In a tradition of thirty-five years, the PAAL is hosting one of its most popular exhibits: The Trees of Christmas. For this event, PAAL invites area schools, businesses and organizations to design and decorate a tree in the gallery space. While some trees are decorated in a traditional style, other trees are designed to creatively reflect the sponsoring business or organization. Some of the favorite trees from last year already slated to return this year include Houchin’s Pest Control, the Petersburg Sheriff’s Department and Curl Up or Dye Salon.
“We are thrilled to welcome the businesses and organizations from the community to join in this exhibit, and we’re excited that this is the biggest Trees of Christmas exhibit in our history with more than 50 participating organizations,” said Garry Curtis, coordinator of the exhibit. “Not only is it a beautiful exhibit, but it’s a great opportunity to showcase all the creative talent in our community,” added Curtis.
The exhibit officially opens to the public at 6 p.m. on Friday, December 12 for Friday for the Arts! During the opening, Petersburg’s Little Theatre – under the direction of Una Harrison – will perform Santa’s Parlor Show at 6:00 p.m. and 7:15 p.m. in the PAAL gallery. Christmas carols and music will take place throughout the evening and the Art Park will feature Christmas murals. The Southside Virginia Council of the Arts will announce its Storefront Window and Door Decorating Contest winners.
In addition to displaying the trees, PAAL will also be a part of the Historic Petersburg Foundation Christmas Tour on Saturday, December 13 and Sunday, December 14 from 3 to 7 p.m. PAAL is one 13 historic buildings included in the tour.
The Trees of Christmas exhibit is free to the public and runs through Thursday, January 1, 2015.
This year, more than 50 trees will be displayed in the downstairs gallery and the upstairs Education Center. The trees are designed by: the Petersburg High School Art Department, St. Joseph’s Catholic School, PAAL Home School Art Class students, the Petersburg Tourism Department, Cockade City Camera Club, Rebuilding Together*Tri-cities, The Law Office of Corine Bailey, PAAL, Colonial Honda, Houchins Pest Control, Curl Up or Dye Salon, the Petersburg Sheriff's Department, Boulevard Flower Gardens, Oak Street AME Zion Church, Old Towne Wellness, Petersburg Breakfast Rotary Club, Woodland Farms, Appomattox Regional Health and Wellness Center, Westar Mortgage, Southside Virginia Council of the Arts, Roxzanne Meisner, Milly Youngblood Horner, Swift Creek Woman’s Club, Fresh Prints, Costen Floors, Patrick Hagerich, Pampered Chef, Family Vision Care, Thirty-One, The Phantom Players, La Milpa Restaurant, La Plaza Restaurant, Aaron Brothers Furniture, Gallery 5, PAWS, Demolition Coffee Company, Owen Printing Company, Lundie Insurance Company, Parsley & Moran Bakery & Eatery, The James House, ModVinTique, Side Street Gallery, Virginia State University, Swaders Sports Park, Westview Elementary School, Prince George High School, Petersburg Area Regional Tourism, Petersburg Festival Chorus, Forever Wild, Forgotten Tails, and Marcel Zitscar.