FRIDAY FOR THE ARTS! April 8, 2016 at 6 p.m.

Opening on Friday, April 8 for Friday for the Arts!, the Petersburg Area Art League will feature the works of Jasmine Mills in the Main Gallery.  The Members’ Gallery will exhibit Elizabeth Longstreet-Titmus’ paintings.

"Fragments" by Jasmine Mills

Jasmine was born in Petersburg, Virginia. She works predominantly in the medium of paint but also film, computer graphics, large installations and various multi-media. She is mostly self-taught and took advantage of the art program at Petersburg High School. Jasmine was accepted to the Art Institute of Washington, DC, but elected instead to start her own business.  Since 2006, she has owned and operated ArtHouse7 Designs (formerly X Customs).  She produces work for clients and sells original pieces through her studio website, and enjoys showing her work at local galleries.  Jasmine spends her time creating her original work, commissions and illustrations at her home studio and her studio at The Ward Center.


"Currents" by Elizabeth Longstreet-Titmus

Elizabeth says she had no idea that she would ever be a painter.  Then, one summer, she and her sisters visited the Petersburg Area Art League (PAAL). Art classes were being offered, and her sister encouraged her to give it a try. Since, she has taken many classes and won numerous awards. Her favorite subjects are drawn from life:  places that she loves, landscapes, wildlife, birds, her koi, and people she loves as well. One great example is based on a photo of her grandparents taken in the early 1900’s, brought to life in colors she imagined from that time period. “I was always inspired by my father because he was so talented in so many ways… music, drawing, building … doing almost anything with his hands. I always wished I could be like him,” says Elizabeth.  She concludes about finding her way into art: “My dad inspired me and my sister encouraged me.”

March Friday for the Arts

Joseph Craig English pulled his first serigraph in ninth grade art class more than 50 years ago. Today he continues to experiment with silkscreen process, pushing the limits of the media to create vibrantly colorful images portraying the urban landscape of the Mid-Atlantic region from Baltimore to the Outer Banks.

Starting with a pencil pattern from a photo he has taken, the artist meticulously hand cuts a lacquer stencil for each color in his design. Using a squeegee, he pulls the oil-based ink through the stencil onto the paper below the screen. Stencils for each additional color are then printed in order from the lightest to the darkest color. Original prints or “serigraphs” are often the product of more than 30 separate stencils. The artist takes great pride in handcrafting all of his work; from the cutting of the stencils to pulling each print personally.

Comments from Joseph Craig English about works in the upcoming show for March:

"Village Cafe"  A VCU student hangout at the corner of Harrison and Grace Streets in the Fan.  This building has been through some changes since I attended art school at VCU.  I remember it as a laundromat, a women's clothing store and finally this terrific sandwich shop/ restaurant.
"Italian Garden" This all season garden is one of the highlights of a trip to Maymont Park in Richmond.  I first photographed the gardens in late summer and the colors were stunning.
"Catalina Sailboat" I had the good fortune of visiting Catalina Island, 26 miles off the coast at Long Beach, California.  The color and excitement there is stimulating I wish my trip could have been longer.

December Friday for the Arts: Trees of Christmas!

In a tradition of thirty-six years, the Petersburg Area Art League (PAAL) is hosting one of its most popular exhibits:  The Trees of Christmas.  For this event, PAALinvites area schools, businesses and organizations to design, decorate and display 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 previous years already slated to return this year include Houchin’s Pest Control, the Petersburg Sheriff’s Department and Tantrum Tattoos.

The Trees of Christmas exhibit officially opens to the public at 6 p.m. on Friday, December 11 during Friday for the Arts.  During the opening, Petersburg’s Little Theatre – under the direction of Una Harrison – will perform Santa’s Parlor Show at 6:00 p.m. and 7:15 p.m. in the PAAL gallery.

Main Gallery

Trees of Christmas

by Various Organizations

“We are thrilled to welcome the businesses and organizations from the community to join in this exhibit, and I’m especially excited to see some of the new organizations’ trees:  American Needlepoint Guild, Patrick Antkowiak’s Steampunk tree, Battersea Foundation, Richard Bland College and Ciao Bella,” said Garry Curtis, coordinator of the Trees of Christmas exhibit.  “Not only is it a beautiful exhibit, but it’s a great opportunity to showcase all the creative talent in our community,” added Curtis.  There will be more than 40 trees in the exhibit this year.

