Opening April 4: "The Original Art" and "Genesis"

The Peninsula Fine Arts Center's galleries are closed to the public from March 24th to April 3rd in preparation for our new exhibition! We will still have Art Start, our preschool guided activity, on Wednesdays (RSVP required to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ).

Beginning April 4, PFAC will exhibit "The Original Art," an annual exhibit based on a juried competition created to showcase illustrations from the year's best children's books published in the U.S. For editors and art directors, it's an inspiration and treasure trove of talent. For art students, it's a marvelous opportunity to examine the work of the best in the field. And for the public, it's a chance to appreciate the enormous range of creativity in children's books and to see the printed pages alongside the original paintings, drawings, prints and collages they represent. In observance of the religious holiday weekend of April 4-5, PFAC's member opening will be from 5:30-7:30 p.m. April 10.

From April 4-26, PFAC will also celebrate the incredible artwork produced by local college students in its annual juried exhibition, Genesis. The opening reception, from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. April 12, is free to attend and open to the public.

(Left, Hadley Hooper, "The Iridescence of Birds" (2014), relief printmaking) 

Spring Classes Now Online

The Studio Art School's Spring 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 Art Center in Newport News, along with our affordable Super Saturday sessions. Take the plunge and indulge in your creativity this spring 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 spring session is now enrolling.


Summer ARTventures Camps Now Enrolling

The Peninsula Fine Arts Center has revamped its ArtVentures camps for the summer of 2015! Camps will now be offered for both half-day (9 a.m. to noon or 1 to 4 p.m.)  and full-day options (9 a.m. to 4 p.m.), with optional early drop-off and delayed pick-up times for added convenience. Every week will feature both morning and afternoon sessions for ages 5-8 and 9-12.

Choose from four themed weeks, packed with fun lessons in a variety of media. Each camp will end with a presentation for parents and loved ones to see the young artists’ creations! Camp registrations begin March 10  for members and March 17 for the public and continue up until one week before each camp commences.

Join Us for Preschool Art Classes

March 11: Little artists will create their own 2-D fish bowls with paper plates, beans and creative, colorful fish.
March 18: Help us welcome spring by painting tulips with forks.
March 25: No one will recognize us after we make mustache disguises inspired by the book "Mustache Baby!"
April 1: We'll read "Tap Tap Boom Boom," then make our own clouds with rainbows!

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.