Art for Gifts

The Big Elf is checking his list right about now so ’tis the season for the Staunton Augusta Art Center’s Art for Gifts!

The Staunton Augusta Art Center’s annual boutique, Art for Gifts, opens Friday evening, November 14, 2014, 5-8pm with refreshments and live Christmas music by singer/songwriter John Tracy.

The exhibit/retail sale will be open every day through December 31 with extended hours: 10am-6pm Monday-Saturday and 1-4pm Sunday (closed Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day).  The event showcases art and craft by 70 artists and artisans, of which 23 are new this year.  [Read more…]

Art Classes

“Interpreting Winter’s Beauty in Watercolor”

Wednesdays, 10am-Noon, January 7-February 11, 2015

Hone your watercolor skills by depicting the unique beauty of winter, such as the bright light reflected from fresh snow or the warm glow emanating from a cozy fireplace, scampering winter creatures, winter’s solitude or the swishes of a crowded ice skating rink.  Learning about watercolor is the most popular class here at the Staunton Augusta Art Center, thanks to Peg Sheridan’s patient, individualized instruction and the friendly, fun classmates.  Classes meet on Wednesdays, 10am-Noon, in the R.R. Smith Center for History and Art at 20 S. New Street across from the public parking garage in historic downtown Staunton.  Pre-registration is required by calling the Art Center at 540-885-2028.  Members receive a significant discount ~ $160 non-members/$144 members’ rate.  A materials list for watercolor classes follows.

Materials List for Watercolor Classes

Quality watercolor paper, Arches 140 lb. preferred or Fabriano, Winsor and Newton, Gemini, etc.

Brushes: flats and rounds in sizes you prefer, bigger is recommended.  Include a 1″ or larger flat and a #10 or larger round

Paints: whatever you prefer including reds, blues, yellows, brown

Palette: a white plate or a plastic plate or butcher tray will suffice

Sketchbook and pencil

Craft Beer and Craft Festival

SAAC_beerfestpcardThe Staunton Augusta Art Center, in partnership with Virginia Eagle Distributing presents the first annual downtown Craft Beer and Craft Festival.

When: Saturday, September 27, 1-6pm
Where: Smith Center garden and Barristers Row
What:

  • Craft Beer including Devils Backbone, Starr Hill, Three Brothers, and Bold Rock Cider
  • Music, in order of appearance, by The Plumbley Jazz Quartet, Bourbon Barrel Congress, Hound Dog Hill, and The Findells
  • Unique art and craft
  • Delicious Dishe food truck

Why: Profits from admission tickets and beer sales support Staunton Augusta Art Center exhibits and programs

Cost:

  • $10 admission price includes one beer
  • $4 per beer

Exhibit: Best in Show Winners from Art in the Park ’13

The Staunton Augusta Art Center announces its newest exhibit featuring the award winners from the 2013 Art in the Park.  Participating artists include Marsha Heatwole, paintings; Cindy Miller, jewelry; Robin Poteet, watercolor; and Ida Trusch, sculpture.

The exhibit opens Friday, April 11, 5-7pm, in the art galleries at the R.R. Smith Center for History and Art, 20 S. New Street, in historic downtown Staunton.

The exhibit will run through May 17 but will be closed to the public on April 26 for a private wedding event.  Regular gallery hours are 10am-5pm, Monday-Friday, and 10am-4pm Saturdays.

There is no admission charge to visit the galleries.  [Read more…]

Summer Studio

Summer Studio

The Staunton Augusta Art Center announces details for the annual Summer Studio art day camp for ages 4-5, 6-8, 9-12. Students’ hands-on projects are created in the context of the creative process, art history, art theory, the development of art skills, and fun. Summer Studio is held in the R.R. Smith Center for History and Art, 20 S. New Street, across from the public parking garage in historic downtown Staunton. Pre-registration is required ($85/$75 for members) by calling 540-885-2028. [Read more…]

Summer Studio 2014

Summer Studio

The Staunton Augusta Art Center announces details for the annual Summer Studio art day camp for ages 4-5, 6-8, 9-12. Students’ hands-on projects are created in the context of the creative process, art history, art theory, the development of art skills, and fun. Summer Studio is held in the R.R. Smith Center for History and Art, 20 S. New Street, across from the public parking garage in historic downtown Staunton. Pre-registration is required ($85/$75 for members) by calling 540-885-2028.

ART-isms, June 23-27
Art is full of -isms. Each age group will explore several art styles. Emphasis on a particular one will be the focus for an end-of-the-week pop-up exhibition.