In addition to displaying the trees, PAAL will also be a part of the Historic Petersburg Foundation Christmas Tour on Saturday, December 12 and Sunday, December 13from 2 to 6 p.m.  PAAL is one 13 historic buildings included in the tour.

The Trees of Christmas exhibit is free to the public and runs through Monday, January 4, 2016.

This year, more than 40 trees will be displayed in the downstairs gallery and the upstairs Education Center.  The trees are designed by: Patrick Antkowiak, Costen Floors, American Needlepoint Guild, Cockade City Camera Club, Heretick Feed & Seed, Petersburg Chamber of Commerce, Petersburg Sheriff’s Office,

GFWC, Swift Creek Womans Club, Tantrum Tattoos, The Battersea Foundation, PAWS, Richard Bland College, Gallery 5, Virginia Commonwealth Bank, JG Wentworth Home Lending, Annette Rose, Houchins Pest Control, Colonial Honda, Owen Printing Company, Petersburg Cultural Affairs Office, Petersburg Lofts, Petersburg Breakfast Rotary Club, Boulevard Flower Gardens, Ciao Bella, The Art Room, St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, Enteros Design, Side Street Gallery, Walnut Hill Elementary School, PAAL Home School Art Classes, PAAL, Westview Early Childhood Education Center, Abe’s Auto, Delta Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Tangee Jones, Petersburg High School, Southside Virginia Association of Realtors, Historic Petersburg Foundation, Lundie Insurance Company, Links, Inc., and Marcel Zitscar.

Trees of Christmas photos by John A. Rooney, Jr.

Addtional Shows:

Santa's Parlor

by Theatre with Children for Children

Children of all ages are invited to meet Santa, Mrs. Claus and the North Pole Elves at "Santa's Parlor," with free shows on Friday, December 11 at PAAL at 6:00 p.m. and 7:15 p.m.  The show is presented by the actors of "Theatre with Children for Children."   Free cookies and soda will be provided by Southside Virginia Council for the Arts and each child will receive a treat.   

The November exhibit runs through January 4, 2016.

November Friday for the Arts!

Main Gallery


by Daniel Calder

Daniel Calder 6.jpg

The Main Gallery exhibit is entitled “Blackboards” and features a handful of large scale pieces of paint and chalk.  "Blackboards are not typically a vehicle for personal expression,” explained artist Daniel Calder. “More commonly, they are used to disseminate knowledge to a broader audience. The blackboards in this series feature elements from our civic memory and act as a receptacle for the thoughts, feelings, or perhaps even indiscretions of viewers. I am providing the first half of an equation and inviting the visitors to finish the experience – blurring the line between artist, art, and audience.”

Calder, who lives in Glen Allen, Va., is a painter, installation, and conceptual artist.  He earned his MFA in 1990 from Virginia Commonwealth University, and is a recipient of grants from the Virginia Commission for the Arts and the VMFA, where his next show will be exhibited. He has accepted commissions by the City of Richmond and the Washington Project for the Arts. Calder’s work appears in numerous private and corporate collections and has been featured in various publications including ArtpapersThe WashingtonianStyle WeeklyRichmond Magazine, and The Richmond Times-Dispatch.

Calder explains the interactive nature of his work and the exhibit:  “My images are intended to use some humor and discord to encourage the viewer to reconsider… everything. Though the preexisting images are permanent, chalk and erasers are be provided for viewers to add or take away from the information – rewriting history or providing their own. In the end, even in the gallery setting – not even the artist’s voice will have the last say."

Virginia Linen Service Members' Gallery:

Beguiled By

Bead Embroidery

by Dr. Cynthia Richardson

The Virginia Linen Service’s Members’ Gallery will exhibit the bead embroidery art work of Dr. Cynthia Richardson in a show entitled "Beguiled By Bead Embroidery."  A long time jewelry designer, Dr. Richardson just recently turned to bead embroidery.  Described as bold, her pieces take on themes from nature, animals and Native American art.  “Designing bead embroidery is like painting a picture,” explains Dr. Richardson.  “Each piece takes on a life of its own and I need to force myself to stop, or else I could keep going forever with each piece.”

There will be 8 – 10 pieces in the exhibit, and all pieces will be for sale.

A native of Ohio, Dr. Richardson followed a career and academic path in psychology, regional planning and social work.  She has always been interested in art, and while finishing her doctorate at VCU, she discovered jewelry making as a way to relax and apply her critical thinking skills to artistic and inspirational ways.

