PETERSBURG — This Saturday, watch the Kentucky Derby on the big screen in Old Town while celebrating the 90th anniversary of a longtime staple in the area.
Saint Petersburg Region Art League [PAAL] will present its “Kentucky Derby Day” birthday party from 5-10 p.m. The party will include U&I Plus Latin Band, a raffle, casino games, a cash bar and an online art auction.
Wear a stylish hat to try to win the hat contest.
In addition to the 41 works of art in PAAL’s art collection, there are over 100 other items to bid on in the art auction, including homewares, electronics, gadgets golf, national and international travel, sports memorabilia and more.
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Charlottesville antiques and art appraiser Ken Farmer determined the value and starting bids for each piece in PAAL’s art collection. Farmer has appeared in numerous episodes of Antiques Roadshow.
“There is a wealth of Peterburg arts history in this old building,” said PAAL President Colonel Victoria Revilla. She has been a member of PAAL since 1985.
Some of the pieces up for auction include a self-portrait of PAAL founder Ann Mercer Dunlop, the 1934 painting of a Petersburg drum majorette, award-winning artwork from the Art Festival events held at Poplar Lawn Park from the 1970s to 1995, and CD recordings and scores of the Petersburg Festival choir.
“We cannot continue to store these beautiful works of art,” Revilla said. “They belong where many can enjoy them.”
Select pieces from the PAAL collection will be on display at the anniversary party, a combination of fun and fundraising.
Victoria Revilla remembers
According to Revilla, a generous benefactor donated the building at 7 E. Old Street to PAAL, its current location. He exploded with excitement whenever there was a grand opening of a new visual art exhibit.
“Years before, I used to disco dance with other lieutenants in the farmer’s market building next door from 1974 to 1976 while stationed at Fort Lee,” Revilla explained. “Petersburg city center was the perfect place to have a good time, even better than the clubs on the post.”
This year, PAAL continues its mission “to promote and nurture the arts for all” with monthly art exhibitions, an art market for consigned works by artists, and the “Music in the Art Park” series. “.
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“We are celebrating 90 years of community service,” Revilla said. “What better way to help fund the next decade for the sustainability of PAAL than through an art auction.”
To carry on its legacy, PAAL continues to develop the next generation of artists and performers in the region.
“Bringing new artists to exhibit keeps the organization vibrant,” said Marti Fann, president of the Chester Artists’ Association. “I wish PAAL will continue to do so for many years to come.”
Click on here to view auction items and place bids. Art auctions close at 5:59 p.m. on Monday, May 9.
To attend the Derby Day-themed party on May 7, click here to buy tickets: PAAL members $40 and non-members $45.
The Petersburg Area Art League is located at 7 E. Old Street in the historic Old Town.
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