March Friday for the Arts is coming soon!

FRIDAY FOR THE ARTS!

March 13, 2015 at 6 p.m.

Main Gallery & Virginia Linen Service's Members Gallery

"Speak" 

A Mixed Media Show with 

Three Artists  

Opening on Friday, March 13 for Friday for the Arts!, the Petersburg Area Art League will feature “Speak,” a mixed media show of wood, paintings and jewelry reflecting the three artists’ connection with what they hear from the natural and spiritual worlds.  

Reverend Johnson is a self-taught wood sculptor, who has been creating for more than 12 years.  He works in cypress, oak, poplar, pine and cedar.  His work centers around how God is speaking to him as he begins to carve and create.  Many of his wood sculptures are of animals, and are playful and inspired in theme.

In the Virginia Linen Service’s Members’ Gallery, local Petersburg artist Valerie Daniels will exhibit her work, a series of paintings featuring serene, vivid environments.  Valerie began painting after retiring from Dominion Power in 2010, and pulls from Americana Art influences.

“Speak” also features the nature-influenced jewelry of Dr. Cynthia Owens Richardson.  “Each piece I design begins with an idea that I have formulated in my mind based on what I see in nature or in my surroundings. I try to take what I see that inspires me and make something that is fresh and unusual,” explains Dr. Richardson.   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:

Student Works 

From students of St. Joseph's Catholic School in Petersburg    

Teacher:  Heather Graham

The works will be displayed throughout March.

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 March exhibit runs through April 4, 2015.

March Friday for the Arts!

March Friday for the Arts will showcase work from Rev. Clyde Johnson, Valerie Daniels and Dr. Cynthia Owens. Stop in to check out some of the best that Petersburg has to offer! 

March 13th 6pm to 9pm

"Speak" features the wood carvings of Rev. Clyde Johnson, Sr., a self-taught wood sculptor for over 42 years. His work centers around how God is speaking to him as he begins to carve and create. He works in cypress, oak, poplar, pine and cedar. His work speaks of the awesomeness of God. He will be joined by Valerie Daniels and Dr. Cynthia Owens. 


Pulling from Americana Art influences, Valerie Daniels creates vivid, serene environments. After retiring from Dominion Power in 2010 she started pursuing her interest in painting taking pointers from local artist and teacher; Sheila Holland at The Globe. 

Dr. Cynthia Owens will be showcasing her truly unique handmade jewelry. "Jewelry design is my way of communicating with The Creator.  It is my way of taking what I see in nature and the physical world and transposing it into a piece of art that represents what God wants me to share with others.  Always driven to work with my hands and after running out of wall space to display my paintings, I decided to create wearable art that I could share with others."

Casino Night is Saturday, January 24!

Time to have fun in 2015, get in from the cold, and support a great cause, all at the same time!  What could be better?!?

Everyone is invited to join us for a fun, casual evening with family and friends.  This is PAAL’s biggest fundraising event of the year, so please come out and support the arts … and have fun! 

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Letter from the President

Dear Members,

A new year brings with it new goals, new challenges, and new beginnings.  I would like to take this opportunity to wish all of you a happy new year and to remind you to renew your PAAL membership if you have not already done so. If you will recall, we have changed our membership cycle where all memberships expired December 31, 2014. Therefore, please send in your remittance envelope or call PAAL as soon as possible to renew. Remember, our membership is our strongest commodity and we need you and your support. 

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Get Ready for Casino Night!

And what a great opportunity to break out of the winter doldrums!!

Join us for a fun evening of drinks, casino games, food and auctions! 

Mark your calendar for January 24 at 7 p.m.

Tickets are $50 and are now on sale, and will not be sold at the door. You can buy tickets by calling PAAL at 861-4611 or stopping by the gallery at 7 East Old Street. They can be charged with any major credit card or paid with cash or a check. We can accept payment over the phone with a credit card. However, our web site is in the process of being changed and we cannot accept payment online.

Juried Art Show!

Sponsored by the Southside Virginia Council for the Arts

Opening on Friday, January 9 for Friday for the Arts!, the Petersburg Area Art League will feature a juried art show sponsored by the Southside Virginia Council for the Arts. The show will feature more than 20 pieces from various artists with a first prize award of $300. 

The art works featured in the exhibit will include a variety of mediums and artists. Examples include a landscape painting by Herb Funk, a wood sculpture by Clyde Johnson, pastel drawings by Patty Munford, acrylics by Valerie Daniels and mixed media by Milly Youngblood Horner.

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Letter from the President

Dear PAAL Members,

As the year draws to a close, I would like to thank everyone for a wonderfully productive year at PAAL.

This year has been very successful as we have accomplished much through our mission of enhancing the community through the visual arts. PAAL has been broadening its perspective to combine the traditional with exciting new techniques and exhibits.

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    Juried Art Show

    In January Petersburg Area Art League will be hosting Southside Virginia Council of the Art's Juried Art Show. 

    Call for entries: $10 per entry, maximum of 3 entries; Hung artwork must be framed or sides covered; no staples showing or bare canvas; handing device must be wire attached to hinged fittings or eye screws attached to the interior of the stretcher; no saw tooth fittings. Three dimensional work shall be self-supporting and secure.

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