Storybook Art Workshop!

PAAL is excited to offer a workshop taught by Laurie McAleen for students from 3rd to 6th grade on storybook art! Students will explore and examine the art of Dr. Seuss, Eric Carl & Beatrice Potter & create artwork inspired by these artists. Student artwork will also be displayed as part of the September Children's Book Illustrator show. Space is limited to 10 participants so call PAAL to register today! 

$25 members / $30 non members

Aug 11-13 1-3pm

June Friday for the Arts!

Petersburg Area Art League Features Hamilton Glass’s 

Canvas, Acrylic & Ink Originals

Members’ Gallery Features Mixed Media Works by Aimee Joyaux

Petersburg, VA (May 28, 2015) – Opening on Friday, June 12 for Friday for the Arts!, the Petersburg Area Art League will feature “In Line” by artist Hamilton Glass.  In the Virginia Linen Service’s Members’ Gallery, local artist Aimee Joyaux will exhibit “Mixing Media.”

Hamilton Glass’s “In Line” exhibit features approximately 25 framed canvas pieces, along with acrylic and ink originals.  Born in Philadelphia, Glass’s career as an artist stems from his architecture and design educational and career background.  He received his Bachelors of Architecture from Hampton University and spent seven years working in numerous architecture firms in Virginia and New Jersey, but it was his passion for public art pushed him to start a career as an artist.  “Public art has always been a big influence and inspiration to me, because of its power to influence and inspire the surrounding community.”  He is one of the many street artists who have taken part in the ongoing debate of whether graffiti belongs on a gallery wall.

Glass’s work is identified by its architectural elements with bright colors and sharp lines, which are used to convey energy and movement.  Glass explains his work serves to create dialog between mainstream and underground art enthusiasts.

The Virginia Linen Service’s Members’ Gallery will exhibit “Mixing Media” by local artist Aimee Joyaux.  Her exhibit will feature approximately 20 works on paper and letterpress prints.  Joyaux explained that the theme of the drawings is “a response to a heightened sense of impermanence and the associated anxiety stemming from displacements and the looming threat of extinction and erasure.”  Joyaux also explained that for the letterpress, she is interested in small scale, local production and exploring Southern culture via posters and broadsides.

Joyaux has an MFA in photography and enjoys working in multiple media simultaneously.  “Art provides a release valve of sorts as I explore contemporary issues in culture that are vexing and, at times, scary.”  Joyaux is currently with Richard Bland College of William & Mary as the Associate Dean of Instructional Resources.

Don’t miss the chance to be a permanent part of the Art Park!

Our Art Park is in need of infrastructure improvements:  outdoor lighting, walkways and benches.  To make these needs a reality, PAAL is embarking on an exciting campaign for our Art Park: "Pathways to Art."

“Pathways to Art” is an opportunity for individuals and businesses to purchase bricks and benches, which will be inscribed in commemoration, honor, or tribute (or even just with a sentiment). 

The bricks are available for $100 each for individuals and businesses.  (Bricks with business logos are $200.) You may also purchase engraved concrete benches for $1,000, which will be placed around the Art Park.  (All donations are fully tax-deductible.) 


The bricks will be set in a pathway from the Art Park door to the entrance on Old Street. With a portion of the funds raised, PAAL will commission local artists to design bricks in their artistic style. These commissioned bricks will become part of the pathway's design.

It has been more than five years since we held a fund raising campaign for the development of the Art Park, and since then, the Art Park has transformed from an empty lot to an artistic space for everyone to enjoy.  And since the moment we opened the doors to the Art Park, it’s become a critical piece of PAAL. 


Please help us to take the next step in the development of the Art Park:  purchase a brick! You can purchase online at or by calling PAAL at 804-861-4611

Friday for the Arts in May! 5/8 6PM-9PM

"Aesthetic Odyssey"

Risegun Bennett 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. 

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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.

Jasmine Mills Member's Gallery

Jasmine was born in Petersburg, Virginia in 1986. Jasmine works predominantly in the medium of paint but includes Film, Computer graphics, large installations and various multi-media. She is mostly self-taught with well over 50,000 hours of work under her belt. Jasmine took advantage of the art program at Petersburg High School and continued throughout. Jasmine Won the tri-cities “Best in show” 2005.

