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 Market will be opening in mid-December, with an extansive American menu.
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 and this month both there have been 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 toget down to the River Street Market. It has been going great guns.
December Friday for the Arts! Features Great New Displays of Art, Fourteen Music Venues, Holiday Open Houses, & Children's Theatre
Petersburg’s December 2017 Friday for the Arts! brings us music, art, a holiday opening at Appomattox Tile Art, entertainment, fun activities, food, new beers, and spirits. There will be music in at least fifteen performing arts venues, and there will be great exhibits at the Library, The Ward Center for Contemporary Art, Old Towne Studio 7, the Morena Bohemia Art Gallery, and the Petersburg Area Art League.
The Library is showing the work of Charles Hartwell. The Ward is featuring an exhibit of large new work by Rod Givens, and continues a new exhibit of work 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 continue PAAL through the Years: 1932 to the Present, featuring images of the Art League and its exhibits over the years, and the 38rh Annual Trees of Christmas. Old Towne Studio 7 will display the photography of Michelle Colo Burdiss and the work of Lisa Mistry. Jennifer Schold-Fore, jeweler, will be featured at the Morena Bohemia Art Gallery, along with work by Dan & Kathi Blackmon, Jasmin Mills, Betty Jo Bain, and Joey Northrop. A retrospective exhibit of work by Ken Graves will be shown at Abigail’s Antiques. Appomattox Tile Art will present exhibits of paintings by Elizabeth Thacker, jewelry by Kelly Moody, hand-knitted hats and scarves by Tamara Carter, as well as mosaic coasters, trivets, and marble ornaments.
Appomattox Tile Art will present a Holiday Open House from noon to eight, featuring art and a factory tour at six. Old Towne Studio 7 will present spoken word poetry by Chris Bernstorf of Michigan. The Art League will stage a silent auction of work contributed by member artists. The Art League will also present two performances of A Dickens of a Christmas, performed by the Theatre with Children for Children, at six and again at 7:15 pm. Tantrum Tattoos will be offering free henna tattoos. Apothic Hair will stage its Grand Opening & Ribbon Cutting.
Iris Schwartz will be playing holiday flute music at the Art League. Nick Faulconer will perform at Trapezium Brewing. Shelly Bonet will be performing with Scott Harriton early on the patio at DJ’s Rajun Cajun, and the Triple B Band later. No fewer than three bands will be performing at Old Towne Studio 7: Weathered, from Minnesota, and Paperback and Downhaul, both from North Carolina. Karyssa Busching and No 2 Snow Flakes (acoustic) will perform at Local Vibe Cafe. Courtney Fleming will be singing at the Morena Bohemia Art Gallery. The Ward Center will present the hot DJ Dwayne Johnson. Matt Via & the Dirty Runaways, featuring Keith Horne, 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 & Casey Bowman Miles (keys & vocals) in the Martini Lounge at Wabi Sabi, and Sayre 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!