Shenandoah Valley Art Center: August 2012 Schedule

The Shenandoah Valley Art Center, during the month of August, is celebrating the twentieth anniversary of the Beverley Street Studio School, located in the heart of the historic downtown Staunton, with an exhibit of paintings, prints, collages and works on copper by students and faculty members.

Established in 1992, BSSS is a not-for-profit art school for adults, taught by professional artists with a mission to provide the community and region with a variety of opportunities to explore the world of the visual arts through practice, professional instruction, and contact with practicing artists. 

Located at 217 West Beverley Street, on-site classes and workshops for all levels of study, open model sessions, discussions on art history, field trips, selected art books, peer critiques and talks by visual artists, writers and performing artists are presented. The Beverley Street Studio School Gallery is a vital part of the school program presenting exhibitions including nationally and internationally recognized artists, juried shows, and student and faculty exhibits.

CoART, with a membership of over forty juried artists, was organized in 1998 as an artist’s cooperative, shares the space at 22 West Beverley Street with the BSS Gallery. The school faculty participating in the SVAC exhibition includes Ron Boehmer, Mary T. Echols, Julie Farrell, Elizabeth Geiger, Philip Geiger, Barbara Holt, Janly Jaggard, Cleveland Morris, Jeffery Stockberger, Robert Stuart and Audrey Watson.  Each instructor has selected students to represent the variety of work produced in classes and open sessions.

An Opening Reception will be held August 2, 5:00 – 7:00pm and the public is encouraged to come and meet the artists.

In the Hallway Gallery, an annual exhibit by the Rockbridge Arts Guild will feature works in a variety of media from members of the regional art group.  The guild features artists from Lexington, Buena Vista, and Rockbridge County.  Included in their ranks are abstract painter Anne Weede, Dorothy Coker, Sue Nell Dillon, Jim Tichenor, and many more.  The Member’s Gallery will feature artwork exemplifying the theme – Bodies: Human and Animal. In the Docent Room, a solo exhibit will feature the work of Jim Harris.

Shenandoah Valley Art Center offers, for members of the center and community, many workshops and classes taught by professional artists. Art classes offered in August are Clay: Hand Building taught by Donna Kincaid, five Thursdays in August, 1– 4pm., Screen Print Workday taught by Piper Groves, August 10, 12- 4pm, and Watercolor: Outside the Lines taught by Pat Garnett, August 17, 12-4pm. Contact the art center for specific information and pre-registration. Open studio opportunities in the Virginia Ross Education Studio are available to printmakers and ceramic artists.  Apply on line at www.SVACart.com.

The Fall Foliage Festival Art Show application for the show to be held on October 13 and 14 is online and available to professional artists.  Recently the show was voted one of the top three art events in Virginia by “Virginia Living” readers.

The Shenandoah Valley Art Centeris located in Downtown Waynesboro at 126 S. Wayne Avenue.  Galleries are open to the public 10am to 4pm Tuesday through Saturday.  For more information, call (540) 949-7662 or visit www.svacart.com