The Petersburg Area Art League is delighted to welcome back Ignatius Creegan and Rod Givens for this year’s fifth annual Ladies Luncheon on Friday, June 7. The charming and historic setting of the old train station will be the backdrop for their show, “Now Arriving,” which will feature a fashion display and sale of fine millinery.
Tickets are now on sale for PAAL’s fifth annual Ladies Luncheon held on Friday, June 7 at 11:30 a.m. in Union Station in Old Towne Petersburg. Tickets are $30 for members and $35 for non-members and available at the Petersburg Area Art League or online at www.paalart.org. All proceeds benefit the programs of PAAL.
“The PAAL Ladies Luncheons always have an amazing luncheon menu and this year, there will be a very fun entertaining show with touches of pink,” said Ellen Ende, Chair of the event. “I plan to buy another hat to match my outfit that will be perfect for arriving at the train station,” she added.
“Now Arriving” will feature straw hats for the summer season. Founded in 1985 by Ignatius, Ignatius Hats has traveled across the country winning many juried shows. Ignatius Hats was previously located in New York and Richmond, but now its permanent home has been in Petersburg since 2003. Rod Givens joined Ignatius Hats in 1994, and in the last twenty-five years, Ignatius Hats have been seen by millions in various televisions shows and movies from “Glee” to HBO’s “John Adams.”
Posted: May 17th, 2013 under Events.
Posted: March 19th, 2013 under Events.
The Petersburg Area Art League is inviting all children into the gallery to get ready for Valentine’s Day! PAAL will host a two-hour Valentine’s Day craft party for kids of all ages on Saturday, February 9 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Children will be able to design and create their own Valentines for their loved ones.
“Making your own cards is a wonderful way to celebrate Valentine’s Day, and we’re excited to gather lots of supplies and help the children use their artistic talents to create personalized cards,” said Russell Kvasnicka, President of the Board of Directors of PAAL. “The children who attend art camp and classes at PAAL and who play in the Art Park always fill the atmosphere with excitement and this is PAAL’s way of saying thank you,” Kvasnicka explained.
PAAL will provide all of the supplies and materials needed to make the Valentines Day cards. Staff and volunteers will assist the children as needed as they create their Valentines. A light snack will be provided. The event is open to all preschool and elementary age children. The craft party will take place in PAAL’s upstairs gallery at 7 East Old Street in Old Towne Petersburg.
Space is limited, so reservations are required by Wednesday, February 6 at 5 p.m. The Valentine’s Day craft party is free for members and $3 per child for non-members (to cover supplies). To make reservations, call PAAL at 804-861-4611 (parents will need to provide the child’s/children’s names and ages at the time of making the reservation).
Parents are welcome to stay for the Valentine’s Day craft party.
Posted: January 29th, 2013 under Events.
The Petersburg Area Art League has opened the new year with an exhibit of paintings and painted objects from the collection of local resident Alexander C. “Sandy” Graham, Jr. To complement his show, Graham will present two gallery talks on Friday, January 25 at 6 p.m. and Saturday, January 26 at 3 p.m.
The gallery talks are open to the public and free of cost. However, space is limited to 50 people and open on a first come, first served basis. (No advance reservations are accepted.) Due to popular demand, the second gallery talk on Saturday afternoon was scheduled.
The sampling from the Graham collection is comprised mostly of American and European paintings executed between 1850 and 1930, as well as American folk art. The common theme in all the pieces on display is paint: from 17th century colored Dutch maps to 18th century engravings to a 20th century painting by Grandma Moses, the painted pieces illustrate different styles, techniques and subject matter.
The exhibit runs through February 2.
Last year, Graham exhibited his first show at PAAL, “American Paintings (1840-1940),” arranged to highlight the evolution of American painting from early portraiture and Hudson River School examples to works completed shortly before World War II. Graham began collecting fine art and folk art about 10 years ago to complement his collection of period American antique furniture.
Posted: January 16th, 2013 under Events.
“It is a great privilege for PAAL to open its doors to the children of the community for a safe, fun and creative celebration of Halloween,” said Russell Kvasnicka, President of the Board of Directors of PAAL. “The children who attend art camp and classes at PAAL and who play in the Art Park always fill the atmosphere with excitement and this is PAAL’s way of saying thank you,” Kvasnicka explained.
PAAL staff and volunteers will lead the children in Halloween and fall themed arts activities, provide light snacks and refreshments, and host a costume contest. The event is open to all children. The party will take place in PAAL’s upstairs gallery at 7 East Old Street in Old Towne Petersburg and last until 6 p.m.
