Spring is normally a busy time for the Peninsula Fine Arts Center, but this year is different due to COVID-19.
Spring is when they celebrate with Artini, a craft cocktail event that is their primary fundraiser. This year it had to be canceled.
It is also the season when scores of school children come in for field trips, also missed because their doors are closed.
Throughout the year, the art center serves military veterans with the Healing Arts program. The center also has four different themed exhibits including one that features high school students.
According to Executive Director Courtney Gardner, because the fine arts center is still paying staff, they are struggling financially.
Gardner is asking for donations and people to join as members to keep the Peninsula Fine Arts Center’s 58-year tradition alive.
Until they are able to open their doors, they are hosting online programs such as virtual exhibitions, plus daily arts lessons for families to enjoy together, Gardner said.
The arts center has adopted a new pen pal mascot dog named Louie. Louie visits the Peninsula Fine Arts Center. So far Louie has corresponded with more than 50 children, she said.
There are plans for the Wyeth exhibition to open in late July. It is a multi-generation family of artists.
Donations may be made at https://pfac-va.org/membership/give/ or by emailing Courtney Gardner at firstname.lastname@example.org