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.
February Friday for the Arts! Features Great New Displays of Art, Twelve Music Venues
Petersburg’s February 2018 Friday for the Arts! brings us music, art, fun activities, food, new beers, and spirits. There will be music in at least twelve performing arts venues, and there will be great exhibits at The Ward Center for Contemporary Art, Old Towne Studio 7, the Morena Bohemia Art Gallery, and the Petersburg Area Art League.
The Ward is featuring an exhibit of large new work by Rod Givens, and 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 a new exhibit of photography by Terry Crider, and a multi-media exhibit by members of the Art Club at the Appomattox Regional Governor’s School, as well as an exhibit on The Art of Making a Book. Old Towne Studio 7 will feature Lisa Mistry’s exhibit, entitled Patterns. Morena Bohemia Art Gallery will present a Military Art Exhibit, featuring the work of soldiers and veterans, to benefit the USO. A retrospective exhibit of work by Ken Graves will be shown at Abigail’s Antiques.
A reception, exhibit, and book signing for Lula Belle’s Big Battersea Adventure will be featured at the Art League. Tantrum Tattoos will be offering free henna tattoos.
Virginia State University and the Intercollefiate Music Association will present a Student Recital, featuring students from sixteen traditionally black colleges and universities, in Virginia Hall at VSU. Side Car Experience will be performing at Old Towne Studio 7. The Ward Center will present a jazz trio, Cringe and the Smear Campaign. 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 Solace in Sound in the Music Room at Wabi. Iris Schwartz will be playing the flute at Morena Bohemia Art Gallery, and Karyssa Busching (acoustic) will be performing at Local Vibe Cafre. And the Scottish singers of Clan Haggis will be performing in at Tramonto Ristorante. Music this month from six to one!