Friday for the Arts! Oct 9, 2009 – Program of Events

Join us in Old Towne from about 6 – 10 pm for music, art exhibits, good food – all around Old Towne! Below is the entire event list. William R. McKenney Library 137 S. Sycamore St., (804) 733-2387, open Mon. & Wed., 9-9, and Tues. & Thurs.-Sat., 9:00-5:30 Opening Reception: Lower Level Meeting Room & Gallery: Retrospective […]

Join us in Old Towne from about 6 – 10 pm for music, art exhibits, good food – all around Old Towne! Below is the entire event list.

William R. McKenney Library
137 S. Sycamore St., (804) 733-2387, open Mon. & Wed., 9-9, and Tues. & Thurs.-Sat., 9:00-5:30
Opening Reception: Lower Level Meeting Room & Gallery: Retrospective of the work in many media over the last two decades of H. Douglas Hamilton, II. Hamilton grew up in Colonial Heights, studying art in high school, at VCU, and at Thomas Nelson Community College, where he switched from fine art to commercial art. He established his own publishing house and graphic arts studio in the early 1990s, but sold the studio in 1996 in order to concentrate on contracting full-time for the government. He has worked not only in the graphic arts, but also in multimedia authoring, including web design and multimedia video animation. His designs and multimedia were published not only in the United States, but also internationally. Hamilton returned to the Petersburg area in 2006, where he has many friends and family members, using his creativity in his family’s historic Victorian houses. In 2009, he has positioned himself to be able to concentrate once again on the fine arts, having in the meanwhile changed the way he looks at art. Today, he has come to combine psychology with his artistic media in artwork he hopes will both please the sight and entice the minds of his viewers. The work exhibited will consist of pencil & charcoal drawings, acrylics, oil pastels, watercolors, mixed media, magazine productions, commercial products, photo restorations, digital art, and more. 6:00-9:30 pm. Don’t miss!

Augustus Wright Block, South Building
17 North Sycamore Street
Continuing Storefront Window Exhibit: “Clean Sweep.” Ron Walton, an internationally-known abstract artist born & raised in New York City, presents this large, vibrantly colorful, traffic-stopping work made from plastic bottles, cans, wood, PVC piping, wire, & tennis balls. New art galleries will open here and next door within the next few months.

Stories n’ Storefronts
1, 11, & 110 North Sycamore St.
Continuing Storefront Window Exhibit: Number 11: Trunks, Travel, and Trains. The window tells the story of those bygone days with a display of vintage luggage, including a trunk from Seward and a trunk with a locking mechanism made by the Standard Locking Company. From various contributors there are vintage ads about bagging- and harness-making companies in Petersburg. There is a postcard from the collection of Russell Davis depicting Union Station.
Continuing Storefront Window Exhibit: The windows in Number 110 contain an exhibit entitled “A Touch of Hollywood—Fashion Designs & Finds by Daphne Maxwell-Reid.” Well-known for her role as Aunt Viv on “The Fresh Prince of Bel Air,” Maxwell-Reid is also a fashion designer.
Continuing Storefront Window Exhibit: Number 1 will have an exhibit of prints enlarged from Petersburg Postcards, courtesy of Russell Wayne Davis, showing images from Halifax Triangle to the river, as well as VSU.

Utopia Spa
115 North Sycamore Street, (804) 732-1234,
First Birthday Celebration
New Exhibit: “Loot,” by jewelry artist Lisa Howerton.
Live Music: Singer-songwriter Narissa Bond, who has a national reputation and has performed for Friday for the Arts! several time before, to great acclaim.
Hors d’Oeuvres, door prizes, discounts.

Petersburg Regional Art Center
132 N. Sycamore St., (804) 733-8200,, open Wednesday-Saturday, 10-4
October All-Media Juried Show: Main Gallery: Juror: Jennifer & BJ Glave-Kocen: Jennifer has over fifteen years experience in the fine arts gallery business while BJ has been involved in the arts through theater and music. He joined Jennifer at the Rentz Gallery over three years ago as their Promotions Manager and in June 2007 they ventured off on their own. They now have Glave-Kocen Gallery, 1620 West Main Street, Richmond.) Don’t miss!
Awards Ceremony: 7:30 pm.
Live Music: Dege Harris, the fabulous jazz singer from Charlotte, 7:00-9;00 pm. Don’t miss!
New Exhibits: Mezzanine Gallery Shows: Cynthia Losen (mixed); Marti Fann (mixed); Cockade City Garden Club (photography); Justin Gohde (mixed), Greg Lewis (mixed); & Tom Van Pelt (photography). Exhibitions through November 7.
Ongoing Exhibit: Mezzanine Gallery: Landscapes by Wade Hampton Goodwyn, III.
Open House studio shows by more than 100 artists.

