New art show to open at community college

| 28 Sep 2011 | 02:16

    MIDDLETOWN-The artists featured in the new show "Four Men's Artworks" treat landscapes in distinctly different styles. Photographer John Vriesema of Richfield Springs, N.Y., formerly of Westtown, brings his show "Rural New York: Amish Landscapes" to the exhibit at Orange Hall Galleries in Middletown. These photos depict the present-day life of Amish families who moved from Pennsylvania to upstate New York. Vriesema attended Goshen Christian School. Peter Krobath of Monroe will show paintings in "The Waning of Seasons," with oils and watercolors so representational they are often mistaken for photographs. Some of his work is done in a pointillism style. Dirk Van Oostendorp of Florida, N.Y., is known for his paintings of the farmlands in Florida and Warwick. These works in oil form the exhibit "Hudson Valley Scenes." Van Oostendorp was born in Holland and will move to Memphis, Tennessee, later this year. Robert Lewis Hoover of Searsville, in the Town of Crawford, is a prolific painter. In fact, he painted 80 canvases just this summer. The artist who most influenced his style is Vincent VanGogh. His brightly colored landscapes, large and small, depict local black dirt farms and the upland fields. His show is entitled "Divine Beauty...Wrapped in Sky: Sacred Landscapes." Hoover teaches art at Goshen Intermediate School. The opening reception for all four shows is scheduled for Sunday, Oct. 3, from 1 to 3:30 p.m. Guitarist Eddie Dirr will perform. Orange Hall Galleries are located at the corner of Wawayanda and Grandview Avenues on the campus of Orange County Community College. The exhibit and reception, part of the college's Lyceum Series of Events, are free and open to the public. For more information call 341-4891 or e-mail