Live mural painting in the ViBe District? Here’s one way to find out

VIRGINIA BEACH — The city’s ViBe District will play host to live mural painting and recent paintings by Nico Cathcart at BOJUart gallery from Jan. 4 to Jan. 26.

The artist will start the live mural painting and exhibit on First Friday, Jan. 4 at 11 p.m. and will be available from 6-9 p.m. to meet and talk about the inspiration of her work and current exhibition.

A live question and answer sessions with the artist will be held Jan. 12 and 13. The mural finale will be on Jan. 24 and 25 with the artist and attending local and regional BOJUart gallery artists.

The artwork, named Resilience, is an immersive, interactive experience curated by BOJUart Gallery which pulls the viewer into the personal mythology of the muralist Cathcart, according to a news release from the city.

Spanning four weeks in January, the artist will be present live-painting a mural based on her recent work involving birds.

She is using these animals as a metaphor for resilience in the face of disability.

The exhibition will display some of her recent, never before seen, oil and mixed media paintings of birds done in the past year alongside the living painting, as well as framed studies for the mural in pencil, and gouache, according to the news release.

In a first for BOJUart, the gallery is also asking the viewers to participate in the live exhibition by meditating on their own frustrations and setbacks, and setting them free by creating a bird to affix to the murmuration wall.

Through the process of live painting, and by asking the viewer to take part, the artist is asking the observer to consider their own personal adversity, and subsequent resilience.

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