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Season 3 of WHRO's Award-Winning Web Series Explores Stories of Artists Who Call Eastern Virginia Home

– The Scene will follow a family of glass artists, an award-winning quilt maker, and Williamsburg's underground cultural scene –

Norfolk, Va. (April 6, 2016) — The Scene is back! Season 3 of WHRO's award-winning web series premiers tonight at 7:57 p.m. Catch it streaming on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube. If you can't make it to the online stream tonight, check out the video here.

The Scene shines a light on the artistic community of Norfolk, Chesapeake, Portsmouth, and Newport News. This season, we'll also be branching into Williamsburg, thanks to a grant funded by the Williamsburg Area Arts Commission.

This series of 14 videos uncovers and promotes Hampton Roads' underground network of the indie bands, tattoo artists, sculptors, painters, and performance artists, who each have an amazing personal story to share.

Episode One: Follow the Glass provides a glimpse into the lives of Julia and Robin Rogers, a pair of married glass artists. Glass brought them together; Julia and Robin actually met at a small hot glass studio in Western Montana in 2001.

"We've followed glass wherever it's taken us," Robin said.

After discovering they had complimentary styles, the couple joined artistic forces. Today, they tend to draw their inspiration from nature and science fiction, resulting in a unique, quirky style.

"We talk constantly about the pieces we want to make and how we see them going," Robin said. "Throughout the whole process things change and ideas shift and we're open to that."

The premiere episode of Season 3 of The Scene follows the couple as they prepared to send their work to an exhibition at the Habitat Gallery in Michigan.

"They asked for some kind of event in your life that changed your work," Julia said. "We kind of decided to focus on parenthood. Our lives are pulled in many different directions."

The Rogers consider their children, burgeoning artists Wren and Phoenix, their most important works of art. Appropriately, this artistic family's house also functions as a miniature studio, with a small furnace for glass projects at home.

As Julia and Robin juggle their many responsibilities as parents, they always strive to approach their artwork calmly.

"The glass is very alive," Julia said. "I think it picks up the energy that you're giving off."

This season of The Scene will feature the Rogers, along with other local artists like:

  • Merrilee Cleveland: Merilee displays a tremendous range as a bronze artist, drawing from mythological and culinary inspirations to sculpt her creations
  • The Hunts: The Von Traps, they ain't. This indie-folk band of seven brothers and sisters hails from Chesapeake, Virginia and works together to write, compose, and produce compelling music.
  • Sam Hundley: You know what they say about another man's trash. By day, Sam is a Virginian-Pilot designer. By night, he collects junk to create unique artwork from found objects.

Season 3 of The Scene was made possible by the Chesapeake Fine Arts Commission, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Peninsula Fine Arts Center, the Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art, the Virginia Arts, and Glass Wheel Studio.


About the Chesapeake Fine Arts Commission: Since 1968, the Chesapeake Fine Arts Commission (CFAC) has served as the united voice for the arts community by educating the public about the value and significance of music, architecture, drama, dance, painting, and sculpture. The commission's mission is to increase citizen access to the arts by providing leadership, advocacy and support for art that enriches the cultural vitality of our community.

About the National Endowment for the Arts: Established by Congress in 1965, the NEA is the independent federal agency whose funding and support gives Americans the opportunity to participate in the arts, exercise their imaginations, and develop their creative capacities. Through partnerships with state arts agencies, local leaders, other federal agencies, and the philanthropic sector, the NEA supports arts learning, affirms and celebrates America's rich and diverse cultural heritage, and extends its work to promote equal access to the arts in every community across America.

About The Peninsula Fine Arts Center: PFAC was established in 1962 by a passionate group of art supporters from the Hampton Roads area looking for opportunities to create and exhibit artwork. The center began as the Peninsula Arts Association (PAA), a chapter of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (VMFA), and was originally located in downtown Newport News at the former John W. Daniel School Building – the first home of Christopher Newport College. In 1983, the PAA became the Peninsula Fine Arts Center and was named an affiliate of the VMFA. The Center's mission includes providing a balanced and stimulating exhibition program, acting as an important resource for local artists, and fostering art education. To that end, PFAC hosts several major exhibitions a year, presents classes for students of all ages at its Studio Art School, offers online distance-learning programs, and hosts special events including curator talks, poetry readings and art-movie screenings.

About the Virginia Arts: The mission of the Virginia Arts is to bring world-class performing arts to our citizens and visitors, impact the lives of students through outstanding educational programs, commission new works of national and international significance, and make a tangible difference in Hampton Roads through regional partnerships and positive economic impact through the generation of cultural tourism.

About The Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art: MOCA is a non-profit institution which exists to foster awareness, exploration, and understanding of the significant art of our time. Through excellence and diversity in our changing exhibitions and educational programming, MOCA stimulates critical thinking and dialogue throughout the Hampton Roads community.

About Glass Wheel Studio: Glass Wheel Studio is a contemporary art facility located in the heart of The NEON, Norfolk's Arts District. The recently renovated 8,500 square foot space features two rotating galleries and affordable artist studios. Through stimulating exhibitions and an active Studio Artist Program, Glass Wheel Studio will cultivate a deep appreciation for contemporary art in glass and beyond. It serves as an incubator for extraordinary ideas and aims to encourage artists across all disciplines to pursue and elevate their craft.

About WHRO: Since its founding in 1961 to support education, WHRO has utilized creativity and technology to serve the residents of southeast Virginia in its mission to educate, inform and entertain viewers and listeners of WHRO's four public television and eight public radio stations. Owned by 19 southeastern Virginia school divisions, WHRO also delivers online educational and new media services to 25,000 Educators & 280,000 Students Locally; 155,000 Educators & over 1.2 million Students Statewide.