Chorus of Angels
Dec 9 – Jan 6, 2024
About the Exhibit
“Chorus of Angels”
Dec 9 – Jan 6, 2024
Opening Reception Sat, Dec 9, 4-7pm
Angels have played a major part in our human psyche for thousands of years beginning (as some scholars say) with the ancient Babylonians. Humans have looked to angels for guidance from early Jewish traditions in mystical texts like The Apocrypha,The Book of Enoch and then to Christian traditions like The Book of Revelations and later to contemporary spirituals. They have appeared in times of crisis and turmoil. Angels have been described as loyal guardians, messengers of God, with wings or subtle matter, and displayed the vengeance of God as in The Book of Revelations. Their presence has been debated, depicted, written about, classified, sexualized, wrestled with and feared. My mother, like many people, kept a small statue of a guardian angel in her car. Some people argued that angels may even have been Aliens and UFOs.
Lucinda Abra, Christine Alicino, Joan Barker, Ana Bergen, Lauren Bergman, Natalie Boburka, Linda Cassidy, Lucille Colin, Collin Douma, Barbara Esmark, Kristin Flynn, Harriet Forman Barrett, Deborah Freedman, William Greenwood, Calvin Grimm, Josepha Gutelius, Grey Ivor Morris, Len Jenkin, Roxie Johnson, Kay Kenny, Dakota Lane, Tracy A. Leavitt, Janet M. Lee-Dow, Anne Leith,Barbara Tepper Levy, Lisa Mackie, Elin Menzies, Jim Napierala, Sean Nixon, Jacqueline Oster, Tracy Phillips, Christy Rupp, Steven Rushefsky, Lisa Samalin, Laurie Sheridan, Joan Sonnenfeld
EVENTS RELATED TO THIS EXHIBITION
SAT, Dec 9, 4-7pm
SAT, Dec 9, 5-6pm
Poetry Performance by Martin Steingesser and Judy Tierney
Harp Performance by Julia Haines
Barbara Tepper Levy, Fallen Angel, 2023, collage, 12″ x 10″
Christy Rupp, Frog and Chloroform Molecule, 2008, paper, steel, mixed media, 25″ x 17″ x 14″
Harriet Forman Barrett, Transitions, 2021, oil on canvas, 30″ x 15″
Natalie Boburka, Silver Lining, 2020, acrylic ink, acrylic paint, distilled hibiscus, black walnut ink, 12″ x 12″
Josepha Gutelius, Cara Riff, Roman Elegies series, 2023, acrylic on canvas, 30″ x 20″
Tracy Phillips, One Angel’s Journey, 2023, oil on canvas, 36″ x 48″
Jacqueline Oster, In The Garden, 2023, watercolor, 9″ x 12″ framed
Lauren Bergman, CODE RED, 2023, oil and collage on cradled panel, 40″ x 30″
Lucinda Abra, Higher Ground, 2018, mix media, encaustic, oil and collage on wood, 30″ x 24″
Calvin Grimm, Title Withheld, 2022, oil and enamel on canvas, 40″ x 30″
Len Jenkin, COMING IN ON A WING AND A PRAYER, 2013, acrylic and collage on canvas, 30″ x 30″ framed
Lisa Mackie, Wheel with Figures, 2023, acrylic and crayons on canvas, 38.25″ x 44.25″ framed
Deborah Freedman, Royal Flush for Audrey Flack #1, 2023, monoprint, 30″ x 22″ framed
Linda Cassidy, waiting for the angel to speak 1, 2023, digital hand printed, archival print, artist proof, 25.75” x 22″ framed
Lucille Colin, Three Perilous Visitors, 2023, mixed media, 18″ x 24″ framed
Joan Barker, A Scene from the Book, 2023, oil paint, thread, screen on canvas, 30″ x 58″
Barbara Esmark, Orpheus Looks Forward, 2023, monotype mixed media, 15.25” x 17.75” framed
Kay Kenny, Listening to the Light, 2018, color photo montage, 24″ x 24″ framed
Sean Nixon, Angels to the Rescue, 2023, pen, ink, 10″ x 10″ framed
Joan Sonnenfeld, Angel Caught in a Nuclear Cloud, 2015, collage and oil on canvas, 30″ x 24″ framed
Jim Napierala, Manu: Angel of Destiny, 2021, enamel and watercolor on wood panel, 24″ x 18″ framed
Laurie Sheridan, Earth Angel, 2023, mixed media, 24″ x 36″
Elin Menzies, Brown Eyed Angel, 2000, acrylic, 22″ x 30″ framed
Anne Leith, Celestial Sky, 2016, oil and metal leaf on panel, 24″ x 36″ framed
Ana Bergen, Angel Wings, 2012, photography, 16″ x 20″ framed
Roxie Johnson, PROSTHETIC WING, 2001, solar plate etching, 18″ x 19″ framed
Collin Douma, Irrefutable Evidence, 2023, mixed media, 6.5″ x 16.5″x 2″
