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Petersburg Area Art League  

  The Petersburg Area Art League is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, located in the Old Towne Petersburg Area.  Our  mission  is to "empower the community through the visual arts," via our three Gallery Spaces and Art Education  Center.  We offer  workshops and classes and participate in  Petersburg's "Friday for the Arts" with monthly  exhibition  openings every second  Friday.

Petersburg Area Art League Features Works of Elkin Rodriguez as Park of Hispanic Heritage Month Celebrations

September Exhibit Also Includes Photographs by Stephanie Carson

Petersburg, VA (September 3, 2014) – Opening on Friday, September 12 for Friday for the Arts!, the Petersburg Area Art League will feature the work of Elkin Rodriguez.  The Virginia Linen Service’s Members’ Gallery will display selected photographs by Stephanie Carson. 


In conjunction with the September Friday for the Arts, PAAL will be hosting the Opening Reception of El Mes de Hispanidad (Hispanic Heritage Month), featuring Hispanic food tasting and music by The Castillos, in addition to the artwork of Elkin Rodriguez.  From 6 to 9 p.m., Viva la Fiesta will take place in the Art Park with piñatas and games, Mexican folklorico dancers, Spanish musicians, and Latin Dance exhibitions.

Elkin Rodriguez will display approximately 20 of his pieces in the Main Gallery.  These selected works will be of a wide variety of subject matter, and thus, the exhibit is untitled, since its scope is so wide.  Elkin’s acrylic paintings are popular in the local area, and he is a self-taught artist. 


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.”  Born in Bogota, Colombia, Elkin works in the Petersburg City public schools as an English as a Second Language (ESL) teacher. Elkin’s paintings are universally appealing, but especially relevant as part of the Hispanic Heritage Month.  “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. 


In the Virginia Linen Service’s Members’ Gallery, local photographer Stephanie Carson will show her exhibit, “The Silent and the Mute.”  As Stephanie explains some of pieces:  “some are not speaking and some cannot, but all images have something to say.  It’s up to the viewer to listen and respond.”


The show is comprised of both portraits and bits of Old Towne Petersburg, both loves of Stephanie. 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.

The September exhibit runs through October 5, 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. 



August 2014

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.

Location: 7 East old Street Petersburg, Va 23803     Phone: 804.861.4611     Email: Paaladm803@gmail.com                                         

Hours: Wednesday - Friday: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. & Saturdays: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

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