On View: "American Scenery" featuring Hudson River School Paintings

The Peninsula Fine Arts Center will exhibit "American Scenery: Different Views in the Hudson River School Painting" from July 12 to Oct. 18, 2015.

The exhibit features 115 paintings by the loose collective of artists working in and around the Hudson River Valley from the 1820s to the 1870s, capturing breathtaking unspoiled landscapes just before they were changed forever by the Civil War and Industrial Revolution. This exhibit is assembled from a single private collection and was first shown at the Westmoreland Museum of American Art.  Learn more about the exhibit here.

A free docent-led tours is available at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 11. RSVP for the tours This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

(Pictured: John William Casilear, "Quiet River (Genesee)" (1874), oil, 14 in. x 23 in.)

5th Annual Artini is Oct. 23

The Peninsula Fine Arts Center Board of Advisors presents the 5th Annual Artini on October 23. Artini is a mixology event challenging area bartenders to put their best spooky spin on the cocktail. New this year, the Artini Spooktacular will celebrate the coming Halloween holiday with a fun and sophiticated night at the haunted museum, set to the tunes of the Christopher Newport University Jazz Combo. Guests will select a People's Choice winner for the best cocktail and David Nicholson, food writer for the Daily Press, will serve as a professional judge.

The event will begin at 6 p.m. for VIP guests, who will get a full hour to sample the cocktails before the doors open for regular admission guests. Purchase admission here.

New This Fall: Online Class Registration!

For the first time ever, the Studio Art School has introduced online class registration for its fall session, featuring new classes in acrylic painting, glass fusion, ceramics and fun intro classes in clay, coding and robotics for kids! Click to register.

Registration can also be completed by calling (757) 596-8175 or visiting the PFAC Front Desk. Classes that do not meet minimum registration requirements may be cancelled at the Program Director’s discretion. Minimum registration requirement is generally six students per class.

Members receive discounted pricing on classes in the Studio Art School. Class registrations begin August 11  for members and August 18 for the public; classes start September 8, 2015.  

Join Us for Preschool Art Classes Every Wednesday

Sept. 30: We'll transform a paper plate into a twisty snake, using bubble wrap to create its scaly skin.
Oct. 7: We'll practice our tracing skills by tracing leaf shapes onto coffee filters that we'll paint to look like fall leaves.
Oct. 14: Our fingerprints will mimic fall leaves when we "stamp" trees.
Oct. 21: We'll celebrate National Dessert Day by making our own "cotton candy" with shaving cream.
Oct. 28: Using our Gelli plates, we'll make Halloween prints.
Nov. 4: We're marking the anniversary of the discovery of King Tut's tomb by making our own headdresses.

PFAC offers guided art lessons for very beginning artists from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Wednesdays at no additional cost with the price of admission and free for members. Registration for each Wednesday's classes is required by the preceding Friday and walk-ins cannot be accommodated if the class is at capacity. RSVP to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it