Give Local 757 on May 5 & 6

The Peninsula Fine Arts Center is excited to participate in the second Give Local 757 24-hour day of online giving! Between noon on Tuesday, May 5 and noon on Wednesday, May 6, your gift of as low as $10 can help PFAC qualify to win even more prize money from community sponsors. PFAC would love to start strong, so please help us by donating in the first hour at noon on May 5! In addition, every nonprofit who receives a donation from each community in the 757 will be entered to win the grand prize of $5,000. Make your community a masterpiece and give local!

All proceeds benefit PFAC programming, including Art Access, which aims to remove financial barriers to art, and Healing Arts, which offers art therapy to veterans and children with autism.

On View: "The Original Art" and "Genesis"

PFAC is exhibiting "The Original Art," an annual traveling exhibition 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. 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. From May 3-31, PFAC will display its annual juried exhibition for high school students, called Prefaces. The Prefaces opening reception will be from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. May 3.

In June, PFAC will add artworks by two incredible local artists: Walt Taylor, an editorial cartoonist living and working in Norfolk, and Bob Morehead, a Virginia Beach resident who creates whimsical cities out of toothpicks.

(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 have started and continue up until one week before each camp commences.

Join Us for Preschool Art Classes

April 15: We'll read about Sparkly the sloth, then make our own sloth puppet!
April 22: After we read "Tools Rule," we'll make paper tool belts.
April 29: In the spirit of the class in "My Teacher is a Monster," we'll make paper airplanes.
May 6: Let's honor the mommies who've helped us grow by planting seeds in pretty decorated pots!

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.