Shenandoah Valley Art Center: July 2012 Schedule

The Shenandoah Valley Art Center, during the month of July, is exhibiting the works of artist, Lois Schlachter, versatile painter for the past forty years. This Spring Mount, Pa., artist is as comfortable honing her skills with realism in oils as with abstracts painted in acrylics. The exhibit features a series of Abstract Expressionist-style acrylic paintings, rich in color and dynamic in composition.

The artist works directly on the canvas letting the brush and mood be her guide. In her own words, “As I paint and create, I am interpreting the world around me. My art reflects my love of shapes in space, handsome and vibrant color, balance and classical rhythm. Each work is an intrinsic part of me, reflecting hours, weeks and sometimes years of my intimate relationship with my painting. When I am finally satisfied enough to place my work before the viewer, you will have a glimpse into my soul and a part of my being.”

Schlachter is an award winning artist and member of many professional organizations: The Philadelphia Sketch Club, the Fellowship of the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Alumni of Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Philadelphia Tri-State Artist Equity, the Plastic Club, American Association of Painters in Casein & Acrylic, DaVinci Art Alliance, and the Allied Artist of America, Inc. An Opening Reception will be held July 12, 5:00 – 7:00pm and the public is encouraged to come and meet the artist after she speaks briefly about her work.

In the Hallway Gallery, artwork by the Shenandoah Valley Art Center resident artists will be featured. The center houses seven studios occupied by nine artists: Robin Goering, Piper Groves, Myra Brown, Penny Cabell, Martha Cooley, Jessie Wood, Betty Arehart, Betty DeMar Mueller, and Kathryn Matthews. A range of media: pastels, watercolors, oils and mixed media are used in the creation of their pieces. In the Member’s Gallery artwork by the winners from the June Member’s Exhibit will be featured. Congratulations for Best in Show: Cynthia Doyle, 2nd Place: Don Whitson, 3rd Place: Piper Groves, Honorable Mention: Carolyn Ratcliffe, Tom Elliott, David Polce, and Hilary Jeffers. In the Docent Room, a solo exhibit will feature the work of photographer, William Groah.

Shenandoah Valley Art Center offers, for members of the center and community, many workshops and classes taught by professional artists. Art classes offered in July are Polymer Clay, July 18, 12 – 4pm, taught by Jessie Wood and Writing an Artist’s Statement, July 13, 2pm. Have your artwork photographed by professional photographer, Pat Jarrett, July 27, 10am – 4pm and take away a CD with images of your artwork. Summer Art Camp for Kids ages 6 – 11: Week One- Sculpture to Painting, July 16 – 20, 10am – 1pm, and Week Two, Ceramics, July 23,24,26, and 27, 9am – 12pm or 1pm – 4pm, taught at the ceramic studio of Lynn Hilton Conyers, Lyndhurst. 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

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 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

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