Hudson Valley Plein Air Festival

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Organized by the Wallkill River School

2nd Annual

October 4 – 8, 2017

 

Wednesday, October 4th:
4 – 6pm: Welcome reception and registration for juried artists at the Wallkill River School.
Artists will get an information packet and have their blank canvases stamped for the event.
Artists are free to paint after 4pm (map included in packet).

Thursday, October 5th: Paint at Olana (optional). Olana is the historic home, studio and designed landscape of Hudson River School Artist Frederic Church.

Friday, October 6th: Artists paint where they wish within the map boundary.

Saturday, October 7th:
2 – 3pm: Quick Draw registration and canvas stamping open to all artists at the Newburgh Waterfront

3 – 5pm: Quick Draw Painting Competition
5 – 5:30pm: Framing & Set up of Quick Draw artworks on artist easels
5:30pm: Quick Draw Awards

Sunday, October 8th:
9am: Artwork drop off to Orange Hall Gallery, SUNY Orange, located at the corner of Wawayanda & Grandview Avenues (GPS: 24 Grandview Avenue), Middletown, NY.

10am – 2pm: Hanging and judging of artwork. Venue restricted to judges and WRS officials.
2 – 3pm: Preview party for artists, housing hosts, supporters, prize donors, special guests, etc.
3 – 5pm: Public Show and Sale. Artists will host their display area.

Saturday, October 28th: Artists collect their artwork from SUNY Orange or make other arrangements with Chrissy Pahucki (cpahucki@gmail.com) to have works shipped or stored.

 


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2017 Artists

Karrie Baldwin

Karrie received a BFA in Painting and Drawing from the University of Utah in 2003. She travels and participates in plein air events and juried exhibitions wherever the sun shines. The West and Costa Rica have been her recent venues, she now is beginning to explore New York State and the East. Her impressionist paintings focus on light, contrast and color, they are sensitive, yet express the energy and sense of place. Her goal is to create a painting that calls to the viewer to look, then look again and again. “I am inspired by the beauty and diversity of the landscape and the peace and connection this amazing earth provides. Thoughts of joy, peace and love are in each brush stroke. Every shape, color, pattern and mark is connected to send lasting ripples of energy from one to another. The painting process is complete when someone finds a connection to a painting. Sharing the feeling of a place is so exciting.”


Susan Beadle

Susan Beadle is a social historiam at heart.  The combination of history, people, and the events that bind them into a compelling story have been my passion.  When she stopped teaching history, she needed a way to examine the human condition anew and art became her medium. Art is ancient. Art is emotional and compelling. Art is the human story.  She is interested in images that evoke a response or pose the question “why this?”


John J. Capowski

John J. Capowski holds a B.A., Hamilton College, a J.D., Cornell Law School, and a Cert. in Fine Arts, M. I. C. A.

He grew up in Edward Hopper’s hometown of Nyack, New York in the Hudson Valley and was influenced by Hopper’s work (his high school art teacher mowed Hopper’s lawn) and that of the Hudson River School painters. School trips were often to the New York City museums, and he continued to regularly visit the museums when home from college and graduate school.

While he has painted and drawn throughout his life (his mother thought he should be an artist), knowing the difficulty of a career in art, he earned a law degree and has made his career in public interest law and as a law professor.

In college he studied painting with James Penney and, while living in Baltimore, he studied at the Maryland Institute College of Art with Louise Hennessey, Philip Koch, Stan Friedman, and others. In recent years, he has focused on plein air landscapes in oil. Whether on his porch as a child or in the fields of Upstate New York, he painted en plein air long before he had any idea what that meant.


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Sharon Crute

Primarily an equine artist for over 35 years, Sharon has branched out to add plein air painting to her portfolio. As a long-time track artist during the summer at the Saratoga Race Course, a request from management to paint in the saddling paddock ignited her love for the genre. She explains: “very hesitantly, I agreed to try it out. I was so nervous and self-conscious among the crowds but many people encouraged me to continue and expressed a genuine interest in what would become a new direction.” That was five years ago and Sharon has since pursued outdoor painting as her main focus, studying with other artists and traveling to exhibit her new body of work. “I’ll always paint horses, but now my horses are in a landscape instead of racing around a track.”


Daisy de Puthod

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Born in Paris, France, to a family of artists, Daisy de Puthod has been painting since childhood. In 1975, after graduating from the Colorado Institute of Art, she became a successful commercial artist, illustrating in pen and ink or watercolor for ad agencies and publishing houses. In 1988, she relocated to the Hudson Valley, where she studied portraiture in pastels and oils, exploring a bold and colorful style, “leaning a bit towards Fauvism” as described in a New York Times review of her solo show at the Garrison Art Center, NY. Since 2000, Daisy’s main focus has shifted to plein-air painting, participating in 15 nationally juried plein-air events in California, Maine, Maryland, New York, Vermont and Virginia. She is on the advisory board and a Signature member of the New York Plein Air Painters, also a Signature member of the American Impressionist Society. Her work has found its way into numerous private and public collections, including the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum and the home of the former chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts.


David Finnell

In the late 1980s, David began taking watercolor classes at the Torpedo Factory in Alexandria, Virginia. Since then, he has taken workshops with watercolorists Tom Lynch, Tony Van Hasselt, Frank Webb, Judi Wagner, Ron Ranson, Marilynne Bradley, and Lee Heinsen-Ligocki. David enjoys the challenge, fun, and camaraderie of plein air painting. As one of 30 national artists juried into Plein Air Richmond 2017, David won an honorable mention and the Nita Enoch Interiors Award for his painting “Ambling in the Alley.” In 2016, 2014, and 2013, David was a juried artist in Easels in Frederick in Frederick, Maryland. In Easel’s quick-draw competition in 2015, David took first place honors in the non-juried category. David has also participated in plein air events in Alameda, California; Cumberland, Maryland; Falls Church, Virginia; and Lexington, Virginia. In August 2017, he will take place in the Floyd (Virginia) Plein Air Festival. David’s work appears regularly in regional art shows, including Waterford, Virginia, where his painting “Meandering down Main Street,” took both Best Watercolor and Best Waterford Scene in 2014. David lives in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. He retired this year from teaching English at Sherando High School in Stephens City. He and his wife plan on moving to Charlottesville, Virginia, in 2018.


