Petersburg Area Art League Features Permanent Collection
August Exhibit Also Includes Works by Students in PAAL’s Art Camp
Petersburg, VA (August 4, 2014) – Opening on Friday, August 8 for Friday for the Arts!, the Petersburg Area Art League will feature a special exhibition of its permanent collection. The Virginia Linen Service’s Members’ Gallery will display selected art works created by the children in PAAL’s Summer Art Camp.
More than 30 pieces from the permanent collection will be displayed. The pieces range from realism to traditional styles to abstract – such as an original drawing by P. Buckley Moss and a modern-styled relief sculpture of the human eye. “It’s really a special peek into the amazing artwork PAAL has been amassing for over 40 years,” said Russell Kvasnicka, President of the Board of Directors for PAAL. “PAAL’s permanent collection has been building over the years, but is rarely on display for the public, since all three of the galleries in PAAL are always showing exhibits on a monthly basis,” he explained. “Remember the Poplar Lawn Art Show from years past? Every spring PAAL sponsored this very popular art show in the park, and would select a “Best in Show” which became part of PAAL's permanent collection. Many of these “Best in Show” pieces will be on display for everyone to enjoy this month,” Kvasnicka added.
In the Virginia Linen Service’s Members’ Gallery, the walls will be filled with works created by children participating in the past five weeks of summer camp at PAAL. This year, they have benefitted from the expertise of eight different teachers to help them create a wide variety of projects. These projects range from 6-foot tall self-portraits to creating their own creature from paper mache. “Each week, more than 30 children filled the galleries at PAAL with excitement and creativity, and we’re delighted to show off their work,” Kvasnicka said. Mickael Broth, PAAL's muralist, taught two weeks of classes guiding the children through large nature weavings and brightly colored seating made from recycled pallets. These two projects will be on display in the Art Park.
The July exhibit runs through September 6, 2014.
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 Petersburg Area Art League is located at 7 East Old Street in Old Towne Petersburg.
September 2014 EXHIBIT
"I have always loved the art; however, I did not attend art school. I went to college in my home country to become a teacher. I was born in Bogota, Colombia. I work at the Petersburg City Public Schools as a an English as a Second Language (ESL) teacher. I work with immigrant kids and their families in our school system. I love my career as an educator.
I came to the United States 10 years ago. Because I am an immigrant, I know that I am an indirect ambassador of my country. I am always aware of the commitment to put forth a positive image of my country and my Hispanic culture.
I am a very creative person, I have deep within my spirit the need to make things with my hands and I feel a tremendous sense of achievement when I complete an art project.
I have been teaching myself how to paint since I was 13 years old, and I learn a little bit more everyday.
Members Gallery EXHIBIT
Stephanie Carson presents "The Silent and the Mute"
Some are not speaking and some cannot, but all images have something to say. It's up to the viewer to listen and respond.
This photographic show is comprised of portraits and bits of Old Towne Petersburg, both loves of photographer, Stephanie Carson.
Primarily a portrait photographer, she has been taking photography classes and perfecting her craft in Virginia since 1986. Several of her pieces have been shown in Old Towne Petersburg, Virginia. She owns Woven Thought, LLC.