Larenwood Arboretum & Gardens

This is one of my favorite places to paint in the S[ring.   It is full of flowering trees and nooks where the flowers bloom under trees and frogs appear on the rocks in the brook which flows through it.   This is a plein air painting done while painting with my friends in this beautiful location.

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Carolyn opderbeck

About Carolyn opderbeck

Carolyn  was born in Paterson, New Jersey and credits her father and 7th grade art teacher for the encouragement to gain the knowledge and practice to become the artist she is today.   She entered a city-wide art contest for students in Paterson, N.J. and won first prize for her watercolor painting of the city as viewed from a window in her school overlooking the city of Paterson when she was in the 7th grade. 

Carolyn studied art at the Entwhistle School of Art;   the Ridgewood School of Art under Arthur Maynard, Frank Rossi and Allen Avery;   the Isobel O'Neill Studio, NYC;  private teachers and art workshops with notable artists.   Throughout her art career, she has enjoyed success using a variety of media, including watercolors, oil and as a  tile mural artist..   She taught art at the Hawthorne Christian Academy, Hawthorne, N.J. for 5 years.   She also taught art classes to home-schooled students and currently teaches family members in her home.

She has received awards at local exhibits;  participated in juried shows and been invited to participate in benefits sponsored by the The Newark Museum, Newark, N.J.; Hope International.Org. Lancaster, Pa.;  New Jersey Watercolor Society Show 2008 in Ridgewood, New Jersey; and Jacobsen Landscape & Design, Saddle River, New Jersey - October, 2009.   Her work was sold through a two-person exhibit in the Valley Hospital in Ridgewood, New Jersey and featured in  a solo exhibit at the Glen Rock Public Library, Glen Rock, New Jersey.


Her paintings  have been purchased by many area residents and collectors from national and international locations; the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey;   Urban National Bank; and through  the Valley Hospital Gallery in Ridgewood, New Jersey.    Paintings have been sold through galleries in Naples, Florida, Key Largo, Fla., Nantucket, Mass. and Marth's Vineyard, Mass. and was a  featured artist in the New Jersey Designer Showcase House in Upper Saddle River, N.J. - 2009;

She enjoys the challenge of painting en plein air, capturing the beauty of color, light and texture of the surrounding landscape working primarily in oils Included in her work are miniature paintings as small as 2.5" x 3.5" .