Fee-fi-Fauvism (ages 4-5) This art movement (translated “wild beasts”), led by Henri Matisse, involves wild brush work, bold color, and simple lines. What a great way to begin the development of your painting skills!

Fun with Futurism (ages 6-8) Part of the Italian avant-garde movement, the Futurists admired speed, technology, youth, power and originality. We’ll express this “movement” in a variety of ways, from painting our futuristic visions on paper to building futuristic machines.

Daring Dadaism (ages 9-12) Artists in the Dada movement prized nonsense and celebrated “anti-art” until that became an art form. We’ll follow the example of the Dadaists and use our intuition and found objects to create assemblages.

Howdy Neighbor!, July 14-18
In 2011, 11% of Virginia residents were foreign-born, most from Latin America, India, and Korea. This week’s experiences will incorporate geography, culture, customs, and art forms. With all this knowledge, you’ll be the smartest kid in your class come fall, and a good will ambassador, too!

Hanji/Paper Art/Korea (ages 4-5) Korean paper could last 1,000 years and was used to make paper fans and figures, window screens, floor coverings, even clothing! We’ll rip, crumble, cut, and paste paper to create Korean-inspired works of art.

Artesania/Folk Art/Latin America (ages 6-8) Brightly colored Mexican handcrafts are made from a variety of materials (clay, paper, leather) and intended to be utilitarian and decorative. Motifs of these popular exports include nature and geometric shapes. You’ll get to export your creation to your own home.

Warli/Lifelike Geometry/India (ages 9-12) Using simple geometric shapes, a black backdrop, and white paint, the Warli tribe depict farming, fishing, and festivals in a way that is simple and elaborate at the same time. We’ll explore and create a variety of tribal art, still practiced today.

Eight “…ates”, August 4-8
What is art for, anyway…its purpose? meaning? We’ll study what famous artists had in mind and then we’ll create our own works that convey action verbs, such as “Art: advocates, celebrates, commemorates, communicates, decorates, educates, illustrates, re-creates.”

Decorate (ages 4-5) We’ll look at some famous art that is meant to decorate… still life images (Durer’s “Young Hare”), landscapes, and seascapes (Homer)… and then create our masterpieces for our own homes.

Commemorate (ages 6-8) Before (and after!) cameras, artists painted scenes to commemorate or to document historic events (think Leutze’s “Washington Crossing the Delaware”). Inspired by the classics, we’ll portray historic events of our own time.

Communicate (ages 9-12) Artists communicate by way of artistic elements such as color, line, mass, space, and texture. We’ll determine how famous artists manipulated these elements to influence the viewer. Then, we will “paint” a message for the viewers of our own works.

Creative Healing Exhibit

The Staunton Augusta Art Center is hosting a new exhibit, Creative Healing: recent works by clients of mental health services.  The exhibit in the second floor lecture hall of the R.R. Smith Center for History and Art (20 S. New Street in historic downtown Staunton) is a collaboration with Western State Hospital, National Alliance on Mental Illness, and Mental Health America of Augusta.  In recognition of Mental Health Awareness Month, the exhibit will run through May 30 and may be viewed 10am-5pm Monday-Friday and 10am-4pm Saturdays.  Due to facility scheduling, the exhibit will not be available for brief periods on May 12, 13, 20, and 21; please call ahead (540-885-2028) to check availability on those days.  The exhibit is free and open to all.

 

An Evening at Barren Ridge Vineyards 2014

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Space is limited for this special event, so please RSVP with our response card by April 28 if you would like to attend. A confirmation and detailed directions will be e-mailed to you. Download the response card here.

2015 Art in the Park Details

Art in the Park at Gypsy Hill has grown into a two-day festival of quality fine art and fine craft every Memorial Day weekend (May 23 and May 24 in 2015). The exceptionally beautiful municipal park provides a tree-lined, intimate setting for participating artists and artisans as well as for area residents and tourists attending the event. There is no admission charge. Visitors linger as they admire the artwork, chat with the artists, listen to live music coming from the bandstand every hour, and enjoy the food provided by a variety of vendors. Young artists are welcome to participate in a children’s art activity area (small fee to cover materials costs). Artists’ applications and further details will be available soon.

 

Trip to Italy

The StauntonAugustaArtCenter invites you, members, friends and all who enjoy focused  travel and discovery to embark on a unique adventure to Italy October 15-25, 2014. In planning the trip, the ArtCenter is pleased to be collaborating with the well-respected, professional educational tour company, Worldstrides International Discovery, which acquired the familiar Staunton-based Casterbridge Tours.

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