Friday for the Arts! Sept 11 Events

Complete Program of Events 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: Folk artist William H. Clarke will present recent work. His art has been exhibited throughout the United States and has won numerous awards. Among the galleries […]

Complete Program of Events

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: Folk artist William H. Clarke will present recent work. His art has been exhibited throughout the United States and has won numerous awards. Among the galleries where it has been shown are the Gallery Chuma in Charleston, South Carolina; the McKissick Museum in Columbia, South Carolina; and the Indassa Fine Art Gallery in New York City. He has won Best in Show at the Heart of Virginia Festival, as well as first and second place. Clarke’s artwork reflects his love of people and of the place where he grew up and continues to live today, Southside Virginia. 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.
New 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. Look for the opening soon, in this location, of 2 Dots, a restaurant offering Southern cuisine

Petersburg Regional Art Center
132 N. Sycamore St., (804) 733-8200,, open Wednesday-Saturday, 10-4
September All-Media Juried Show: Main Gallery: Juror: Richard Waller, Executive Director of the University of Richmond Museums. He received his MFA from Yale, and since 1990 has been on the faculty of the University of Richmond Department of Art & Art History. At the Brooklyn Museum and the University of Richmond, he has created and organized many exhibitions of historical and contemporary art, and has written extensively about the visual arts. In 2002, he founded the Harnett Print Study Center at the University of Richmond Museums.
Awards Ceremony: 7:30 pm. Exhibition through October 3. Don’t miss!
Live Music: TBA, 7:00-9;00 pm.
New Exhibits: Mezzanine Gallery Shows: Carolyn Jolly (batik); Mary Gerloff (acrylics); Joe DeIulio (acrylics), John Rooney (photography); & Elaine Bankston (pastels & mixed). Exhibitions through October 3.
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: Appomattox Chamber Ensemble, 6:30 pm. Don’t miss!

Office of Sheriff Vanessa Crawford
Courthouse Square, (804) 733-2369
New 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.

Dixie Diner
250 N. Sycamore St., (804) 732-7425, open Mon.-Sun., varying hours
New Exhibit: New Renaissance photographs by Kevin Hedgecock (U.S. Navy).
Continuing Exhibit: Photography by nursing instructor at SRMC, Jennifer Dent.
Continuing Exhibit: Pencil tributes to the Beatles and the Blues Brothers by Shibflash Shibley.
Continuing Exhibit: Super-funky new millennium rock appreciation, by Jez Beasley.
Continuing Exhibit: Canvas faces by the Roebucks.
Live music: Dale Traylor, 6:00 to 9:00 pm; El Jay of Throwin’ Knives, 9:00 pm to 2:00 am.
Late Night Breakfast served until 3:00 am.

Rivers’ Edge
12 West Bank St., (804) 722-0605,, varying hours
Continuing Exhibit: New sign paying tribute to Poe’s friendship with Hiram Haines and to Poe’s and Virginia’s honeymoon stay here in 1836. Artifacts discovered by workers as they dig out the old brick bakery ovens in the back building, including Petersburg bottles, pottery, and more.

Siege Museum
15 West Bank Street, (804) 733-2427
New 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.
New 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: “People, Life, and Imagination.” A exhibition by the accomplished Richmond artist and illustrator Forrest Young. In his own unique style, Young presents an array of illustrations ranging from fantasy and science fiction to blue-grass music. Blue-grass-festival shirts from all over the country. Through October 5.

Cockade City Grill
305 N. Sycamore St., (804) 862-2537
Live Music: TBA, 9:00 pm-1:00 am.

The Pizza Shop
9 East Bank Street St., (757) 358-1423,
Grand Opening. The Pizza Shop is a newly-established family-friendly skateboard and apparel shop. Our aim is simple: to provide the best-quality products based on the traditions of the skateboard culture.
Live Art on site & Brooklyn Bushido Art Exhibit by New York artist Chach McBride.
DJ Music by DJ Bones.
Mixtape Debut for HeiRPORT x Fatso’s highly anticipated collaboration: TERMINAL | LieLL.
Special Live Performance by DC’s Lyrical Justice, ML.
Food and Refreshment’s courtesy of FADE 2 BLACK 9.12 @ Aurora.
Don’t miss!

302 N. Sycamore St., (804) 722-4372
Live Music: Elvis impersonator Wrenn Mangum will put on a great show, complete with Elvis-style dance movements and Elvis/50s/rockabilly music. Fifties theme night. The staff will dress the part and hope customers will join in the fun. 10:00 pm until 1:00 am.

The Oak Antique Mall
400 N. Sycamore St. (804) 861-6111, Mon.-Sat., 10-6, Sun. 12-5.
New Exhibit: Rare 17th and 18th-Century Maps, and Early Flags. Tim Weiser will be showcasing rare 17th and 18th century maps dating from ca. 1650–1799, and Flags from the Civil War and WWI eras.

