This intersection of people and nature is evident to me in our historic and decaying barns. Perhaps it is easy to make the connection here because these barns are in a state of slow demise. The weathered wood, textured stone, and off kilter stance have character and draw people in. They provide a romantic experience of a time-gone-by, with all the richness of human struggle and perseverance, survival, and the care of our small family groups.
Our traditional barns are slowly deteriorating; one day they could be lost forever. Modern barns are not constructed in the same way; they serve a different purpose, and the traditional, family barn has outlived it’s usefulness. Some day in the future, these beloved barns will no longer exist. Sadly many have only a short time left. My endeavor is to raise awareness of the richness of these barns, and possibly raise funds for their preservation. Those that are not to be saved, will at least be memorialized in my paintings.
I would like to shine a light on these majestic reminders of days-gone-by with The Shenandoah County Traditional Barns Project and the Barns of Shenandoah traveling exhibition. I will create at least ten large, interpretative paintings of local barns of interest or historic value. The result will be a body of work that can be exhibited publicly in different venues, and a portion of the sales from the paintings will be donated to a fund for traditional barn owners.
It is my hope that the project will serve as a celebration of Shenandoah County, its history and its people, and by extension the entire Shenandoah Valley. Honoring the old barns is a way to enrich the lives of our citizens, providing a meaningful reminder of the inherent value of our people and place.
If you or someone you know would like to be involved in this project, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. To follow along with my project and other art news, please sign up for my newsletter here. Thank you very much for your consideration.
Sally Veach, Artist