Last night Janet and I went to the Wallkill River School Gallery to attend their Celebrations show which included a solo exhibit by our friend and fellow artist Denise Aumick. Her textile art, abstract paintings, pastel paintings and ATC's were featured and the turnout was great especially considering that it was a night of high winds and torrential rain.
Here is Denise in front of one of my personal favorites, her pastel painting of an old truck. The colors and depth are amazing!
Denise and her oh so proud daughter Heather..
Here are some examples of her textile work...
This particular one is mesmerizing with it's color and depth and of course I am in love with trees so this is also a favorite of mine.
Two more pastel paintings which I'm proud to say were inspired by two of my photographs. Denise did such a beautiful interpretation of them.
(Please forgive the reflection of the lighting on the glass)
All of her pieces were for sale and all proceeds go to the Carla Aumick Art Scholarship Fund at the Wallkill River School. The fund enables local teens to enjoy free art classes in the summer.
There were also live demonstrations of painting techniques...
Here is Shawn Del Joyce, one of the founding members of the Wallkill River School standing by two of her paintings...
As if this all weren't enough.... there was a lovely array of wines, cheeses, pastries... and oooohhhhhhh..... you haven't lived until you've tried some of Denise's Olive Tapenade! (You have to be one of her very dear friends to get the recipe) ;o)
All in all it was a great reception with Denise receiving well deserved accolades for her beautiful artwork. To see her work you can visit her website www.deniseaumick.com or her blog Wild Thread Studio.