Sunday, October 10, 2021

October Artist of the Month: Cynthia O'Connor


Cynthia O’Connor Bio


Cynthia O’Connor was born and raised in Chicago.  In the early 1980’s, Cynthia moved to New York, where she became a successful advertising executive.

In 2005, Cynthia retired from the advertising business and embarked on a new career in photography. She established “A Thousand Words Photography”, an artist consortium in Sherman, Connecticut. 

In 2010, Cynthia went solo with a new venture: “Big Shots by Cindy.”  

Her work includes event photography, portraiture, weddings, and corporate commissions.  Cynthia’s photographs have been exhibited at Denise Bibro Fine Art in New York City, the White Silo Winery, the Kent (CT) Art Association, Art at Trinity (Lakeville, CT), and the Hancock House is Danbury, CT.
 
Cynthia has won numerous awards and she exhibits throughout the year.  


Cynthia O’Connor – Artist Statement

I'm passionate about everything I do, and I've always sought to convert my talents into something beneficial to others. All around me, things call to me deeply. Some bring me joy, others tug at my heart, and still others render me speechless. I need to look inside and find the soul of what or whom is before me. What catches my eye is embedded, the beauty, irony, humor, or the melancholy. I must capture it, understand it, and share it, that feeling... that moment.

My camera is always with me, and I endeavor to capture not just what I see but what I experience from what I see. I hope my vision brings a meaningful connection to all who see my work, to what surrounds us all, and what we all have deep inside us.




Cozier Hill
Photography
$175


Fall Fence
Photography
$200


The Bowls
Photograpy
$275


Red Barn
Photography
$175


Millerton B&W
Photography
$250


Fall at the Docks
Photography
$175













                                
                            


Wednesday, September 1, 2021

September Artist of the Month: Kelly Edwards

 

Artist Kelly Edwards (Photo Credit: Jessy Dunn)

Tracing the Beauty

“He looked at her as a man might look at a faded flower he had plucked, in which it was difficult for him to trace the beauty that had made him pick and so destroy it.” - From Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy


I often consider that quote above and it creates an affect on my floral  paintings… 

In these works, my goal was to depict florals and their beauty. The tracing I have inked over the watercolor paintings highlights the less seen aspects of the flower that allows it to bloom and to create the color from within through its veins. In Staghorn Sumac, I’ve featured a plant less likely to be plucked for its beauty and tried to highlight it in a way to allow it to stand out and to be seen as beautiful and strong. Through these works, I’ve tried to create a sense of blossoming, strength from within, and capture the spirit of that elegance… no plucking, no destruction, just reverent beauty instead.

These mixed media pieces are created with watercolor and created by using a wet on wet technique. The free hand line art is drawn on with a dip pen and iridescent ink.  

Kelly Edwards is primarily an expressionistic watercolor and mixed media artist located in Putnam County, NY. Becoming a self-taught artist allowed her to find a peaceful balance between her busy household as a mother of four and the desire to develop a more relaxed state of mind. She finds inspiration from nature and often incorporates line art, embroidery, and collage in her pieces. Kelly Edwards has shown in many group exhibitions in the Hudson Valley area, been a featured artist in local establishments, and can be found as a fine art vendor in local art festivals and markets.

Sponsored by The Friends of the Kent Library with Arts on the Lake  

 

Staghorn Sumac
Print
Mixed Media
$75 
 
Blackberry
Original Art
Mixed Media
$200

Sunflowers
Original Art
Mixed Media
$345

 Rose
Original Art
Mixed Media
$275

 

Inked Floral #2
Original Art
Mixed Media
$125 
Peony
Original Art
Mixed Media
$100
 


 

Sunday, August 1, 2021

August Artist of the Month: Tilly Strauss



Artist statement 2021

I once tried not to be an artist. And I failed. I need to paint or draw a work of art every single day. It is necessary for me to attend to this passion, or I will start to wither, wane, dissolve, rage, flip out and disappear. Through a strict daily process and discipline, I have found a voice for the wordless stuff inside me. I am able to arrest time and capture memories and make fleeting juxtapositions that feel like celebrations to enlighten and transform. Afterwards, my thousands of paintings and drawing become portals leading beyond our linear construct of time and space. 

