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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
IN THE MORNINGS YOU WILL LEARN SHAKESPEAREAN STYLE AND MANNERISMS INCLUDING STAGE FIGHTS AND FALLS, AND LEARN TO SPEAK , MOVE AND ACT LIKE AN ELIZABETHAN.
IN THE AFTERNOONS YOU WILL REHEARSE YOUR PART IN AN ORIGINAL PLAY FOR YOUNG ACTORS, “THE SPIRIT OF WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE”, WRITTEN AND DIRECTED BY UNA HARRISON . THE GHOST OF SHAKESPEARE RELIVES HIS BOYHOOD AND SCHOOL DAYS IN STRATFORD, JOINS A COMPANY AT THE GLOBE THEATRE, AND BECOMES THE WORLD’S GREATEST PLAYWRIGHT.
THERE ARE MANY PARTS , INCLUDING SHAKESPEARE AS BOY, MAN AND GHOST , FOR YOUNG ACTORS OF ALL AGES AND EXPERIENCE LEVELS.
THE CAMP WILL BE HELD MONDAY THROUGH FRIDAY, 10 AM TO 4 PM , AT PETERSBURG AREA ART LEAGUE, 7 E OLD ST , IN OLD TOWNE PETERSBURG. CAMP FEE IS $200 IF REGISTERED BY 5/1, $225 AFTER 5/1. REGISTRATION CLOSES 6/15.
“THE SPIRIT OF WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE” WITH COSTUME, PROPS AND SET WILL BE PERFORMED AT PAAL ON FRIDAY JULY 17 AT 6 PM AND SATURDAY JULY 18 AT 3 PM, AS PART OF SOUTHSIDE VIRGINIA COUNCIL FOR THE ARTS “SHAKESPEARE IN THE PARK” FESTIVAL
14 AT CONTACTS FOR INFORMATION AND TO REGISTER; UNA HARRISON 748-4601 , SVCA AT 862-1162, PAAL AT 861-4611, UNAHARRISON@YAHOO.COM , THE SVA WEBSITE AT WWW.SOUTHSIDEVIRGINIAARTS.ORG, OR THE PAAL WEBSITE AT WWW.PAALART.ORG .
Opening Reception Friday, April 10th 6-9pm
Petersburg Area Art League Features “Struggle Kingdom” Oil Paintings
Members’ Gallery Features Mixed Media Works of Youth Jarred Barr
Petersburg, VA (March 31, 2015) – Opening on Friday, April 10 for Friday for the Arts!, the Petersburg Area Art League will feature “Struggle Kingdom,” an exhibit of oil paintings by Kevin Orlosky, a Richmond-based artist. In the Virginia Linen Service’s Members’ Gallery, 14-year old Jarred Barr will exhibit his mixed media on paper show, “Paperwork.”
“Struggle Kingdom” includes about 15 pieces of oil on wood, all focused on romanticized animal narratives. With high contrast and dream-like rendering, Kevin transports the viewer into a world of beauty and strife.
Kevin Orlosky is a lifelong artist and says there was always a project or creative story simmering in the back of his mind. “I was inspired early on by the Surrealist Movement and specifically the works of Salvador Dali and Francisco Goya,” Kevin said. However, he may not have followed his artistic career had it not been for a severe accident when he was 17. After some time in intensive care, he never regained hearing in one ear and suffered from crippling vertigo. The artwork Kevin created during his recovery period was awarded First Place in the Artistic Discovery competition and was exhibited in the House of Representatives in Washington, D.C.
Deciding to fully focus on his artistic exploration, Kevin graduated with Honors from the Painting and Printmaking Department at the Savannah College of Art & Design. Inspired by his own experiences with the therapeutic and empowering aspects of art creation, he became committed to increasing access to the arts for all people. Kevin exhibits his art nationally and internationally, and is included in many private collections. He lives in Richmond with his family.
The Virginia Linen Service’s Members’ Gallery will exhibit “Paperwork,” a show by 14 year-old Jarred Barr. In his first gallery show, Jarred displays his colorful mixed media drawings on paper that showcase characters inspired by small details in real life experiences that are embellished by his elaborate imagination. In one piece, Jarred's “Rat In The Hat” character – created while on a trip to NYC – visits the world of Alice in Wonderland. Other characters are brought to life through the lyrics of songs, quotes and even people he's crossed paths with in Walmart.
Jarred Barr is a 14 year-old whose art interests began at an early age. As a home-educated student, he has taken art classes and summer camp classes at PAAL, but he's also been able to learn by working alongside local artists who have encouraged his growth and interests. He enjoys lettering, pen and ink drawing, painting and collaborating with other artists.
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!
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
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