Tarryl Gabel

mist-rising-by_Tarryl_GabelTarryl Gabel, an award winning Hudson Valley Artist, was born and raised on a cattle ranch on the Forth Berthold Indian Reservation, ND. She was inspired and encouraged by her grandfather, a self-taught western artist. Living in the Hudson Valley for many years, her work is more focused on the landmarks and beautiful landscapes of this region and throughout New England. Tarryl prefers to work plein air when possible. She also paints wildlife and western subjects, as well as still life paintings, when she cannot be outdoors. Tarryl had the honor to be chosen to paint an ornament for the White House Christmas Tree. At that time, “Our Country’s National Parks” was the theme. She was invited to and attended a special reception at the White House. The ornament remains a part of their permanent collection. Tarryl was also a past winner of the “Paint the Parks Top 100” and “Paint America Top 100” National Competitions. Her works are displayed in many private and corporate collections around the country and abroad.


Kari Ganoung Ruiz

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Kari was raised at the edge of The Finger Lakes National Forest in Central New York State, which set the stage for her deep connection to the natural landscape. After earning her Bachelor of Science in Fine Art from Ashland University in Ohio, she worked as a decorative painter, faux finisher, and occasional muralist. Kari and her husband Diego Ruiz opened a picture framing studio featuring fine art and gifts in 2007. An encouraging local response to her work prompted more space at the boutique to be used to display paintings, and eventually the move to a larger location. Due to the increased visibility of the new gallery, the draw on their time became much greater and began to cut into studio hours. At this time, Kari began to focus on plein air work; feeling the need to learn about light and shadow directly from the natural world. The choice was made and the plan set in motion to close the storefront location and move to an online only gallery. Kari and Diego have recently moved back out to the finger lakes countryside where open fields, forests, lakes, streams, and farms can continue to inspire their work.


Elissa Gore

Air, earth, water and light mix together to form our living world. Elissa Gore captures these elements as she has seen them in landscape paintings for over thirty years. Formerly a scientific illustrator and college professor of fine art living in New York City and the Catskills, she paints and sketches outdoors in the city and the country. She makes larger works from her studies in the studio. Her work is in over 60 public collections including the US Art in Embassies program. A Philadelphia native, she has a BFA from the University of Pennsylvania, and an MA from the University of Texas. She exhibits frequently and has had over 15 solo exhibitions. She’s a prize winner in plein air painting events. She has taught watercolor workshops for the New York Botanical Garden for 20 years. In New York City, she is represented by Markel Fine Arts.


Lana Grauer

Lana Grauer grew up in upstate New York. Cold snowy winters exploring icy forests and frozen bays followed by wonderful hot summers on the shores of Lake Ontario led to a great joy and appreciation of the landscapes and waterscapes of this area. She attended Syracuse University being attracted by the art school but ending up as a biology major. Following a career in the biotech industry in San Diego, she returned to her first love of painting. Now she spends summers in the Finger Lakes region of New York state painting the lakes, marshes, vineyards and farmhouses of the area. She paints exclusively in pastel, often with underpaintings. As an avid sailor, she paints sailboats and tries to capture the thrill and excitement of small boat racing. She is a member of the Yates County Art Center in Penn Yan, New York where she is an artist member as well as teacher. Her work is also shown at Main Street Arts in Clifton Springs, New York as well as at the Edward Hopper House and Museum in Nyack, New York and the Mattie Kelly Arts Center, Niceville Florida.


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Sandra Hildreth

Sandra Hildreth is a retired high school art teacher who lives and works in Saranac Lake. Working primarily in oils, Hildreth enjoys hiking, paddling and skiing to various locations in the Adirondacks to paint. Her work is always on display at the Adirondack Artists Guild Gallery in Saranac Lake, as well as other regional galleries and she welcomes visitors to her home studio, by appointment. She is the organizer of the Adirondack Plein Air Festival.


Janet Howard-Fatta

Hudson Valley artist Janet Howard-Fatta creates a variety of works from landscapes in oil depicting place and time, to figurative works in wet and dry media. Light, color and a love of nature are the driving forces behind her work. She strives to create a visual representation of what she experiences through her senses. Painting events on location such as weddings, parties to create a keepsake and artistic experience has become a main focus in her work. Telling the stories of others through creating art celebrates our cultural history. Janet is a Pratt graduate, currently a board member of the Orange County Arts Council, and facilitates the Warwick Life Drawing Group. She lives in Warwick, NY surrounded by the beauty of a rural landscape that includes farms, mountains and state parks.


Shawn Dell Joyce

Shawn Dell Joyce is the founder and executive director of the Wallkill River School of Art, a nonprofit arts organization with a mission of preserving agricultural history while creating economic opportunity for local artists. The Wallkill River School brings cultural tourism to the region through plein air painting classes on local farms, historic sites and open spaces.  She has won many prestigious awards for her art and environmental activism, is a signature member of New York Plein Air Painters (NYPAP), and has been featured in many national newspapers and magazines like the New York Times and Plein Air Magazine.  She has participated in many national level plein air festivals and IPAP international.


Jim Laurino

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Jim Laurino began painting as a teenager and eventually studied design and color theory at the University of Connecticut. Over time he formed a more lasting interest in painting landscapes, and particularly enjoys working on-site, or “en plein air”. Through workshops and self-study, Jim has cultivated a unique representational painting style that balances the impressionists influence with contemporary subject matter. Jim constructs frames for all of his paintings. The frames, which are made out of reclaimed wood material, fashion a rustic window into each piece, subtly complimenting his work. Jim’s paintings are in numerous private collections. He exhibits in galleries and events throughout the Northeast, and recently received top prize in the Hudson Valley Plein Air Festival (2016).


Diane Leifheit

As a pastel painter, color is what grabs Diane Leifheit. Her home base, the Adirondack region, contains the whole spectrum of color from the blue that is a shadow in a snowbank to the myriad greens of summer, to the riot of autumn leaves. The human figure ads depth to her compositions relating the land to its inhabitants.

Leifheit’s medium of pastel allows her to construct a very close interpretation of a particular landscape, but also exhibit the freedom to capture a mood in the work i.e. misty mornings, swirling snow storms or the atmosphere of a hot, humid day.

Working with portraiture has allowed Leifheit to explore the beauty of the human face. In 2014 she completed 185 faces for a portrait project, “Face to Face: Drawn to Saranac Lake”, depicting the people of her home town Saranac Lake, not just residents but visitors too. The project strengthened her abilities with the figure and allowed Leifheit to get much closer to her “home town”.  The exhibit gave the residents and visitors of the town a real perspective of who the town was that year.

Currently, Diane Leifheit is a plein air painter, painting outside. Her subject matter is at times as close as her own backyard or as far afield as her travels to Mexico. Leifheit is also exploring oil as a medium though that will be more private as she develops an understanding of the medium.

