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Nutcracker Art

Nutcracker Art! 

Saturday December 12


K-5th grades

$20 per child

Need time to wrap up some of those holiday details? Need time to START knocking off those items on your holiday to-do list? Drop the kids off at PAAL for a fun morning while you take care of business. We'll use oil pastels and colored pencils to create adorable nutcrackers, enjoy a treat from Buttermilk Bake Shop and play some holiday themed games from around the world. Supplies & treats are included in the cost of this class.

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Children's Book Illustrators

Petersburg Area Art League Features Children’s Book Illustrators

Members’ Gallery Features Local Artist Alva Davies

Petersburg, VA (August 31, 2015) – Opening on Friday, September 11 for Friday for the Arts!, the Petersburg Area Art League will showcase children’s book illustrators with a connection to Central Virginia.  The Virginia Linen Service’s Members’ Gallery will feature the works of local artist Alva Davies.

Bizhan Khodabandeh image from Little Red Fish

“The Art of Children's Book Illustration” is a unique showcase of art from a variety of regional artists.  The samples of work range from finished product to brainstorming sketches, and include photography, graphite, digital and watercolor.  Nine artists – all with ties to Central Virginia – are included in the show.  These artists’ works have appeared in various books and other publications, and the artists live across the country, some still in Central Virginia. Each work in the show features insight into the creative process of the artist.

“PAAL is excited to bring our patrons such a wide array of talent that really showcases how creative our local children's artists really are,” said Nick Crider, Exhibit Coordinator for the Petersburg Area Art League.  “With such a niche, I was overwhelmed when I found out how much talent we actually have close by.”

The artists joining the show include:

Terry Crider: http://www.terrycrider.com

Theodore Taylor III: http://www.theodore3.com

Bizhan Khodabandeh: http://www.mendedarrow.com

Carolyn Schallmo: http://www.artworksrichmond.com/CarolynSchallmo.htm

Phillip Hillker: http://www.minotaurstudios.net

Jared Cullum: http://jaredlovestodraw.tumblr.com

Charlotte Rodenberg: http://www.charlotterodenberg.com

Nate Webb

Each of the artists featured in “The Art of Children's Book Illustration” has received multiple awards and recognitions for their works.  Just a few of these accolades include:

·      The Coretta Scott King John Steptoe New Talent Award and the Texas Bluebonnet Award (Theodore Taylor III)

·      The Silver Medal for Comics and Cartooning through the Society of Illustrators (Bizhan Khodabandeh)

·      2015 Panelist for Society of Children’s Books Writers and Illustrators (Charlotte Rodenberg)

·      1st Place in Scenic Virgina's "Farms & Open Spaces" 2011 (Terry Crider)

The Virginia Linen Service’s Members’ Gallery will exhibit the art of Alva Davies, a local artist of pen and ink drawings.  The pieces in the exhibit will range include 6 x 8 inch and 8 x 10 inch sizes and are reminiscent of the countryside in England.

Alva Davies

Alva Davies

Born in England, Alva came to the United States in the 1960s, but didn’t start drawing until 2001.  She started doodling on a small note pad and co-workers she had gone to art school, so after some encouraging words from friends, she decided to buy a small art pad.  “Many of my drawings are from memories of growing up in Cheshire, England – the cottages, the woods and country scenes, streams and stone bridges,” explained Alva.  “I have so many fond memories from my childhood of walking through the woods and countryside with my father, my sisters and our dog, and these paintings depict those memories.”

The September exhibition runs through Saturday, October 3.

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.  PAAL is located at 7 East Old Street in Petersburg.

Upcoming Classes at PAAL

Homeschool Art 1

Elementary Grades

Sept. 10 - October 15

Thurs. 10-11:15

Taught by Stephanie Barr, homeschooling Mom & state certified K-12 art educator. Globe trotting is the name of the game this time! During this 6wk. session we'll pack our bags & check out art from around the world to inspire our own artwork

Middle Grades

Sept. 10 - October 15

Thurs. 10-11:15

Taught by Russell Kvasnicka, retired art educator of 36yrs. Mr. K will focus on painting techniques during this 6wk session. 

