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Alain K. Khadem Vanitas still life painters of the 16th and 17th century had a remarkable ability to capture the impermanence of life on canvas. They employed a host of iconic objects ranging from pensive skulls and flickering candles to rotting fruit and fading flowers in order to compose vivid pictorial messages of remarkable complexity, eloquence and beauty that spoke of the profound futility of earthly existence. In my latest collection of still life imagery, I follow in the footsteps of great masters of the baroque period, harnessing the ambiguous meaning of objects and exploiting their semiotic value in order to compose elaborate visual riddles that not only evoke the fleeting qualities of time and the transience of life in general, but place the accent on the futility of modern life in particular.
Aldo Arena I am a retired Northrop Grumman Technical Fellow. I retired in 2007 after a 42 year career in Bethpage, NY. Since my retirement from Northrop Grumman I formed an Engineering Consulting Company and I have been providing engineering consulting services through my company to the US Navy. For the past four years I have taken up oil painting. To date I have painted twenty-four paintings ranging from portrait paintings, landscape, impressionistic and pointillist paintings.
Alisa Shea I paint in watercolor because it scares me.  I love its quirky unpredictability.  I love the twinge of anxiety I feel every time I put down a color, knowing that I've often only got one shot to get it right. Piggybacking on my mobile photography addiction, I paint from my own photographic reference material. I never stage a photo and never travel in order to find the perfect shot.  Instead, I seek to find the awesomeness in the mundane, to capture snippets of color and detail that might otherwise go unnoticed as I go about my everyday life.
Andrew Gagliano Andrew Gagliano has a passion for Art. He creates in Oil, Acrylic and Watercolor and also is a woodcarver.
Anne Katz I have lived in Stony Brook Long Island for over forty years. After retiring from work in a biology research laboratory, I began painting. I have studied art at SUNY Stony Brook with Martin Levine, and locally with artists Genia Neuschatz and Elizabeth Greaf. Watercolor painting is now a central passion in my life. "My paintings focus on the quiet, still places that I love."
Bobbi Mastrangelo Bobbi Mastrangelo is internationally known for her “Grate Works.” She transforms manhole covers, sewers, and grates into artistic streetscapes. Her sculpture relief works appear so real that viewers wonder how she could even lift them to hang on a wall. Exquisite works on her handmade paper vary from little jewel-like mandalas to imaginative constructions incorporating bamboo, textural fibers and special effects. Here is a video about her work
Burton A. Woods A native Long Islander, Burton Woods’ realistic paintings are inspired by places that are slowly changing or disappearing: quiet, flower-bordered lanes, brick walks, weathered wooden buildings and boats, sandy beaches and wind-swept marshes, all touched and bathed with gentle luminosity. Mr. Woods, who lives not far from the harbor town of Port Jefferson where he grew up, captures the essence of Long Island and the New England shore in his pastels and oils, sketching on site and completing his work in his home studio. Burton studied under some of Long Island’s best artists including photo realist Dan Gilhooley and Illustrator Bob Barron. In the early 1970’s, he was commissioned to do an oil painting for the Supreme Court Building in Riverhead. Other commissions followed and today his work can be found in many private collections. He began exhibiting in the early 1990’s at the Clayton-Liberatore Gallery in Bridgehampton. Since then he has been showing regularly from Nantucket to Maryland. Burton Woods’ works have appeared in numerous galleries and museums including the Paul Mellon Art Center, Cliveden Carriage House Museum and the National Gallery in New York, among many others. An award-winning artist, Mr. Woods has been listed in the Who’s Who in American Art since 1995.
Carol Ceraso Hauppauge artist Carol Ceraso’s love of art began as a young child growing up in a small town in New Jersey where she was surrounded by nature and animals. She turned toward sketching at age 11, and was encouraged by her mother and a few teachers who sent her to other classes to draw fellow students. Carol’s family separated and she never stayed in one place very long. After marrying and raising three daughters, Carol spent much time at the local Library studying some of the masters. She has shown her artwork in various venues and exhibitions across Long Island. “Being self-taught, Art has always been a major part of my life. It grabs hold and never let’s go! There is beauty in everything I see.”
Cesar Delos Santos III Cesar Delos Santos III is known for his realist renderings of ordinary life.  His “simple drama of shadow and light”. His works do not aim at social messages or statements…they focus instead on capturing the beauty in everyday realities. Although Cesar is best known for his New York Cityscapes & Landscapes, he has a passion for painting human figures and faces as well as clay pots, woven baskets and indigenous objects from his native Philippines. The artist brings his subjects to life in both watercolor and oils.
Chris Ann Ambery Chris Ann Ambery is an artist who works in a wide variety of mediums from watercolor to encaustics. Born and raised in Bayside, New York,she studied Illustration at Parsons School of Design in New York City and Passalaqua School of Drawing and Illustration. Currently she is pursuing an MFA at LIU C.W.Post. Although she considers herself a painter she has recently begun working with printmaking focusing on the various etching and silk screen techniques. Chris Ann’s work is often inspired by the color and movement of life and the world around her. Most recently her work has been focused on the shape line and movement of dance. The philosophy that Chris Ann embraces is; the joy that one gets from creating art cannot be kept to oneself it is meant to be shared. It is this philosophy that led her to begin teaching drawing, painting, and watercolor classes at local galleries in the Smithtown area where she currently resides.
