Current 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.

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Art Classes


Designing Better Paintings with Peg Sheridan

The focus will be on composition, shape planning, line, etc.  By learning how to plan a painting, the student can actually paint more freely.  Learn how to self-critique a painting and how to resolve problem areas.  Learn about discovering and developing one’s own personal style as a painter.

Six Wednesdays, March 12-April 16, 10am-noon
Cost: Members $144/Nonmembers $160
Staunton Augusta Art Center, call to register, 540-885-2028

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.

Yes! You Can Learn to Draw, a basic drawing class for adult

By popular demand, the Staunton Augusta Art Center is offering a series of six basic drawing classes on Tuesdays, 10am-Noon, beginning April 22 through May 27, in the Smith Center at 20 S. New Street in downtown Staunton. Instructor Maribeth Nolde, a certified, experienced art educator teaches with a logical, individualized approach which results in students’ immediate success. Students will progress to contour drawing, shading, layering, and overlapping in their still life drawings. Pre-registration is required by April 18 by calling 540-885-2028. $160/$144 member rate.

Materials list (Staunton Art Supply, 114 N. Central Avenue, offers discounts to Staunton Augusta Art Center students)

White drawing paper pad, 9×11 or larger, Strathmore and Canson are recommended brands

Drawing pencils, several different sizes plus and Ebony Pencil

Pencil sharpener

White pencil eraser

Taking the Next Step in Watercolors: Finding Your Own Style

This series of six classes is intended for those with some experience in watercolor. Sessions are scheduled for six Wednesdays, 10am-Noon, May 14-June 18. Led by teacher and award winning watercolor artist Peg Sheridan, students will study the distinct styles of known artists. They will then experiment with painting one subject in a variety of ways to discover each individual’s own style. Drawing skills will be emphasized as well as painting techniques. Pre-registration is required by May 9 by calling 540-885-2028. $160/$144 member rate.

2014 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 24 and May 25 in 2014). The exceptionally beautiful municipal park provides a tree-lined, intimate setting for artists and artisans as well as area residents and tourists. Visitors linger as they admire the artwork, chat with the artists and artisans, listen to live music coming from the bandstand every hour, and enjoy the food provided by a variety of vendors. Young aspiring artists are welcome to participate in a children’s art activity area. This year marks the 48th anniversary of Art in the Park and the 53rd birthday of its producer, the Staunton Augusta Art Center, a 501(c)3 non-profit art organization. Due to limited space and wide interest, all work is freshly juried into the show each year.

You may download an application here.

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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Art for Gifts

The Staunton Augusta Art Center’s annual, juried Art for Gifts exhibition and sale will be open seven days a week (except Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day), November 16-December 31, 2013, 10am-6pm Monday-Saturday and 1-4pm Sunday.  There is no admission fee to view Art for Gifts or to attend the opening reception on Friday evening, November 15, 5-8pm.  Everyone is welcome.  Art for Gifts is located in the Staunton Augusta Art Center galleries at the R. R. Smith Center for History and Art, 20 S. New Street, across from the New Street parking garage in historic downtown Staunton.

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Supper with the Artist

The Art Center is hosting a Supper with the Artist on Wednesday, October 9, at 6:00pm in the 2nd floor lecture hall of the Smith Center.  At that event, artist Phillip Nolley will offer insights about the expressive intentions and artistic process in the creation of his premier body of work titled Standing before Gabriel.  The dinner will be catered by Eric Stamer.  The cost for the event is $25 per person ($20 for members). Reservations are required by October 2 by calling the Staunton Augusta Art Center at 540-885-2028.

2013 Fall Class Schedule

Classes for Adults and High School Students:

Brushing up with Watercolor, adults, beginner to intermediate

Wednesdays 10A.M.-Noon, October 9-November 13

Work at your own pace to improve your watercolor skills related to topics such as drawing, controlling the amount of water and paint used, wet-in-wet painting, creating texture, laying in washes, fixing mistakes and problem areas, using masking fluid correctly, softening edges, using different types of brushes, etc.  Finished pieces will surely be fit for framing at the workshop on November 16.

$160/$140 members
Students furnish materials from a provided list
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Dance Your Art Off – August 17

Come to Dance Your Art Off in the Staunton Augusta Art Center galleries (20 S. New Street, Staunton) on Saturday, August 17 at 7:30pm.  [Read more...]

Biennial Gala and Art Auction

The Staunton Augusta Art Center’s 16th Biennial  Art Auction and Gala will be held at 6pm, August 31, 2013, at the Stonewall Jackson Hotel. 

The Biennial Art Auction is the most significant fundraiser for the Staunton Augusta Art Center and includes a cash bar, dinner, and silent auction of fine art as well as functional craft, jewelry, culinary art, etc.  Tickets are $75 each for this elegant (black tie optional) event.  All auction proceeds support Art Center exhibitions and programs.  Reservations are required by August 23 by calling the Staunton Augusta Art Center at 540-885-2028. 

2013 Art in the Park Details

Congratulations to the Art in the Park at Gypsy Hill, 2013 winners:

Ruth Owen Best in Show Award, 2-D Category
$1,000 cash prize
Marsha Heatwole, paintings
Lexington, VA 

Ruth Owen Best in Show Award, 3-D Category
$1,000 cash prize
Cindy Miller, jewelry design (silver, bronze, gems, bone)
Washington, DC 

Second Place
Robin Poteet, watercolor
Salem, VA

Third Place
Ida Trusch, sculpture (wood, antler, paint)
Aylett, VA

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