Christine Alicino, Urban Angel, captured on analog film, archival digital print, 13″ x 9″ framed
Lisa Samalin, My Angels Don’t Have Wings #3, 1994, watercolor, collage, 16″ x 13″ framed
Tracy A. Leavitt, At The Threshold, 2022, oil on canvas, wood, wire, hardware, 14′ x 10′ x 10′
Kristin Flynn, Over-being, 2022, acrylic & graphite/paper, 13″ x 12″ framed
William Greenwood, Angel on the Head of a Pin in a Storm (trying to keep her balance), 2023, Sterling silver and mirror
Janet M Lee-Dow, Mitzi Gets Her Wings, 2023, 12.5″ x 15.5″ framed
Dakota Lane, Azurean, 2023, archival ink on canvas, limited edition numbered print 1/100, 10″ x 13″ framed
Steven Rushefsky, Zipporah Saves Moses, 2020, pen & ink and acrylic ink wash on paper, 14″ x 11″
Grey Ivor Morris, Hierarchy of Angels – Triptych, 1999, mixed media on light box, 36″ x 21″
About the Artist
Lucinda Abra has two muses she serves, Writing and Art, believing the two to be intrinsically tied together. Art is a process that is never complete in its expression; it is a hint, a suggestion leaving the viewers to surmise on their own. Writing takes a deeper delve into a story, where the reader uses their own inner eye to see the images that form through the written word. She has been pursuing these crafts since childhood.
Abra reads her stories and poems at story slams and other written word occasions and has contributed to the National Association of Women Artists newsletter, NAWA NOW as well as Hudson Valley’s Chronogram Magazine. A working artist, her employment is as a sculpting assistant and fabricator. Her previous employment included the Erotic Art Gallery in NYC and the Tallix Foundry in Beacon, N.Y. She has worked on pieces by Koons, Schnabel, Stella, Nancy Graves, and many others. She was an assistant to Mary Frank and Al Held. Abra’s art has been featured in zines and c.d. Covers. Her artwork can be found in collections across the U.S. and Europe.
While Abra has lived in Manhattan and Brooklyn, her home is now in the Hudson Valley. She lives in an old creamery first built in the mid-1800s. Her studio was also once a social hall and the neighborhood polling location.
Christine Alicino is a commercial and fine art photographer. Her photographic life began in the avant-garde performance and music scene of New York and San Francisco. The experimental vibrancy and energy of those years continue to inform her work. Recently transitioning back to New York from San Francisco she re-ignited her original love of the experimental by collaborating with performers and dancers, making and integrating video into multi media art pieces. Her professional practice includes blurring the line between fine art and commercial photography, creating award winning iconic images for advertising, editorial, music, fashion and corporate clients.
Joan Barker is a Hudson Valley artist who employs both traditional and experimental methods in her painting and photography. She is the recipient of a New York Foundation for the Arts Artists’ Fellowship, The Village Voice Photography Grant and two Center for Photography at Woodstock Fellowships and most recently, the New Visions Award from the Woodstock Artists Association and Museum. Her work has been featured in solo and group exhibitions including O K Harris in NYC, Photographers’ Gallery in London, Carrie Haddad Gallery, Hudson, NY, and the California Museum of Photography in Riverside.
Joan’s work is included in numerous collections such as The Center for Creative Photography, Tucson, AZ, The Dorsky Museum, New Paltz, NY and The New York Public Library. HOPPS skateboards adapted Joan’s paintings for designs on skateboards and Tech Decks as part of their Artists Series. Joan Barker Abstract Series 2022 paintings were designed by Jahmal Williams, as well as photographs in two previous series.
