811 South Loudoun Street, Winchester VA 22601
Open Thursday-Saturday 12-4
The Shenandoah Arts Council is a nonprofit arts organization, located in Winchester, VA, just eight short blocks SOUTH of the downtown Mall. Our building houses a retail gallery, where visual artist members display their art work for sale, as well as a main gallery where we have rotating exhibitions. Our gallery commission is only 30% – 70% goes back to the artist.
The main gallery also houses our events and activities, such as poetry readings, musical performances, art instruction, figure drawing sessions, meetings, and more. Our second floor is home to three privately rented artist studios. Our facility is also used by area organizations such as the Potters Guild who holds their bi-monthly meetings here as well as the weekly Zen mediation group.
The Arts Council holds its own programs and events as well as markets the overall arts community. We are a resource to the community for general arts information and we partner with several community organizations on cultural offerings for our region. Some of our community partners include the Discovery Museum, Shenandoah Pottery Guild, The Sow’s Ear Poetry Review, Old Town Winchester, Boys & Girls Club and more.
Ann Jarboe, Arts Administrator
Thank you for supporting local art.
The Shenandoah Arts Council was founded on September 11, 1978, by a group of arts patrons and visual artists. At the time, the organization covered the geographic region of Winchester, and Frederick, Clarke, Warren and Shenandoah Counties.
Early activities included bus trips to cultural events, such as art exhibitions in Washington, D.C. and Philadelphia and performances in New York. When the organization was located in the Kurtz building in downtown Winchester, they started “Art in the Stairwell” for small exhibitions. In the 90s, the Arts Council started “First Friday,” a celebration of the arts on the First Friday of each month (except January and May), in Winchester. For many years, the Arts Council housed the Marion Park Lewis Foundation, dedicated to arts education in our region.
Dr. Harris and Dr. Kalbian donated the two-story building at 811 – 813 S. Loudoun Street in Winchester to the Shenandoah Arts Council in late 2000. At the time, there were limited funds to convert the building from doctor’s office to arts space. With an extremely dedicated board of directors, artists and community members, the current gallery & performing space opened in the Fall of 2003. It has been our home ever since.
Board of Directors
Ann Jarboe, Arts Administrator
Anita Shull, President
Prosperity Financial Group Partner, CPA
Doug Stallard, Vice President
First Vice President – Financial Advisor Morgan Stanley
Lauri Bridgeforth, Secretary
Artist, Business Owner, Full Frame Photography
Kim Burch, Treasurer
Controller, Perry Engineering
Cory Garman Museum of the Shenandoah Valley
Chelsea Hester The Winchester Group
Suzan Herskowitz, Attorney Suzan Herskowitz, PLLC
Jerry Hickman Shared Knowledge Technical Solutions
Samir Jhaveri Newell/ Rubbermaid Commercial Products