Events at CHTVAC

In addition to our changing exhibitions and quarterly art classes, The Charles H. Taylor Visual Arts Center offers other art-related programming during the year.

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Saturday, October 28 at 11 am–2 pm

This widely observed holiday focuses on remembering family members and friends who have passed away. This originates from the ancient indigenous peoples of Mexico who believed that the souls of the dead return each year to visit with their living relatives - to eat, drink and be merry. Just like they did when they were living.

This free family-friendly event includes a traditional colored straw demonstration by Cesar Carbajal as well as the preparation of an altar where members of the community can share a prayer, light a candle or bring a memento to place as an offering for loved ones. Activities include face painting, costume contest, sidewalk chalk drawing, and exploring the VMFA On the Road Artmobile. Craft stations include making paper marigolds, Day of the Dead masks, skull magnets, and creating papel picado. Food trucks will be onsite.




This one-of-a-kind social experience will begin by mixing and mingling with the evening’s exhibition-inspired cocktails followed by a casual conversation with the exhibition’s juror and award-winning artists.

Virginia Artists Juried Exhibition: October 20


Hampton Arts League Member Exhibition: February 16

$15 per person/$10 HAL members, includes ticket for one cocktail/
mocktail. Ages 21+


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December 9, 2023 | 11 am–5 pm
December 10, 2023 | 11am–3pm

Join us for the third annual Hampton Holiday Fine Arts Bazaar. The opening of the Small Works Exhibition will be accompanied by this two-day fine arts bazaar featuring original, handmade works from artists around the region. Come meet the artists and shop for extra special holiday gifts!



Saturday, April 27, 2024, 7 pm-10 pm

ARTini is an event that invites mixologists from the Peninsula’s most prominent restaurants and bars to compete to see who can create the most artistic martini. This inspiring occasion will feature an amazing lineup of the area’s finest food and beverage establishments. Each restaurant will provide an appetizer for the guests to enjoy as well as their artfully delicious martini. Each mixologist will square off with other mixologists as they vie for the People’s Choice Award and Best Overall Martini Award. Each person has the opportunity to vote for their favorite ARTini at the end of the night.


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A membership organization of approximately 300 regional artists. Programs include an annual Open Members Exhibition, discounts for classes, member meetings, and a Tuesday Morning Painters group.

To register by mail, download the printable membership form here. To register online, select your desired membership below and complete the electronic payment process.

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Hampton Arts League members can meet in a classroom Tuesdays from 10 am– 12:30 pm and 4 pm–6 pm to draw and paint without formal instruction and to enjoy the company of other artists.

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Artists and patrons are invited to attend an afternoon reception to celebrate CHTVAC exhibitions on display. Complimentary food and drinks are served (must be 21+ to consume alcoholic beverages). All receptions are from 3pm-5pm unless otherwise noted.


Virginia Artists
September 23, 2023

Small Works

December 2, 2023


Hampton Arts League Members Exhibition

February 3, 2024


Renewal: Outdoor/Indoor Sculpture 

April 20, 2024


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Meet the artists featured in the current exhibition and learn more about the artworks on display.


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Poets are invited to write poems inspired by artworks on exhibit and participate in a poetry reading in conjunction with gallery talks. Poems are posted next to the inspirational artworks and available in notebooks in the galleries.


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Artists working in painting and drawing can sign up to use studio space when classes are not being held. Independent, individual working only, no materials or instruction are provided. There is a five person maximum.


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During open center hours, arts organizations can hold informal meetings in our upstairs gallery. Up to 25 people. $40 per hour. Chairs and tables provided. Reservations through the visual arts center office only.