Falling in Love with the Poconos
Oil Paintings by Marie Liu
Marie Liu has described the Poconos as the perfect place for a landscape artist. It’s almost limitless public access to the regions treasures such as waterfalls, creeks, forests and the Delaware River, managed by State and Federal agencies, make it a great place for outdoor enthusiasts and nature lovers.
Its history has also been an area of particular interest to her. From the Lenape Indians of the Minisink; Gifford Pinchot “Father of the Conservation Movement” and founding Chief Forester of the National Forest Service, whose home in Milford is now managed by that agency; to the Tocks Island Dam project, the painful forced evacuation of thousands of families, the projects ultimate failure, and creation of a National Park there; her paintings often reflect a history which is very much alive and evidenced every day.
Originally from Orange County, NY, Marie moved to Northeast Pennsylvania a decade ago and was taken by the rugged and beautiful landscape and numerous waterfalls and creeks – which she instantly began painting. “I was surprised by and love the completely different geography, geology, and fauna, and her oil paintings have been exclusively about the region’s landscape and history ever since. Honored to be the Resident Artist for Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area, she was tasked with interpreting the area through her paintings for a whole year and presenting several exhibits in 2016.
An unofficial ambassador, the artist loves sharing her images of the Poconos with audiences outside that area, to familiarize them with a place they might not be aware of or have the an outdated idea of as only a honeymoon destination with champagne glass shaped hot tubs. “The Delaware Valley has a rich and interesting past and landscape that I find compelling and think others will too.”
Suffern Free Library is pleased to have her work on exhibit for the month of May, beginning May 7 in the Community Meeting Room. The library hosts art exhibits, performances, films, lectures and classes in their spacious Community room which is on the lower level of the beautiful and modern facility.
Calling ahead is recommended, as the room may be closed due to an event.
Exhibiting in the Gallery
We are always reviewing art exhibit applications and are now booking for 2020. Submit the online application first. If you qualify, we will then call you to make an appointment to bring in 3 to 5 original works. Please review our policy carefully before you apply. If you have any questions, email Ms. Molina at email@example.com.