Shenandoah Valley Art Center Exhibits

From 02/04/ 10:00 am until 02/04/ 4:00 pm
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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. Begun in the fall of 2002 to offer 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 to gain insight into the life of a working artist. Additionally, gallery visits, field trips, and exhibition preparation give the students more hands-on experiences in all aspects of the art world. This show is designed to teach the students the process of preparing for an exhibition with the goal of involving the students in decision-making about work to be included in the exhibition while collaborating with the instructor. Students prepare pieces for hanging, write artist statements, compose and edit headshots, and help deliver and hang the show. Each student in the Visual Arts Department is represented in the show which is the result of their combined efforts to professionally display their work. An additional feature of the show is a silent auction of the junior class’s collaborative ceramic sculpture. Students researched various types of coral impacted by coral bleaching. Using hand-building techniques, they constructed a variety of related sculptures. The proceeds from the sale of the individual pieces will be donated to the Coral Reef Alliance to support efforts in ocean conservation! 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. An opening will be held Saturday, February 3, 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. and the public is encouraged to come and meet the artists!

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