Newburgh Campus is Latest Stop on World Tour of Contemporary Landscape Artists

MIDDLETOWN, N.Y. – A series of paintings seeking to create environmental awareness and stewardship of the land comprises the “Far and Near Horizons” art exhibit on display at SUNY Orange’s Newburgh campus through June 5.

A joint venture by Landscape Artists International (LAI) and International Plein Air Painters (IPAP), two of the world’s foremost contemporary landscape painting groups, the exhibit is located in Room 134A of the Tower Building, One Washington Center, and is intended to also foster further appreciation of landscape painting.

“The mission of the tour is to act as a bridge between countries of the world to foster environmental awareness,” says Linda Richichi, director of the “Far and Near” exhibit, a local plein air artist and most recently an artist-in-residence at the Newburgh campus. “The art on the canvas becomes a universal language and acts as an ambassador between different cultures, bringing us together.”

On exhibit in Newburgh are works by Sandra Nunes from Brazil, whose award-winning work been reproduced in prominent magazines; D.F. Gray from British Columbia, Canada, who is designated a Premier Pastellist of Canada by the Pastel Society of Canada; Vitali Komarov, who lives in the Czech Republic but has traveled widely to find inspiration for his work; Garin Baker from New Windsor, N.Y., a nationally known muralist and illustrator; and Richichi, from Newburgh, whose awards include the “Best of Show Award” at the International Plein Air Painters Worldwide Paint Out.

Since its origination in June 2007, the “Far and Near Horizons” exhibit has been on display at the Karpeles Museum in Newburgh, as well as in St. Augustine, Fla.; Door County, Wis.; Estes Park, Colo.; Vancouver, British Columbia; and Orlando, Fla.


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