A visit to Leifheit’s studio will put a face to her work and the artist. Browsers are encouraged. Leifheit is always open to talking about how pastel meets paper. Check out Leifheit’s work on her website www.dianeleifheit.com


John McNally

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Taking his first painting lesson at age 8 in an art store in Pittsburgh PA, John McNally minored in Studio Art at PSU, and earned an MFA in Creative Writing at LSU. After managing a poetry bookstore in San Francisco 6 years, he moved to New Jersey, where, from 1997 thru 2009, he studied plein air painting with Bucks County artist Robert Beck along the Delaware River and in Maine. Further journeys with his easel to the Four Corners and Finger Lakes Regions cemented his practice of travel and painting. In 2013 he attended his first painting competition, the Seneca Lake (formerly Billsboro) Plein Air Festival, received 2nd place, and discovered a community of likeminded itinerant artists. Among his other awards: 1st Place in Morristown NY 2014 (judged by Laura Foster, Director of The Remington Museum); 2nd Place, Adirondack Plein Air Festival 2015; 3rd Place, Easton PA Riverside Festival 2015. He attended Plein Air Magazine’s Publisher’s Invitational the last 4 summers, and will participate again next June.


Lynn Mehta

The paintings Lynn creates are the art of Impressionism. It is important for her to give the surprise of discovery when looking closely at her paintings and then stepping back, allowing room for imagination. She works in her home studio in Alexandria, VA and paints outside. An artist at an early age, the outdoors has been where she feels the most free. Plein Air Magazine ran a 5-page “Artist Profile” on Mehta in September 2016, Washington DC’s, Hill Rag, ran a 2-page article in February 2016, and she is a featured artist in 100 Painters of the Mid-Atlantic. A member in several organizations, Mehta is juried into Oil Painters of America, Salmagundi Club, and Washington Society of Landscape Artists. Most recently, she was awarded Signature Membership in the American Society of Marine Artists. With a B.A. in Art from San Diego State University, Mehta continued her studies in workshops of internationally acclaimed artists in the US and abroad. In May 2016, she completed an artist residency in Acadia National Park. ​A recipient of numerous awards, Mehta most recently received Best Use of Light at Mountain Maryland Plein Air 2017, First Place in BSSS Queen City Plein Air Festival 2016, and First Place in Staunton Juried Artists’ Quick Draw Art Competition 2016.


Nedra Newby

Nedra has always been interested in the many ways texture appears in art. An early stage of her art making involved collage in a print process called the collagraph. Texture still pulled her into its spell. Painting geometric shapes suggesting the city, she then painted text in one color over the composition. She found that the text created points of color and had the look of a textural tapestry. Her work has gone through several stages and she is now a figurative painter who paints the textures of the landscape as she sees them in brick, glass, water and stone. Text, when it appears, is a sign identifying a place such a Macy’s. She is a regional artist and has a passion for Plein Air Painting, winning the grand prize at the Niskayuna Paint Out in 2015. She was included in the paint out at Olana in Hudson, NY in 2016. She is a current member of the American Artist Professional League and the Salmagundi Club in New York City participating in the Grand National Exhibition since 2014. Her work has been included in the Mohawk-Hudson Regional winning a prize in 2011. She is a member of the Cooperstown Arts Association and was pleased to win the Winsor & Newton award in National Juried Exhibition in 2013. She has exhibited her art in group shows at Pleiades Gallery, The Drawing Center, The Museum of the City of New York and the Pen and Brush. One person shows include, “Color Moves Form”, Washington and Jefferson College, Olin Gallery, PA; The New Art Center, “Spells”, at 580 Eighth Ave, NY; and most recently, an exhibition of paintings, “There and Back Again”, at the law offices of Higgins, Roberts & Suprunowicz, PC. In Niskayuna, NY. Her work is included in two books, Painting the Town, published by the Museum of the City of New York and Site Matters, The Lower Manhattan Cultural Council World Trade Center Residency, 1997-2001. Nedra Newby earned her BVA and a Masters of Visual Art from Georgia State University, USA. She has a Masters of Arts from SUNY, Albany, NY and studied art at the Central School of Art and Design in London England, earning a diploma in printmaking while on a Fulbright Grant. Nedra is also an Edwin Austin Abbey Fellow sponsored by the National Academy of Design.


Chrissy Pahucki

Chrissy Pahucki was born in Goshen, NY. She is a painter living in the Hudson River Valley. She loves the outdoors and spends much of her summer painting en plein air. Using acrylics, she captures the natural essence of her subjects. Chrissy is especially interested in the relationship between land and water and how water affects the colors, shapes and dynamics of landscapes. Her plein air awards include: 2016 Honorable Mention at the Easton, MD Quick Draw preview, 2015 Chrissy won The Best Depiction of Nature award at Paint It! Ellicott City, MD 2015 Honorable Mention in the Camp Hill, PA Plein Air festival’s Quick Draw Competition, 2014, 3rd Place – Adirondack Harvest Plein Air Festival, 2014 Honorable Mention – Castine Plein Air Festival, ME, 2014 People’s Choice & Honorable Mention – Morristown Plein Air Festival, NY, 2014 Will Roger’s Award – Adirondack Plein Air Festival, NY. Chrissy has been a Represented Artist of the Wallkill River School Gallery and has had an annual show at the gallery from 2009 to 2015. Her paintings hang in many homes across the United States.


Rick Parenti

Rick Parenti began drawing as a young child and attended the Maryland Institute College of Art. With his three dimensional art background, furniture and designing interiors was a natural fit for him. His love for designing with beautiful woods grew into a successful business of 33 years, Wood Join Company. Rick collaborates with many and varied artists, craftsmen and business people in order to fulfill each clients project. Twelve years ago, Rick studied with Najim Checham, a well-known international sculptor. He recently discovered the Wallkill River School where he has been studying pastels with Shawn Dell Joyce. Pastels have given Rick the venue to produce paintings quickly. His work has changed and grown with his skills, and he is being featured in a solo show as both a painter and a sculptor at the Wallkill River School of Art this Spring. Rick is as passionate about his art as he is his business. He says; “In art, everything is permissible as long as it’s beautiful and fantastic!”


Nancy Reed Jones

JonesNancy Reed Jones is an award winning artist living and working in the beautiful Hudson Valley. Nancy was trained at the Huntington Art League on Long Island where she lived most of her life. She owned her own mural business for many years on Long Island and painted murals for the cancer patients in the hospitals there. Her murals were painted directly on the walls in the patient’s rooms where they could be viewed from their beds. These murals were used for “Guided Imagery” which is a technique where the patients get so engrossed in the scene that it alleviates their pain. Nancy has developed “Art For Relaxation” classes to help people in recovery from addictions and serious illnesses. Relaxation techniques such as soft music, flowing fountains and aroma therapy are used to help people relax and enjoy the process of learning to paint. Nancy now teaches acrylic and oil painting in her home studio in Walden, New York and is also a painting instructor at the Wallkill River School of Art where she was a member of the Board of Directors for several years. In 2013 Nancy was chosen to receive the “Champion Of The Arts” award from the Orange County Arts Council. She was also voted #1 acrylic artist in the region in 2010.


