Artists to find inspiration in the open air

'Quick draw' event set for Oct. 7, exhibit at college through Oct. 28.

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  • Plein air artist Keith Gunderson competes in the "quick draw" event (Photo provided)

Selected artists

Karrie Baldwin
Susan Beadle
John Capowski
Eden Compton
Sharon Crute
Daisy dePuthod
David Finnel
Tarryl Gabel
Kari Ganoung Ruiz
Elissa Gore
Lana Grauer
Keith Genderson
Sandra Hildreth
Janet Howard-Fatta
Shawn Dell Joyce
Jim Laurino
Diane Leifheit
John McNally
Lyn Mehta
Nedra Newbie
Chrissy Pahucki
Rick Parenti
Nancy Reed Jones
Juli Riker
Mitchell Saler
Vaune Sherin
John Slivak
Raymond Smith
Joseph Sundwall
Alix Travis
George VanHook

— Artists, take it outside please.

Open yourself to nature's beauty at the second annual Hudson Valley Plein Air Festival happening Columbus Day weekend throughout the Mid-Hudson.

Thirty jury-selected artists are travelling from across the country to participate, fanning out across the region from Olana, the historic home of plein air artist Frederic Church (10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 5), to the shores of the Hudson River in Newburgh, and many farms, historic sites, and open spaces in between.

Meet the artists at a welcome reception from 4 to 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 4, at the Wallkill River School, 232 Ward St., Montgomery.

The public will be invited to several opportunities to see the art and participate in the event, including a "quick draw" event at Newburgh Waterfront from 3 to 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 7, at the Newburgh Landing. Any artist may participate by registering from 2 to 3 p.m. Artists will then have two hours to capture the waterfront in a finished and framed work of art. The competition is from 3 to 5 p.m. At 5:30 p.m. the public may vote for their favorite artwork and purchase pieces off the easels.

The public is invited to an exhibit at Orange County Community College from 3 to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 8. Artists will be on hand to talk about their work. The exhibit will be on view through Oct. 28.

This festival and event are made possible with funds from Orange County. Award funds are provided by sponsors Walden Savings Bank, Angry Orchard, Raymour & Flanigan, D&H Canvas, Times Community Newspapers, Gamblin Oils, U-Art Pastel Paper, Orange County Audobon Society, Greenwood Lake Chamber of Commerce, Goshen Art League, Trestle Inc., Montgomery Book Exchange, and Ms. Claire’s Musical Cupboard.

For more information call 457-2787 or email

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