This January, the Wallkill River School of Art celebrates another successful year of artistic excellence and growth with their annual members exhibit. This exhibit highlights and celebrates the diverse creative community that makes up the Wallkill River School of Art.
The annual meeting will be held January 11th from 3-5 p.m. with a party following from 5-7 p.m. to kick off the reception for the members exhibit. These events are free and open to the public with light refreshments served.
In 2019 the gallery made a subtle shift towards showing a broader range of work. As a gallery that got its start exhibiting representational paintings of landscapes, still lives, and portraiture; this venture into more contemporary mediums and subjects brought with it a breath of fresh air to the organization’s exhibits. With the inclusion of new subjects and styles came new artists, who enriched the WRS community with their unique perspectives and approaches to visual art The WRS also held their 4th annual national level plein air festival, bringing in more than 30 established painters from across the country. Moving into 2020, WRS hopes to continue organizing unique solo exhibits with new talented artists, and continue pursuing refreshing themes for their group exhibits.
In 2020, WRS will be holding a series of professional development programs and exclusive workshops. In addition to the exhibit opportunities and discounts that come with membership, they hope these new member benefits will encourage artists, art admirers, and art students alike to further their professional growth and depth of artistic knowledge through these new programs.
Basic membership for students is $30 and provides discounts on tuition when purchasing a month of classes, whereas artist level memberships are $100 and include participation in exclusive monthly themed exhibits as well as 10 waived hanging fees for regular group shows. For an additional $30, you can get a joint artist membership which includes membership with 3 great organizations; WRS, Orange County Arts Council, and Goshen Art League.
The Wallkill River School is located at 232 Ward St. Montgomery and is open 12-5 Mon-Sat. visit Wallkill.art to learn more. Admission is always free.