Joan completed her MFA at SUNY New Paltz where she taught for over 20 years. She was the recipient of the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Adjunct Teaching for the academic year 2013-2014. Joan is a member of the Women Photographers Collective of the Hudson Valley and her photographs documenting the Fresh Air Fund’s programs were frequently featured in The New York Times.
Ana Bergen grew up into a family of Art Historians in Trier, Germany. She obtained a BA in Art restoration from the Roman/ Germanic Museum in Mainz, Germany. In the mid 80’s she moved to the United States, settling in Woodstock NY.Her work has been shown at different venues in the Hudson Valley and NY City. Currently she is a member of the Saugerties Artists Tour and The Women Photographers Collective of the Hudson Valley.
As a figurative narrative artist Lauren Bergman creates stories in paint that reside at the juncture of myth and social realism. Through her personal language of symbols, the paintings explore both female identity and comment on our shifting political and cultural landscape. Beginning as a high school student, Lauren Bergman was involved in art classes at the Corcoran School of Art. Her talents and mature narratives quickly landed her gallery exhibitions in Washington, D.C. at Capricorn Gallery, exhibiting among renowned American realists, including Burton Silverman and Sondra Freckelton. Bergman’s work has been featured in publications ranging from The New York Times to Juxtapoz Magazine. She has had three solo exhibitions at the O.K. Harris Gallery in New York, which represented her for a decade. Other solo and two-person exhibitions include the Makor Gallery and Tria Gallery in New York and the Corey Helford Gallery in Los Angeles. Her many group shows include Plus One Gallery in London, Carl Hammer Gallery in Chicago, and Jonathan Levine Gallery and Claire Oliver Fine Art in New York.
Bergman grew up in the Washington metro area, where she studied at the Corcoran School of Art. She earned her bachelor’s degree in fine arts and education from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, graduating summa cum laude, and her master’s degree at Smith College before relocating to Manhattan to study painting and design at FIT and The Art Students League. After thirty years in New York City, Bergman now lives and paints in a barn in Saugerties, NY.
Natalie Boburka is a mixed media conceptual artist known for working with natural and discarded materials. She has been a lifelong resident of New York State and currently lives in Greenville, NY at the foot of the Catskill Mountains, restoring an 1820’s brick farmhouse and large studio complex. Since retiring from a thirty-year career teaching visual art, she has focused on continuing her private art practice, showing work in a variety of galleries and organizations throughout the Hudson Valley, Capital Region, and beyond. She has curated over 40 art shows at Jay Street Gallery and the Butzel Gallery. Boburka recently founded “Arts Around Greenville” and is the founder and Tour Director for the Arts Around Greenville Studio Tour. She continues to teach and develop programs, offering workshops at her studio as well as at differing locations.
Boburka’s work is primarily conceptual and consists of several evolving series. She works in a variety of media, expressing reactions to social, environmental, feminist, and political topics. Her work is primarily abstract fluctuating from layered colors to stark black and white graffiti style imagery. She often uses natural dyes as an underlayer for her paintings and natural or discarded objects such as seaweed and dried grasses to apply pigment. Boburka is influenced by traveling and collecting images and objects from different geographical settings which she uses to represent impressions of locales with color, texture, and movement. She creates poems and records sounds to immerse herself in the creative processing of the place.
Boburka also creates pieces that seem ethereal, playing with soft muted whites, stark rich blacks and metallics without brushes to create uniquely textured pieces swimming with subconscious possibilities. Reminiscent of galaxies, and topography, she plays in the area between definition and suggestion to engage the viewer emotionally and intellectually.
Linda Cassidy is a painter and digital artist who currently lives and works in the Hudson Valley, US. Cassidy received her BA from Bard College. While studying fine arts, music and poetry, she began to find links between those fields of activity which stimulated her curiosity. That thread of inquiry has remained constant throughout her artistic growth and exploration, which included an MA and a career of teaching art history and video in the public schools. Her work is represented in numerous private collections in the U.S. and Europe as well as museums on the eastern end of Long Island, where she lived for many years as she raised her daughter. Her recent work probes the intersections between the perceived surfaces of the 3-dimensional physical world and the vast virtual possibilities of digital art. Photos that behave like paintings, paintings that become transformed into layered photos, light streams that transpose into perceived matter, fractalization of common forms; all are part of her present inquiry.
