"It is my nature to jump back and forth between sometimes disparate projects.  I have no more control of that tendency than I do over my breathing and I plan to continue both.  An idea or a problem can catch my imagination, nag at my thoughts, tug me in different directions and to different solutions for months or years until I finally get my fill.  Obsession is a fertile ground for art and once the fire is quieted, the skills and knowledge remain to inform the next round of making and fixation.  The work I do on one project naturally informs my choices on the other projects which are in process at the same time. 

The natural world is full of strange wonders and geometries.  Natural elements such as plants, landscape and rocks are most often the starting point for my work.  Art is about the experience of life; its subject  is our thoughts, emotions, and senses.  At its best, art points out something new to the viewer such as beauty in an everyday object, symmetry in what seems like chaos, a new perspective on a social issue or anything which deepens our experience and understanding of our lives." 

Sarah Fortner Pierson grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area and received a Bachelors degree in Art Practice from UC Berkeley.  She moved to New York City in 2001 to join Hunter College's Master of Fine Art program.  Pierson currently resides in Orange County, New York where she founded the Washingtonville Artist Collective in 2014.  She is also an active member of the Goshen Art League and Orange County Arts Council and is the Executive Director of the Wallkill River School, a non-profit art gallery and art school in Montgomery, New York.

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Reflections: Orange County Arts Council Members Exhibit

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The Orange County Arts Council annual member exhibit is back! This year, the exhibition will be hosted virtually with the opportunity for artists to sell their works. The timely theme of this year’s exhibit is “Reflection”. Open to wide interpretation, works may range from abstract to realistic.

Why reflection? Reflection gives the brain an opportunity to pause amidst the chaos, untangle and sort through observations and experiences, consider multiple possible interpretations, and create meaning. At its simplest, reflection is about careful thought.

Wired Gallery's Garden Holiday Show

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Mohonk Mountain House, 1000 Mountain Rest Rd, New Paltz, NY

Wired Gallery has just received an invitation to curate an art show at Mohonk Mountain House to complement their Garden Holiday theme program. For the last 82 years, this weeklong event has celebrated Mohonk’s award-winning gardens offering workshops and demonstrations with the area’s finest horticultural experts to garden enthusiasts and regular guests. More info on the theme program at https://www.mohonk.com/events/nature-outdoors/garden-holiday/


Orange County Artists Showcase Indigenous Florals and Landscapes’

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The Gallery at Orange Regional Medical Center, 707 East Main Street, Middletown, NY

Middletown, NY – Orange Regional Medical Center is pleased to announce its latest art exhibition which showcases the work of two accomplished Hudson Valley artists, Sarah Fortner Pierson and Ellen Joyce Trayer. The exhibit will open with a reception on Thursday, August 24, 2017 from 4:00 to 6:00pm in The Gallery at Orange Regional Medical Center located at 707 East Main Street, Middletown on the ground floor adjacent to the conference center. The exhibit will remain on display until September 28, 2017, 2014.