Sunday, October 27, 2013

50th Birthday of Virginia Beach

Virginia Beach 50th Birthday Photography Exhibit

Then  and Now....A Visual History of Virginia Beach

Now through Jan 13, 2014 at The Gallery at the Art Institute of Virginia Beach

This exhibit is a glimpse into the archives of Virginia Images Photography.  Photographer Tim Rudziensky compiled the exhibit to showcase the history of Virginia Beach. What it looked 100 years ago, fifty years ago when it was founded as a city, and what it is today.

There are many photographs on display that depict the area as early as 1902. A featured photograph is Town Center.
This 2011 ultra wide panorama showcases the new downtown area. There is a comparison set of two photographs titled "Then and Now" with views captured in 1971 and 2008.
Rudee Inlet Comparison Set - Then & Now

The completion of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel is also part of this photography exhibit. A gap in the bridge where the final section was placed in 1963. Another photograph of the Opening Ceremonies in April of 1964 is displayed with other photographs emphasizing development along the Shore Drive corridor. 
East side of the Lesner Bridge with the original Duck In

Other contributors include the Norfolk Public Library and the Virginian Pilot. One favorite of these older images is of the Alan B. Shepard Civic Center, a.k.a. "The Dome". The Dome was the site of memorable rock concerts including performances by Jimi Hendrix, The Who, Grateful Dead and many more. Since it's razing in the 1980’s the lot has served as a parking lot while it awaits a final determination on repurposing to conform with other developments at the oceanfront.

The exhibit is free and open to the public. Exhibit Hours
8:00 am to 7:00 pm Monday through Friday
9 am to 5:00 pm Saturday
9:00 to 1:00 pm Sunday

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The Gallery at the Art Institute of Virginia Beach  4500 Main Street - Virginia Beach 23462

For more information about the exhibit contact the Art Institute (757) 493-6700

Posted By Tim Rudziensky

Virginia Images Photography
847 Seahawk Circle Suite 101
Virginia Beach, VA 23452
Phone (757) 425-3110

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