Lucille Colin is an American Artist born in Brooklyn NY in 1947. She studied on the Graduate level at Hunter College in both Painting and Mathematics. She has lived at times in NYC, The Hudson Valley and Eastern Long Island, each place has influenced her work. She is not afraid to waver stylistic consistency and enjoys the Contradiction of combination. Lucille has been a fellow at Yaddo, The Virginia Center, Byrdcliffe (many times), Konstepidemin in Sweden and an Artist in Residence in Rodez, France. She was asked to be in Yaddo’s Studio Crawl NYC in 2012.
Collin is a visual artist based near Woodstock, New York. Coincidentally, he was born in Woodstock, Ontario, Canada. His career spans fine art, illustration, animation, and figurative work. Ink and watercolors have become his most frequent mediums, although he works in whatever medium is called for. He has exhibited work across the US and Canada and in the Netherlands, Belgium, and France. Like most, Collin started drawing as soon as he could lift a crayon, but he never stopped. The son of a cop and a nurse, Collin grew up in the blue-collar world where art was his escape. With a deep love of film and illustration, he self-taught some animation skills. Before long, Collin won two national short film festivals celebrating Canada’s 125th anniversary. Collin later studied Animation at Algonquin College in Ottawa, Canada, and graduated with honors. He lived in Toronto for over a decade, married, had a son, and established a career in Advertising. His family immigrated to New York City in 2010 and settled in Boiceville, NY, in 2017, where he lives and works today.
Barbara Esmark is a painter and printmaker who lives and has her studio in New York’s mid-Hudson Valley. She did her foundation studies at the Art Students League of New York in painting, drawing and anatomy and has a BFA in painting from SUNY, New Paltz. In 2005 Esmark opened beGallery in High Falls N.Y., showing the works of artists near and far. She closed the gallery in 2009 to return to working solely as a visual artist/painter. In 2019 Esmark began to reacquaint herself with the study and practice of printmaking. She also teaches and practices Tai Chi and Qigong. Esmark has many collectors throughout the Northeast and California. Her poetry has been featured on WKZE radio’s Women of Note, and most recently published by The Poetry Distillery, 2021, Small Batch #2. She serves on the advisory board of the Samuel Dorsky Museum, New Paltz and the Woodstock School of Art.
Kristin Flynn is a painter living in the Hudson Valley. Her nature based drawings and paintings have been exhibited in numerous regional gallery shows at Bard College, Marist College, PS209, Be Gallery, KMOCA, Donskoj Gallery, Barrett Art Center, SUNY Albany, SUNY Ulster and Stone Ridge Center for the Arts. She has also exhibited in group and solo shows in New York City at The Painting Center, Margaret Bodell Gallery and in group and solo shows with the Cheryl McGinnis Gallery.
Kristin has been awarded residencies at Vermont Studio Center in Johnson Vermont, Jentel in Sheridan, Wyoming and the Platte Clove A.I.R. in Arkville. She holds a BFA in Fashion Design from Parsons School of Design, an A.A.S. in Textiles from Rochester Institute of Technology and studied painting at Marylhurst University in Portland, Oregon. Currently Kristin is an adjunct associate professor at SUNY Ulster Community College in the fashion design program she created.
Harriet Forman Barrett
My work is a personal, individual statement that connects those of us with the same spiritual needs. It is not just jewelry but a statement of one’s self. The figures represent dancers, athletes, and spirit, which are all an expression of the joy of life. The floral work carries the same kind of energy as the figures and therefore can be mixed and matched as “sets”. They wonderfully compliment each other. I take great pride in the longevity of my theme, both spiritually and physically.
My sculpture continues this same quest, provoking an even greater depth of conscious thought of our struggles and dualities. Each is a reminder to honor the divine within.
