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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George Dirolf

September 25, 2013 § Leave a comment

DirolfBioPhotoI am a painter, printmaker, and graphic artist.

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.

www.georgedirolf.com
georgedirolf@gmail.com

Doretta Miller

September 15, 2013 § Leave a comment

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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.

Contact: www.firststreetgallery.net

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