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Norfolk Arts Opens New Exhibit “For My Brothers with Sons I Paint This” by Ray Johnson

On view through June 23, 2023 at the OffsiteGallery at MacArthurCenter.

Words and Image courtesy of Norfolk Arts.


Local artist Ray Johnson’s solo exhibition opens in Norfolk Arts’ Offsite Gallery at MacArthur Center with a reception on Saturday, May 6, 5-8pm. The event and gallery are free and open to the public.

Ray Johnson states, “As an artist, I aspire to create art that is meaningful and emotional. My art engages representation of black beauty, strength and perseverance.”

The work in this exhibition focuses on the positive impact of male figures on young men. “Aimed not only to praise fathers, the exhibition also is a special way to honor the man who believed in me more than I could ever believe in myself. I want young people to see that there are positive role models right here in the communities they live in,” says Johnson.

The exhibition date falls close to Johnson’s heart, first, because of Father’s Day and second because June 17th is the day his father passed away.

Opening Reception:

Saturday, May 6, 5-8pm Event link

Conversation with the artist:

Saturday, June 10, 5-7pm

On View Through:

Friday, June 23, 2023 Monday-Saturday: 10 a.m.-8 p.m., Sunday: Noon-6 p.m. Offsite Gallery at MacArthur Center 300 Monticello Ave., Suite #287 Norfolk, VA 23510

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