David J. Jaycox, Jr. A lifetime passion; I immersed myself in the world of art as a student, an art director, and a professional artist. For 38 years I enjoyed the rewards of an advertising art director in New York City and was fortunate to work with many creative people. I was continually amazed and enlightened by the talent of so many artists and writers in our field. I also came to know that solid conceptual thinking is a necessary component of successful motivational art, whether focused on advertising solutions or fine art itself. I work primarily in watercolor and occasionally pastel. Watercolor has been seen as a difficult medium to master; however, I achieved my style through long experimentation and ultimate control of multiple color glazes.   Results have been exciting. Subject matter, depth, and three-dimensional qualities are enhanced by the natural translucence of watercolor. Realism is my goal since I believe the truth of that which we see can be shown powerfully and without bending its appearance. Each moment becomes its own allegory. The contribution of the artist is his/her ability to capture that moment on a 2-dimensional surface.  Only then, when honestly done, can the artist touch the heart and mind of the viewer. I’m driven by the eloquence of form, color, and nature’s beauty, which provide enough impression, expression and abstraction to inspire this artist for a lifetime.
Debra Urso When artists are born they immerge with a sense of wonderment. I was born an artist, always gazing, imagining thoughts on surfaces, stimulating inspiration from deep within. My passion for the art world promulgated me to center my life around my calling. I achieved my bachelors degree from the State University of New York College at Cortland majoring in Fine Art and minoring in Art History. I then pursued a successful career as a Textile Designer in Manhattan.I spent the beginning of my career focused on the commercial end of the arts. To fuel my constant need for learning I continued my education and went on to receive a Masters of Art Education from Long Island University at C.W.Post.Presently I teach Fine Art for the Sayville School District.Students' work continually inspires me.I immerse myself in the creative process of self-expression everyday.I welcome opportunities to display my work for others to become enveloped in my realm of artistic expression, which is blended with my life experiences.
Diane Henderson Diane Henderson is a photographer whose primary focus is street photography taken in New York City and other urban settings.  She usually shoots in black and white using 35mm film.
Diann Haist I am primarily an impressionistic oil painter with occasional forays into pastel and watercolour, but always my interests have been the human element – people with perhaps an unconventional beauty, displaying the beauty of competence and character.  Since beginning my full-time art career in 1969, I have done much plein air painting, as landscape is also an interest, and living in Alaska, both its people and landscape keep me on my artistic toes. I am not afraid of colour and my brushwork has been described as bold and confident - this is what I want viewers of my work to see, that there is some passion there, no apologies, nothing timid. What I strive for is portraying the life force and character of my subjects as well as the work being aesthetically pleasing to the eye.
Donna Gabusi A Smithtown, N.Y. native, Donna Gabusi has been an artist about 20 years. She makes black and white face portraits with pencil. Her pet and house portraits and landscapes are painted with mostly warm, earth colors of acrylic. Sometimes she paints on fabric covered mat board instead of canvas. It gives the work texture and a richer background color. “Normal is boring, beautiful/pretty is boring. I draw expressive faces, and/or wrinkled. Same with pretty scenery – boring. I like painting broken fences, puddles, dirt, reflections – landscapes of Long Island mostly. I stare at the reference photo for a while taking notes, then I turn it upside down. Your brain is forced to slow down and concentrate looking at the image in a different way. My biggest inspiration is “word-of-mouth” – a satisfied customer tells a friend. Also an interesting pose or scene gets me inspired. Other inspirations are quotes from movies, books. “The saddest thing in life is wasted talent.” – 1993 movie A Bronx Tale. “Artists who are self-taught generally are more gifted than those with fancy degrees.” – Actor/comedian Jonathan Winters. Influences are from Leonardo da Vinci’s drawings; Billy Pappas extremely detailed drawings; Monet’s landscapes; Kathe Kollwitz’s expressive, black and white work.“
E. Craig Marcin I didn’t begin my venture into the art world as an artist/painter, rather the researcher of a single piece of art from my parent’s home. In 2009, I wrote: “My travels with a single piece of art have taken me to places I never dreamed of. It has been time consuming but never tiresome, a journey I hope to take again and again.” As a “layman”, with no knowledge of the subject art, direction in which to go or method to use, I initially stumbled through the art world like a drunken sailor. With responses and help from experts in the field throughout the world, I was encouraged to continue my journey.  As a result of researching this one piece of art, I have added Provenance to significant paintings at Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen - Rotterdam, Netherlands, Carnegie Museum of Art -Pittsburg, The Detroit Institute of Art - Detroit, MI, The Royal Picture Gallery Mauritshuis – The Hague, Netherlands, The Harvard Art Museum – Cambridge, MA, Boston Museum of Fine Arts – Boston, MA. Paintings by incredible artists such as Anthony Van Dyck, Sir Peter Lely, Jerome Bosch, Jan Steen, Angelo Gronzino and Scipio Pulzone. The research and joy and satisfaction this work brought to me were incredible. It has propelled my yearning to understand and create.   My initial work began by carving images on wood panels, then staining or painting them with acrylics and watercolors.  I soon realized that the character and properties of the wood were limiting what I could do to with the images I was creating. I knew that I could do so much more in a different medium – so I started this new journey learning from artist, and classmates and viewing with a better educated eye, the work of my “influences”. I don't set out to produce art about one subject or another although my tendencies are towards landscapes and objects within them. I travel with my camera, which became my notebook and sketchpad. My “studies” are done in Photoshop, cropping, changing orientation, colorimetry and contrast. A bright beautiful photo can take on more emotion when the color is removed or replaced. Details seen only in high contract become visible. All these tools add to what I want to convey in my art. My influences are some familiar names, Eric Sloane, Andrew Wyeth, Edward Hopper, and John-Singer Sargent  and some not-so familiar Weaver and Erlagen and Fratrich. All artists working in watercolors for some of their most important pieces.
