PORT JERVIS - Art in the Park, presented by the Port Jervis Tourism Board in conjunction with the River Valley Artists Guild (RVAG), will return to Orange Square from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday (rain date, Sunday).
Some 35 local artists will gather at the historic park between Sussex and Pike Streets, according to William Schill of the Tourism Board, co-coordinator of the event along with award-winning landscape artist Susan Miiller. Participating artists, he said, will exhibit, paint en plein air, and offer their works for sale.
Art in the Park debuted in 2016, Schill said, with the exhibition of paintings incorporated in a tandem, historical re-enactment/encampment demonstration commemorating the Civil War. The outdoor art exhibit was not held at all in 2017. “This year,” said the event organizer, “we’ll be focusing on just the artists and their works.” Schill said he hopes that Art in the Park will now be held annually.
RVAG President Joan Kehlenbeck is one of the featured artists at Art in the Park 2018. A painter and pastelist, the Cuddebackville resident is the creator of the life-size fiberglass deer form depicting scenes of Deerpark, displayed at the Neversink Valley Grange Building. The artisan deer will soon have a permanent home at the Deerpark Senior Center on Route 209, Kehlenbeck said.
Judith Cramer, RVAG vice president, will display works of abstract acrylics; Daniela Cooney, who uses the media of acrylics and oils, will exhibit paintings inspired by her love of animals and natural landscapes.
Susan Miiller will continue a painting in progress, an oil-on-canvas sunflower bursting from the background hills of the Hudson River Valley. Displaying several variously sized canvases of brightly hued sunflowers, Miiller admits to a fascination with the flower’s discrepant petals that lend its form to so many translations.
Providing an elegant backdrop to the display of fine artwork, musical duets will be performed by Shelley Granger (flute, fife, euphonium) and Betsy Krakowski (bassoon, fife) from 10 a.m.-noon; and Tess Lysyczyn (bassoon, trumpet) and Matthew Goetz (trombone, clarinet) from noon-2 p.m.
Just for fun, said Schill, the Riverside Creamery’s pink truck will be on hand, serving ice cream.
Art in the Park is funded in part by the Orange County Arts Council’s Community Arts Grant Program.