Karen Gerstenberger

October 16, 2020 § Leave a comment

Have you ever stood on a balcony, looking down and noticed the doll-like quality of the world below?
When you gaze out a window, do you wonder what lies just around the bend?
I have always been fascinated by meandering roads, maps and bird’s-eye views.
I love snow and rain and puddles.
I love neighborhoods, little houses, backyards, and secret places.
I find magic in the world I inhabit.

Cheryl Horning

January 24, 2019 Comments Off on Cheryl Horning

There is something magical about breathing life and movement into a lump of clay. It is endlessly fascinating to me that such small changes in anatomy create such different individuals and emotions. Muscle, tissue, skin and bone carry the life story of each person. I am fascinated by identity, where we come from, and who we think we are. I draw inspiration from people’s stories, contemporary and ancient to create characters with interior lives of struggle and hope.

For me making sculpture is a way to escape, heal, explore, discover, and play. I build up clay using waddies and coils to create heads and figures. My figures run a continuum from realistic to abstract and from human to botanical.

Whether I am working on figures or abstract pieces, I am expressing ideas about relationships to one another, to the environment, to God and to mystery.

Matthew P. Chinian

January 24, 2019 § Leave a comment

Like a reporter I record the time and place of my wanderings around Upstate New York and New England. I find places and scenes of fascination: quiet woodlands or gas stations, farmlands or industrial sites, places I see in passing, sometimes from the corner of my eye often easily overlooked by others. This is where I find beauty. This is where I find the sublime.

Instagram: @Matthew Chinian

Audrie Sturman

September 12, 2016 Comments Off on Audrie Sturman

The rhythms of nature IGNITE my creative vision. My abstract sculpture reflects its movements and changes.

The movement of the wind, the clouds, the waves, create a visual, physical and spiritual poetry. Which, together with man’s thoughts over thousands of years, DRIVE my own ideas and artistic responses.

My relief sculpture, for example, “Petrified Wind,” allows me to work in 2 and 3Dimensions.  On both a small and large scale. Having an early background in Painting and Printmaking, I enjoy incorporating this experience into my sculpture.

Though my work is spontaneous, small models often serve as a guide and inspiration for an entire series, leading to large inter related sculptural groupings.
The wind is like the earth’s pulse; it breathes, it moves, with these groupings I try to hold and embrace the wind.


Kathy Klompas

September 12, 2016 Comments Off on Kathy Klompas

Printmaking allows me to respond to elements of color, movement, emotion and balance with fluidity and freedom. Drawn to observing and creating patterns, textures and structures, I am free to shape thoughts and images as I play.

The spontaneity and simplicity of monotype allows mark-making  to flow unencumbered.  Layering with multiple techniques  such as collograph, chine-colle,  digital images, and stitching intrigues me to build more complex imagery on both paper and fabric.


Steve Kowalski

September 5, 2016 § Leave a comment

Working in the figurative is a combination of life before me (the model) melding with the amazing visual influences of my life, captured canvas, paper or sculpture. I think as a society, we take ourselves too seriously. High pressures and in some cases the absolute drive for perfection determines the focus. I don’t want my art to convey that. I want it somewhat naive and playful.


Takeyce Walter

July 11, 2016 § Leave a comment

Takeyce Walter is truly inspired by the landscape. This is ever apparent when standing before any of her paintings. Walter’s work in oil and pastel present the landscape of the Northeast in all its glory. There is a great sense of familiarity, calm, and peacefulness in each piece.

The paintings feature the rural landscape of upstate New York, the Adirondacks, Cape Cod, and Vermont. Walter is especially inspired by, and drawn to the water; rivers, lakes, marshes, streams and the ocean. She is fortunate to live in close proximity to the beautiful Hudson, Mohawk, Au Sable Rivers and visits the beaches of Cape Cod during the summer.

