Art Tour

Art Tour

In 2012, Smithsonian Magazine explored the arts density of small cities across the county, it was so impressed that it listed Staunton among the “20 Best Small Towns in America.”

Explore the Visual Arts in Staunton

Downtown Staunton is home to a thriving arts and culture scene. Here, you’ll find a visual feast of artistic mediums – from paintings, sculpture, blown glass, furniture design, jewelry, musical instruments, stained glass, quilting, and textiles. Staunton’s unusual depth of artistic talent is simply stunning for a city its size. Back in 2012, when Smithsonian Magazine explored the arts density of small cities across the county, it was so impressed that it listed Staunton among the “20 Best Small Towns in America.”

GALLERIES & ART SCHOOLS

Each gallery in Staunton has its own personality. The city’s oldest art institution, founded in 1962, is the Staunton Augusta Art Center, which offers a beautiful gallery space in the R.R. Smith Center For History & Art. The Beverley Street Studio School distinguishes itself from other art organizations in the region by offering year round non-degree college-level art classes and workshops to students of all learning levels; it offers a dedicated gallery for student, faculty, and guest artists. The CoART gallery features the work of more than 40 regional artists. Discover your favorite:

 

Appalachian Piecework – textiles

Artful Gifts– fiber art

Beverley Street Studio School  – mixed media

CoArt Gallery – painting

Michael Tusing Gallery – mixed media

Staunton Augusta Art Center – mixed media

Sunspots Studios and Glass Blowing – glass

The Artisans Loft – mixed media

ART FAIRS AND FESTIVALS

Local art festivals provide an opportunity to see and buy original art in a fun and casual environment. Each spring ushers in a wide variety of seasonal arts festivals:

Art in the Park

 

  • Queen City Plein Air Festival, April 17-22, 2018 (Staunton)
  • Crozet Arts & Crafts Show – May 12 & 12, 2018 (Crozet)
  • Staunton’s Art in the Park – May 26 & 27, 2018 (Staunton)
  • Hot Glass Festival, May 27-28, 2018 (Staunton)
  • VA Fall Foliage Festival, October 13, 14, 2018 (Waynesboro)

LOCAL ARTISTS OF NOTE

Stylized folk artists like Anna Mary Robertson, also known as “Grandma Moses,” became widely famous for her nostalgic paintings depicting rural American life. She called the Staunton area home in the late 19th-century. Nearly 100 years later, the same rural scenery captivated artist P. Buckley Moss and she began portraying it in her art. Today, Moss’ artwork is represented in more than 200 galleries worldwide and is collected throughout the world. Today’s Staunton-based artists enchant and delight residents and visitors alike. From the narrative, edgy figure paintings and murals of Lincoln Perry, to the ethereal interpretations of light from abstract painter Robert Stuart, and the lush figurative paintings of Philip Geiger, Staunton’s artist community is growing and thriving.

DECORATIVE ARTS

For lovers of decorative arts, consider a visit to historic Trinity Episcopal Church to gaze at twelve amazing stained-glass windows from the studios of Louis Comfort Tiffany in New York City.  While at Trinity, stop to admire the organ, handcrafted by Taylor & Boody Organbuilders, a world-renowned group of artisans based just outside of Staunton. They have created installations in some of the most beautiful and historic churches in America, from New York City to San Francisco.

 

PUBLIC ART

Visitors who drive through Staunton make delightful roadside discoveries along the way, such as the “Giant Watering Can” at the entrance to town and the “Giant Open Book” at the public library, oversized metal sculptures created by Willie Ferguson. In the Wharf district, look for a raised stage with four stools, commemorating hometown heroes The Statler Brothers.

ARCHITECTURE AS ART

Staunton is home to six eclectic historic districts, all of which are in the National Register of Historic Places. If you’d like to discover more of Staunton’s celebrated architecture, just look up.

As you continue to explore the streets of Staunton’s cultural heart, you’ll find works of art all around you, in quirky cafes, galleries and coffee shops where painters, photographers, and craft artisans display (and sell) their works.

In 2012, Smithsonian Magazine explored the arts density of small cities across the county, it was so impressed that it listed Staunton among the “20 Best Small Towns in America.”