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


2016 An Evening at Barren Ridge

Save the date, Sunday, May 15, 2016, at 6pm for this rite of spring and very special benefit for the Staunton Augusta Art Center.

An elegant evening of cocktails, wine, fancy hors d’oeuvres, a gourmet meal, delectable desserts, special entertainment, and convivial company in a beautiful setting.





Art Classes

2016 Classes

Big Brushes, Big Shapes, Big Impact in Watercolor

Six Wednesdays, November 30, 2016-January 11, 2017
(no class December 28)
Peg Sheridan, teacher
$160/$144 members
Pre-registration is required, call 540-885-2028

Drawing and Watercolor: Hand in Hand

This class is sold out.
Six Wednesdays, May 4-June 8, 2016
Peg Sheridan, teacher
$160/$144 members
Pre-registration is required, call 540-885-2028

Saturdays-in-March art classes

Saturdays-in-March Art Classes for ages 6-10
10:30-Noon in the RR Smith Center for History & Art, 20 S. New Street, Staunton
Pre-registration required.  Call 540-885-2028. $15 per class/$13 members

In celebration of Youth Art Month and in conjunction with the Annual Juried Youth Art Show, the Staunton Augusta Art Center is pleased to collaborate with Mary Baldwin College to present this special set of art classes.  With the encouraging guidance of MBC art students, children will learn art theory and develop art skills while taking an imaginative  journey to four very special American destinations  Sign up for one class or all four.

Crazy Horse Memorial/Sculpture Making, March 5

Sculptures can be made out of nearly any material, including the side of a mountain! The Crazy Horse Memorial in South Dakota honors North American Indians. Create your own clay sculpture of someone who inspires you.

Arches National Park/Chalk Pastel Landscapes, March 12

Think Arches National Park’s red arch structures against a clear blue sky. Create bold landscapes by using a variety of chalk pastel techniques.

The Statue of Liberty/Collage, March 19

The Statue of Liberty and her diverse surroundings make for a very full picture.  Create your own collage of buildings, statues, rivers, boats, islands, or trees.

Golden Gate Bridge/Focal Point, March 26

Have you ever wondered why the road seems to disappear as it gets further away or why some pictures stand out more than others? Learn how to give your drawings a clear center point while exploring the world’s longest suspension bridge!

Design Choices in Watercolor

Six Wednesdays, February 17-March 30, 2016
Peg Sheridan, teacher
$160/$144 members
Pre-registration is required, call 540-885-2028

Learn about the principles and elements of design and how to apply design guidelines to compose a successful painting. Thanks to the comfortable, individualized tutelage of Peg Sheridan, beginners as well as advanced painters are welcome.


Art class for ages 6-8ish
Saturday, February 6, 2016
Sarah Beth Latane, teacher
$15/$13 members
Pre-registration is required, call 540-885-2028

Students will learn about American pop artist Jim Dine who included Valentine hearts in many of his paintings.  With Dine’s works as their inspiration, participants will create their own seasonal works of art.

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 2016

Summer Studio


What makes Staunton Augusta Art Center Summer Studio special?

There is a certain level of “sophistication” in our offerings because our students tend to have a real interest in art and a curious mind to learn more about it.  Classes are taught by experienced, degreed art educators/artists.  Themes incorporate art history, art theory, and skill development in a fun way that ensures successful learning for each developmental stage.

Please register early by calling/leaving a voicemail at 540-885-2028.  $85/$75 members.  A limited number of need-based/merit scholarships are available with a teacher’s  recommendation.


June 20-24, 10am-Noon, Smith Center, 20 S. New Street, Staunton

Draw your attention to drawing (ages 4-5): Experiment with a variety of drawing utensils – some conventional and some beyond your wildest dreams – to create masterpieces while acquiring art skills that will last a lifetime.

Draw inspiration from da Vinci, Michelangelo, and more (ages 6-8): Get acquainted with the drawings of famous artists.  Then develop your own drawing style to mark your place in art history.

Draw upon new skills to draw better (ages 9-12): Delve deeper into techniques for using a variety of drawing utensils from gray graphite to bold markers, from smudging charcoal to blending with stumps.  Learn how to select, care for, and sharpen art utensils and how to choose drawing paper.


July 11-15, 10am-Noon, Smith Center, 20 S. New Street, Staunton

Finger paint, face paint, brush paint and more (ages 4-5): Use your imagination to apply paint to all sorts of unusual surfaces while learning about color and stroke techniques.

Paint the town, aka celebrate (ages 6-8): Celebrate the visual arts by exploring the capabilities and applications of a variety of paints such as tempera, watercolor, acrylics, and oils.

Paint a rosy picture (ages 9-12): Explore the realistic botanicals of Audubon and the bright florals of Renoir.  Create your own still life by learning about and applying the elements of painting: color, line, mass, space, and texture.

Ode to (a short) Summer!

July 18-22, 10am-Noon, 20 S. New Street, Staunton

Summer Suns (ages 4-5): Learn how artists (ancient and modern) have portrayed the sun in mosaics and create your own mixed media versions.

Summer Sea, Sand, and Shore (ages 6-8):  Explore how artists have conveyed the sea’s roar,  the sand’s roughness, and the sun’s heat without using words or the senses of touch and hearing.  Are you up to this amazing challenge?

Summer Celebrations around the World (ages 9-12): Check out the role of art in summer celebrations throughout time in other parts of the world and create a seasonal homage.