Ms. Wong is a founding member of the Longyear Gallery in Margaretville and has been the subject of many one-woman and group shows in galleries and venues in upstate New York and New York City. She has been the recipient of numerous grants and recognitions, most notably the NYS Council of the Arts DEC Grant administered by the Roxbury Arts Group and sponsored by the Historical Society of the Town of Middletown, a NEA fellowship, and a teacher/artist residency at Skidmore College.
In 2009 Ellen presented the multi-media exhibit “Face of Farming” at the Roxbury Arts Center, funded by a DEC grant she won that year. The exhibit told the story of a working Catskill landscape, through video, audio, photographs, watercolors and formal oil portraits. It documented five of the last operating dairy farming families in the area, to memorialize the art of working the land and celebrate their commitment to a fast disappearing lifestyle. “The Face of Farming” was shown as part of The Art & Soul of the Catskills Film Festival, and featured in Talking With Our Mouths Full at the Peekamoose Restaurant, winter 2014.
Ellen’s one-woman show, “Local Gets Personal.” was shown at the RAG Walt Meade Gallery from July-October 2012 and her paintings were included recently in two juried shows in Chelsea.
Ellen will be a featured artist this coming summer with a solo show of new work at the Longyear Gallery in Margaretville from Friday, July 14-August 7, so her work will be showing during the tour weekend.
Ellen currently co-hosts “The Farm Hour,” a weekly talk show about local agriculture on WIOX, 91.3 FM.
Ellen’s studio and house were originally the greenhouse on the estate of the railroad tycoon Jay Gould’s daughter, Helen Gould Shepard. It was made into a house in the 1960s, but the studio still retains many of the features of the original greenhouse.
Driving Directions to: Ellen Wong Studio, 121 Shepard Lane, Roxbury
Heading north on Rt. 30 from Margaretville, turn left on Bridge Street, (first and only left) in the hamlet. This is also county Route 41 for a block or so. Pass the tall Roxbury Motel on the right and go straight to the “T” at the Roxbury Depot RR Station. Make a right and then a lazy left over the RR tracks, following signs to Shephard Hills Golf Course. Make a righthand turn directly after the waterfall on left, and before the hairpin turn. You can park on the grass at the waterfall or make a right into the driveway. Follow signs on path to studio.