Free Artist Reception June 7th

Artists from the Wallkill River School have teamed up with farmers once again to bring cultural tourism to Orange County. The Farm/Art Trail is a map of participating farm stands where one artist has been painting on each farm for the past year. The trail is a map developed by O.C. Tourism, to encourage families to travel from farm-to-farm. Each stop on the Trail will feature a beautifully picturesque farm and the artwork of an artist who loves it, and a geo cache for viewers to offer their own comments. 15 Artists have been painting at 15 farms for the past year. Each of these artists will be featured in a month-long solo show at the Wallkill River School of Art.

Show dates are June 1-30, hours are 9am-6pm, 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.

Attend the free artist reception: Fresh art from the Farm/Art Trail featuring Shawn Dell Joyce’s paintings of Sycamore Farms, and Lorraine Furey’s paintings of Blooming Hill at the Wallkill River School Art Gallery. Emerging Artist Ray Parker will be featured in a solo exhibit in the workshop room. Upstairs in the Student Works gallery are paintings by Mike Jaroszko’s Oil Painting Classes. Public is invited on June 7 from 5-7pm at the Wallkill River School and Art Gallery 232 Ward St. in Montgomery, NY. Refreshments served; featuring fresh produce from both farms and local wines. 

Shawn Dell Joyce is the founder of the Wallkill River School of Art, a nonprofit artists' collective with an environmental mission to save open spaces and small farms. Her artworks and writings have been widely publicized in many national newspapers and magazines like the New York Times and Mothering Magazine.  She has been teaching drawing and painting classes for fifteen years. (Healining Photo Provided)

Painting by Furey

Lorraine Furey never expected to be a painter. She wanted to be a fashion designer, and made her own clothes. Instead, Furey would up getting a degree in sculpture, and wound up teach art instead. Her ambition led her to administration, until she retired.

“Teaching was the most inspiring and motivating part of my life,” noted Furey, “any good work I've done, is because I've been around kids who think so freely and expressively.”

Furey encouraged her students to embrace the world with optimism, not doubt. She aspired to paint freely and without fear like a child. She often quotes Picasso who says that it took him a lifetime to learn to paint like a child. Furey’s work ranges from abstract collages, to large scale acrylic paintings, and watercolors. Her work is loose, dramatic and edgy. She finds inspiration in light, color, texture and shape. She is currently represented by the Wallkill River School of Art in Montgomery, NY.

Ray Parker moved upstate from NYC about seven years ago, and discovered the Wallkill River School of Art. He began attending the Tuesday drop in, and developed close friendships with the other artists. Parker credits these artists with the inspiration and help he needed to reach the point where he wants to exhibit his works. Parker’s paintings are dream-like, with multiple subjects and focal points in each painting. All are inspired by a spiritual view of nature, politics, and our region. This is Parker’s first solo show.

Painting by Ray Parker

For more information, and for directions, visit, or call 845-457-2727. The Wallkill River School and Gallery is a nonprofit 501©3 art gallery and art school, located at 232 Ward Street, Montgomery, NY. Gallery Hours: Mon.-Sat., 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Admission to Wallkill River School gallery is always free!

The Wallkill River School of Art is a nonprofit artist’s cooperative with the mission of preserving small family farms and open space while creating economic opportunity for local artists. The nonprofit runs a gallery and a full art school in Montgomery, dedicated to local artists and integrating art into the people’s daily lives. The organization represented over 40 regional artists who teach and exhibit each year, as well as mentoring 10 emerging artists featured I monthly solo exhibits.