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
In the Teeth of Hurricane Florence: September Friday for the Arts! Features Great New Displays of Art, and Perhaps Seven Music Venues, with Florence’s Good Grace
In spite of Florence, Petersburg’s September 2018 Friday for the Arts! brings us music, art, fun activities, food, new beers, and spirits. There will be music in perhaps nine performing arts venues, and great exhibits at The Ward Center for Contemporary Art, and at the Morena Bohemia Art Gallery. But at this writing Hurricane Florence is threatening to dump many inches of rain on us this weekend, as many as four inches, so everything about this September Friday for the Arts! is extremely tentative. We hope to have greater clarity as time unfurls Florence’s intentions. May they be peaceful.
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 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. Morena Bohemia Art Gallery will delay the openings of an exhibit by Puerto Rican artist Jeffrey Martinez, entitled Puerto Rico Se Levanta (Puerto Rico Rises), and DreamArt Designs by Jessica McDaniel, but will be open if possible, and will open the new shows on the 21st. 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 Library and Art League openings will be delayed until the 21st. Old Towne Studio 7 will stage a Grand Opening at ts new location on the 22nd. More about these later.
Before the Storm
Florence has much truncated Petersburg's Friday for the Arts! for September 14, but The Ward and perhaps Morena Bohemia are still open, and a good deal of the music is still in place. Come on out!
And next weekend, the Art League, Morena Bohemia, Old Towne Studio 7, and the Library will hold their openings, the Library will stage another edition of Jazz in the Stacks, and there will be music galore.
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
Mother Teresa's Mafia, at Longstreet'sd
Music from Six to One during August Friday for the Arts! in Petersburg; Fourteen Venues
The Petersburg Public Library will present the fifth of a monthly series, Jazz in the Stacks, featuring this month members of The Legends Band. The Ward will present the superlative harpist Mary Jane D’Arville. Mat Via & The Dirty Runaways will be at Old Towne’s Alibi, Way Down South Acoustic at Longstreet’s, Bobby Horne at Abigails, Rudy Faulkner & Friends at Croaker’s Spot, the Sinatra-style crooner Joe LaLuna at Maria’s, saxophonist Rick Elliott in the Martini Lounge at Wabi Sabi, and Friend Zone in the Music Room at Wabi. Iris Schwartz will be playing the flute at the Art League. 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 California Band Fish Out of Water 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!