Call for Entries

The Staunton Augusta Art Center invites artists working in all mediums, including fine crafts, to submit work for juried gallery exhibits to be scheduled through 2019 through 2021.

We invite applications from individual artists, curators, and groups for solo, themed, and/or group shows. Artworks encompassing a full range of styles, techniques, and content will be considered, and work representing new or traditionally underrepresented perspectives and experiences is particularly welcome. To apply, please submit a resume, artist’s statement, and high resolution images of eight different pieces of representative work produced in the last two years (unless the application is for a retrospective exhibition). Images may be submitted in CD format with other materials or emailed separately to Include title, medium, and dimensions of each representative piece. Include the entry fee of $25 ($15 for current Staunton Augusta Art Center members). Applications must be received no later then January 12, 2018.

Standards Committee
c/o Staunton Augusta Art Center
20 S. New Street
Staunton, VA 24401

Blues & Brews

Art in the Park was so much fun that we want to keep that energy going with another event! Shenandoah Concerts has tapped the Staunton Augusta Art Center as a beneficiary to some of their Blues and Brews ticket sales so… order your tickets today at and we’ll see you June 17 at the Club at Ironwood!

Art Classes

2017 Art Classes

Special workshop for adults, character sculptures of polymer clay & mixed media

The Staunton Augusta Art Center enthusiastically welcomes internationally known artist Bill Nelson who will teach a weekend workshop of sculpting character heads, November 3-5, 2017. Bill’s figures of polymer clay and mixed media are in many private collections including those of Demi Moore, Whoopi Goldberg, the late Ralph Waite and many more. Bill has taught throughout the United States and is known for his “gentle”, fun approach where participants always meet with success. Heads can be endearing, frightening, or hilarious… you get to create and learn the craft in one weekend. All materials are included in the registration fee of $400/$360 for members. Class size is limited and registrations are already underway so please sign up soon.

Where: Smith Center for History and Art, 20 S. New Street, Staunton
Friday, November 3, 6-8pm
Saturday, November 4, 10am-5pm
Sunday, November 5, Noon-5pm
Cost: $400 ($360member rate)
Register: Pre-registration is required by calling 540-885-2028


Painting like the Masters, oil painting for beginner and intermediate students

When: 6:30-8:30pm, Wednesdays, October 11-November 15
Where: Smith Center for History & Art- 20 S. New Street–historic downtown Staunton, street and lot parking available
Cost/Registration: $165/$144 members. Pre-registration required by calling the Art Center at 540-885-2028
Teacher: Claudia Furlow

The Staunton Augusta Art Center welcomes Claudia Furlow who is a veteran teacher recently returned to the Valley. Claudia earned her MFA with an emphasis in the Renaissance style from Georgia Southern University. With her friendly, individualized approached, she has been successfully teaching to all ages for the past 12 year including tutelage to children in our own Summer Studio to university students in Georgia, to adults at BRCC.

Materials List for students to furnish:
*Oil paints (student-grade), see pigment list below
Plastic white palettes
Palette knife
Odorless solvent (Turpenoid)
Galkyd Lite
Brushes for oil (filberts and/or flats, sizes 10, 8, 4 + fan brush for blending)
Brush cleaner
Canvas, 16″x20″
Can for solvent
Jar with lid for storing solvent
Can for medium and/or glaze
Thickened linseed oil or stand oil (from art store, not hardware store)
Roll of paper towels
Masterwork for copy work, your choice; bring color copies of 2-3 works from artists such as Raphael, Michelangelo, Jan van Eyck, Titian, Rembrandt, Caravaggio, Rubens, etc.

*Oil pigments:
mixing white, permanent alizarin crimson, cadmium red medium, cadmium yellow medium, prussion blue, cerulean blue, dioxazine violet, permanent green light, viridian, burnt sienna, burnt umber, yellow ocher, naples yellow/flesh


Spring Celebration Children’s Art Workshop (6-10 year olds)

With the art of Georgia O’Keeffe as the inspiration, Sarah Beth Latane will teach techniques in artfully interpreting spring flowers with oil pastels.

