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Oh, Shenandoah: Paintings of the Historic Valley and River
by Andrei Kushnir
with a foreword by Dana Hand Evans, essays by Warren R. Hofstra and William M. S. Rasmussen, historical vignettes by Jeffrey C. Everett, and an afterword by Edward L. Ayers

Kushnir and Everett won the 2020 Award Excellence in Preservation from the Shenandoah County Historical Society.

The first book of paintings ever published on one of America's most historic and beautiful places!

The Shenandoah Valley is one of the most revered places in America and even the world. Mention it to anyone or say you live there, and the response is invariably, "Oh, it is so beautiful!" Images of its scenic beauty have resonated throughout its history, and even today it is seen as a modern-day idyllic landscape of farms and fields, historic towns and Civil War battlefields, framed on the east and west by the majestic and colorful Blue Ridge and Allegheny Mountains and defined, as well, by the river made famous in the 1882 song, "Oh, Shenandoah."

Andrei Kushnir, a well-known and highly regarded painter in the Washington, D.C., area, has spent nearly a decade traveling throughout every corner of the Shenandoah Valley, painting its myriad landscapes and architectural features with panache and an extraordinary appreciation for place. Kushnir has that rare ability to paint any landscape before him—pastoral or industrial, recreational or social, rural or urban, riparian or agricultural—all the while working out in the elements, en plein air. No artist has ever captured the Shenandoah Valley and its famous river so comprehensively, so intuitively, as has Andrei Kushnir.

In addition to Kushnir's 264 plein-air paintings that are featured for the first time in this book, Oh, Shenandoah presents in-depth essays by leading experts—Edward L. Ayers, Dana Hand Evans, Jeffrey C. Everett, Warren R. Hofstra, and William M. S. Rasmussen—who add a rich, contextual element about the Valley's history and geography and Kushnir's significant contribution to our understanding of this special place. This book, which complements landmark exhibitions of Kushnir's Valley paintings at the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley and James Madison University, is a publication that will endure for generations to come.



Video: A tour through Virginia's Shenandoah Valley by way of plein air paintings by Andrei Kushnir, with music score (banjo) by Dan Gellert.

Video: Artist, Andrei Kushnir returns to Mississippi to discover more about his early childhood.

Video: Andrei Kushnir Talks Painting the Valley at Shenandoah
Shenandoah Today, Shenandoah University News and Events



$60.00 U.S. (trade discount) No e-book has been authorized.
Hardcover/PLC with jacket
416 pages with 264 plein-air paintings by the athor
and 1 color map
10.0" x 11.0" (upright/portrait)
ISBN 978–1–938086–41–0

Published in November 2016

Distributed by the The University of Virginia Press
No e-book has been authorized.

About the Authors

Book Events & Exhibitions:
December 8, 2018
Book signing, exhibit tour and opening
December 8, 2018 - Sept. 1, 2019
Virginia Museum of History & Culture
Richmond, VA (more info here)
Read an interview with Kushnir in the museum's magazine (pdf).
Read an article about the exhibit here.

October 18, 2018
Book talk and signing (more info here)
Massanutten Regional Library, Harrisonburg, VA

November 29, 2017 from 5:30-8 p.m.
Book Signing at the Annual Book Fair
The University Club of Washington, DC

Monday May 1, 2017 from 5-7 p.m.
Opening Reception
Exhibition runs through June 23rd
JMU's Duke Hall Gallery of Fine Art

Read "Scenic Shenandoah" an article from the Daily News Record (pdf)

Shenandoah Valley Map
(click on image to enlarge)
© 2016 Center for the Study of Place



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