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August 20 - October 8, 2017


Virginia Artists 2017 Juried Exhibition

Opening reception - August 20, 2:30pm - 4:30pm


Charles H. Taylor Arts Center

4205 Victory Boulevard, Hampton, VA 23669 



I am excited to announce that my mixed media work, Lynnhaven, will be part of the annual group exhibiton of Virginia artists in Hampton. This painting has been a particular favorite since its beginnings as my first collective art project.

More about this work...


April 7 - July 27, 2017


Norfolk Transit Gallery

2nd floor, HRT Southside Bus Operations Maintenance & Administration Facility Bldg. #4,

509 E. 18th St., Norfolk, VA 23504.

Gallery hrs: 8:00am-5:00pm Monday-Friday 


Natural Collective 


"Marlowe Emerson’s use of mixed media and collage allows her to explore and connect with the diverse environment of the Virginia coast.  “Natural Collective” (April 7 – July 27, 2017 at the Transit Gallery) is comprised of works created from scans, photographs and drawings of specimens collected from nature.  Through this body of work, Marlowe hopes to heighten our perception of the interdependent relationship between all elements of nature, including ourselves.


Specifically for this exhibition, Marlowe is creating a large scale collage entitled “Our Forest” from tree images and a variety of forest vegetation native to Hampton Roads.  She is accepting donations of specific images and related items from those who wish to contribute.  Through this collaboration, she hopes to communicate that our environment is a result of our collective actions.  Find more information here."


For more information about this venu,

May 13 -14, 2017


Art of Saving the River Juried Exhbition

ViBe Creative District

18th Street, Virginia Beach, VA 23451


"The show embraces more than 40 works of art in an impressive array of media, from oil, acrylic, and pastel, to wood, ceramic, photography, glass, leather, and even spray paint — all of them responding to the beauty, fragility, and complexity of the natural world."


More about this show... 

January 11 - March 14, 2017


Sandler Center for the Performing Arts

201 Market Street, Virginia Beach, VA 23462


Look Outside, Look Inside


Look Outside, Look Inside is a collection of collage and mixed media works by Marlowe Emerson that explore the ways in which nature can reflect our states of mind. These pieces invite us to look outside at nature - weather, seasons, light, color, storm and calm - to better understand and reflect on our internal thoughts and emotions - love, peace, anger, turmoil. From stormy beaches to tangled gardens, minds and moods are represented here, entwined with the natural world. The layered, collaged technique also reflects how our past experiences become layered to influence our experience of the present. Each collage element has been preserved as a memento of the past and yet is fully integrated into the work that we now experience as the present. 


For more information about this venu, visit the Sandler Center website.


Read the Pilotonline Article


Norfolk Academy Art Gallery


May 2 - 13, 2016

1585 Wesleyan Drive, Norfolk, VA 23502

Open Mon. - Fri., 11:00am - 3:00pm


Opening Reception: Saturday, April 30th, 6pm - 8pm


For more information, visit the Norfolk Academy website.


Cape Henry Collegiate - Phillips Family Art Gallery


April 1 - 29, 2016

1320 Mill Dam Road, Virginia Beach, VA 23454

Free and open to the public

Mon - Fri, 8:10am - 5pm


For more information, visit the Cape Henry website.

Stockley Gardens Arts Festival


Saturday, October 17, 10am - 5pm

Sunday, October 18, 12pm - 5pm


For almost 30 years, Hope House has been the vision behind the Stockley Gardens Arts Festival. And now, the free event is a community tradition, drawing more than 50,000 visitors annually. Twice a year, on the third weekend in May and October, people flock to Stockley Gardens in Norfolk's historic Ghent neighborhood to browse through jewelry, pottery, paintings, and other works of art by approximately 130 artists. The money raised during these events helps pay for housing, transportation, medical care, and more for people with intellectual disabilities.


Visit the Hope House website or the event Facebook page for more information.



Dismal Swamp Art Festival


Saturday, October 24, 10am - 4pm

On the Canal Trail of the Great Dismal Swamp in Chesapeake, VA


Featuring local fine art, live music, Brunswick Stew and other Fall fare, Micro Brew Beer, Apple Cider,and Harvest themed Fun for the kids. 


More information at


Lemon Drop Pop-Up Shop


Thursday, September 24, 5:30  - 8pm

224 69th Street, Virginia Beach, VA 


Gathering of local artists and crafts people. 


Visit the Facebook event page for more info.

"The Living River" Art Show at RIVERfest 2015


3rd Place


Saturday, September 12, 10am - 5pm

Nauticus, Norfolk, VA


The non-profit Elizabeth River Project, with a mission to restore the environmental health of the Elizabeth River, is inviting artists to participate who have the capacity to inspire appreciation for the Elizabeth River and its stewardship. For more information, visit

Boardwalk Art Show 2015


Selected for Judging


20th St - 31st St and Atlantic Ave, Virginia Beach, VA

Booth #2018 between 20th and 21st Streets


Thursday, June 18th noon-6pm
Friday, June 19th 10am-6pm
Saturday, June 20th 10am-6pm
Sunday, June 21st 10am-6pm


For art festival info, visit the MOCA website or the Boardwalk Art Show Facebook page.

Our Town: Historic Interpretations of Virginia Beach


March 18 - May 5, 2014, The Old Coast Guard Station , Virginia Beach, VA


This art exhibition and sale features original works of art that reflect the historic cross-section of cultures found in Virginia Beach communities and beyond. My contribution to this show is a tribute to my father, Marty Keesecker, who has been designing surfboards in Virginia Beach for 40 years.


Read more on the blog...

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A Line in the Sand: Selected Works by Marlowe D'Oriano


April 12 - June 29, 2012, The Gallery at Pavillion II, Virginia Beach, VA



By Our Heirs Forever: New Waves 2007


March 30 - June 18, 2007, Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art, Virginia Beach, VA


By Our Heirs Forever" was a thematic, juried exhibition of contemporary Virginia artists working in all visual arts media. It was shown alongside Magna Carta & Four Foundations of Freedom. All of the works in the exhibition illuminate moments in history when individual rights and freedom were extended to include an ever-expanding citizenry.


More infomation on the MOCA website...




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