First Friday July 7, 7-9 pm

Pember First Friday Features: Artist Reni Wulfken, “Songer-singwriter” Neal Herr, and Lavenlair Farm.

The Pember is pleased to welcome German-born artist Reni Wulfken for a first time exhibit at the July First Friday on July 7. She lived and studied painting in Venice, Florida and is newly returned to this area.

Reni has been drawing and painting since childhood and recently studied with Canadian artist Walter Burden. Reni is inspired by subjects from the natural world, and interprets nature through color and light. “When I paint, the world goes away. I am in a place of total relaxation, and there is a serenity there that no other endeavor can match. It is from this place that I create my best work.”

Her subject matter includes flowers, fruit, birds and other animals, as well as portraits of human subjects. Reni paints primarily in acrylics on paper, canvas, and slate, but occasionally does multi-media paintings.

Reni is a three-time exhibitor at the Venice Art Center in Florida, and more recently at Stone Valley Arts in Poultney, Vermont.

Summer is here and Diane and David Allen of Lavenlair Farm will be at First Friday with a wide array of lavender inspired bouquets, soaps and lotions. Be sure to ask them about the four thousand lavender plants in the 100 foot diameter meditative labyrinth they built on their farm.

“Songer-singwriter” Neal Herr will be performing. Neal is an award-winning writer, director, composer, producer and teacher of musical theater who has written over 500 original songs and a dozen musicals. A frequent performer, producer and music director at Hudson River Music Hall, involved in tributes to Simon & Garfunkel, Crosby, Stills and Nash, Neil Young and the Bee Gees, he’s recorded over ten CDs of original music at Lylac Studios in South Glens Falls, NY. This summer he’ll be directing kids at the YMCA in an original kids improv musical, Makin’ It Up. He loves kids, dogs, singing and libraries, in no particular order.

First Friday is July 7, from 7 to 9 pm and is free.