Anyone can submit artwork for the Great Swamp Celebration Art Show (click here for prospectus), and if you are still looking for some inspiration, our Plein Air artist events continue, led by our Board member Sharon Nakazato. Both experienced and aspiring artists are welcome, and all mediums including photography are eligible for the Show. The schedule for September is as follows:
* Wednesday, September 7: Patterson Environmental Park, Patterson, 9:00—
* Monday, September 12: Rounded Crest Farm (formerly Mistover) Pawling. 9:00-12:00. RSVP necessary
* Friday, September 16: Ray Lake, 9:00— RSVP necessary
* Tuesday, September 27: Brewster Veterans Park, Diverting Reservoir, 9;00—
* Thursday, September 29: Ray Lake, 9:00— RSVP necessary
Please RSVP! If you plan to attend, or have any questions, please email or message Sharon Nakazato at email@example.com or 845-612-1046. Some of the locations are private so we need to know who is coming and provide access details.
Highlights of Plein Air Locales
Patterson Environmental Park features a long entranceway through forest to the Great Swamp River with a newly installed boardwalk and side trails that offers space to paint/photograph the Swamp in intimate contact. Open to the public dawn to dusk. Go to the end of Main Street in Patterson; at the Rec Center turn left, cross the tracks (carefully!) and drive down the dirt road to the cul de sac at the end.
Ray Lake is a private estate with, yes, its own lake and little island, surrounded by forest and hiking trails, open vistas and a variety of forest environments. One time will not be enough.
Diverting Reservoir offers both riverside views and forest as well as the panorama of the mountains in the background. The bridge at the ball field is a perfect place to set up and see both upriver and downriver. It is closed to motor traffic.
Meet at the gazebo in the ball field to the left of Railroad Avenue. Parking on RR Ave and at the ball park as well as on Rte 22. Wide variety of painting and photo choices: river, woods, riverside walk for miles with turnouts, fields, and places within walking distance from the meeting place.
Rounded Crest Farms (formerly Mistover Farm) in Pawling. Extraordinary views, many new since the new owners took over. A state-of-the art equestrian facility with horses and other animals everywhere.