Sunday, June 6, 2010


By Mona Birmingham

This  pitbull by Mona Birmingham is the very first entry for the July and September exhibits! It is oil on paper, 11 inches by 14 inches.

Mona lives in Washingtonville, NY, and has been painting full-time since her job was eliminated about a year ago. She is an emerging artist with the Wallkill River School, Montgomery, NY, and has an opening there in July! If you're in the area, please go to the opening. Check the WRS schedule on the school's webpage.

Mona also has an interior design business, which you can see by clicking here.

I really love this painting. I love the look in the dog's eyes, tough but yearning. I love his bright orange and red collar. And I love the patches on his face. Superb!

Here's a recap of the invitation to exhibit. Hope you all send in a painting, and get your friends to do the same.

- Carrie


A wonderful opportunity has come our way, and I am hoping we will all be able to take part.

A friend of mine, Susan Miiller (not a typo), has engineered two exhibits open to ASAP painters. They are both intended to benefit the Port Jervis/Deerpark Humane Society, in New York state, near where we used to live. It's a good shelter, and could really use our help.

Here's the website: . The animals to be painted are at the very bottom of the home page.

First of all, of course, when you finish your piece, please send an image to me or Sheila for posting on the blog!

The first exhibit takes place in the office of Jeff Parker, 156 Pike St., Port Jervis. Parker is a podiatrist and an artist and an animal lover. He has a very nice space to show and sell art. That exhibit goes from July 26-Sept. 10.

Then, the work will move to the Deerpark Museum, for a one-day show on Sept. 18. Anyone who is in the area is invited to come and demonstrate during the day.

After that, the work will go to the shelter, in the usual way.

As always, you can frame the pieces if you want, but you don't have to. It would be great if you would put a wire on the back for hanging.

Please mail your pieces to:

Susan Miiller
Wallkill River School
232 Ward St.
Montgomery, NY 12549

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