 Education Gallery:

PAAL Homeschool Art Class 

The upstairs Education Gallery will exhibit the artwork of the PAAL Middle School Homeschool Art class students.   The following students are displaying their owl paintings:

Lily Lundie

Eli Lundie

Jarred Barr

Wyatt Barr

Liza McKain

Victoria Bragg 

Loren Matthews

The November exhibit runs through 

November 29, 2015.

36th Annual Trees of Christmas: Call for Entries

Dear Friends:

As usual, just when the Petersburg Area Art League is busy planning fall events, I am already thinking about Christmas!  Indeed, the holiday season will soon be upon us, and PAAL is very excited to present the 36th Annual Trees of Christmas in December.

First, I’d like to thank those of you who participated in last year’s event.  We had so many participants and the exhibit was beautiful.  Our attendance grew even more last year, and we welcomed record numbers of people to our gallery to enjoy the display.  Without your creativity, enthusiasm and time, the exhibition would not have been the success it was.

I would like to invite all of PAAL’s friends to participate again in this year’s Trees of Christmas.  Displaying a tree from your organization is not only a fun way to showcase your company with the public, but it is also a wonderful way to support PAAL in our mission to showcase the visual arts in Petersburg, to provide educational programming, and to engage everyone in the arts.  This is our most popular event of the entire year, and we would be delighted to include you in it.

For those who have not displayed a tree in previous years, we require that the decorated trees be artificial, as fire codes do not allow living trees.  The decorations can be any theme you desire.  Locations in the galleries will be assigned on a first come, first serve basis.  Since we have high ceilings, trees can be up to 10 feet in height.  We do have a limited number of pedestals available for smaller trees, so call ahead to reserve one.  Please provide your own extension cords and power strips marked with your name.

Trees can be loaded into PAAL’s gallery on the following dates:  December 1 – 7, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.  If those times and dates are not convenient or possible in your schedule, call for an appointment.

We look forward to welcoming you to this year’s 36th Annual Trees of Christmas exhibit.  Please call us by Friday, November 13 at 804-861-4611 or email to confirm your participation.  If you have any questions about the Trees of Christmas, please contact us.

Thank you,

Garry Curtis

Friday for the Arts in October!

Petersburg Area Art League October Exhibit Features: 

Art Work from Upcoming Auction

Education Gallery Displays Elementary School Art

Petersburg, VA (September 28, 2015) – Opening on Friday, October 9 for Friday for the Arts!, the Petersburg Area Art League will feature art work that is part of an art auction in support of a brand new program:  the Mental Health Art Therapy Program.  The Education Gallery will feature the art work of students from North Elementary School in Prince George County.

The exhibit of art auction pieces will be in the Main Gallery and the Virginia Linen Services’ Members’ Gallery.  The exhibit consists of the work of various local artists – Tri-City, surrounding counties and Richmond area – including:  Bobby Lynch, Sherrie Bowman, Elizabeth Titmus, Garry Curtis, Susan Brown, and Millie Horner.  More than 30 artists have donated a variety of works including paintings, collages, drawings, photography, prints and more, in support of this new program.

“PAAL is extremely excited to help launch this new mental health art therapy program, but we need funds to purchase the supplies and set the space,” said Russell Kvasnicka, President of the Board of PAAL“We were thrilled when so many artists supported us in our auction, and we look forward to the public getting involved and purchasing some amazing pieces.”

The auction will take place on Friday, October 23 at 6:00 p.m. and the public is invited to attend.

The upstairs Education Gallery will exhibit the artwork of 12 students from North Elementary School in Prince George County.  The kindergarten artists created a lion, second graders created bark paintings and third graders created a silhouette tree.  Angela Tudor is their art teacher.

Kindergarteners:  Zoe White, Violette Arms, Hannah Fierro, Dwayne Jackson       

Second graders:  Ava Sirles, Zorian Crewe, Tamia Roots, Lola Hale        

Third graders: Aniyah McDaniel, Kayla Brown, Anna Tate, Jakayla Brown 

The October exhibition runs through Sunday, November 8.

The Friday for the Arts! gallery shows start at 6 p.m. with light refreshments.  Call 804-861-4611 for more information or visit  PAAL is located at 7 East Old Street in Petersburg.

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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:

Theodore Taylor III:

Bizhan Khodabandeh:

Carolyn Schallmo:

Phillip Hillker:

Jared Cullum:

Charlotte Rodenberg:

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  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.