“Collage :An Art Odyssey” A Bernie Wasserman Production.


Our Mission

The Wallkill River School is a non-profit artists’ cooperative that runs an art school and fine art gallery as well as a plein air art workshop series on local farms and open spaces. Our mission is to preserve open space through art and art activism, and create economic opportunities for Orange County artists. We have published a local foods cookbook for Orange County based on what our farms grow, when it’s in season, and where to find it.

We run a gallery representing 40 Orange County based artists featured in monthly exhibits, with an art leasing program, and apprenticeship program to encourage the next generation of emerging artists. We run an art school that offers fine art instruction for adults and children in painting, drawing, photography, printmaking, clay, and offers many regional artists the opportunity to teach their skill. We have been called “Orange County’s first homegrown arts movement” by Hudson Valley Magazine and the Times Herald Record.


Shawn Dell Joyce, Executive Director, 16 years (at large)
Liam Vogel, Assistant Gallery Director, 3 yrs
Regina Del Pizzo, Business Manager, 1 yr

Board of Directors

meets the third Weds. of each month at 6pm at WRS

Chairperson: Penny Thelman, pthelman@yahoo.com, leads Fundraising Committee, Patron Board, Long Range Financial Planning Committee
President: Wendy Troncone, wtroncone@tronconepartners.com, Leads Advertising CommitteeFundraising Committee, Patron Board, Advertising Committee, l
Vice President:
Secretary: Janet Campbell,
Denise Aumick, (845) 744-6071 daumick@hvc.rr.com  Fundraising Committee
Asst. Secretary: Linda Nilon linda@gillinhomeinteriors.com: Fundraising Committee, Patron Board
Treasurer: Jim Rathbun jameswrathbun@hotmail.com Fundraising Committee, Patron Board, Long Range Financial Planning
Asst. Treasurer: Nancy Reed Jones, nartist57@aol.com Fundraising Committee, Floral Divas Committee
Shawn Dell Joyce, board member, leads Arts & Ag committee, Fundraising Committee, participates in Advertising, Patron, and Long Range Financial Plan committees.
Connie DeSantis, board members, participates in Patron, Fundraising, and Long Range Financial Planning committees.


Fundraising Committee-Chair: Penny Thelman, meets: as needed
Patron Board-Chair-Penny Thelman, meets yearly in May.
Advertising Committee-Chair: Wendy Troncone, meets monthly, second Friday of Month@ 3pm at WRS.
Cornell Cooperative Master Gardeners-Chair: Lily Norton, meets the Friday before each reception at 1pm at WRS.
Arts and Ag Committee-Chair: Shawn Dell Joyce, meets as needed.
Long Range Financial Planning Committee-Chair: James Rathbun, meets 30 minutes before the monthly board meeting.