Eileen Dawn Skretch I am a landscape painter who paints on wood. As I paint, the wood’s grain becomes another layer of the mist or a ripple in the water. Most paintings begin en plein air. In my studio, I rely on those studies & photos to create the largest paintings. I love the peaceful spirit and unique beauty of the vanishing open spaces of the East End, where I was born & raised. As Jane Wilson told me, when you’re a farmer’s daughter, you’re drawn to the landscape.
Essie Freilach Watercolor artist Essie Freilach has been interested in art and loved colors since an early age. Working and raising two sons did not leave her much time to pursue her ambition to paint. Eight years ago Essie joined a weekly painting group, the New Village Watercolor Group, and she has been painting ever since. Inspired by nature, Essie prefers to paint landscapes and seascapes.  She has studied with Long Island watercolor artists Elizabeth Greif, Mary Waka and the late Anne Scully. Essie’s paintings have been exhibited at art galleries and libraries across Long Island.
Franco Jona I am a physicist now retired from the Department of Materials Science at SUNY Stony Brook. I have done some painting more or less all my life, but more intensely in the past several years. So far, I am doing exclusively watercolor and oil pastels.
Gisela Skoglund My life has taken me through many artistic expressions. Early on my original passion was for oil on canvas. As a senior in High School I was awarded a scholarship to Pratt Institute where I pursued advertising art. All my endeavors over the years have resulted in glass painting, pen and ink work and designing note cards.Presently my mediums are watercolors and acrylics. I paint still lives and portraits but landscapes predominate. My inspirations come from the beauty of nature, photography and other sights which appear in everyday life. I find that painting transports me to a place where time is forgotten and I am totally concentrated and involved.
Gunter Stern Gunter Stern has been involved in art and music throughout his life both as a painter, lyricist and vocalist. He studied art at Pratt Institute, Mexico City College and enjoyed an art scholarship to the Brooklyn Museum Art School. His paintings have appeared extensively on Long Island in many galleries including Mills Pond, Omni, Gallery North, and Elaine Benson. His works have been shown in museums such as The Heckscher, Parrish Art Museum, Islip Museum and the Nassau County Museum of Fine Arts. He has also been shown at the Adam Baumgold Gallery in New York. He is listed in the Catalog of American Portraits at the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery.
Gustavo Lucin The new series I have been working on has a new look very different from my past paintings. One of the new technical concepts I’m constantly using is dynamics. In this area I’m exploring solid forms dissipating in the air to create perspective. This dissipating matter moves and flows around its objects just as musical notes ring in the air and remain in our ears for a couple of seconds. My paintings’ matters, or so called visual objects, stay in our memory echoing with colors in an infinite shape. With this conceptualization of particles effects I’m able to show the energy matter that we are made of it. We experience the wind blowing in the air and I interpret it as a flowing energy as in the painting “Reaching”. In the painting “Hail Mary” I used a glazing brushstroke with patterns to recreate an almost divine figure and at times sometimes like a ghost. I leave it up to your own interpretation. In “Infinite” I used the circle in a coil shape to create no end. In “Majestic” the technique relies on a mask, the identity is the shield, and the eyes are a window to the soul. In “Majestic” I wanted to show how we assume different roles and personalities, with different people in different situations, and one of them is “strength.”  In The painting “Ocean Sounds” I used circles with triangular shapes, and a few words like a formula to show how a submarine sounds when it is transmitting a message in the deep ocean. In “Trash” I used multiple patterns combined with Islamic designs to create fish bones and a few solid objects as the soda can on the floor to interpret environmental causes and damages. In the “Thinker” I surrounded him with cut-out circles waving around it to create an enigma. “Quixote” is what I feel is left from the literature of Cervantes; Memory, Beauty, and a hero from the past!
Heidi Lechner Heidi is fine artist, photographer and professional singer-songwriter. Her fine art expertise is in wildlife/nature and landscape/seascape and celebrity portraits and she works in a wide variety of mediums. Heidi also is a graphic artist, designing for a wide range of clients from websites, to music CD covers and logo design. As a professional singer-songwriter, Heidi has collaborated musicians all over the world and her music has been placed on film and TV networks such as MTV, NBC, ABC, and E! News, HBO, Bravo, TruTV, E! Entertainment, Travel Channel and many Cable Networks.
