Friday, September 29, 2017

Beverley J Elgar Artwork on Display at Kent Public Library

                                      Works by Beverley J Elgar  
“Drawing is the root of everything…” Vincent Van Gogh 

My work represents the fragmentation of history, space and time, which are amalgamated with
a feeling, experience, memory, or place I’ve visited.  These are combined to create a conflict
between chaos and order, which are often repeated, altered, and disjointed.  

I am a British born American artist, and graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Visual
Arts, Magna Cum Laude from the State University of New York at Purchase College in 2006.  I
was born in Staines, an industrial town on the edge of London in 1971. 

After my parents divorced in 1977, my mother, three sisters and I moved north to the county of Cambridgeshire.

Drawing has been an integral part of my life since early childhood.  Growing up with a makeshift
darkroom in the kitchen, it’s in my genes to draw and photograph the world around me. 
Singing and dancing is in my blood also; remembering the stories my mother shared with me
about her performing on stage among famous British acts, such as comedian, Tommy Cooper.

I immigrated to the United States from England in 2000 and have settled in the scenic Mid
Hudson Valley region of New York with my husband, two daughters, and four cats.  My house
and studio overlook a lake, which inspires my creativity. 

As well as making art, nature and wildlife conservation is my passion, and I consider the birds and mammals in which I live among, my extended family too!  I am a member of several conservation groups, including the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, and FrOGS (Friends of the Great Swamp).

In my work, I apply bold and dramatic line to abstract subjects, which are often overlooked.  I’m
rarely seen without a sketchbook, and am always drawing from life, or my imagination.  I am
drawn to light and shadow, and fascinated with shapes, and how they are often repeated, or
connected throughout the synthetic, and natural environment.

In my studio, I have a handmade doll house, which I continually use as a reference for many of my works.  I utilize my background in photography, and British heritage to create a mostly monochromatic color palette.  The cool and vibrant use of blues, oranges and browns are prominent in many of my works too, which correlate with the architecture and climate of the East of England, and the interior furnishings I grew up with. 

Currently, I am making works in textile, and am in the process of applying to go back to school to study for an A.A.S in Fashion Design and Technology, where I will learn many aspects of textile design, with a strong emphasis in Entrepreneurship.

Friday, September 1, 2017

"It's All in the Genes"- Family of Artists Artwork on Display at Kent Public Library


Gretchen Hoffmann Abene began painting at a very early age. Her independent study
with noted established artists such as Albert Handel, Daniel Green, Mario Cooper,
Frank Webb, David Dunlop, Ati Gropius Johansen and Christine Debrosky has
strengthened her pursuit of color relationship and composition in the painting process.
”I am most inspired by the spaces that have been enjoyed by all of the families of
beings on earth.” Gretchen continues to work within the Music and Art communities and
balances her creative and family life on a number of different continents. Gretchen is an
Elected Member of Kent Art Association.

KATHY L. BRAUN (Daughter)

Artist ~ Architect

A native of Cincinnati, Kathy Braun was raised in New York City. After a career as an actress, she moved to New Mexico where she pursued a degree in architecture. Kathy, a Registered Architect, received her BAA from the University of New Mexico School of Architecture & Planning and has her own practice which concentrates on residential work. She later returned to New York and now lives in Dutchess County with her husband and two Labrador retrievers. Kathy works primarily with watercolor, graphite pencil and photography. She is inspired by forgotten and discarded objects and buildings, the rich diversity of the southwest and northeast, and the simple things in life.

Roxanne Loudin (Niece)


Roxanne Loudin is a New York City native who draws inspiration from the multitude of urban and rural settings where she spent her childhood. She received her first camera while living in Oak Park, Illinois and later developed a passion for industrial architecture and abandoned spaces while exploring the deserted mills and military forts of New England’s rocky seacoast. Through the process of documenting these settings, she identified beauty in the emptiness of these environments and poetry in the words written by others as they had their own unique experience. This is a collection of the words, spaces, and people of her hometown.

Friday, July 28, 2017

Phyllis Chadwick Artwork on Display at Kent Public Library

Artist Statement for Phyllis Chadwick

I am very eclectic in my art and feel “there are so many art forms and so little time”. I sometimes describe myself as a child in a candy store trying to choose a favorite. My beginnings in the art world started with photography and sewing. I moved into crafts, fiber arts and painting before returning to school to study the arts and pursue teaching. Every art class became my favorite. If you were to look through my portfolio there would be photographs, calligraphy, print making, drawing, and painting, many types of 3d work, like wire sculptures, book art, fiber art and “Cornell like” boxes. I often experiment with mixed media. My artwork is often influenced by things I read or from my personal experiences and it is while driving alone, lost in thought that these influences flourish into concepts or ideas for new projects.

Creating artwork allows me to share my experiences and ideas with others and provide an opportunity for myself and others to view things from a unique perspective or lens. For this exhibit I chose the theme of “Finding Tranquility”. For me, the work selected, has a cyclical reflective feel. It allows the viewer to take a closer look at the simple things around them –zooming in and closing out the rest of the worlds’ distractions- finding a calm place in the chaos of the world around us.
I enjoy hearing how my piece may stir different thoughts and experiences from viewers. It continues to amaze me how different people can see the same piece of art and experience something different. I enjoy viewing it through other’s eyes and sharing in their interpretation.

So please look and enjoy! If my work touches you in some way, then I can consider myself successful.

Contact Info:
Phone: 845-855-1136

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Teacher Appreciation Days

Teacher Appreciation Days August to October

The Friends of Kent Library will be holding 
 TEACHER APPRECIATION DAYS in the Book Cellar of the Kent Public Library, 17 Sybil's Crossing, Kent Lakes on Saturdays, August 12, September 9,  and October 14 from 10am to 2:30pm, in conjunction with their Book Cellar Sales.  

On these days, teachers who show a teacher I.D. can fill a bag or bags with books for $2.00 each bag. 

Start your school year prepared!  Begin a classroom library, or stock up on books you can give to your students.  Don't forget to pick out a few books you'll enjoy as well.  

"Teachers give so much to our community" says Carol Donick, Library Director. "The Friends of the Library want to give something back to them."

Monday, July 3, 2017

Kelly Lynn Goodhart Photographs on Display at Kent Public Library

Artist Statement:  Kelly Lynn Goodhart

I have been interested in photography since my Grandmother gave me a Vivitar film camera in 5th grade.  It traveled everywhere with me and with it, I took pictures of everything & everyone.  It was my favorite possession and nothing used to excite me more than receiving my prints.

While days of ordering prints in the mail & taking pictures with my small film camera have long passed, my enjoyment of photography has not.  Sports & concerts were my favorite subjects as I longed to capture photos of people “famous” to me – until I started spending more time in nature.  

My husband Justin & I have been fortunate enough to travel nationally & internationally taking photos of our many adventures.  

One such adventure saw us attending a farm dinner a few years ago.  Seated at the gigantic table, I had the opportunity to sit next to a professional photographer who had published several books & declared that he was giving up on using his full camera gear & instead working solely with his iPhone.  I have to confess that as much as I like using my Nikon D7100, I love taking photos with my iPhone.   

Several photos on display were taken with my iPhone - can you spot them?

Contact Information:
Phone: 914-602-7738
Instagram: @KellyLynnDJ

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."

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