.ABOUT THE CITY OF VIRGINIA BEACH CULTURAL AFFAIRS DEPARTMENT: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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