St. Paul’s Episcopal Church
110 Union Street, (804) 733-3415, ext. 2
Concerts by Candlelight: Roland Karnatz, clarinet, and Charles Lindsey, Jr., organ, 6:30 pm. Don’t miss!

Office of Sheriff Vanessa Crawford
Courthouse Square, (804) 733-2369
Continuing Exhibit: Work by local artist Julian Greene, whose artwork gives a broad look inside the African-American experience, from individual hardship to collective success. “I incorporate the use of geometrical forms and elongated figures to give an exaggerated effect,” says Greene. “Ultimately I believe that artwork is a form of communication that will allow the audience to have the ability to draw their own conclusions as to what a piece means to them.” One night only.

Art Underfoot
On the sidewalks in the 200-block of North Sycamore Street; for information call Kimberly Ann Calos at (804) 586-1633, or email her at
New Public Art: Original works of art created by some of the premier artists in the area—on historic Old Town sidewalks. Fifty-plus artists have painted 60-plus concrete “canvasses” with designs ranging from abstract to realistic, creating a carpet of color that connects Old Town to the newest venues for local art further south on Sycamore Street. Participants could be dubbed Petersburg’s “Rainbow Coalition” not only because of the vibrant hues that now adorn the once ugly and cracked sidewalks, but because of the diversity of the painters themselves. They range in age from infant to 70 and are a kaleidoscope of ethnicities, beliefs, and professions. For some, art is their sole livelihood; for most it is their favorite pastime. Some folks painted one piece, others several. Some worked on their designs for days and days; others were done in a few hours; most came from Petersburg; others from Richmond, Hopewell, Colonial Heights, Matoaca, Chester, Midlothian, Disputanta, Charlottesville, West Point, and Ettrick. Students from VCU, VSU, and Blandford Academy participated. Some artists have disabilities but all are tremendously talented visionaries who transformed images from sketches, photographs, or their imaginations onto the rock-hard, bumpy surface with seemingly little effort. All of the artists donated their time and talents, but on Saturday, October 10th, from noon until 4, the sidewalk artists will sell their other art forms during the Art Underfoot Art Fair. The rain date is Sunday, October 11th, from noon until 4pm. Organized by Kimberly Ann Calos, Gail McCann, Barry Roebuck, and Mark Pehanich, in collaboration with the City of Petersburg, Franklin Development Corpration (who donated $1,000), and Palmore Decorating Center (who provided the paint at cost). Don’t miss!

Dixie Diner
250 N. Sycamore St., (804) 732-7425, open Mon.-Sun., varying hours
New Exhibit: Slinky darlings, by Prince George High School student Erin Copeland.
Continuing Exhibit: New Renaissance photographs by Kevin Hedgecock (U.S. Navy).
Continuing Exhibit: Super-funky new millennium rock appreciation, by Jez Beasley.
Continuing Exhibit: Canvas faces by the Roebucks.
Live music: Dale Traylor, beach rock, 6:00 to 9:00 pm; Faculty Lounge Lizards (seven instructors from the Maggie Walker Governor’s School; blues, rock, rhythm), 9:00 pm to 2:00 am.
Late Night Breakfast served until 3:00 am.

New Rivers’ Edge & Upscale Resale
16 West Bank St., (804) 722-0605,, varying hours
New Exhibits: Will the New Rivers’ Edge and Upscale Resale really be open by the 9th? Stop by 16 West Bank Street to find out. Art by local artisans, jewelry from North Carolina and Virginia designers. More space, a new look, new gifts, furniture and accessories. Great treasures and cookies await. Moving next door to make space for Hiram Haynes Coffeehouse and Restorative Shop at 12 West Bank Street.

Siege Museum
15 West Bank Street, (804) 733-2427
Continuing Exhibit: Ground Floor Gallery: Petersburg 1909. A display commemorating the centennial anniversary of President Taft’s visit to Petersburg in 1909. Includes Petersburg-Area Images of Lewis Wickes Hine. Photographs taken by Hine during his visit to Virginia in 1911 documenting working and living conditions for factory and mill workers in Petersburg and Matoaca in the first decades of the twentieth century.
Continuing Exhibit: Ground-floor Gallery: Civil War Photographs of Petersburg.

Charles Leonard Building
20 W. Bank St., open by appointment
Continuing Exhibit: In the storefront windows: Work by Midlothian mosaicist & Petersburg High School graduate Jacki Sowers, who adds, as a part of this wonderful display, “School Spirit,” a mosaiced mannequin couple, representing a PHS couple from the 1950s & 1960s.

