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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Petersburg's October Friday for the Arts! Features Great New Displays of Art, Fourteen Music Venues, Special Events, & Ice Cream by the Cone
Petersburg’s October 2017 Friday for the Arts! brings us music, art, a ghost walk, a lecture, a wine tasting, entertainment, fun activities, food, ice cream by the cone, new beers, and spirits. There will be music in at least fourteen performing arts venues, and there will be great exhibits at Walton Gallery, Petersburg Public Library, The Ward Center for Contemporary Art, Andrade’s, Old Towne Studio 7, the Morena Bohemia Art Gallery, the Chesterfield Gallery, and the Petersburg Area Art League.
Walton Gallery is presenting the 5th Annual Ladies First Show & Raffle. The Library is showing the work of Wendell Jones. The Ward offers 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 be opening A Community without Unity Is But a Shadow of Defeat, featuring work by Josue Fred, and Petersburg Images, featuring the photographs of John Rooney. Old Towne Studio 7 will display the work of Marissa Merhout. Glenda Shuleeta will be the featured artist at the Grand Opening of the Morena Bohemia Art Gallery. In addition, an exhibit of work by Joey Northrop will be on display at the Chesterfield Gallery, and another at Andrade’s. A retrospective exhibit of work by Ken Graves will be shown at Abigail’s Antiques.
Petersburg Haunts will present a ghost walk through downtown Petersburg, beginning at seven in front of the Courthouse (reservations, $). Battersea Foundation will present a tasting of European wines and a lecture by Sandy Graham on American Artists in Europe, at the McIlwaine House. The Morena Bohemia Art Gallery will have its Grand Opening. Petersburg Provisions will offering ice cream cones. T Ehrman Tapestry will have its fourth Friday for the Arts! opening. Tantrum Tattoos will be offering free henna tattoos. Ammo Brewing will encourage the creation of art during the course of the evening.
The Library will present sax music by Steve Mills. The Ward Center will present a performance by a surprise new jazz band. One Fell Swoop will be performing at Local Vibe Cafe, Hatcher’s Run in the Art Park at the Art League, Sidecar Experience at Old Towne Studio 7. 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, the Triple B Band on the Patio at Andrade’s, Rick Elliott (sax & keys) in the Martini Lounge at Wabi Sabi, and Sayre McShane in the Music Room at Wabi. Shelly Bonet will be performing with Scott Harriton early at DJ’s Rajun Cajun, and Kurt Crandall & True Story later. Flautist Iris Schwartz will be performing for the Grand Opening of the Morena Bohemia Art Gallery. And the Scottish singers of Clan Haggis will be performing in at Tramonto Ristorante. Music this month from six to one!
Here, Nearly Here, & On the Horizon
A whole lot has been happening in Downtown Petersburg, and there is more to come this !
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.