Art lovers and the outdoorsy alike may recognize a few of the paintings on exhibit this summer at the Brodhead Creek Heritage Center.
The oil paintings of Pocono artist Marie Liu will be on display through Sept. 30, including a new painting of a very old resident of Walpack, N.J. The Great Council Tree, an approximately 450-year-old White Oak, is the subject of the work, and also a candidate for New Jersey Heritage Tree designation.
The public is invited to attend the afternoon reception on Sunday from 2-6 p.m. The reception will be held observing COVID-19 guidelines, with various outdoor space available for attendees in addition to the gallery space. Walking paths in the nature preserve and along the creek will also be open to attendees.
For those that cannot attend in person, a virtual viewing will be held via Zoom. It will feature an appearance by William Penn to discuss the Great Council Tree, interviews, videos and photos of the nature preserve and the art show. Email Liu at email@example.com to get the passcode and link to the Zoom viewing.
Friend Danny Tassey brought Liu to the Great Council Tree to explain its history. Tassey, who applied for the N.J. Heritage Tree designation, requested a painting of it to include in the application simply because the monumental tree was too large to capture with a camera.
Rather than just produce a painting, Liu set out to describe the tree’s rich history, which includes William Penn, the Lenape Indians, New Jersey, Delaware Water Gap, beasts and babies inspired by a passage in the Bible, and the American Constitution.
Liu will also be showing a series of paintings about Gifford Pinchot of Milford, First Chief of the US Forest Service and considered the Father of American Conservation.
She continues to expand upon and offer this presentation at many of the local historical societies including Grey Towers Historic Site—the home of Pinchot.
Liu has spent the last decade focusing her entire creative energies on the rugged beauty of the Delaware Valley, it's waterfalls, creeks and ravines. She also captures the unusual characters and history that have made this place unique.
Liu was Resident Artist for the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area in 2015.
The new Brodhead Creek Heritage Center (Brodhead Creek Heritage Center, 1539 Cherry Lane, East Stroudsburg) is located on the Evergreen Nature Preserve along the Brodhead Creek in Analomink. It is home to both the Pocono Heritage Land Trust and the Brodhead Creek Watershed Association. The space has an art gallery and a museum with displays about flyfishing and the Flood of 1955, both important narratives to the creek.
The Nature Preserve is open from dawn to dusk every day, while the building is open to the public on Tuesdays and Thursdays. For hours and inquires about other days availability, call (570) 424-1514
For current updates on the event go to mliuart.com, phlt.org or the Pocono Waterfall Art page on Facebook.