About Virginia Donovan
I began as working artist in the Hudson Valley, in watercolor, pastel, acrylic and oil. Also I have done a few artistic side trips, such as jewelry and clay relief etching. Each of these media serve to enhance the other in my study and enjoyment of art.
In the early 1990’s, I began going to art shows and openings at the Heritage Art Gallery in Red Oaks Mill, NY, owned and operated by Bernie and Eileen Iulo. The atmosphere was warm and friendly, unthreatening and encouraging. In an effort to "help" my friends, I enrolled in a drawing class followed by a beginning watercolor class. From there, Life took a totally new direction!
My passion for painting allows me to combine a desire to expand horizons, paint, photograph, travel and meet new people.
Since 2003, I am a co-owner of RiverWinds Gallery in Beacon, New York. My partners and I have designed a successful multi-faceted art space including paintings, photography, porcelain and pottery, high end woven goods, sculpture, and jewelry.
In 2007, I was invited to participate in the Jean-Paul LaPointe International Symposium in Chicoutimi, Quebec, Canada, as one of 43 artists in the 4 day event. Over 20,000 people attended. Artists painted from 10am to 10pm while meeting visitors from the four corners of the world. It was a great honor to be selected as one of only two Americans. In 2008, I attended a similar event in Shawinigan, Quebec, where I was the only American.
Working with many local artists, I have managed the over 20 gallery shows at The Brass Anchor in Poughkeepsie, NY. She co-chaired the First and Second Annual got art? Auction for Barrett Art Center in Poughkeepsie.
One of my passions is working with the Bannerman's Castle Trust, a local group organized to promote interest and support of the preservation of Bannerman's Island, owned by the State of New York, Taconic Parks Commission. I have donated art and have participated in and helped coordinate numerous Bannerman's art shows and benefits and several ‘ Artists on the Rock’ painting events.
Retired from IBM after over 35 years., I have been on the Board of Bannerman's Castle Trust, and has been a member of the East Fishkill Historical Society, Save the Esopus Commission, Mid-Hudson Photography Club; and an associate member of the North East Watercolor Society, IBM Art Club, Woodstock Artists Association, Barrett Art Center, Beacon Artists Community Association and is a signature member of Kent Artist Association.
By invitation from Basha Maryanska, celebrated international curator, artist and originator of a series of International Artist Residencies, I have participated in several residencies here in the USA and in Poland, from 2014 through 2019. This has been an outstanding experience for all the artists and for the communities hosting the events. These opportunities have been life and art enhancing by bringing people together from around the world.
Since 2016, I have been getting settled in Frederick, Maryland, a vibrant Arts community. I joined the Delaplaine Center for the Arts and am currently participating in regular open studio sessions.
Two children, two grandchildren and two cats and my art, keep life very lively.