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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July Friday for the Arts! Features Great New Displays of Art, Thirteen Music Venues, Dance, Halifax Music Festival, & Ice Cream by the Cone
The July 2017 Friday for the Arts! brings us music, dance, art, entertainment, fun activities, food, ice cream by the cone, new beers, and spirits. There will be music in at least thirteen performing arts venues, including the Halifax Music Festival, and there will be great exhibits at the Library, Walton Gallery, The Ward Center for Contemporary Art, Andrade’s, Old Towne Studio 7, and the Petersburg Area Art League.
Walton Gallery will be showing their great new exhibit, Conversation Piece, featuring the work of nationally-known artists Bill Fisher, Jacquelyn Flowers, Jack Glover, and Michael Platt. The Ward offers a new exhibit of 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 two new exhibits: Pastels All Around, featuring work by members of the MidAtlantic Pastel Society, and a joint exhibit by Marilyn Sirbaugh and Trudy Dunn. Joey Northrop of Morena Bohemia will be displaying her Rainy Day Series at the Library. In addition, an exhibit 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 Denise Shriver Tipton will be on display at the Old Towne Studio 7.
Richmond poet Anne Poarch will be signing copies of her new book, Flight: of butterflies, and robins, and other winged dreams, at the Art League. Old Towne Studio 7 will be celebrating its1 Year + 1 Week Anniversary. Petersburg Provisions will offering ice cream cones on a hot July evening. The Art League will present the Tri-Cities Soul Dancers in the Art Park. Ehrman Tapestry will have its first 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 Eleventh Annual Halifax Music Festival will take place on the Avenue, with performances Friday evening by Doug Evans & Soul Logistics, James Tynes & the Triple B Band, Yaminah Lhetreal, and the Soul Mellow Band & Show. The Ward Center will present a performance by popular singer Jocelyn Oldham. Iris Schwartz will perform on the flute at the Art League. Mama Juana 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, Way Down South at Old Towne Studio 7, the Scott Wood 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 the Farmers Market Restaurant & Bar has closed, but is expected to open again under new management.
A new stitching shop, Ehrman Tapestry, has opened of West Bank Street, and is open for Friday for the Arts!
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.