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SAAC Happenings: August 2023

Hello fellow art lovers!

My name is Angus Carter, I am the new executive director here at the Staunton Augusta Art Center. For those of you that don't know me, I am a local artist, professor of photography at Mary Baldwin University and former board President here at SAAC. I am extremally excited to be here at SAAC to head up all the wonderful art events we have lined up for this fall! Coming up we will be returning with our LOVE sign to Staunton's Pride festival, painting dragon eggs at Queen City Mischief and Magic, starting our fall children's classes at our Saturday Art Labs and hosting our 56th annual Art in the Park festival this coming Labor Day weekend in Gypsy Hill Park! Below you can read all about these and all the other amazing art events we have lined up!

Thank you,

Angus Carter

Executive Director

Staunton Augusta Art Center


56th Annual


at Gypsy Hill Park

Labor Day weekend, September 2-3

Saturday 10 am – 5 pm

Sunday 11 am – 5 pm

Appreciated and anticipated as one of Virginia’s longest-running arts festivals and a 2023 Best of Virginia Winner from Virginia Living Magazine, the family-friendly Art in the Park will feature the fine art and fine crafts of over 70 local and regional artists. We are happy to say that this is the largest Art in the Park since the years of the pandemic! Visitors are encouraged to admire and purchase artwork, chat with artists, and enjoy food provided by a variety of local vendors and food trucks. Aspiring young artists are welcome to participate in a children’s art activity area. Your weekend’s chill-in-the-park soundtrack will be curated by local DJ Steve the Painter. Staunton’s only #LOVEworks (Virginia is for ART Lovers!) will be featured prominently, inspiring selfies, family photos, and posts on social media, enduring memories of a fun-filled event!

As a non-profit arts organization, the Staunton Augusta Art Center will be selling raffle tickets for your dream vacation as a major fundraiser! $25 raffle ticket purchase puts you in the running for exciting global travel excursions. Find out destination specifics at the Festival Information Tent during the event Your raffle ticket purchase puts you in the running for ONE of the following packages:

  • 5 Night London package with airfare from Dulles

  • 4 Night NYC package via train from Charlottesville

  • 4 Night Iceland package with airfare from Dulles

  • 7 Night Caribbean Cruise from RCCL

No Cash Value/Blackout Dates apply. Drawing on October 18, 2023. Need not be present to win.


In the galleries through September 16

Anne Hanger: Paintings & Prints

This multi-media exhibit celebrates Anne Hanger’s unique eye for observing the natural world, often combining acrylic and sand for an organic texturized surface. This exhibit is proudly sponsored by Asterie and Gene Provenzo.


Saturday Art Lab

Children’s Classes will continue during the fall incorporating different themes and media. Classes are held on Saturdays throughout the year from 10 am – 12 noon.

Stay posted by visiting our Classes webpage. There you can meet our brilliant art teachers and sign up for the class mailing list.



A big thank you to everyone who donated to our Match Madness fundraiser! Thanks to your charitable donations, we able to meet our goal! It is through your continued generosity, that we are able to operate and fulfil our mission to bring art to the community and support artists!

If you missed our Match Madness fundraiser but would still like to contribute, you can always do so via our website.


Mark your calendar about upcoming Art Center events!

Laughing Pictures exhibit by Andrew Davis September 22 – October 28 Opening Reception on Friday, September 29

Sponsored by Greg Cook Queen City Mischief & Magic Festival Dragon Egg Painting R. R. Smith Center Memorial Garden Saturday, September 23 Staunton Pride Gypsy Hill Bandstand Show your LOVE at SAAC’s LOVE sign! Saturday, October 7 12 noon – 5 pm Art for Gifts In the Art Center Galleries November 10 – December 31 Sponsored by Brigitte Cowan

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