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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June Friday for the Arts! Features Great New Displays of Art, Twelve Music Venues, Dance, Honey & Cheese Tastings
The June 2017 Friday for the Arts! brings us music, dance, art, entertainment, fun activities, food, honey & cheese tastings, new beers, and spirits. There will be music in at least twelve performing arts venues, and there will be great exhibits at the Chesterfield Gallery, Second Hand Rose’s Gala Ria, The Ward Center for Contemporary Art, Andrade’s, Old Towne Studio 7, Tramonto’s, and the Petersburg Area Art League.
Second Hand Rose will present new murals created by Lydia for its Gala Ria event space. The Chesterfield Gallery has an exhibit of work by VSU art student Brandon Bullock, entitled Evoke. 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 Art League will be opening two new exhibits: The Great Big Everything presents A Little Bit of Everything, featuring work by Parker Galore, Prabit Mehta, Katie McBride, Mary Fichtel, Christopher Hollins, Rachel Navadas, and Kevin Hann, and Looking Back, Moving Forward, featuring work by Millie Youngblood Horner. 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 work by eight-year-old Aidan Karys will be on display at the Old Towne Studio 7.
The Ward Center for Contemporary Art will present two performances of Totems, which integrates costume, music, song, and dance. The Petersburg Preservation Task Force will open Centre Hill for the evening, featuring an exhibit of paintings and drawings in the collections of the Petersburg Museums. Abigails will feature pottery by local craftsman Bruce Hanson; and Civil War artifacts from Wayne Story; Sweet Dixie at Abigails will present Ames’ Hot Southern Honey Tasting; and Petersburg Provisions will offer tastings of Virginia cheeses. 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.
The Ward Center will present two performances of Totems, a multimedia production with an original score by Regan Nunnally Sprenkle and dance and song performances by VCU students; the musicians will perform throughout the evening. Iris Schwartz will perform on the flute at the Art League. Doghouse RVA 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, Jonah Knight 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. Shelly Bonet will be performing with Scott Harriton 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 !
A big loss is that that the Farmers Market Restaurant & Bar has closedl but is expectd to opene again under new management.
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.