||This will be a guided tour through the museum galleries to include the work of John Chumley (1928–1984), one of the Shenandoah Valley’s foremost twentieth-century painters. Painting from a studio on his farm in Middletown, Virginia, John Chumley immortalized the Valley’s natural and built landscape, its people, and his growing family. His mastery of the realist style and his adept manipulation of light and color resulted in works that elevated the everyday to the exceptional. With Lyric Brush: John Chumley’s Valley presents nearly forty of John Chumley’s works as well as several objects that served as props and inspiration for the artist’s paintings. The exhibition also features works by three of John Chumley’s children who continued the family’s artistic legacy into the next generation.
In addition to the changing gallery noted above, we may stop in one or more of the other galleries time permitting:
The Museum of the Shenandoah Valley (MSV) contains four gallery spaces:
In the Shenandoah Valley Gallery, objects, multi-media presentations, and dioramas explore the sweep of Valley history, and two additional rooms display changing exhibitions highlighting the Valley’s decorative arts.
The Founders Gallery presents rotating exhibitions featuring objects from the MSV Shenandoah Valley Collection and the collection acquired by MSV benefactor Julian Wood Glass Jr.
The R. Lee Taylor Miniatures Gallery is home to a fascinating collection of furnished miniature houses and rooms assembled by R. Lee Taylor (1924–2000), the Museum’s late Curator of Gardens. This gallery also presents four miniature shadowboxes created by Valley miniatures artist William P. Massey (active late 1930s to late 1940s).
The Changing Exhibitions Gallery displays continually changing exhibitions throughout the year.