Petersburg Area Art League Presents Annual Trees of Christmas Exhibit

In a tradition of more than thirty years, the Petersburg Area Art League (PAAL) is hosting one of its most popular exhibits:  The Trees of Christmas.  For this event, PAAL invites area schools, businesses and organizations to design and decorate a tree in the gallery space.  While some trees are decorated in a traditional style, other trees are designed to creatively reflect the sponsoring business or organization.

"We are thrilled to welcome the businesses and organizations from the community to join in this exhibit, and we're excited that this is one of the biggest Trees of Christmas exhibits in our history with well over 35 participating organizations," said Garry Curtis, coordinator for the Trees of Christmas exhibit.  "Not only is it a beautiful exhibit, but it's a great opportunity to showcase all the artistic talent in our community," added Curtis.

Interspersed between the trees will be holiday photos by John Rooney, Jr.  Entitled "Christmas in Old Towne," this collection captures beautiful holiday scenes from the streets of Old Towne.

The exhibit officially opens to the public at 6 p.m. on Friday, December 14 during Friday for the Arts.  In addition to the Trees of Christmas exhibit, PAAL will also be hosting Santa Claus for the evening on Friday, December 14.  Santa and Mrs. Claus will be available to meet with children and pictures will be available for purchase.  Additional highlights for Friday evening include jewelry and accessories by Lady DiLisa available for purchase, with part of the proceeds benefiting PAAL.  The exhibit is free to the public and runs through January 1, 2013.

This year, 35 trees will be displayed in the downstairs gallery and the upstairs Education Center.  The trees are designed by:  the Petersburg High School Art Department, St. Joseph's Catholic School, Kimberly Ann's Petersburg Pickers, PAAL Summer Art Camp students, the Petersburg Tourism Department, Cockade City Camera Club, Rebuilding Together*Tri-cities, HCA Physician's Services -- Primary Health Group of Hopewell, The Law Office of Corine Bailey, StudioAmmons, Garry Curtis, PAAL Home School Art Class students, The Mosaic Marketplace, GYN Specialists of VA, Colonial Honda, Houchins Pest Control, Sycamore Rouge, Angel de Souza School of Dance, West End Christian School, Heretick Feed & Seed, Riggs and Co. Investment Management, Wanagi Jewelry, Appomattox Tile Art Company, Curl Up or Dye Salon, Second Hand Rose, the Petersburg Sheriff's Department, Tantrum Tattoos, ARGS Art Club, Therapeutic Massage Center & Boutique, Joan Gardiner, Boulevard Flower Gardens, Swift Creek Woman's Club and Saucy's Walk-up BBQ.

The Friday for the Arts! gallery shows start at 6 p.m. with light refreshments.  Call 804-861-4611 for more information or visit