by Sheryl Corr, Past President of PAL
Have you seen the recent article on the front page of the Perquimans Weekly (January 10) about the Perquimans Art League’s purchase of a building on 133 North Church Street? In addition to providing space for gallery, gift shop, classes and events, the new location will give PAL the storefront visibility it lacks.
Established in 1995, the Perquimans Arts League (PAL) gallery is currently located in Historic Hertford’s Hall of Fame Building at 109 N. Church Street. Where’s that, you ask? Unless you have visited the trophy shop to purchase tickets or gone to have clothing altered at the seamstress, you may have never noticed it. You might call it Hertford’s hidden gem! PAL is an all-volunteer, non-profit organization that represents over 80 artists who work in clay, metals, fiber, wood, painting, photography, and more. The selection in the gallery is always changing, as there are rotating exhibits and artists are bringing new work.
PAL has classes! Workshops in drawing, painting, jewelry making, basketry, and photography are just a few of the offerings. In 2018, there will be two nationally -known artists coming to Hertford. Ryan Fox, an artist from Raleigh, will teach a Watercolor Batik workshop on Saturday, February 24 from 10 to 4. In May, Carol Carter, an accomplished watercolorist from St. Louis, will teach two 2-day watercolor workshops: April 30 & May 1 and May 2 & 3 from 9 to 4 each day. For more information, email: firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the website at www.perquimansarts.org/classes.html.
In addition to operating the gallery, PAL has a strong partnership with Perquimans County schools. Through funding from a Grassroots Grant by the North Carolina Arts Council, PAL has engaged local artists to teach afterschool workshops with youth at risk and brought in well-known artists and musicians for residencies at the schools. In 2017, PAL brought three master musicians to the Middle School and the High School to work with the music students. There was also a residency with water color artist Linda Dallas, who is from the Raleigh area. Art classes have visited the gallery for enrichment sessions in art appreciation and mat cutting. To celebrate Youth Art Month, PAL hosted a Student Art Show and reception in March 2017, with all grade levels participating. As part of this celebration, PAL held an Adopt an Art Room drive for much-needed art materials for the Middle School and High School art rooms where over $600 in supplies was collected. PAL will be holding a similar collection drive this year from February 1 to February 28. Watch for details on PAL’s Facebook page.
How can you help? Support those activities. Become a member—you don’t have to be an artist! Take a class or volunteer. Help spread the word about PAL