Thomas R. Schiff: Virginia 360: an exhibit of photography organized by the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts

January 15- February 17. The noted American contemporary photographer Thomas R. Schiff uses a panoramic camera to create dynamic and startlingly original images of well-known buildings and familiar places: “I always like to go to places people are familiar with and show the perspective from a panoramic camera,” he recently stated. “The camera distorts everything in the picture – straight lines become curved and it throws off your perspective. It challenges your relationship to what is familiar or thought to be understood.” [Read more…]

Art for Gifts 2017

It’s that wonderful time of year again when the Art Center transforms its exhibition galleries into a merry, full boutique of juried fine art and fine craft. Over 60 participating artists and artisans offer unique items that will make your gift giving memorable, purposeful and affordable. Extended gallery hours through December 30 are 10-6 Monday-Saturday and 1-4 Sunday afternoons (closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve). Congratulations to all the participating artists.

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Concurrent Exhibitions: Transmutations, photography by Scott F. Smith and Southern Exposure, photography by Jon Parks

While both are masters at photography with many years of professional work, these two artists have composed bodies of work that are completely different from one another.

Scott Smith pushes his craft to the limit by “transforming simple materials – paper, ice, and stone – into free compositions that are more suggestive than descriptive.” He uses light and texture in the most unique ways to create “images that allude to something organic… rather that ethereal or purely abstract.”

Jon Parks’ body of work, on the other hand, is grounded in his ability to capture the essence of the rural folk he photographs on film which he prints from his own black and white negatives. [Read more…]

Instruments of Cubism, June 30-August 5

Gene Provenzo is the featured solo artist in the exhibition Instruments of Cubism June 30-August 5. Provenzo constructs assemblages and sculptures to uniquely interpret paintings and drawings of Cubist musical instruments by Pablo Picasso, George Braque, and Juan Gris. Provenzo’s renditions are literally and figuratively multi-layered and largely constructed of found, purchased, and repurposed objects including a Huss and Dalton guitar frame, Taylor and Boody organ pipes, cast off table legs, used dish racks, old clock parts and many other items whose new application would be beyond the imagination of most. Download the exhibit catalog to learn more.  [Read more…]

Concurrent Exhibitions: Beyond the Mask, paintings by Janet Dance and Intimate and Infinite, photography by Michele Fletcher

Despite two very different mediums, oils on canvas by Janet Dance and photography by Michele Fletcher, there are obvious commonalities in the works by these two artists. Both live or work close to Nature which informs the work of each. Janet Dance’s paintings are inspired by the landscape elements, particularly rock outcroppings, on her home place. Fletcher is a professional landscape designer as well as photographer and she explains that both passions require artistic intense attention and compositional skills as she creates literal scenes. [Read more…]

Best in Show Winners from Art in the Park ’16: Paintings by Susan Egbert and Designer Jewelry by Brecken Geiman

The Staunton Augusta Art Center announces the Art Opening Friday, April 7,
from 5-7 pm, featuring the two Ruth Owen Best in Show Awards at last year’s
Art in the Park. The exhibit will include mixed media paintings by Susan
Egbert (Best in Show 2-D Award winner) and unique jewelry designs by Brecken
Geiman (Best in Show 3-D Award winner).The exhibit will be open through May
14. [Read more…]

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.  [Read more…]

Concurrent exhibitions by Ida Trusch and Sharon Zarambo

Concurrent exhibitions, Where the Spirits Take Me, ceremonial wood and mixed media sculptures by Ida Trusch and Expect Miracles, mixed media assemblages by Sharon Zarambo, will run January 13-February 18, 2017. The opening reception is January 13, 5-7pm, with gallery talks at 6pm.

Although Trusch and Zarambo were not known to each other prior to the Art Center’s concurrent scheduling, the two exhibits together make for an especially powerful and provocative display. There is a serendipitous dialog between the works of the two artists. [Read more…]

Art for Gifts 2016

Art for Gifts is an annual event which features over 60 juried artists through December 31 (Opening Night: November 11, 5-8 P.M.).  Shoppers can choose from quality, moderately priced, handmade fine art and craft in a boutique-like setting. Art for Gifts is open every day, 10am-6pm Monday-Saturday and from 1-4pm Sunday afternoons, located at 20 S. New Street in historic downtown Staunton, conveniently located across from a public parking garage. Proceeds benefit artists and support the Staunton Augusta Art Center, an inclusive, non-profit organization which offers visual art experiences to all. [Read more…]

First Things: ecclesiastical designs and drawings by Ronald Neill Dixon

First Things: ecclesiastical designs and drawings by Ronald Neill Dixon is the featured exhibition September 30-October 29.

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