Julie Riker

Julie Riker received her BFA in Illustration from the University of The Arts and, after graduation, she worked on the restoration of the PA State Capitol for 6 years restoring original decorative finishes. In 1996 she started her own interior decorative painting business, specializing in murals, faux finishes, and hand painted decoration. She has painted in countless homes throughout the area as well as churches and businesses. When not working for a client, Julie enjoys painting outdoors. Many of these plein air paintings serve as inspiration for larger studio pieces, but some stand on their own as observations of the beauty and variety of nature. She has participated in many national painting competitions and has won several awards – most recently the Artist’s Choice Award for Paint Snow Hill 2016, the Plein Air Magazine Award for Plein Air Wayne 2016, Plein Air Salon, and juried artist in Plein Air Easton. She is past president of the Susquehanna Valley Plein Air Painters and a member of the Mid Atlantic Plein Air Painters.


Mitchell Saler

Mitchell Saler is a fine art painter who lives in Middletown, New York. In 2009, he graduated with an Associate Degree in Visual Arts from Orange County Community College in Middletown, New York. In 2011, he received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting and Drawing, summa cum laude, from the State University of New York at New Paltz. The university awarded him the Alex Martin Scholarship, and he has received awards in various art exhibits. He has been exhibiting in a number of venues and is a represented artist at the Wallkill River School. His works emphasize vastness, dramatic lighting, and atmospheric effects. He is a Board Member of the Goshen Art League and a member of the Wallkill River School and Art Gallery, the Orange County Arts Council, the Middletown Art Group, and the Lower Hudson Valley Plein Air Painters.


Vaune Sherin

SherinVaune Sherin is a true Orange County daughter. A long term resident of Maybrook who graduated from Orange County Community College, she received a BA from Binghamton University with a concentration in painting. Her early experience was in the art department of a silk screener for the garment industry. Sherin painted two murals in the children’s room of the library in Maybrook. She has also painted numerous sets for the Valley Central High School performing arts department over the past twelve years. Here she found a sense of community among the hard working students, faculty and volunteers. She was featured in two solo shows and is a represented artist at the Wallkill River School in Montgomery. Her plein air landscapes and pastel still lifes reflect the technical expertise of her years of work experience. Last year she received the “Best in Show – Pastel” award at the Hudson Valley Plein Air Festival.


John Slivjak

John is a Pennsylvania artist who was born and remains based in Philadelphia. His career has been devoted to painting landscape and figure. John’s paintings are his attempt to understand nature and relate its lessons. Each work begins with a search for an idea, concept, or vision, and he considers his work successful only when he is able to communicate these concepts. Plein air painting and color studies from life are important initial steps in John’s understanding of a subject and a painting is complete when it remains truthful to the subject. His goal as an artist is to grow and improve with every painting. John has been invited to many competitions as both artist and juror, and his art has been featured in such publications as PleinAir Magazine.


Raymond Smith

Raymond Smith is a self-taught painter, illustrator, and graphic designer, specializing in figurative art, and lives in Hoboken, New Jersey. He has a wide range of artistic interests and skills in both traditional and non-traditional media. He has been the art instructor for the Hoboken Homeless Shelter, and the ‘Saturday U’ enrichment program for public school children at Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken. His ‘Hoboken Children’s Memorial Flag’ can be seen on permanent display at Hoboken City Hall. It was Hoboken’s first public 9/11 memorial. Raymond keeps his skills sharp by working indoors from life, outdoors from nature, copying old master and Impressionist paintings at the Brooklyn Museum of Art and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. He takes a sketchbook everywhere he goes, and really enjoys painting En Plein Air!


Joseph Sundwall

Joseph Sundwall is a representational artist trained at the Kansas City Art Institute, Art Students League, and St. Oswald’s Studios in London. He is principally a portrait painter, but he is also known for his sporting art (equestrian and canine) and landscapes with animals and birds. Joseph has had numerous solo exhibitions in New Jersey and in Florida, and has won many awards for his efforts. He recently moved to Montgomery, NY, and has enjoyed painting en plein air in the celebrated Hudson Valley. Joseph is represented by J.M. Stringer Gallery in Vero Beach, FL, and Portraits North in Lexington, MA.


Alix Travis

There is a strong sense of place in the paintings by Alix Hallman Travis. For her the painting life begins and ends with watercolor. Her summers are spent ­­­painting en plein air in watercolor. Those summer paintings are often the source of inspiration for her oils and acrylics created in an 1884 blacksmith shop in the remote hamlet of Halcottsville, Catskill Mountains, New York State. Her winter’s work ends with watercolor as a prominent element in multimedia works. Travis has exhibited her watercolors locally and nationally, earning awards and signature memberships. In 2007 she founded and coordinates the East Branch Delaware River Plein Air Painters. Travis began her art training at the Cleveland Institute of Art, followed by study at the Arts Students League, New York. While at the League she was awarded the Art Students League/Fantasy Fountain Fund Merit Award, to study in Paris, France at the Paris American Institute.


George Van Hook

George Van Hook was born and raised in Abington, Pennsylvania, a northern suburb of Philadelphia. He began painting very early and was able to participate in the vibrant artistic culture of the region. The family owned a farm in Bucks County, home of the Pennsylvania impressionists, and he became heavily influenced by their fine academic training coupled with a love of the prosaic landscape. Another early local influence was the “Brandywine Tradition”, the illustrative work of Howard Pyle and the generations of Wyeths. This was further enhanced by a close association with coastal Maine. George has spent many summers painting in the mid-coast area of Rockland and Rockport Harbor, and on North Haven Island where his wife’s family owned property adjacent to the famous Boston artist Frank Benson. Van Hook’s love of the European tradition also began early. He spent two summers during high school filmmaking throughout France and England. This allowed him to visit many of the great museums, and further increase his commitment to become a professional artist. Following college, he left for Paris and spent nearly a year copying paintings at the Louvre and traveling through France, Italy and Holland making numerous paintings en plein air. He returned to California, where he continued painting the landscape the figure outdoors. After marriage and the start of a family, George returned to the East Coast, eventually settling in Cambridge, NY, a beautiful nineteenth century village in the Battenkill River Valley. His works are in many prominent fly fishing collections connected with the nearby American Museum of Fly Fishing in Manchester, VT.


Coulter Young

Coulter Young is an award-winning artist who lives in Beacon, NY. He enjoys painting outside (en plein air) whenever possible. Aside from painting the beautiful landscapes throughout the Hudson Valley, he often paints in Cape Cod and in Italy. Coulter’s work is displayed in collections throughout the United States as well as abroad. In addition to his plein air work, He is also an accomplished sculptor and illustrator. Coulter is a member of the Society of Illustrators in NYC. Coulter’s work is currently on view at The Millbrook Vineyards and Winery in Millbrook, NY. He is one of twelve artists competing to be on an upcoming wine label.


