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Esopus Artists' Group Gallery

As a community, we all appreciate the creative spirit that thrives in the Hudson Valley. From the formation of the Hudson River School art movement in the mid-19th century, our region has continued to attract artists of every medium...and so has our library. Members of our Esopus Artists group have met in our community room for years as a way of sharing the artistic experience. In appreciation of their dedication and talent, we are proud to present this online gallery of their work.

Judy Howard

I work in the medium of soft pastels to create representational landscape paintings. My paintings are usually quiet, rural scenes with rich color and interesting textures, patterns and light. I am a former art teacher and graphic designer, and I’m a member of the Pastel Society of America and the Ozark Pastel Society.


You can see more of my artwork at

Marge Bennett

As something on my “bucket list,” I started painting about 5 years ago when the Library offered free classes taught by Loman Eng. I had no prior experience or schooling in art, just wanted to give it a shot.  Our entire class continued to meet together each week after the class was over and have since become known as the Esopus Artists Group.  I enjoy doing landscapes but really love painting cats!