On a visit to the Washington Street Artists’ Cooperative gallery on George Street in Charles Town, WV you will find among other things several lovely pastels and watercolors by Virginia Winston. Although she has not worked in pastels for long, you will find a deft hand with a well-established vocabulary. Her works evoke an appreciation for and a celebration of our natural environment. More than that, her definition of the scene and the colors she employs imbue her work with a dynamic quality and a sense of growing things.
The perspective she chooses invites the viewer to walk right into her pictures. Virginia is drawing us into a revelation of the natural world, not as she imagines it, but as she experiences its many sides. She is the owner of Winston Gardens Native Plants Nursery off Swan Pond Road near Martinsburg, WV. As such she has been helping people for many years to appreciate the natural environment. With a hopeful heart and a good will she seeks harmony between the man-made and natural worlds. Her art is an extension of this effort. Harmony as she envisions it, is that which is the next place we can be, not some idealized and philosophized concept, but the other side of an unlocked door. Come and see her work, which will be the featured solo exhibition for the month of June in the Firehall Gallery at 108 N. George Street, Charles Town, WV. You can meet Virginia at the opening reception on Saturday, June 7 from 5:30 – 7:30pm.