Mike Morgan is a multi-faceted, extremely talented guy. As the drummer for local folk rock band, Mosquito Cabaret, he took part in the group's winning of a Veer Music Award just last week. As an visual artist, he's well been well regarded on the local scene for years. Today marks the opening of his large, one-man show at Gallery 21 in Norfolk.
Morgan is a prolific artist whose day job includes graphic design and commissioned artwork. He plays drums in a total of four different bands, and is a teacher at the Virginia Beach based School of Rock.
"Controlled Chaos" features a wide range of Morgan's work varying from celebrity portraiture to more abstract work. A portion of his profits from the show will be donated to Music Kids Foundation, a nonprofit that funds music lessons for kids ages 4-18 with disabilities. Morgan states of this choice, "I chose Music Kids Foundation for my fundraiser because it is a means for children with developmental challenges to learn how to express themselves through playing music. I do my best not to take my talents for granted. Helping these kids gain some skill and express themselves through music is so awesome and I am more than happy to contribute to such a cause."
Mike has won awards for his art, most recently taking Third Place at Art Speaks 2019 at the Bay School Community Arts Center in Mathews, the Award of Distinction in Drawing at Virginia Artists in 2017, a Juried Exhibition at CHTAC in Hampton, as well as the Edward G. Carson Memorial Award at Stockley Gardens Spring Arts Festival in 2017.
Since 2016, Gallery 21 has featured 30 art exhibitions, mostly featuring local artists. Admission is free, and wine from Norfolk’s Mermaid Winery will be served along with light hors d’ oeuvres. Selections of Morgan's music projects will be played at the event.