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Dreaming in Color at Wallkill River School

July 31st, 2013

The Wallkill River School announces “Dreaming in Color,” an exhibition of fresh, new works by two of Orange County’s finest artists; Nancy Reed Jones and Lisa O’Gorman Hofsommer.

Great Egret at Sunset by Lisa O’Gormann Hofsomer, an oil painting.

Great Egret at Sunset by Lisa O’Gormann Hofsomer, an oil painting.

The exhibit will be on display in the Devitt Wing of the Wallkill River School in the historic Patchett House during the month of Aug. from 9am-6pm, Mon-Sat. The reception is from 5-7pm on Sat. Aug. 3rd, with appetizers from Wildfire Grill and wine, and is free and open to the public.

Originally from Long Island, Nancy Reed-Jones studied at the Huntington Art League and became a well established oil and acrylic painter. Jones owned her own mural business for many years before devoting all her time to teaching her skills at the Wallkill River School. She has used art therapy to help people in recovery from addiction. Jones holds an ongoing acrylic workshop and teaches the absolute beginner to the advanced painter. Relaxation techniques and soothing music are used in her workshops to help with stress reduction.

Lisa O’Gorman-Hofsommer grew up in Yonkers and moved to the Hudson Valley in 1990. She has an intense connection to nature that stems from long hikes in the Hudson Valley countryside. O’Gorman is particularly drawn to painting landscapes and wildlife. She has a successful pet portrait business as well, donating portraits to foundations such as the Rock Hill ASPCA, Rescue for Life-Labrador Retriever Rescue, and Art for Shelter Animals Project. Her love of animals exceeds the edges of the canvas and takes over her home life as well. Previously, she and her husband have trained lab pups for Puppies Behind Bars, a program that teaches incarcerated people how to train pups as future service companions and explosive-detection canines. Hiking extensively along the Shawangunk Ridge, Catskills, and even into Maine, O’Gorman has been inspired to create many plein air works.

On Sunday afternoons, plein air painting with the Walkill River School, she often catches glimpses of wildlife that she quickly works into her paintings. “I paint what I believe in–what moves me spiritually. I don’t always know why I stop at a particular scene; it’s a feeling I respond to, not intellect.”

Jesus Pech is originally from Belize, Central America. He grew up as an apprentice to a stone mason who inspired him to be a sculptor. Mr. Pech is a professional mason by trade, a preaching elder at the Brick Reformed Church that is in Montgomery and has an enormous passion for painting. Inspired by God and his love for the church, Mr. Pech built the Lion and the Lamb sculpture that is in front of the Brick Reformed Church.

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