Art for Gifts 2017

It’s that wonderful time of year again when the Art Center transforms its exhibition galleries into a merry, full boutique of juried fine art and fine craft. Over 60 participating artists and artisans offer unique items that will make your gift giving memorable, purposeful and affordable. Extended gallery hours through December 30 are 10-6 Monday-Saturday and 1-4 Sunday afternoons (closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve). Congratulations to all the participating artists.

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Call for Entries

The Staunton Augusta Art Center invites artists working in all mediums, including fine crafts, to submit work for juried gallery exhibits to be scheduled through 2019 through 2021.

We invite applications from individual artists, curators, and groups for solo, themed, and/or group shows. Artworks encompassing a full range of styles, techniques, and content will be considered, and work representing new or traditionally underrepresented perspectives and experiences is particularly welcome. To apply, please submit a resume, artist’s statement, and high resolution images of eight different pieces of representative work produced in the last two years (unless the application is for a retrospective exhibition). Images may be submitted in CD format with other materials or emailed separately to Include title, medium, and dimensions of each representative piece. Include the entry fee of $25 ($15 for current Staunton Augusta Art Center members). Applications must be received no later then January 12, 2018.

Standards Committee
c/o Staunton Augusta Art Center
20 S. New Street
Staunton, VA 24401

Current Exhibit: Earth & Water, paintings (2000-2017) by Shay Herring Clanton

This eagerly anticipated exhibit, which includes mostly new and some earlier works by Shay Herring Clanton, offers the viewer an opportunity to appreciate the artist’s consistent source of inspiration and her progression of style as she captures and interprets the natural beauty that surrounds her. As an environmentalist, Clanton’s artwork goes further as an intentional statement for the value in protecting natural resources. As a successful artist, a well-respected art professor (recently retired), and a dedicated activist, Clanton has earned a loyal following. [Read more…]

Concurrent Exhibitions: Transmutations, photography by Scott F. Smith and Southern Exposure, photography by Jon Parks

While both are masters at photography with many years of professional work, these two artists have composed bodies of work that are completely different from one another.

Scott Smith pushes his craft to the limit by “transforming simple materials – paper, ice, and stone – into free compositions that are more suggestive than descriptive.” He uses light and texture in the most unique ways to create “images that allude to something organic… rather that ethereal or purely abstract.”

Jon Parks’ body of work, on the other hand, is grounded in his ability to capture the essence of the rural folk he photographs on film which he prints from his own black and white negatives. [Read more…]

Instruments of Cubism, June 30-August 5

Gene Provenzo is the featured solo artist in the exhibition Instruments of Cubism June 30-August 5. Provenzo constructs assemblages and sculptures to uniquely interpret paintings and drawings of Cubist musical instruments by Pablo Picasso, George Braque, and Juan Gris. Provenzo’s renditions are literally and figuratively multi-layered and largely constructed of found, purchased, and repurposed objects including a Huss and Dalton guitar frame, Taylor and Boody organ pipes, cast off table legs, used dish racks, old clock parts and many other items whose new application would be beyond the imagination of most. Download the exhibit catalog to learn more.  [Read more…]

Blues & Brews

Art in the Park was so much fun that we want to keep that energy going with another event! Shenandoah Concerts has tapped the Staunton Augusta Art Center as a beneficiary to some of their Blues and Brews ticket sales so… order your tickets today at and we’ll see you June 17 at the Club at Ironwood!

Annual Juried Youth Art Show

The Annual Juried Youth Art Show is one of the most eagerly anticipated exhibitions in the galleries each year.  The collaborative event involves art teachers who serve as jurors in selecting the best art work from area private, independent, and public schools in Augusta County, Staunton, and Waynesboro.  Students are honored to have their work displayed in such a professional, beautiful venue.  [Read more…]

Concurrent exhibitions by Ida Trusch and Sharon Zarambo

Concurrent exhibitions, Where the Spirits Take Me, ceremonial wood and mixed media sculptures by Ida Trusch and Expect Miracles, mixed media assemblages by Sharon Zarambo, will run January 13-February 18, 2017. The opening reception is January 13, 5-7pm, with gallery talks at 6pm.