Irene Paquette Tetrault Growing up in Smithtown, going to college in Manhattan and several trips to Europe has exposed me to many museums, galleries, beautiful scenery and Art Instructors. I like to think that my work has a bit of everything I've learned and been exposed to over the years. I enjoy working in various media and still consider myself a "Student of Art". Since my favorite subjects to paint have always been scenery, nature and florals, I am quite grateful to have the colorful landscapes of Long Island around me. Being a member and a teacher at the Smithtown Township Arts Council has inspired me to go down different paths with my works. I've been working on ink sketches that are more emotion driven than visual. I'm currently working on a series in oils from these sketches. Since I've not touched oil paints since college, it has been an enlightening and interesting challenge.
James Berger Since discovering his Mother's oil paints as a young child, James has found that the creation of art is now a necessary portion of his self-expression. Colors help express these feelings, which are then conveyed by brushstrokes, as if directly from the soul. The countryside of Upstate New York, where he was raised, first flowed from his brushes, most of them 'Mindscapes', landscapes of his youth, which now exist only within memories of carefree days gone by. He'd spontaneously bring those memories to the forefront with fantasy-filled visions of places I think we'd all like to enter into and become part of, even if only momentarily. Classical Academic painting in the Italian Renaissance manner is the most recent challenge upon his plate. James began studying the techniques of The Masters, a little over 15 years ago. Since his instruction began, James' knowledge of a wide variety of methods, utilized centuries ago, have opened his eyes wide. James is also concerned about endangered species around the world and attempts to bring focus to them by portraying them within many of his paintings. His invitation to you, is to search, find, and enjoy the beauty and spirituality that lingers not only within the visions he chooses to share, but also that which dwells deep within each one of us.“Thank you for your interest in my work ~ Enjoy the ride!”
Jeanette Martone Awareness of the common linkage found in our humanity, the fragility of our cultures, and the vulnerability of those living the barest existence, teetering on the edge of life, inspires the foundation of my work. Since 1994 I have traveled to the developing world to participate in volunteer projects assisting the poor. Experiences there have contributed to the evolution of my work. As I depict my subjects, they are captured in a moment of time, revealing their inner grace and the beauty that can be found in the infinite details of their environment; the sun cracked earth, the drape of tired fabric,and the detritus of struggle.
Jim Kelson I love nature and most of my photography is concerned with what I call special places.   Special places can be anywhere. They can be far or near, big or small and even imaginary. Find those places that are special to you and they will nourish both body and soul. It can be a very humbling experience to try to capture what is special about a place. To me it is not about beauty. My intent is to convey what is special, interesting and unique. I am very interested in flowers and other botanicals. By their nature flowers are beautiful and it is easy to create pretty pictures of flowers. Beyond seeing the beauty, I want the viewer to experience and feel the unique and interesting world of flowers. When I succeed then I hope my images also become something special.
Joan Schwartzman Joan Schwartzman’s education is not in Fine Art, but rather in Music and the Humanities. She holds degrees in Flute Performance (Oberlin Conservatory) and Musicology (University of Arizona). Her professional career has taken her nationwide, and has demanded mastery of all styles from Baroque to Contemporary, from solo recitals to symphony orchestras. In her painting, Joan has for the past several years, immersed herself in self-teaching. The parallels she finds between music and painting are obvious in the compositions she depicts. Color, shading, nuance, form and line, all combine to create energy and implied motion. The freedom of genre and subjects chosen are most enticing to her, exactly the same as selecting musical styles to perform in concert. Her work has been shown across the Hudson Valley in New York, Milford, New Jersey and New Canaan, Connecticut. She has been a member of the Arts Society of Kingston, NY, the Carriage Barn Arts Center in New Canaan, Connecticut, and the Tivoli Artists Gallery, NY. Her paintings were selected for the juried invitational shows: BJ Spoke Gallery, NY, The Front Street Gallery, NY, International Juried exhibition, Mills Pond Gallery, Smithtown, NY, and the National Juried Small Works Show in the Upstream Gallery, NY. Residing in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, Joan is a member of several local galleries, as well as the Mills Pond Gallery in New York. An award winner in the Hanover Art Guild Open exhibition, her work has been selected for regional juried shows, and twice selected for the Lancaster County, PA Arts Association National juried exhibition. In 2017 her work will be on display across Perry County, Pennsylvania, as well as the State Capitol Building in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.
John Yannis Koch Impressionist painter John Yannis Koch works in transparent watercolor (Aquarelle), oil and mixed media texture painting. Born in Korcha, Albania John is of Greek and Albanian descent but he now lives in Hauppauge, New York. Like other artists in the world of Impressionism Art, he has gone from the studio to the natural surroundings, bringing our landscape to life with live colors. A number of his works can be found in personal collections throughout many countries such as Germany, Canada, USA, Australia, Greece, Cyprus, Romania and Albania. “I am very impressed with the natural American landscapes and I continue to do my life’s work as an artist.
