The Middletown Art Group [MAG] continues its celebration of its seventh decade of being an active creative organization with the Middletown Art Group 2023 Members’ Annual Spring Exhibition. The works and the diversity of technique and concept demonstrate the differences in the membership. The group is happy to be back full-force and in-person in the large Orange Hall Gallery space. Artworks include paintings, drawings, photographs, collages, mixed media and sculptures in various media.
The exhibit of 105 pieces is on view in Orange Hall Gallery through June 14. Winners of awards are the following:
AWARDS OF EXCELLENCE
Pile Up - watercolor by Janet Campbell
A Moment at Conor Pass - oil by Maureen Hart
Winter Parade - pastel by Anne Kelly
Hummingbird Nest in Cabbage Palm - watercolor by Joan Mester
Ingela - oil by Cynthia Harris- Pagano
Cutting Tracks - pastel by Lisa DeLuise
Dahlia Sunset - oil by Susan Miiller
Golden Glow - watercolor by Midge Monat
By the Ramapo River - oil by Mary Sealfon
Peppers - pastel by Vaune Sherin
This year’s show judge is highly respected, local artist and educator, Ward Lamb. Show co-chairs are Jill Weltman and Denise Shelby Isseks.
The exhibition and reception are free and open to the public. Gallery hours are Monday through Thursday - 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. In June, the college is closed on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays.
The organization was established in 1946 “for the purpose of exchanging ideas between artists, craftsmen, art teachers, and students and of providing an atmosphere in which to improve individual skills and respect for the efforts of others.” MAG continues that tradition and throughout the year sponsors demonstrations and lectures which promote the study of the arts.
Even though the name “Middletown Art Group” seems to give the impression of exclusiveness to Middletown residents, that is not the case as members reside in other parts of Orange County as well as Sullivan, Ulster, Dutchess, Sussex, and Pike Counties.
Orange Hall is located at the corner of Wawayanda and Grandview Avenues
(GPS: 24 Grandview Avenue), Middletown.