First review from a NYC critic written up in Gallery & Studio Magazine ..

“Mysterious imagery also figures prominently in the paintings of Linda Richichi, who merges the phantom outline of a vase (female figure) with expressionistic landscapes in a strikingly successful synthesis. Richichi regards painting as “a pilgrimage- a journey into the mystery of creation,”- and her vibrant colors laid down with energetic strokes do indeed come across as gestures of reverence within sacred context of a spiritual path.”

- Byron Coleman


Second review from same magazine for exhibit Endurance..

Linda Richichi sees painting as a “pilgramage, a journey,” and travels from the Hudson Valley, to Tuscany, to Maui in search of inspiration, as well as back in time. In the present show she takes the latter route to create a series of portraits of powerful mythic goddesses such as “Kali”, “Venus”, and Aphrodite”. The latter portrait is expecially vibrant, with the goddess of love depicted within a circle surrounded by an ornate border amid birds and butterflies but painted in a vigorous manner akin to Larry Rivers, with some features sharply defined while others are sketchier, making an ancient subject by virtue of an improvisational painterliness.

- Maurice Taplinger



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Times Herald Record

August 2011

Art brings healing feeling to patients

Orange Regional allots $500,000 for creative works

By Alyssa Sunkin
Times Herald-Record
Published: 2:00 AM – 08/15/11

TOWN OF WALLKILL — A few weeks ago, a tree sprouted in the new Orange Regional Medical Center’s pediatric playroom.

Its walnut trunk grooved, branches grasping at vibrant green leaves reaching out to the ceiling. An iguana climbs the tree’s body while a ladybug nestles on a leaf.

No, it’s not a real tree. It’s hand-carved ceramic tile made by Middletown artist Natalie Surving of Surving Studios. But it offers patients a window to nature and the outside world.

Children playing there could close their eyes, run their hands along the textured tiles, and be anywhere they want to be.

“Our goal in this playroom was to try to bring the outside in, to make it enjoyable as well as healing,” said Sarah Thompson, art curator for Orange Regional. “Here they can play, have fun, and get lost in their own little world built from their imagination.”

Tucked away in the budget for the new Orange Regional, which opened Aug. 5, was $500,000 that officials spent on art in various mediums. Pieces of fine art were created by both locally and internationally known artists.

Thompson spent the past two and a half years searching for pieces to soften the feel of the hospital, as well as tie in recognizable images, such as landscapes of the region, that patients and visitors can relate to and which put them more at ease.

She has not only traveled to find artists who would fit the needs of the hospital, but artists have also contacted her.

She has also received donations from local families, including the Schwartzman family of Warwick, who donated a whimsical painting by Canadian painter Marcel Cote to the hospital’s pediatric wing.

Local artists including Surving, Joy Gilinsky Monte of New Windsor, Dr. Barry Pariser of Newburgh, Linda Richichi of Newburgh, James Douglas of Montgomery, Janet Howard-Fata of Warwick and Lara Brietman of Warwick are featured at the hospital.

Art shows planned

Thompson plans to continue and grow the hospital’s art program. She is working with the Wallkill River School and the Orange County Arts Council to host bimonthly art shows in the public corridor near the hospital’s new cafeteria to showcase works by local artists.

“The power of art has always been the ability to transport a person from their immediate circumstances to a state of mind they can remember — or look at a piece and have that be a world they dream of, or a goal they can imagine,” Thompson said.

“Art can encourage the ill as well as inspire the ones who support them.”

On the web

For full coverage of the new Orange Regional Medical Center, go to



American Artist Magazine

June 2010 issue

Special Report on Acrylic Painting includes

Linda’s experience with the paints that were sent

to her from the editor of the magazine. The below

painting is included in the magazine along

with a short article.



