Petersburg's Friday for the Arts! takes place on the second Friday of each month in historic downtown Petersburg. Starting out as an art walk, Friday for the Arts! has become a comprehensive celebration of the arts, with twenty or more venues.
Celebrate the Arts
Friday for the Arts!, Petersburg's celebration of the arts, is held monthly in historic downtown Petersburg. Over the last decade, Friday for the Arts! has become a comprehensive celebration of the arts, with twenty or more venues spreading the arts across many blocks. Galleries, museums, restaurants, & shops feature changing exhibits every month. Many other shops & restaurants are open throughout the evening. Music ranges from classical concerts to the blues to rollicking rock evenings. Click HERE for this month's program.
Every Second Friday
Sanctuary, Oil on Board, by Jim Timberlake, at The Ward
October Friday for the Arts! Features Great New Displays of Art, and Perhaps Fourteen Music Venues
Hurricane Michael will spin through Petersburg fast enough on Thursday to permit Petersburg’s October 2018 Friday for the Arts! to bring us music, art, fun activities, food, new beers, and abundant good spirits. There will be music in perhaps fourteen performing arts venues, and great exhibits at Walton Gallery, The Ward Center for Contemporary Art, the Petersburg Area Art League, and at the Old Towne Studio 7. A paint party will be staged at The Ward, and a Ghost Walk will start from in front of the Courthouse at seven.
Walton Gallery will preview its 6th Annual Ladies First Show and Raffle, featuring sixteen women artists, including Y’ha Y’ha A Hardgrove, Anne Savedge, Faithe M. Norrell, Virginia R. Coleman, Sandhi Schimmel Gold, and Patricia Marcia Nelson. The Ward is continuing a major new and expanded exhibit of recent work in eggshell and paint by Sheila Maitland Holland, entitled Textural Inclusion, as well as new work by Christopher C. Alexander. In addition, The Ward is featuring expanded exhibits by Bonnie Koenig, James Timberlake and Eugene Vango, and continues an exhibit by Freedom Wilson, entitled Just Enough Grace for You. Other continuing exhibits at The Ward include work by Carol Anna Meese entitled Brand New Day, by Bonnie Koenig, and no fewer than ten other gallery exhibits, including work by Rosamond Casey, Bobby English, Jr., Mary Montague Sikes, Clifton Dickens, Dolly Holmes, Mark Pehanich, Aimee Joyaux, Omni Waters, and Terry Ammons, as well as at least twenty resident studio artists. Old Towne Studio 7 will feature an exhibit entitled Old & Young, featuring the work of Michaele Shriver and Jane Star. A retrospective exhibit of work by Ken Graves and Joe Miller , as well as books by Dr. John Lynn and Stella McCormack, will be shown at Abigails. The Art League will open two exhibits: Quest, by Milly Youngblood Horner, and P.O. Box America by Curtis Grimstead.
The Ward will present a Paint and Sip event ($), led by Clifton “Gus” Dickens of I’ll Paint to That, in the Main Gallery, beginning at seven. Petersburg Haunts will present a ghost walk ($) that will begin in front of Petersburg’s Courthouse at seven. And Old Towne Studio 7 will stage the first of their Family Fun Fridays.
Before the Storm
Another month, another storm, and still more tornadoes, but this time Michael will be past us nearly twenty-four hours before Petersburg's Friday for the Arts! begins.
So come on out and enjoy the art, the music, the abundant food, the libations, and the great good company. The temperatures will be refreshing, and there'll be not a drip of rain.
Many Thanks to Dolly Holmes
This website would not have been possible without Dolly Holmes' generous permission to use her beautiful painting, "Fossil," as the core element of our website heading. Indeed, the entire website has been structured around the painting. Please join us in thanking her for this use, and please honor her copyright. And be sure to take a look at some of her paintings, and those of her husband Mark Pehanich, at
Josh Lief Band, on the Patio at DJ's Rajun Cajun
Music from Six to One during October Friday for the Arts! in Petersburg; Fourteen Venues
Matt Via & The Dirty Runaways will still be performing at Old Towne’s Alibi, Drew Dunbar Acoustic at Longstreet’s, Bobby Horne at Abigails, In Pursuit Jazz at Croaker’s Spot, the Sinatra-style crooner Joe LaLuna at Maria’s, keyboard artist and singer Steve Brooks and powerful singer Shelly Bonet in the Martini Lounge at Wabi Sabi, and One Fell Swoop in the Music Room at Wabi. Michael Redman will be playing his mellow saxophone at the City Table. Triple B Blues Band will be performing on the patio at Andrade’s, and the Josh Lief Band on the patio at DJ’s Rajun Cajun. Tony Farris will be performing at Local Vibe Cafe and Clan Haggis at Tramonto Ristorante. Iris Schwartz will be playing the soprano recorder at the Art League. Music this month from six to one!