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.

Free docent-led tours are available at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 6 and Oct. 4. 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.)

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 with NEW Summer Hours

August 19: Paint a watercolor landscape and finish it with a little tree made from your handprint!
August 26: We'll use crayons and watercolors to explore the underwater depths!
Sept. 2: We'll explore pattern when we use bubblewrap to print a hive and our fingerprints to make bees!
Sept. 9: Summer hours are over! Class starts at 10:30 a.m. Let's celebrate Teddy Bear Day by painting our own, using forks to paint the bear's fur.
Sept. 16: We'll carefully color hot rocks with crayons, watching as the heat melts the wax! Dress for mess.

PFAC offers guided art lessons for very beginning artists from 9 to 10 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

Free Admission for Active Duty Military All Summer

The Peninsula Fine Arts Center is proud to participate in the National Endowment for the Arts' Blue Star Museum program, offering free admission to active duty military personnel and their families from the day after Memorial Day, May 26 to Labor Day, Sept. 7, 2015. Learn more about this program here.