Critique by Raymond J. Steiner

Linda Richichi at RiverWinds Gallery May, 2007

Birge Harrison (1854- 1929), teacher of landscape painting and driving force behind the Art Students League of New York opening its summer sessions in Woodstock, New York in 1906, was wont to tell his students that color was not only seen, but heard. An advocate of plein air painting – he touted the League’s Woodstock facility as “the best landscape school in the world” – Harrison argued that color “waves” at the higher and lower ends which were not visible to the human eye were nevertheless received into human consciousness through the ears and that landscape painters who confined their activities to working in the studio were thus rendering themselves insensible to the tonality of nature. Like many of the old-school Hudson River painters, he believed that a landscape painter’s full range of sensibilities ought to come into play – that in order for a landscape painting to achieve verisimilitude, one has not only to see, but also to feel, smell, hear, and taste the scene through total on-site immersion. To my eyes, Linda Richichi’s current exhibit* at the RiverWinds Gallery in Beacon, New York, would have mightily pleased Birge Harrison. Some thirty paintings – mostly pastels, but also a few oils and one and mixed media (“Subsiding Storm”) compromise the major part of the show – with a wide variety of cards and prints also on hand for viewing. If land – and seascapes predominate, I do not hesitate to suggest that the real subject that runs throughout the exhibition, as the title of the show suggests, is color, pure and simple. Or, perhaps I ought not so glibly say “pure and simple” since – as Harrison tried so hard to get his students to comprehend – it appears that Richichi has allowed herself to “open” more fully to its impact than many might dare. Her “vocabulary” of color runs the gamut from muted understatement (“Impending Storm”) and serenity (“Hudson River View North”) to overflowing color – pots (“Pastoral Morn”) and unleashed exuberance (“Yellow and Pink”) – with a good many pauses in- between. Perhaps her painting, “Playing with Colors”, says it all, as three encaustics included in the exhibit so eminently exemplify – unlike her usual work, these three (“Yellow Cloud”, “Magenta Cloud”, and “Blue Cloud”) are non-representational abstractions, color alone “carrying” the burden of the message. Birge Harrison might say that not only can you see and hear Richichi’s colors – her fields of purple loosestrife for example, nearly shout aloud – but very nearly taste them, as well. Sure – there is respect for nature here if not, in fact, reverence for the divinity behind nature. An eye for gentle slope, imposing mountain- face, for flower- filled meadows, and quiet lakes, for soft dawns and cloud- filled skies, all are grist for Richichi’s roving eye for the perfect viewpoint – but over it all is that sense of burgeoning color, of color bursting from it’s limitation of forms, of overflowing the frame and nearly running off the canvas into the viewer’s eyes. And this is true for either her large-scale works (e.g. the majestic “Pink Mist over Hudson”) or little vignettes (“Study of Ulster Hay View”, my favorite). I particularly like her use of the elongated (some call them landscape- sized) canvases in either the horizontal or vertical (“Blue Above”) positions. If her use of gentle line reveals the love Linda Richichi has for communing with the gods of flora and fauna, it is above all her succumbing to the seduction of color that reveals her unmitigated joy in reveling in the out-of-doors with paintbox and canvas- a joy that visitors may readily share by dropping in at RiverWinds before the show closes.

(image: Blue Above , Plein air Pastel)


by Sue Stovall
May2006RiverWinds Gallery is featuring new pastels by Linda Richichi from May 13 through June 5. In between her worldwide travels, Richichi has taken much time this last year capturing “plein air” landscapes from the lower Hudson Valley Region. Her dazzling colors spring forth from every painting which stimulate the senses.

“I have become attuned to the variations of color from the different times of the year,” said the artist. “Each season displays its own unique palette. As I emphasize color more in my paintings, the world that I perceive becomes more colorful. The way the light electrifies color inspires me to get out in the early morning and late afternoon. At those times the light adds pink or orange to all it touches.”

Richichi recently received a major honor from the organization of International Plein Air Painters (I.P.A.P.). I.P.A.P. is made up of 19 different Plein Air Painting organizations throughout 11 different countries. This year she was selected along with only two other artists worldwide for Signature Status. This earns her the right to place the initials of the organization, I.P.A.P., after her signature on her plein air paintings. The initials signify the organization’s recognition for outstanding work. The New York Plein Air Painters honored her with Signature Status as well this year. She teaches “plein air” painting from her studio and in 2004 and 2005 she conducted workshops around the United States, in Tuscany, Italy and Paris, France. Her work can be found in private and public collections around the country and abroad.

RiverWinds Gallery is located at 172 Main Street in Beacon, NY. Gallery hours are Wednesday through Monday from noon to 6 pm and until 9 pm on Second Saturday. For more information, please call 845 838 2880.
RiverWinds Gallery is featuring new pastels by Linda Richichi from May 13 through June 5. In between her worldwide travels, Richichi has taken much time this last year capturing “plein air” landscapes from the lower Hudson Valley Region. Her dazzling colors spring forth from every painting which stimulate the senses.

“I have become attuned to the variations of color from the different times of the year,” said the artist. “Each season displays its own unique palette. As I emphasize color more in my paintings, the world that I perceive becomes more colorful. The way the light electrifies color inspires me to get out in the early morning and late afternoon. At those times the light adds pink or orange to all it touches.”

Setting the Scene
Artists find inspiration in the beauty of the Hudson Valley

The Poughkeepsie Journal
written by Kathleen Murray
photographed by Karl Rabe

Hudson Valley painter Linda Holmes Richichi demonstrates a reverence for her natural surroundings.‘‘ Wherever you are, you can just stop and paint, because there’s beauty everywhere here,’’ she said.

The Newburgh-based artist often sets up her easel and pastels on the Beacon waterfront.‘‘ I’ve traveled a lot to areas that have preserved their space,’’ Richichi said. ‘‘ I’ve come back here and I’m more dedicated to capturing it on canvas.’’

Time spent in the Tuscany region of Italy influenced the artist’s approach to the local landscape.‘‘ Some of the artists of the original (Hudson River) School traveled to Italy as well and it woke them up to their own area,’’Richichi said.

