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 the Schenectady Civic Ballet Company in her youth.  Her name can be found in John Willis’ Dance World, an historical record of dance in America covering the period from June 1969 to May 1970.  She began painting with watercolor in 1977.

Karen’s watercolors have been included in group, one-person shows, and major regional and national exhibitions.   The prestigious Salmagundi Club in New York City, museums, colleges, universities, galleries in Maine and New York, theaters, and various art centers also have exhibited her work.   She has been in numerous juried shows and has won several awards.  Cooper has presented a watercolor hands-on workshop with the New York State Teacher’s Association and other groups that have had an interest in the medium. Additionally, Karen is presently a watercolor instructor for all ages, including a watercolor with classical music class for children.

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.

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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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Elizabeth Apgar-Smith

December 4, 2013 § Leave a comment

potato bagging - medium-1Elizabeth Apgar-Smith, best known for her impressionistic landscapes of the Schoharie Valley region, cityscapes, still lifes, and depictions of people engaged in everyday living, is currently focusing on an evolving, touring exhibition, Faithful Labors, a tribute to Schoharie County’s farm families. The exhibit opened in spring of 2005 at Wellington’s Herb & Spice Farm Gallery in Schoharie, then moved on to The Bennington Center for the Arts in Vermont, followed by stops at The Old Forge Arts Center, The Rensselaerville Institute, and two summers at the Smithy Gallery in Cooperstown.

The Skidmore College graduate has earned numerous regional and national honors over the years for her pastels, watercolors and oils. She has been featured in articles in two major art magazines, and has had multiple examples of her work included in six books on painting technique.

Elizabeth teaches at the Hudson River Valley Art Workshops in Greenville, NY, and offers weekly classes in the spring and fall from her studio in Schoharie. She is a juried member of the Pastel Society of America, the Northeast Watercolor Society and the Capital Region Oakroom Artists.

www.apgarsmith.com

aparsmith@yahoo.com

(518)295-7731

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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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Robin Rosenthal

December 4, 2013 § Leave a comment

Robin's Studio PhotoI 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.

www.robinrosenthalart.com
robin.rosenthal12@gmail.com

Private Lessons Available

 

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Hana Panek

December 4, 2013 § 1 Comment

My work is based on organic and natural themes from the world around us.    Each piece has a concept – a place, idea, mood, or memory.  I try to convey that without accurately reproducing any subjects, and instead rely on colors, lines and abstracted shapes for expression.  Recently I have started to incorporate man-made interventions and am interested in their relationship to our natural environment.  I paint mostly in acrylic, and like to use pieces of my older paintings, collage, and other scraps.  I work spontaneously, do not fully plan paintings out ahead of time, and usually have several pieces going at once.

website: www.HanaPanek.com

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