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Monday, February 18, 2019


River Valley Artists Bus Trip to the New York Botanical Gardens

PORT JERVIS - Discover the artist's little-known depictions of the Hawaiian Islands—and the plants and landscapes that inspired them. Pioneering American modernist Georgia O'Keeffe (1887-1986) conveyed a distinct sense of place with innovative depictions of her surroundings, from stark New Mexican landscapes to New York cityscapes. Yet flowers and plants were subjects that engaged O'Keeffe throughout her career. Curated by Theresa Papanikolas, Ph.D., of the Honolulu Museum of Art, this landmark exhibition will offer a rare focus on 20 of O'Keeffe's depictions of Hawai‘i from a nine-week sojourn in 1939 while on commission to produce images for a Hawaiian Pineapple Company promotional campaign.

The River Valley Artists Guild is sponsoring a bus trip to the New York Botanical Gardens (NYBG) Wednesday, September 5, to see Georgia O'Keeffe: Visions of Hawai‘i Exhibit at the NYBG. Bus leaves at 9 a.m. from the Dutch Reformed Church parking lot located at 30 East Main St. in Port Jervis.
A lush exhibition in the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory of Hawaiian flora and a stunning display in the LuEsther T. Mertz Library Art Gallery that includes more than 15 of O'Keeffe's Hawai‘i paintings—not seen together in New York since their debut in 1940—will spotlight a transformative experience in the legendary artist's life, revealing O'Keeffe's deeply felt impressions and the enduring influence of the Islands' dramatic landscapes and exotic plants.
For more information visit: To purchase tickets call William Schill at (845) 856-6741 or mail a check for $65 to P.O. Box 75, Sparrowbush, NY 12780. Please include your name and contact information if mailing a check. Make check payable to River Valley Artists Guild.
The River Valley Artists Guild of Port Jervis is an accomplished professional group of more than 50 artists who show extensively throughout the region of Port Jervis and beyond. Works in representational as well as abstract styles are included using drawings, graphics, mixed media, weaving and paintings in oil, acrylic, pastel, watercolor and airbrush. Joan Kehlenbeck, the president of the organization, is a painter and pastelist who resides in Cuddebackville, and was the winner of the 2016 Individual Artist, Orange County Art Award. Most of its members come from communities bordering the Delaware River, Middletown, Poughkeepsie and Monroe as well as Branchville, NJ and Milford, PA.

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