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What You'll Get
Like a mirror, art reflects the beauty of the world around us, reveals who we truly are, and can contain a lot of naked people. Step into a funhouse of art-mirrors with today's Groupon to the Peninsula Fine Arts Center in Newport News. Choose between the following options:
- For $30, you get a one-year family membership (a $60 value).
- For $20, you get a one-year individual membership (a $40 value).
Peninsula Fine Arts Center enchants aesthetes of all ages with rotating art exhibits and live performances of music and poetry. Membership provides aspiring artists—from pint-size Picassos to middle-aged Matisses—with discounts on educational sessions at the Peninsula Fine Arts Center's studio art school. Class offerings include oil painting, pottery, watercolors, and advanced Play-Doh.
Current showcases of creativity include Richard Hunt: Sculpture and Works on Paper —featuring a varied collection from the first African-American sculptor to have a solo exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art —and Form and Shadow: Recent Work by Greg Henry, a dynamic demonstration of the relationships between living things and their spiritual counterparts. Harmony honchos and poetry enthusiasts can stop by the museum's frequent Art after 5 events to sway to the beat of live musical performances and relish the vivacious verses of spoken word spouted into open mics. Children will don berets and grow thin, sophisticated mustaches as they engage in enthralling activities in the Hands on for Kids Gallery, an interactive art space.
The Fine Print
Promotional value expires Oct 10, 2011. Amount paid never expires. Limit 1 per person, may buy multiple as gifts. Limit 1 per visit. Valid only for option purchased. Must activate membership by 10/10/11, membership expires 1 year from activation date. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.
About Peninsula Fine Arts Center
Peninsula Fine Arts Center isn't a passive art museum where guests stare silently at paintings and statues. Instead, the center uses rotating exhibitions of paintings, photographs, and pottery to inspire visitors to create their own artwork. To that end, the exhibiting artists often teach in the center's Studio Art School. Classes range from single-day workshops to 10-week sessions, during which instructors might teach small groups to paint with watercolors or change out a flat pottery wheel. The instructors keep their schedule balanced, leading classes that suit all ages and skill levels. Other classes, such as Little Helping Hands Adventure in Clay, let kids and adults create artwork together.
Kids don't need to sign up for classes to try out their art skills, however. In the Hands On for Kids interactive gallery, young patrons draw on a chalkboard wall, build with blocks, and complete various projects inspired by the exhibitions.