Joy Goldkind Art Photographer Joy Goldkind currently resides in St. James, NY. She graduated from the Fashion Institute of Technology, NYC in 1963. She has exhibited in numerous locations across the country. She had a solo show at the Museo Nationale Della Fotographia in Italy, where a permanent collection of her work is now housed. In 2007 she won the cover contest of Eyemazing Magazine and in 2008 her photos where selected in the top 50 photographers at Photolucida. Her photography is also included in corporate collections in NYC, as well as in private collections across the globe. Goldkind’s photographs have graced the covers of international publications and magazines such as SilverShotz and Eyemazing. Her work has also been featured in the New York Times, B&W Magazine, Zoom Magazine, Photolife, View Camera and Color magazine. Joy’s work won photographer of the year 2010 at the WPGA competition and will be showing work in Buenos Aries, Argentina in 2011. She is represented by Verve Fine Arts. NM, Tilt Gallery, Phoenix AZ and Wave Photo Gallery in Bresvia, Italy. Joy Goldkind was 50 years old before she took her first photography class, though her background was always based in the fine arts. Despite an unusually late start, Goldkind’s career as a fine arts photographer has progressed rather rapidly. Her photographs of nude dancers, geishas, drag queens, ballerinas, circus performers, etc. have not gone unnoticed. Her subjects are soft in contrast yet strong in spirit. Sometimes inspired from a fantasy world. The use of double exposures and slow shutter speeds help Joy to change what is true and expected into a more surrealistic scene. The old world beauty and quality they possess is in no doubt influenced by a deep interest in art history. With the use of the historic Bromoil process as a tool to express her fine art portraits, Joy adds a layer of mystery to her photographs. The Bromoil process is a printing method that was very popular in the early 1900s. Bromoil was favored by pictorial photographers who used it to add a more artistic rendering to their work. The Bromoil process begins by bleaching a black and white silver gelatin print to remove the silver. Lithograph ink is then applied with a brush or roller to replace the silver in the print. Any color or combination of colors can be used. Each piece is individually inked by hand; therefore no two prints are identical.
Joyce Bressler My watercolors are painted "alla prima", that is, directly without pencil. I want the colors to have spontaneity and crispness. Having been a textile designer at one time, I bring fabric into play, along with natural forms such as plants, flowers or still life objects. I am always after repetition, fluidity of design and unusual color combinations.
Julia Gatti To connect with nature one has to be awed by its magnificence. The spiritual, the metaphysical and our connection with nature is the outward breath of the artist and is manifested in our creations. The interplay of light and energy in the petals of a flower and the iridescent dewdrops on the clover in the morning mist are magical realms that connect us to the creative intelligence that is infused all around us and within us. It is this primordial essence that appeals us to connect our souls to Mother Earth and to each other in peace. The artist is a servant of the gods and is given the duty to transform and heal humanity through the expression of the beauty of creation all around us. I am a forever seeker and watcher. I study metaphysics, astrology and ancient religions. I also believe in the magical and whimsical. I believe that my works convey that which is deep within me. I am a self-taught artist. In college at SUNY at Stony Brook I graduated with a double major in English Literature and Fine Arts in 1986. I enjoy using a variety of medias to express myself. I especially like Prismacolor pencils, pen and ink, and ceramic and polymer clay. Recently, a sculpture of mine, The Green Man, Derg Corra, was featured in the Polymer Cafe Magazine in the February 2013 issue
Julie Thomas-Zucker Using books, magazines and photos, I look for animals and flowers. I'll get an inspiration, often of endangered or threatened wildlife or out-of-the-way places and start painting; then I'll get immersed in the creating of the scene.
June Gallagher A long time ago, when I was in Kindergarten, I made a bird out of odd pieces of paper, cardboard and a salt shaker top, which I covered in construction paper for the head. My teacher was delighted and told my parents that I would grow up to be an artist.  I have been creating in many different mediums ever since. About 10 years ago, I started sculpting with Polymer Clay. This is a wonderfully versatile medium, which enables the artist to create anything you can imagine. Due to the low baking temperatures, you can add paper, wood, fabric, wool, sequins, gems, and many other objects with the clay as you bake. Polymer Clay comes in many colors but can also be painted with acrylics, mica powders, chalk pastels, and even makeup! The possibilities are endless! Much of my inspiration comes from the natural world around us, especially the one we cannot easily see. An acorn top can become a goblet, an oak leaf is a skirt, or a sequin becomes a mermaid’s scale. I love the line between reality and fantasy, and I strive to make each sculpture look like it can come alive! Every piece is an exciting adventure and I never stop learning from them. I hope you enjoy my journey.
Karen McClendon Painting and drawing make my soul sing. Because I love color and shapes and lines so much,  my artistic approach is  eclectic. I paint how I feel about whatever inspires me. I try to capture the essence or spirit of nature, people, animals- even a still life. I love working in oil, pencil, watercolor, and mixed media.
Katherine Hiscox I have lived my adult life on Long Island and been inspired by the meadows, wetlands, harbors, beaches, gardens, and the people. I choose subjects that appeal to my senses and my work has been described as poetic. My preferred medium is watercolor because of its qualities of spontaneity, transparency and its ability to show precise detail. I have participated in two invitational exhibits that have focused on singular and unique trees. The Old Magnolia Tree is a painting of a tree that lives in Planting Fields Arboretum. The best part of being an artist is that I can stop to fully explore and describe an experience, and then be able to share that with the viewer.