The Gallery at Purple Passion
29 W. Bank St., (804) 863-1943, open Tues.-Sat., 10-6
New Exhibit and Reception: Needlepoint Exhibit. The Southside Virginia Chapter of the American Needlepoint Guild is a 30-year-old organization. They will have a wide range of their creations on display.
New Exhibit and Reception: Carolyn Jolly Waytowitz and Mary Reed Patrick Gerloff will combine creative efforts in a joint show—showcasing their lives, growing up as best friends and backdoor neighbors. Both are Petersburg natives and remain the best of friends.

The Pizza Shop
9 East Bank Street St., (757) 358-1423,
The Pizza Shop is a newly-established family-friendly skateboard & apparel shop.
Music by VSU’s own DJ Bones
Live Art Work: by Terrance
Food and Refreshments will be provided.

302 N. Sycamore St., (804) 722-4372
Live Music: Kyle Davis (acoustic keyboards and guitar; national recording artist). 10:00 pm until 1:00 am.

The Oak Antique Mall
400 N. Sycamore St. (804) 861-6111, Mon.-Fri. 10-8, Sat 10-6, Sun. 12-5.
New Exhibit: A fantastic array of framed art by various artists, including watercolors, oils and prints.

Friend House Gallery & Ateliers
27 Bollingbrook Street
New Exhibit: A rare showing of pop artist Jack Brusca’s 1970 original painting. Also works by Rob Gonsalves, a painter of “magic realism” as well as an illustrator—attempts to represent human beings’ desire to believe the impossible, to be open to possibility.
Continuing Exhibit: Downstairs in the Atelier: Recent Paintings by Carol Anna Meese. 6:30-9:00 pm. Don’t miss! New jewelry items as well as artsy gifts are coming in now !
New Director: To allow Carol to create her fabulous paintings full time, Kathy Fields has taken over the helm at the gallery—becoming the new director. Come see us as we transition to our new attitude! —Verve 27 at the Friend House Gallery.
In the Kathryn Hedgepeth Atelier: Recent work by resident potter Kathryn Hedgepeth.
In the Cathy Warnock Atelier: Recent work in paint by Cathy Warnock.
Upstairs in the Gallery: additional new paintings & bin work by Carol Anna Meese available, surrounded by heavenly scents, beauty gift items, & certificates for massages through the Therapeutic Massage Center.

Therapeutic Massage Center & Boutique
27 Bollingbrook Street (upstairs), (804) 722-1720, open Monday-Saturday, 10-5
Continuing Exhibit: Handcrafts made in Matoaca by Bob Phelps of Planet Art, including bird feeders. In some cases the cooper materials come from reclaimed roofing from the central Virginia area, and may have previously been found protecting a home in the Petersburg area from the weather. Phelps believes strongly that it is very important to feed birds during the winter.
Continuing Exhibit: In the Gallery: New work by Carol Meese.

29 Bollingbrook Street, (804) 862-1365,, Tues.-Thurs., 11:00 am to 9:00 pm; Fri-Sat., 11:00 am to 12;30 am, or until . . . .
Continuing Exhibit: Tavern: Absurnatural: New Work by Kevin Orlosky. Richmond artist Kevin Orlosky returns to Wabi-Sabi to exhibit a new series of work exemplifying absurdities between predator and prey. “It is my duty,” he says, “to provoke change, and raise awareness of the downfalls and faults of American culture. That one day we may use it only to better ourselves.” Orlosky received his BFA from Savannah College of Art and Design in 2004. In addition to showing his work previously at Wabi-Sabi, he has exhibited in Petersburg at Sycamore Rouge; in Richmond at Artworks, Gallery 5, and the Jefferson Hotel; and in Milan, Italy, at MiArt.
Continuing Exhibit: Music Room: New work by Orishigun Olomidun, who received his Masters in Art from Columbia College, Chicago, in 2001. Using abstract subconscious imagery, he focuses on the African-American experience and reverence for the ancestors.Live Music: Against Grace, a local band that plays alternative, pop, & rock, with insightful & heartfelt lyrics, featuring Wes Tatum on vocals & guitar, Tyler Bland on guitar, Dave Cobaugh on keys & vocals, Bentley Cobb on drums, & Kelvin Strough on bass. Don’t miss!

Farmer’s Bank
19 Bollingbrook Street
Special Opening: The Fort Henry Branch of the Association for the Preservation of Virginia Antiquities will hold a special opening of the banking rooms of the Farmer’s Bank (1817) & its kitchen, from 7:00 until 9:00 pm. The Fort Henry Branch renovated this important building in the 1960s. Be sure to see the bank’s safe & the vault it was lowered into every evening. 6:00-8:00 pm.

