September 25, 2013 § Leave a comment
The process of transforming ideas and beliefs into physical, structures in the hope of creating permanence is the focus of my work. Much of this work is created through the process of screen-printing with non-toxic inks and emulsions. I screen many layers, one on top of one another to create a relief on the paper. I then excavate into the layers through sanding and lifting ink with non-toxic solutions. I go back into each print with oil paint and cold wax medium. Some of the work starts as an intaglio print only to be painted, torn, sewn and restructured. Though I’m exploring print making, my work continues to draw from the quilt maker’s process of fragmenting, layering and restructuring, a process, which mirrors life. We constantly look to structure our lives and the natural world surrounding us to create safety and permanence within an ever-fluctuating universe. My work is inspired by what I see and sense from the gardens we grow to the walls and lives we construct.
Peg Foley is a fiber artist/printmaker and art educator. She has three grown daughters and lives in Schenectady with her husband John. She holds a Master of Science degree in Art Education from the College of St. Rose and a Bachelor of Science degree in Fine Arts from Nazareth College in Rochester. She is the recipient of a Surdna Foundation Fellowship and has studied art at Penland School of Crafts in North Carolina. She has taught and created art for the past forty years and currently teaches art in the International Baccalaureate program at Schenectady High School. She also curates the Butzel Art Gallery at the high school and is presently co-director of the Oakroom Artists. Her work has been shown in and around the Northeast for the past thirty-five years. She presently uses photo etching and photo screen-printing processes to create mixed media works which incorporate fabrics and a variety of fibers into pieces which deal with the theme of impermanence.
September 25, 2013 § Leave a comment
My paintings range from plein-aire oils to larger scale studio work. Subjects are the landscape, snowplows, and trains. I often incorporate relief text or images into these paintings.
As a printmaker I work in relief prints: woodcuts, wood engravings, and linocuts. Images again derive from the landscape; birds, plants and insects round out my interests, a recent series of engravings are entitled “A Suite for St. Francis”.
I also work in large scale charcoal drawings on mylar, most of these begin with photographic resources I shoot while hiking in the Adirondacks, Catskills, Colorado, and California.
September 15, 2013 § Leave a comment
Miller has always had an interest in the play of light on objects, and the strong illusion of three-dimensions on two-dimensional surfaces. Highly resolved paintings encourage the viewer to consider the subtleties of the images, and slow down and take the time needed to make associations.
Her recent work uses miniature toys as actors and backyard gardens as stages, creating enigmatic scenarios for the oil painting series, Garden Stories. These paintings combine a long-standing interest in dioramas since her childhood in Chicago, with preoccupations about current events, especially environmental and geo-political tensions.
Past series include portraits of chairs, and, daily life in China. Chairs were paired with historical and modern artists who seemingly share or reinforce each other’s personality and even mood. Flowers are included to provide a visual bridge between the subject and representation of a well-known work of art. With a nod to early daguerreotype portraits of family members, the backgrounds are kept plain, and the subject looks directly at the viewer. The gouache paintings on paper were inspired by Miller’s experiences and various travels to People’s Republic of China, where, as Visiting Skidmore College Professor, she taught Western-Style Oil Painting at Qufu Teacher’s University. Miller also served as guest curator of “Beijing Now: Oil Paintings by Twelve Chinese Artists” at First Street Gallery, and faculty curator for “Brushing the Present: Contemporary Academy Painting from China” at the Tang Teaching Museum.
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September 12, 2013 § Leave a comment
Artist Bio: Landscape and figurative artist Mary Ellen Riell is a recipient of top awards in both watercolor and pastel, most recently Grand Prize in the Cooperstown Art Association’s 79th Annual National Exhibition and Best in Show at the Laffer Gallery’s competitive Annual Upstate Artists Exhibition. A former professional illustrator and college instructor, she received her art training at the Art Students League in New York City, the Fashion Institute of Technology, and Brooklyn College, where she studied with painter Sam Gelber and sculptor Sylvia Stone, before receiving her masters degree from the College of Saint Rose in Albany, NY. Now a full time artist working in her upstate NY studio, Mary Ellen is a current member and former co-director of the Oakroom Artists, a long established membership-by-invitation artists’ association. Her work is included in both institutional and private collections.
Statement: I am always looking for new ways to see the traditional subjects of garden, sea,landscape and the human figure. Viewing a scene from a variety of vantage points and times of day, often with a camera, is a key first step in finding the presentation that best suits the visual and conceptual ideas I want to convey. Working en plein air, I enjoy emphasizing the rich color and sensuous grace found in the curves, tilt and sway of plants and trees set against the hardscape elements of houses, barns and sheds. Looking closely, staying focused and going with the flow are essential methods for expressing a subject’s mood and capturing a sense of place.
September 12, 2013 § Leave a comment
At the age of nine, Gary Shankman began his studies of art at the Corcoran School of Art in Washington D.C. He earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting degree from Boston University and his Masters of Fine Arts in Painting degree from American University. Gary received an ITT International Fellowship Grant to Belgium where he studied at the Academie voor Schone Kunsten in Antwerp. He was awarded a scholarship to Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in Maine. He lives in Albany, New York and is a full professor at Sage College of Albany. Gary has taught for the Smithsonian Institution, the University of D.C., Maryland College of Art and Design, and Northern Virginia Community College. He was also an Artist-in-Residence for the State of Oklahoma and the City of Rockville, Maryland.
Gary’s oil paintings of landscapes and still life have been displayed in solo exhibitions in Antwerp, Belgium, London, England, Washington D.C., and Albany, New York. His artwork has been shown in group exhibitions and national competitions throughout the United States. Reviews have been published in the Washington Post, New York Times, Cincinnati Post, Schenectady Gazette, The Field (London, England), and Metroland (Albany, New York). Gary’s paintings are in the Watkins Collection, American University Museum, the Mabee-Gerrer Museum of Shawnee, Oklahoma, the Superior Court Art Trust of Washington D.C., and the National Home Furnishings Association of Chicago, Illinois. He is listed in several publications of Who’s Who Among American Teachers, Who’s Who, in American Education, Who’s Who in the East, Who’s Who in America, and Who’s Who in the World. In 2005, Gary was named teacher of the year by the Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society of Sage College of Albany.
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