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
Eritrean Monk, 1959, by Mehtzun Tedla, at the Petersburg Area Art League
March Friday for the Arts! Features Great New Displays of Art, Ten Music Venues, and the Blustery Winds of March
The March 2017 Friday for the Arts! brings us music, art, entertainment, fun activities, food, refreshments, new beers, and spirits. There will be music in at least ten performing arts venues, and there will be great exhibits at the Library, The Ward Center for Contemporary Art, Old Towne Studio 7, and the Petersburg Area Art League.
The Library will feature a new exhibit by artist Shannon Thweatt. The Ward features new work by Bonnie Koenig, by Risegun Olomidun, and by Steve Gay, and continues no fewer than ten other gallery exhibits, including work by Rosamond Casey, Carol Meese, Bonnie Koenig, 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 new exhibits: A Senior African Artist’s Collection of Water Colors and Other Media Art Works, by Mehtzun Tedla, and an exhibit of work from the Side Street Gallery, entitled All Things Bright and Beautiful. In addition, exhibits of work by Joey Northrop will be on display at Andrade’s. A retrospective exhibit of work by Ken Graves will be shown at Abigail’s Antiques. An exhibit of new work by Kelly B. Ruhf and Elizabeth Thacker will be on display at the Old Towne Studio 7.
Farmer's Market Restaurant & Bar Is Now Open
Old Market Square
The new Farmer's Market Restaurant & Bar 0pened on January 31 in the old Farm Market Center (1879), the latest in a series of market buildings to be constructed on the site aince 1791. (Before that, one of Virginia's first tobacco inspection warehouses stood on the site, Robert Bolling's.) In 1786, Bolling gave the vacant lot to the town for the construction of municipal buildings, but the town negotiated the donation of of a new "Courthouse Square" in 1791, in front of the present Courthouse. Then, with no little difficulty, the town persuaded Bolling to let them keep the old warehouse site for market use. And thus market activities began here shortly afterward.
The first market buildings constructed on the site burned to the ground during the great fire of 1815. The next set of market buildings was badly damaged suring the Siege and its aftermath. In the late 1870s, the City moved to replace them. They engaged a Baltimore architect/contractor, who had worked in Petersburg before the Civil War to design an build the new structure. With its dramatic octagonal shape, cast-iron brackets, and soaring interior, the new Farm Market Center was completed in 1879. Produce and other things were sold under the ample exterior sheds, and dealers in meat, poultry, and sausages, mostly German and Polish, filled the interior.
In the 20th century, with the rise of supermarkets, traditonal markets in Petersburg declined, and, by mid-century, the building was rented by a supermarket, and a dropped ceiling was installed beneath the soaring roof structure. In the 70s, the building was rented as a reattaurant/nightclub by the Rafey family, who created a venue loved by many. Finally, though the lease was taken up for a time by others, it closed.
The Rafeys constructed a kitchen/bathroom complex within the north side of the building, placed a long bar on the east side of the octagon, and built a balcony around three quarters of the octagon. During the last decade, the City demolished the dropped ceiling, revealing the dramatic interior of the building once again. When the new leaseholder began to work toward the new restaurant, it was decided to remove the balcony, but to use build a new upper space above the kitchen complex. (The picture above shows this new second-story space.) The large 36-seat bar was moved to the center of the octagon. Thus all customer will have a full view of the entire wonderful space.
The dramatic interior looks like it will be a strong draw, but indications are that the food will be great as well. Operating the restaurant will be one of the Richmond areas most highly-thought-of restaurateurs, Frits Huntjens. All seats were filled on opening night.
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
Jazz pianist Lucy Kilpatrick will perform at the Petersburg Library
Music from Six to One during March Friday for the Arts! in Petersburg
The Library will present the highly respected Richmond-area jazz keyboard artist Lucy Kilpatrick. DJ Kevin KJ Johnson will present an evening of music at The Ward. Matt Via & The Dirty Runaways will be performing at Old Towne’s Alibi, Bobby Horne at Abigails, Rudy Faulkner & Friends at Croaker’s Spot, the Sinatra-style crooner Joe LaLuna at Maria’s, acoustic music TBA at Old Towne Studio 7, Rick Elliott in the Martini Lounge at Wabi Sabi, and Sayer McShane in the Music Room at Wabi. And the Scottish singers of Clan Haggis will be performing in at Tramonto Ristorante. Music this month from six to one!