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
Morning Colors, acrylics, by Lydia Gray, at the Library
August Friday for the Arts! Features Great New Displays of Art, the Tri-Cities Soul Dancers, and Fourteen Music Venues
Petersburg’s August 2018 Friday for the Arts! brings us music, art, fun activities, food, new beers, and spirits. There will be music in at least fourteen performing arts venues, the Tri-Cities Soul Dancers in the Art Park, and great exhibits at the Petersburg Public Library, Walton Gallery, The Ward Center for Contemporary Art, the Morena Bohemia Art Gallery, and the Petersburg Area Art League.
The Library has an exhibit of the work of Lydia Gray and Lindiwe Njoki Kubweza. 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 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. The Art League will open a new exhibit of recent work by Henry Kidd, and A Day of Terror: The Roof Just Went Away, a special exhibit about the Great Twister of 1993, curated by Michael Edwards. Morena Bohemia Art Gallery will feature an exhibit of illustrative work by London-based artist Elena Guzinska and new artwork by Linda Walker Clark. 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 Tri-Cities Soul Dancers will be performing in the Art Park at the Art League at 7:00 pm.
Mountain Spirit, by Henry Kidd, at the Art League
Recent Work by Henry Kidd at the Art League
Henry Kidd, a life-long resident of Colonial Heights and a graduate in Art Education from Virginia State University, has pursued multiple interconnected careers. He has now retired form his full-time job at Philip Morris, and is now a principal in the Side Street Gallery in Colonial Heights, so he plays a central role in the regional art scene. He has served in the U.S. Army Reserves, and as a medical first responder. His interest in history has led him to participate in both Revolutionary War and Civil War reenactments, to serve as Commander of the Army of Northern Virginia at both the state and national levels for the Sons of Confederate Veterans, and to act as a historical tour guide for both Richmond and Petersburg. His concurrent interest in art has led him to create illustrative art for the Civil war, for the Gulf War, and for 9/11. For this work, and for the funds he has raised through his art for soldiers, for first responders, and specifically for New York City firemen, he has been much honored at the national level. Recently, he was named the official artist for the 150th anniversary of the battles of Gettysburg and Cloyd's Mountain. He has even written a novel about the Civil War: Petersburg: War at the Doorsteps. But his love of travel has led in recent years to new directions in his artwork. He has moved on from his colored pencils to painting, and his subject matter, whille still illustrative of history, has now broadened, influenced not only by history, but by his travels and the methods of various European masters. This show is a reflection of these trends in his work.
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
Harpist Mary Jane D'Arville, performing at The Ward
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!