Monster Mash

Saturday October 31st


K-5th grades

$20 per child

We'll help build the excitement for evening festivities with this fun class Halloween morning! Creepy cute monster art making, Halloween treat eating, energy burning in the art park and some fun treats for later are all included in the cost of this class. 

Nutcracker Art! 

Saturday December 12


K-5th grades

$20 per child

Need time to wrap up some of those holiday details? Need time to START knocking off those items on your holiday to-do list? Drop the kids off at PAAL for a fun morning while you take care of business. We'll use oil pastels and colored pencils to create adorable nutcrackers, enjoy a treat from Buttermilk Bake Shop and play some holiday themed games from around the world. Supplies & treats are included in the cost of this class.

Sock Knitting

Sarah Witiak


1 pm- 4 pm

October 24, 2015

If you have never worn handknit socks, you have been missing out! They have no seams, lumps or bumps to rub your toes, have padded heels, come in any color or texture you can imagine, fit perfectly, and last for years. Students will learn to knit in the round, turn a heel, and make a toe. All materials are provided, and students can take a started project home with them to finish. Some knitting experience is suggested - if you know how to knit and purl, that is all you need to start! Age of participants 12 to 212 (if a kid signs up, the parent can come for free, 1 parent per kid)

*When you register, please designate your favorite color(s) so that we have yarn to your liking for the class.

Learn to Make Art Your Way

Amy Barr


Oct 2,9,16 & 23  from 10:30-12:30

Tired of having to paint “like the teacher”? Do you get super excited to come to an Art class just to be bored by the subject matter?” Are you ready to UNLEASH your ARTIST self? 

This painting class is unique. Taught 1:1, everyone’s Art is different. Finally, you will be able to create what YOU want. Have no fear! I will be there to help you every step of the way. If you have always wanted to make amazing Art, THIS is the class for you!

Beginner and Intermediate Artists

*A list of supplies will be provided at the time of registration

Create Your Own Vision Board

Amy Barr



 Oct. 19th from 10:30-12:30

Do you feel stuck? Want to shift your life to new direction? Do you feel the nagging sensation that there is something more in life but just not sure how to find it? 

Experience this engaging and powerful process.  Create a personal vision board that enables you to identify and define dreams and goals. Guided imagery is used to help you focus on what you really want (even if you don’t know what that is!)

Your vision board can be about anything: Where you want to travel, your career path, the type of home or car you want, do you want children, a family… It can bring THE answers to your questions and we’ll have FUN doing it!

*A list of supplies will be provided at the time of registration.

Felt Brooch Making

Stephanie Barr

Sunday September 27th 3-5pm


Brooches are one of the hottest accessory trends this season & felt is perfect for fall and winter weather. Spend a Sunday afternoon at PAAL learning how to make our own unique brooches to compliment your fall and winter outfits. Supplies: if you have a great pair of fabric scissors or rotary cutter you love bring that along. All other supplies are included. Basic hand sewing knowledge helpful. 

Paint and Pour!


Petersburg Area Art League will host its bi-monthly Paint and Pour Party on Saturday, September 12th from 5 to 7 at the Petersburg Area Art League.  The cost of the party is $50 per person but, this includes all necessary supplies, wine and appetizers. Everyone will leave with a completed painting. Please call 804-861-4611 by Wednesday, September 9 to register for the class. You must pre-register in order that we will have sufficient supplies available for the event!

Scenic America Photography by Terry Crider

Join us August 14th from 6pm to 9pm for the opening of: Scenic America Photography by Terry Crider. 

Artist's Statement:  I love nature and the great outdoors.  I want to take people where they may not normally go through my eyes.  My goal is to inspire people to get out and look at the world surrounding them.  You do not have to go far to see beauty!  

Red Barn, 1st Place in Scenic Virgina's "Farms & Open Spaces" 2011 and  3rd Place in Fredericksburg Art & Photography Show 2015.

Red Barn, 1st Place in Scenic Virgina's "Farms & Open Spaces" 2011 and 3rd Place in Fredericksburg Art & Photography Show 2015.

My work has been published in the VA Wildlife Magazine, The Richmond Times, Woman's World Magazine, the NVCC Woodbridge Campus Dimensions Magazine, Best of College Photography Annual, the Hatteras Island Breeze, Photographer's Edge Catalog and the Free-Lance Star Newspaper.  

