Petersburg Area Art League May Exhibit Features
“Ellis Island Immigrants-Faces of America” Original Oil Paintings by Sandra Nardone in the Main Gallery
“From Out of the Darkness” by Paula Mims in the Members’ Gallery
Opening on May 12th for Friday for the Arts!, the Petersburg Area Art League will feature a collection of original oil paintings of Ellis Island Immigrants Portraits by local artist, Sandra Nardone. In the Members’ Gallery, Petersburg resident, Paula Mims, will display acrylic and oil on canvas paintings in an exhibit entitled, “From Out of the Darkness.”
“Ellis Island Immigrants-Faces of America” consists of 24 portraits of men, women and children from various cultures. Many of them are dressed in their national costumes. These beautifully framed portraits are painted from black and white photos taken from 1890 to 1915 on Ellis Island. Copies of the original photos and a brief description of immigration on Ellis Island will accompany this deeply moving exhibit. In the Members’ Gallery. About a year ago, Sandra Nardone received an email about a collection of photographs of Ellis Island immigrants taken in the early 1900s. In the artist’s words, “When I went to the site, I was drawn to the expressions of hope that I saw in their faces. I decided to paint my versions of those photographs to bring them to life.” Before coming to PAAL, this exhibit was on display in the General Assembly Building in Richmond, VA. For 25 years, Sandra was an award winning graphic artist/designer for several large corporations. It wasn’t until she retired 8 years ago that she was able to devote herself to painting full time. She has a studio at The Ward Center for Contemporary Art in Petersburg and resides in Prince George County.
The Members’ Gallery Exhibit “From Out of the Darkness” features a display of acrylic and oil on canvas paintings by Paula Mims. Her subject matter of choice is portraits because she enjoys painting people with interesting and unique faces. Her work covers an array of cultures, individuals and situations. Paula states “I began painting late in life. To be more specific, I painted my first painting 3 years ago. I wanted to try out a painting class, but as an artist that works in different mediums, such as sculpting, making dolls and working with fabrics, I wanted to practice before taking the class. So one Saturday, I began to paint and created my first piece.” Paula’s first piece will not be included in her exhibit because after many requests, she sold it! Paula is the owner of At The Globe at 201 N. Sycamore St. in Petersburg.
The outdoor Art Park adjacent to the PAAL Building will be featuring Line Dancing with the Tri-Cities Soul Dancers starting at 7:00 p.m. This popular activity is free and open to the public and will be scheduled each Friday for the Arts through October.
The May exhibit runs through Sunday, June 4th.