2016 Artists

Richard Abraham

AbrahamRichard was born and raised in the beauty of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. In 1998 he made the decision to leave a 14 year career as a designer and animator, moving to Minneapolis to train in traditional oil painting techniques.  He immersed himself in study, drawing and painting from the figure 5 days a week, refining his craft while attending The Atelier, the Bougie Studio and H&P Studios.

During this time he painted landscapes on location or “plein air” for the first time and discovered a passion for the subtlety of nature.  The challenge of working outdoors consumed him and he hasn’t looked back.  Seeking a connection and empathy to the places that he depicts, he scouts rural hide­a­ways to paint in Northern Minnesota, Wisconsin and Upper Michigan.

His career has presented opportunities to travel, painting in Italy, Mexico, and across the U.S.  Richard is represented in the twin cities by Groveland Gallery in Minneapolis.


Elisabeth Barnett

Elisabeth Barnett

BarnettElisabeth Barnett is a plein air oil painter who is inspired by natural landscape and the experience of being a part of it while painting it. She aspires to show outdoor scenes in ways that show light, movement, and the interestingness of life. Her engagement with art began as a mom, sharing drawing and crafts with her two children. In 2010 – 2012, she took occasional art classes at Teachers College, Columbia University under the guidance of Marty Spence. Attracted to oil painting, she began studying with Richard Lisle, a plein air painter from Poughkeepsie, NY in 2014 and has sought out guidance and inspiration from different artists and instructors since then.


Gene Bové

Gene_BoveGraduation from New York City Community College of Art & Science, three years of courses at Pratt Institute and School of Visual Arts prepared Gene Bové for a long and successful advertising career. He retired from BBDO Ad Firm in Manhattan where he was an executive art director. He is now able to fulfill his most serious passion—oil painting en plein air. Gene has studied with Frank Ferrante, a plein art painter/instructor from New Jersey. He is a demonstrating artist in the Wallkill River School. When opportunity permits, Gene attends workshops; his most recent is with one of the contemporary painters he admires most, James Coe. Gene has exhibited his work in many auctions and area Galleries. He also has been written up in magazines and newspapers. The Times Herald-Record wrote: “His sweeping landscapes exhibit a mastery of color, light and composition. Realistic, representational, but nonetheless inspirational, Bové’s oil paintings elicit the “wow” response as one gorgeous landscape after another reveals itself along the walls of the gallery” Today Gene feels blessed to be living in the beautiful Hudson Valley and able to paint the beauty that surrounds him with the Catskill and Shawangunk Mountains in such close proximity. Gene is a member of the New York Plein Air Painters, Pine Bush Area Arts Council, The Washingtonville Art Society and the Garrison Art Center. genebove.com


John J. Capowski

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john_capowski-photoJohn J. Capowski holds a B.A., Hamilton College, a J.D., Cornell Law School, and a Cert. in Fine Arts, M. I. C. A.

He grew up in Edward Hopper’s hometown of Nyack, New York in the Hudson Valley and was influenced by Hopper’s work (his high school art teacher mowed Hopper’s lawn) and that of the Hudson River School painters. School trips were often to the New York City museums, and he continued to regularly visit the museums when home from college and graduate school.

While he has painted and drawn throughout his life (his mother thought he should be an artist), knowing the difficulty of a career in art, he earned a law degree and has made his career in public interest law and as a law professor.

In college he studied painting with James Penney and, while living in Baltimore, he studied at the Maryland Institute College of Art with Louise Hennessey, Philip Koch, Stan Friedman, and others. In recent years, he has focused on plein air landscapes in oil. Whether on his porch as a child or in the fields of Upstate New York, he painted en plein air long before he had any idea what that meant.


Daisy de Puthod

de_PuthodBorn in Paris, France, to a family of artists, Daisy de Puthod has been painting since childhood. In 1975, after graduating from the Colorado Institute of Art, she became a successful commercial artist, illustrating in pen and ink or watercolor for ad agencies and publishing houses.

In 1988, she relocated to the Hudson Valley, where she studied portraiture in pastels and oils, exploring a bold and colorful style, “leaning a bit towards Fauvism” as described in a New York Times review of her solo show at the Garrison Art Center, NY.

Since 2000, Daisy’s main focus has shifted to plein-air painting, participating in a number of juried, nationally recognized plein-air events. She is a Signature member of the American Impressionist Society and the New York Plein Air Painters and a member of the Oil Painters of America & the Mid-Atlantic Plein Air Painters. Her work has found its way into numerous private and public collections, including the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum and the home of the former chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts.

Whether painting her plein-air landscapes or continuing her explorations of studio figures and portraits, Daisy prefers to paint from life. daisydeputhod.com


Gloria Detore-Mackie

Detore-MackieOriginally from the Mid-West and California, Gloria grew up in nature and has long been interested in preserving nature and being a part of the environmental conservation movement. Gloria comes to the world of landscape painting from a background in the performing arts as a modern, ballet and jazz dancer. She is still active in performance art and dance by resurrecting the great artist, Loie Fuller’s movement and dance with working with silk and colored light. Being naturally attracted to the process of composition while working with shapes and colors from her dance background, she is now passionate about landscape painting as well.


Steve Duprey

Pathways_Falls-by_Steve_DupreyA Theater Director for over 35 years, Steve Duprey has only recently taken up the brush. After many years of his wife listening to his “one of these days” speeches about someday learning to paint, she finally gave him everything he needed and uttered those loving words “…there, now shut and paint!” His sense of composition, color and movement come from his work with actors, sets, lights and costumes.

Starting as a studio painter and painting mostly in acrylics, he was drawn to nature and specifically, trees. Known as “The Tree Guy” in many Upstate NY art circles, he moved over to oil painting only in the last few months. He finds the challenge exciting and frustrating all at the same time.

Interestingly, although a painter of trees, Steve only dabbled in Plein Aire painting until recently; preferring to create his paintings mostly from his imagination. He has painted in the Seneca Lake Plein Aire Festival for the past four years and shows his work regularly at The Franklin Street Gallery in Watkins Glen and several Seneca Lake Wineries. He teaches art classes at the Rochester Brainery and the Art Store in Rochester, NY. www.dupreyart.com


Robert Eckes

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eckespaintingRobert is a self taught artist with over 40 years of professional landscape painting and plein air painting experiences.  Best known for his color palette and atmospheric realistic style which he developed from years of practice bringing a certain peace and serenity to every one of his finished paintings.
Although Robert has been to Paris and Italy to paint landscapes, he prefers the beauty of the Hudson Valley Region, which has an abundance of spectacular views to paint. His paintings have been acquired by many private and corporate art enthusiasts throughout the Hudson Valley.


