Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Vivian Haberfeld Paintings on Display at Kent Library



June 1 – June 30, 2017

Vivian Haberfeld, presents Water is Life at the Kent Public Library.
Deeply moved by the natural landscape and gentle beauty of the Mid-Hudson Valley, Vivian began a search for a way to get closer to nature. Through that highly personal and emotional process, she discovered the artist within herself. It is a sentimental journey that continues to motivate her work as a painter.

Vivian is influenced by the works of Master Impressionists, Van Gogh, Monet, and Turner. Her own work offers a unique style characterized by simplicity and bold use of color.  Inspired by the land, she uses it as a guide to unleash her imagination. 

Vivian has exhibited at the Look Art Gallery, solo exhibit at the Kent Public Library, solo exhibit at Somerfield’s Restaurant, and local non-profit Galleries: A. Eric Arctander Gallery at Putnam Arts Council, Friends of the Great Swamp, and Arts on the Lake.  She sells direct to buyers via word of mouth.  Her work is exhibited privately from New York to California.

Vivian holds a Bachelor of Science Degree, but didn't start to paint until after a 20 year career in advertising.  She started with classes at The Art Students League of New York, and The New School for Art and Design.  She continued her education in the Mid-Hudson Valley with classes at Arts on the Lake, The Putnam Arts Council, and Silvermine Art Center.
Artist Statement:
"A native of Long Island, and current resident of the Mid-Hudson Valley, I am moved by striking skies, distant vistas, and bold colors.  My intent is to create an idealized place for myself and my viewers. I don’t copy what I see.  I prefer to use reality for reference, and then let my imagination and brush dictate the outcome.  I am not afraid to explore and discover harmony in nature and life."

Kent Public Library
17 Sybil's Crossing, Kent Lakes, NY 10512
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Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Justin P. Goodhart Photographs on Display at Kent Public Library

I first started exploring the world of night photography in 2014 and I was very quickly drawn in by the creative possibilities that it offers.  “CARPE NOCTEM” features some of my latest works in night photography and consists of exposures that range from a few seconds to over an hour in length.  Many of my night photographs aim to capture the sense of the passing of time in a still image, something that I find very fascinating.  While others aim to “see” what is not always obvious to the naked eye.  I enjoy using night photography to explore our relationship to the universe and the continuum of time, while also, I hope, creating beautiful and captivating images. 
I grew up in the Adirondacks and have been fascinated with photography since a very young age and owning my fist camera, a Mickey Mouse 110.  After moving to the Hudson Valley in 2009 I started taking photography more serious.  It was during an overnight workshop on Bannerman’s Island that my love of night photography was born.

Justin P. Goodhart
(845) 319-9104

Thursday, March 30, 2017

John Supple Photographs on Display at Kent Public Library

I’ve been passionate about photography from an early age, bought my 1st camera at about 16 and started to learn as much as I could.  I always had a keen eye for hidden details and studied as many photographs as I could from the masters….

Worked (unpaid) in Dublin at a studio for about 2 years and then worked in Devon, England for a full year before selling all my possession to pay for a ticket to the USA…

It took a few years of hard work before I restarted photography and some years later I opened a studio in Houston, TX.  This was a great learning experience but my heart was not been fulfilled as I was getting burned out doing weddings, and boring old portraits. 

Closed the studio down and started to raise my 2 boys, 18 years later and I’m on a different track, tuned into a higher power and becoming clearer with my original intent, finding a new way of seeing and doing. Thanks to modern software, many people (such as myself) are realizing the ability to produce their visions that can come true with greater ease.

I intend to produce more work along the lines of questioning our existence, and more work tuned with old mythology and stories passed down from a bygone era.

phone: 914-261-4746

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Mary Smoot-Souter Paintings on Display at Kent Public Library

Mary Smoot-Souter
Fine artist

My art reflects my love of life; people, nature, simple everyday things that inspire me to move.
Compositional elements are found everywhere in the world; patterns in nature, unique proportions of human
anatomy, the portrait, gestural movement of branches and trees, the breadth of atmospheric perspective and
layers of air in space,....
Countless reasons creativity helps facilitate growth; architecture, musical composition and poetry. To move,
dance, paint,and play. This is what inspires me to be an artist.

Masters of Fine Art from the New York Academy of Art in New York.
Studied classical and contemporary art training from the model.
Painted with the late Millet Andrejevic and Xavier de Callatay amongst other noted Professors.
Andrew Warhol was on the Board of Directors in the late 80’s and Eileen Guggenheim is currently involved with
the Art History Dept. at the Academy.
Bachelor of Fine Art degree from Manhattanville College, Purchase, New York
Studied with Master Printmaker John Ross
NY Teaching Certification, Psch-hi Honor Society of Psychology
Graduated Cum laude.

Private Studies:
Frank Reilly Art Studio, White Plains, NY
Studied with Cesare Borgia (student of the late Frank Reilly from the Art Students League)
Private tutorial with Michael Aviano in new york city
Ecole a. Defois, le se qua sa passavant, Southern France Studied with Ted Seth Jacobs
New School for Social Research, New York City Milton Glazer (paperback illustration)
Richard Schneider (landscape artist) Barett House, Poughkeepsie
Andrew Lattimore landscape workshop
John McDonald landscape workshop

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Marionettes on Display at Kent Public Library!


Marionettes constructed by Mary Schreiber will be on display during the month of February at the Kent Public Library.  The marionettes are part of a series of “freedom fighter” puppets.  They are constructed from a variety of materials, including polymer clay, fabric, wood, yarn, and wire.  Recycled materials are used whenever possible.  For example, Pete’s banjo is a silver polish lid, Harriet’s turban had a previous life as a dishtowel and Susan’s boots once were a briefcase.

These puppets are all marionettes.  Mary also constructs puppets in other forms, including hand puppets, rod puppets, shadow puppets. Several years ago, along with a group of creative people, she formed a theater company, now known as Hawk Rock Theater.  This troupe combines puppetry, music, live action, and literature.  Their productions have included The Canterbury Tales, Tam O’ Shanter, and Beowulf.  Hawk Rock Theater is based at Arts on the Lake. For more information, visit