When I was about 6 years old, I watched Sandy Calder, the sculptor and neighbor of my grandmother in France, “work” in his studio. I knew he was living a magical life as a grown up. I wanted to live like him. My childhood as a military brat, had me moving from place to place and it rattled my shy vocabulary, until painting became my most useful and important language. 

My studio is full of wet panels, stacks of painted papers, empty frames, found nests, brilliant flowers, eggs, miniature chairs, maps, and teacups. Looking about, I see a vocabulary of images that make a virtual dictionary of metaphors for my journey through this life. 

Because I feel transient as a species and have lived a life of constant relocation and movement, the perpetual conflict between leaving and being is evident everywhere in my work. I don’t feel that I have time to get fussy about my narratives, or my process. I just do my best to show up. A key can be the ritual of arriving, donning the apron, and choosing the subject. Each image freezes a moment that I can physically carry with me.

Leaving or staying is a constant question. I emphasize the duplicity of focus when laying bare the anxieties of our time by using a whimsical palette, some playful brushwork and the very lightness of imagery. Brushstrokes, text, and details from nature are strategies I explore in transforming the paint to be memory and harvesting the spiritual to be paint. 

Bio of Tilly Strauss

Rural NY painter, historian, teacher, traveler
Mother, daughter, sister, friend…

Having been a painter her whole life, (she exhibited in her first show at age 5), Tilly Strauss loves history and teaching the process of painting to others.  She studied art under her uncles and aunts and earned a BFA and BA from Colorado University in Boulder. A widely recognized artist from the northeast, Strauss has exhibited consistently for several decades. Since living in Miami, she has exhibited and won awards with her work at the Deering Estate, the South Florida Art Center, with the Miami Parking Authority in Wynwood, at the Miami International University of Art and Design, and at the Miami Dade Public Library as well as at the Howland Cultural Center in Beacon, the Akin Museum in Pawling NY and the Hammond Museum in North Salem. 

Since 2006, Strauss has been a daily painter, living with a strict routine of artmaking. She often paints in public and always keeps a sketchbook with her.  Convinced she is one of the fastest painters she knows, she was thrilled to learn that her great (x15) grandfather, Lucas Cranach, was also known for his speed. He was known in the 1400’s as the “Pictor Celerimus”, which translates into the “fast painter”. 

Strauss has been teaching art to kids and adults for the last 25 years. It is one of her main joys in life. She spent three months of the fall of 2020 teaching art history and watercolor in Zermatt, Switzerland and currently runs a summer enrichment camp for young kids in Millerton NY. 


For more information feel free to email her at: Tillystudio@aol.com

Facebook- Tilly Strauss
Instagram- tilly strauss
 
Dixie Intersection, 
acrylic on canvas
16 x 20  
$1200


Airport (Landing) Shot, 
acrylic on paper
7 x 5 inches
$200
 

Bring Me Home, 
acrylic on paper
7 x 5 inches
$200
 

 
Exit North, 
acrylic on canvas
16 x 20
$1200
 

New Adventures, 
acrylic on paper
8 ½ x 6 inches
$200
 
Over Hill and Dale, 
acrylic on paper
7 x 5 inches
$200

 
 
 
 
 


Saturday, July 3, 2021

July Artist of the Month: Joseph R. Cuccinello

Joseph R. Cuccinello

Kent Lakes, NY

 

 I remember back in school I was not a very good art student but it was easy credits.  One day at the ripe old age of sixteen a friend of mine gave me an old solid body guitar to learn how to play.  I decided to refinish it, I did so by carving in the portrait of Jimi Hendrix. I never realized this would be the start of my passion for wood carving.

 

Over the course of the years my passion for working with wood had me making coffee tables, end tables and bars for people as well as building wooden radio controlled boats, airplanes and building doll houses. One day a friend asked me to refinish a bar for him, also giving me free reign to do what I want. I did the refinishing and carved a country scene on the bar top and sealed it in. So began my love for relief wood carving, the rest is history.

 

Deciding to further my quest in the arts I started to test my hand in acrylic painting. Thanks to the encouragement and help from my artist friends I have been creating paintings that highlight air, land and sea subjects. 

 

Joseph's work will hang in the library from July 3rd through July 29th.