Douglas Flackman

FlackmanDouglas Flackman began to professionally paint in 1979 at the age of twenty-two. He studied at the Ridgewood Art Institute in New Jersey for many years under the renowned painter, Arthur Maynard, the student of Frank Vincent Dumond, from whom he learned the subtle nuances of light and color and how to turn a blank white canvas into serene and peaceful landscapes. A good part of his education has come from nature, life experiences, and travels. He has developed an intimate relationship with the natural world, and this is something that he attempts to express in his painting. Nothing makes him happier than to be in nature, whether viewing a sunset, mountains or oceans, looking at a simple tree, listening or witnessing a songbird, or hiking and walking the trails of national parks or back country roads. His travels have taken him to France, West Africa, Scotland, Ireland, Scandinavia, Central America, the Caribbean, New Zealand, Hawaii, Nova Scotia, and Newfoundland to name a few.

Over the course of his artistic career, he has received many recognized awards. His work has been featured on the covers of the Orvis Fly Fishing Catalogue, Yankee Magazine, The Artful Mind Magazine, and Berkshire Living Magazine. His works have been shown in galleries in Carmel, California; the Douglas Flackman Gallery of Fine Art in Sedona, Arizona; Cavalier Galleries of Greenwich, Connecticut, Nantucket, Massachusetts, and New York City. He was represented by Tilting at Windmills Gallery of Manchester, Vermont for over 20 years. He also had his own gallery, Douglas Flackman Gallery of Fine Art, in Great Barrington, Massachusetts for a number of years. He has also had many major commissions, both private and corporate. Presently, he is represented by both the Lisa Helmholz Gallery of New York and himself.

He resided in Vermont during the early years of his career and has lived in Sedona, Arizona and Nantucket, Massachusetts prior to settling in the bucolic town of Alford located outside of Great Barrington, Massachusetts in the Berkshires. The beauty of his natural surroundings is something that holds great importance to him and something that helps to feed his soul on a spiritual level.

He is an artist at heart. Painting is his passion, and he is both a singer/songwriter as well. As an established artist, his creative passions still lives within him. His work has evolved and has currently taken him exploring the world of abstracts. This is an endless journey of self-expression and self-discovery. His work reflects the manifestation of his commitment to art and this process called life. douglasflackman.com


Eb Froehlich

Painters-delight-Barnum-Brook-Trail-Eb_FroehlichEberhard Froehlich is a plein-air painter who grew up in New Jersey and now lives and works in Montreal. He particularly appreciates the landscape in the Adirondacks and Hudson Valley. www.art-3000.com/artist/eberhart_froehlich


Tarryl Gabel

Tarryl_GabelTarryl Gabel, an award winning Hudson Valley Artist, was born and raised on a cattle ranch on the Forth Berthold Indian Reservation, ND. She was inspired and encouraged by her grandfather, a self-taught western artist.

mist-rising-by_Tarryl_GabelLiving in the Hudson Valley now for 26 years, her work is more focused on the landmarks and beautiful landscapes of this region and throughout New England. Tarryl prefers to work plein air when possible. She also paints wildlife and western subjects, as well as still life paintings, when she cannot be outdoors.

Tarryl had the honor to be chosen to paint an ornament for the White House Christmas Tree. At that time, “Our Country’s National Parks” was the theme. She was invited to and attended a special reception at the White House. The ornament remains a part of their permanent collection. Tarryl was also a past winner of the “Paint the Parks Top 100” and “Paint America Top 100” National Competitions. Her works are displayed in many private and corporate collections around the country and abroad.


Naomi Genen

GenenFor the past eleven years, Naomi Genen has been inspired to paint the beauty of the Hudson Valley region of New York, and the Inter-coastal region of Miami, Florida. Her major was Fine Arts at Brooklyn College with a minor in Education. She taught art in junior high school for twelve years in Brooklyn, and ten years at Round Hill Elementary School in Washingtonville, New York.

Now retired, she spends her time painting, an activity that she loves. Most of her paintings are in acrylics, with a few in oils. She is a represented artist of the Wallkill River School. She also enjoys painting with the Wallkill River School Plein Air painters. Plein Air enables her to capture the essence of a landscape in a limited period of time. naomigenen.com


Nancy Reed Jones

Nancy_Reed_JonesJonesNancy came to the Hudson Valley in 2004 from Long Island, where she trained as a painter at the Huntington Art League. She owned a mural business for many years and painted murals for the cancer patients at a hospital on Long Island. Her murals were used for “Guided Imagery” (a technique used by therapists to get the patients so immersed in the painting that it would help to alleviate their pain).

Nancy has also used “Art For Relaxation” classes to help people in recovery from addictions, anxiety, depression and just the stress of every day life.

Nancy is an instructor at the Wallkill River School of Art in Montgomery, NY. where she teaches workshops for absolute beginner to the more advanced painter. She is also on the Board of Directors at the school. She also teaches in her studio in Walden, NY. nancyreedjones.com


Jim Laurino

LaurinoJim Laurino is a representational landscape painter whose style has been heavily influenced by American and French impressionist painters. A Connecticut native, he draws inspiration from nature; the changing seasons, farmland vistas, and the geography of his home state. Like most landscape painters, he has favored locations and strives to work on site whenever possible (en Plein Air). Jim studied fine art at the University of Connecticut. As a high school student, he was fortunate to receive basic painting instruction from notable marine painters Carl G. Evers and Christopher Blossom. Through select workshop attendance and continuous self-study, Jim has cultivated a painting style which allows significant room for expression, while maintaining a strong representational foundation. Employing visually stimulating blends of rich and muted colors with a lyrical sense of drawing and design, Jim delivers a body of work which has common appeal. He has received numerous awards for his paintings, including a recent 1st place award from the Lyme Art Association 2016 – Maritime Exhibit (Old Lyme, CT), and a 2nd place finish in the 2015 Finger Lakes Plein air competition (Canandaigua, NY).


Alan Lewis

LewisAlan Lewis first made serious art at age 12 after being prompted by his friend Joe, who was already an accomplished artist at the ripe age of 16.  In the time following, Alan produced art very sporadically in different mediums, but thought of it as something to get serious about “someday.”  In 2013, that day arrived when he set out to figure out how in the world watercolor works, and why a watercolor painting could so quickly go wrong.  Thanks to the resources available on the internet and in art instruction books, he is closer to figuring out the answer and may get it someday.  Along the way he picked up the advice of trying to paint every day, and in his first year of painting he produced 500 paintings, and hopes to equal this in the current year of painting.  It is a nice change of pace from the stressful day-job of social worker.  His goal is to capture some sense of the world’s beauty, and to pass that on to the viewer. What he continues to find appealing about the medium of watercolor is not only the wonderful effects it can produce, but also that it lends itself towards an approach of completing a painting with one sitting.  After finding the Wallkill River School of Art on a Google search, Alan painted his first plein air works, made his first sales, and continues to be thankful for all the support he has received there.