Mark Gruber Gallery, which has been in business in New Paltz for 30 years, represents realists, impressionists, luminists and plein-air artists who bridge the traditional themes of painters such as Frederic Church and Thomas Cole with a more fluid, contemporary look.   ‘‘The exact same spots exist now that existed 150 years ago,’’ said of the Hudson Valley. ‘‘It’s in the atmosphere. It’s in the lighting.’’

‘‘Twenty, 30 years ago (landscape painters) were not held in such high esteem,’’ Gruber said. ‘‘I think landscape painting is a bit more in vogue now.’’

Richichi, the featured artist at RiverWinds Gallery in Beacon through June 5, aims to discover and capture what cannot be seen.‘‘I know that I’m a lot freer in how I express myself,’’ she said. ‘‘Today’s artists can explore and expand and bring more of themselves to it.’’

Richichi grew up in Montgomery and left the Hudson Valley, spending 13 years in Florida before heading back north in 1991.‘‘I see with a different eye than when I lived here originally,’’ she said.

She went back to school to earn an art degree from the State University of New York at New Paltz and made her living as a portrait painter before moving her work outdoors in 2000. ‘‘I went through that ‘how to’ phase when I needed to represent what I saw,’’she said. ‘‘That can be a long phase sometimes.’’

She then tried to paint landscapes in a style she thought would appeal to clients.‘‘After 9/11 and the loss of a friend, my husband said to me, ‘Don’t worry about selling. Paint for yourself. Use it as part of the grieving process,’ ’’ Richichi recalled.

That advice marked a turning point for the artist. She now uses abstract marks to celebrate the ‘‘spiritual lift’’ achieved when painting on site.  Richichi also utilizes rich color combinations to create a feeling of serenity and oneness with nature.  ‘‘My paintings have taught me to see better,’’ she said.

Richichi is a juried associate member of the Pastel Society of America and a member with signature status in both the International Plein Air Painters and New York Plein Air Painters.

She is planning a number of plein-air workshops in Dutchess and Orange counties during the summer, including an all-day painting event at the new Stewart State Forest near Stewart International Airport on June 6.  ‘‘I picked it because it’s an area that has been newly preserved,’’ said Richichi, a member of the Stewart Park and Reserve Coalition.

Through their work, artists champion causes
Friday, May 12, 2006
The Poughkeepsie Journal

written by Kathleen Murray


Many Hudson Valley artists work to preserve the land that inspires them.

“There are so many artists in this area that have such passion for keeping what we’ve got,” said Linda Richichi, a Newburgh-based painter.

Plein air painters like Richichi are concerned that the landscape is in danger of being lost in the name of development.

“We just try to document it because it’s changing so fast,” she said.

Richichi is a member of Stewart Park and Reserve Coalition, one of the groups responsible for helping save the wetlands at the newly named Stewart State Forest near Stewart International Airport.

She also sits on the Board of Directors of the Hudson Valley Materials Exchange, which operates a nonprofit community warehouse that is open to the public. The exchange connects artists, educators and homeowners with materials from local businesses that are destined for the landfill.

“They have saved millions of pounds of garbage from going into the environment,” Richichi said. “And artists can get materials cheap.”

Preserving the land

G. Steve Jordan, who photographs the Shawangunk Ridge, raises money for the Mohonk Preserve, the largest member and visitor-supported nature preserve in New York state.

Jordan said the land has a timeless effect on generations.

His Web site,, features an 1865 sketch from Copes Lookout by John Hermann Carmiencke next to a Jordan photograph of the same scene.

“Though I consider my images more than simply documents of the natural world, I am very committed to preserving the land from which I, and many other artists before me, have taken my inspiration,” he wrote in an e-mail interview.

Most recently, Jordan hosted an Earth Day celebration at his gallery in the Water Street Market in New Paltz. A portion of that day’s sales went to the preserve.

Woodstock-based painter Judy Abbott, whose love of nature was heightened by a growing awareness of the Hudson River School and the art of Native Americans, curated “A Sense of Place: Artists of the Hudson Valley Region,” which took place during the Environmental Grantmakers Association retreat at Mohonk Mountain House in the fall.

All of the contemporary artists Abbott chose for the show share an appreciation for the landscape and deep concern for the changes industrialization brought to the region.

This month The Coffey Gallery in Kingston exhibits Abbott’s paintings, prints and drawings of the Catskills and G. Steve Jordan Gallery in New Paltz features “Small Moments.”

Richichi will discuss her recent work at an opening reception for “Colors of the Hudson Valley” Saturday from 6 to 9 p.m. at RiverWinds Gallery, 172 Main St., Beacon.

The show, which runs through June 5, 2007 features new pastels.

Richichi will host an all-day “paint out” for the members of the Lower Hudson Valley Plein Air Painters June 6 at Stewart State Forest. She chose the location to celebrate the recent permanent preservation of the land.

Visitors are invited to observe the paint out. Richichi hopes the event will inspire them to act.

Kathleen Wereszynski Murray writes about the arts in the mid-Hudson Valley. E-mail her at

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