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Primitive landscapes by Korb at River Gallery

June 23, 2011

NARROWSBURG, NY — An exhibit of paintings by local primitive artist Cheryl Korb will come to River Gallery – The Art of Living on Saturday, June 25, opening with an artist’s reception from 6 to 8 p.m. The show will run through August 20.

A self-taught artist from northeastern Pennsylvania, Cheryl Korb still lives on the farm where she was born. After raising a family of three children, she had time to pursue her dream which was to make paintings inspired by Grandma Moses. Cheryl began painting the landscape she knows best: her own backyard.

Working in a tiny studio, formerly a closet off of her bedroom, with a tiny window, she uses one-hair brushes to create her delightful paintings which are full of particulars of country life. She takes a walk each morning and picks up details which she puts into her painting that day. Throughout these finely sketched works are people doing their chores, waving hello, sitting for a picnic, flying a kite, riding a bike. There are animals playing together, horses in the fields or hitched to a wagon, chickens eating grain from the barnyard, kittens sleeping in a ball. Old stone walls, covered bridges, tractors and pails and stables emerge between fields of crops in various stages of growing, trees flowering or dropping their leaves, distant hills, or blankets of snow.

Korb says she has four subjects: spring, summer, fall and winter. She often can tell the exact week which the painting depicts. Her fine line and sensitive use of color has prompted comparisons to Oriental painting.

Cheryl Korb is known locally where she exhibits, teaches, and participates in fairs and auctions. She has received a number of awards for the excellence of her painting.

The gallery is located at 8 Main St. Gallery hours are Monday through Thursday from 11 a.m. tl 5 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Visit or call 845/252-3238.