Landscape artist featured at Shenandoah Valley Art Center in April
A resident of Washington, Virginia, Adams studied painting at the American Institute in Southern France and the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. As an officer in the U.S. Marine Corps, he was recognized for his artistic ability and awarded the title Combat Artist. The U.S. department of State, through its Arts in Embassies Program, selected Adam’s American landscapes to hang in embassies around the world. He was chosen from a national pool of applicants to be the Shenandoah National Park Trust’s Artist in Residence in 2017.
During his inspiring time in the park, he created a body of work capturing the magic of the Blue Ridge, from forests to summits. He was captivated by the movement of the air, the fog, and the light. This body of work showcases both the stunning beauty of the park and his talent for capturing the spirit of the park. Adams stated that the residency allowed him to visit specific locations multiple times for consecutive painting sessions and helped him understand more clearly the colors, rhythms and textures of that part of the park.
He hopes that his work both inspires as art, but also encourages and promotes a growing advocacy for protecting and preserving our National Parks and natural environment. An opening will be held Saturday, April 7, 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. and the public is encouraged to come and meet the artist! An added bonus will be a gallery talk by Adams. He will share with art and nature enthusiasts, his experiences during the residency for the Shenandoah National Park, using his artwork as a backdrop for his dialogue. (April 25, 2;00 p.m.)
Be sure to check out the exhibit in the Members’ Gallery. The SVAC member artists’ theme is Yellow and will be interpreted through a variety of media and creative ideas.
Check out the SVAC sponsored classes for the month of April! April 3, 10, 17, & 24, from 9:00 – 10:00 a.m. in the Invitational Gallery, discover the graceful art that is Tai Chi. Gentle movements from time long ago, combined with breathing techniques, help to open the energy passages throughout the body, leading to overall improvement in body, mind, and spirit. Each week will add on to what was learned in previous classes and participants will practice until confident with the training. Comfortable clothing and athletic/flat shoes are suggested. ($10 per class) All are welcome!
For the young artist, the ever popular Saturday Art for Kids is designed as a program that expands upon art offered in school or as an art experience for the home schooled. The classes are taught by artists who are amazing with kids. All supplies and snacks are included for children ages 6 – 10. Due to heavy demand, SAK classes are full, but you can fill out the survey at http://www.svacart.com/childrens:classes/ to be placed on the waiting list. (April 7, 14, 21, & 28, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., $15 per class)
Open studio opportunities in the Virginia Ross Education Studio are available to printmakers and ceramic artists. Access to top of the line clay and printmaking equipment and space to work will be furnished for $60 per quarter. Apply on line at www.SVACart.com.
The art center is a retail alliance partner with the Artisan Center of Virginia and an ACV Trail Site. In the SVAC Gift Shop you can find the perfect creative gift in fiber, jewelry, wood, glass, pottery, and more by juried artisans from Virginia and SVAC member artists.
The Shenandoah Valley Art Center is located in downtown Waynesboro at 122 S. Wayne Avenue. Galleries are open to the public 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday. For more information, call (540) 949-7662 or visit www.svacart.com.