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With Month of Photography just weeks away, photographers Tony Eitzel, Scott Wilson, Kevin Schwalbe and Westword contributor Evan Semón have opened Gallery 6, a 1,000-square-foot art space at 2434 East Sixth Avenue. There they plan to showcase the best photography around town, creating a go-to venue for photographers and art lovers.

While many galleries focus on selling to upscale customers, Gallery 6 wants to offer photographic prints for customers with various-sized budgets. Works will include cityscapes, landscapes, portraiture, travel photography and wildlife, from up-and-coming and established photographers alike.

Westword caught up with Wilson to find out more about the new spot and how it fits into the city’s photography landscape.

Westword: How did the four of you come together to form Gallery 6?

Scott Wilson: There are a number of

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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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Shows celebrating Black History Month are popping all over this month, as are early additions to the Month of Photography 2021’s widening roster (MOP officially launches in March), making for a rich multicultural and photo-based First Friday weekend. But not entirely: At other galleries, it’s business as usual, which in these times is a very good thing.

Here are some of the hottest shows around town:

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Follow hip-hop legends down a thought-provoking immersive trail.

Courtesy of Rap, Race, Identity

Rap, Race, Identity: Race in Hip Hop’s America
Urbanity Gallery, 5136 East 29th Avenue
Through February 14
$25 per group of up to five people; purchase tickets and RSVP online in advance for a time slot (visit website for information about student/discounted tickets)

Race, Rap, Identity, a

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Brenda Thompson, Peggy Sivert and Tatum Hawkins of SoLA Contemporary stand amid an installation of protest signs. <span class="copyright">(Christina House / Los Angeles Times)</span>
Brenda Thompson, Peggy Sivert and Tatum Hawkins of SoLA Contemporary stand amid an installation of protest signs. (Christina House / Los Angeles Times)

Black Lives Matter protests continue around the country, making familiar the myriad signs that people hold up: “Justice for George Floyd.” “No Justice, No Peace.” “8:46,” the last a reference to the amount of time a police officer held a knee to Floyd’s neck in Minneapolis.

Peggy Sivert and Tatum Hawkins, who run SoLA Contemporary, see art in these simple, yet direct, missives. So they have gathered dozens of protest signs and installed them in their storefront gallery space in a way that feels as if you have stumbled into a demonstration that’s been frozen in space and in time.

Suspended from the ceiling are bright pieces of poster board and scraps of cardboard emblazoned with slogans such as “Defund the Police,” “All Black Lives Matter”

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