One of my photographs won 1st place in Scenic Virginia Photography Contest & was displayed at the State Capitol.  I have also had three works winning honorable mention with Scenic Virginia.  Other awards were placed in the Fredericksburg Photography Show, Prince William Co. Fair (Best of Show), Hatteras Island Photography Contest (1stPlace), Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine & VA Farm Bureau.

Over the Edge,  2013 Honorable Mention Scenic VA.

Over the Edge, 2013 Honorable Mention Scenic VA.

One of my photographs, Naked Cowboy, taken on a street in NYC was selected as a finalist in the Homage to Winogrand contest.  Over 250 submissions were judged by Ksenya Gurshtein, Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Curatorial Fellow, Department of Photographs, National Gallery of Art. My image was included in a digital display before the "On the Street" film screenings at the School of Communication's Malsi Doyle and Michael Forman Theater, American University.

Storybook Art Workshop!

PAAL is excited to offer a workshop taught by Laurie McAleen for students from 3rd to 6th grade on storybook art! Students will explore and examine the art of Dr. Seuss, Eric Carl & Beatrice Potter & create artwork inspired by these artists. Student artwork will also be displayed as part of the September Children's Book Illustrator show. Space is limited to 10 participants so call PAAL to register today! 

$25 members / $30 non members

Aug 11-13 1-3pm

June Friday for the Arts!

Petersburg Area Art League Features Hamilton Glass’s 

Canvas, Acrylic & Ink Originals

Members’ Gallery Features Mixed Media Works by Aimee Joyaux

Petersburg, VA (May 28, 2015) – Opening on Friday, June 12 for Friday for the Arts!, the Petersburg Area Art League will feature “In Line” by artist Hamilton Glass.  In the Virginia Linen Service’s Members’ Gallery, local artist Aimee Joyaux will exhibit “Mixing Media.”

Hamilton Glass’s “In Line” exhibit features approximately 25 framed canvas pieces, along with acrylic and ink originals.  Born in Philadelphia, Glass’s career as an artist stems from his architecture and design educational and career background.  He received his Bachelors of Architecture from Hampton University and spent seven years working in numerous architecture firms in Virginia and New Jersey, but it was his passion for public art pushed him to start a career as an artist.  “Public art has always been a big influence and inspiration to me, because of its power to influence and inspire the surrounding community.”  He is one of the many street artists who have taken part in the ongoing debate of whether graffiti belongs on a gallery wall.

Glass’s work is identified by its architectural elements with bright colors and sharp lines, which are used to convey energy and movement.  Glass explains his work serves to create dialog between mainstream and underground art enthusiasts.

The Virginia Linen Service’s Members’ Gallery will exhibit “Mixing Media” by local artist Aimee Joyaux.  Her exhibit will feature approximately 20 works on paper and letterpress prints.  Joyaux explained that the theme of the drawings is “a response to a heightened sense of impermanence and the associated anxiety stemming from displacements and the looming threat of extinction and erasure.”  Joyaux also explained that for the letterpress, she is interested in small scale, local production and exploring Southern culture via posters and broadsides.

Joyaux has an MFA in photography and enjoys working in multiple media simultaneously.  “Art provides a release valve of sorts as I explore contemporary issues in culture that are vexing and, at times, scary.”  Joyaux is currently with Richard Bland College of William & Mary as the Associate Dean of Instructional Resources.

Don’t miss the chance to be a permanent part of the Art Park!

Our Art Park is in need of infrastructure improvements:  outdoor lighting, walkways and benches.  To make these needs a reality, PAAL is embarking on an exciting campaign for our Art Park: "Pathways to Art."

“Pathways to Art” is an opportunity for individuals and businesses to purchase bricks and benches, which will be inscribed in commemoration, honor, or tribute (or even just with a sentiment). 

The bricks are available for $100 each for individuals and businesses.  (Bricks with business logos are $200.) You may also purchase engraved concrete benches for $1,000, which will be placed around the Art Park.  (All donations are fully tax-deductible.) 


The bricks will be set in a pathway from the Art Park door to the entrance on Old Street. With a portion of the funds raised, PAAL will commission local artists to design bricks in their artistic style. These commissioned bricks will become part of the pathway's design.