Andrade’s International Restaurant
7 Bollingbrook Street (804) 733-1515
Continuing Exhibit, Main Dining Room: Paintings by Paul C. Penrod.
Continuing Exhibit: Main Dining Room, Corridor Gallery: Irish Art by Jeannie Cameron.
Continuing Exhibit, Corridor Gallery: Drawings of the R/UDAT vision for downtown Petersburg.

Petersburg Area Art League
7 E. Old St., (804) 861-4611,, open Tuesday-Saturday, 12 noon to 6 pm
Opening Reception: Main Gallery: “Still Flight: Bringing Death to Life.” Photographer Christa Kreeger Bowden brings to PAAL a visually fascinating collection of fallen insects, captured in excruciating detail, clarity, and beauty through a combination of 19th and 21st century photographic processes. For Bowden, her tiny subjects “embody the idea of the still life, the nature morte, in that they are beautiful and worthy of artistic evaluation. It is the gift of photography that their beauty can be immortalized, and essentially transformed by the artist’s gaze. These are not biological studies of specimens, and these photographs are very definitely made, not taken.” Bowden is Assistant Professor of Art at Washington & Lee University, where she started the photography program in 2006. Her work explores the use of a flatbed scanner as a camera, as well as alternative and 19th century photographic processes. She is the recipient of a 2009-2010 Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Fellowship, and was a 2005 nominee for the Santa Fe Prize for Photography. Her artwork will remain on display through November 6.

Maria’s Café & Italian Restaurant
16 West Old Street, (804) 862-3100
Live music: Michael Redman (jazz sax), 8:00-9:30 pm.

Sycamore Rouge
21 W. Old St., (804) 957-5707,
New Exhibit: In the gallery: Brittany Diliberto: ” Chance Encounters.” Diliberto is an award-winning Richmond-based lighting designer and photographer. Her photography has been featured on and at many Lomographic exhibitions, including a Holga/Diana exhibition at The Jam Jar in Dubai. She was awarded 1st Place at the Lomography World Congress 2007 in London, and 7th place at the Lomography World Congress 2004 in Beijing. She works for local Richmondbased band Carbon Leaf, and her photography is featured on their website. When she is not behind the lens, she is in the theatre. Brittany’s lighting design will be featured in Sycamore Rouge’s worldpremiere production of 40 Acres and a P.O.W.
Live Entertainment: In the theatre: Ryan Tiller: “An Evening of Variety,” 8pm. Free.

Penniston’s Alley Antiques
102 West Old Street, (804) 722-0135
New Exhibit: Ye Olde Christmas Shoppe. The sights and smells of Christmas past. On display and available for purchase are the INGE-GLAS of Germany Heirloom handcrafted ornaments. Each ornament is exclusively mouthblown and hand-painted, piece by piece in limited quantities, an Heirloom to treasure for generations to come. New this year is the “Life Touch” technique. Also, new to our store this year, is a limited quantity of handcrafted German Smokers.

The Bistro at Market & Grove
434 N. Market St., (804) 732-4480
New Exhibit: Fine art photography by Midlothian photographer Matt Ray.
A Timeline for the Evening:
6:00-10:00 pm Friday for the Arts! visual arts openings
6:00-9:00 pm Dale Traylor, at the Dixie Diner
6:30 pm Roland Karnatz, clarinet, and Charles Lindsey, Jr., organ, at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church
7:00 pm Exhibit opens at Friend House Gallery
7:00-9:00 pm Dege Harris (jazz singer), inside at the Petersburg Regional Art Center
7:00-9:00 pm Singer-songwriter Narissa Bond at the Utopia Spa
7:30 pm Awards Ceremony, at the Petersburg Regional Art Center
7:30-8:00 pm TBA at Pizza Skate Shop
8:00 pm Ryan Tiller, “An Evening of Variety,” on the Main Stage at Sycamore Rouge, fre
8:00 pm Farmer’s Bank exhibit closes
8:00-9:30 pm Michael Redman (jazz sax) at Maria’s
9:00 pm Exhibits close at PAAL, Friend House Gallery
9:00 pm to midnight Against Grace, at Wabi-Sabi
9:00 pm to 2:00 am Faculty Lounge Lizards, at the Dixie Diner
9:30 pm Exhibit closes at the Library
10:00 pm to 1 am Kyle Davis at Longstreet’s
2:00-3:00 am Late Night Breakfast at the Dixie Diner

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