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Shenandoah Valley Art Center Exhibits

February 1, 2019 @ 10:00 am - February 23, 2019 @ 4:00 pm


The Shenandoah Valley Art Center, during the month of February, is exhibiting in the Cabell/Arehart Gallery the student artworks from The Shenandoah Valley Governor’s School Arts and Humanities Program .The program, begun in the fall of 2002, offers area students a creative environment to further their study in the visual arts or theatre arts and humanities. Students apply to attend SVGS for their junior and senior years of high school and present a portfolio as the largest percentage of their application score. Visual art students in the program hail from Staunton and Augusta County high schools, spending each morning taking courses in art history, humanities, and studio production, before returning to their home high schools for afternoon classes. One of the two studio courses is taught by local artists, giving the students the opportunity not only to learn about specific media and techniques, but also to gain insight into the life of a working artist. Additionally, gallery visits, field trips, and exhibition preparation give our students more hands-on experiences in all aspects of the art world. This show was designed to teach the students the process of preparing for an exhibition, and students are involved in every step of the process. Curatorial decisions were made collaboratively with the instructor, and students were responsible for preparing their pieces for hanging, creating wall labels, delivering the artwork to the gallery and assisting with the resulting arrangement. This show is a result of their combined efforts to professionally display their work. Each student in the Visual Arts Department is represented with at least one piece in the show. An additional feature of this year’s show is a “Telephone” Series. Inspired by the children’s game Telephone; one artist “started” the series, shared their piece to ONE peer only, with a brief explanation. The second artist created a reaction piece inspired by the first artist’s work then shared their resulting piece with the third artist. The series of 16 pieces will be revealed to ALL the artists, including the instructor, on the night of the SVAC Opening Celebration! We hope you can join us and meet the artists on February 2 from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.
In the Hallway Gallery, the tribute to art education continues with an exhibition of artwork by the Blue Ridge Virginia Art Education Association showcasing its members from the Shenandoah Valley and Blue Ridge Mountains. The exhibit is an intriguing look into the creative process of educators. It is a rich tapestry of artwork that represents lives involved in the daily practice of nurturing young artists who will determine the evolution of art in the future. In the Members’ Gallery, the theme RED will be interpreted by SVAC members through a variety of media and creative ideas. These artists too, will be available to greet and answer questions at the upcoming opening!


February 1, 2019 @ 10:00 am
February 23, 2019 @ 4:00 pm