This month, PAAL will exhibit a selection from its Permanent Collection. Many of the works on display were acquired through purchase prizes at PAAL's long-running Poplar Lawn Art Festival, in its heyday one of the outstanding art festivals on the East Coast. The festival took place at one end of Garden Week in Virginia, and the Prince George Heritage Fair took place at the other end. Sometimes the Petersburg Symphony Orchestra performed in the park during the weekend. It cries out for revival.
In the main gallery, we had an exhibit of art by Jared Barr. Here are some images:
Upstairs, The Petersburg Area Mental Health Arts Collective
Since October of 2015, PAAL has been hosting approximately 15-20 adult clients from the Petersburg area on a bi-weekly basis. The clients come together to create and display visual art. This opportunity invites individuals to feel free to engage in a pursuit of self-discovery and then create an inspired physical product that represents that journey. The main focus is on identifying a common ground. In this environment, we make it a point to replace the word “patient” or “client” with “artist.” This initiative has been very successful and has engaged artists from various mental health agencies in the Tri-Cities area. The artists engage in painting, sculpture, jewelry making, coloring, DIY projects, journaling, photography, scrapbooking and other artistic activities. In other words, the world of art is at their disposal.
The artists have thoroughly benefited from the Collective. The counselors and “helpers” have personally seen a change in each and every one of them for the better. During one of their first public shows at the Petersburg Area Art League, the artists were ecstatic and overwhelmed with satisfaction to see their work on display. One artist in particular said that seeing his artwork on the wall made him feel “energized”. Another artist said that she felt “joy” when her friends and family came to see her work on display. These might appear to be simple words, but they are in actuality, emotional gems. Mental health issues can be debilitating, leaving the victim with only a few options for healing and recovery. With this program in place, these artists now have an even better chance at inclusion and community engagement. Here are some images from that show:
The narrative above was written by Bryant Pugh, former PAAL Board member and Founder/Director of the Petersburg Area Mental Health Arts Collective. Bryant’s busy work schedule has limited his time to devote to the Collective, but the program continues to thrive with the help of counselors from District 19 and other mental health agencies, who transport their clients to the sessions and stay and work with them on their various projects. Special guest artists from PAAL and the area community often present projects to the clients, as well. PAAL member Iris Schwartz is presently serving as the Coordinator of the Collective and performs live music on her flute and recorder while the clients work on their art. She often engages them in sing a longs and helps to get them in the spirit of the various upcoming holidays. The clients are also provided with snacks, sweets and various hot drinks during their 90 minute sessions. The responses from the clients are always positive and uplifting! Expressions like, “this is the best day of my life” and “I love being here” are often heard as they are leaving. The Arts Collective will be presenting an exhibit of their artwork in PAAL’s Members’ Gallery on January 11, 2019 for Friday for the Arts.
On December 14, for Friday for the Arts, PAAL will host the 39th Annual Trees of Christmas. Come see the trees by Alibi Resturant; Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.; Boulevard Flowers; Brith Achim; Clean Sweep; Cockade City Camera Club; Crater District Agency on Aging; Curl Up or Dye; Colonial Honda; David Emory Designs; Dinwiddie Health and Rehab; District 19 Community Services; Forgotten Tails; GFWC Swift Creek Woman’s Club; Owen Printing; Petersburg City Schools; Petersburg High School; Petersburg Links; Petersburg Schools Language Instruction Ed. Program; Petersburg Sheriffs Department; Runaway Dish; Southside Regional Medical Center; Theatre for Children; Therapeutic Massage; Tri-Cities Continental Societies; Joyce Tucker, The Oak; Virginia Commonwealth Bank; Virginia State University; Walnut Hill Elementary School; and the Wilcox Watershed Conservancy.
Vote for your favorite!
And please thank our sponsors: McCray Electric Company, Buttermilk Bakeshop, David and Una Harrison, Partin Home Inspections LLC, Suzanne Vaughan and the Wilcox Watershed Conservancy.
Come help us celebrate the City of Petersburg's night of Grand Illumination as we host the Santa Parade and Tree Lighting on November 29, 2018 in the PAAL's beautiful Art Park; followed by a visit with Santa at his special workshop.
PAAL will host a Members Forum on Friday, January 11 at 5pm, before the Friday for the Arts opening. Please come to voice your concerns and enter into a dialog!
November 9–January 5
This Friday for the Arts we have the privilege of showing the work of Nan Jones. Nan was instrumental in the formation of PAAL in the 1930s, and without her PAAL would not have the permanent home at 7 E Old St. Join us this Friday, November 9th between 6:00 -9:00 and view this historic collection of works.
In the Main Gallery, Henry Kidd is pleased to present an exhibition of some of his well-known works in an show entitled, "Past Glories and New Directions". In recent years Henry’s has gone in a new direction it his artwork. His work now reflects his love of travel, European masters and history. He has switched from color pencils to painting.
Here are some images for his show:
A short biography indicates Henry's wide spread interests.
A lifelong resident of Colonial Heights, Virginia; he graduated from Virginia State University with a BS in Art Education.
As a nationally known Historical Artist, his work has appeared in documentaries and on covers of books and magazines.
