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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May Friday for the Arts! Features Great New Displays of Art, Twelve Music Venues, and the Bright Flowers of May
The May 2017 Friday for the Arts! brings us music, dance, art, entertainment, fun activities, food, refreshments, new beers, and spirits. There will be music in at least twelve performing arts venues, and there will be great exhibits at the Library, Walton Gallery, The Ward Center for Contemporary Art, Andrade’s, Old Towne Studio 7, Tramonto’s, and the Petersburg Area Art League.
Walton Gallery will present the Appomattox Regional Governor’s School 12th Annual Spring Art Show. The Ward offers an important new exhibit 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 Library presents a new exhibit, entitled Sediments, by freelance Petersburg graphics artist, Brian Gordon. The Art League will be opening three new exhibits: Ellis Island Immigrants—Faces of America, by Sandra Nardone, an exhibit of new work by Paula Mims, entitled From Out of Darkness, and a new exhibit by several artists, Faces of Stroke, Colors of Hope. At Tramonto Ristorante, there will be the Bioblitz Photography Exhibition, sponsored by the Petersburg National Battleffield. In addition, exhibits of work by Joey Northrop will be on display at Andrade’s. A retrospective exhibit of work by Ken Graves will be shown at Abigail’s Antiques. An exhibit of varied work by Joey Northrop of Morena Bohemia Gallery will be on display at the Old Towne Studio 7.
The Art League will present the Tri-Cities Soul Dancers in the Art Park. Tantrum Tattoos will be offering free henna tattoos. Ammo Brewing will encourage the creation of art during the course of the evening.
At St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Capitol Opera Richmond will present A Waltz Extravaganza. Music students afrom the Appomattox Regional Governor’s School will present an evening of music at Walton Gallery. Michael Redman (sax) will perform at The Ward, 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, Hatcher’s Run at Old Towne Studio 7, the Triple B Band on the Patio at Andrade’s, Steve Brooks & Casey Bowman in the Martini Lounge at Wabi Sabi, and Sayer 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!
Here, Nearly Here, & On the Horizon
A whole lot has been happening in Downtown Petersburg, and there is more to come this !
The big news is that the Farmers Market Restaurant & Bar opened to a packed house on January 31. The 200-seat restaurant takes full advantage of the original soaring ceiling, which had been hidden by a dropped ceiling about 1950. An octagonal 36-seat bar commands the center of the space. The food is created from ingedients produced here in Virginia, and is both comforting and daring. It is open for Friday for the Arts! for the first time in February.
The Bucket Trade has now well-established next door to Longstreet's, complete with food and pour-your-own beer & wine. A new coffee shop, Perks, has already opened at the old stand of Sweet Dixie, on Bank, and a new Italian restaurant, the Tramonto Ristorante, has opened in the old stand of Java Mio, with music in its great courtyard on weekends great courtyard. Near Perks, on Bank,Petersburg Provisions, a small new upscale grocery store has opened in the old stand of Rivers Edge.
DJ's Rajun Cajun is finally open, and looks great! Stix Flame Grill Eatery has opened at 133 North Sycamore, opposite The Ward. Terry Ammons has opened his new craft brewery. Ammo Brewing, at the corner of Market and Bank. And I have just learned that a new take-out restaurant is in the works on Short Market Street.
A Legend-sized brewery, the Trapezium Brewing Company, is open and already very popular. It is hosting the Petersburg Malt Down, Petersburg's first craft beer festival, for this month's Friday for the Arts! Trapezium will have a companion business: Big Trouble Maltings & Spirits, on East Bank Street across from Demolition Coffee, which will make the malts for Trapezium and perhaps other breweries, and liquors as well.
The new Glenna Jean Factory Outlet has opened in its old digs on Sycamore, complete with an art exhibit for Friday for the Arts! And a new gallery and creative space, Old Towne Studio 7 has opened in the old stand of The Bucket Trade, on West Bank.
We are saddened to call your attention to the closing after Christmas of the Bistro at Market & Grove, long a fixture in Petersburg's Old Town restaurant scene.