Tuesday, November 12, 2019

MUSEUM OF THE SHENANDOAH VALLEY, WINCHESTER, VIRGINIA - PART 1


We got an invite from our son to join him in Winchester on Friday last week.  We spent some time with him and then had an hour to wander around by ourselves before we met up again.  
We weren't too far from the museum and as Gregg had not been there, I asked him if he would like to go.  As it turned out and by the time we got there, we barely had half an hour.  However, we enjoyed what we did see.  

We started off on the second floor and I could see large paintings in one area.  I could see they were colorful and whimsical, something I am always drawn to.  I suggested Gregg go the exhibit right next to this one so that we could both see areas we knew we would be interested in.  I caught up with him soon after.  

I am sharing a few of the paintings I saw, with an explanation below each one. The artist is Bill Rutherford.  You can learn about him here.  They are very large, floor to ceiling, and yes very whimsical, definitely outside of the box so to speak.

You can enlarge each photo to see better detail, especially of the one with the writing.  They help to figure out what you are actually looking at.  

I tried to tidy this explanation by straightening the writing.  I took a lot of them in a hurry so they may be a bit cattywampus.  The words should be okay to read though when enlarged.




























There were several more paintings but I will stop for now.  If you are in the area and are interested, this exhibit will be on display until January 12th, 2020.
I always try to take photos of information next to each painting.  It came in very useful as I did not have time to read every one on this short visit.  
I found Gregg in the rooms designed in the old style of things. 

My favorite area was where the doll houses are shown.  I could have spent another hour in that exhibit.  Some were very simple and others very elegant.  I will have a post sharing these exhibits another time.

I can't say enough good things about The Museum of the Shenandoah Valley.  From what we saw, the exhibits are fun to browse around, and the staff are very friendly and helpful.  We will definitely be going back when we have more time.  Admission at the time of writing this up is $8.00 each.