Saturday, April 29, 2017
$15/$13 members
Pre-registration required by calling 540-885-2028

Watercolor Studio Series for adults

Guided by teacher Peg Sheridan, students will learn how to gently assess their skills, strengths, and weaknesses to set goals and devise plans for more consistent work and more effective personal expression through watercolors

Six Wednesdays, March 29-May 3, 2017
$170/$150 members
Pre-registration required by calling 540-885-2028

Designing Better Watercolors

Peg Sheridan, teacher

Review and apply principles of design and compositional strategies in realistic and abstract paintings. Students determine their own compositions; individualized guidance is offered.

Wednesdays, 9:30am-Noon, January 25-March 1
$170/$150 members

Saturdays-in-March classes

The Staunton Augusta Art Center is pleased to once again host Saturdays-in-March classes for the next generation of artists, ages 6-10. Classes are held 10 – Noon every Saturday in March in the R.R. Smith Center for History & Art at 20 S. New Street in historic downtown Staunton. Pre-registration is required by calling the Art Center (540-885-2028). The cost per class is $15/$13 for members. All materials are included.

Expand your understanding of color in 2-D artwork. Evan Clough will reveal techniques for creating, mixing, blending color with a variety of mediums. Sign up for one class or all four!

Coloring the Sea, March 4th

By mixing, creating, and coloring with paints, create beautiful seascapes to gain a better understanding of color theory and complementary color.

Lights and Darks, March 11th

Draw your favorite heroes and villains with pastels and charcoal to better understand form and figure, shading and blending.

Pet Pictures, March 18th

Bring in a photo of your favorite pet or animal. Using colored paper and/or markers, depict your favorite animal using colors created through optical blending.

Out in Space, March 25th

Imagine and create landscapes from outer space using mediums such as watercolor, tissue paper, and/or color pencil to learn about layering colors.

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

2017 Art in the Park Details

 Art in the Park at Gypsy Hill

The 51st two-day art festival is scheduled for Saturday, May 27 (10am-5pm) and Sunday, May 28 (Noon-5pm) in 2017.

Participating Artists

Holly Allen – handmade bags and totes
Troy Argenbright – colored pencil drawings
Mary Barnes – hand weaving
Tracy Booth – oil and acrylic paintings
Cynthia Boteler – shoulder bags
Hillary Burkett – mixed media jewelry
Angus Carter – outsider art
Katherine Cummings – vintage glass garden art
Andrea Denniston – porcelain
Joe Engel – acrylic painting on wood
Bruce Fortier – pops bots
Suzanna Garrett – nature-inspired jewelry
Edmund Gaudet – cut-paper graphic art and quilling
Brecken Geiman – mixed media jewelry designs
Lisa Geiman – original watercolor artwork
Seth Guzovsky – pottery
Deborah W. Harris – face painting, ocarinas, gourds
James Hofmann – landscape photography
Wanda Hollberg – fused-glass jewelry
Barbara Coyle Holt – “found” paper: jewelry, wallpieces, works on paper
Julie R. Jernigan – sterling and gemstone jewelry
Jake Johnson – wheel thrown porcelain
Karl Lemay – handcrafted vintage metal art
Shalom Lord – candles and soap
Georganne E. Ludt – chair and seat weaving
Conrad Matiuk – photography
Gail McMindes – marble sculpture, Shenandoah pixies
Marti Mocahbee – clay
Bill Nelson – mixed media sculpture
Phillip Nolley – blown glass
Viesture Osvalds – stained glass
Nikki Pynn – stained glass and bike parts sculpture
Lisa Rippingale Robertson – hand-crafted jewelry
Jessica Rublee – ceramics-stoneware
Allison Schroeder – sterling jewelry
Aaron Shaver – nature photography
Mike Sorge – wood craft and sculpture
Feather Stein – iron and copper jewelry
Alison Thomas – digitally modified photography
Karen Trimble – classic still life and landscape
Mary Ann Vessey – landscapes
Wendy Waugaman – sterling and/or 14k gold handcrafted jewelry
Sue Whitehouse-Evenson – polymer clay jewelry
Susan Wolf – gourds
WWRC Building Trades – wood tables, boxes, cutting boards

