100 Smiles is a project by photographer Wei Huan and art director Li Bo, which sets out to examine the general shift in the perception of fashion over the last decade, particularly in China. Centred around the idea that fashion has evolved from being seen as a serious, impenetrable scene to one where the expression of emotion is embraced, the duo were keen to break away from typical, straight-faced portrait photography and reveal the new positive energy of cultures and communities on the streets of Shanghai

While this is excellent in theory, asking 100 people to step outside of their comfort zones, become vulnerable and smile candidly down the lens, is not without its challenges. Here we speak to Wei and Li about the experience and why it’s important to them to show a lighter side of fashion in China, particularly as the global pandemic threatens the

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February is the one month we focus on Black History and the contributions that Black Americans bring to our communities. Vassar Lehman Loeb Art Center currently has a jewel of on art exhibit up, “Visible Bodies: Representing Blackness,” curated from Vassar’s permanent collection by Jessica D. Brier, a Deknatel Curatorial Fellow in Photography.

In her curatorial statement Brier writes: “Throughout its history, photography has held the powerful promise of making the world more visible. Lived experiences – both individual and collective – are often represented by the visibility of human figures.” 

“Visible Bodies” explores visual culture and questions who is allowed to participate within that culture. The exhibit is situated in an intimate gallery encouraging time to ponder the works, such as Arnold Joseph Kemp’s “Possible Bibliography.” 

This photo project shows an alternative representation of literary history by the artist who has photographed himself holding 52 books and literary

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Valley native Lillie Cummings grew up with her head in the clouds, daydreaming about various art mediums, bouncing between photography, drawing and crafting. In October, Cummings signed up for a virtual art journaling class through The Making Space and was inspired by the freedom of fusing of her creative interests to begin Art Hour with Lillie.

In early December, Cummings created Art Hour with Lillie, an independent project geared to investing more in her creativity over open video forums.

Cummings is partnering with Harrisonburg’s community creative platform, The Making Space, to bring her art hour to the Valley to guide locals in a variety of prompts and musings over Zoom tonight.

For the past four years, The Making Space has worked to provide a safe space for Valley residents to explore their artistic inklings through classes and open art hours. The pandemic has not budged the nonprofit’s

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SUFFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — The Suffolk Art Gallery announced that the Annual Juried Photography Exhibit is returning for the 37th year.

The virtual Awards Announcement for the exhibit will be Saturday, March 6, at 5 p.m. to celebrate the photographers on display, and congratulate the winning artists. The exhibit will be on display and open to the public from March 6 through April 16.

The awards show will be posted on the Suffolk Parks & Recreation Facebook, YouTube, and Instagram pages, and will be available to view on the Suffolk Art Gallery’s page on the City of Suffolk’s website.

The exhibit is the largest and longest-running juried exhibition of photographic works in Hampton Roads, officials said in a statement released Wednesday.

This year’s exhibit was juried by North Carolina based instructor and award-winning photographer, Carl Galie. Fifty-three artists submitted 199 works for consideration.

The Suffolk Art Gallery is open Tuesdays

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