Marriotts, Hatches to Host Annual Invitational Art Show

· September 24, 2009

Southern Virginia University will hold its annual Shenandoah Invitational Art Show at the Fairview Marriott Hotel in Falls Church, Va., on Thursday, Oct. 22, at 6:30 p.m.

Long-time friends of the university Richard Marriott, chairman of the board for Host Hotels & Resorts, Inc., and his wife, Nancy, will host this year’s art show, along with honorary chairs Sen. Orrin Hatch of Utah and his wife, Elaine.

Each year selected artists from around the country offer their recent work for sale to raise funds for fine arts scholarships and programs. The Shenandoah Invitational also provides an opportunity for those attending to experience first-hand the talent of Southern Virginia’s performing arts students.

Elaine Hatch previously served on Southern Virginia University’s board of trustees. The Hatches have a lifelong appreciation for the arts. Many people may not know that Sen. Hatch has written numerous vocal and instrumental music pieces, including “Heal Our Land,” which was performed by gospel singer Wintley Phipps at the 2005 inauguration of President George W. Bush.

The evening begins with a preview of the artwork. Among the many nationally known artists participating this year are Southern Virginia University’s own professors, Barbara Crawford and Doug Himes, and guests Sheri Lynn Boyer Doty, Glen Hopkinson, Del Parson, Walter Rane, William Rushing and A.D. Shaw.

Following dinner Southern Virginia student musical ensembles and soloists will perform, then attendees have the opportunity to purchase artwork.

For more information or to purchase tickets, please contact Cheryl Maggard at 540-261-2782.