Carlton J. Manzano

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Carlton is a true Plein Air artist who creates his paintings from his mobile studio—a minivan—using the steering wheel as his easel. Painting in snow, rain or hail, like the US Postman, never discouraged by the elements. Working quickly, he captures the moment, with strokes that are confidently applied. The results are fresh, bold impressionistic canvases. Carlton’s use of colors appears extreme and brilliant, bordering on surreal upon close inspection. They are strong and very intense without being unrealistic.

Carlton has always been an artist, pursuing his talent in an unconventional way since childhood. He was born in Mexico City in 1954 and grew up in a suburb of Cleveland, Ohio. He received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the Cleveland Institute of Art. In 1978, Carlton enlisted in the army, serving as a helicopter pilot. During his military career, he was stationed at various bases around the world. He painted as a way to record his personal experiences. Carlton and his wife Ann currently live in the Finger Lakes area of New York. He is now devoted to his career as an artist, working in oil, watercolor, and mixed media. His paintings have been exhibited in shows throughout the region. www.carltonmanzano.net


John McNally

John McNally-Farms Beside Lake Erie22 12x12 oilTaking his first painting lesson at age eight in an art store in Pittsburgh, PA, John McNally minored in Studio Art at PSU, and earned an MFA in Creative Writing at LSU. After managing a poetry bookstore in San Francisco for six years, he moved to New Jersey, where, from 1997 through 2009, he studied plein air painting with Bucks County artist Robert Beck along the Delaware River and in Maine. Further journeys with his easel to the Four Corners and Finger Lakes Regions cemented his practice of travel and painting. In 2013, he attended his first painting competition, the Seneca Lake (formerly Billsboro) Plein Air Festival, received 2nd place, and discovered a community of like minded itinerant artists. Among his other awards: 1st Place in Morristown, NY 2014 (judged by Laura Foster, Director of The Remington Museum); 2nd Place, Adirondack Plein Air Festival 2015; 3rd Place, Easton PA Riverside Festival 2015. He attended Plein Air Magazine’s Publisher’s Invitational the last 3 summers, and will participate again next June. At this year’s Saranac competition, he will join in a professional workshop led by John MacDonald.


Rick Parenti

ParentiRick Parenti began drawing as a young child and attended the Maryland Institute College of Art. With his three-dimensional art background, furniture and designing interiors was a natural fit for him. His love for designing with beautiful woods grew into a successful business of 33 years, Wood Join Company. Rick collaborates with many and varied artists, craftsmen and business people in order to fulfill each clients project. (www.woodjoin.com)

Twelve years ago, Rick studied with Najim Chechen, a well-known international sculptor. He recently discovered the Wallkill River School where he has been studying pastels with Shawn Dell Joyce. Pastels have given Rick the venue to produce paintings quickly. His work has changed and grown with his skills, and he is being featured in a solo show as both a painter and a sculptor at the Wallkill River School of Art in September.

Rick is as passionate about his art as he is his business. He says; “In art, everything is permissible as long as it’s beautiful and fantastic!”


Stacey Pope

PopeFor landscape artist Stacey Pope, the natural world has always given her a sense of peace and a source of inspiration over the years. Stacey enjoys the sights and sounds when walking in fields or on hiking trails. While she prefers to work outdoors, her reference photos are inspirational and let her enjoy the experience of that particular location all over again.

She uses pastel to record areas that are currently void of suburban encroachment in an effort to preserve these images for future generations. While rural scenes are in jeopardy of suburban development, urban scenes contain intimate details often overlooked by hurried pedestrians.

In searching for areas to paint, Stacey looks for areas that are intriguing, areas that are inviting for the visitor to experience. It might be a thick forest area, a wide-open farmer’s field, or an expansive snow swept pond that she finds serene and wants to share with others.

Using pastel to capture these environments, Stacey interprets the landscape. Focusing on color and light and how they work together to engage the viewer in the landscape, she varies her pastel application to enhance the shapes, lines and color found in the landscape.

Stacey Pope is a native of Central New York. She received her BS and MS from Buffalo State College for Art Education and taught art at the high school level for 31 years. Over the years, she has worked in a variety of media. However, pastels have been her focus for the last fifteen years. She has had the pleasure of studying with a wonderful array of nationally known, talented artists. Stacey is an award-winning artist with many solo and group exhibitions and plein air events. She lives in Baldwinsville, NY with her family.


Kari Ganoung Ruiz

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Kari Ganoung Ruiz lives in and paints the beautiful and diverse Finger Lakes Region of New York State. She finds that painting outdoors directly from life allows her to represent the essence of a scene.

“I have recently found myself intrigued by small bits of the greater scene; the corner of a building, an edge of marsh, a little glimpse down that narrow path. I prefer to capture these moments en plein air – to represent the essence of that something which made me stop and go back. My current body of work was created during several years of transition; trading in the commotion and energy of a small village for the peace and scholarly solitude of the woods. During this time, I find myself Finding Home in each painting; a quiet corner, solitary shadow, or sympathetic quality of light. Home seems to find me – in the mountains or in a tidal marsh- each place reveals its own slice of the familiar.”

Kari is an associate member of the Oil Painters Of America, the New York Plein Air Painters, and the Ohio Plein Air Society. Her works are held in public and private collections throughout the US. kariganoungruiz.com


Vaune Sherin

SherinVaune Sherin is a true Orange County daughter. A long term resident of Maybrook who graduated from Orange County Community College, she received a BA from Binghamton University with a concentration in painting.  Her early experience was in the art department of a silk screener for the garment industry.  Sherin painted two murals in the children’s room of the library in Maybrook.  She has also painted numerous sets for the Valley Central High School performing arts department over the past twelve years.  Here she found a sense of community among the hard working students, faculty and volunteers.  She was featured in her first solo show and is now a represented artist at the Wallkill River School in Montgomery.  Her plein air landscapes and pastel still lifes reflect the technical expertise of her years of work experience.


Jinsheng Song

Jinsheng Song was born in Jinzhou, Liaoning Province, China, and graduated from the Central Academy of Arts and Design in Beijing, China. He has exhibited in Beijing as well as in Tokyo, Japan and Queensland, Australia. In addition, he has shown works in numerous venues in the United States including in Florida, Georgia, New York, and Pennsylvania. In 2000, A Fine Snowing Day was published as a UNICEF card. In 2004, he participated in the Chinese Elite Artists in New York Exhibition at the Empire State Building in New York City. He has received a number of Best in Show and other prestigious awards.


