Lucille Nurkse was first captivated by fine art while taking a history of art survey course at Wellesley Collage in 1967. In the summer of 1968, she studied Chinese calligraphy with Wang Chi Yuan in New York City while she worked at the reception desk of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. She was fortunate to take a design course where she first encountered Color Aid paper at Harvard during the summer of 1969. While still living in Boston, she continued to study with Wang Chi Yuan and eventually moved to New York City in 1973 to continue her studies with him.
I am an artist, art lecturer, curator and art teacher. I have exhibited and curated in the USA and internationally. I also created a thriving art lecture business: Art for Learning, LLC., operating for over 20 years. I am active in various art organizations. I am a painter of narratives, abstracts, cityscapes and landscapes. I love illuminating and reflective finishes, so I experiment using paints with glazes, glosses, epoxies, car paints, nail polishes, wax, polyurethane, a variety of materials for texture and gold leaf. I paint on many materials. I am not a personal painter, yet I am trying to communicate with the viewer.
Painter/Photographer MARIANNE BARCELLONA received her B.A.in Studio Art from Oberlin College, and then moved to New York City where she managed a successful career as an editorial photographer, traveling the globe for major magazines, humanitarian organizations and Fortune 500 corporations. In the late 1990’s she turned her focus to art and earned a Certificate in Painting from The New York Studio School. She has been awarded fellowships at ten internationally-renowned artist residencies and delivered Visiting Artist Master Classes to incoming Harvard Freshmen. Her work has been included in over 80 exhibitions.
“In all my work, I am looking for the same place: the spot between harmony and discord that gives energy as it also provides refuge. I get a lot of my energy from materials, which can entice me out of nowhere into new lines of work, such as the sculpture made of scrap wood that I began in 2013 and then returned to in 2018. At any given moment, I am using papier maché in one place, putting gesso over an old canvas nearby, and clamping bits of wood together wherever I can find room.” A native New Yorker who works in NYC and in Southampton, NY, Diane had an earlier career including 17 years as a consultant to local non-profits; work in NYC government; and several years as a lawyer at a NYC firm.
As an interdisciplinary visual artist working with varied media ranging from fabric installation, to painting on sandpaper, to community dialogue and engagement, my studio cannot always be contained inside the workspace I rent. Responding to the rapidly-changing cityscape surrounding me in Long Island City, Queens, NYC, (which has the highest rate of new construction in the entire U.S.A.) can require the street, or the exterior of the building.
My studio practice is paper collage. I cut and paint papers. I also paint with acrylic on canvas and wood panel. All my imagery is geometric abstraction, sometimes with squares and triangles; more recently with circles and half-circles in a series titled Curvy Geometric. I’m exploring how shapes share space. My work is mostly B&W. I have a studio in a converted industrial building called Media Loft, at 50 Webster Ave. in New Rochelle, NY. I fell in love with the space as soon as I walked into the studio and saw the industrial Y-shaped structural beams that support the tall ceilings. In nearby Pelham, NY, I teach collage to adults at the Pelham Art Center.
Eileen Hoffman is a sculptor and installation artist who lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. She was born and raised in New Jersey (where her bedroom was entirely pink). She remembers learning how to knit from her friends’ mothers and being fascinated by textile work of all kinds during childhood. Consistently absorbed with handwork, she continued her journey by learning embroidery and attending weaving and design classes in junior high and high school. She received a BS from Skidmore College where she graduated with honors and started creating elaborate artwork and installations.
Michael hopes to transport the viewer into “the Present”, a state of mind where the experience of viewing the work creates a peaceful state of consciousness. Art is to be experienced without reflection being the primary motivation for viewing the work. He realizes this happens automatically, but hopes the viewer will approach the work with this intent. Rationalization and analysis is therefore equated with the experience of seeing the image for itself.
Elaine Forrest is from New York City and Charleston, S.C. After living for 33 years in Southern California she moved back to New York. She had a blind date and it worked out. She now lives and works in the Financial District of New York City. Elaine earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Boston University and a degree in Medical Illustration from Harvard Media School. While residing in California Elaine was an active artist involved withe Art Rental and Corporate Art Division of the Los Angeles Museum of Art, the Venice Family Clinic and the execution of commissioned portraits. Her work is in many public and private collections.
My Paintings and Prints offers fresh mixes of abstraction, design, digital and brush. Water reflections have always inspired me. I’m an artist who enjoys seeing the complexities in nature, specifically how water reflections on surfaces and in the depths shift into abstraction-distorting reality. The pond is like a mirror and eye connecting the sky to the earth. Mine is a cosmic and holistic view of the earth and how we humans connect through art, culture and emotion. I like the place where reality and abstraction meet and all the liberties an artist can take.
