Shenandoah Valley Art Center May schedule

shenandoah valley art centerThe Shenandoah Valley Art Center, during the month of May, is exhibiting in the Cabell/Arehart Gallery the artwork of Angus Carter, a Staunton-based artist working in mixed media, photography, and film.

This series of recent paintings are full of raw movement and powerful mark making.

In his own words:  “The intent of my work has never been to translate a clear vision into paint but more to strip away the veil of consciousness and allow the recesses of the back of the mind to take hold. Abandoning formal thoughts, forms develop from there, slowly taking shape and illuminating thoughts that are often vague in my waking mind. Often those ideas manifest themselves in chaotic forms and abstract figures that mirror my sense of disconnection and disillusionment with the world at large. As I proceed deeper into it, my work becomes a world where I don’t know what’s going on anymore: a world struggling between idealism and harsh realities, one where childlike figures intermingle with macabre forms, in a disjointed dance upon the canvas. A world that simultaneously embodies all my hopes, dreams and aspirations along with my fears, insecurities and failures and one that I’m still trying to reconcile and make sense of as I create it.”

Please join us and meet the artist on May 4, from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.

In the Upstairs Gallery, Andrea Stuart, a Front Royal photographer, will be exhibiting Cabinet of Memories. Stuart commented, “My obsession comes from the past. Years ago, circumstances led me to abandon many precious antiques- a marble wash table, my grandmother’s, pots and pans, my other grandmother’s feathered hats, and many other sentimental objects of beauty and love. In between my most tragic loss was that of my 21-year-old brother while I was studying at the San Francisco Art Institute. It seems to make sense for me to internalize these objects through my photographs and possess them in a way that is indelible and in transitory. Through these objects, collections, family heirlooms- that people collect to display, sell and cherish as well. It is through my admiration of their beauty, form and structure, my images are created. I am excited to see so many valued objects take on new life and purpose whether they are new objects or antiques. Objects have beauty, sentimentality and meaning and it is my desire to explore and record them with the passion I so fervently feel.”

In the Members’ Gallery, the theme Green will be interpreted by SVAC members through a variety of media and creative ideas. The member/artists and guest artist, Andrea Stuart, will be opening their exhibitions on May 4, 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.

For the gardener!  The Annual Plant Sale Fundraiser will feature annuals, perennials, veggies, and houseplants! The sale will be May 3, 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., but come early before we sell out!

Celebrate Mother’s Day at the Pop-Up Shop on May 11, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.!   Join the fun as SVAC features local artisans in a friendly market-style exhibit with complimentary mom-osas and refreshments from Paris Cake Company. Paintings, pottery, jewelry, and textiles will be ready for purchase!

Check out the newest FREE program: ART Sparks: Lunch Preview. Joy Tartter, SVAC studio artist, will be on hand Wednesdays and Saturdays 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!  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.

Weekly Painting Group is a meeting of artists who want to paint! The group will gather at SVAC Thursdays, 10am – 12pm. 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 May! 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.  (May 4, 11, 18, & 25, 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!

Applications from professional artists and artisans are now being accepted for the 49th Annual Fall Foliage Art Show to be held October 12 – 13.  One hundred and fifty of the artists selected by the standards committee will showcase their works including painting, printmaking, wood, pottery, glass, jewelry, sculpture and mixed media. The artists bring high quality art and craft to this two day outdoor show. Join us as we turn the streets of downtown Waynesboro into an outdoor fine art festival for the weekend! Also featured are gourmet food trucks, craft beers, and great local music.

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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