A spacious gallery space in the lobby of the Newburgh Free Library is the site of monthly exhibits and art shows by local artists. Many of the artists offer receptions to showcase their art and meet the public. In addition, glass cases showcase local collections and displays related to library and literary-related events.
Judges were local artists Carol Flaitz, Richard Harper and Virginia Walsh.
Diane Kominick-Ouzoonian – Celebrate Nature: May 8 – 32
Since 1986, I have been living in Warwick, New York. I was born on July 4, 1950 in Portland , Maine. My early years until I turned 7 were greatly affected by the landscape of rural Maine. We lived in Cape Elizabeth at the time until we moved to California. I studied at the University of California at Santa Cruz, then went east again to study at the New York Studio School. Gretna Campbell, Philip Guston and other well-known artists were my instructors. It was an intense study of drawing and painting from the figure.
Later, I went onto get a teaching credential and taught in the public and private schools. My devoted husband, Harry, and I raised two beautiful daughters Amy and Lori. Presently, I am teaching private art lessons and painting daily. I will continue to teach drawing classes at Mount St. Mary College at the Desmond Campus in Newburgh,NY as well as in Sugar Loaf and Wallkill.
Fred Mitchell – May 8 -31
A student of the distinguished Hudson Valley artist and teacher John Gould, Fred Mitchell has been employed in a wide variety of art-related activities since he graduated from Newburgh Free Academy in 1959. He was a window designer and color matcher for the W. T. Grant Company and a color matcher and inspector for E.I. DuPont before serving as an illustrator and later as Art Director for the United States Military Academy at West Point.
During his nearly three decades at West Point he also acted as consultant for ESPN and various Olympic events and operated a silk-screen business in the Town of Newburgh, as well as engaging in antique pottery repair and doll and oil painting restoration. He has won numerous honors throughout the region. His work is in the Hall of Fame of the Trotter and the Goshen Government Center in Goshen and the Catskill Fly Fishing Museum in Livingston Manor, and won the Blue Ribbon in Watercolor at the Community Art Show in Newburgh in 2008 and a ribbon at the show again in 2009.
Paintings by Mitchell were commissioned for the Friends of the Milton Train Station Benefit Auctions in 2007 and 2008, and for the last three years he has won first and second place place ribbons in the annual Newburgh Free Library Community Art Shows.
The Newburgh Free Library welcomes exhibits by Hudson Valley artists. The exhibits are hung by the artists themselves and are usually on display for one month. For more information, please see the Exhibit and Display Registration Form and Waiver as well as the Exhibit Spaces and Bulletin Boards Policy. If you are interested in exhibiting, please call the library, 845-563-3619 or 563-3614. Samples of work are required before an exhibit can be scheduled.
In addition, the library has a number of display cases that showcase special collections or materials loaned by local artists and individuals. If you have a special collection or small project you would like to display, please call 845-563-3619 or 563-3618.