Inessential Beauty, mixed media photography by Deborah Baird

The Staunton Augusta Art Center announces a new gallery exhibition: Inessential Beauty, mixed media photography by Deborah Baird. The exhibition will run July 8- August 13. [Read more…]

Paintings by Jeffery Stockberger

The Staunton Augusta Art Center welcomes you to the artist’s reception for Jeffery Stockberger on Friday, June 3, 5-7pm with an artist’s gallery talk at 6pm.  Jeff holds a BFA, magna cum laude, with a major in painting and art history, from James Madison University.  He continued his studies abroad and in the U.S. including several years at the Corcoran Museum, College of Art and Design.  His paintings hang throughout the country from New York to Santa Barbara.  The exhibit of his original oil paintings will be up through July 2.

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Award Winners, Art in the Park ’15

The current gallery exhibition features works by the top three 2016 Art in the Park award winners including all new paintings by Ruth Owen Best in Show 2-D winner Craig Snodgrass, wood carvings by Ruth Owen Best in Show 3-D winner Tom Lowe, and woodblock prints by second place winner Allison Funk.  There is no admission charge to visit the gallery and works are available for purchase. The show runs through May 21 and is sponsored by Amanda and Bob Avery.  The 50th Art in the Park at Gypsy Hill will be held this coming May 28 and 29.

The Annual Juried Youth Art Show

The Annual Juried Youth Art Show is one of the most eagerly anticipated exhibitions in the galleries each year.  The collaborative event involves art teachers who serve as jurors in selecting the best art work from area private, independent, and public schools in Augusta County, Staunton, and Waynesboro.  Students are honored to have their work displayed in such a professional, beautiful venue.  Congratulations to them and to their teachers!  Thank you to exhibit sponsors Parrott Orthodontics and United Bank. [Read more…]

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…]