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
Aurora: Eyes of Intensity, acrylics and eggshell, by Sheila Maitland Holland, at The Ward
July Friday for the Arts! Features Great New Displays of Art, Petersburg Visitor Center Opening at the Exchange Building, and Twelve Music Venues
Petersburg’s July 2018 Friday for the Arts! brings us music, art, Petersburg’s Visitor Center Opening at the Exchange Building, fun activities, food, new beers, and spirits. There will be music in at least twelve performing arts venues, and great exhibits at Walton Gallery, The Ward Center for Contemporary Art, the Morena Bohemia Art Gallery, and the Petersburg Area Art League.
Walton Gallery is displaying the work of five nationally-known artists: Najee Dorsey, Lamerol Gatewood, Carl McIntosh, Ron Walton, and Dennis Winston. The Ward is opening a major new and expanded exhibit of recent work in eggshell and paint by Sheila Maitland Holland, entitled Textural Inclusion, as well as new exhibits by West Coast artists Laura J. Blackwell and Samuel E. Blackwell, who grew up in Petersburg. In addition, The Ward is featuring expanded exhibits by 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, by Risegun Olomidun, 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. The Art League will open Black & White, new work by Jasmine Mills, and Visions and Experimentations, new work by Pat & Jerry Harvey. Morena Bohemia Art Gallery will feature The Crows of Union Level by J.J. Doyle and the artwork of Wendy Ellis. 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. An exhibit of Lisa Mistry’s Birds will be shown at Petersburg Provisions.
The Petersburg Preservation Task Force will be opening the Exchange Building (formerly the Siege Museum) as the new Petersburg Visitor Center, and will offer tours of the building in the midst of change. Sweet Dixie will feature new lines of Virginia products. Tantrum Tattoos will be offering free henna tattoos.
Petersburg's National Historic Landmark Exchange Building
Open House & Tours of the New Petersburg Visitor Center in the Historic Exchange Building
Petersburg Preservation Task Force is hosting an open house at the Exchange Building at 15 W. Bank Street this Friday July 13 from 6 PM to 9 PM. Come see the new Visitor Center and take a guided tour of the construction area in the Rotunda and other areas in the Exchange Building. See the pre layout ideas for the new exhibits. Light refreshments will be served.
The historic Exchange Building (1841) was constructed as a commodities exchange, primarily for cotton and grains. It has since served as an office building, as a bank, as a bar, and as headquarters for Petersburg's Police Department, complete with lock-ups and a Police Court. More recently, fornearly forty years, the building housed Petersburg's Siege Museum.
Designed by New York architect Calvin Pollard, who also designed Petersburg's great Hustings Courthouse building, as well as two lost churches, High Street Presbyterian Church and St. Paul's on Sycamore Street opposite Franklin, the building has beem designated as a National Historic Landmark, the highest honor offered by the National Park Service, as a building of great national importance.
The rotunda features a great Delorme dome, a type of wooden dome used for Thomas Jefferson's Monticello and Robert Mills' Monumental Church in Richmond.
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
TheLast Real Picture Show, on the patio at DJ's Rajun Cajun
Music from Six to One during July Friday for the Arts! in Petersburg; Thirteen Venues
The Petersburg Public Library will present the fourth of a monthly series, Jazz in the Stacks, featuring this month Jay Baxter. The Ward will present the saxophonist Rick Elliott. The Derelicts of Grace will be at Old Towne’s Alibi, Dave “dstroyer” Dixon at Longstreet’s, Bobby Horne at Abigails, Rudy Faulkner & Friends at Croaker’s Spot, the Sinatra-style crooner Joe LaLuna at Maria’s, John Stevens in the Martini Lounge at Wabi Sabi, and One Fell Swoop in the Music Room at Wabi. Ryssa Lee Busching (acoustic) will perform at Local Vibe Café. Scott Billings, Jimmy Tynes and the Triple B Blues Band will perform on the patio at Andrade’s, and The Last Real Circus Show on the patio at DJ’s Rajun Cajun. And the Scottish singers of Clan Haggis will be performing in at Tramonto Ristorante. Music this month from six to one!