Jenna Lash is a visual artist who is fascinated by currency. Her interest is in diverse cultures and how their identities are represented by their money. Through the prism of her work, Lash’s art reflects her impressions of countries’ symbolic representations of their financial systems. Lash’s enlarged pointillist images also bring attention to money’s beauty and symbolism. Further clarification of the meaning of currency and culture is seen by viewing her paintings individually, or together during an exhibit.
Ella Yang, a first-generation Korean-American and native New Yorker, is a mostly self-taught painter based in Brooklyn, New York. She takes great pleasure in traditional methods of oil painting, especially working “en plein air,” i.e. on site with a portable easel. When not roaming the streets of Brooklyn or traveling to find painting motifs, Yang loves working in her studio near the Gowanus Canal in Brooklyn. Yang shows her work regularly in solo and group exhibitions in the New York City area. Her paintings are in private collections in the USA, Hong Kong, Italy, France, and Austria, and in a number of corporate collections.
Helene Mukhtar is a painter, animator and mixed media installation artist. She was born and educated in the South of France. She now lives and works in New York City. She studied at the School of Visual Arts and the Art Students League in New York City and received an MFA from Florida State University. Helene’s work has been exhibited in numerous shows and art fairs in the US and abroad. Recent solos shows include 440 Gallery in Brooklyn, Galerie ArtSud in France, Ion Studio in Soho, 155 Project in Manhattan and Broadfoot and Broadfoot in New Jersey.
A New York City native, Pamela Casper pursued art at an early age, attending La Guardia High School. At Swarthmore College she studied psychology and continued painting with Harriet Shorr. The next two years were spent in Paris focusing on art and culture, free of academic ties. Early work was landscape, urban/rural, painted “plein air”. After giving birth to twins, her concern for vulnerable worldwide ecology augmented. Working more frequently indoors while building on memory of direct life references, the menacing spiral form of tornado emerged in her early improvisational paintings.
Omaha-based paper and installation artist, Susan Knight, is a Michigan native. In 2000 she lived and worked in New York City in the summers for a decade. During that time she devoted exclusive attention to the natural world to distill the structures and systems found in nature into pattern compositions in two and three dimensions, and site-sensitive installations. Her primary tool is an Xacto knife. With it she hand cuts, folds, incises, stretches, and ties paper, plastic, Mylar and Tyvek. The act of cutting makes her feel like Zorro.
Diane Churchill lives in Nyack, NY, a NYAC member in NYACK!, with a studio in West Garnerville in the lower Hudson River Valley. Early training includes a degree in Art History from Wellesley College and an MA in Painting from Hunter, as well as years at the now defunct Brooklyn Museum Art School. She exhibits mostly in New York City and Rockland County and has had a longtime association with Soho 20 Gallery with many solo and group exhibits .
Eleanor Goldstein is a member of the New York Artists Circle, the National Association of Women Artists, and the Upstream Gallery in Hastings, NY, as well as a Signature Member of the Pastel Society of America. Ms. Goldstein is a Wurlitzer Foundation Fellow. Her work was commissioned by the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, NYC; selected by the United States Art in the Embassies Program; exhibited at the Rockefeller Gallery in Pocantico Hills, NY; as well as other galleries and museums in the United States and in private collections abroad.
Geoffrey Stein is a recovering lawyer, who has been painting full-time since 2000. He received a Certificate in Painting from the New York Studio School in 2004, and an MFA from the Slade School of Fine Art, London in 2007. Stein lives and paints in New York City. He is represented by Paraphe.Art, SaatchiArt.com, UGallery.com and the Minster Gallery in the UK.
“In 2015, construction began right outside my studio window in Midtown Manhattan on what would become a 42 floor building. Overcoming the desire to flee, I made a decision to stay and record the process from the foundation up. I realized then how fast construction sites change, with new shapes, patterns, light effects and human dramas daily. It set my work on a new path. And as construction has filled my artworks, the city has become my studio.” Gwyneth Leech has exhibited her paintings, drawings and installations in the United States and the United Kingdom in museum, commercial gallery, public art, corporate and alternative spaces.
I am a lifelong Manhattanite and finally my work is reflecting my connection to my city. My Current series is of New York characters; everyday people whose magnificence I am excited to reveal. When an idea comes to me for a painting, I visualize a great deal initially which is the actual start of my creating process. The next step for me is drawing. As I draw, I am seeking the core meaning of my subject; unearthing whatever it is that has gotten my attention and that I am yearning to convey.
