Open to the Public: Tuesday & Thursday: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Open to Ticketholders: 1 hour before and during all performances
521 West Main Street
Waynesboro VA 22980
Pay What You Will admission
AUGUST 26 thru NOVEMBER 21, 2021
“Inspired By Nature”
Runs: August 26 – November 21, 2021
Composing with natural forms on paper, the enamel spray paintings that you see before you intermarry realism and abstraction, a photo-like clarity and atmospheric mystery. Along with mystery, these Untitled (Nature Series) paintings are about beauty. Collaborating with nature, I build from and compose with the wide-ranging forms she presents to me. Over the course of a year, the works naturally change with the seasons, the light, color, shapes, and spirit of the days and months. I hope you enjoy the show!
Briefly, biographically, I grew up in Brooklyn and the rural-suburban town of Spring Valley 20 miles north of New York City. I did my undergraduate and masters degrees at Brandeis University and the State University of New York at New Paltz respectively; then on to a Ph.D at the University of Maryland. I was a professor of art and art history at James Madison University from 1980 and 2003. Thereafter I continued to teach a variety of courses in the JMU Honors College and, most recently, in the Lifelong Learning Program right up to the present. Over the years, my big three in creative terms have been art, music, and writing, and I look forward to continuing my lifelong journey in each of these. (Check out our new book, Better with Age: Creativity, Discovery & Surprise available through Amazon.com.)
July/August 2021 One-Person Show, Ox-Eye Vineyards Gallery, Staunton, VA
March/April 2021 One-Person Show, James Madison University Arboretum, Harrisonburg, VA
January/February 2021 One-Person Show, Eastern Mennonite University, Harrisonburg, VA
December 2020/January 2021 One-Person Show, Shenandoah Coffee, Harrisonburg, VA
March/April 2020 One-Person Show, Gallery at Hess Financial, Harrisonburg, VA
February 2020 Group Show: Juried Annual Regional Exhibit, Larkin Arts, H’burg, VA
January/February 2020 Group Show: 20” by 20” for the 2020 Small Works Show, Gallery at Laughing Dog, Harrisonburg, VA
October/November 2019 Two-Person Show (with Bobbie Greer), Gallery at Kline-May Realty, Harrisonburg, VA
April 2019 One-Person Show, Smith House Galleries, Rhapsody Room, H’burg, VA
The exhibit will be in the Wayne Theatre gallery from August 26 thru November 21, 2021.
COMING UP NEXT...
Ashley Sauder Miller
"Find My Bearings"
RUNS: November 25, 2021-February 20, 2022
Meet the Artist Reception-November 29, 2021, 5-7pm
Drawers and boxes in my studio overflow with scraps collected for the past twenty years – treasured family photos, heirloom embroidery, pieces of chair upholstery, vintage drawer liners, richly colored and textured textiles, stacks of my child’s drawings – bits and pieces of stories and nostalgia, a collection of a past lifetime. My work combines found and discarded materials with traditional art media. Unfinished quilts, reclaimed chair upholstery, fabric flowers, and bits of cut paper left behind by my children are layered with paint, marker and oil pastel to create contemporary narratives from past stories.
In early 2020, as the entire world stayed in place, so did I. I experienced a creative halt, a lull, in the weeks just after schools closed down and the children were all home. I have experienced this kind of lull before in my working process, but clearly never due to the heavy weight and stress of the unknowns of COVID-19 pandemic. I am fortunate to work from a home studio, so I would go there to mindlessly cut things apart and try to put them back together. Nothing much came of all my attempts to piece things together, both in life and in my work, for weeks. I had an enormous inventory of chair paintings, with many cancelled shows on the horizon but still needed to make things with my hands, to find a constructive way to process life. I decided to make use of the piles of fabric collected in my studio and was determined to use what I had on hand. I began cutting flowers from the fabric piles in my studio. One day turned into the next, one piece led to another. Here I stayed for a long while, cutting, painting, and drawing one imagined space after another.
Ashley Sauder Miller is an artist living and working in Harrisonburg, VA. Her work combines traditional painting and drawing media with found materials, including vintage textiles, abandoned quilts, and fabric. She holds a Master of Fine Arts (2007) from James Madison University, with an emphasis in painting and drawing. Miller was finalist for the William and Dorothy Yeck Purchase Award in the Young Painters Competition at Miami University (2016). She received the Best in Show Award at the Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art Boardwalk show (2016) and was selected for a solo show at VaMOCA’s Runnymede Gallery (2017). Her work has been included in both online and print publications, including FreshPaint Magazine, Studio Visit magazine, New American Paintings South 2020 Issue 148, and will be included in the book Wild Lands (published by Jen Tough Gallery). Her work has recently been acquired by the Capital One Art Bank private collection. Miller maintains a regular studio practice, actively exhibits her work, and is the primary caregiver for her four children.