Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Emil Figueroa Artwork on Display at Kent Public Library

Emil Figueroa Fine Art

I spent my childhood in Brooklyn, NY and at the age of 10, I began studying figure drawing at the Pratt Institute on weekends. I attended the High School of Art and Design in New York City and graduated with a concentration in illustration and costume design. 

After many years of working in the telecommunications industry, I decided to venture back into the world of art. Around 2006 and at the suggestion of a neighbor, I began studying with a local artist.  For the past 11 years, I have been studying with artist, Andrew Lattimore of Cornwall-on-Hudson, NY. I have also attended workshops taught by artist, Joe Paquet.
I have participated in many local venues including the Howland Cultural Center, Barrett School, Hudson Valley Hospital Center, The Book Cove, Downing Film Center, Beekman Library, McKinney and Doyle Restaurant, and the ArtEast Open Studio Tour. 

In my studio, one of my favorite subjects to paint is teddy bears and hoping along the way to bring them to life. All of my landscapes of the great Hudson Valley are created en plein air. Every opportunity I have, I love spending outdoors capturing the beauty surrounding me.  I also enjoy journalizing my vacations by putting brush to canvas. 

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Fr. Simon Kurpios Artwork on Display at Kent Public Library

 Simon Kurpios’s acrylic paintings explore the relationships between spirituality, the nature, the emotions, the meditations, and the divine. His work, which is informed by the New York Metropolis where he lives, features urban motion and the mix people emotions in strong blues, reds, and yellows. The paintings, which collectively make use of similar colors, shapes, and moods, are derived from Simon’s exploration of spirituality, religion, philosophy, psychology, and music. Though generally abstract in free style, Kurpios's work offers a tangible subject, radiating out as a sensory invitation that he hopes will “remind the viewer of the wonder and oneness of all things, and especially the sacredness of their own divinity.”

Kurpios studied at The Adam Mickiewicz University in PoznaƄ and The Pontifical University of John Paul II in Cracow. His works has been featured in International Poster Festivals in Cracow, and galleries in Warsaw, Poznan and Cracow (Poland). He is a author of numerous book and magazine cover illustrations and book illustrations. He has also published book Wlastimil Hofman’s Religious Painting. 

Simon Kurpios was born in Poland and is a Parochial Vicar for St. James Apostle Church in Carmel, NY.

Please visit his website at for more information.

Monday, December 4, 2017

Susan Hennelly Artwork on Display at Kent Public Library


Susan Hennelly received her BFA and BS in Education from Tyler School of Art, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA. She earned 12 credits at University of California, Berkeley, CA.

Susan was one of 12 featured artists in the Arts-Mid- Hudson gallery exhibit “inspired by Plein Air” this year.  Other juried exhibitions include “Meeting Past” at Akin Library and Museums, Pawling, NY;  “National Women’s History Month featuring Women Artists of the Hudson Valley” at Howland Cultural Center, Beacon, NY and  “Victory for Tyler” at Crane Arts, Philadelphia, PA.  She received Honorable Mention at Sharon Historical Center, Sharon, CT and 1st Prize at the Friends of the Great Swamp Celebration.

Susan has had Solo exhibitions at Millbrook Free Library, Millbrook, NY; Dover Plains Library, Dover Plains, NY; Thalheimer Hall of Maplebrook School, Amenia,NY  and North End Trilogy, Barnegat Light, NJ.

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Sharon Nakazato Artwork on Display at Kent Public Library

 Sharon Nakazato

 Chinese legend tells us that the Yellow Emperor’s 4-eyed court historian Cang Jie created the first written characters inspired by the patterns of lines on the back of a tortoise he encountered in the mountains when looking for the inspiration. That was in, traditionally, the 27th century BCE. But by at latest 1200 BCE we already have a fully developed, if grammatically abbreviated, system of writing which has, moreover, the qualities of an art form! How did that happen? I want to be in on that inspiration continually.

            I have always been fascinated by the process of creation—the birth of a being, a poem, an idea: something that never was in the world before and now is. Of course each new idea is an expansion from all that came before in the life of the person and the culture, but still, there is the mystery of what a great teacher called “the space between thoughts.”

            Asian Brush Calligraphy—Shodo—presents the calligrapher with this real and mystical experience repeatedly. Years of discipline in Shodo, including six years’ intensive study with Shodo master Shinzan Kamijo, inform and in-form all my work.  Even when I don’t see it, others tell me they do. You can judge for yourself.

            Besides a heightened sensitivity to line and a feeling for alive white space, Shodo demands an awareness of materials, their qualities and textures and the intricacies of their interactions. The art requires you to deal with the properties of absorbent washi papers, the maddeningly flexible Asian brush, and the tricky subtleties of sumi inks. As I turn to western mediums I have tried to bring to them the sensibility they demand.

            From my youngest days playing in woods and fields, drinking from a hidden pure natural spring and throwing myself headlong into deep forest moss, a Haiku poet’s delight in the miniature discoveries of the natural world have never ceased to thrill me. Much of my art is Haiku, which, not incidentally, I also write.

            Another aspect of the natural world and what humans have added to it that fascinates me is what I see as the “unrandom random:” the way leaves fall on a section of walking path, a brief moment’s configuration of clouds, seemingly unrelated materials and bits of detritus forming a unity after all.

            I am excited when I have a chance to share my celebration and thankfulness for the world we share. My gratitude goes out to the Kent Library and to Jeanette Jeanette Rodriguez for this opportunity, and to you for sharing with me.