Deborah Freedman is a painter and printmaker. Selected venues include The Brooklyn Museum of Art, Artists Space, A.I.R, The Cooper-Hewitt Museum of Design, The Kaohsiung Museum of Fine Arts in Hong Kong, Albright Knox Gallery, and Rutgers University. Gallery exhibits include The Painting Center, IPCNY, Lori Bookstein Fine Art, Susan Eley Fine Art NYC and Hudson, NY, SITE Brooklyn, The West Strand Gallery, Kingston NY, WAAM, The Lockwood Gallery and The Robert Blackburn Printmaking Workshop. It is included in corporate and private collections including The New York Public Library, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Rutgers University, NASA, The Library of Congress, Montefiore Hospital, Memorial Sloan Kettering Hospital and the US Dept. of State. In September 2023 she will have a solo exhibit at Susan Eley Fine Art, NYC.
Freedman studied at N. Y. U. with Knox Martin, Audrey Flack, James Wines and Robert Blackburn. She was a MacDowell Colony Fellow and Guest Artist at the Printmaking Workshop. In 2012 she was commissioned as Artist in Residence to create a suite of monoprints for the FDR Four Freedoms Park on Roosevelt Island. Her monoprints are included in SINGULAR and SERIAL: Contemporary Monotype and Monoprint by Catherine Kernan, E. Ashley Rooney, Laura G. Einstein and Janice C. Oresman.
Calvin Grimm, artist, designer, environmental activist, wilderness educator and Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant recipient, cavorts with a vast natural world, where there resides an intense abstract presence. His hands-on empirical focus informs his creative process. As an Abstract Expressionist painter, Calvin, marks his coordinates on canvases with an authenticity acquired from years exploring immense pristine environments. He was a wilderness sea kayaking expedition leader on the Alaskan and Yucatan coasts, and a wrangler and horse-pack expedition leader in Wyoming, absorbing and contemplating the spiritual, transcendental, organic.
“Grimm does not render the flower; he renders the force that drives it. The beauty of nature is not so much to be found in the individual stone or tree or stream, but in the dynamic and unceasing exchange of energy between them”, Mikhail Horowitz (Woodstock Times). Helen A. Harrison (New York Times) referred to Grimm’s “voluptuous, energetic touch”, and art historian, Sara Lynn Henry, recognized his “biomorphic, expressive abstraction”.
A longtime resident of Saugerties, New York, Josepha Gutelius is an award-winning playwright, poet, and short-story writer; and although she studied art in her youth it was only at the age of 62 that she returned to painting full-time. Many of her paintings reflect the narrative equivalent of a setting, a sociopolitical viewpoint, and with “characters” who have secrets they’re reluctant to tell.
Her exhibitions include Mohawk-Hudson Regional, Albany Institute of History and Art, Albany Center, Emerge Gallery, Site: Brooklyn, Opus 40, WAAM, First Street Gallery NYC, Barrett Art Center, Kingston Annual, the Center for Contemporary Art, among others. Her painting series “The Silence of Nowhere” was awarded a generous grant from the Barbara Deming Memorial Fund and her series “Inhabiting New Earth” was the subject of a discussion and interview on Yale University Radio.
Earlier in her career, Josepha lived in West Berlin and worked as cultural correspondent for the Christian Science Monitor, where she championed the new wave of post-Expressionism; she wrote art criticism for Berliner Blaetter and forewords to artists‘ catalogs, and was a member of the now-legendary Berliner Maler Poeten, (Painters/ Poets).
She studied at the Art Students League and graduated from the Masters School, where she studied under painter Robert Arner, who became a lifelong friend and mentor. Attended Bard College as an art major and switched to Comparative Literature, eventually concentrating on German literature at Ludwig Maximilian University in Munich.
Grey Ivor Morris
Grey Ivor Morris is a multi-disciplinary fine artist: Mixed-media, epoxy resin, mosaic, sculpture, colored pencil, alcohol inks and photography. The subject often determines the medium. He draws inspiration from the fascinating variety of modern human experience as well as the beauty and terror of the natural world.
Grey has been active as an artist (and curator) in the New York and Hudson Valley art scene for the past few decades, showing at venues in Soho, Saugerties, Woodstock, Kingston and Catskill. His street art has been featured for several summers in the village of Saugerties.
While he has always pursued fine art, he embraced digital commercial design early in his career, acquiring the necessary skills at Pratt Institute. As an Art Director, illustrator and photo retoucher, his clients have included: American Express, Chase, ClearChannel Entertainment, Gerber, Fortune, People Magazine, CBS, Disney, Lowes, DKNY, as well as local organizations Ulster Publishing, Aaron Rezny Photography, Catskill Interpretive Center, Business Alliance of Kingston, and The Solar Energy Consortium.