Ken Schwartzman Ken Schwartzman’s background is not in Fine Arts. He spent his career as a performing musician and Music educator, and holds a Bachelor of Music degree (Juilliard School), Master’s degree in Humanities (Adelphi University), and a P.D. in Educational Administration (Long Island University). However, since his late teens, a camera has been his constant companion. The enhanced ability to see that the camera brings to people, places, and things has been a lifelong attraction. Many of his photographs, done purely as an avocation, have for many years appeared in dancers’ and models’ portfolios, and on their websites. Other works are in private collections. Ken does not do any “post-production” to his images, although a few elements of “pre-production” are practiced: use of filters, camera conversions to black and white and sepia, etc. Since relocating to Carlisle, Pennsylvania, he has joined several local galleries and art learning centers. His work has been shown at the Art Center in Mechanicsburg, CALC, Lancaster County Arts Association, York Art Association, and Hanover Art Guild. He has won awards for his work in Lancaster, York, and Hanover Art Galleries, as well as being accepted into several regional juried shows.
Kyle Blumenthal Kyle Blumenthal 's life is steeped in art. From a very early age, she immersed herself in art books, art prints and art works. Her father was a sculptor and served as her first teacher. She experiences life as an artist, always looking at color, shadow and form in order to better portray them on canvas. Kyle has won numerous awards, had many shows and exhibitions and been favorably reviewed so many times that it is impossible to list them all on a single page. Her paintings of international conductors and soloists at Lincoln Center have won her critical acclaim. She has taken special awards at the Sodarco Gallery in Montreal several times. Her exhibits in the greater New York area and on Long Island have earned her praise from many sources. In addition to creating art, Kyle imparts her knowledge as a teacher and mentor, especially teaching students in college and senior high school. Her commercial Illustrations have been used by Panasonic, CBS, ABC and New York News One among others. She has a firm grasp of her profession and has infused art into her very soul.
Lance Corey Being Irish, Iroquois, and French Canadian: My values, my life-long love of history and learning; my politics, and my willingness to speak truth to power… these inform my art. A child of Merrick, LI; A graduate of Mepham High School; Running track and body surfing, playing baseball, ice hockey, rugby and boxing; Having been a Lifeguard and a broiler-man; artists’ model, bouncer, housecleaner/painter; gas station attendant and real estate agent; chauffer, butler and sewer man; Earning degrees in Communication Arts from Notre Dame ’71, Philosophy and Theology from Truman State ’76, and History and International Relations from Long Island University ’94; Winning Fulbright Scholarships to study in Egypt in ’88 and China in ’93; teaching World History and Geography in NYC for 22 years; taking 3 NYC students to live with the Maasai in Kenya for 2 weeks in 1990; returning to Kenya to record their folk music and songs a month later…these all play a part. When I am asked in what style I paint, I say “It is mine!" It is my vocabulary, giving form to my life experiences. I’m not interested in refining techniques; I paint from my gut, my heart, and my mind. Primitive, raw, unschooled, self-taught with purpose: To challenge and provoke; To use my art as a weapon; To bring ideas up for examination; To touch the common nerve that binds us all; To expose all for all to see and ponder. In looking into my art others will see them-selves and they’ll see me: My demons, passions and missions in life are apparent in my art. I sold my first abstract painting of a New York City skyline for $10 when I was ten. By age 11 I was copying Rouault and Modigliani from photos cut out of magazines like Better Homes & Gardens. My mother was my muse.  I’ve been influenced by the Impressionists, the Post-Impressionists, the Fauvists, Matisse, Picasso, Jackson Pollock and the many other Abstract Expressionists. They opened the door for my Neo-Primitivism.  Future performances are being planned.I started exhibiting my paintings and drawings again in 2009.
Lee Sang-Heon Sculptor Lee Sang-Heon lives in Daegu, South Korea. His realistic wood carvings are multi-dimensional…depicting both real and surreal attributes. The artist’s works evoke memories of life…from childhood to old age. His subjects often hold or wear objects…symbols that become threads of connection sometimes to the past, sometimes to the present. The artist has been involved in many well-known international events as well. He is the winner of the Excellence Award at the Taiwan Sanyi Museum International Wooden Sculpture Competition along with participation in the International Sculpture Symposium hosted by several nations in Europe, attending the Seoul International Art Fair and Master of Mater Exhibition held in Italy and attending Miyazaki International Sculpture Exhibition in Japan. He's also a former resident artist at the Haslla Art World Museum, Gangneung, and exhibitor in Arctic Arte Week International Sculpture Symposium (kakslauttanen, Finland) among many others.
Ludovico Abejar I have been interested in art since I was young. I like to paint portraits, nature, and landscape. I studied art in the University of Santo Tomas in Manila, Philippines and worked in an Advertising Agency in the Manila after I graduated. When I came to the United States, I never did any drawing for 10 years. While watching watercolor artists on the internet I realized that I have to go back to what I love to do… painting with watercolor and pastel.
Mary Ann Vetter St. James artist Mary Ann Vetter works in oils, pastels, and watercolor using local landscape, flowers, and portraits as her subjects.  “I love flowers. I cannot wait until spring to see the garden bloom. Eight years ago, I made my front lawn into a garden. Iris, daffodils, grasses, heather, day lilies, hydrangeas and many other perennials are a delight to see
Mary Webb In my paintings, I hope to celebrate the good and the beautiful, to depict that which should be cherished, nurtured and preserved. Watercolor is bright, transparent and fluid. I love the way it will flow and mix, guided by the touch of a brush. I use it to express color, light and motion in a loosely representational style. Using the paint loosely allows it to flow and change, darken, lighten and brighten, while expressing recognizable forms. In this way, I hope to engage the viewer and present my subjects with truth and sensitivity.