A commissioned artist for the US Army Ordnance Department, his artwork is displayed in many museums such as West Point, Virginia Historical Society, and the Museum of the Confederacy.
Henry is involved in the military history of our area, serving as a Civil War reenactor with the 12th Va. Infantry and a Revolutionary War reenactor with the 7th Va. Infantry. He is also working part time as a historical tour guide in Richmond and Petersburg.
He is deeply involved in our country’s remembrance of the tragedies of 9/11. Henry raised $25,000 for September 11th victims through the sale of his artwork, ‘America’s Heroes’ and he has presented more than three hundred framed ‘America’s Heroes’ prints to Fire Houses and Police Precincts in New York, Northern Virginia and Pennsylvania. A recipient of a National Citizenship Award from the Daughters of the American Revolution for his work to aid September 11th victims, he was also recognized by Virginia General Assembly with a Joint House and Senate Resolution for artwork and efforts aiding September 11th victims.
In the Members' Gallery, PAAL is excited to present a special exhibit about the events of the Petersburg tornado of 1993. Michael Edwards has put together the exhibit entitled: A Day Of Terror, The Roof Just Went Away.
Items on display will depict the Petersburg Tornado of 1993, using pictures and numerous newspaper articles from various networks. Edwards notes, "This year we reflect on 25 years into the past of such a dreadful day. If you look around closely, the echoes of that day still linger."
Our July show will feature the exciting new works of Jasmine Mills in her show "Black & White" in the Main Gallery. The artist explores texture and contrast with abstraction and figurative expression, where her previous bodies of works focused on vivid use of color and Pop Art influences.
Upstairs in the Member's Gallery, PAAL is excited to present the show: Visions and Experimentation.
Pat Harvey is a juried, visionary artist whose amalgamation of traditional and non-traditional styles and mediums is used to create into worlds both real and fantastic.
Jerry Harvey, a retired Army dentist, is an award-winning woodworker who utilizes exotic wood and creative stain and finish techniques to create artistic occasional tables, turned bowls and miniature boxes.
For our June show, PAAL will feature works of of a returning artist as well as introducing a new talent.
In the Main Gallery
Sandra Nardone is presenting an eclectic collection of original oil paintings entitled “...a few of my favorite things!”
Of her artistry, Sandra says: “I have tried many forms of creating art, sculpting, fabric, and digital art. But my favorite, is painting. I prefer oils because of the luminosity of the medium and of course, the forgiveness!
I have painted many things in many styles. I find beauty all around me. This show will comprise many of my works from the past seven years from abstracts to portraits, from landscapes to still life.”
In addition to the pieces in her current show, Sandra will also hold a book signing.
Ellis Island Immigrants: Faces of America is my first book and is a collection of 24 of my portraits of immigrants and their photos taken on Ellis Island from the late 1800s to the early 1920s. (This collection was displayed at PAAL last year, thanks to Russell!) The book will be for sale at $21.95 and I will sign the numbered copy for you.
Upstairs in the Member's Gallery PAAL is excited to introduce a new artist: DeAndre Tatum.
As she tells it - “I’m a 21-year-old Artist, born and raised in the Colonial Heights/Petersburg area. I've been very involved with Art since I could first hold a pencil. I've won many awards off of my work such as The Scholastics Art and Writing award which includes Gold, Silver, and Honorable Mention. Most of my work is mixed media, using color pencil and markers. I can also paint and sculpt. The title for my Artwork is called "In My Thoughts". In my series every Drawing has a story and I would love a chance to tell it.”
For our April show, PAAL is excited to again feature works of well-known artists who have exhibited with us before.
In the Main Gallery, Elizabeth Longstreet Titmus and Terry Vavra Lacy are the featured artists, with their show WALKING THE PAINTERLY PATH, The Artistic Journey of Two Friends
Bob Wynn will be exhibiting in the upstairs Member's Gallery for the month of April
The title of Bob's show is " God's People, Places and Creatures" a collection of paintings to include paintings of John Muir, Amelia Earhart, Puffins on Staffia, Cowgirl, Peaks of Otter and others.
This month for Friday for the Arts, PAAL is excited to have some of our favorite artists returning to our Galleries.
In the Main Gallery you will be treated to the colorful works of two of our returning artists:
Carolyn Jolly Widmoyer and Mary Patrick Gerlof
Their show, entitled Sunshine and Time, features a collection of bright batiks, collages and soothing paintings. Here are some images for that show:
In the newly designated Members Gallery [upstairs] PAAL will feature the works of a longtime local favorite:
Milly says this about her show, entitled "Gifts":
We are all endowed with some kind of gift. It is up to us to leave the world better than when we entered. Both the world and we being improved as we embrace our gifts and use them. I was five years old when a silent bell tolled and I became aware that my gift was in drawing. From there I was given clues to direct me in my journey to fulfillment. Unfortunately, I missed most of them.
This show reflects a real attempt to get back on track after years of starting and stopping - getting side tracked, seeing false idols and finding dead ends.
Time has not been wasted but used to accept hard lessons and letting go of an ego. To create not for self or others but to just create. To use the gift to the best of my ability.