Welcome to Shenandoah Art Destination, a fabulous place in the heart of both the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains and the Allegheny Mountains, a perfect place where artists can rest and relax while challenging their inner creative self. Let me explain how this came to be. My artist husband, Jan Willem, and I have been involved in the art world for over 30 years. Jan Willem, born with a natural talent, has been drawing anything and everything since he was old enough to hold a pencil/crayon. His first large piece we have was created when he was six years old and is framed and hanging in our gallery. Over the years he channeled his talent working in the commercial world in every medium possible; branching out into the gallery world with his oil or acrylic on canvas paintings and then adding teaching his art skills to interested artists. I immersed myself in the art world by being his Art Representative and also for 9 other artists (all different mediums and styles) and several photographers.
So how did Shenandoah Art Destination come to be?? Jan Willem and I have been looking for “the next stage” in our life. We thought about running an art gallery or we thought about traveling from art exhibit to art exhibit. And then we heard about a couple selling an “art school” in France – what fun, we thought, and how perfect for us. So we went to visit and we loved the idea. Actually, we loved the place and we tried to buy it, but that didn’t work out – and we were bummed. An art school in a medieval village in France – what could be better than that??
Well, we found it – five minutes outside Lexington, Virginia is an1883 Federal B&B in the Blue Ridge mountains. Your arrival will take you over a creek fronted mountainside to both a Manor and Guest house with 8 guest rooms all with private baths, jacuzzis, fireplaces and private porches nestled on 10 acres – the perfect place for rest, relaxation and art creativity. It is every bit as beautiful as France, every bit as stimulating and relaxing (with vineyards as well). You will find yourself in the middle of some of the most beautiful nature anywhere. Your creative juices will flow from your fingertips and Jan Willem and I are there to give you inspiration, nudge you to think differently, try different styles and approaches and move your creativity forward.