RiverWinds Gallery, 172 Main St., Beacon, celebrated its tenth anniversary of showcasing and supporting Hudson Valley Artists, and the first show of the gallery’s 11th year is “Wonder” – Watercolors by Ellen Hopkins Fountain. There is a marvelous sense of wonder when you enter her paintings . . . the way the light intensifies the colors, the beauty and the mood. The show opens from 5 to 8 p.m. on Beacon Second Saturday Aug.10, and runs through Sept. 8.
“My adventure with painting began when I was a child,” says Hopkins. “I was standing in a field in late September when I first noticed how the sunlight raked across the hay and how the trees seemed tricked out in red and orange and gold. I was dazzled. I thought, ‘Someday, I’m going to paint all this.’” And to this day, Ellen gets that same thrill from color and light and the beauty of the landscape. “And I feel I have kept that promise I made so many years ago.”
Hopkins Fountain lives in Ardsley, N.Y., and holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Carnegie-Mellon University. She has had solo exhibits in New York, Connecticut, Vermont, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey and has been in selected juried exhibitions up and down the East Coast. She has won numerous awards such as the Fabriano Watercolor Award and others. Her watercolors have also been included in several publications such as American Artist Magazine and The New York Times.
Gallery hours are Wednesday through Monday noon to 6 p.m., Beacon Second Saturday noon to 9 p.m. See riverwindsgallery.com or call 845-838-2880.