Monday, April 2, 2018

Barbara Lemischak Artwork on Display at Kent Public Library

Artist Statement

Barbara Lemischak

Having been interested in art and creative activities since childhood, I have experimented with watercolor and acrylic paints as well as Prismacolor markers and oil pastels. Painting provided me with a means to express my feelings of anger, fear and the inner longing to connect with a spiritual source.

My interest in the relationship between the body, mind and spirit, led me to explore a variety of spiritual traditions.  The concepts and practice of meditation, tai chi, Reiki  and shamanism have been influencing factors in my art as they offer an awareness of a flow of energy beyond the physical senses.

In May 2017, I participated in a “ Soul Painting ” class at Arts On The Lake and found a freedom for expression without a set of rules to follow. Eureka! A new door was opened.  After this class, I had the opportunity to join in several alcohol ink classes at The Front Street Gallery.

Creativity explodes as the alcohol inks seem to have a life of their own, pulling you into their creative energy flow.  Practicing the techniques taught, I am learning to work with the nature of the inks.  When painting, I let go of expectations and remind myself “ there are no mistakes ” as I move into a place of enjoying the process of creating.  Without limiting attachments to outcome, creation is moving through me and I experience a childlike wonder as the image unfolds. 

I displayed two alcohol ink paintings in The a Fall exhibition at Arts On The Lake last October and at Mahopac Library this past February.  What a life expanding experience it has been for me to step into this new adventure.

Monday, March 12, 2018

Karen Schoolman Artwork on Display at Kent Public Library

Karen Schoolman
As an abstract painter, student of botanical illustration, and a physician, I am interested in the relationship between art and science. There are many commonalities, particularly in terms of creativity. Intuition and risk taking are just as important as logic and careful observation. 

As physicians we are trained to view the body from a rational, scientific and biological perspective. This quite often involves disease, diagnosis and intervention. 

As an artist I have been intrigued by an approach to the body that relies purely on the visual and aesthetic. What if we could look at a bone, for instance, and not be influenced by associations of fear, vulnerability, and perhaps disgust? What if we could see bones as objects to be appreciated in terms of form, line and shape? How harmonious they are where they interlock. Here is a ripple of patterns, or a surprising series of shapes. What if we could peer right through the skin into the membranous cavities lying below? 

How mysterious and ambiguous. I took photographs with these ideas in mind and explored the terrain of the body from this visual perspective. It was very exciting to be able to blend my interests in this way. Freed from the restraints of an expected context, it was surprising how much of a human presence could exist within a matrix of pure abstraction. 

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.