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

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...]

Art Classes

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, 10 a.m. – noon
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, 10 a.m. – noon
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, 10 a.m. – noon
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

The Staunton Augusta Art Center will hold the 48th Annual Art in the Park on Saturday, May 24, 10am-5pm and on Sunday, May 25, Noon-5pm in the bandstand area of Staunton’s historic Gypsy Hill Park.  There is no admission charge for this juried event of fine art and fine craft.

Musicians of almost every genre will be playing from the bandstand, a different group every hour on the hour.  Art Center volunteers will be leading a variety of kids’ activities (small fee to cover materials’ costs). Food vendors will be on-hand serving a variety of foods and beverages, from KettleKorn to vegetarian Thai dishes, from fresh lemonade to frozen coffees.  We are very appreciative of our sponsors for helping make this community event possible: Valley Honda/VW, Vailes Heating and Air, Donald Steger, CPA, PC, Two Capes Trust, and Connie and Hugh Westfall.  If more information is needed, please contact 540-885-2028,  Please note that additional art and food vendors will not be accepted at this point.

Music at the Bandstand

Saturday, May 24

10:00-10:50    Ted Lawhorne and friends - Bluegrass
11:00-11:50    St. James Baptist Church -  Gospel
Noon-12:50    John Tracy - Singer, songwriter~Modern Folk
1:00-1:50        Bill Harouff - Folk
2:00-2:50        No Lonesome Band -  Gypsy Surfer
3:00-3:50        Boxwave -  Alternative Rock, Funk
4:00-5:00        Bossa Velha -  Brazilian Choro

Sunday, May 25

Noon-12:50    Johnny Clifton Band - Country
1:00-1:50        Willow Creek - Bluegrass
2:00-2:50        Steal this Band -  Acoustic Modern Favorites
3:00-3:50        Barbara Martin - Singer, songwriter~Blues and Jazz
4:00-5:00        Shenandoah Valley Pipe Band - Bagpipes

Participating Artists

Stacey Allin – Hand Torched Lampwork Bead Jewelry
Troy Argenbright – Colored Pencil Drawings
Anne Armistead – Fine Silver Jewelry
Mary Barnes – Hand-woven Apparel
Beverley Street Studio School – Paintings
S. William Bishop – Landscape and Nature Photography
Hillary Burkett  - Mixed Media and Silver Jewelry
Kristen Dahms – Watercolor and Mixed Media
Andrea Denniston – Porcelain
Susan Egbert – Mixed Media Paintings
Nell Fredericksen – Fine Jewelry and Stoneware
Michael Gamble – Pottery
Jody Giles – Fused Glass
Ninika Gordon – Handmade Silver Jewelry
Richard Gordon – Handmade Wooden Furniture
Cathy Guss – Silver and Gemstone Jewelry
Seth Guzovsky – Pottery
Sue Hahn – Landscape and Floral Photography
Deborah Harris – Face Painting, Ocarinas, Gourds
Saul Harris – Black and White Photography
Pauli Hayes – Artisan Soaps
James Hofman – Landscape Photography
Wanda Hollberg – Fused Glass Jewelry
Kristen Holmes – Animal Track Pottery
Barbara Holt, Penny Warren – Collaged Found Paper Jewelry; Photographic Jewelry, Canvases
William Jenkins – Handcrafted Windsor Chairs
Julie Jernigan – Sterling and Gemstone Jewelry
Sarah Jones – Acrylic Paintings
Elizabeth Karaffa – Hand Painted Tiles
Sharon Kincheloe – Oil Paintings
Brett LaGue – Landscape Paintings
Shalom Lord – Candles and Soaps
Georganne Ludt – Seat Weaving and Chair Restoration
Brent McGuirt – Landscape Photography
Ashley Miller – Mixed Media on Canvas and Paper
Marti Mocahbee – Pottery
Philip Nolley – Blown Glass
Holly Olinger – Mixed Media Sculpture
Ivan Pesic – Oil and Acrylic Paintings
Amber Poole and Daniel Caruthers – Ceramics
Robin Poteet  - Transparent Watercolor
Brian Rayner  - Wood Furniture and Sculpture
Allison Schroeder – Sterling Jewelry
Petty Shepard – Baskets and Clothing
Craig Snodgrass – Paintings and Prints
Joshua Solomon – Blown Glass
Alison Thomas – Digital Photography
Mary Ann Vessey – Oil Paintings
Olivia Warrick – Garden Art and Cast Concrete
Pamela Welty – Antique Button Jewelry
Susan Wolf – Hand Carved Gourds


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.


Upcoming Exhibit

The next exhibit titled Light Coming Through, will feature paintings by Robert Stuart.  An award-winning artist who has exhibited his work widely, Robert resides in Staunton.  He was the 2004 recipient of the Academy Award in Art from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, New York.