Friday for the Arts, November 11, 2016

Opening on Friday, November 11 for Friday for the Arts!, the Petersburg Area Art League will feature fiber art by Kristin Polich in the Main Gallery.  In the Members’ Gallery, feature artist Josette will display her pastels.

Main Gallery:

Kristin Polich has characterized her work through this statement: "I often refer to my work as floating, suspended drawings.  While resembling netting or a web, to me these pieces symbolize both fragility and strength.  Through them, I explore the connectedness and separation of these essential elements in the human experience.  Suspended away from the wall, the pieces cast shadows that are also important parts of the work.  I am interested in how each piece will respond to the unique light and space of a given environment."

 

Members' Gallery:

 The Members’ Gallery will feature artist Josette Reboul Brogan.  She was born in Auvergne, France and educated in France as well.  Josette currently resides in Petersburg, VA.  She works with pastels quietly catching the beauty of familiar scenes and vistas.  This exhibit will consist of a dozen original pastels plus 5 copies of "The Masters".  Josette says the masters are her guides.

Included in this exhibit are 4 works painted by her sister, Colette Reboul (1937-1999).  Her sister was the widow of the painter Paul Guyot. She later married Audre Greard, the artist's benefactor and friend.  In oil or pastel, her choice of colors reflect the simplicity and conviction of her work.   Josette included these four works in her sister's memory.

 

 

FRIDAY FOR THE ARTS! JUNE 10, 2016

Petersburg Area Art League June Exhibits

Main Gallery - Rediscovered WPA Watercolors of Bessie Niemeyer Marshall

 Members’ Gallery - Works of Southside Virginia Emergency Crew

 

Opening on Friday, June 10 for Friday for the Arts!, the Main Gallery of the Petersburg Area Art League will feature the once lost and now rediscovered works of local watercolorist Bessie Niemeyer Marshall.  The Members’ Gallery will exhibit a collaborate show of several artists in the Southside Virginia Emergency Crew members.

In the Main Gallery, the exhibit “Rediscovering the Forgotten Garden” features selected botanical watercolors by a local artist, Bessie Niemeyer Marshall, that were painted in the late 1930s … and then misplaced and forgotten about.  At the time, the Depression-era work relief program, funded through the Works Progress Administration (WPA), sought to document the variety of plant species being preserved in Lee Memorial Park, a wildflower and bird sanctuary in Petersburg.  Bessie Niemeyer Marshall – a self-taught artist with no formal training, but incredible artistic talent – was hired to paint watercolors of the dried and pressed plant specimens, since the dried pressings were fading, but a watercolor painting would be permanent.

“Rediscovering the Forgotten Garden” features 20 framed digital watercolors painted by Bessie Marshall.  Upon discovering the collection of dried plant specimens and accompanying watercolors, the Petersburg Garden Club has since learned such a dual collection is rare in herbarium art.  Limited editions of the prints, stationery, and a book about the project, With Paintbrush & Shovel, will be for sale as part of the exhibit.

 

The Members’ Gallery will exhibit “Southside Virginia Emergency Crew:  Artwork by Those who Save Lives,” a glimpse into the hidden talents of local emergency medical service (EMS) providers.  The Southside Virginia Emergency Crew has provided continuous emergency medial care for the City of Petersburg since 1945, and many people might not know that these 911 responders are very talented artists.

The idea for this exhibit began when Maria Crafton – who has always has a passion for art – was talking with other emergency technicians on the crew and discovered their common interest in art.  This is the SVEC’s first collaborative show.