Happy Fall! Hope you are well!
The weather is finally getting cooler here in the Shenandoah Valley and we are waiting for the colors to change. Soon I will be absorbing new inspiration within this infinite circle of seasons. Above is one of my latest paintings that continues to explore grasses and vegetation. I am thinking more about the colors of light in the landscape and liking where this is going at the moment. In the future, I feel my work will become more abstract once again, but it has been a joy to channel the living energy of plants of the earth and their iconic forms.
I have enjoyed some incredibly inspiring trips to NYC Chelsea and TriBeCa galleries in the last few months. It is inevitable that my own work will eventually be influenced by the work of those established, contemporary painters who are also inspired by nature as well as the continuing influence of historical abstract expressionists Joan Mitchell and Willem deKooning.
The group show, Terrain: A Landscape Collective, just closed at Anne Neilson Fine Art. What a fun experience! You can still view seven of my Field Days and Flora paintings there for a while longer in a side gallery. The gallery will gladly answer any inquiries by phone, email, or in person. And please welcome new gallery director, the vivacious Cassandra Richardson! She’s a joy and very exciting to know.
Beyond that, there are several interesting events coming up to tell you about!
Vermont Studio Center Residency
It is with great pleasure to announce the milestone of acceptance into an artist residency at the Vermont Studio Center, with a merit scholarship. Residencies are one of the seminal ingredients of an painting practice, and this one is extremely competitive. The residency will take place for the month of January, 2020—yes, it will be cold and snowy! But having gone to college in Syracuse, NY, hopefully it won’t come as too much of a shock. During the residency, there will be time to focus solely on painting, in the company of many other visual artists and writers, with opportunities to consult with several visiting professional artists. Think of me during January—an artist friend experienced temps of -18 in February there (that’s eighteen below in case you missed the little “-”).
Meet Me at the MSV on November 9
I will be in attendance at the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley for Meet the Artist, an informal Q& A session with Director of Exhibitions Cory Garman. I’m so excited to return to my Ghosts of a Forgotten Landscape exhibition and talk Cory and attendees about Barns of Shenandoah paintings, the meanings behind them, and my painting process. Make your reservations soon as I hear it is filling up! Incidentally, the paintings of Ghosts of a Forgotten Landscape are available for purchase. You would inquire directly to me for information.
MSV Members: free; all others $15 (includes MSV admission). Register by November 8. Register online or call 540-662-1473, ext. 240. Walk-ins welcome as space permits.
Adult Workshop: Landscape Watercolor at the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley, October 13, with Clay Walthall
“Discover the MSV landscape through sketching and watercolor painting. Participants will visit Ghost of a Forgotten Landscape: Paintings by Sally Veach for inspiration and learn the basic principles of color and landscape painting from instructor Clay Walthall, then move outdoors to create their own unique landscape watercolor painting.
MSV Members: $35; all others: $45 (includes all materials & admission). Registration required by October 11; register online at www.theMSV.org or call 540-662-1473, ext. 240. Includes walking. Wear suitable shoes and dress for the weather. Rain date: Saturday, October 19. Venue: Carriage House Classroom.”