Walter is a painter and art instructor whose return to painting in 2005 has been documented on her blog. She made a commitment to finishing at least one painting a week and started blogging to help track her progress. Many years later, she has maintained that commitment and is currently producing art on a prolific basis. In addition to exhibiting her paintings online, she also exhibits in local venues in the Upstate New York Capital Region. Her art has found homes in many private collections across the country, and internationally.

Artist Statement

The beauty found in nature often overwhelms me. I am driven by an ever-present and irresistible urge to capture that beauty to share with others. My recent work reflects the beauty I see in the natural landscape around me. I am most inspired by, and drawn to quiet and peaceful scenes. The paintings are of places I’ve experienced with all of my senses, composed with intent to reconstruct the sense of connectedness I feel with nature.

My process of creating art is nourishing, energizing, and exhausting all at once. My goal when starting a painting is to capture the impression a place or a moment has left upon me. I need not lay down every blade of grass to capture the mood and atmosphere that originally drew me to a composition. I work primarily with oil paint and soft pastels to capture these moments.

I am inspired, and I hope my work inspires others to take pause, and really experience the beauty around us.



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Gary Masline

July 11, 2016 § Leave a comment

Gary Masline is a painter who works exclusively with oils on canvas.  A resident since 1979 of the Capital District, his paintings have been included in juried exhibitions across New York State, receiving awards at the Mohawk-Hudson Regional Exhibition, the Arts Center of the Capital Region’s “Fence Select Exhibition”, and from Albany Center Gallery.  In 2010, the Albany Institute of History and Art named Gary one of “Tomorrow’s Masters Today”, and in 2001 he won the readers’ poll for “Best Visual Artist” in “Metroland”, the Capital Region’s weekly arts and entertainment newspaper.

Gary paints with the understanding that art is meant to provoke a response, and his hope is to stimulate a dialogue with viewers responding to his use of color, light, and even body language, to establish image, illusion, or icon.  The vibrant palette and intense light of the American Southwest have affected his work, and Gary believes the Southwest is one of the earth’s centers of spiritual energy, which animates artistic awareness. Realizing that a painting can feign a reality which the viewer may never have experienced or seen, Gary asserts that people can nonetheless be profoundly affected by southwestern images serving as emblems or totems, with the symbols or gestures in paintings generating highly individual “stories.”

Gary Masline’s previous creative incarnation was as a screenwriter, and he reasons that painting is a consistent development stemming from that history.  If one thinks of Gary’s paintings as consisting of line/drawing, pigment/color, and story/narrative, his work reveals him still “making films”…now just one frame at a time. Gary currently is a member of the board of directors of the Upstate Artists Guild, and formerly served on the board of Troy’s Fulton Street Gallery.  His studio is in Troy. Trained as a lawyer, Gary in 2010 retired from a longtime position as assistant counsel and press spokesman for a governor’s investigatory commission.  He lives in East Greenbush with his wife Sharon.

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Karen J. F. Cooper

April 27, 2014 § Leave a comment

Karen J.F. Cooper is a watercolor artist inspired by the New York State landscape and the coastal areas of Maine and Massachusetts. Cooper has been devoted to the arts most of her life. She was a performing artist and member of a regional ballet company in her youth. She began painting with watercolor in 1977.

Cooper’s watercolors have been in group, one-person shows, and major regional and national exhibitions. The prestigious Salmagundi Club in New York City, museums, colleges, universities, galleries, theaters, and various art centers have also exhibited her paintings. She has been in numerous juried shows and has received several awards for her work. Additionally, Karen is a watercolor instructor for all ages.

Cooper aims to be authentic and likes to experience the places and things she is interested in painting. Her sensitivity to color is usually what begins the creative process. Karen believes there should be “no boundaries “ with watercolor and its limitless applications. She relates the way her brush moves across the paper with all of its twists, turns, dots and dashes to her dance experience in her early years. Rather than a reporter of facts, Cooper is interested in the feeling of a place.

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