Marriott’s to Host First Annual SVU Art Show

Buena Vista, Virginia- Original paintings of over forty professional artists from around the country will be up for sale the evening of April 15 at the first annual SVU Shenandoah Invitational Art Show, hosted by Richard and Nancy Marriott.  The event, which will take place at the Fairview Park Marriott Hotel in Falls Church, Virginia, will benefit the proposed Fine and Performing Arts Center at Southern Virginia University.

Professional artists from a variety of artistic genres such as Greg Olsen, Del Parson, Liz Lemon Swindle, Glen Hopkinson, Al Rounds, Barbara Crawford, Marcus Vincent and many others will be represented.  Their original works, including oil, water color, pastel, and mixed media paintings, will be displayed for preview and/or purchase during the Gala Opening beginning at 6:30 p.m. in the Marriott ballroom, where hors d’oeuvres will kick off the evening.  Dinner will be served at 7:15 followed by musical entertainment provided by SVU’s Chamber Choir, under the direction of Dr. Keith Bradshaw.

“We are thrilled to have so many exceptionally talented artists who have agreed to participate in this event,” stated Monte S. Nyman, President of SVU.  “This event is an opportunity for the University to showcase its talented students and many programs as well help raise funds to further our Fine and Performing Arts programs on campus.  We are delighted and greatly appreciative to the artists and to Richard and Nancy Marriott who are hosting this show.”

Tickets to the SVU Shenandoah Invitational Art Show can be purchased in advance by contacting Dr. Richard Whitehead, event director, at (540) 261-4347, or by email at   

The cost of tickets is $150 per couple, of which $100 can be used towards the purchase of a painting.  Individual tickets may be purchased for $75, with $50 going towards such a purchase.  Paintings will be sold on a ‘first come first served’ basis.  Paintings not sold during the April 15 show will be available for viewing and for sale until May 1, 2004 on the campus of SVU in Buena Vista, Virginia.  For more information please contact Dr. Whitehead.