In a tradition of more than thirty years, the Petersburg Area Art League (PAAL) is hosting one of its most popular exhibits in the year: The Trees of Christmas. For the 34th year, PAAL invites area schools, businesses and organizations to design and decorate a tree in the gallery space. While some trees are decorated in a traditional style, other trees are designed to creatively reflect the sponsoring business or organization. Some of the favorite trees from last year already slated to return this year include Petersburg Pickers, Rebuilding Together Tri-Cities, Houchin’s Pest Control and Curl Up or Dye Salon.
Opening on Friday, November 8 for Friday for the Arts!, the Petersburg Area Art League will feature three separate shows. The Main Gallery will feature the Sisters Ray show by three Richmond-area artists and in the WestStar Members’ Gallery, art work by local artist Millie Youngblood Horner is displayed. Upstairs in the Education Gallery, art by various artists as part of an Art on Wheel exhibit is displayed.
Sisters Ray, an exhibit by three Richmond-based artists, is opening in the Main Gallery. Sara Gossett, Jenn Rockwell and Eliza Childress present an exhibit that is fanciful, psychedelic and dreamlike in nature. Sara Gossett’s paintings are mostly watercolor with pen and ink, and some acrylic. “I am continuously inspired by the golden haze of dreamscapes and nostalgia; keeping an eye on the past while looking toward the future. Art Nouveau and Art Deco design, psychedelic poster art, book illustrations from the 1960s & ’70s, vintage fashion and style, hand drawn typography, decorative patterns, flowing lines of black and white, splashes of bright colors, the power and transformative magic of music and how it dictates visions . . . these are all elements that influence and inform the work I create,” explains Gossett. Born in Texas, but residing for more than 10 years in Virginia, Gossett has a BA in Art History from the University of Mary Washington. Jenn Rockwell grew up in the North, but has steadily moved southward, until presently living in Richmond. Her work is primarily in gouache, markers and ink. “My inspiration is nature and my friends,” explains Rockwell. She received her BFA from Moore College of Art and Design in Philadelphia, Penn. Eliza Childress is a Richmond-based graphic artist as well and works primarily in ink, paint pens, gouache, and watercolor to create dreamscapes and other inspired images. “I like to describe my work as happy, like a bunch of friends hanging out in outer space,” said Childress. Her work recently was featured in Tom Cruise’s movie Rock of Ages.
Millie Youngblood Horner, a local Petersburg area artist, will be showing her collage, mixed media and sculpture pieces in the WestStar Mortgage gallery. Her exhibit consists of 20 to 30 pieces ranging from 5 inches square to 2 x 3 feet. Horner describes her work as “colorful and a homage to creation.” She started her mixed media work about 11 years ago when she was an art teacher for the Richmond Diocese. Upon retiring last year, she started focusing more on her artwork. “However, several deaths in my family caused a darkness for me, which continued until I took up mediation; once I started mediating, the art became light again,” explained Horner. She is an active artist in the Petersburg area and a member of the recently-formed artists’ group Tabb 20.
In the upstairs Education Gallery, there will be a showcase of artwork created by Petersburg area senior citizens, as part of the Aging in the Arts program. The Aging in the Arts program is led by Art on Wheels, which partnered with the Crater District Area Agency on Aging to bring comprehensive arts programming to their seniors. Aimed at improving the health and wellness among senior citizens, the Aging in the Arts program guides seniors through visual art and music classes. The artwork exhibited features the seniors’ work throughout the year.
The exhibits run through November 29, 2013.
The Friday for the Arts! gallery shows start at 6 p.m. with light refreshments. Call 804-861-4611 for more information or visit www.paalart.org. The Petersburg Area Art League is located at 7 East Old Street in Old Towne Petersburg.
The Petersburg Area Art League is pleased to announce its upcoming gala, “A Holiday Stroll and Soiree” on Saturday, November 16. This year’s gala will feature cocktails and appetizers at PAAL’s gallery, followed by a traditional holiday buffet dinner down the street at The Black Swan Restaurant. Dancing, music and a silent art auction will entertain everyone throughout the rest of the evening.
The gala is PAAL’s main fundraising event in the year, and the organization utilizes the funds to support artistic and educational programming throughout the year. The gala proceeds allow PAAL to host its Art Park Summer Concert Series and monthly exhibits and to keep enrollment costs low for summer art camp, youth classes and adult workshops.
“We were told over and over last year that the gala was such a fun event for everyone, and that’s something we’re really proud of,” said Russell Kvasnicka, the President of the Board for PAAL. “We really want to encourage everyone to join us for a special evening in support of the arts.”
The gala event would not be possible without the support of local sponsors: JT Morriss & Son Funeral Home, WestStar Mortgage, William H. Talley & Son, CFS, Houchins Pest Control, Owen Printing, The Black Swan, Royal Photography, Walnut Hill Pharmacy, Breeze Inn, Rosyln Farm Corporation, Beth Cuthbert, Suzanne Vaughn, Charles White, Ellen Ende and Russell Kvasnicka.
Tickets for the “A Holiday Stroll and Soiree” are available at the PAAL gallery or can be purchased online at www.paalart.org. Tickets are $50 for members or $60 for non-members. Advance ticket purchase is required.
Opening on Friday, October 11 for Friday for the Arts!, the Petersburg Area Art League will feature two separate shows. The Main Gallery will feature the Sisterhood of the Traveling Art show and in the WestStar Members’ Gallery, art work by local artist Patty Munford is displayed.
Grapes and Hops Art Project
2nd Session 2:30pm-4:30pm
Opening on Friday, September 13 for Friday for the Arts!, the Petersburg Area Art League will open Molehill Climbers which features works by Dan Owen, Jason Mazzola, Marshall Higgins, and Rob Lee. Each of these artists that work primarily in Pen and Ink and Graphic Design. Petersburg, is in for a treat with the talent of these individuals. The Community and Education Gallery with have Cockade City Camera Club’s Best Shots II, an exhibition showcasing the area’s best photographers. Finally the Weststar Mortgage Member’s Gallery will feature Journey to Adventure works from Daphne Maxwell Reid’s Fresh Prints.
The Art Park Concert Series concludes on Friday night as well. From 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., Petersburg’s Festival Bells will entertain listeners in PAAL’s outdoor Art Park with A cappella music. The Festival Bells are a accompaniment to Petersburg’s Festival Choir. Patrons are encouraged to bring their own lawn chairs.
The gallery art exhibit runs through October 5, 2013.
The Friday for the Arts! gallery shows start at 6 p.m. with light refreshments. Call 804-861-4611 for more information or visitwww.paalart.org. The Petersburg Area Art League is located at 7 East Old Street in Old Towne Petersburg.
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Saturday September 21, 2011
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Tuesdays, October 8 – November 12, 2013
Saturday October 19, 2011
Tucked inside the Petersburg Area Arts League pocket park, director James Ricks has fashioned this Shakespeare comedy so that it fits the space perfectly: cute, quirky and breezy. The production fills the charming little park with laughter and music.
Just as the park where it’s performed provides an unexpected slice of urban green space to enjoy, this production injects a surprising burst of mirth into the summer theater season.