Lois Ostapczuk paints on view at CWC


Margaretville — A fresh exhibition featuring oil paintings of forest and stream by artist Lois Ostapczuk of Shokan is now on view at the Catskill Watershed Corporation (CWC), 905 Main Street, Margaretville.

The work will be displayed through the end of February and can be seen weekdays (except holidays) from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Anglers, hikers and nature lovers will appreciate Lois’ vision of Maltby Hollow Brook, Red Rock Falls on Upper Esopus Creek, the Rondout Creek above Blue Hole, Roaring Kill Creek off the Schoharie and the Conklin Hill Covered Bridge over the Willowemoc.

There is a long view of the Ashokan Reservoir Dividing Weir, and an expertly painted aluminum rainbow trout that was part of the 2012 Leaping Trout Project of the Ashokan-Pepacton Watershed Chapter of Trout Unlimited.

Some of these areas were affected by the historic flood of August 2011. The old U&D railroad trestle along the Ashokan Reservoir near Boiceville is one that was captured on Lois’ canvas but stands no longer.

A native of New Jersey, Lois has been passionate about painting since early childhood. Husband Ed is equally passionate about trout fishing, and exploring Catskill waterways. Thus was born CatskillWatersArt, Ed’s photographs of his favorite fishing areas, transformed and preserved forever through Lois’ brush and the water mixable oils she prefers.

Lois retired in 2008 after many years as an elementary teacher at West Hurley and Woodstock schools. She is largely self-taught as an artist, with some help from friends at Olive’s Recreational Senior Art Workshop and other painting classes.

Although this is Lois’ first show, she has exhibited her work at several regional not-for-profit organizations and a few Town of Olive functions.   Her paintings hang in the homes and offices of many enthusiastic collectors. To see more, visit http://catskillwatersart.blogspot.com.
For more information, go to www.cwconline.org, or call toll-free 877-928-7433; or 845-586-1400.