top of page

SAAC Happenings: November 2023

Hello fellow art lovers,

As winter approaches, I find myself reflecting on the breathtaking autumn we've experienced at the art center. The vibrant foliage has provided the perfect backdrop for a season filled with engaging programs and events that have brought our community together.

Winter promises to be just as beautiful and exciting here at the Art Center. We're thrilled at the return of Art for Gifts, where you can discover unique treasures for your loved ones. We also have another great First Friday pop-up coming up and are working hard on next year's lineup of captivating kids' classes.

None of this is possible without you though and I want to express my heartfelt gratitude for your unwavering support of the Art Center. Your commitment has been the cornerstone of this thriving community, and I am deeply thankful for your generosity. As we look toward the future, your continued support will undoubtedly be the catalyst for more growth, creativity, and shared experiences. Thank you!

Wishing you a cozy and inspiring holiday!

Angus Carter

Executive Director

Staunton Augusta Art Center


Art For Gifts

Step into the enchanting world of 'Art for Gifts,' our annual art boutique that has already begun transforming the holiday shopping experience. With over 50 local and regional artists contributing their unique creations, this event is a treasure trove of artistic wonders waiting to be discovered. From captivating paintings to elegant sculptures, each piece tells a story and serves as a thoughtful and original gift option. 'Art for Gifts' not only offers a diverse range of artistic expressions but also provides an opportunity to support our thriving creative community. As you embark on your holiday shopping journey, consider the timeless and meaningful impact of giving the gift of art. Join us in celebrating the magic of the season with 'Art for Gifts,' where every purchase is a celebration of creativity and community. As a special bonus, all Art Center members get 10% off all purchases! To become a member click below...


Giving Tuesday

As we embrace the season of giving, we invite you to join us in making a lasting impact through our Annual Fund. This Giving Tuesday, consider supporting the Staunton Augusta Art Center, a creative haven that thrives because of the generosity of individuals like you. Your contribution to the Annual Fund ensures the continuation of our mission to provide a space for artistic expression, education, and community engagement. In this time of giving, we want to express our heartfelt appreciation for your ongoing support. The Art Center exists as a testament to the collective commitment of our community, and it is through your dedication that we can continue to inspire and enrich the lives of those we serve. Thank you for being an essential part of the Staunton Augusta Art Center family.


First Fridays

Get ready to step back in time and experience the enchantment of forgotten gems from the golden age of cinema at Staunton First Friday's Popup Video Exhibition! On December 1st, from 4 to 6 PM, join us for an immersive journey into holiday silent films, featuring classics like Georges Méliès' 'Rêve de Noël ' and Wladyslaw Starewicz's 'The Insects Christmas.' These timeless masterpieces will be brought to life in a captivating video exhibition, promising a delightful escape into the magic of the season. Join fellow cinephiles for an unforgettable evening of cinematic nostalgia and holiday cheer. Don't miss this unique opportunity to rediscover the artistry of these silent film gems at our First Friday event – a celebration of both the past and the present in the heart of Staunton.


All You Need Is Love

Embark on a temporary journey into the world of literary love at the Fisherville Library, where the captivating 'Love Sign' art installation graces our space through the holidays. This enchanting exhibit beautifully intertwines our collective love for books, libraries, and art, creating a visual celebration of these shared passions. The 'Love Sign' serves as a poignant reminder of the profound impact that literature, library sanctuaries, and artistic expression have on our lives. Join us in this festive season to revel in the magic of storytelling, embrace the sanctuary of libraries, and appreciate the boundless creativity found in art. The 'Love Sign' invites you to temporarily immerse yourself in the joy of literature and creativity at the Fisherville Library, where each installation is a temporary but powerful testament to the enduring magic of the holidays.


Artist Sunday

Join us for an extended celebration of creativity and holiday spirit at Artist Sunday! Our 'Art for Gifts' event will be offering extended hours, providing you with the perfect opportunity to explore and purchase unique artworks as thoughtful holiday gifts. Indulge in delightful snacks and treats as you peruse the galleries, creating a festive atmosphere that adds joy to your art-buying experience. Look out for gallery flags marking participating galleries, including Co-Art and Michael B. Tusing Gallery, where talented artists will showcase their work. Artist Sunday is not just a day to shop; it's a day to support artists, embrace the joy of giving, and connect with the local art community. Make this holiday season extra special by choosing artful treasures at 'Art for Gifts' on Artist Sunday


What do You Think?

We're gearing up for an exciting year ahead and want your input! As we plan for next year's programs at the Art Center, we value your thoughts and ideas. A survey is on its way, but for now, feel free to share your thoughts right here. What workshops, exhibits, or events would you love to see? Your feedback shapes our creative community, so don't hesitate to let us know your thoughts. Together, let's make the upcoming year at the Art Center even more inspiring and engaging!


Open Calls

Interested in showing your art with us? We will be issuing open calls for our gallery spaces starting in January, so keep an eye out on our website and start building up your portfolio!

In the meantime, our friends at the Staunton Library are looking for artists for their display cases. For more contact Ali at the Library 540.332.3902

Are you looking for artists to display at your business? If so let us know and we will include it in future newsletters. Just fill out your info at the link below...


Thank You!

As always, we appreciate your support for the arts in Staunton and Augusta County! It is through your financial contributions that we are able to help make this area such a vibrant artistic hub! If you would care to make a tax-deductible contribution to SAAC so we can continue to fulfill our mission of supporting the arts, you can do so at any point by clicking here...

If you are unable to make a contribution at this moment but would still like to support us, you can consider helping in other ways such as.....

Creating a Facebook birthday fundraiser

Encouraging friends and family to become members

Volunteering at SAAC events

192 views0 comments

Recent Posts

See All


bottom of page