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Shenandoah Valley Art Center features regional artists in December


svac-newDuring the month of December, the Shenandoah Valley Art Center is exhibiting New Watercolor: A Juried Contemporary Exhibit featuring 18 regional artists.

This show includes work using watermedia in new ways, on new substrates, or with unusual subject matter. Chee Kludt Ricketts of Stanardsville states, “My approach is both spontaneous and controlled, where quick brushwork, washes, and manipulated light are countered by passages of precise rendering.”

Her paintings of mercurial and dramatic skies navigate between reality and interpreted vision, creating impressionistic scenes of subtle tension. Another featured artist, Susan Crave Rosen moved to Virginia from Long Island in 1995 and began painting.

She says, “I have always loved the process… the physical application of paint.  Watching the paint move on its own or with my prodding… the process of making a picture…… that’s the reward.  If I like the finished painting, it’s a bonus.”  Before painting, music was her creative outlet and she has found that, like studying voice, learning to paint is a slow and sometimes tedious process that is a gift in itself.

An opening reception will be held Saturday, December 5, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. and the public is encouraged to come, meet and talk to the artists.

In the Members’ and Hallway Galleries, SVAC members will display on sale small works of art for holiday gift giving.  Elizabeth Fitzhugh will be showing, in the Docent Room, her digital and mixed media collages.  Join the fun and discussion as we view these creative works and take home an original piece of artwork as a very special holiday surprise!  Please remember that due to the holiday season, SVAC will be closed on December 24 at 1p.m. and all day on December 25, 26, 31 and January 1.

Come enjoy the gathering of folks seeking creative inspiration, camaraderie, and sharing of techniques through art activities and classes. A Family Holiday Open House will be held December 12, 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. “Kids Crafts,” (for kids of all ages) along with cookies and cider will be part of the holiday celebration that is free and open to the public and members alike!

Back by popular demand! Precious Metal Clay, a class for all levels, will be taught by Annie Armistead on December 12 and 13. Saturday begins with instruction and review 9a.-12pm. Intermediate/advanced students arrive at 12:30p.m. In the afternoon students will make a ring while covering basic techniques: sizing, dealing with shrinkage, using Hattie’s patties, firing, polishing, and tumbling.

December 13, Sunday, 9a.m. – 4.m. students will make two pendants, one using glass inclusions and the other will be embellished with PMC slip. Skills covered will include: patinas, polishing, and burnishing. ($285- all supplies provided, including silver)

SVAC offers, the ever popular Saturday Art for Kids, presenting a creative art experience for young artists, ages 6-10, from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., ($10). Contact the art center for specific information and pre-registration for each class.

Open studio opportunities in the Virginia Ross Education Studio are available to printmakers and ceramic artists.  Apply on line at SVACart.com.

The art center is a retail alliance partner with the Artisan Center of Virginia. In the newly expanded 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 10:00a.m. – 4:00p.m., Tuesday through Saturday.  For more information, call (540) 949-7662 or visit svacart.com.



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