It has been more than five years since we held a fund raising campaign for the development of the Art Park, and since then, the Art Park has transformed from an empty lot to an artistic space for everyone to enjoy.  And since the moment we opened the doors to the Art Park, it’s become a critical piece of PAAL. 


Please help us to take the next step in the development of the Art Park:  purchase a brick! You can purchase online at https://www.bricksrus.com/order/paal/ or by calling PAAL at 804-861-4611

Friday for the Arts in May! 5/8 6PM-9PM

"Aesthetic Odyssey"

Risegun Bennett Olomidun

My belief is that art is alive; and should always be thought of as being alive. “Alive” art can inspire the viewer to re-examine the reality around them - not merely as tangible objects, but also as ideas manifested in a physical form. 

Pirate's Map.jpg

I employ theories and techniques associated to abstract expressionism as a background for the exploration of media, imagery, and themes. Drawing from contemporary and traditional-ethnic (African, Native & African-American, Asian, Greek, Aboriginal) creative processes, and visual sensitivities, I worked work diligently in developing my own style and techniques, complimenting to my sense of aesthetics.  Vivid and intense colors, surface textures, and infinite affects gained through experimentation, drives the creative inspiration of my work.

Jasmine Mills Member's Gallery

Jasmine was born in Petersburg, Virginia in 1986. Jasmine works predominantly in the medium of paint but includes Film, Computer graphics, large installations and various multi-media. She is mostly self-taught with well over 50,000 hours of work under her belt. Jasmine took advantage of the art program at Petersburg High School and continued throughout. Jasmine Won the tri-cities “Best in show” 2005.

   Jasmine was accepted and landed a scholarship with The Art Institute of Washington DC.  She has owned and operated under the fictitious name X Customs, Recently changed to ArtHouse7 designs. Jasmine has produced an array of works for various clientele. She also sells her original works on her website and various other art sites, as well as Showcases and entries to local art scenes. Jasmine spends her time creating her original works and commissions at her in home studio. Jasmine lives in Virginia and travels for work.

Donate to PAAL's Art Park!

BUY A BRICK! We here at PAAL are kicking off a new campaign to improve the Art Park. A $100 donation will get a brick with your name on it. A $200 donation will get a brick with your company logo inscribed upon it. A $1,000 donation will get a park bench with inscription. For more information, call us at (804)861-4611. Online donations will be accepted soon! 

PAAL Announces 7th Annual “Ladies’ Luncheon” Event


Annual Fundraiser Features Hats by Ignatius & Picnic Fare

Petersburg, VA  (April 24, 2015) – The Petersburg Area Art League is pleased to announce its upcoming annual Ladies’ Luncheon event, with an indoor picnic theme. In addition to traditional picnic-style fare, Ignatius Creegan returns to display his incredibly popular hats and Sid Scott (owner of Penniston's Alley Antiques and Collectibles) will present a fashion show of jewelry.


The Ladies’ Luncheon will be held on Friday, May 15 at 12:00 noon in Union Station at 102 River Street. 


The Ladies’ Luncheon is one of PAAL’s main fundraising events for the year, and the organization utilizes the funds to support artistic and educational programming throughout the year.  The Ladies’ Luncheonproceeds 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 are always excited to bring a new twist to one of our most successful annual events,” said Russell Kvasnicka, the President of the Board for PAAL.  “Last year, we hosted a special tea, and this year, we’re delighted to present a whole new twist:  an indoor picnic.”  The menu for the event includes:  oven-fried chicken, potato salad, deviled eggs, three-bean salad and watermelon.


The Ladies’ Luncheon event would not be possible without the support of local sponsoring organizations and individuals:  HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital, Dr. Germaine S. Fauntleroy, Ellen Ende, Nancy Myer, Ann Morriss, Melanie Smith and Elizabeth Cuthbert.


Tickets for the “Ladies’ Luncheon” event are available at the PAAL gallery.  Tickets are $30 for members or $35 for non-members.  Advance ticket purchase is required, and the event is limited to 125 guests.  Call PAAL at 804-861-4611 to purchase tickets or visit the gallery at 7 East Old Street in Old Towne.