The Halloween Party is open and free to all preschool and elementary school students, but space is limited, so reservations are required by Wednesday, October 24 at 5 p.m. To make reservations, call PAAL at 804-861-4611 (parents will need to provide the child’s/children’s names and ages at the time of making the reservation).
Parents are welcome to stay for the Halloween Party.
Snacks have been donated in part by Panera Bread.
Call 804-861-4611 for more information or visit www.paalart.org.
Posted: October 18th, 2012 under Events.
Posted: September 19th, 2012 under Events.
The Petersburg Area Art League will feature two new art exhibits and a musical concert in the Art Park for the August Friday for the Arts! night on August 10.
In the main downstairs gallery, PAAL will open an exhibit of works by Bell Worsham, a nationally renowned artist originally from Petersburg. Bell Worsham was born in 1908 at her grandparents’ home on Petersburg’s Washington Street. She grew up in Richmond and became one of city’s best-known and most consistently active artists and art teachers.
Worsham showed her paintings widely, including at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts and in shows at galleries in Pennsylvania, Florida, Washington, D.C., and New York. Her oil paintings, watercolors, and drawings are in many public and private collections, including Virginia Commonwealth University, the University of Virginia, and the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, and her murals were installed in several public buildings.
The work displayed at the Petersburg Area Art League is derived from a family collection, ranges from school work, academic still lifes, bold landscapes showing the influences of Grant Wood and Edward Hopper, plein-air watercolors of her family’s garden, pencil studies, formal portraits, and lithographs tinged with social realism.
Bell Worsham lived and painted most of her life in her family home in Richmond’s Ginter Park. Her last exhibition was a one-woman show of her latest work at the Petersburg Area Art League, held just before her death in 1989. The Bell Worsham Exhibit will be on display throughout the months of August and September.
In the upstairs gallery, PAAL will feature the art created by children in PAAL’s Summer Art Camp sessions (running in early August). More than 35 children are enrolled in the camps and will be proudly displaying their creations. The Summer Art Camp Exhibit is only displayed for the evening of Friday, August 10, when the works of art will be on sale for family members and the public to purchase.
PAAL’s Art Park Summer Concert Series continues with the third outdoor concert of the summer featuring the music of Petersburg-native Alison Self and Richmond-based Haints in the Holler.
Alison Self was born and raised in Petersburg and started playing roots music locally in house shows, mainstream venues and independent radio stations in Richmond. She’s collaborated and toured with New York and Pennsylvania based musicians over the past few years, and is currently back in Richmond playing both solo shows and sharing the stage with other roots musicians. For more information: www.alisonself.bandcamp.com
Haints in the Holler is a Richmond-based country / folk / bluegrass band with a host of sounds including washboard, drums, mandolin, autoharp, guitar and violin. Composed of primarily three musicians – Julie Storey, Dan Kelly, and Kensey Barker – Haints in the Holler recently started playing with additional musicians, and fellow band member Scott Hailey will join the group for the show on August 10 at PAAL. For more information: http://haintsintheholler.bandcamp.com
Ladies Luncheon Tickets are sold out. If you would like to be put on a waiting list, please call PAAL today at (804)861-4611.
Posted: April 10th, 2012 under Events.
Petersburg Area Art League (PAAL) will be host of a gallery talk on January 27, 2012 at 6:30 P.M. Alexander C. (Sandy) Graham, Jr. will be discussing the history and background of his collection of American Art that is currently on display at PAAL. This event is free and open to the public.
Mr. Graham began collecting American art about 7 years ago after many years of collecting American Queen Anne, Chippendale and Federal furniture. While his decorative arts collection also includes English, French and Russian paintings, this exhibition focuses only on the 35 American paintings, mostly oil on canvas, created between 1840 and 1940.
The paintings selected are largely landscapes and seascapes, with a few portraits. Some were actually painted in Petersburg and Richmond. Exhibited in chronological order from the date of the earliest painting, the collection shows a progression from works by practitioners of Realism and the Hudson River School style to the time when young American artists began to embrace Impressionism and the plein air style of Monet and his French contemporaries.
Representative paintings in the exhibit include a portrait of Algernon Sydney Jones painted in Petersburg in 1841; a New York landscape by Hudson River School follower, David Johnson, painted in 1867; a Vermont campfire scene by John George Brown dated 1879; “Orange Sails”, a pastel by Abbott Fuller Graves, created in Venice in 1885; and “Monhegan Island”, Maine by McClelland Barclay, a well-known American illustrator, in the 1920′s.
Posted: January 18th, 2012 under Events.
Sorry folks. Tonight’s concert is cancelled after all!
Please stay tuned. Old Town Celtic will perform at the Arty Party, on September 11.