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The Torggler Center At CNU Is Ready For Visitors

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NEWPORT NEWS—While the Mary M. Torggler Fine Arts Center at Christopher Newport University already had visitors over the summer, the official opening to the public will be on Sunday, October 31 at 1pm, and will include the premier exhibition titled Night Light. The inaugural gala will be held on Saturday evening, October 30 for patrons of the Center.

The grand opening of the Torggler Center will provide many opportunities for visitors to explore. The grand rotunda will include an installation titled Shylight, a site-specific work by DRIFT, an artist collaborative based in Amsterdam. This sets the stage for the Night Light exhibition in the Anne Noland Edwards Gallery, which features five international artists or artist collaboratives, including DRIFT. The exhibit presents work that explores nature through the dual lenses of technology and design. According to a newsletter released by the Center, all of the works are interactive or immersive, and each utilizes light as an essential tool or protagonist.

The Torggler’s three other galleries will feature works sourced closer to home. Nocturne in the William M. Grace Community Gallery will present works by artists from the Hampton Roads region exploring the experience of nightfall, and the inherent contrast between darkness and light.

The ArtCNU Alumni Exhibition 2021 in the Academic Gallery presents a selection of work by graduates of Christopher Newport’s art program. Several of these pieces will be available for purchase. Proceeds will benefit the artists and the Fine Arts and Art History department. In addition, Ryan Lytle’s What It Means To Be A Fox in the Microgallery presents the artist’s felt sculptures in a colorful environment.

“The exhibits in the Anne Noland Edwards Gallery will be inspiring, thought-provoking, and open for all to enjoy with no admission charge,” said the Torggler’s Executive Director, Holly Koons. “This will be a place of joy and creative exploration for generations to come.”

In addition to exhibits, the Center has already opened its doors to child and adult art classes. Fall Classes have already begun. Classes for kids and teens include subjects such as Play With Clay!, Free Wheelin’ Pottery, and Not-Your-Grandmother’s Crochet Class. Adult classes will work with all mediums of art, including watercolors, pottery, acrylics, drawing, oil painting, jewelry making, and more. For a full list of classes available, visit the Torggler Center website. New class sessions will be offered each season.

Following the grand opening, the Torggler will be open Tuesday–Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. (closed Mondays). There is no admission fee for exhibits. The building is wheelchair-accessible. Free parking is available in the visitor parking lot adjacent to the Torggler in front of Trible Library.

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