Ned Butterfield Painting with watercolors is my freedom, my frustration, my joy. I am intense in what I am doing but also having fun with it. The process pleases me as much as the result. Responding to the subject, immersing myself in it, is the first step. Using light helps me create texture and color while emphasizing the drama. The result hopefully brings interest and beauty to a local scene that might be otherwise overlooked by the casual viewer.
Nicholas J.Valentino Attending Parsons School of Design gave me the skills and confidence to pursue my craft. Self-taught, I have been using my own techniques to create more contemporary pieces. I like to work with mixed media and “throw-away” items. My passion is creating a new spin on automotive parts. They now have a new life and purpose.
Nora Chapa Mendoza The urge to create has always been a part of my life – and now the painting of women has become my primary objective. I paint women of the earth, free, strong, passionate women who themselves embody the spirit of mother earth; thus the entity is complete. In order that my art reflect my life, it is inevitable that the artist free the spirit and spontaneously embrace the soul. Each day I look eagerly to yet another opportunity to observe and express the pain and dignity of human endeavor. In 1953 Ms. Mendoza moved to Michigan where she has lived ever since. She took art classes at the center for creative studies in Detroit for a number of years. Over the past 35 years, her paintings have taken on a fierce spirit of individualism and have become known for the hidden forms within the abstract. Landscapes, Hispanic, Indian and Chicano people figure predominately in her abstract and impressionist-realist paintings. Ms. Mendoza exhibits extensively nationally and internationally in invitational, one person and group exhibitions. She served ten years on the Michigan Council for the Arts and as a mentor of several emerging artists, Hispanic arts organizations and Hispanic community cultural events. Nora Chapa Mendoza was the recipient of the Governor’s Arts Award as the Michigan Artist of the year in 1999. She was honored for her artistic contributions to Michigan's cultural milieu and for her service to the community. She was appointed to serve as a member of the Michigan Council for the Arts and Cultural Affairs from 1991 – 2001. in the past forty years Nora's own experiences and accumulated knowledge are the more valuable assets that she brings to the media of art and teaching. She has exhibited nationally and internationally, and her work is represented among many important collections around the world.
Pokey Park Pokey Park (Marie Whittle-Webb Park) is a sculptor extraordinaire, and artist whose early and endearing love of both nature and art are the foundation for her whimsical, magical creations. From her childhood in coastal Georgia to her current homes in Arizona and Colorado, the creatures and beauty of nature have inspired and moved her. Her kinship and communion with nature and its inhabitants results in uniquely stylized bronzes of animals of every size, shape and species. Each has human characteristics that bring them to life in an arresting, playful manner. "I create with the hope that my work will bring a smile to the viewer. "My animal sculptures are expressive, almost invariably happy. Positive energy flows through me into my work and I feel this is why they connect so well with people." While her animal subjects are the mainstay of her body of work, Pokey explores mythology, ethnography and traditional culture in many of her works. Her "Tortoise" series displays these fantastical creatures in a positive and beneficial light while "The Shaman" and her exquisite totems- for example- draw on native tradition and motifs. "My inspiration stems from mythical and cultural symbols spanning both time and peoples. The cultural diversity found across the globe together with my passion for historical traditions dictates my creative output."  Pokey's style reflects her belief that life is to be celebrated with attitude and flair. Movement and balance juxtapose in harmony while her joy of life is readily apparent for all who have the pleasure to view or purchase her pieces. Pokey's work has been publicly displayed across the United States and internationally. Her sculptures reside in many private collections, public gardens, and museums, and new pieces are always eagerly anticipated. Always enthralled by the richness and beauty of nature, Pokey continues to meld culture and tradition in sculptures that are celebratory of life and the things she loves.
Rasma Kupers Dos Born in Latvia, Rasma Kupers Dos came to United States in 1949. She was educated at University of Minnesota, B.F.A. Studied printmaking with Malcolm Meyers, painting with Cameron Booth, Walter Quirt, Louis Schanker; and photography with Allen Downs. After a year abroad (1960) and post-grad studies in Paris (1963 & 1964) at Atelier 17 with S.W.Hayter in printmaking, painting with Henri Goetz and life drawing at Academie de la Grande Chaumiere. Rasma participated with Methode Bedard, a collective experimental group, culminating in an exhibition, “Towards a New Golden Rule” at the Musee d’Art Moderne, September 1964. She is presently active with two watercolor groups, Night Heron Artists, New Village Watercolor Group, and life drawing group at SUNY-Stony Brook. In 50’s & 60’s exhibited prints, oil paintings, and theatre design with University of Minnesota, Midwest Students in Iowa and experimental group of artists in Paris, France.