Friend House Gallery & Ateliers
27 Bollingbrook Street
Continuing Exhibit: Downstairs in the Atelier: Recent Paintings by Carol Anna Meese. 7:00-9:00 pm. Don’t miss!
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. New jewelry items as well as artsy gifts are coming in—be one of the first to experience the verve!
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
New 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 . . . .
New 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. He works in painting (oils, acrylics, enamels, water colors, and gel transfers, often mixed); in printmaking (traditional and waterless lithographs, charcoal, and xerox transfers); in drawing (emulsions, graphite, and charcoals, with xerox transfers, on paper and mylar, sometimes with light boxes); and in digital photography.
New 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: Palominos. The Palominos are a four-piece Rock & Roll band from Richmond, whose music has been described as a comfortable blend of vintage tube-driven tones with a flair for modern influences. They create tasteful harmonies wrapped in Southern roots. Led by lead singer Trey Cutrell, who has been described as having “the range of Stevie Wonder and the groove of Eddie Vedder, the Palominos have played as far afield as Kansas (the Smokey Hill River Festival) and Florida (the Langerado Festival). They recently toured college towns in Alabama. An Auburn reviewer said, “From the first note they played, the Palominos owned the room,” rare for a band that plays mostly original songs. They are very popular on college radio stations across the country. 9:00 pm to 12:00 midnight. 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.
Live Music: Buddy Lee, 7:30 to Midnight.

The Gardener’s Gate
12 Bollingbrook Street, (804) 861-1181
New Exhibit: Work in pastels and colored pencils by Janice Hayes and Barbara Edrick. They will offer a collection of flowers, butterflies, and fruits, with prices ranging from $40 to $300. Reception from 6:00 to 9:00 pm.

Petersburg Area Art League
7 E. Old St., (804) 861-4611,, open Tuesday-Saturday, 12 noon to 6 pm
Opening Reception: Main Gallery: “The Beautiful and the Sublime,” featuring the work of local artist Siddartha Beth Pierce. Through this exhibit, she expresses her interest in the many dichotomies of our day, “both with the wonder of Beauty and the melancholy and sometimes horror of the Sublime. It is a great enigma,” she says, “a conundrum that we live, learn, and love within each and every day.” Siddartha Pierce is an educator focusing on African-American art, an award-winning artist, and a published poet active in the Richmond community and surrounding areas. She was featured on PBS’s Virginia Currents in 2001. This will be the first show in which her works are offered for sale to the general public. She will show a collection of paintings, prints, and sculptures in various media, often mixed-media. Don’t miss!
Second-Floor Gallery: A family affair featuring a mother-and-son artistic duo who specialize in stop-motion animation painting. Come experience their collaborative and innovative perspective on the “birth of a work of art,” described by Sheila and Corey Thomas as a new and almost voyeuristic way to take us behind the finished product, and show the flow of artwork from concept to creation through the technique of stop-motion animation, multi-media art, and more. Corey Thomas has created many short 3D and 2D animations throughout his college career and one day hopes to work for either Dreamworks or Pixar. Sheila Thomas has shown her work in numerous shows across the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast. Her highly stylized representational paintings reflect her love of music and pop culture. Don’t miss!
Outside the Gallery: Richmond flame thrower Chris Lumpkin. Don’t miss!
Art Talk: Siddartha, Sheila, and Corey will talk about their art at high noon on Saturday, September 12, at PAAL.

Maria’s Café & Italian Restaurant
16 West Old Street, (804) 862-3100
Live music: Gil Edwards & Leon Crawley, Jr. (jazz vocalists), 8:00-9:30 pm.

The Bistro at Market & Grove
434 N. Market St., (804) 732-4480
Continuing Exhibit: New work, largely on Civil War themes, by Paul Penrod.

A Timeline for the Evening:
6:00-10:00 pm Friday for the Arts! visual arts openings
6:00-9:00 pm Flame Thrower Chris Lumpkin, outside at the Petersburg Area Art League
6:00-9:00 pm Dale Traylor, at the Dixie Diner
6:30 pm Appomattox Chamber Ensemble, at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church
7:00 pm Exhibit opens at Friend House Gallery, Gardener’s Gate
7:00-9:00 pm Live Music TBA, inside at the Petersburg Regional Art Center
7:30 pm Awards Ceremony, at the Petersburg Regional Art Center
7:30-8:00 pm TBA at Pizza Skate Shop
7:30 to Midnight Buddy Lee, outside at Andrade’s
8:00 pm Farmer’s Bank exhibit closes
8:00-9:30 pm Gil Edwards & Leon Crawley, Jr. (vocalists) at Maria’s
9:00 pm Exhibits close at PAAL, Gardener’s Gate, Friend House Gallery
9:00 pm to midnight Palominos at Wabi-Sabi
9:00 pm to 1:00 am Live Music TBA at Cockade City Grill
9:00pm to 1:00 pm El Jay of Throwin’ Knives, at the Dixie Diner
9:30 pm Exhibit closes at the Library
10:00 pm to 1 am Fifties Night: Elvis impersonator Wrenn Mangum at Longstreet’s
2:00-3:00 am Late Night Breakfast at the Dixie Diner


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