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Works by Suffolk Artist, Area Students on Display at Tri-Cities Center

Old Dominion's Tri-Cities Center is currently hosting "Pastel Interpretations," a one-woman show of original pastels by Suffolk native and resident Debbie J. Hobbs, as well as an exhibition of approximately 100 creations by students from Chesapeake and Suffolk public schools.

The work by Hobbs, who teaches at the Suffolk Art Gallery, opened Oct. 24.

According to Ellen McClintock, ODU master adviser at the Portsmouth facility, the student show includes work selected by art teachers in the Chesapeake and Suffolk school systems and features pieces in a variety of mediums.

The exhibits are open for public viewing through Dec. 14 from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. weekdays and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays. They will be open also from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 16-20, and reopen after Jan. 2.

McClintock, quoted in a Dec. 3 Virginian-Pilot story about the exhibits, said: "We want exposure for the ODU Tri-Cities Center and what it provides, what we have to offer.

"And we also want to support the arts throughout the community. Whenever we have an art show and reception, the people who attend see what the center is all about. So many people tell us they drive by our facility and wonder what it's all about. This allows them to come in, see us for themselves and enjoy the talents of area students and artists."

Tri-Cities facility rental manager Evon Hughes coordinated the art exhibits, and McClintock and Renee Olander, associate vice president for regional higher education centers, selected the artwork.

The Tri-Cities Center is located at 1070 University Blvd., Portsmouth. For more information call 686-6220.

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