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Shenandoah Valley Art Center presents 40 Under 40


The Shenandoah Valley Art Center, during the month of March, is featuring, 40 Under 40. In this second annual show, the art center is highlighting the artwork of young and emerging artists.

The exhibit presents eighty curated pieces of art from an open artist call by invitation of the SVAC Exhibit Committee to Virginia artists less than 40 years of age.  The artwork presented in the exhibit includes sculpture, mixed media, photography and paintings, among others.  Many of the works push the envelope and are not traditional in subject, method, or process.  Some of the artists are formally educated and some are self-taught, with a great range of talent, skill, and ability represented.  Local artists presented in the exhibit: Emily Allred, Virginia Ashby, Troy Argenbright, C.B. Bellerose, Leo Charre,  Jordan Coiner, Brecken Geiman, Dell Brown Hall,  Tammy Hornek, David Hughes, Cheryl Elliott,  Pat Jarrett, Steve Kizer, Ivan Pesic, Hannah Scott, Kelly Sheridan, Craig Snodgrass, Scott Wiecek, Kenneth Wilfong, and Wendy Wooten, to list a few. An Opening Reception will be held March 8, 6:00-8:00 p.m. and the public is encouraged to come and meet the artists.

In the Upstairs Hallway Gallery, a tribute to art education features an exhibition of artwork by Waynesboro Public Schools art students.  The exhibit celebrates Youth Art Month, a national initiative promoting art and art education for kids.  Exhibiting artwork in a professional gallery is an important experience for the exposure of young artists to the world of art.   The Members’ Gallery will present “Words and Altered Books.”  A selection of creatively altered books by member artists will add a provocative perspective to the gallery experience.  Check out a new exhibition of work in the Docent Room.

Come enjoy the gathering of folks seeking creative inspiration, camaraderie, and sharing of techniques through art activities and classes. Please join us for free open studio opportunities. SVAC hosts on each second and fourth Thursday, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m., an Artist’s Playground meeting and third Thursdays, 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. the Art Trading Card Group meets. Also, offered in March are watercolor classes taught by Pat Garnet. The class, designed to meet the needs of students, is on a flexible schedule offering the opportunity to paint at your convenience on any Tuesday in March, 1 – 4 p.m. with an $11 fee per selected session.

Young artists should check out the ever popular Saturday Art for Kids, ages 6 – 10, presenting a creative art experience for children from 11a.m. – 1:00p.m.   Contact the art center for specific information, cost, and pre-registration for each class or group.  Open studio opportunities in the Virginia Ross Education Studio are available to printmakers and ceramic artists.   Apply online at www.SVACart.com.


The art center is celebrating its retail alliance partnership with the Artisan Center of Virginia. 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.

The Shenandoah Valley Art Center is 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



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