Accumulations/Interruptions, installations and drawings by Eric Kniss

The exhibit titled Accumulations/Interruptions, installations and drawings by Eric Kniss, opens Friday, January 22 with a reception from 5-7pm and a gallery talk at 6pm.  The exhibit runs through February 20, 2016.  Routine gallery hours are 10am-5pm Monday-Friday and 10am-4pm Saturday.  There is no charge to attend the reception or to visit the galleries and everyone is welcome.

A full-time instructor of art at Bridgewater College, Kniss holds a BFA in Ceramics and an MFA in Sculpture.  This past summer, he was granted a fellowship at the Hambidge Center for Creative Arts and Sciences in Georgia where he concentrated on this new collection of drawings which culminate in this solo exhibition. [Read more…]

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…]

Two Concurrent Exhibits: Ruote and Conception

Two new, concurrent exhibitions by ceramists Sukjin Choi and Lynn Hilton Conyers run July 6-August 8.  Due to the exceptional nature of and meaning behind these multi-dimensional works, art enthusiasts are encouraged to attend the opening reception and gallery interpretations at 5pm Friday, July 10.

Sukjin Choi’s newly named exhibition, Ruote [Italian pasta resembling small wheels], is an installation of many winding, small wheels which  the ceramist has painted on Spanish clay.  In her artist’s statement, Choi  states her work is “concerned with memory and the tracing of time.  When I see rusted steel rods at a construction site, I think of the passing of time and space.  [Read more…]

Topographies: whole cloth quilts by Julia E. Pfaff and Clear Cut and New Growth, fiber art by Mary Beth Bellah

The Staunton Augusta Art Center is hosting concurrent exhibitions of fiber art, May 22-June the galleries located in the R.R. Smith Center for History and Art, 20 S. New Street in historic downtown Staunton.

Julia E. Pfaff of Richmond who holds an MFA from VCU where she currently teaches, states that this new body of work titledTopographies: Whole Cloth Quilts explores the textures and forms of woven fabric and the stitched line. “My goal is the creation of a contemplative object, both beautiful and evocative, both well-crafted and spontaneous in design.” [Read more…]

Special Exhibition: Best in Show Winners from Art in the Park, 2014

In addition to a cash prize, Art in the Park blue ribbon winners, Ashley Sauder Miller, 2-D winner (paintings) and Brian Rayner, 3-D winner (wood), were also rewarded a major exhibition in the Staunton Augusta Art Center’s state-of-the-art galleries.  The exhibit opens Friday, April 10 with a reception from 5-7pm and continues through May 16.  Regular gallery hours are 10-5 Monday-Friday and 10-4 on Saturdays.

Miller earned an MFA in Painting and Drawing from James Madison University in 2007.  She works from her home studio in Harrisonburg, Virginia and is a mother to four young children. [Read more…]

2015 Annual Juried Youth Art Show

robotThe Staunton Augusta Art Center presents the Annual Juried Youth Art Show, mixed media by the best K-12 artists from public, private, and independent schools in Augusta County, Staunton, and Waynesboro.  The Staunton Augusta Art Center appreciates the collaboration with area teachers who were tasked with the difficult duty of determining which limited number of pieces could be submitted in this very professional setting.  Congratulations to the art students and to their teachers!

The exhibit runs March 1 (with an Opening Reception from 1-3pm) through March 28.  [Read more…]

Three Concurrent Exhibits, January 16-February 21

The Staunton Augusta Art Center announces an unprecedented offering of three concurrent art exhibits which open with a reception Friday evening, January 16, 5-7 P.M. and which continue through Saturday, February 21. Routine gallery hours are 10 A.M.-5 P.M. Monday-Friday and 10 A.M. – 4 P.M. Saturday. There is no admission charge to visit the galleries or to attend the reception; everyone is welcome.

The exhibit titled Style and Identity: Horace Day’s portraits of African-Americans, 1945-1985 will be featured in the first floor front gallery. An exhibition of Horace Day’s work in the Staunton Augusta Art Center galleries at the Smith Center is a long awaited event by Staunton’s art community. [Read more…]

Exhibit: Life in Flux, ceramic wall reliefs by Scott Supraner

The exhibition Life in Flux, ceramic wall reliefs by Scott Supraner is featured in the galleries September 26-November 3.  In his artist’s statement, Supraner describes his colorful, abstract ceramic reliefs as “paintings” and explains further, The shapes and colors reference things in our world but resist absolute definition. They describe the shifting reality of life in flux.  Originally from Brooklyn and with his studio now in Charlottesville, Supraner is an accomplished artist who combines his formal training as a sculptor and painter with his training as a studio potter.

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Exhibit: Light Coming Through

The Staunton Augusta Art Center is hosting the exhibition titled Light Coming Through, new paintings and works on paper by Robert Stuart.  The exhibit runs August 15 through September 20 in the art galleries of the RR Smith Center for History and Art at 20 S. New Street in historic downtown Staunton.  Routine gallery hours are 10-5 Monday-Friday and 10-4 Saturday.  There is no charge to visit the galleries; artwork is available for sale. [Read more…]