How the waterfall guide and this website came into being
When Liu and Benko first met at the ARTery cooperative gallery where they exhibit their work, it was quickly apparent that they shared a love of exploring the natural areas throughout the region and creating art that reflects that.
Marie has been painting the local waterfalls since she moved to Milford 5 years ago. Enchanted by the unique landscape, “unending” forests, abundant creeks and waterfalls – kept undisturbed and open to the public – she has found the area to be a primary inspiration for the paintings that she exhibits at the ARTery Gallery. She is always sharing info about these locations to visitors.
She explains, “I am constantly jotting down directions to these great places and saw the need for a more comprehensive directory – one with driving directions, trail descriptions, amenities, pictures and interesting information – while at the same time giving us a chance to share our paintings and photographs.”
Marie has been named Resident Artist for the DWG National Recreation Area for the 2015/16 season. She is tasked with exploring the Park and creating a body of paintings interpreting her experiences. She will be exhibiting the work at the Dingmans and Kittatinny Visitors Centers and the Zimmermann House as well as presenting a lecture and painting demos.
You can view Marie’s artwork at http://mliuart.com
Dawn Benko is an award winning photographer and native New Jerseyan. Her passion for capturing “the moment” has seen her through an A.S. degree in photographic technology at Florida Institute of Technology and a twenty-eight-year photojournalism career. In 2007, she began in earnest to pursue her true passion—nature and wildlife photography.
Growing up in Andover Twp, NJ, where she was always exploring the local woods, helped to foster that passion. Moving to the Montague area 20 years ago was a natural step, and Dawn has spent countless hours sitting in area swamps and exploring the many trails of the local parks and forests.
“Both nature and photography have been loves of mine since I was a four-year old, flipping through my mom’s National Geographic Magazines,” says Benko. “The highest compliment to me is for someone to say, ‘Your photography is like nothing I’ve seen before,’ because that’s what I’m trying to accomplish with every photo.”
You can view Dawn’s photography at http://dawnbenko.com/