New Art Gallery & Store in South Norfolk, Chesapeake

Agora Art Studios is the only art gallery in the SoNo historic district.

Chesapeake, VA, November 26, 2013 --( “This is our dream come true,” said Carla and Jorge Suarez, owners of Agora Art Studios during the soft opening of the art gallery and art store in historic South Norfolk, Chesapeake, VA, that took place last week. In this first phase, Agora – which was a central spot in ancient Greece meaning “gathering place” or “assembly” – has created an inspiring venue where jewelry, ceramics, and paintings by artists from around the world are displayed and brought closer to the public in a distinct, different format. They will also be offering free live-demos of art restoration and painting process on an ongoing basis.

Carla and Jorge Suarez left behind their successful professional IT careers in Europe for the world of art. To display in their art store they have selected, among others, unique pieces such as hand-crafted Spanish jewelry with ancient beads, Italian designer jewelry in silver and semi-precious stones, and Peruvian ceramics created using an ancient method from pre-Incan cultures that existed 2500 years ago. In addition, the gallery currently exhibits paintings by Jacek Stroinski, Marta Duran and gallery owner Jorge Suarez, who is not only an artist but also an antique art restorer.

“We are very excited with the idea of creating a unique and original venue solely dedicated to art, and appreciate the support of South Norfolk’s businesses and the community,” stated Jorge Suarez.

In a second stage, Agora Art Studios will open eighteen art studios for rent, with a vision to creating not only a cultural environment but an artistic community as well. In a third and final stage, the huge outdoor patio will be set up to organize art-related events such as open-air markets, fairs, etc.
Agora Art Studios
Carla Suarez