About Virginia Donovan
E. Virginia Donovan
Virginia Donovan began as working artist in the Hudson Valley. She has worked in watercolor, pastel, acrylic and oil. Among her artistic side trips, she has worked in other fields that fascinated her such as jewelry and clay relief etching. Each of these media serve to enhance the other in her study and enjoyment of art.
In the early 1990’s, she 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" her friends, she enrolled in a drawing class followed by a beginning watercolor class. From there, her life took a totally new direction!
Her passion for painting allows her to combine her desire to expand her horizons, paint, photograph, travel and meet new people.
Since 2003, Virginia is a co-owner of RiverWinds Gallery in Beacon, New York. She and her partners have designed a successful multi-faceted art space including paintings, photography, porcelain and pottery, high end woven goods, sculpture, and jewelry.
In 2007, Virginia 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 from10am 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, she attended a similar event in Shawinigan, Quebec, where she was the only American.
She has attended several two week invitational and international artist residency programs which have allowed her to develop exciting new directions in her painting. Each artist worked individually but the collection of artistic energy and focus encouraged growth and expansion.
Working with many local artists, Virginia 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.
She has been active in 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. She has participated in and helped coordinate numerous Bannerman's art shows and benefits and several ‘ Artists on the Rock’ painting events.
Virginia is retired from IBM after over 35 years. She served as Secretary 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 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, Virginia has participated in six residencies here in the USA and four in Poland, from 2014 though 2018. 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, Virginia has been getting settled in Frederick, Maryland, a vibrant Arts community!!!! She has joined the Delaplaine Center for the Arts and is currently participating in regular open studio sessions.
She has two children, two grandchildren and two cats.