Watercolor exhibit opens at MSV

Suzanne Lhor Silger's "Vases of Many Colors" is on display in the Virginia Watercolor Society's 38th annual exhibition at the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley in Winchester. Courtesy photo

WINCHESTER – The Museum of the Shenandoah Valley is opening a new contemporary art exhibit on Saturday.

The Virginia Watercolor Society’S 38th annual exhibition will run through Jan. 7.

MSV Director of Exhibitions Coryn Garmen is extremely proud of this exhibit. “It offers a wide variety of subject and styles,” Garman said. “Works range from realism to abstraction.”

More than 80-juried works, showcasing beauty, experimentation, innovation and creativity in contemporary watercolor will be on view. Works include “Vases of Many Colors” by Suzanne Lhor Silger, “Chrysanthemum” by Terry Anstorm and “MVP” by Z. L. Feng

“It’s such a wide variety in terms of subject matter,” German said. “Some things viewers wouldn’t associate with watercolor will be on display.”

This exhibit marks the first time that the Virginia Watercolor Society has been in the Northern Shenandoah Valley. MSV has also hosted the annual Virginia Watercolor Society conference for the week.

Over the past seven years, MSV has expanded its galleries to include more contemporary art exhibits. These expansions allow for more exhibits to change throughout the year.

“We’re trying to reach new audiences,” German said, adding they want to “offer experiences that are fun and enriching for all.”

“If you love fine art, watercolor, or if you just want to have an experience with some really great art, this exhibit is for you,” German said. “It showcases some of the best watercolors in the region.”

To celebrate the opening of the Virginia Watercolor Society’s 38th Annual Exhibition, the MSV is hosting a preview reception from 7-9 p.m. today. Guests will be able to ask questions with exhibiting artists. Those interested in attending the preview should register in advance or call the museum, 540-662-1473, ext. 240. Admission is $20, which includes admission to the exhibition and light refreshments. The event is free for museum or watercolor society members.

The MSV is located at 901 Amherst St., Winchester.