Opening January 17: "Looking Both Ways"

PFAC's galleries and Gallery Shop are closed to the public from Jan. 5 to Jan. 17 in preparation for our next exhibit. Classes are not affected by the gallery closure.

"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 will be juxtaposed against works of traditional African art, which may include masks, figures, ceramics and more chosen from museum and private collections. In addition, "Looking Both Ways" will include archival photographs from the Daily Press documenting the Civil Rights era on the Virginia Peninsula. Mixed media artworks by local artist Clayton Singleton will 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.

(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

Jan. 7: With paint, a simple wooden spoon becomes a fun snowman puppet in this craft!
Jan. 14: Create amazing paintings with our "snow" made from Epsom salts. The finished paintings look like they were made with frost!
Jan. 21: Simple shapes and bright colors turn paper plates into regal African necklaces, perfect to wear while exploring our new exhibit, "Looking Both Ways."
Jan. 28: Paintings become 3-D when our artists "paint" with glue, cover with salt and then tap with liquid watercolor, watching the color spread through the salt.

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 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.