Mary Ellen Riell

September 12, 2013 § Leave a comment

Mary Ellen RiellArtist 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.

Contact Information: 

MARY ELLEN RIELL
website: maryellenriell.com
email: meriell@nycap.rr.com
phone: 518­355­2182

 

Gary Shankman

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ShankmanBioPhotoAt the age of nine, Gary Shankman began his studies of art at the Corcoran School of Art in Washington D.C. He earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting degree from Boston University and his Masters of Fine Arts in Painting degree from American University. Gary received an ITT International Fellowship Grant to Belgium where he studied at the Academie voor Schone Kunsten in Antwerp. He was awarded a scholarship to Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in Maine. He lives in Albany, New York and is a full professor at Sage College of Albany. Gary has taught for the Smithsonian Institution, the University of D.C., Maryland College of Art and Design, and Northern Virginia Community College. He was also an Artist-in-Residence for the State of Oklahoma and the City of Rockville, Maryland.

Gary’s oil paintings of landscapes and still life have been displayed in solo exhibitions in Antwerp, Belgium, London, England, Washington D.C., and Albany, New York. His artwork has been shown in group exhibitions and national competitions throughout the United States. Reviews have been published in the Washington Post, New York Times, Cincinnati Post, Schenectady Gazette, The Field (London, England), and Metroland (Albany, New York). Gary’s paintings are in the Watkins Collection, American University Museum, the Mabee-Gerrer Museum of Shawnee, Oklahoma, the Superior Court Art Trust of Washington D.C., and the National Home Furnishings Association of Chicago, Illinois. He is listed in several publications of Who’s Who Among American Teachers, Who’s Who, in American Education, Who’s Who in the East, Who’s Who in America, and Who’s Who in the World. In 2005, Gary was named teacher of the year by the Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society of Sage College of Albany.

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