Craft Beer & Craft Festival

Mark your calendar now for the Staunton Augusta Art Center’s 3rd Annual Craft Beer & Craft Festival

Craft beer and cider, live music, food vendors, fun people

Saturday, September 24, 2016

1-6pm in the Smith Center garden and along Barristers Row

Rain location: in the Smith Center (20 S. New Street)

$10 admission includes first beverage, $4 per beer or cider thereafter

All proceeds benefit the Staunton Augusta Art Center, a 501(C)3 organization bringing you quality visual art experiences and supporting artists in the process


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

2016 Art in the Park Details

We chose to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Art in the Park with an homage to Lichenstein who created his pop art piece in 1966, the same year as the founding of our Art in the Park.  Our mosaic rendition measures 4′ x 6′ and was completed by 100 people in 12 hours.  Participants included all ages, from toddlers to 80+ year olds.  Painters were from a lot of different places (even different countries!) and from a variety of socioeconomic backgrounds with a variety of interests.  But, for awhile. we all shared a common goal: to celebrate art and to finish what is truly a public art piece. 

final pop piece

The Staunton Augusta Art Center presents its 50th Art in the Park at Gypsy Hill (600 Churchville Avenue at the intersection of Churchville and Thornrose Avenues) on Saturday, May 28 from 10am-5pm and on Sunday, May 29 from Noon-5pm in the bandstand area of Staunton’s historic, municipal Gypsy Hill Park. The tree-lined setting provides an intimate venue for admiring the fine art and fine craft by artists selected through a competitive jury process. Live music plays from the bandstand every hour and children’s art activities are ongoing throughout the festival There is no admission fee and everyone is welcome. Thanks to the generosity of sponsors, there is no charge for children’s interactive art activities.

Participating Artists:

Stacey Allin – lamp work and bead jewelry
Troy Argenbright – colored pencil drawings
Anne Armistead – silver and stone jewelry
Marti Atkins – fused glass and silver
Tracy Booth – oil and acrylic paintings
Cynthia Boteler – handmade fabric bags
Hillary Burkett – photography and sterling jewelry
Angus Carter  – paintings and photography
Daniel Caruthers & Amber Poole – ceramics
Paul Dannecker – silver and gold jewelry
Julia Dressler – artistic Americana photography
Susan Egbert – mixed media paintings
Bruce Fortier – found-metal sculptures
Allison Funk – woodblock prints
Suzanna Garrett – riverstone jewelry
Breckon Geiman – mixed-media jewelry
Leah Graves – jewelry from vintage materials
Deborah Harris – face painting, ocarinas and gourds
James Hoffman – photography
Barbara Coyle Holt – collaged paper jewelry and panels
Julie Jernigan – sterling and gemstone jewelry
Jake Johnson – ceramics
Julia Lesnichy – oil and pastel paintings
Katherine Lewis – handcrafted jewelry
Shalom Lord – candles and soaps
Tom Lowe – carved wood bowls and sculptures
Georganne Ludt – chair restoration and seat weaving
Conrad Matuik – photography
Alison McCauley – oil paintings
Judith McKellar – bas-relief sculpture
Earl & Mary Jo McKesson – cedar bird and bat houses
Ayla Mullen – functional ceramics
Viesturs Osvalds – stained glass
Jessy Poole-Caruthers – mixed media paintings
Robin Poteet – watercolor paintings
Allison Schroeder – sterling jewelry
Aaron Shaver – nature photography
Craig Snodgrass – paintings and illustrations
Feather Stein – black-smithed jewelry and hooks
Katy Stidley – handmade glass beaded jewelry
Whitney Talbot – home decor
Alison Thomas – modified photography
Mary Ann Vessey –  oil paintings
Laura Vik – functional pottery
Woodrow Wilson Rehab Center – furniture

Music Acts

Saturday, May 28

10am    St. James Baptist Church

11am    Wheelhouse

Noon    Rhythm Road

1pm     Rosemarie Quintet

2pm     Willow Creek

3pm     Last Minute Band

4pm     Reverend Bill Howard

Sunday May 29

Noon    Stonewall Flutes of the Shenandoah

1pm     Little Lester

2pm     Sarah Lynnae

3pm     Bill Haouff

4pm     Shenandoah Valley Pipe Band

Food Vendors

Blue Ridge KettleKorn
Delicious Dishe
Kline’s Ice Cream
Rotary Club of Staunton and Augusta
Ubon Thai


Barbara H. Grant
Amanda and Bob Avery
Donald Steger CPA PC
Dr. Brian T. Brumbaugh Pediatric Dentistry
Karen and Tom Shapcott
Lynne Landsberg and Dennis Ward in memory of Bobbie and Gil Landsberg and Dorothy and Evans Ward

Upcoming Exhibit

Stay tuned! We’ll be announcing our 2017 exhibit schedule soon!