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Dear Artist:

Greetings from Virginia Beach!  Thank you for your interest in the Va. Beach Surf Art Expo

Art Show East Coast
This is a very unique show produced by surfers and surf art lovers! When your back is to the sea and you can feel the cool Atlantic Ocean breeze, life is pretty good for this 3-day surf art show. The Virginia Beach Surf Art Expo is produced in conjunction with the Steel Pier Classic surfing event. Taking place on the busy Memorial Day Weekend at the largest resort city on the east coast, the tourists stumble upon us and are pleasantly surprised with the beautiful surf art and become happy buyers. There is also a strong attendance of local Virginia Beach families that live in the surrounding neighborhoods who embrace the beach lifestyle. They have supported this event from the beginning. Their kids surf in the competition, and they shop! We feel this is a target potential customer for you, as the tourists and locals cover their walls and mantels with surf art. And don't be surprised if a hotel owner stops by and buys your entire collection for the lobby of their hotel! Numerous artists are delighted with commission work they have received by participating at this show. We have high rate of returners each year - so we must be doing something right!

Art Show East Coast

If you create any type of art from any medium that has a relationship with surfing, the ocean, sea life, water scenes, shells, coral, dolphins, fish, etc. please apply.  We're working with the hotels that are walking distance to the event site to make your stay in Va. Beach comfortable, convenient, and affordable.  Our goal is to reach out to a broad base of surf artists.  We hope that our show will be something new, something special, and something different from any other art show in Va. Beach.  Please spread the word and tell your friends and fellow artists about the Steel Pier Classic & Surf Art Expo in sunny Virginia Beach, VA ---- the largest resort city on the East Coast!

Beach Art

Come join us Memorial Day Weekend at the beach!

To download an application, click here.

To see the 2016 event map, click here.


Matt Haddaway, Artist"The Va. Beach Surf Art Expo is one of the best shows that I do all year. You can't beat the location. Lots of people visit the boardwalk at the oceanfront, especially on a holiday weekend. The show is tied to the Steel Pier Classic surf contest, which brings out people who enjoy beach and surfing inspired art. The show was run very well for its first time, and I trust that it will be even smoother this year. If you're an artist inspired by the coast, or a collector who loves the beach, this is your show. I look forward to participating again."

Matt Haddaway

Rick Romano"The surprising thing for me, were the sales!  Most new art shows take a while to build reputations but this one took off  right out of the gate as fun, profitable and well managed. And the location, On the Boardwalk with parking only steps away".

Rick Romano



Fran Martin-DixonLove the surf expo art show, I do about 20 a year and this one is one of my favorites, it is well organized, set up is easy, the sales are good and has the perfect atmosphere. A very relaxed show!

Fran Martin-Dixon



“I've shown my surf art at the Virginia Beach Surf Art Expo since 2009, and it's a blast! Sold some art, made some new friends, took a few breaks and caught some fun surf. Went home sun burned and happy. I’m looking forward to next year!

Bob Langston


"The VB Surf Art Expo is one of my favorite shows because it truly encapsulates the essence of surfing’s core essentials. People of all ages who love the water and the ocean life that surrounds us spend a long and beautiful weekend on beach at the jetty to celebrate this lifestyle we have chosen and are thankful for. I am honored to be a part of another historical chapter in surfing’s history in Virginia Beach via the surf art expo!"

Ed Obermeyer


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