French Connections
Now on view!

Current Exhibition

French Connections
July 13 – September 30, 2018

 The special exhibit of works by Marc Chagall opens July 13 and runs through September 30, 2018 at the Peninsula Fine Arts Center. Drawn from the permanent collection of the museums throughout Virginia and North Carolina, works by the artist Marc Chagall (1887-1985) provide a glimpse into the influential Avant-guard styles that converged in Paris during the early 20th century. Chagall grew up in Russia, and moved to Paris in 1911 in order to master his craft.

 Additionally, the “Glow of Paris” exhibit contains photographs by Gary Zuercher. His romance with Paris and its bridges at night are captured in 35 unique images.. His manipulation of the camera playing with shadow and light effects, isolates and elevates these important architectural symbols of Paris far beyond their daily, prosaic function

 The show complements the interactive art exhibition Chagall for Children. Focusing on the works of Marc Chagall, this one-of-a-kind experience is a unique approach to introducing families to art through the life and work of a master artist, helping children and adults alike develop a greater understanding and appreciation of all forms of artistic expression. Chagall for Children is designed to engage visitors in the exploration of the artist and his artwork through 15 interactive, multi-sensory components.

Each exhibit area features one Chagall work with an accompanying hands-on activity in a variety of media. Visitors are encouraged to explore specific art principles such as color, composition, light, and texture. Many stations are accompanied by audio descriptions highlighting information about the artwork. Books about the artist are provided to encourage further exploration and to stimulate literacy learning.

Accessibility: PFAC welcomes all visitors and is committed to making its programs and services accessible to everyone. Wheelchairs and gallery stools are available at no charge. Guide Dogs are permitted in the galleries and a water bowl is available upon request. Large caption panel copy and gallery guides are available – advance notice is needed. 

Upcoming Exhibition

October 13, 2018 – January 24, 2019

In this exhibition series, the Peninsula Fine Arts Center examines how we as a community enhance our beauty or status.  Whether it is through, luxury handbags or high end fashion, adornment is used to embellish, enhance or distinguish the individual within the community.  How we adorn ourselves is a personal expression of ourselves and helps us to artistically communicate who we are, who we want to be, where we are going and where we have been.

Exhibitions include:

Judith Peto Leiber: Earthly Delights  (Ranhorne Gallery)

Judith Leiber (American, born in Budapest, Hungary in 1921), known for the creation of exquisitely designed couture women’s accessories which blur the boundaries between function and art, adorns minaudières and compact cases with semi-precious stones. Her creations also include day bags, belts and pillboxes. Beautifully detailed both inside and out, each tiny minaudière takes months to fabricate with special attention paid to the construction including the interior details and hardware. Considered one of the  largest repositories of Judith Leiber bags in the United States, the Taubman Museum of Art embraces its diverse collection which is comprised of monkeys, dogs, cats, and babies, as well as several minaudières inspired by other countries as China and Russia.

The exhibition is organized and circulated by the Taubman Museum of Art, Roanoke.



The Perfect Dress 

From debutantes balls to charity galas, and red carpet events, to that one special wedding day, women look for the perfect dress for the perfect occasion only a few times in their lives. Carefully chosen for that special occasion, a gown should not only flatter the wearer, and demonstrate her sense of style, but also illustrate an understanding of the significance of the event. The Perfect Dress (working title) exhibit looks at stylish evening wear; designers like Oscar de La Renta, Hubert de Givenchy, Romona Keveza and more have been a part of these moments. These dresses exhibit that desire in women. “Feminine, sophisticated, luxurious” is how Romona Keveza describes her gowns. These designers are known for making women feel special and beautiful. Whether it is a silk organza ball gown, a purple chiffon gown embellished with feathers and sequins or an evening set with gold netting and beading. The exhibition highlights styles, silhouettes, and colors that have been perennial favorites for many years. There is a perfect gown for every woman and every occasion.


Walk This Way  

Walk this Way will present a contemporary look at shoes created by artists throughout the United States. Artisans across the nation are devoted to what might be considered a “lost art,” creating such handmade objects designed to be functional as well as beautiful, and reflective of both their own aesthetic and a wearer’s chosen style. This attention to handmade specificity, materials, and aesthetic details elevates these useful adornments to the realm of art.