ShenArts supports the arts through programming, instruction and exhibition

and expands arts awareness to the community of the Northern Shenandoah Valley. 

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Upcoming Events & Exhibits


Upcoming Exhibit:

  • Deck the Halls Holiday Market – Nov. 24 – Dec. 23

Current Exhibit, Individual Gallery:

  • Veterans’ Vernacular

Current Exhibit, Old Town Welcome Center:

  •  Joe Cunningham



Call to Artists

Deck the Walls

Holiday Market


The Deck the Walls Holiday Market will feature works of art and hand-made items created by ShenArts artists, ready for gifting.

Market Schedule: Gallery hours, Thursday – Saturday, 12 noon to 4 p.m., from Nov. 24 through Dec. 23.

Delivery: All items for the market should be dropped off at ShenArts from Nov. 16 – 18, during gallery hours, 12 noon to 4 p.m. Artists are asked to bring an inventory/price list for all deliveries. Items can range in price, with nothing more than $300.

Pick-Up: Artists will be able to pick up unsold items on the last day of the market, Dec. 23, or in January 2018.

Guidelines:  Sales will be processed like current gallery sales – cash, check, credit cards accepted. The market is “buy-and-carry” and customers take items with them at purchase. Sales are divided with 70% to the artists and 30% to ShenArts. Artists will receive a check by January 31, 2018, for any items sold during the market.

Questions:  Contact Ann Jarboe, Arts Administrator, 540-667-5166, 

Veterans Day Meet-the-Artist Event at ShenArts on Nov. 11

Celebrates Current Exhibit, ‘Veterans’ Vernacular’


The Shenandoah Arts Council is hosting a Meet-the-Artist event on Veterans Day, Saturday, Nov. 11, from 2 to 4 p.m., to celebrate the closing day of its latest exhibit “Veterans’ Vernacular.”

Curated by ShenArts Member Gary Bergel, “Veterans’ Vernacular” features works created by Anthony Jones, Jose Miranda, and Bob Hamill, all three veterans who became artists after their service.

Vernacular is a relatively new term museum directors and visual art curators are giving to human creative expression that is also sometimes called folk art, naïve art, or outsider art – visual art created for therapeutic and restorative reasons.

Mostly self-taught and non-professionally trained individuals often produce this type of art out of deep inner motivations for freedom and healing, according to Bergel.

Art Therapy began to develop in the midst of World War II as injured members of the military returned from the battlefields and were housed and treated in hospitals as well as asylums.

The Meet-the-Artist event is free and open to the public. A variety of pieces from the exhibit will be available for sale.

Ann Jarboe Named Arts Administrator for the
Shenandoah Arts Council
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Winchester, VA (October 16, 2017) – The Board of Directors of the Shenandoah Arts Council announces
the hiring of Ann Jarboe for the position of Arts Administrator, beginning mid-October. The newly-created
role of Arts Administrator will replace the position of Executive Director at ShenArts, a local non-profit
organization dedicated to supporting the arts and expanding arts awareness in the Northern Shenandoah
Valley region.
Board President Anita Shull said the decision to create a new leadership position at ShenArts was driven
by the organization’s desire to remain dedicated to supporting artists in the community. “We want to stay
current and adapt to make sure we are centered on being a resource for artists,” said Shull.
“Our goal was to find someone with a broad-ranging skill set and training in arts administration,” Shull
continued. “We are excited to have Ann come on board with us, and we’re looking forward to great things
A Winchester native and John Handley High School graduate, Jarboe earned a bachelor’s degree in
mass communications and a master’s degree in arts administration from Shenandoah University. She
began her career as a reporter at The Winchester Star before working at Shenandoah University in public
and media relations for a decade.
Jarboe has also worked for Winchester Public Schools as an English teacher at Daniel Morgan Middle
School, and most recently, in guest services at the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley. She also currently
serves as a co-chairperson of the publicity and promotions committee for the Shenandoah Apple Blossom
“I’m honored to be given this opportunity to showcase the talents of area artists in the town I love,” Jarboe
said. “ShenArts has a rich history in our community, and I’m eager to build upon this reputation as we
continue to grow in the future.”
A transition period is being planned under the guidance of the board of directors, which will ensure future
ShenArts programs and upcoming exhibits flow seamlessly.
Jarboe will be officially introduced to the membership of ShenArts at the annual meeting, scheduled for
Wednesday, Oct. 18, at 7 p.m.
Shenandoah Arts Council is a local non profit located at 811 S. Loudoun Street, Winchester, VA, 22601.

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