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Shenandoah Valley Art Center Exhibits
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    Dates: December 14, 2019 - January 18, 2020
    Days of Week: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
    Time: 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
    Phone: 540-949-7662
    Location: Shenandoah Valley Art Center (SVAC)
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    Price: Free
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    The Shenandoah Valley Art Center, during the month of December, is exhibiting in the Cabell/Arehart Gallery the Annual Winter Contemporary Juried Exhibition: Modern Folk Art. This carefully selected collection showcases contemporary folk works from artists steeped in tradition and those pushing boundaries in materials and execution. In the words of exhibitor Jeffery Guinn: “The essence of folk art seems to me, despite the broad definitions that exist, that it represents distinct cross sections of people and places. The materials and images that I am drawn to working with have always been, intentionally and subconsciously, representative of how I think about myself in relation to other people and the geography and objects that surround us. I am also interested in our relationships to the past and future, through cultural lineage and physical objects. I think the more we understand 'our place', the more we can connect with those around us and the more we can shape the future into something desirable.” Joe Engle is the guest juror for this exhibit. Engle is a Staunton based contemporary folk artist and past winner of the Best in Show honor of the Fall Foliage Art Show. Folk Artists featured in this unique exhibit: Joe Engle, Regan Caron, Angus Carter, Jeffery Guinn, Jim Kopp, Anne McInnis, Neil Stavely, Joshua Yurges, and Alla Zareva. An opening will be held Saturday, December 14, 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. and the public is encouraged to come, meet, and talk to the artists.
    In the Hallway gallery, Annie Layne presents Iconoclasts, featuring recent works on fabric. In her own words: My work comes from a place of deep respect for the traditions of hand needle work and of the labor executed to bring beauty, embellishment, value, and the ability to convey messages through what is often branded domestic craft or Women’s work. I choose women as subjects because we are beautiful but dangerous when underestimated. The faces of women are compelling stories because women are immediately judged by their faces, expressions, style, followed by the words that leave their lips. The women I create are fearless in occupying space in the world, attacking traditional ideas of beauty, tearing down notions of who they should be while celebrating their oddities and embracing what may be perceived as flaws. I choose to subvert the domestic arts to create objects that our grandmothers and great-grandmothers might have chosen to decorate their surroundings, provided they had the opportunity to express exactly what was on their minds without repercussion; functional objects that have much more to say than the carpet simply matching the drapes. I reclaim fabric and trim to create objects that also reclaim language and images used to devalue the contribution women make to the arts and society. Layne’s stitch work has been seen from coast to coast, and was most recently presented at the Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art in her solo exhibition, Brazen.
    In the Members’ Gallery, the theme is Small Works, presenting a variety of media and creative ideas by SVAC member artists. These are small unique pieces ready for purchase and suitable for holiday gift giving.
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