BEDMINSTER, NJ - Lauren Theis isn’t just our Director of Education at the Raritan Headwaters Association (RHA): She’s also a serious and talented artist.

The juried Art and Photography Exhibit was held in conjunction with the Highlands Coalition’s third annual festival, which celebrates the local food, music, arts, history, cultural and natural resources of the Highlands region.Lauren received honorable mention for her oil on board, “Sunset, Budd Lake,” at the Highlands Festival at Waterloo, held by the New Jersey Highlands Coalition at Waterloo Village in September.

Art has been a lifelong passion for Lauren, whose works are often featured at The Center for Contemporary Art in Bedminster and the Hunterdon Art Museum in Clinton. Some of her works also appear in the book Raritan River: Our River, Our Legacy by Judy Shaw.

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“I’ve been making art for as long as I can remember, was a member of the National Art Honors Society in H.S. and studied a bit of art history at Rutgers,” she said.

“I continue to practice painting, drawing, photography, and lots of arts and crafts both at home and in our programs at RHA!”

Lauren served as an Americorps Watershed Ambassador with the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection before joining the staff of the Upper Raritan Watershed Association in 2007. She is a graduate of Cook College, Rutgers University, where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Biological Sciences.

Besides painting, she also enjoys drawing and photography as well as her outdoor pursuits, including gardening, birding and hiking.