RVAC is the premier multi-use facility for arts and community programs in the Hudson Valley.

Photography Exhibit

June 9 - August 13

Opening Reception: Friday, June 9 | 5PM - 7PM

River Valley Arts Center is proud to present a new photography exhibit featuring the works of several local artists. From June 9th to August 13th, visitors can experience a stunning display of photographic artistry.

This exhibit will feature a diverse range of photographic styles, from captivating landscapes and stunning portraits to abstract compositions and experimental techniques. Each artist brings their own unique perspective to the medium, offering a fresh and inspiring take on the world around us.

Most of the pieces on display will be available for purchase, so if you find yourself drawn to a particular photography, please reach out to River Valley Arts Center for assistance.

To celebrate the artists, an opening reception will be held on Friday, June 9 from 5pm – 7pm. This event offers an opportunity to be among the first to view the artwork and meet the talented photographers behind the lens.

Whether you’re a photography enthusiast, an art connoisseur, or simply someone who appreciates the power of visual storytelling, this exhibit at RVAC is not to be missed.

Meet the Artists

Korryn Bishop has lived and raised her family in Wappingers Falls for over 20 years.  After many people telling her she has an “eye for photography”.  She took her love for taking pictures of  family and friends, and  turned that once hobby into something bigger and more exciting than she ever imagined.  You will find Korryn in all areas of the Hudson Valley searching out new places to shoot and new faces to bring to life. 

My name is Sean Bowden, I grew up in the village of Wappinger in the early 70’s. I bought a camera about 8 years ago, just to chronical the life of a dog that I had just adopted. I quickly became interested in landscape photography due to the many hikes I would take with my young and energetic dog. I love being able edit my photos so that they look more like a painting than a photograph. People started using names like Thomas Cole and Fredric Church, and the Hudson River School, to describe my photographs , which is one of the biggest compliments I can get. Macro flower photography is also a passion o f mine and I find myself buying flowers through the winter just to photograph them.

Frank Chianca is an amateur photographer who enjoys taking photos of the beauty of nature, landscapes, seascapes and iconic landmarks.  He has a collection of New York City photos that he is proud of.  He purchased his first SLR camera in the 1970’s, mainly to take pictures of his children, and has been clicking away ever since.

After raising a family and retiring from a longtime career, I rekindled my interest in photography. I  photograph everyday things that catch my eye; Colors, lighting, and subjects of interest. I most often use a wide lens to include details  that compliment the subject and invite viewers to spend time with the photo.

Bio coming soon.

Teresa’s exploration into the world of photography started at age ten when given access to a Pentax by an older cousin. What inspires Teresa’s ongoing photography journey is how this particular artistic medium enables a person to enter the present moment in a heightened way. Searching to capture powerful imagery via the lens, whether that is through traversing the globe, meeting new people, or seeking unique experiences, is her life passion. Her professional work is mainly focused on weddings, life events, and portraiture. Her private projects examine familial relationships and the concepts of loss and memories. The personal side of her work was inspired and influenced by being the daughter of Irish immigrants. Growing up in New Jersey, and hearing her parents tell stories of the family and life left behind during the immigration journey, is ever-present in her photographs. Teresa now resides in the Hudson Valley with her husband and two boys. Teresa holds a BFA in Photography from the new York School of Visual Arts.

Please go on your own exploration of Teresa’s work by visiting: www.teresahorgan.com

Alicia King is a wedding and studio photographer born and raised in the Hudson valley.  She loves capturing meaningful connections and gives people images that truly represent who they are. Perspective, patience and a love for the fundamental elements of design give Alicia a creative process that is also true to herself. 

My name is Jeness (Regan) Klaproth and I am a lifelong resident of the village of Wappingers. My family recognized an artistic talent that I did not necessarily see in myself and encouraged me to pursue art after returning home from an unsuccessful attempt at a degree in the sciences. I returned to the area and explored all aspects of the art programs at Dutchess Community College- fine art, photography, jewelry making and ceramics. A passion for wheel-throwing in particular kept me at DCC for years beyond my degree as an assistant in the ceramics studio. Art eventually took a backseat to life, but photography as a hobby remained a constant as pets and kids entered the picture. Mobile phone technology and the ability to have a camera on hand at all times is what enables me to keep this hobby and passion alive. Most of the time, I don’t go looking for my subjects; they simply find me. I am drawn to lines, shapes and light, and the minutest details in nature. Macro photography is a favorite of mine, particularly when the subject is flowers. In 2021 I met my boyfriend Sean Bowden, and because of our shared passion for photography, we spend much of our time together with our cameras, exploring and enjoying the beauty of the Hudson Valley. We began working together with his editing of my flower photographs, which are typically from my own garden or other areas of beauty in the village such as Mesier Park and the Grinnell Library garden, and have created a collection in our own unique collaborative style. I am proud and honored to showcase a couple of our favorites here.

