Art Group Exhibition
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Stephanie Le, who will be attending the Fashion Institute of Technology in the fall, is the first winner of the Middletown Art Group Scholarship. She will be majoring in Graphic Design and her work was on display at the exhibit.
Janet Campbell — Sunflower — Best Of Show (watercolor)
Janet Campbell has always had a love of art and nature. Her initial education was in the Botanical Illustration program at the Bronx Botanical Garden. She is a member of the Middletown Art Group and
several other groups. She teaches workshops and classes in watercolor at the Wallkill River School of Art in Montgomery
Jill Constantino — Woodstock Drumming Circle — Excellent (watercolor) Jill Constantino is an art teacher at Middletown High School and president of the Middletown Art Group.
I was inspired to do the painting while at Woodstock last summer with my daughter and her boyfriend. We came upon this drumming circle, the beating was so strong tribal and emotionaly moving. There was
also such a sense of community. I was inspired by the various sights and sounds - it was very exciting.
Marianne Taylor — Peaches and Peonies — Excellent (pastel)
I did not begin painting seriously until I retired from teaching Middle School. At that time I was fortunate to meet Lisa Spect, a gifted Pastelist with whom I paintedfor a brief time before her death.
I also joined the Society of Decorative Painters as well as the Middletown Art Group. This has allowed me to paint with and learn from many talented artists. In addition to pastels, I enjoy painting in oils
and my new love, colored pencils.
Mary Mugele Sealfon — Banjo Man — Honorable Mention (pastel)
Banjo Man is a portrait of Chris Brune who in addition to being a musician is a member of The Warwick Drawing Group and posed for us one day.
Though I grew up amidst the amazing beauty of the San Francisco Bay area and the Sierra Mountains of California, I find the Hudson Valley equally inspiring. Whether portrait or landscape, I prefer to work
from life. Paintings are more alive when painted on location. Perhaps the joy of the experience is somehow transferred to the painting.
Mary Mugele Sealfon teaches at SUNY Orange and The Wallkill River School. She is represented by several local galleries and participates in the Palisades Park
Artists In The Park program. She has a web
site at mugelesealfon.com
Banjo Man by Mary Mugele Sealfon pastel $400
Antoinette's Cafe by Antoinette Eason oil NFS
Hovering by Joan Mester watercolor $150
Johnny Depp's Mad Hatter Willy Wonka by Kristin Wetzel Oil $1200
Clinton Church by Walter Bill watercolor NFS
Woodstock Drumming Circle by Jill Constantino watercolor NFS
Peaches and Peonies by Marianne Taylor pastel NFS
Best of Show
Sunflower by Janet Campbell watercolor $350