December 4, 2013 § Leave a comment
I am an oil painter of still lifes. My goal is to capture the light and local color of my subjects and maintain a freshness in my work by painting from life and working alla prima. The object of my painting is to simplify the form. This allows me to focus on those qualities that attract me to the subject. Painting fills me with the visual excitement of what I see and the challenge is what drives me to work harder. I hope to share these experiences with those who view my paintings.
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October 17, 2013 § Leave a comment
Tom Schottman is known throughout the region for his abstract sculptures made of stoneware, a type of clay that is fired to a very high temperature. The large sculptures are ideal for outdoor enjoyment. Durable and nonporous, they easily withstand the Northeast winters. The smaller pieces can also be placed in gardens or they can be enjoyed indoors.
Some of Tom’s work can be seen in the collections of the Schenectady Museum and the Albany Institute of History and Art. He has had many one-person shows in the area. His sculptures have frequently been exhibited at Chesterwood in Stockbridge, MA.
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September 15, 2013 § Leave a comment
Robert Gullie of Cohoes, NY is a photographer specializing in the early 1900’s technique of Hand-Tinted Photography, a mixed media collagist and most recently has begun working in the photopolymer gravure printing process.
His work has been included in over eighty exhibitions since the early 1990s including over twenty-five solo exhibitions. He is the recipient of numerous awards including a NYFA Arts Residency Project Grant; the Gilliand-Weinheimer Oakroom Artist Award; and, 1st place in the photography category from Columbia County Council of the Arts.
In addition, Gullie was selected to participate in the 24th, 25th and 30th Capital District Photography Regionals. In 1997 Metroland Magazine named him the “Best Photographer” in the Capital Region.
His work is in the permanent collections of The Kinsey Institute in Bloomington, Indiana; University at Albany Art Museum; Mohonk Mountain House in New Paltz, NY; Frances Kinnear Museum in Lake Luzerne, NY; the historic Mission House in Stockbridge Massachusetts; Albany Medical College; Hudson Valley Community College in Troy, NY; Hortense and Lewis Rubin Dialysis Centers in Troy and Saratoga Springs, NY; Hayden-Harnett, Brooklyn, NY as well as many private collections.
He was commissioned in 2010 by the Saratoga Performing Arts Center to create images used in posters for The New York City Ballet’s performance of “Mid-Summers Night Dream” and for the Philadelphia Orchestra’s performance of “Peter and the Wolf”. He was commissioned in 2011 by the Saratoga Performing Arts Center (SPAC) to create additional images used in two posters for The New York City Ballet’s performance of “Magic Flute”. He was also commissioned in 2012 by the Saratoga Performing Arts Center to create an image used in posters for The New York City Ballet’s performance of “Romeo and Juliet”. He was again commissioned by SPAC in 2013 for images used in the MOMIX Botanica dance performance and for the Philadelphia Orchestra’s Fantasia performance.
His work has also appeared on the covers of several regional periodicals and has been used as cover art for a number of CDs.
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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.