I live and make art in the country in upstate New York, surrounded by trees, deer, chipmunks, mosquitos, the occasional bear. Not far from Saugerties, down in Accord below Kingston.
I am a visual artist, but also have been, and am, a poet, a playwright, a theater director/designer, and a university professor at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts in New York City, as well as at Vassar College and Skidmore College upstate.
I have been a fine artist and educator of the visual arts for 40+ years. Teaching a full range of studio technique and medium, I focused on building emotionally stable and safe environments for young creatives. I relocated to the Hudson River Valley in 1984 amidst completing an MFA in Illustration with honors from Syracuse University. Career highlights include: grant recipient / National Endowment for the Humanities; 2 summer fellowships in printmaking at Skidmore college; with additional studies conducted in Florence, Italy and Santa Fe, NM. Select awards have been received from the Palm Spring Art Museum and twice from NAWA (National Association of Women Artists), along with recognition in the Smithsonian Institute Archives of American Art for greeting card design. (Thank you, Jim Mullen!) Known widely in past years for my unique approach to the etching process, I have exhibited in juried competitions nationally as well as in galleries of the Mid-Hudson and Metropolitan area.
With a gradual shift towards abstraction, my current approach to drawing, painting and printmaking feels fresh and liberating. I know this is where I belong.”
Received a BFA from Syracuse University, MA from Rutgers University, and MFA from Syracuse University (all in Visual Arts). Painter, photographer. Writes art criticism and articles on the visual arts for arts magazines. Photography teacher for over twenty-five years at New York University, and the International Center of Photography in New York City. Soho Photo Alternative Photography Award Third place 2021, Margaret Cameron Photography Award, Honorable Mention 2019, 2016 NJSCA Artist Fellowship for Works on Paper. 2015 Arthur Griffin Legacy Award, Griffin Museum, 2009 Honorable Mention in FineArts Photography Lucie Awards. Three-time recipient of NJSCA fellowship award.
Numerous one-person shows, most recently in Griffin Museum 2022 Curator’s Choice Virtual Gallery, Casa Colombo Museum, Jersey City, NJ 2019, Griffin Museum of Photography, Winchester, MA 2019, Hunterdon Art Museum, Clinton, NJ 2019, as well as Medellin, Columbia, Taipei,Taiwan, Lubbock, Texas and New York City. Curated several exhibits, including ”Memory & Loss”, a five-person photo-based exhibit at the Mary Anthony Gallery in New York City Recent publications about her work include Photography’s Antiquarian Avant-Garde, by Lyle Rexer, Abrams Publishing, Light & Lens,Photography in the Digital Age, & Photographic Possibilities by Robert Hirsch, Focal Press as well as several other photography books. Photo Insider Magazine featured an interview with her about her work in their June issue 2001.
Her co-curated exhibit (with Orville Robertson) “Manifestations: Photographs of Men ”, opened at the Southeast Museum of photography in 2004. . Her work is in several notable corporate, museum and private collections. Collections include Pfizer Corporation, New York, NY, The Buhl Collection, New York, NY, Southern Alleghenies Museum, Loretto, PA, Colombo Centro Americano, Medellin, Colombia, Prudential Insurance Company,Newark,NJ, Milwaukee Art Museum, Milwaukee, WI, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Lawrenceville, NJ. Taiwan Photo-Fest, Taipei, Taiwan, Nantong Museum, China, Brooklyn Museum Artist Books Collection, Newark Public Library Artist Books Collection, Philadelphia Free Public Library, PNC Corp., New Brunswick, NJ, Provident Bank,NJ, Smith College Museum of Art, Northampton, MA, Emory University Library, Atlanta Georgia
Dakota Lane is a writer and transmedia artist and directs an arts program for teens in transition. She was a Yaddo fellow and NY Times author, and has produced numerous videos on Hudson Valley artists. Her work has been on exhibition in New York, Tokyo, and Berlin.
