Just in Time for Fall

Just in Time for Fall –

September 19, 2015
Open Door Studio Tour in the HeART & Soil of the Shenandoah Valley Artisan Trail Region (Staunton, Waynesboro & Augusta County)

Sponsored by the Shenandoah Valley Art Center, Artisans Center of Virginia, Greater Augusta Regional Tourism, City of Waynesboro, Virginia Commission for the Arts and the Virginia Tourism Corporation

Just in time for the start of cooler weather and for one weekend only, a local group of artists and fine crafters will open their studios to the public on Friday and Saturday, September 19 & 20, from 10 to 5pm. Here’s a great opportunity for locals and visitors to view artists at work during their creative process.

Be sure to pick up one of the Open Studio Tour brochures for a handy map to help you plan your visit and schedule your time. Brochures are available at: Shenandoah Valley Art Center, Co-Art Gallery, Frontier Culture Museum, Staunton and Waynesboro Visitors Center, and other local shops and eateries. Refreshments will be served at many of the locations, many have large parking areas or public parking nearby, and a number are handicapped accessible.

Each location on the tour will offer a unique view of artists and artisans at work, a chance to purchase something unusual and exciting and sample refreshments along the way. Guests may choose to visit just one, a few or all of the shops and galleries open for the tour. The tour encompasses Staunton, Waynesboro, Augusta County, one spot in Crozet, and is highlighted in no particular order.

#7 Lynn Hilton Conyers
, an Artisans Center of Virginia Master Juried Artisan on the Heart & Soil Artisan Trail, is a contemporary Raku artist and ceramic potter. Known for her highly skilled Raku pieces, Conyers will be doing demonstrations and offering refreshments at her studio located at 1205 Mt. Torrey Road in Lyndhurst. If you have never seen Raku work done, this may be one of the tour highlights. Special guest potter and member of the Heart & Soil Artisan Trail, Dave Polce will also be demonstrating his work at this location. #10 Pat Cook will also be there doing on site demonstrations in oil painting – her work can also be viewed at patcookart.com.


Nearby at 2894 Lyndhurst Road, #2 Sylvia Reinhardt will be sharing lemonade, ice tea and cookies and talking about her work in oil, acrylics & sculptures. Reinhardt’s studio is in the back of the building and she will talk about how she works and offering tours of her unique studio and train station. In nearby Waynesboro #17 Shenandoah Valley Art Center, an Artisans Center of Virginia Affiliate on the Heart and Soil Artisan Trail has invited 10 local artists and artisans to demonstrate and show their works: John Hoyle, Carm Snodgrass, Piper Groves (also on the trail), Pat Garnett, Betty Arehart, Betty DeMar Mueller, Ellen Kell, Marti Reed, Joy Tartter and Myra Brown. SVAC is located at 122 S. Wayne Avenue.

A few blocks away #12 John Hancock another Artisans Trail member will show his work in oil and encaustics in his studio at 116 Tiffany Drive. And also in Waynesboro at 709 Pine Avenue, #8 Steve Doherty a plein air oil painter is showing his work and the work of others to anyone who can make the third floor climb to see these works.

Just over the mountain in Crozet is #6 Julia Lesnichy at 7278 Corville Farm Road. Lesnichy offers plenty of parking, discounts and possibly even demonstrations of her oil and pastel work. Worth the ride and a beautiful time of the year for this creative side trip.

Back over the mountain and just a short drive from Waynesboro to the Fishersville area, visitors will find #5 Carolyn Miller, a watercolorist at 31 Teaberry Place. Miller with have her signed and numbered limited edition prints, note cards and her original watercolors. Refreshments will be served. #3 Michael Hough at 11 round Hill School Road in New Hope (corner of routes 608 & 617) will have pottery and metal sculpture on display. #4 Tara Marie Tramonte, 118 Tanner Lane in Weyers Cave will have her ceramic sculptures along with demonstrations, discounts and refreshments.

#1 Carmen Geshenke offers upcycled furniture, hand dyed textiles and art glass – she will be doing demonstrations all day at her working studio, along with refreshments. She is located at 240 N. Central Avenue, Suite 6 in Staunton. Located just a few blocks away you’ll find a group of Staunton artists working in 2D mixed media – #14 Barbara Phillips, Virginia Dean, Julie Farrell and Shirley Wray will be found at 24 West Beverley Street. #15 Staunton Art Supply can be found at 40 Woodlee Road. Staunton’s only local art supply shop – you may find some real bargains here, along with #13 Sylvia Gibbs working in oils and offering textile demonstrations: spinning and weaving,

The architecture of Staunton will add to your enjoyment of the tour as you drive past beautiful 18th century structures over the rolling hills of downtown Staunton. Nearby at #11 Leslie Banta works in oil and mixed media. She will be offering demonstrations, discounts and refreshments. Because Leslie is located in the Staunton Art Supply retail store at 114 N. Central Avenue, you may also find some art supplies for sale.


#9 Laurie Gundersen works in textiles at 38 Middlebrook Avenue and she will be doing textile demonstrations including spinning and weaving. Not far from Laurie’s, guests may visit Artisans Center of Virginia Affiliate and Trail member #16 Co-Art Gallery at 22 West Beverley. This cooperative gallery features regional artists and works from the Beverley Street Studio School. This site is handicapped accessible and will offer refreshments. #18 Rooster Art & Coffee (not on the map) is located nearby at 18 East Beverly with art and coffee. A number of local artists have their work on display here and you may find it one of those great places to take a break and enjoy the day.