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Watercolors and landscapes at WRS

This September, The Wallkill River School will be hosting three solo exhibits in their galleries. Mike Jaroszko will be exhibiting his Hudson River style-Luminist paintings, Janet Campbell will be displaying her expressive watercolors, and Marylyn Vanderpool will be showing her impressionistic oil landscapes.

Award-winning artist, Mike Jaroszko was born in Canada, studied art at the Canterbury College of Art in England and resides in Montgomery, working as an illustrator. He has been commissioned by companies such as Bradford Exchange, Readers Digest, Avon, Scholastic Books, Smithsonian, Cricket Magazine, Publications International, Grolier, Time-Life Books, Just Pretend Inc., The Marlin Company, The Media Group, Leapfrog, Oxford University Press, etc.

Recently he has been exhibiting pieces of fine art in local galleries, painting images that capture nature with its entire atmosphere in a traditional style. In 2009, to celebrate the 400-year anniversary of Henry Hudson, Mike created a series of paintings depicting the Half Moon sailing on the Hudson River. One was used as the official poster by the New Netherland Museum, which owns the replica of the Half Moon. In 2010, Mike created a series of historical prints in honor of the Montgomery, NY bicentennial. For the past 2 years, Mike has been teaching art at the Wallkill River School as well as private lessons at home. Mike Jaroszko is inspired to portray the local hills and rivers with the nostalgic atmosphere of a Luminist artist. With intense light and color, he conveys the tranquility and beauty of nature.

Janet took her first art classes in mid life deciding to pursue an interest she’d flirted with since her teens. After numerous courses in the art of drawing and painting plants, she was invited to attend a local watercolorist’s small painting class. She fell in love with the medium and the love affair endured.

Janet has had a number of inspiring teachers including Mary Whitehall, Richard Ochs, Judi Betts, Mel Stabin and Eli Rosenthal. Especially interested in the art of the impressionists her favorite artists include John Singer Sergeant and Winslow Homer. Janet’s early watercolor experiences and plein air painting classes focused her on landscape painting. Living on the Shawangunk Ridge in the lower Catskills, the nearby Bashakill Swamp and the farmland of Orange County provide much inspiration for this genre. The Wallkill River School serves as a forum for Janet to meet other artists with a like interest in helping preserve the beauty of the mid-Hudson Valley region. Over the past couple of years Janet’s interest in still life and figures has grown. Janet is a member of the North East Watercolor Society, the Wallkill River School, the Wurtsboro Art Alliance, the Middletown Art Group and the Ocean County Artists Guild. Her work has been exhibited over the past 8 years in numerous regional shows.

Marylyn Vanderpool is an award-winning artist from the lower Hudson Valley town of Monroe, New York. She is a member of “The Group of Nine”, artists and kindred spirits, who together scout out and paint the beautiful towns and villages of the Hudson Valley is also a founding member of Artists in the Parks, whose mission is to document the natural landscape of the New York Sate Palisades Park Conservancy. Her work is represented by the “Wallkill River Gallery”, Montgomery, New York, and is included in many private and corporate collections. Marylyn spends as much time as possible living her passion and painting.

Show dates are September 1-30 with a reception being held September 9 from 5-7 p.m. Refreshments served; receptions are free and open to the public. Gallery Hours are 12-6 p.m., Mon.-Sat.

Wallkill River School of Art is located at 232 Ward St. in the Village of Montgomery and is free and open to the public.

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