Sandy Spitzer

SpitzerSandra Faland Spitzer grew up in Brooklyn, NY, and currently lives in Orange County. Her artistic ability was noticed at an early age, and she was honored to paint backdrops for performances at Bay Ridge High School. Spitzer studied painting in Europe, capturing the Norwegian landscape for many years. She was drawn home to the Hudson Valley where she continued her studies with notable workshop artists at the Wallkill River School, and joined a plein air painting group. Spitzer is currently represented by the Hansen Gallery in Honesdale, PN, and the Wallkill River School in Montgomery, NY. Her works have been exhibited in multiple group shows throughout the tri-state region.

“Art opens up so many possibilities; like a new journey or a distant memory.” – Sandra Faland Spitzer


Joseph Sundwall

SundwallJoseph Sundwall is a representational artist trained at the Kansas City Art Institute, Art Students League, and St. Oswald’s Studios in London.  He is principally a portrait painter, but he is also known for his sporting art (equestrian and canine) and landscapes with animals and birds.  Joseph has had numerous solo exhibitions in New Jersey and in Florida, and has received many awards for his efforts.  He recently moved to Montgomery, NY, and has enjoyed painting en plein air in the celebrated Hudson Valley.  Joseph is represented by J.M. Stringer Gallery in Vero Beach, FL, and Portraits North in Lexington, MA. sundwallart.com


Bruce Thorne

BruceThorne_ThreeStoneBridge_11x14_oilBruce always knew painting was in his heart. Born in Brooklyn, he is one of eight children raised in Suffern, NY.   From the age of five Bruce spent his summers in the Adirondack Park, where his connections to the forests, mountains and lakes influence his drive to put his feelings down on canvas.

When Bruce paints, he breaks all the rules.  And his paintings fairly explode with energy and vision.

Thorne eschews contemporary trends. He refuses to limit his palette, choosing instead to paint with whatever colors are right for that day, that scene. He often foregoes a traditional brush, choosing instead to use a palette knife. Sometimes he applies paint directly from the tube.

In the tradition of the Impressionists, (he cites Vincent van Gogh and Claude Monet as among his influences) Thorne’s paintings speak in the dots and dashes of light and shadow that make up the code of his vision.  thornegallery.com


Lita Thorne

Lita_ThorneLita was born under the shadow of Mount Tacoma, but her roots run deep in Southern West Virginia where her Appalachian and Native American Indian heritage greatly influencing her creativity, and her love of nature and color.

Kinship with the Earth pulses in Lita’s heart, runs in her blood and informs her bright and powerful paintings.

Lita wears more hats than most.  As if being daughter, mother, wife, moma to her grand-daughter Rei, entrepreneur, and running the family marketing business weren’t enough, she somehow finds time to paint en plein air, and serve as President of Artists in the Parks a PIPC program.  thornegallery.com


Marilyn Vanderpool

VanderpoolFrom an early age, Marylyn has had a passion for art and dreamed of being an artist. In fulfillment of that dream she studied art at the Traphagen School of Fashion Illustration and Design in New York City. Although she loved illustration, in her heart, she really wanted to be a painter. She was introduced to watercolor painting by the late artist Don Selchow. He quickly took Marylyn under his wing, and with his guidance, she was hooked on this wonderful medium. After many years of studying watercolor painting she began experimenting with oil paint which is currently her medium of choice.

Early on, she began to visit Rockport, MA and Kennebunkport, ME. The quaintness of these New England coastal towns and her love of the ocean spoke to her creative spirit and inspired her love of painting. She is an elected Fellow of The American Artists Professional League, NYC, NY; a member of The Ridgewood Art Institute, Ridgewood, NJ; The Wallkill River School, Montgomery, NY; Artists in the Parks, Bear Mtn., NY; The Orange County Art Federation; The Lower Hudson Valley Plein Air Painters; and Garrison Art Center, Garrison, NY. An award winning artist, she is represented by The Wallkill River School and Gallery in Montgomery, NY and The Gallery in the Bear Mountain Inn at Bear Mountain State Park. Her work is included in many private and corporate collections.

Marylyn has studied with Master Artists, Don Stone of Rockport, MA, Paul George of Gloucester, MA, Andrew Lattimore of Cornwall, NY and John P. Osborne at the Ridgewood Art Institute. She is currently studying with Rebecca Leer, The Ridgewood Art Institute. Marylyn spends as much time as possible living her passion, painting in her studio, or “En Plein Air.”  marylynvanderpool.com


Karl J. Volk

VolkKarl J. Volk was born in Brooklyn, NY. Because of the U.S. economic situation at the time, and family tragedy, he was sent to Germany when only 11 months old, to live with two paternal uncles. While he was in Aschaffenburg, Germany, he lived for a time in the house of Mr. Adelbert Hock, who was a well-known painter of Aschaffenburg scenes and altar pieces. This early influence sparked Karl’s interest in art.

Karl returned to the United States in 1947, after the war had ended, and enrolled in his first United States learning institution, Halsey Junior High School, and learned English while others were learning German. His growing interest in art was again influenced by his art teacher, Ms. Drew. Continuing his education, he graduated from Brooklyn College in 1955 with a B.A. in Art Education. His teachers while attending college included: Mark Rothko, Burgoyne Diller, and Kurt Seligman. In 1962 he earned his Masters degree from NYU.

After his schooling, Karl began a teaching career, moving through the upstate New York State district in Margaretville, then Island Trees, Long Island, and Brookfield-Oriskany Falls, NY. His longest and final tenure was in the Spackenkill School District in Poughkeepsie, NY, lasting over 25 years. He has also lectured and conducted classes for adults in community programs, both in oil and watercolor. To continue to further his skill and interest, he has attended evening sessions at Barrett Art Center in Poughkeepsie, and summer sessions at the Woodstock School of Art, where he studied under Franklin Alexander, Alan Gavin, Margaret Flitsch and Chris Klingle. More recently, he has studied under Carolyn Edlund.

Karl’s style shows an enjoyment in working with watercolor, as well as the more studied approach demanded by his acrylic still lifes. He aims to spend more time doing landscapes of the scenic Hudson Valley. Karl is the curator for the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Poughkeepsie. He is also actively working to establish an Art Repository; a place where artwork from Senior artists can be cleanly and securely stored, in a climate-safe location; viewed and purchased upon request; and be available as a teaching and exploratory lesson.


Wallkill River School’s Hudson Valley Plein Air Festival
Organizing Committee includes:
Shawn Dell Joyce, Janet Howard-Fatta, Chrissy Pahucki, Mitchell Saler


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