December Friday for the Arts: Trees of Christmas!

In a tradition of thirty-six years, the Petersburg Area Art League (PAAL) is hosting one of its most popular exhibits:  The Trees of Christmas.  For this event, PAALinvites area schools, businesses and organizations to design, decorate and display 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 previous years already slated to return this year include Houchin’s Pest Control, the Petersburg Sheriff’s Department and Tantrum Tattoos.

The Trees of Christmas exhibit officially opens to the public at 6 p.m. on Friday, December 11 during 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.

Main Gallery

Trees of Christmas

by Various Organizations

“We are thrilled to welcome the businesses and organizations from the community to join in this exhibit, and I’m especially excited to see some of the new organizations’ trees:  American Needlepoint Guild, Patrick Antkowiak’s Steampunk tree, Battersea Foundation, Richard Bland College and Ciao Bella,” said Garry Curtis, coordinator of the Trees of Christmas 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.  There will be more than 40 trees in the exhibit this year.

In addition to displaying the trees, PAAL will also be a part of the Historic Petersburg Foundation Christmas Tour on Saturday, December 12 and Sunday, December 13from 2 to 6 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 Monday, January 4, 2016.

This year, more than 40 trees will be displayed in the downstairs gallery and the upstairs Education Center.  The trees are designed by: Patrick Antkowiak, Costen Floors, American Needlepoint Guild, Cockade City Camera Club, Heretick Feed & Seed, Petersburg Chamber of Commerce, Petersburg Sheriff’s Office,

GFWC, Swift Creek Womans Club, Tantrum Tattoos, The Battersea Foundation, PAWS, Richard Bland College, Gallery 5, Virginia Commonwealth Bank, JG Wentworth Home Lending, Annette Rose, Houchins Pest Control, Colonial Honda, Owen Printing Company, Petersburg Cultural Affairs Office, Petersburg Lofts, Petersburg Breakfast Rotary Club, Boulevard Flower Gardens, Ciao Bella, The Art Room, St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, Enteros Design, Side Street Gallery, Walnut Hill Elementary School, PAAL Home School Art Classes, PAAL, Westview Early Childhood Education Center, Abe’s Auto, Delta Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Tangee Jones, Petersburg High School, Southside Virginia Association of Realtors, Historic Petersburg Foundation, Lundie Insurance Company, Links, Inc., and Marcel Zitscar.

Trees of Christmas photos by John A. Rooney, Jr.

Addtional Shows:

Santa's Parlor

by Theatre with Children for Children

Children of all ages are invited to meet Santa, Mrs. Claus and the North Pole Elves at "Santa's Parlor," with free shows on Friday, December 11 at PAAL at 6:00 p.m. and 7:15 p.m.  The show is presented by the actors of "Theatre with Children for Children."   Free cookies and soda will be provided by Southside Virginia Council for the Arts and each child will receive a treat.   

The November exhibit runs through January 4, 2016.