Kevin Kuhne

September 12, 2016 § Leave a comment

Kevin Kuhne

Kevin in his studio

Kevin Kuhne has a B.S. in Art Education from Suny New Paltz.  He has been teaching  Continuing Education courses at South Colonie School District for over 15 years.  He also conducts workshops in watercolor and drawing independently and at Arlene’s Artists Supplies on Fuller Road.

Kevin is a Signature Member the Northeast Watercolor Society, showing annually in its members’ shows and its International Juried Exhibition in Kent, Ct.

He has also shown at the Adirondack National Exhibition of American Watercolors.

While watercolor is his main medium, he also works in mixed media constructions, which he usually shows at the annual “BUILT” show of the Historic Albany Foundation.  Another construction was featured in the  Artists of the Mohawk Hudson Regional at the Albany Institute of History and Art in 2014/2015.

Artist’s Statement

My interest in local history, architecture, people, and conservation inspires and motivates my work.  I pursue this interest with work as a Literacy Volunteer, volunteering with local school groups, and as a member of many local organizations, including the Historic Albany Foundation, Mohawk Hudson Land Conservancy, Pine Hollow Arboretum, and the Friends of the Normanskill Farm, where I am a board member.

My teaching is my main impetus to paint, pushing me to constantly examine and explain the formal and technical problems of painting and design.

I also “hone my skills” each week with at least one drawing session from the live model.

kevinbkuhne@gmail.com

 

Carolyn Justice

September 12, 2016 § Leave a comment

Carolyn Justice, F.I.T. graduate, is a pastel artist who after years of working as an illustrator and   portrait artist, now describes herself as a painter who loves nature, life, and color. She enjoys giving a colorful voice to the farmer and the fruits of his labor. The rural New England landscape and farm animals are a source of inspiration.

She strives for a graceful and colorful depiction not too far from reality, with a balance of order and  spontaneity.

Justice has exhibited her work in many regional and national shows and has won numerous awards. She has a studio in Saratoga Springs, NY, and is an instructor at the Saratoga Art Center.

Fred Neudoerffer

September 5, 2016 § Leave a comment

I am a commercial and fine art photographer. Details, patterns, shapes, lights and shadows are the building blocks for the images I create. In my art you are more apt to see part of a subject captured in a creative way rather than a large expanse made up of many parts. I tend to work in a project style format rather than seeking out individual images, although each image I show the public must be able to stand on it’s own, regardless of the theme or project it is part of. I currently show my work on-line and in local and regional shows and venues.

I grew up in Southern New York, lived in Connecticut for many years and now reside in upstate New York. I make my living as a commercial photographer and art installer. I spend a large amount of volunteer time working to bring art and artists to the attention of the community. I am the director of The Artists’ Space @ The National Bottle Museum in Ballston Spa, the Vice-President of Choose Cohoes for Art and the current chair of the Cohoes Artist Showcase.

My most current art can be seen on my Instagram feed. Some of my art can also be seen on my website neustudios.com/neuarts.html but that is not updated as frequently as my Instagram feed.

All of my art is available in limited addition prints. If you are interested in purchasing a piece or two of my art you can reach me at fred@neustudios.com or by phone at 518-441-4447

Erik Laffer

February 26, 2014 § 1 Comment

“Far from holding up a simple mirror of nature that is true or false, maps redescribe the world—like any other document—in terms of relations of power and of cultural practices, preferences, and priorities.”

J.B. Harley, The New Nature of Maps

I was born in Smithtown, New York, in 1982, and was the seventh of eight children. At the age of three, my family moved to a small town in upstate New York, where I lived until I was 14. Then we moved again, to Delmar, a suburb of Albany, New York. I have been moving ever since.

Given my nomadic background, it’s almost natural that I’ve come to express myself—rather look to shape my identity and better understand myself—in maps. While my early landscapes and figurative works were influenced by the rural environment I grew up in, as well as the feelings of isolation I felt as a child with a learning disability, the representational abstracts that make up my current Cartography Series are not so much a study of emotion, as my earliest works were, but more of a logical and experimental exploration of where I’ve been, where I am now, and where I hope to be tomorrow.

My goal with the Cartography paintings is to, as J.B. Harley writes, “redescribe the world,” or at least the small world of Erik Laffer. And just as there is a language of mapmaking, there is style and body of symbols in my paintings that define the landscape of each work and identify my struggle to understand self, family, home, and culture: boats, clocks, buildings, bridges, anatomy, arrows, and, among many others, lines, color, and texture.

