Our Mission

Our mission is to enrich our community through art classes, public art exhibits and to provide resources for local artists. We believe that art education is critical for developing creativity and thoughtfulness in our youth. We continue the tradition of plein air painting, and the appreciation of our local landscape which that practice engenders, by offering classes and our annual Hudson Valley Plein Air Festival which showcases professional plein air painters from around the country. Our gallery exhibits showcase our local artists and embrace contemporary art and the living culture of our region.


Sarah Fortner-Pierson, Executive Director  3 yrs
Nicole Riker, Receptionist, 1 yr

Board of Directors

Meets the third Tuesday of each month at 6pm via video conference

Chairperson: Penny Thelman, pthelman@yahoo.com,
President: Chuck Tudor
Vice President: Jeanne Cook
Secretary: Janet Campbell
Asst. Secretary: Maureen Crush
Treasurer: Mitchell Saler
Asst. Treasurer: Robin DeGroat
Shawn Dell Joyce, 19 years (Founder 2001)


Capital Campaign Committee-Chair: Maureen Crush, Alanna Smith, Penny Thelman meets as needed
Patron Board-Chair-Penny Thelman, meets yearly in May
Fundraising Committee-Chair Penny Thelman, all board members, meets as needed
Insurance Committee-Penny Thelman
Teacher’s Committee-Chair Chuck Tudor
Curator’s Committee-Chair Sarah Fortner Pierson, William Noonan, Gloria Bonelli, meets in the fall and as needed
Hudson Valley Plein Air Festival Committee-Chair: Susan Roth, Janet Campbell, Mitchell Saler, Janet Howard-Fatta, Vaune Sherin, Catherine Pierson DeCesare
Advertising Committee-Chair Jeanne Cook
Cornell Cooperative Master Gardeners-Chair Lily Norton

 Corporate Documents

Certificate of Incorporation
501(c)3 IRS NFP Determination Tax Exempt letter from IRS
By-Laws Wallkill River School    By-Laws Wallkill River School
Policies:  Conflict of Interest, Sexual Harassment Policy, Whistle-blower 2020 Sexual Harassment Policy
Mission Statement Mission Statement
Annual Meeting held on 01/11/2020 Agenda 2020-01-11 Agenda Annual Meeting
Annual Meeting held on 01/11/2020 Reports for 2019      2020-01-11-Complete-Annual-Report-on-2019
Annual Meeting held on 01/11/2020 Minutes from the Annual Meeting held on 01/12/2019 2019-01-12 Annual Meeting Minutes
Form 990-EZ 2018  2018 Form 990-EZ

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