Born and raised on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, Susan Beallor-Snyder’s creative, inquisitive nature led her to explore different mediums over the course of her life. As a young artist, her focus was black and white street photography. Then, inspired by finding a great aunt’s collection of beads, she pursued a successful career as a classical goldsmith creating striking sculptural pieces.
Robin Tedesco is an artist and educator working in New Rochelle, New York. She has degrees in Fine Arts from Moore College of Art (BFA), Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts and University of Delaware (MFA). Her abstract oil paintings on wood panels utilize many layers of color and reflect her human experience. She describes herself as an archeologist and detective. She love to dig, uncover, restore, resolve, to look for what the light (and dark) reveal and transform.
Barbara Rachko is an American contemporary artist and author who divides her time between residences in New York City and Alexandria, VA. She is best known for her pastel-on-sandpaper paintings, her eBook, “From Pilot to Painter,” and her blog, “Barbara Rachko’s Colored Dust.” Barbara has led an extraordinary, inspiring life. She learned to fly at the age of 25 and became a commercial pilot and Boeing-727 flight engineer before joining the Navy.
Bob Clyatt is known for conceptual contemporary installations and social practice with artistic roots in longstanding sculptural forms. His work explores issues of power, identity and narrative in America today. He was born in Oakland, CA and lives and works in Rye, NY and Chelsea, Manhattan. His work has been exhibited in solo shows in Santa Fe (Jane Sauer Gallery) and New York (Lower East Side-Dacia Gallery and Bushwick- Anthony Philip Fine Art) as well as group shows in Paris, Hong Kong, Italy and throughout the U.S.
Karen Fitzgerald’s work has been actively exhibited in the United States. The Queens Museum of Art, Islip Art Museum, Rahr-West Museum, Madison Art Museum, Milwaukee Art Museum, Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design, the University of Arizona – Tucson and the United Nations in NY have featured her work in their active exhibition schedules. She received grants from the Queens Community Arts Fund, the Greenwall Foundation and the Women’s Studio Workshop.
I have been working with the idea of melting ice since I saw the James Balog documentary “Chasing Ice” in 2004. The current project is the third series of ice explorations. The first was about the forms and beauty of melting ice, the second about linguistic messages exposed through the melt and this one about equilibrium and dispersal. They all address the contradictory feeling of comprehending devastation while being swept away by the beauty of the process.
Observing shifting color is an ecstatic experience for me. I am intrigued by transitions from one color to the next and the way the eye and brain process these transitions, informing the viewer’s emotional and physical response to the work. Color gradients have become a prominent element in my work. Through the perception of light and color in nature I often find myself feeling both excitement and calm simultaneously, producing a desire to bring this dynamic opposition into my work.
My Bushwick studio is on the fourth floor of an old manufacturing building: 56 Bogart street is well known art hub where gallerists, artists and art lovers are in dialogue and cross paths daily. This is my art community. Through my window I can see rooftops, cement plants, metal and wood workshops, and intricate murals. This view is so often the inspiration for my Graphite works.
Liz Quisgard’s work is currently featured in What you See is What You Get – High art be damned, – eight decades in Liz Whitney Quizgard wants decorative work to finally get it’s due. American Craft Apr/May 2018. She continues to work primarily in fiber in order to accommodate a string of solo museum exhibits with being planned in the near future. Her work has appeared in over 45 solo exhibitions at museums around the country. Born in 1929, her work has been commissioned around the US, including in Atlanta, Richmond, Baltimore and by the Libyan Mission to the United Nations in New York.
Paula Overbay was born in Longview WA and resides in Brooklyn NY. She attended the Pacific Northwest College of Arts in Portland OR and received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Printmaking and Painting in 1978. In 1980 she received a grant to attend Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh PA graduating with a Masters of Fine Art in Printmaking. She then taught Conceptual Design and Drawing at Carnegie Mellon University and Printmaking at the Pittsburgh Center for Arts and Crafts.
I am a multi-media artist and use a wide range of materials and formats in my painting, drawing, sculpture, and installations to explore the relationship of microcosm and macrocosm. I am interested in the great mystery and elegance of the universe as well as its often surprising, whimsical and quirky manifestations. I often work with the circle, a symbol of infinity, perfect and endless, referencing both metaphysical concepts and circular forms in nature from the structure within a cell to the display of the starry universe.
The framed pieces are smaller works that are part of my series Building a Blue Wall. Also shown are a group of pieces to be framed. All the framed pieces are entitled The Enlightenment will not bow to the Inquisition [numbered]. My studio is located in Bushwick at the Active Space and I welcome anyone who wants to visit after the month of February. At the moment, I am preparing for a solo show at the Rockland Center for the Arts [RoCA] entitled Quotidian Metamorphosis.