There’s a popular expression: “you’ll learn more about a road by traveling it than by consulting all the maps in the world.”  While I recognize the truth in this, I also believe there is great value in history and charting where we have been and where we are going. And this is what my Cartography Series represents. After all, some roads—racism, sexism, classism, poverty, and all other forms of oppression and discrimination—are better to understand than experience.

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Constance Dodge

February 17, 2014 § Leave a comment

Connie_DodgeFor twenty-three years, Dodge’s permanent exhibit space was the Amos Eno Gallery in New York City. Her work appears in many private collections, both nationally and internationally including the National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington D.C. and Artpool in Budapest Hungary. Her work has also appeared in New York Magazine and Fiberarts and Sculptors International. Regionally, she is a professional member of the the Guild of Adirondack Artists, the Adirondack Pastel Society, and a former Director and current member of the Oakroom Artists, a collective of artists since 1956.

During 2014 Dodge was invited to become a member of Micropolis, a Coop of professional artists in Gloversville, NY.  Her paintings can viewed and purchased at this gallery of diverse and exciting art.  Her work is also available at the Dodge House Lakeside Gallery in Edinburg, NY and at the SVAN Gallery, Northville, NY; both located on the Great Sacandaga Lake.

Ms Dodge’s education includes a BS in Art Education from Nazareth College of Rochester, an MFA with Distinction from Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C., and two years of additional graduate study in art history at the State University of New York in Albany. Since 2008, she has studied pastel painting with Doug Dawson, Albert Handel, Pat Tribastone, and Robert Carstens.

Among her many honors is the distinction of being selected for a fellowship at the Millay Colony for the Arts. She also received a Special Opportunity Grant from the New York Foundation for the Arts and, in 2002, she was awarded a New York State Council on the Arts Decentralization Grant through the Saratoga County Arts Council. Dodge is the recipient of the 2003 Award in oil painting from the Cooperstown National juried art exhibit. She has served on the Board of Directors of the Sacandaga Valley Arts Network (2004-2008) and has received grants to teach painting and drawing in upstate New York. In 2009, Dodge was awarded an artist grant from the Saratoga County Arts Council. She was also awarded best Landscape in the 2010 Central Adirondack Show. In November of 2015, Dodge was commissioned to create two paintings for the new waiting room of Saratoga Hospital’s surgery wing.

Artist, Constance Dodge, has taught Fine Arts for thirty-one years. While the majority of her experience has been dedicated to developing the artistic talents of high school students, she spent two years teaching full time at Adirondack Community College. In addition, she has been an adjunct instructor at Sage Junior College, the College of Saint Rose, Empire State College, and Goddard College.

Constance Dodge
936 South Shore Road
Edinburg, New York 12134
518- 863- 2201
cdodgeart@roadrunner.com
www.constanceadodge.com

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Stu Eichel

December 4, 2013 § Leave a comment

SpaCityMansionCurrently residing in Saratoga Springs, Eichel graduated from Pratt Institute with a degree in graphic Arts, becoming a Madison Avenue art director for ten years.For seventeen more years, he worked in advertising as a “creative director”.

Finally dropping out of advertising, he spent five years doing pencil sketches of local scenes. Prints of those sketches wound up in more than 350 galleries and frame shops across the country. Encouraged by their success, Eichel entered the University of Tennessee fine arts program. While a Tennessee resident, he was chosen as Tennessee Artist of the Month.

Eichel paints on site. Many have seen him standing on a street corner painting a local scene that interests him and he actually enjoys answering questions and chatting with passers by. His work has been featured in many area galleries.

www.stueichelart.com

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Phyllis Kulmatiski

December 4, 2013 § Leave a comment

I have been creating figurative clay work for over twenty five years. My work has been shown in New York city, the Hudson Valley, Massachusetts, and Vermont. it has been selected many times for the Mohawk Hudson regional, winning several juror awards there. I have also received juror awards at Southern Vermont Art Center and Albany Center Gallery. I have been included in the Contemporary Sculpture at Chesterwood outdoor show several times and have had the honor of demonstrating my building technique there twice, on the porch of Daniel Chester French’s studio, where he created the Lincoln Memorial. My work has been purchased by the Schenectady Museum and the Albany Institute of History and Art.

I was born in Greenpoint Brooklyn, New York and attended a Polish catholic school where I bumped into statues around every corner. The spiritual energy of those strange figures haunts me still. I attended SUNY New Paltz during the Viet Nam era. Slogans and protests became part of my artistic vocabulary. In my work I try to combine the power and beauty of Romanesque and medieval art with contemporary political and social statements.

I taught art in Scotia Glenville High School for twenty five years and now work full time on sculpture in my Scotia studio. I build the pieces from clay from the bottom up, scratch, carve and color them with engobes. I fire them to a stoneware temperature so they are suitable for indoor or outdoor display.

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