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.
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May Friday for the Arts! Features Great New Displays of Art, Thirteen Music Venues, and the Sweet Air of May
Petersburg’s May 2018 Friday for the Arts! brings us music, art, talks about Poe’s wedding and mall American tables, a wine tasting, a youth open mic night at the Appomattox Iron Works pavilion, fun activities, food, new beers, and spirits. There will be music in at least hirteen performing arts venues, and great exhibits at Walton Gallery, the Petersburg Public Library, The Ward Center for Contemporary Art, the Morena Bohemia Art Gallery, and the Petersburg Area Art League.
Walton Gallery is opening he 13th Annual Appomattox Regional Governor’s School Spring Art Show. The Petersburg Public Library is featuring artwork by students from the Vernon Johns Middle School. The Ward is featuring a continuing exhibit of large new work by Rod Givens, a new exhibit by Omni Waters, and continues an exhibit by Freedom Wilson, entitled Just Enough Grace for You, as well as new work by one of the most respected of Petersburg-area artists, Eugene Vango, in addition to a continuing exhibits by Carol Anna Meese, entitled Brand New Day, and a newly hung show by Sheila Maitland Holland entitled Rising, as well as 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, Bobby English, Jr., Mary Montague Sikes, James Timberlake, 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 New Abstract Works, by Bryant Pugh, and The long View, by Sharon Denmark. Morena Bohemia Art Gallery will feature work by Lisa Mistry and other exhibits. 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.
Jeff Abugel will talk about The Marriage of Edgar Allan Poe and Virginia Clemm (May16, 1836), and Their Honey moon on Petersburg, at Hiram Haines Coffee & Ale House, at six, seven, and eight ($6), with wedding cake and punch afterwards next door at Petersburg Provisions. Battersea Foundation will present a lecture and wine tasting at the McIlwaine House, featuring Italian wines, and Sandy Graham and Jeff Powers presenting Table Talk: Small American Tables, 1790-1820. Sweet Dixie will feature new lines of Virginia products. Tantrum Tattoos will be offering free henna tattoos.
The Petersburg Public Library will present the second of a monthly series, Jazz in the Stacks, featuring this month the highly popular Richmond jazz keyboardist, Lucy Kilpatrick. Walton Gallery will present a student jazz band from the Appomattox Regional Governor’s School. Old Towne Studio 7 will present a Youth Open Mic Nite at the Appomattox Iron works Pavilion. The Ward will present the popular radio station DJ Kevin Johnson. Matt Via & the Dirty Runaways will be 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, Steve Brooks in the Martini Lounge at Wabi Sabi, and One Fell Swoop in the Music Room at Wabi. Tony Farris (acoustic) will perform at noon at the Local Vibe Cafe, and Ryssa Lee Busching (acoustic) at six. Triple B will perform 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!