Good day to you all! It is so wonderful to enjoy a soft and warm spring day. I hope the weather is treating you nicely where you are today.
It is so exciting that a major focus of my art practice will culminate with the opening of my solo show at the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley in July. Nearly two years of work from my Barns of Shenandoah series will be exhibited in one of the museum’s galleries for one year. The museum is still finalizing details, but it is scheduled to open July 13th. I have been asked to provide a mailing list for the opening reception invitations, so if you would like to receive one please reply to this email with your snail mail address!
Working with the museum has been amazing. As you know, this exhibit been over a year in the making. Through various meetings, studio visits from Curator Cory Garman and his wonderful staff, and trips to the museum, we have put together an amazing exhibition. Paintings from each stage of my explorations into Shenandoah County’s historic barns will tell my artist story, and hopefully provide viewers an opportunity to feel what I have felt and think about various issues surrounding the the barns.
Barns of Shenandoah has really been a journey. It began with expressing my feelings about their endangerment and wanting to save them, and then went on to deeper, conceptual ideas revolving around their existence. Lately, I mostly ponder on the interactions of Man and Nature and how we are alike yet different. Yesterday, I was able to put it all down on paper, and am so excited to share what my work is all about in the museum’s exhibit.
Barns of Shenandoah has given me a vehicle to express several stages of thoughts and emotions. I hope what has been created will give something to others too. I believe art must have some sort of meaning to be of great value. Meaning enriches life. The Barns of Shenandoah series is full of meaning, and I am grateful that the practice of art offers both the artist and the art appreciator this opportunity.
Please save the date of July 13, and plan to join me in the celebration at this beautiful museum. And don’t forget to reply with your mailing address!
With Gratitude and Love,