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Norman Rockwell’s America in the Shenandoah Valley

Norman Rockwell’s heartwarming depictions of everyday American life made him one of the best-known and most beloved artists of the 20th century.

He lived and created work through some of the most eventful periods in the nation’s history. His paintings tell a story — vividly chronicling those times.

Rockwell was a storyteller at a time when so-called “serious” art was neither narrative nor representational. His painted stories were folksy, humorous, and often topical. He was more than just a chronicler of the times. He had a genius for knowing which stories to tell, how to tell them, and which details to emphasize to strengthen the message of his work.

From February 20 through August 8, 2021, at the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley in Winchester, VA, Norman Rockwell’s America presents a selection of works spanning six decades and includes more than 25 original paintings, studies, and drawings. The exhibit also features hundreds of vintage Saturday Evening Post covers and 1940s-era posters of Rockwell’s iconic Four Freedoms series. The exhibition also includes digital photographs by the artists’ group For Freedoms that are modern renditions of Rockwell’s Four Freedoms posters.

Entrance to the exhibition is included in MSV general admission. Visit www.themsv.org for more information.

Norman Rockwell’s America © 2021 is curated and organized by National Museum of American Illustration, Newport, RI, and the American Illustrators Gallery, New York, NY. The exhibition’s MSV display is generously supported by United Bank and sponsored by Perry Engineering Company, Inc. and Shenandoah Country Q102.