PFAC Open Saturday

The Peninsula Fine Arts Center will be open on Saturday for its regular business hours — a perfect way to beat cabin fever!

On View Through March 22: "Looking Both Ways"

"Looking Both Ways" will be on view from Jan. 17 to March 22. The exhibit, curated by PFAC's Diana Blanchard Gross, showcases works by leading contemporary African-American artists and the diverse cultural influences reflected in their works.

The contemporary works are juxtaposed against works of traditional African art, including masks, figures, jewelry and more chosen from museum and private collections. In addition, "Looking Both Ways" includes archival photographs from the Daily Press documenting the Civil Rights era on the Virginia Peninsula. Mixed media artworks by local artist Clayton Singleton are also be on display.

This landmark exhibition exploring African-American culture will include works by such lauded artists as Kara Walker, Hank Willis Thomas, Carrie Mae Weems, Beverly Buchanan and Williamsburg native Betty Blayton. Find more information about this exhibition and more here.

(Left, Hank Willis Thomas, "The Cotton Bowl" (2011), digital c-print, courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York)

Winter Classes Now Enrolling

The Studio Art School's Winter Session has something for all artists, beginners or newbies, young or old. We're excited to offer new classes in glass in partnership with Cristallo Artisans in Newport News, along with our affordable Super Saturday sessions: one-day workshops, all less than $50. Take the plunge and indulge in your creativity this fall by taking a class in drawing, painting, ceramics, jewelry-making, soft sculpture and beyond. Classes are a great way to tap into your talents, broaden your horizons, make new friends, and support PFAC — Art Is What You Make It!

The winter session is from Jan. 6 to March 15.

Join Us for Preschool Art Classes

Feb. 4: Little artists can explore color and pattern when they create their own construction paper "cloths" inspired by the kente cloths of Ghana.
Feb. 11: We'll practice our cutting skills making adorable penguins from paper hearts.
Feb. 18: We'll learn all about folding paper when we make our own decorated Chinese paper fans!
Feb. 25: Watch what happens when you blow on a puddle of paint, it spreads!

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

PFAC Seeks Best High School & College Art Students for Spring Exhibits

Each spring, the Peninsula Fine Arts Center showcases the best artists in the Peninsula's high schools and colleges. College students can find the entry guidelines for Genesis here and high school students can find entry guidelines for Prefaces here. Both exhibits offer cash prizes and an opportunity to be shown alongside the work of professional illustrators in The Original Art: Celebrating the Fine Art of Children's Book Illustration.

PFAC Voted One of Peninsula's Best Museums

Thank you to our patrons and fans for again naming PFAC one of the best museums in the area! Coastal Virginia Magazine's July issue features the Best of the 757, with PFAC taking the Bronze level among all Peninsula museums. Find more information about the Best Of winners here.