Tracy A. Leavitt
Hudson Valley artist Tracy A. Leavitt holds a BFA from Maine College of Art and an MFA from Massachusetts College of Art and Design. Her work is located in the liminal space between painting and sculpture. Engaging with philosophical and spiritual questions, Leavitt’s sculptural installations begin as meditation with paint on canvas or cardboard, eventually incorporating found objects, natural materials, and unusual technologies. Leavitt is dedicated to making work with an eye on sustainable methods and materials that speak to a new psychological, cultural, and social evolution with respect to all beings that inhabit our shared planet. Exhibitions include the SoWA Gallery, Boston, MA; Muroff Kotler Gallery, SUNY, Stone Ridge, NY; Woodstock Artist Association and Museum, Woodstock, NY; Ask Gallery, Kingston, NY. Recent curatorial projects include Hot/Cold: Expressions in Wax, Arts Mid-Hudson Gallery, Poughkeepsie, NY; From Darkness to Light, and the Patricia Doran Gallery at MassArt, Boston, MA.
Janet M. Lee-Dow
I have had an enjoyment and affinity for drawing and painting since childhood. My adult education was in the fine arts department at Indiana University, South Bend campus. My work has been shown at galleries in Indiana,Texas, Washington, Pennsylvania, New York, and the Caribbean Islands. I have been involved with local organizations such as Jane Street Gallery, WSA, WAAM, ASK, and Lace Mill.
Anne Leith is a painter of places, both plein-air and imaginary. The landscape is integral to her practice. There is a curious vibrating balance between the recognizable image, its abstraction, and that moment of achieving a beautiful painted surface.
Barbara Tepper Levy
Barbara Tepper Levy is originally from the New York City area, and now lives in Saugerties. Her background is in fashion and costume design, bringing a vibrant color and line dynamic to her work. Her art is composed of collages, black and white line-art drawings, acrylic painting, mixed metal jewelry, hand-built sculptural ceramics and wearable fiber art. She was chosen to appear at Fall for Art in Kingston, NY in 2014 and 2015, where she showed her sculptural ceramics, and has been on the Saugerties Artists Studio Tour starting in 2013. She has taught collage at the LifeLong Learning Center at Bard College, and shown her work at the Woodstock Artists Association and Museum, the ArtBar Gallery in Kingston, NY, the Lev Shalem Gallery, Woodstock, NY, the Artists Society of Kingston, NY, the Woodstock School of Art and the Limner Gallery in Hudson, NY. She has participated in many shows at Emerge Gallery in Saugerties since its opening.
Lisa Mackie is a visual artist who tells stories in provocative color and euphoric imagery and materials that teeter on the seemingly familiar and unfamiliar. Through her wide array of abstract and figurative compositions, Mackie evokes fable-like tails that incite imagination and exploration for her viewers. Her work has been showcased in both solo and group exhibitions both locally and internationally. A native of Detroit, Mackie received her BFA in Painting and Printmaking from the University of Michigan and her MFA from the University of Wisconsin. Mackie is also a trained Master Printer and has collaborated with a wide range of established artists at her printing studio in New York for nearly 40 years. Some of her collaborating artists include Wolf Kahn, Amy Ernst, Mary Frank, Sol Lewitt, and many more. Outside of Mackie’s artistic practice and printmaking she also works in academia, where she has taught for several art institutes and universities such as York College CUNY, Queens College CUNY, and The Fashion Institute of technology. Lisa is represented by June Kelly Gallery in New York City.
Elin Menzies is a mixed media artist whose work focuses on interspecies connections and magical interpretations. Among other honors Menzies work has received are the Yasuo Kuniyoshi Award, the Jacobs/Towbin Award and a Silvermine Artists of the Northeast award. She was also a finalist for a Gottlieb grant.
Born in Buffalo, NY 1956. Received undergraduate degrees from the University of Buffalo. Moved to New York in 1978, studied graduate Art History at Hunter College. Started painting. Exhibited work in several New York Galleries. Currently works in upstate New York.
Artist Sean Nixon aims to insert playfulness into the seriousness of life. Using simple drawings from an ironic perspective, he uses an economy of line to convey large ideas. He began at age 19 by quickly capturing musicians on bar napkins in clubs.