   Jasmine was accepted and landed a scholarship with The Art Institute of Washington DC.  She has owned and operated under the fictitious name X Customs, Recently changed to ArtHouse7 designs. Jasmine has produced an array of works for various clientele. She also sells her original works on her website and various other art sites, as well as Showcases and entries to local art scenes. Jasmine spends her time creating her original works and commissions at her in home studio. Jasmine lives in Virginia and travels for work.

Donate to PAAL's Art Park!

BUY A BRICK! We here at PAAL are kicking off a new campaign to improve the Art Park. A $100 donation will get a brick with your name on it. A $200 donation will get a brick with your company logo inscribed upon it. A $1,000 donation will get a park bench with inscription. For more information, call us at (804)861-4611. Online donations will be accepted soon! 

PAAL Announces 7th Annual “Ladies’ Luncheon” Event


Annual Fundraiser Features Hats by Ignatius & Picnic Fare

Petersburg, VA  (April 24, 2015) – The Petersburg Area Art League is pleased to announce its upcoming annual Ladies’ Luncheon event, with an indoor picnic theme. In addition to traditional picnic-style fare, Ignatius Creegan returns to display his incredibly popular hats and Sid Scott (owner of Penniston's Alley Antiques and Collectibles) will present a fashion show of jewelry.


The Ladies’ Luncheon will be held on Friday, May 15 at 12:00 noon in Union Station at 102 River Street. 


The Ladies’ Luncheon is one of PAAL’s main fundraising events for the year, and the organization utilizes the funds to support artistic and educational programming throughout the year.  The Ladies’ Luncheonproceeds allow PAAL to host its Art Park Summer Concert Series and monthly exhibits and to keep enrollment costs low for summer art camp, youth classes and adult workshops.


“We are always excited to bring a new twist to one of our most successful annual events,” said Russell Kvasnicka, the President of the Board for PAAL.  “Last year, we hosted a special tea, and this year, we’re delighted to present a whole new twist:  an indoor picnic.”  The menu for the event includes:  oven-fried chicken, potato salad, deviled eggs, three-bean salad and watermelon.


The Ladies’ Luncheon event would not be possible without the support of local sponsoring organizations and individuals:  HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital, Dr. Germaine S. Fauntleroy, Ellen Ende, Nancy Myer, Ann Morriss, Melanie Smith and Elizabeth Cuthbert.


Tickets for the “Ladies’ Luncheon” event are available at the PAAL gallery.  Tickets are $30 for members or $35 for non-members.  Advance ticket purchase is required, and the event is limited to 125 guests.  Call PAAL at 804-861-4611 to purchase tickets or visit the gallery at 7 East Old Street in Old Towne.

Summer Camp Information is here!

Summer Camps:

July 6-10, Wild about Art with Heather Graham
July 13-17, Mini Masters, with Heather Graham
July 20-24, Weaving with Elizabeth Poole
July 27-31, Art with Mama Sue by Suzanne Vaughan

Camp is Monday thru Friday from 9 am to 3 pm (bring a brown bag lunch)

PAAL's Summer Art Camps are back again this year!
$125 for members per week per child
$160 for non- members per week per child.
Call PAAL today to register!! 804-861-4611
Follow us on social media for more details about other opportunities at PAAL throughout the summer!

Other camps:
Summer Shakespeare Camp  July 6-17 with Una Harrison
There are many parts for young actors of all ages and experience levels.
The camp will be held Monday through Friday from 10 am to 4 pm
Camp fee is $200 if registered by 5/1/15; $225 after 5/1/15, registration closes 6/15/15

Summer Dance Camp August 3-14 with Bonita Brown from Virginia State University
The camp will be held M - F from 10 to 4
Camp fee is $200

March Friday for the Arts is coming soon!


March 13, 2015 at 6 p.m.

Main Gallery & Virginia Linen Service's Members Gallery


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

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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