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- Published: October 15, 2014
- By George L. Nitti
George: I really like this photo of you standing in front of your mural with the pumpkins. How did it come about?
Nancy: I painted the mural at Soons Orchards last fall as part of the "Farm Art Trail" with the Wallkill River School. One artist painted on each farm where people could watch and also learn more about the farm and the Wallkill River School and their mission. I painted three large panels, each depicting a different part of the farm.
The first was Soons apple orchards where I also included one of the family dogs. The second was of the Pumpkin Patch and the third of the actual farm stand building. While we were painting the mural groups of people took tours of the farm and watched the painting being done.
I love the fact that something that I created will be part of Soons Orchards for years to come.
George: How do you feel about painting around this time of year?
Nancy: The autumn season is my favorite time of year. I think of it as "Gods Art Show" and it is like no other. We artists pale in comparison to the magnificent array of colors that he can produce as our creator.
I especially love painting en plein air in the fall when everything surrounding us has a warm glow about it. I feel it is produced by a magical force right before the landscape goes to sleep for the winter.
George: Tell us about your recent Pumpkin Painting that sold?
Nancy: This painting is titled "The Harvest." I included two of my autumn favorites in this painting. One is my love of mums because they show the true colors of autumn. The other is pumpkins.They remind me of the beautiful region we live in and of happy memories as a child picking pumpkins in the pumpkin patch.The person who purchased my painting has stated that it will hang in her dining room for the fall and holiday season.
George: You also teach. What's it like teaching your classes?
Nancy: Even with my great love of painting, I must say I really enjoy the teaching aspect of it as well. I teach beginner "Arty Parties" every Thursday evening at the Wallkill School Of Art. Students are encouraged to bring their favorite wine, snacks and paint in a party atmosphere. Even if a student has never painted before, they leave my class knowing that everyone has the ability to create art. I work with each person at the level they are at and encourage them to be creative in their own right, while creating a safe and non judgmental environment for them. I really enjoy having these very large classes because even though everyone is painting the same scene, they somehow all turn out just a little different. I love seeing the faces of the students who never knew they could paint. I feel very blessed to have the ability to unleash in my students their artistic abilities that were unknown to them.
Bio: Nancy Reed Jones came to the Hudson Valley from Long Island in 2004, where she owned her own mural business for several years. While living on Long Island, Nancy painted murals for cancer patients at a hospital there. Her murals were used for "guided imagery" to help alleviate the patients pain. Nancy also taught "Art For Relaxation" classes to the nurses and doctors at the hospital.
In 2008 Nancy joined the Wallkill River School of Art in Montgomery where she is now an instructor and on the Board Of Directors.
In 2013 she was awarded the "Champion Of The Arts In Healthcare" award by the Orange County Arts Council and in 2010 was voted #1 acrylic artist in the region.
- Published: October 12, 2014
Warwick, NY - Open weekends in November from noon to 4pm
Ian Sharp (2/17/78 – 3/25/2012) was a local artist, musician, poet and skateboarder. His work and the works of some of the many friends he greatly influenced will be exhibited at The Amity Gallery for five consecutive November weekends beginning 11/1/14 from noon until 4pm. Opening reception will be Saturday, 11/8/14 from 5:30 pm. until 8:30 pm. Amity Gallery is located at 110 Newport Bridge Road, Warwick.
Ian Sharp’s work exemplified his unique sense of freedom, play, meaning and purpose as well as his connection with his community. Mediums and vehicles for his pieces varied, serving not only as reflection and interpretation of the world around him but also the practical applications of art. Paintings on canvas or found wood, icons on t-shirts and skateboards, Ian believed the experience of art was not to be limited, but to be felt, worn and shared. His work is playful as well as thoughtful, meaningful and provocative as well as joyful. He spoke of art as personal empowerment, in his own words:
“Art and music have always helped me get through difficult times in my life. I believe that discovering your personal artistic style can be an empowering experience, as I have learned firsthand discovering my own style. Working with diverse groups of people helped me realize that everyone has a gift in art – whether it’s drawing, painting, sculpture, dance, martial arts, or singing. Many people, especially youth, just need someone to help them discover their gift. Putting your art out there can make one feel vulnerable, but with the right guidance, you can take that vulnerability and use it to empower yourself.” - Ian Sharp
Ian’s family and friends come together in this exhibit to share gratitude and love for Ian and how much he inspired those around him to keep creating and to keep interpreting, translating these impressions through the vehicle of the arts.
This is the fourth show of the new Amity Gallery, which is sponsored by the The Chardavogne Group. The Group, called the Institute for Religious Development, has been in the area since the late 1960’s. It follows the teachings of Willem Nyland, who was a student of G. I. Gurdjieff. Open meetings are held periodically when the public is invited to learn more about the teachings and practices.
To reach The Amity Gallery from County Rte. 1 – take Amity Rd. and bear right onto Newport Bridge Rd. Gallery is just ahead on the right.
To view some examples of Ian Sharp’s work and impact -
- Published: October 13, 2014
WARWICK - The Warwick Valley Chamber of Commerce is marking its 75th anniversary this year with a grand membership celebration themed ‘Diamond Gala Rock of Ages’ on Saturday, November 8, 2014 at Red Tail Lodge at Mountain Creek in Vernon, New Jersey.
The event promises to be a festive evening with a tribute to the past 75 years, as well a celebration of the present with cocktails, dinner, music and dancing.
Each year at the event, The Chamber also presents awards to four of its most outstanding members. This year’s award recipients are Adam Powers, owner of three Warwick business establishments: Fetch, Village Billiards and Fizzy Lifting Soda Pop & Candy Shop for Entrepreneur of the Year; Thomas Roberts, owner of Ye Olde Warwick Book Shoppe in Warwick for Best Building Renovation; Janine Dethmers of Corporate Impressions for Volunteer of the Year and Sherry Bukovcan of Mary Kay Cosmetics for MVP (Most Valuable Person) of the Year.
Also in honor of this milestone year, Diamond Tribute Awards will be presented to the five founding businesses that have consistently renewed their Chamber membership for 75 years. The honorees are Alteva, Parkin Supply - Plumbing and Heating, Seely & Durland Insurance, St. Anthony Community Hospital Bon Secours Health System, and Warwick Resource Group. Past presidents and board members will be recognized.
The gala is made possible in part by support from sponsors. Diamond, Platinum, Gold, Silver, and Bronze level sponsorships are available.