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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Here, Nearly Here, & On the Horizon
A whole lot has been happening in Downtown Petersburg, and there is more to come this !
The biggest news is that a new restaurant, the City Table at the Farmers Markethas opened New Year's Eve, with an extensive American menu.
DJ's Java Joint has opened next to the Rajun Cajun.
There's a new business next to Walton Gallery, Little Creek Kung Fu.
The Morena Bohemia Art Gallery has opened at 23 west Old Street, just west of Maria's. The Daiquiri Lite Bar & Grill has opened on Bollingbrook, across the street from Wabi-Sabi.
There's a lot of music going on at DJ's Rajun CAjun, as well as at Wabi-Sabi. In fact, there is a lot of music happening in Downtown Petersburg these days. Last month there erre at least fourteen music venues.
Planning is getting under way for the renovation of the old Jefferson Hotel, on Sycamore just north of the Oak. There are some great spaces in that building; it's great to hear that there is some hope that the public will soon be able to enjoy them.
If you haven't already, be sure to get down to the River Street Market. It has been going great guns.
April Friday for the Arts! Features Great New Displays of Art, Eleven Music Venues
Petersburg’s April 2018 Friday for the Arts! brings us music, art, a children’s book reading and signing, fun activities, food, new beers, and spirits. There will be music in at least eleven performing arts venues, a book signing and reading at Old Towne Studio 7, and great exhibits at Walton Gallery, the Petersburg Public Library, The Ward Center for Contemporary Art, Old Towne Studio 7, the Morena Bohemia Art Gallery, and the Petersburg Area Art League.
Walton Gallery is showing a new exhibit entitled Art of Soul, , featuring the work of four nationally known artists: Preston Sampson, Jay Durrah, Alvin Burts, and Charly Palmer. The Petersburg Public Library is featuring work by local artist Lester Wetsch. The Ward is featuring an 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-five resident studio artists. The Art League will open Walking the Painterly Path: The Artistic Journey of Two Friends, a new exhibit of recent work by Elizabeth Longstreet Titmus and Terry Vavra Lacy, and an exhibit of work in watercolors and chalk pastels, entitled God’s People, Places, and Creatures, by Bob Wynn. Old Towne Studio 7 will feature work by the 4th grade student art contest winners at the Harry E. James elementary School, as well as a continuing exhibit by Lisa Mistry. Morena Bohemia Art Gallery will feature work by Linda Walker Clark 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.
A book signing and reading by Kourtney Grant, author and illustrator, entitled Ice Cream, Hot Chocolate, and More, will be held at Old Towne Studio 7. AMMO Brewing will be staging a Black Lagoon Release Party. Sweet Dixie will feature new lines of Virginia products.Tantrum Tattoos will be offering free henna tattoos.
The Ward Center will present the popular singer songwriter Jocelyn Oldham. The Petersburg Public Library will present the first of a monthly series, Jazz in the Stacks, featuring this month the highly popular Richmond band, Ban Caribe. 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, Rick Elliott 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 Andrade’s. And the Scottish singers of Clan Haggis will be performing in at Tramonto Ristorante. Music this month from six to one!