Their names will never be in lights. No flower-filled dressing rooms. No adoring fans. But the show could not go on without them. Backstage at the Harrison Opera House – home of the Virginia Opera Company – artisans are at the heart of the magic. A peek behind the curtain reveals a single-minded beehive, focused entirely on a world of make-believe. Sets and sounds. … [Read more...]
Virginia Beach Art
Virginia Beach art has begun to flourish in ways we've never seen before. Distinction Magazine wants to celebrate that burgeoning art community and help local artists create a regional identity.
As the Tidewater area expands, artists in our community can make a name for themselves. We want to bring many of those talented artists to the spotlight.
Local Artists to Discover
Distinction Magazine provides multiple opportunities for artists to shine. We write articles showcasing local writers, painters, performers, photographers, and musicians alongside their work in the following categories:
- Fine Art
- Musician Spotlights
- Writer Spotlights
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The One-Stop Magazine for Local Artists
Our founder, John Fall, created Distinction Magazine to craft a new regional identity for the area. Since then, we have grown into the top luxury lifestyle magazine in Virginia. Virginia Beach art represents one of the most significant aspects of our identity, and thus it plays an important role in Distinction Magazine.
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Derrick Borte has managed to forge a career as a writer and director while living and raising a family in Virginia Beach. In late 2016, Borte, a graduate of First Colonial High School and Old Dominion University, released the most high-profile film of his career: London Town, a 1970s period piece in which a teenage boy meets Joe Strummer of The Clash, played by Jonathan Rhys … [Read more...]
Charitable By Design About 15 years ago, at an annual fundraiser for the Norfolk-based nonprofit ForKids, Vince and Susan Pilato kept whispering the same question to each other: What’s wrong with everybody? Up for grabs that night: artwork created by children, many of them homeless, who had benefited from ForKids’ social services, along with donated pieces from local … [Read more...]
Writing Poetry With Patience Poet laureate of Virginia Professor, Old Dominion University When I was a teenager in the late ’60s, the Black Arts Movement was at its apex and socially conscious poetry was one of its strongest arms. Because of this, I always assumed poetry was a necessary feature of American culture. It allowed people to talk about what was wrong in society … [Read more...]
Will Liverman Comes Home World-class baritone performs on a stage he once watched from the audience. Will Liverman is standing on the stage at Harrison Opera House. It’s quiet and cool. Lights dim. Seats empty. He’s feeling awed. At 28, he has performed in major cities. He’s bowed to thundering ovations, been heralded as a voice to watch, overcome racial barriers to land … [Read more...]