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“What Hides in the Tides” Art Exhibit and Family Lecture

September 2, 2023 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm


Target age: all ages, children accompanied by adults

Cost: $10 ERP-members, $15 not-yet-members (children under 10 – free). Become a member HERE!

Two artists with teaching backgrounds, Vicky Tavernier and Jenifer Borg of Athens, Ga., will debut a mixed media exhibit with an accompanying workshop. Their collages of found materials highlight the variety of life in tidal pools such as mummichogs (the Elizabeth River’s very own indicator fish), octopi, barnacles, crabs, and nudibranchs. Each collage is accompanied by a poem. The artists’ previously completed collections, Words About Birds and Insights About Insects, debuted at the State Botanical Garden of Georgia and Winterville Library, also with family workshops. “Ultimately, we hope that viewers are encouraged to recognize what makes each individual person, as well as fish, bird, or bug, unique,” says Borg.


The workshop will begin with a brief introduction to the exhibit and a fun scavenger hunt. Participants will then make their own collage or sculpture, using a wide variety of found materials, and write a short poem or story about their real or imagined creature.

About the artist/presenters:


Vicky Tavernier is a lifelong music educator in public and Montessori schools. She loves wordsmithing and writes with the rhythm, pace, and dynamics of music. She translates her musical background into her visual art and has the raven’s eye for collecting materials and seeing wildlife in new ways.


Jenifer Borg is an artist, teacher, and former fabric designer. She has taught art classes and workshops in museums, schools, and art organizations for students of all ages and currently teaches at Art Appreciation and Textiles for Interiors at Athens Technical College. Her artwork focuses on textiles and mixed media with a love of pattern, color, story, and detail.


September 2, 2023
10:30 am - 12:00 pm


Paradise Creek Nature Park
1141 Victory Blvd
Portsmouth, VA 23702 United States
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