A mother and her son discover a new passion thanks to the ArtScape exhibition | Every day

WINCHESTER – Abby McDonald and her son, Asher, who are attending ArtScape for the first time, are encouraged by their experience to continue their good work.

“When you win something, you always want to try and try again,” said 7-year-old Asher. “Or if you lose something, you always want to try and try again.”

In his case, it’s won.

The Boyce Elementary School freshman submitted a painting of a white tiger he completed when he was 6 years old, and it was accepted into the art exhibit at the Museum of Shenandoah Valley.

Her mum, 32, started painting as a child but said she didn’t pick up the brush as an adult until she found herself with more free time during the COVID-19 pandemic.

She presented a large colorful painting of a woman with flowers in her hair, and she also put on a show.

McDonald’s artwork will be on display at MSV until July 17.

Meanwhile, in mid-June, the exhibition will continue in the form of an outdoor art gallery along the Loudoun Street pedestrian mall in downtown Winchester, where it will remain for a year.

Displayed on banners along with approximately 55 other works of art, Asher’s banner will be near the Old Town Splash Pad and her mother’s in front of the Shenandoah Valley Civil War Museum.

“I think we’re kind of hooked now,” McDonald said of the experience.

Although new to ArtScape, the two had known it since McDonald’s mother-in-law, Audrey Cawley-Lee of Berryville, had already had his photograph accepted.

Most of the show is juried, said Lisa Sipp, executive director of the Shenandoah Arts Council, which organizes the show in conjunction with the MSV.

Among those included in the 2022 exhibition are several works selected from the Shenandoah Arts Council’s recent Youth Art Month exhibition and the annual Teen Art Club exhibition, a collaboration with the MSV, according to shenarts.org/artscape-13.

“Asher was selected because he participated in the Youth Art Month art exhibition in March,” Sipp said.

He was chosen in the 6-8 category and another young artist was chosen in the Teen Art Club, she said.

Four other youths were tried throughout the process along with approximately 50 adults from across the region.

Asher said he painted his tiger from memory and particularly liked its fluffy look.

Although he is a big fan of tigers, he plans to move on to painting dragons next.

“I think we might have a new favorite,” her mother said.

See the ArtScape exhibit on the main floor of the Shenandoah Valley Museum, 901 Amherst St., through July 17, and see the banners on the mall June 13-17, as they go. facility.

Other ArtScape events will include the first ArtScape Friday on the mall in August and September, when visitors can meet the artists and watch live art demonstrations, and a scavenger hunt in October. For more information, visit shenarts.org/about-artscape.