Shenandoah Valley artist Sally Veach is hosting an online art sale to benefit the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley (MSV). From October 15 through November 15, 2022, nearly 90 original paintings and drawings by Veach will be available for purchase on www.sallyveach.com/shop, with 30% of all sales to benefit the MSV.
Based in Shenandoah County, Virginia, Sally Veach (b. 1962) explores the power of nature through interpretive landscape paintings. The natural environments of Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley and the Potomac Valley of West Virginia are featured in many of her evocative works while landscapes seen during recent residencies in Ireland and Vermont also served as inspirations for her paintings.
Works by Sally Veach have been exhibited throughout the Southeastern United States—including at the MSV in the exhibition Ghosts of a Forgotten Landscape from 2019–2020—and her paintings are in numerous public and private collections in the United States. Three years ago, the MSV acquired Harvest Ghost, a poignant interpretation of the Valley’s changing landscape painted by Veach in 2018, for its contemporary art collection.
Sally Veach has donated paintings or a percentage of her artwork sales in support of many causes, including the Shenandoah County Historical Society and the Friends of the North Fork of the Shenandoah River. In 2020, Veach held her first online benefit art sale in support of the construction of The Trails at the MSV, a 90-acre park at the Museum with miles of trails and art installations. According to MSV officials, the free-admission art park opened in late 2020 and more than 89,000 people have visited the park during the last year. “I am appreciative of the opportunities the MSV offers our region to engage with art and green space” notes Veach, “and I am happy to be able to support the MSV.”
Works available for purchase in the online art sale include abstract pieces and representational landscapes. The paintings range in size and price from a ten-inch plein air landscape available for $275 and powerful, black, sumi-ink works priced between $300–$400, to a nearly five-foot-tall oil painting of an Irish valley, Toombs Hollow 5 Horreum, available for $3,900.
Veach created all works being offered in the online event between 2016 and September of 2022, with 36 paintings and drawings being released for the first time during the MSV benefit sale. Along with several barn-themed paintings from her Barns of Shenandoah body of work, paintings are available for purchase from Veach’s Toombs Hollow series—which was inspired by plein air work painted in West Virginia during the pandemic and time spent in Ireland. Her Vestigium series of drawings expresses thoughts about the interactions of humans and nature with geometric shapes and gestural marks.
Works may be purchased framed or unframed, and Sally Veach is available for virtual viewings via FaceTime or Skype. To help customers visualize her works on display, she is able to provide virtual previews of paintings hanging in a room, and for select works, Veach will travel for a complimentary in-home preview in the Winchester, Harrisonburg, Charlottesville, and Washington, DC areas. Any commissioned works during the online art sale will also benefit the MSV.
A regional cultural center, the MSV is located at 901 Amherst Street in Winchester, Virginia. The MSV includes a galleries building that presents permanent and rotating exhibitions, the Glen Burnie House, seven acres of formal gardens, and The Trails at the MSV. Additional details about the MSV are available here or by calling 540-662-1473, ext. 235.