Rachel Harms - Skaneateles Artist


Two Skaneateles Artists Inspired by Lake and Surrounding Region:

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MARCELLUS, NY (August 21, 2013) – – From August 29th through October 18th, paintings and drawings by Skaneateles artists Barbara Delmonico and Rachel Harms will be on display in the Art Gallery at Baltimore Woods Nature Center, 4007 Bishop Hill Road, Marcellus.  An artist reception for the show, “Lake Effect,” will be held on Thursday, August 29th, from 6-8pm. The exhibit and reception are open to the public with no admission or parking fee.

The exhibit will include drawings and paintings in oil, acrylic, pastel and watercolor.  Skaneateles Lake and the surrounding region have inspired both artists in their creative process, and the show reflects each artist’s interpretation.

“The mood and nature of Skaneateles Lake, whether driving by, walking by or swimming in, is reflected in my recent drawings and paintings,” says Rachel Harms. “I am influenced by place, by color, by light.  Not in a direct landscape sense but as memory and sense.”

Harms describes her work as becoming more organic in nature since moving away from cities to a rural area, and her artwork leans toward the abstract.  Delmonico’s work has a realistic quality, often depicting local landscapes; much of her work has an impressionistic feel.

“Painting, for me, is an honor, a privilege, a struggle, and most often, pure joy…To attempt to capture a scene or the essence of nature and create something interesting and exciting with light, texture and color is what motivates and defines this ongoing journey for me,” says Delmonico.

Harms earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting from the Parsons School of Design in New York City and a Master of Fine Arts in Painting from the Chelsea School of Art in London. An English-born artist, Harms has exhibited throughout the United Kingdom and the United States, including London and New York City; and recently in Syracuse, Aurora and Skaneateles.

Delmonico The Clearing 200x200p

Delmonico received her B.A. from Boston College, majoring in Studio Art and Elementary Education, and a M.S. in Elementary Education from Syracuse University.  Delmonico has exhibited widely in Central New York and nationally, in venues such as the Everson Museum, Cazenovia College Art Gallery, the Schweinfurth Memorial Art Museum, and the Pastel Society of America’s Annual Exhibition.

Harms and Delmonico both currently reside in Skaneateles with their families.

For more information contact: Deirdre Aureden, deirdre@baltimorewoods.org, 315-673-1350


Baltimore Woods Nature Center is located at 4007 Bishop Hill Road, Marcellus, NY 13108. Hours:  Interpretive Center is open M-F 9am-4pm, Saturday 10am-4pm, closed Sundays. The hiking trails and parking are free and open every day from dawn to dusk.

Baltimore Woods Nature in the City brings authentic natural science learning to K-6 grade urban school children. Supported by the Syracuse City School District, Onondaga County’s Save the Rain Program and corporate sponsors, tied to the Syracuse City School District curriculum and New York State Science Standards, lesson content supports teachers while directly impacting students. Holding programs in parks and neighborhood green spaces as well as the classroom, students’ earliest learning experiences in the sciences are relevant, meaningful and fun.


Images provided courtesy of Barbara Delmonico and Rachel Harms