Art in the Valley: Summer Exhibitions at MSV

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Art in the Valley: Summer Exhibitions at MSV
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Summertime is the best time to view art right here in the Valley! Join the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley this season to celebrate art and the talented people who create it.

Living in the Shenandoah Valley is sometimes restrictive; most major zoos are located east towards D.C.! There is one zoo right here at home, however, where all the animals display themselves proudly for you to admire. The Museum of the Shenandoah Valley is currently home to an exhibition featuring an impressive display of over 60 pieces created by members of the Society of Animal Artists. Join wildlife art scholar and author David J. Wager, PhD, as he directs you through paintings, drawings, and sculptures of some of the most exotic animals throughout the world. Art and the Animal is open to all ages from now through September 3, and provides an entirely enjoyable experience for everyone.

What isn’t restricted in the Shenandoah Valley is the amount of beauty the eyes get to feast on, and painter Radford Wine recognized this almost 30 years ago today. An indigenous painter, Wine captures the beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains and the Potomac River with a softness and tonality inspired by Claude Monet, J. M. W. Turner, and Frederic Edwin Church. The only limiting factor is Wine’s struggle with chronic pain during the past decade that have limited how much he is able to paint. However, guests who attend will be able to view two of his new works (as well as many of his older pieces), debuting in this exhibition, Tones of a New Day. This exhibit will run from now through December 31st.


Now available in the Founders Gallery, This Must Be the Place: The Art of Landscape features works from MSV benefactor Julian Wood Glass, Jr.’s own collection (1910-1992). Stop by to experience picturesque scenes of Italy, seascapes, France, the UK, and the Americas, that have captured people over the course of three centuries. Included in the exhibition, you can find works from the incredible talented hands of Francesco Guardi, Thomas Gainsborough, James Abbott McNeill Whistler, John Frederick Kensett, and Jasper Francis Cropsey. The MSV notes that This Must Be the Place is made possible in part by the support of the Compass Society. Don’t miss your chance to view this amazing collection! It will now be running through July of next year, giving you plenty of time to enjoy all of these amazing works of art.

It doesn’t stop there! Looking forward to the scenic fall season in the Valley, the Virginia Watercolor Society will make its 38th appearance at the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley. The Virginia Watercolor Society was organized in 1979 by Roanoke artists John Will Creasy and Ernest Johnson as a way to foster interest and participation in the exciting world of watercolor. Their main objective is to create opportunities for beginning and established artists alike by advancing their skills. Watercolor can be a difficult medium, but the results always fantastic. You won’t want to miss this! Opens on October 15th and will run through January of the New Year.

37th Annual Exhibition |Three Views of Desi, 2015, by Jacqueline Saunders