Kohar is a video professional and photographer in Beacon, NY. While her job is as a digital storyteller, her personal practice combines analog film photography and alternative printing methods (like cyanotypes/sun printing), which allow her to work creatively with a direct connection to and reliance on nature.  Kohar grew up in the Golden State and currently lives in New York with her husband and her Blue Heeler puppy, Zia.

Liz Pipitone Phillips grew up in Queens, NY where she enjoyed writing poetry and taking photographs. Though she was a city girl, she was always drawn to nature. Once she moved to the Hudson Valley in 1996, the rivers, lakes, mountains, historic landmarks, and parks were just a walk or quick car ride away. She then became inspired to cultivate her love of photography even further.

Liz is a proofreader/editor by trade, but it’s her creative side that gives her the most joy and comfort. For 6 weeks this past winter, Liz displayed 4 photos at The Howland Cultural Center in Beacon as part of The Beacon Photography Group 2023 Members Showcase.

Eric Rivera, a native of Guatemala currently living with his family in Rhinebeck, NY, has always had an interest in taking photos but it wasn’t until a trip to Lake Michigan when he found his special talent stacking rocks.  He initially started balancing rocks as a way to relax but quickly became intrigued and empowered by working with the variety of beautiful natural patterns and colors of the rocks so much so that he decided to take photos, experimenting by using various backgrounds, contrasts & lighting.
(Eric’s artwork was actually submitted by his wife Vicki Rivera as a way to convince him of how beautiful his photos are. His family is so proud of him & excited to be able to showcase these two pieces of his collection) 

Brianna Rizzo is a middle school student with a passion for artivism.  The Girl Scouts of America has provided her with many opportunities for this including recognizing her painting “Peace in the Pond” for “World Thinking Day” which was highlighted by the National Park Service for an art exhibit.  Additionally, her eco-friendly art project is being used by NY State Parks to educate others about lanternflies. As Vice President of her Student Council, she has created a sustainable change in her school with a focus on the arts earning her the Girl Scout Silver Award- the highest award a GS Cadette can earn. This take-action project involved various artistic expressions including bottle cap mural, postcard design, as well as a collective photo quilt which raised money for change through St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, Water for South Sudan, Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library, and the Refugees Project with the Bezos Family Foundation.  As an artivist, Brianna’s  focus on nature in her photography is a call to preserve the wonder of our environment by shedding light on the subject from a new perspective.

Alan Thomas is a local hobbyist with a life-long interest in photography, especially landscapes as he is an avid environmentalist and outdoorsman and believes that recording and sharing the natural beauty of our planet is a tool for its preservation. He also donates his services to local non-profit organizations. His work appears regularly in the Beacon Free Press and other regional publications.

Alan has recently retired from a forty-year career in photolithography and is a senior member of SPIE, the International Society for Optics and Photonics.
Photographers that he admires and provide inspiration: Ansel Adams, John Sexton, Galen Rowell, Robert Maplethorp (it’s not all about landscapes)

Trisha Wright was raised in Denver, CO. She earned a BFA from the University of Colorado/Boulder, an MA from Columbia University, and certificates from Th Academy of Art in San Francisco and the Maine Media Workshops in Rockport. 

Following a two-year Peace Corps stint in Tchibanga, Gabon, she settled in NY (NYC and Port Washington) and began a fulfilling career as an Art instructor, even as she pursued her own fine art photography.

Since retiring, Trisha has fully immersed herself in her photography. She is mesmerized by beautiful light, deep shadows and the timeless, altered realities created through black and white images.

Her fine art photography has been exhibited at the Arts and Architecture Gallery in Toronto Canada, the Ceres Gallery in Chelsea NYC, the Heckshire Museum in Huntington, NY, the Graphic Eye Gallery in Port Washington NY, b.j. spoke and fotofoto galleries in Huntington NY and the Howland Cultural Center in Beacon, NY, among others. Her work is represented in a number of private collections throughout the United States and Canada.