Twice a year, on the third weekend in May and October, people flock to Stockley Gardens in Norfolk's historic Ghent neighborhood to browse through jewelry, pottery, paintings, and other works of art by over 130 artists. The park is full of strollers and dogs and tantalizing smells. Music drifts from the stage. Friends stop to chat. And throughout the weekend, there is a feeling of hope.
The money raised during these events helps pay for rent, transportation, food, furnishings, unmet medical care, and more for people with intellectual disabilities. But the events themselves benefit the entire community.
Each year, a nationally recognized artist or curator judges the artists, who compete for cash prizes. There are special exhibits and prizes for emerging student artist. Award winners are announced during the Artists' Reception, which is held Saturday evening on the Main Stage.
Saturday, October 20th, 10 to 5 and Sunday, October 21st, 12 to 5.