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
The Art Trolley
Rod Givens at The Ward Center for Contemporary Art
August Friday for the Arts! Features Great New Displays of Art, the Petersburg Malt Down, Twelve Music Venues—and Exciting New Venues
The August 12, 2016 Friday for the Arts! brings us still another wave of new venues, as well as music, art, entertainment, fun activities, food, refreshments, spirit, and spirits. There will be music in at least twelve performing arts venues, and there will be great exhibits at Walton Gallery, The Ward Center for Contemporary Art, the Library, Old Towne Studio 7, the Bistro at Market and Grove, and the Petersburg Area Art League.
Walton Gallery is opening a great new exhibit entitled Deep Thoughts, featuring work by Alvin Burts, Cianne Fragione, Mark Pehanich, and Clifton Singleton. The Library will feature an exhibit of mermaid paintings by Joey Northrop. The Ward continues an important new installation by Rosamond Casey of Charlottesville, entitled Men in Suits: A Day on the Hill, as well as no fewer than ten other gallery exhibits, including work by Carol Meese, Bonnie Koenig (with new work installed), Bobby English, Jr.,, Mary Montague Sikes, James Timberlake, Clifton Dickens, Dolly Holmes, Mark Pehanich, Risegun Bennett-Olomidun, Aimee Joyaux, and Terry Ammons, as well as at least twenty-five resident studio artists. The Art League will be opening two exhibits: Artistic Endeavor, featuring work by the fifty member artists of the Side Street Gallery, and photography by Raymond Denson. In addition, exhibits of work by Joey Northrop will be on display at Andrade’s. Valerie Daniels will be exhibiting work at the Glenna Jean Factory Outlet. An exhibit of new work by Erin Copeland will continue at The Bistro. A retrospective exhibit of work by Ken Graves will be shown at Abigail’s Antiques. Exhibits will be on display at the new Old Towne Studio 7, including work by Denise Shriver Tipton, Chuck Koutnik, and Lisa Mistry. And a new public art exhibit by Chris Milk Hulbert will be on display at Saucy’s Sit-Down.
The Art Trolley for Friday for the Arts! Is Now Providing Guided Tours
The Friday for the Arts! Art Trolley is back! It will circuit the Downtown on a loop that will go past the evening’s main attractions, and will connect Downtown with Virgiinia State University. Its regular daytime Downtown Loop service has already begun, looping around Downtown Petersburg, with excursions to Virginia State University and Southpark Mall. 6:00-10:00 pm during Friday for the Arts!
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
Jim Adkins at The Ward Center for COntemporary Art
August Friday for the Arts! Features a Twelve Venues, Music Five to One
The Charlottesville cajun rock band Jolie Fille will be performing at Trapezium Brewing. The Summer Belles will be singing at the Library. Grammy-nominated jazz guitarist andsinger-songwriter Jim Adkins will be performing at The Ward, the Dirty Runaways at Old Towne’s Alibi, Bobby Horne and C.W. Barr at Adelaid’s, Rudy Faulkner & Friends at Croaker’s Spot, the Sinatra-style crooner Joe LaLuna at Maria’s, Zack Artis in the Martini Lounge at Wabi Sabi, and Sayer McShane in the Music Room at Wabi. Triple B will be performing on the patio at Andrade’s. And Scottish singers of Clan Haggis will be performing in the courtyard at Tramonto Ristorante. Music this month from five to one!
t. Music this month from six to one!