BEACON — RiverWinds Gallery at 172 Main Street, Beacon, NY is presenting “Both Sides Now: New Work by Virginia Donovan.” Donovan explains the dichotomy, “In the past couple of years, I have been working back and forth between contemporary painting in acrylics and more traditional landscape paintings in oils. While the two may seem totally different, I find that each inspires the other. In both genres, I am working with brush and knife and looking to affect texture. But it is more than that: the landscape paintings tend to be of places I have loved, that really spoke to me and added roots to my life. In the contemporary work, I am paying attention to feelings and events that have moved me and grounded me.” The Artist Opening is September 14, from 6-9 pm. The show runs through October 6, 2019.
“The contemporary side of this show contains several works that were done this summer at an International Artist Residency in Warsaw, Poland,” says Donovan. “They represent the reverence moving through a city that was devastated by war, upheaval, separation, occupation, relocation, etc. We were honored to visit the home of a woman who had helped save over 2500 Jewish children by smuggling them out of the ghetto. The building we stayed in was partially renovated but evident everywhere was a reminder of how difficult recovery has been. I was awed by the resolve of the people, and honored to have been invited into their homes.
“The landscape work represents an immersion into a place, a testament to land, water and sky. To me it is like a poem or a silent prayer. To the viewer, it is the finished product, to me it is the process. There are paintings of the Hudson Valley, coastal waters and marshes and Maryland, my new home.”
Virginia Donovan is a co-owner of RiverWinds Gallery since it began 16 years ago. She has been active in the Bannerman’s Castle Trust, a local group organized to promote interest and support of the preservation of Bannerman’s Island. She has participated in and helped coordinate numerous Bannerman’s art shows and benefits and several ‘ Artists on the Rock’ painting events.
Virginia is retired from IBM after over 35 years. She is a signature member of Kent Artist Association.
She has participated in six International Painting Residencies here in the USA and four in Poland, from 2014 though 2018. These opportunities have been life and art enhancing by bringing people together from around the world.
Virginia currently lives in Frederick, Maryland, where she is a member of Delaplaine Center for the Arts and is currently participating in regular open studio sessions. She has two children, two grandchildren and two cats.
About RiverWinds Gallery
RiverWinds Gallery opened its doors in July 2003, more than 16 years ago. Voted twice Best Gallery in the Hudson Valley, it is a multi-faceted art space featuring over 50 of the finest Hudson Valley artists; fine art including paintings, sculpture and photography, and contemporary crafts, including jewelry, glasswork, cards, and pottery. RiverWinds Gallery, LLC, is a member of the Beacon Arts Community Association (BeaconArts) www.beaconarts.org.
Location: RiverWinds Gallery, 172 Main Street, Beacon, NY 12508, 845-838-2880.
Hours: Mon/Wed 12-4, Thurs/Sun 12-5, Fri/Sat 12-6, 12-9 2nd Saturdays
RiverWinds Gallery, 172 Main Street, Beacon NY 12508
Open Mon/Wed 12-4, Thurs/Sun 12-5, Fri/Sat 12-6, 12-9 2nd Saturdays
Hudson River from Newburgh, Virginia Donovan, oil
Warsaw I, Virginia Donovan, acrylic