Shenandoah Arts Council Celebrates Black History Month


WINCHESTER, Va. – Various artwork from local artists will be displayed throughout February at the Shenandoah Arts Council in celebration of Black History Month.

“I did my first painting when I was about seven years old,” said Otis Stanley, local artist. “I’ll be 60 my next birthday, so you do the math. I’ve been painting for awhile.”

“My husband was never interested in art. I said, ‘Let’s try something new, something you’ve never done before,'” said Carmen Crawford, another local artist. “And he said, ‘I can’t do that’ and I said, ‘Yes, you can.'”

An art class is all it took for Carmen Crawford’s husband, Ray, to not only get interested in art, but create pieces that are now on sale, alongside hers.

“I didn’t know I could draw a stick,” said Ray Crawford.

“I took him to class and he’s never been the same,” said Carmen Crawford.

The stories behind the art is a big part of the reason John Hill created the artist reception 15 years ago, and still looks forward to the exhibit every year.

“For local communities, it is important to bring this art, a variety of art, to the people,” said Hill.

There are seven featured artists this year, which Hill says is the most in the exhibit’s history. The variety of work, from sculptures to paintings, is for sale.

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