Ross Barbera My recent work focuses on the natural sunlit world of the northeast landscape. Paintings range from extreme close ups of pond surfaces, trees, forest floors, leaves and flowers to more encompassing views. Created in acrylic on canvas, they explore the visual interaction that occurs between streams, ponds and bodies of water with their surrounding landscape environments. Inspired by the interplay and rich diversity of textural surfaces, form and color elements within these natural places, especially on water surfaces, my paintings capture close-up views of intimate forest settings. Sometimes tiny worlds of subtle harmonies and rhythms are revealed, where the recognizable becomes abstract. My watercolor jewelry pendants, bracelets and hairpieces are hand made constructions inspired by the shapes I see in nature's presentation of water and ice. Individual jewelry pieces are created by gluing layers of Arches watercolor paper to build a very strong organic shape. On the outermost layer I paint either an abstract or representational watercolor image, and I compose the image to harmonize with the shape of the abstract jewelry piece. My creations are completed by applying a clear acrylic varnish, and baking in an oven to achieve a hard, impervious surface. I like to think of my jewelry pieces as miniature, wearable paintings. Please visit www.watercolorjewelry.com/
Shain Bard People often point to my paintings and say they know that place.That is the nicest thing they could say to me, because then I know I have struck a chord in them, and yet, while they are somehow familiar with the territory, they are also "seeing" it for the first time.It is, of course, as much of an internal place as well as external. Nature and art are within and without us, something close to what I would call "home". It is those moments when we most fully connect to our surroundings, those held-breath moments, that I am interested in. I also see the idiosyncratic forms of nature as instruments in an orchestra, and light as the conductor. I am a conduit of that light as I create my compositions.
Shirley Weiner Ms. Weiner has lived in Port Jefferson since 1975. After raising four children she earned a Master of Social Work degree at Stony Brook University and then worked for fifteen years at Stony Brook Hospital. Upon retiring she returned to a life-long interest in drawing and painting. Her favorite medium is watercolor. Her favorite subjects are still life, people, floral and landscapes. She has studied at the Brooklyn Museum, De Cordova Museum in Massachusetts, National Academy of Design in New York and at the Huntington Art League. She has also studied with Adelaide Silkworth, who gave instruction in watercolors for many years. Her work has been exhibited in galleries across Long Island and several pieces are held in private collections.
Susan Kozodoy Silkowitz Photography has given me the medium to express my perception of a subject at a moment in time, whether in vivid colors or in black and white. I enjoy the challenge of photographing moving subjects, especially dancers, children, birds,, and wildlife. I started shooting black and white film in the early 1970’s, and enjoyed photographing my young children, family, friends, and the NYC neighborhood, where I lived back then. I took a couple of courses at the School of Visual Arts and learned to develop and print in my own darkroom. In recent years, I have been strictly a digital photographer. I’ve taken workshops with such well-known photographers as Harvey Stein, Rick Sammon, Darrell Gulin, Roy Volkmann, David Turner and Bobbi Lane.
Suzanne Brodsky As a child, some of my fondest memories were the times I spent working on art projects with my Mother. From making octopus dolls out of yarn to creating dried flower arrangements, the assortment of projects was boundless. As an adult, my interest in art grew to other areas. I have studied Raku, dichroic glass, copper soldering, jewelry making, sublimation, painting, and special effects make up. I am also a graphic artist, a Web designer, a writer, and a teacher for childhood education. No matter what medium I am working in, the colors, textures and shapes draw me into each project, propelling me to go one step further into creating new, innovative designs. I often thought that for an artistic project to be worthwhile, it had to be perfect. Through trial and error, I have learned that nothing has to be perfect. It just has to come from the heart. If it comes from the heart, then the rest of the pieces fall into place.
Vincent Loccisano Vincent Loccisano is originally from Long Island NY. He began playing piano at the tender age of five, and began composing shortly there after. Encouraged by his jazz mentor and teacher Ranny Reeve, Vincent began to write compositions for solo piano, slowly branching out into arranging for big bands. Vincent attended New York University and studied piano with Michael Cochrane, and Johannes Wallman. He then attended the University of Buffalo where he studied classical piano under Dr. Jacob Greenberg, and jazz piano under Don Rebic. It was at the University of Buffalo where Vincent became influenced by modern classical, progressive rock, and avant-garde jazz. During this time he also studied composition and arranging under Professor Jon Nelson of Meridian Arts Ensemble. This experience led to learning how to conduct a band. Under Professor Nelson’s guidance Vincent began writing for jazz trios, jazz septets, jazz nonets, and a ten piece electro-acoustic ensemble with mixtures of rock, jazz, and classical music. It was also at the University of Buffalo that Vincent was privileged to perform with Bobby Previte, and Elliot Sharp. Vincent was honored with the 2004 Buffalo Music Award for Best Original Alternative Rock Band . After completing his work at the University of Buffalo, Vincent was accepted to the Masters of Arts Program in music at New York University. This extraordinary experience led to opportunities to work one on one with some of the greatest jazz artists of our time. Vincent studied piano with Kenny Werner, Jean-Michel Pilc, and Vijay Iyer and jazz improvisation, in small group settings, with George Garzone, Tony Moreno, Billy Drewes, Don Friedman, and Wayne Krantz. This was in addition to studying composition and arranging with Rich Shemaria and Vijay Iyer. Vincent also performed with Grammy winner Brian Lynch, and world-renowned saxophonists Chris Potter and Joe Lovano. While completing his graduate degree, Vincent was appointed to the NYU faculty for a year. He had the opportunity to instruct and influence the musical talents of undergraduate students. Vincent has since graduated from NYU and continues his passion and exploration in music through playing, teaching, and composing. He is continuously striving to create innovative and exiting music to play and for others to enjoy.