Kids’ Classes

Fall/Winter 2017 Saturday classes for ages 6-10

Fall Still Life in pastel, colored pencil

When: 10-Noon, Saturday, October 21, 2017
Where: 2nd floor classroom #5, Smith Center for History & Art, 20 S. New Street
Cost: $20/$15 members
Teacher: Sarah Beth Latane
Register: pre-registration required, call 540-885-2028

Staunton Holiday Scenes, mixed media
Embellish Staunton cityscapes to portray a wintry holiday scene

When: 10-Noon, Saturday, December 9, 2017
Where: 2nd floor classroom #5, Smith Center for History & Art, 20 S. New Street
Cost: $20/$15 members
Teacher: Sarah Beth Latane
Register: pre-registration required, call 540-885-2028

Staunton Augusta Art Center and Moss Foundation for Children’s Education present Summer Studio 2017

All classes are 10am-Noon, M-F, weeks of June 26, July 10, and July 17 at the Staunton Augusta Art Center in the RR Smith Center for History & Art, 20 S. New Street, downtown Staunton. Register for one week or all three.

$85 ($75 members’ rate) per week. Need/merit-based scholarships are available with a teacher’s recommendation; please submit early. To register, call 540-885-2028.

House Painting & Architectural Design, June 26-30

What’s in a house?, ages 4-5 With inspiration from Dr. Seuss’s In a People’s House, the youngest artists will learn what it means to observe the seemingly trivial contents of a home and to “draw what you see”, the prerequisite for all artists.

Your dream house, ages 6-8 In a Frank Lloyd Wright style, let your imagination run wild to design your dream house for function and beauty while being exposed to the challenge of building codes and structural requirements.

House portraits, ages 9-12 Bring a photo of a house you admire (your own home, a friend’s or relative’s home, or one you aspire to live in one day) and create a house portrait. This is an excellent opportunity to learn about the application of oil paints and the study of perspective and proportion.

Look!, July 10-14

Look up, ages 4-5 Did you know that half of the most popular paintings by Vincent van Gogh were inspired by him looking up? His famous paintings include clouds, crows, blooming trees, and starry nights. Interpret your view in a mixed media art form. We’ll visit our own garden for inspiration from above.

Look down, ages 6-8 Think Winslow Homer’s ocean scenes, Monet’s water lilies, even Dr. Seuss’s One fish, two fish. We’ll use colored pastels to create masterpieces of what we see on land, water, and underneath.

Look all around, ages 9-12 Art forms are all around us, especially in our downtown of historic buildings. We’ll scavenge hunt for arches, balusters, cupolas, dentils and more. We’ll sketch and draw and apply charcoal and color as we reveal details of great buildings, past, present, and future.

Wheels up! (Artists are lifting off!), July 17-21

Color Wheels, ages 4-5 Youngsters will master the color wheel including the basics and the magic and mystery of creating “new” colors. They will manufacture their own color wheels and their own models of colors derived from mixing. They’ll be set for their college freshman year in art school!

Pinwheels & art illusions, ages 6-8 Make a bird fly into its cage using two pieces of flat paper! Aspiring animation artists will learn how to create moving images (without a smart phone!) that are a whimsy (pinwheels, spinning tops) or that tell a story.

Reinvent the wheel, ages 9-12 Did you know that many famous inventors have also been artists? The most famous of all is Leonardo da Vinci who drew scientific observations and inventions in his daily journal. He drew his invention of a flying machine over 500 years ago! Let your imagination take off!