Join us for a night of cabaret April 11th at PAAL featuring Petersburg's very own Una Harrison and pianist/arranger Paul Bartsch! Make your reservations today!
Make sure to stop in tonight March, 13th from 6pm to 9pm to experience an exhibition of new work from Clyde Johnson, Valerie Daniels and Dr. Cynthia Richardson!
For now take a quick glance at Clyde Johnson's, "David's Harp."
FRIDAY FOR THE ARTS!
March 13, 2015 at 6 p.m.
Main Gallery & Virginia Linen Service's Members Gallery
A Mixed Media Show with
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.
From students of St. Joseph's Catholic School in Petersburg
Teacher: Heather Graham
The works will be displayed throughout March.
The March exhibit runs through April 4, 2015.
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."
Join us February 21st at 6PM for a screening of "Within Our Gates." This was Oscar Micheaux's answer to "Birth of a Nation."
Admission is .25 cents!
Please join us this Friday 6PM-9PM at Petersburg Area Art League for "Race Movies - The Legacy of Black Films 1919-1950." This months exhibit is a multi-media presentation of an important film history including over 50 film posters, short clips and full films. Do not miss this unique chance to see Petersburg Area Art League as you have never seen it before!
May Friday for the Arts: Risegun Olomidun
“My belief is that art is alive; and should always be thought of as being alive. ‘Alive’ art can inspire the viewer to re-examine the reality around them - not merely as tangible objects, but also as ideas manifested in a physical form.
“I employ theories and techniques associated to abstract expressionism as a background for the exploration of media, imagery, and themes. Drawing from contemporary and traditional-ethnic (African, Native & African-American, Asian, Greek, Aboriginal) creative processes, and visual sensitivities, I worked work diligently in developing my own style and techniques, complimenting to my sense of aesthetics. Vivid and intense colors, surface textures, and infinite affects gained through experimentation, drives the creative inspiration of my work."
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!Read More
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.Read More
We're always delighted to open our gallery to community groups and other organizations ... and we wanted to make sure you knew what was going on each month, so you could join in the activies whenever you'd like.
Here's a glimpse of our calendar:Read More
It's official! Curl Up or Dye Salon is the winner of the People's Choice voting.
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.
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.Read More
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.
In a tradition of thirty-five years, the PAAL is hosting one of its most popular exhibits: The Trees of Christmas. For this event, PAAL invites area schools, businesses and organizations to design and decorate 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 last year already slated to return this year include Houchin’s Pest Control, the Petersburg Sheriff’s Department and Curl Up or Dye Salon.Read More
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.Read More
It always seems like the Petersburg Area Art League is busy planning fun fall events, and I am already thinking about Christmas! Indeed, the holiday season will soon be upon us, and PAAL is very excited to present the 35th Annual Trees of Christmas in December.