Art for Gifts 2015

It’s that wonderful time of year when the Staunton Augusta Art Center transforms its galleries into a merry, very full holiday shopping boutique known as Art for Gifts. Over 70 juried artists and artisans are participating; many are new to this year’s event so there will be a lot to tempt you. Come select one-of-a-kind handmade items that will make your gift giving memorable. Support area artists and your non-profit Staunton Augusta Art Center all at the same time. Gallery hours are extended November 14-December 31 to 10am-6pm Monday-Saturday and 1-4pm Sunday. Staunton Augusta Art Center members receive a 10% discount throughout the sale. [Read more…]

Vestiges: recent paintings and monotypes by Frank Hobbs

Vestiges: recent paintings and monotypes by Frank Hobbsestiges: recent paintings and monotypes by Frank Hobbs, will be on display September 25-October 31, 2015.  During the course of the opening reception from 5-7pm Friday evening, September 25, Hobbs will offer a brief gallery talk at 6pm.

Former Staunton resident and well-known, award winning artist who founded the Beverley Street Studio School, Hobbs is now on the art faculty at Ohio Wesleyan University.  He explains that this body of his relatively new work reveals what is seen as well as what was once seen. [Read more…]

Art Auction/Gala


Craft Beer & Craft Festival


2015 An Evening at Barren Ridge

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Art Classes

2015 Classes

Woodland Wonderlands

art class for ages 6-8
Saturday, December 12, 2015
$15/$13 members
Pre-registration required by calling 540-885-2028

Teacher Sarah Beth Latane will help participants learn the effective use of chalk pastel and white paint on paper with the application of sequin and small cut-out embellishments to create the illusion of snowy trees in winter twilight.

Making a Painting Your Own: Beyond the Photograph

a watercolor class series for adults
Wednesdays, December 2, 2015-January 13, 2016 (no class December 23)
$160/$144 members
Pre-registration required by calling 540-885-2028

Peg Sheridan will be teaching this calss. What makes a painting stand out? Often it is not that the artist conveyed what they saw, but what they felt about a subject. This class will concentrate on using color studies, value sketches, and design ideas to develop watercolors that are personal expressions, instead of mere copies of photographs.  Emphasis will be on the use of color to convey emotion and mood.

The Use and Understanding of Color in Watercolor

10 a.m.-Noon
Wednesdays, October 14-November 18 2015
$160/$144 Members
Register by calling us at 540-885-2028

This class will involve learning about the properties of different paints, such as warm vs. cool colors; opaque, semi-opaque, and transparent colors; staining vs. non-staining colors; granulating colors and more.  There will also lessons about creating a “color palette” for a painting and how to correctly mix and lay down color.  No matter where you are in your painting journey, you will benefit from this knowledge and skill. Instruction will include worksheets, demonstrations, and individual help.

Simplifying Scenes in Watercolors

Wednesdays, May 27, June 3,10, 17, July 1, 8
$160/$144 members
Pre-registration required.  Call 540-885-2028

Peg Sheridan will teach students how to break down complicated scenes to make them more effective within a painting.  Emphasis will be on brush handling, sketching skills, learning to see and record shapes, and composing.  New techniques will be introduced such as combining watercolor with other media, building a new painting with new methods, and “blocking in” watercolor.  Some classes will be conducted out of doors.

 No Fears Watercolors for Beginners Workshop

Saturday, April 18
$60/$54 members + $15 for materials
Pre-registration required.  Call 540-885-2028

Teacher Peg Sheridan promises relaxed, friendly, and individualized instruction for this day-long workshop.  Learn or “brush up” on watercolor basics such as color mixing, brush techniques, working on wet and dry paper, and repairing mistakes.  Then, complete your own painting through a step-by-step lesson.

Saturdays-in-March class, ages 6-10

The Staunton Augusta Art Center is pleased to work with Mary Baldwin College students to present Saturdays-in- March Classes for the next generation of artists, ages 6-10. The classes are held 10:30-Noon every Saturday in March in the R.R. Smith Center for History and Art at 20 S. New Street in historic downtown Staunton.

Pre-registration is required  at least one week in advance to the class by calling the Art Center (540-885-2028). The cost per class is $15 for non-members and $13 for members.  All materials are included.  Sign up for one class or all four!

Who doesn’t love a dinosaur?!  Through these creatures – so well-known to children –  and with the encouraging guidance of Mary Baldwin College art students, youngsters will learn art theory and develop art skill while letting their imaginations run wild.

Armored Ankylosaurus/Inventing Textures , March 7

Get ready to protect your dinosaurs with a coat of armor like that of the Ankylosaurus. With various materials, apply unusual textures to your dinosaur creations.

Flying Dinosaurs: the Raptors/Applying Color, March 14

The well-known raptors were covered in feathers. Experiment with paint to create the colors for your own flying dinosaur. Do you want yours to blend into the environment or brightly stand out?

Tyrannosaurus/Creating Scale, March 21

Despite being the most dangerous of all dinosaurs, Tyrannosaurus  actually looked a little funny with  an extra large head and tiny arms. By investigating these dinosaurs, you will learn how to scale the body parts of  your own creatures. Perhaps yours will have a tiny head and long arms.

Sauropods/Exploring Vantage Point, March 28

Whether from the top of the huge, long-necked Sauropod to the ground underneath his thick legs,  explore vantage points and how the world looks very different depending on where you are focused.

Inside and Out: responding to Nature through watercolor

Wednesdays, March 4-April 8, 2015

$160/$144 members
Pre-registration required.  Call 540-885-2028

Explore the beauty, textures, colors, and shapes right outside your window and beyond.  Bring items collected from their natural environment, photographs of the local landscape and its colors, botanicals, and studies of area fauna.  All levels of watercolor experience are welcome.  Teacher Peg Sheridan offers demonstrations, techniques, and encouragement on an individual basis.

“Interpreting Winter’s Beauty in Watercolor”

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

$160/$144 members
Pre-registration required. Call 540-885-2028

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.  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

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…]

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

  • 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


  • $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…]