Shenandoah Valley Art Center hosts Awakening in April

Shenandoah Valley Art CenterThe Shenandoah Valley Art Center, during the month of April, is exhibiting in the Cabell/Arehart Gallery the artwork of Sandra Luckett. 

Awakening is a multi-media exhibit that is a monument to spiritual rebirth. Luckett states that the concept arose from her grief over our current “collective experience.”  She finds our world feels hateful and the political climate very disturbing.

Initially she created a shrine to Shiva, the Hindu god of annihilation and regeneration, with a hope that destruction might lead to a civil revolution of tolerance and kindness. She continued to build the exhibit around this idea; every creative decision was made with consideration for shrines of hope and her vision of a better world. Luckett earned her MFA at VCU and is currently a professor of painting and installation at the University of Central Arkansas, where she blissfully guides students to be their best creative selves.

Recently honored as a “Woman to Watch” by the National Museum of Women In The Arts for her photography work, Sandra is not content to limit her creative impulses to any one medium.  Her artwork has been exhibited throughout the US and Europe. She was born in California, raised in New York, and has lived in thirteen states. Her interests include music and road tripping.

We hope you can join us and meet the artist on April 6, from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.

In the Members’ Gallery, the theme Yellow will be interpreted by SVAC members through a variety of media and creative ideas. The member/artists will be opening the exhibition on April 6.

Check out the newest FREE program: ART Sparks: Lunch Preview. Joy Tartter, SVAC studio artist, will be on hand every Wednesday at noon with a preview of a new art instruction video. Bring a brown bag lunch and settle in to watch the screening. Maybe your interest will be sparked and you will be inspired to learn something new!

If that something grabs you, Joy will be playing the entire video again on the Saturday afternoon of the same week. The subject and medium will change weekly and the video will be available for check-out in our lending library. Visit the SVAC website calendar for a list of subjects to be presented. Don’t miss this opportunity to experience new media and connect with artists in your community!

Weekly Painting Group is a meeting of artists who want to paint! The group will gather at SVAC most Thursdays. Take advantage of your fellow artists for inspiration and light critique, if you are interested. Come relax, share ideas or techniques, and independently work in the medium of your choice! Please call SVAC if you are interested in joining!

Check out the SVAC sponsored classes for the month of April! 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, children must be registered on the SVAC website or by calling 949-7662.  (April 6, 13, 20, & 27, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., $15 per class)

SAVE THE DATE!  SVAC has opened registration for Summer Art Camps for kids and a Raku class for adults.  Please check out the website and make your reservations now!  Classes fill up quickly!

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

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

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