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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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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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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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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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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Helga Prichard

November 2, 2013 § 1 Comment

Helga Prichard studied art and modern dance for pleasure while earning a bachelor’s degree in Natural Science from Russell Sage College in Troy, NY. In art the study of shape, color and form and in dance the use of time, space and energy sharpened her awareness of the beauty surrounding us. A realistic landscape painter at first, she now more and more lets her impressions govern the presentation of the subject matter.
During the past 30 years, while teaching modern dance at Union College and at the Schenectady County Community College and raising a family, she studied with local art teachers including Lora Lee Jekkals, Jane Kirstel, Edgar Bazell and Sal Cascio. For the last seven years, she attended workshops by Carol Barnes,  Louise Cadillac, Marilyn Hughrey Phillis, Pat Dews and Mary Todd Beam at Greenville, NY. At present she studies with Karen Rosasco and Betsy Apgar Smith.

CONTACT INFO:
518-377-3562
hhprichard@earthlink.net

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Karen Rosasco

November 2, 2013 § Leave a comment

Bio PhotoA retired high school teacher with 31 years of preparing students to enter some of the top design schools in the nation, Karen has also been teaching adults for over 35 years. Her workshops entitled “Abstraction By Design” feature layered fluid acrylics and collage and she is demand across the US and Canada. Karen formed a company “Art Escapes” in which she has led art and culture trips to all parts of the world including 6 continents. She is a member of many local and national art societies and has won major prizes including the Silver Medal at the 2007 American Watercolor Society International Show. Her work hung on 5th Avenue in NYC for a month before traveling the US for a year and a half.

www.karenrosasco.com
kkrosasco@aol.com
540-941-0010

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Peg Foley

September 25, 2013 § Leave a comment

The process of transforming ideas and beliefs into physical, structures in the hope of creating permanence is the focus of my work. Much of this work is created through the process of screen-printing with non-toxic inks and emulsions. I screen many layers, one on top of one another to create a relief on the paper. I then excavate into the layers through sanding and lifting ink with non-toxic solutions. I go back into each print with oil paint and cold wax medium. Some of the work starts as an intaglio print only to be painted, torn, sewn and restructured. Though I’m exploring print making, my work continues to draw from the quilt maker’s process of fragmenting, layering and restructuring, a process, which mirrors life. We constantly look to structure our lives and the natural world surrounding us to create safety and permanence within an ever-fluctuating universe. My work is inspired by what I see and sense from the gardens we grow to the walls and lives we construct.

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Peg Foley is a fiber artist/printmaker and art educator. She has three grown daughters and lives in Schenectady with her husband John. She holds a Master of Science degree in Art Education from the College of St. Rose and a Bachelor of Science degree in Fine Arts from Nazareth College in Rochester. She is the recipient of a Surdna Foundation Fellowship and has studied art at Penland School of Crafts in North Carolina. She has taught and created art for the past forty years and currently teaches art in the International Baccalaureate program at Schenectady High School. She also curates the Butzel Art Gallery at the high school and is presently co-director of the Oakroom Artists. Her work has been shown in and around the Northeast for the past thirty-five years. She presently uses photo etching and photo screen-printing processes to create mixed media works which incorporate fabrics and a variety of fibers into pieces which deal with the theme of impermanence.

pegfoley.com

 

 

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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