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Sapphire – 45th Anniversary Exhibition

August 1, 2023


In September 1978, a group of visual artists and arts patrons gathered with a common goal to bring art to the Northern Shenandoah Valley. This group became known as the Shenandoah Arts Council (ShenArts). Through the years, ShenArts has brought together a variety of artists and their unique styles and offered diverse programming to its members and the public.

This fall, join us in celebrating ShenArts’ sapphire (45th) anniversary with a juried member exhibition that explores the color blue in a variety of genres and styles. This exhibition will be on display through Art in the Halls at The Museum of the Shenandoah Valley from October 17, 2023 to January 14, 2024.

Enjoy these artists and their artwork!

Alice Irvan – Built This City On Rock and Blues  |  Barbara Quast – Falls Magic  |  Brian Kirk – Celebration  |  Caitlin Garvey – Lake Laura  |  Carole Miernik – Blue Gingko Leaves  |  Christopher Sol – Changed My Mind  |  Daniele Piasecki – Hypnosis By Abstract II  |  Dave and Janet Gustafson – Hidden Blue Flower
David Sipp – La Luna  |  Debbie Ehrhardt – One More Cast  |  Dennis Reinke – Cozy Night  |  Diane Volinsky – Midday Surf  |  Edwina Orndoff – Spring
Ellen Zimmerman – Snow Moon  |  Gary Grant – Nostalgia In Blue  |  Heather Barker – Regality In Blue  |  Jean Kimble – Lilies In Blue
John P. Lewis – Sea Cloud I and Sea Cloud II  |  Karen Ridings – Coal Miner’s Wife, Osage, WVA  |  Kelly Stallard – Childhood In Blue
Kerry Witmer – Currents  |  Laura Henderson – How D’ya Like Them Apples?  |  Linda Volrath – Bluegrass  |  Malinda Kerr – Serena Giovana Signora della Luna
Mary Paula Malucci – Convergance  |  Narah Yowell – Lovely Laurel  |  Nicholas Schrenk – The Gentle Shenandoah  |  River Willingham – The Great Serpent
Stacy Talbott – Vicarious Sailing Experience  |  Steven Parrish – All Blues  |  Wolfgang Neudorfer – Earth Impaled

Artwork delivery:

Saturday, October 7, 2:00–4:00 pm


Artwork must be delivered to the MSV during this window. If alternate arrangements are needed, please contact ShenArts. *** Do not deliver directly to the MSV without prior permission.

Artwork pickup:

Sunday, January 14, 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Opening Reception:

Tuesday, October 24, 5:00-7:00 pm

Meet the artists and celebrate the 2023 Hearts for the Arts award recipient, Ting-Yu Chen, Shenandoah University Associate Dean for Academic Success and Dance Professor.

Entry Requirements


Artwork must include at least 50% of any shade of blue. Eligible media: drawing, painting, photography, mixed media, pastels, block/ink print, pottery, ceramics, sculpture, assemblage, digital art, collage, metal work, jewelry design, fiber/textile art, wood work, soft sculpture, weaving/tapestry. Please keep works on the small to medium size due to limited exhibit space.

  • Artists must be current ShenArts members to participate.

  • Work may not have previously exhibited with ShenArts or at the MSV.

  • All work must be display ready. Wall pieces must have hanging wire/D-ring hangers.

  • Accepted artwork must remain on display through January 14, 2024.

  • Adding QR codes or any stickers to display labels is strictly prohibited.

NOTE: Juried work will not only be on display at the MSV but will also be displayed in an Online Gallery. Be sure to submit a professional high-quality image both for jurying and for potential buyers to view your work in the online store.

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