The Gallery @ COIL aspires to increase accessibility to the arts and other culturally diverse experiences, creating spaces for all to find a voice in Chesapeake.

Meet Valerie White

Valerie fell in love with color, freedom, creativity and the ability to lose oneself in the process. She works in acrylics and mixed media. Her pieces are driven by emotion rather than an elaborate plan.

Valerie’s work has been displayed at the Virginia Beach Art Center, Art Works of Richmond, the Chesapeake Rotary Art Show, Norfolk Academy, and the Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA).

Meet Matthew White

Matthew paints with acrylics and considers himself a conceptual abstractionist – he first imagines what he wants to paint, sketches, and then attempts to capture his vision on the canvas. Detailed, precise, abstract painting is his passion.

Matthew has participated in juried art shows at the Chesapeake Rotary Art Show and the Virginia Beach Art Center. Most recently, he has been invited to submit to the 2022 Norfolk Academy Annual Field Day Art Show.

Abstract Art Workshop

Explore your artistic capacities during the workshop facilitated by our current Gallery artists - Valerie and Matthew White. Spend time with each artist as you produce two works of art.