The current exhibit at the Staunton Augusta Art Center is Color and Motion – photography by Anne Savedge. The exhibit runs from June 8th through July 22nd, with an opening reception on Friday, June 8th from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. During the reception, the artist will speak about her work (read her artist’s statement below), the belly dancing troupe Queens of the Universe will entertain, and refreshments will be served. Regular gallery hours are 10-5M-F, 10-4 Sa, and 1-4 Su. There is no admission fee to attend the reception or to visit the galleries which are open to the general public.
Artist’s Statement about Color and Motion
For the past 4 years I have been following the belly dancers in Richmond Metro Area, as well as visiting other localities for belly dancing events. The color and movement of the dance have been my focus, trying to capture the excitement of the performance in still images. The dancers come from all walks of life, from school teachers to therapists to banking officers. They will dance anywhere, including restaurants, nursing homes, libraries and galleries. They expect nothing from the opportunity but to dance!
The flag images came about from a trip to Xi’An, China for an art exhibition. During that trip, I saw the Tang Dynasty Dancers and was inspired to create the flag images which shows some of the color and motion that I experienced then. In the fall of 2011, I was at the Richmond Folk Festival and photographed the Git-Hoan Dancers from Tacoma, Washington in their flag dances.
The decorations on the costumes and the props they use that move with the dancers are a fascination to me. Since photography is based on light reflection, it is interesting to see which of the costumes reflect the most light and color. I hope that the feeling of the dance, the color and movement and excitement are evident in the work.