Although Trusch and Zarambo were not known to each other prior to the Art Center’s concurrent scheduling, the two exhibits together make for an especially powerful and provocative display. There is a serendipitous dialog between the works of the two artists. [Read more…]

Art Classes

2018 Art Classes

Oil Painting for Beginners

an introductory course for adults and older children (middle and high school)
Claudia Furlow, teacher
Wednesdays, 6:30-8:30pm
Feb. 7- March 14
$165 non-members/$144 members

Sculpting Hands and Painting

a follow up workshop for polymer clay figures, with Bill Nelson
Saturday, Feb. 3, 10am-5pm + Sunday, Feb. 4, Noon-5pm
$300 non-members/$270 members

Special workshop for adults, character sculptures of polymer clay & mixed media (2017)

The Staunton Augusta Art Center enthusiastically welcomes internationally known artist Bill Nelson who will teach a weekend workshop of sculpting character heads, November 3-5, 2017. Bill’s figures of polymer clay and mixed media are in many private collections including those of Demi Moore, Whoopi Goldberg, the late Ralph Waite and many more. Bill has taught throughout the United States and is known for his “gentle”, fun approach where participants always meet with success. Heads can be endearing, frightening, or hilarious… you get to create and learn the craft in one weekend. All materials are included in the registration fee of $400/$360 for members. Class size is limited and registrations are already underway so please sign up soon.

Where: Smith Center for History and Art, 20 S. New Street, Staunton
Friday, November 3, 6-8pm
Saturday, November 4, 10am-5pm
Sunday, November 5, Noon-5pm
Cost: $400 ($360 member rate)
Register: Pre-registration is required by calling 540-885-2028


2018 Art in the Park Details

 Art in the Park at Gypsy Hill

The 51st two-day art festival is scheduled for Saturday, May 26 (10am-5pm) and Sunday, May 27 (Noon-5pm) in 2018.

Download an application to be a participating artist. 


Below is a list of our 2017 participating artists. We can’t wait for a wonderful 2018 event!

Holly Allen – handmade bags and totes
Troy Argenbright – colored pencil drawings
Mary Barnes – hand weaving
Tracy Booth – oil and acrylic paintings
Cynthia Boteler – shoulder bags
Hillary Burkett – mixed media jewelry
Angus Carter – outsider art
Katherine Cummings – vintage glass garden art
Andrea Denniston – porcelain
Joe Engel – acrylic painting on wood
Bruce Fortier – pops bots
Suzanna Garrett – nature-inspired jewelry
Edmund Gaudet – cut-paper graphic art and quilling
Brecken Geiman – mixed media jewelry designs
Lisa Geiman – original watercolor artwork
Seth Guzovsky – pottery
Deborah W. Harris – face painting, ocarinas, gourds
James Hofmann – landscape photography
Wanda Hollberg – fused-glass jewelry
Barbara Coyle Holt – “found” paper: jewelry, wallpieces, works on paper
Julie R. Jernigan – sterling and gemstone jewelry
Jake Johnson – wheel thrown porcelain
Karl Lemay – handcrafted vintage metal art
Shalom Lord – candles and soap
Georganne E. Ludt – chair and seat weaving
Conrad Matiuk – photography
Gail McMindes – marble sculpture, Shenandoah pixies
Marti Mocahbee – clay
Bill Nelson – mixed media sculpture
Phillip Nolley – blown glass
Viesture Osvalds – stained glass
Nikki Pynn – stained glass and bike parts sculpture
Lisa Rippingale Robertson – hand-crafted jewelry
Jessica Rublee – ceramics-stoneware
Allison Schroeder – sterling jewelry
Aaron Shaver – nature photography
Mike Sorge – wood craft and sculpture
Feather Stein – iron and copper jewelry
Alison Thomas – digitally modified photography
Karen Trimble – classic still life and landscape
Mary Ann Vessey – landscapes
Wendy Waugaman – sterling and/or 14k gold handcrafted jewelry
Sue Whitehouse-Evenson – polymer clay jewelry
Susan Wolf – gourds
WWRC Building Trades – wood tables, boxes, cutting boards