He is also a Professor of Art and a Higher Education Expert who is a recipient of the Excellence in Teaching Award by the AGC. Sean holds a BFA from The Philadelphia College of Art (UArts) and an MFA from The School of Visual Arts (SVA). Locally, he has exhibited his work at (Solo show) Unison Arts, The Lace Mill (Solo show), Muroff-Kotler Gallery and Roos Gallery, among other venues.
Solo and group exhibitions in New York City include the Rivington Gallery, Habitat for Artist Collaborative Project (ART PAC-KIT), and the Arts Brookfield in Battery Park (full list upon request.) He has received praise from The New York Times, among other periodicals. His work is on file with The New Yorker Magazine and can be found in private collections across the country.
Jacqueline Oster was born and raised in the New York City borough of Queens. A graduate of The Fashion Institute of Technology she worked in the city for various advertising agencies as a Graphic Designer and Art Director. Eventually relocating to upstate New York, she raised a family and continued to work as a Freelance Graphic Designer. Over the years, from her home-based studio, she has continued to satisfy the advertising needs of many diversified tri-state area clients.
During COVID she revisited her love of watercolor illustration.
Her watercolors are mostly of ordinary common objects but also cover other categories bringing animals, nature and people to life on paper.
Prior to moving my studio to the Catskills in 2015, I spent almost 40 years in Brooklyn where I developed my painting practice. My work has been shown in several solo and group exhibitions locally, nationally and internationally. I studied Fine Art at Parsons School of Design, graduating in 1983.
Christy Rupp is an American eco-artist and citizen scientist. Having grown up in the Rust Belt of upstate NY, she witnessed firsthand the hazards of industrial waste and efforts to conceal the underlying causes of pollution. She moved to NYC in the late 70’s as it faced bankruptcy and offered fertile ground for a generation of artists lucky enough to participate in the petri dish of history, culture and nature that was late capitalist downtown.
As she surveys the relationship of economics and the environment, her work is an investigation into how we construct our opinions of wildlife and frame our ideas about the environment. Originating from an interest in urban ecology and the waste stream, Rupp’s work taps into universal themes of climate change and justice.
Rupp has received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, New York State Council on the Arts, Anonymous Was A Woman Foundation, Joan Mitchell Foundation (Creating a Living Legacy Award) and Art Matters Foundation. Her work has been visible in the US and internationally since 1979. She lives in New York and the Hudson Valley.
I live in the Hudson Valley. I studied art at Binghamton University. My focus is drawing on paper. Periods of working in printmaking and clay have enhanced my drawings. I participate in several group exhibitions each year nationwide (this Summer I had work on display in Rhode Island, Michigan, and NYC) and have had three solo exhibitions in New Jersey.
Lisa Samalin was born in New York City in 1947 and has made art all her life – painting, interactive installations, textile design and many murals – with great joy and gratitude.
I was raised in Connecticut, on the remains of my grandparents dairy farm, and grew up with subsistence farming as the norm in my life. As a child until I was 14, I worked in the garden; I learned to fish and prepare fish for cooking. My grandfather taught me how to hunt for deer, and about the slaughtering of chickens we raised in our backyard.
It was later in life that I realized this relationship with animals and plants was not the norm for anyone else I knew. I have come to value these early experiences deeply; they have informed my work as an artist.
I have shown my paintings and monotypes throughout the United States, especially in New York City. Gallery exhibitions and group shows in museums have included catalogs and artist talks. I have also presented photographs and videos.
Since transitioning to sculpture 10 years ago, I have focused on large-scale outdoor works. The forms I am most inspired by are those I have been working with for years, beginning with unplanned monotypes. I consider them a part of our collective unconscious.
My concentration has always been in painting. Before attending college I studied in NYC at the Westbeth Center and the Arts Students League, and took classes with WPA painter Riva Helfond. Later while at Rutgers University I received a BA with an emphasis on sociology and fine art. Under the instruction of Leon Golub I developed an interest in social/political ideas with an emphasis on environmental issues. I began an investigative painting series in search of toxic waste sites traveling throughout New Jersey. My fascination with Dadaist and Surrealist concepts led to an interest in found objects and the application of collage materials, which has continued as my primary method of working to this day. In 2011, I opened an art gallery in my home town of Bound Brook together with my husband Brian McCormack, who is also an artist. Since then, we have worked with and established relationships with many artists, which at times can be just as fulfilling as creating our own work.