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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November Friday for the Arts! Features Great New Displays of Art, Twelve Music Venues, and Virginia Stores of the Past
Petersburg's November Friday for the Arts! Features Great New Displays of Art, Twelve Music Venues, and Virginia Stores of the Past
Petersburg’s November 2017 Friday for the Arts! brings us music, art, a book reading and signing, entertainment, 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 Gala Ria, The Ward Center for Contemporary Art, Andrade’s, Old Towne Studio 7, the Morena Bohemia Art Gallery, and the Petersburg Area Art League.
The Gala Ria is showing original fashion illustrations drawn by Marilyn Sirbaugh for Miller & Rhoads.The Ward offers an exhibit of illustrations for a children’s book by Mary Montague Sikes, 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 be opening PAAL through the Years: 1932 to the Present, featuring images of the Art League and its exhibits over the years, and Discover the Work of Paul Guyot (1937-1975). Old Towne Studio 7 will display the work of Christopher C. Alexander. Ginger Thornton, jeweller, will be featured at the Morena Bohemia Art Gallery, along with work by Dan & Kathi Blackmon, Jennifer Schold, Jasmin Mills, Betty Jo Bain, and Joey Northrop. Across the street, the Appomattox Iron Works is staging an exhibit of Lisa Mistry’s birds. A retrospective exhibit of work by Ken Graves will be shown at Abigail’s Antiques.
Second Hand Rose will have a special opening of Virginia Stores of the Past. The Ward will have a book reading and signing by Mary Montague Sikes for her children’s book, An Artful Animal Alphabet, as well a session on how to paint and draw for children. Old Towne Studio 7 will offer an opportunity for children of all ages to paint rocks. The Art League will stage a silent auction of work contributed by member artists. Tantrum Tattoos will be offering free henna tattoos. Ammo Brewing will be honoring veterans during AMMO Week of Honor.
Laraine Smith (soprano) and Charles Lindsey, Jr., will be performing at St. Paul’s. The Ward Center will present two sets of holiday vocal music by the Festival Belles. 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, Zack Artis (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 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 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.