 

 

The Old Farm
Acrylic on canvas 
$300



 
Autumn leaves in the wind  
Acrylic on canvas
$60


 
 
SUNRISE IN THE BIRCHES  
Acrylic on canvas
$75


 


















 
Heartland
Wood Carving
(NFS)









 
Coming Home
Acrylic on canvas
$150












A Country Scene
Wood carving
$300

Monday, May 31, 2021

June Artist of the Month: Maria Kaprielian

MARIA KAPRIELIAN

Streams of Consciousness (Looking at the Surface and Below)

ARTIST STATEMENT

Many memories of my childhood center on a stream flowing through the undeveloped lot next to my home. I spent countless hours playing there with my friends, wading through the icy water in my bare feet, looking for salamanders and constructing rock dams to alter the flow of the water.  I’m still fascinated by woodland streams, although now I take a more observational role: watching the passage of the water over the rocks, peering into the depths and enjoying the glints of sunlight reflected off of the surface.

I think watercolor is a great medium to paint the impression of water. There’s the sense that the water and pigment are doing exactly what they want and you can only surrender to the flow. Passages of movement and stillness invite the viewer to feel the rush of the elements or to stop and dip their toes. Like my memories, the paintings may be more realistic or vague, but for me, they all represent a part of the same whole. 

ARTIST BIO

Maria Kaprielian is a Mahopac artist with a passion for the natural world and all it encompasses. Her education includes BA and DVM degrees from Cornell University and a BFA from SUNY Purchase. Her artwork has been featured at the Mahopac Public Library and Tilly's Table at Tilly Foster Farm, and she has participated in many group shows in the Hudson Valley region. Her favorite medium is watercolor because of its luminous and spontaneous properties.  

*All works displayed here are on display in the Kent Library

Great Hollow Stream
Watercolor, 2021
25 x 19 inch, framed and matted
$300
Path of Least Resistance
Watercolor, 2021
21 x 17 inch, framed and matted
$195

In Flux
Watercolor, 2021
21 x 17 inch, framed and matted
$195

Rocky Bed
Watercolor, 2021
17 x 21 inch, framed and matted
$195

Little Resistance
Watercolor, 2021
15 x 12 inch
$95

Memory Flow
Watercolor, 2021
25 x 19 inch, framed and matted
$300

Monday, May 3, 2021

VIRTUAL DISPLAY - May Artist of the Month: Shelley Dell

Shelley Dell

Catching moments of beauty, observing sunlight as it changes and passes through and around objects is a fascinating thing to observe and try to catch on paper. I make images with watercolors and colored pencils on paper and very recently I have started exploring monoprints. I graduated from NYU with a degree in studio art. Studies include classes at The Art Students League, and The School of Visual Arts. My current projects integrate classic painting and drawing techniques with the digital world, images made with watercolors and colored pencils on paper attempting to record a few seconds of magic light. My work is in collections in the U.S., Canada and the United Kingdom. Galleries where I have exhibited include 55 Mercer Gallery and 80 Washington Square East Gallery in NYC; I have been lucky enough to be selected to exhibit work in juried shows in the NY/NJ/CT area, some of my editorial illustrations have been featured in Forbes, Newsweek, and Scientific American. Currently I am working on a larger series based on "analemma" the declination of the sun and the equation of time for each day of the year.-- Shelley Dell

Rt 44 near Minnewaska
 water based media and colored pencils
DIMENSIONS 10.5"w x 9"h
looking for the light 1
mono print
DIMENSIONS 9"w x 6"h
PRICE $100.00
2020 Vision
water based media
DIMENSIONS 8” square 
Rainbow 06302020
 water color
DIMENSIONS 7” square
PRICE $250.00
Fair Isle Phone box
 water color and colored pencil
DIMENSIONS 10"w x 7.5”h
PRICE $300.00 



Burano Clothesline
water based media and colored pencils
DIMENSIONS 9.5"w x 7.5"h

To see more or to contact the artist:

EMAIL: shelley.dell.paints@gmail.com

Tuesday, April 6, 2021

VIRTUAL DISPLAY - April Artist of the Month: Maureen Winzig

Maureen Winzig

Artist Bio

In the ‘80’s, my studies began with illustration, design and commercial art at Pace University, NY.  Fine art, graphic art and web design came later at WCC, SUNY Westchester, NY.  I’ve studied privately from local masters learning different painting styles and techniques as well as portraiture.  I have had many other teachers and workshops along the way with continuous proliferation as my best teacher.

Being a member of several art associations such as the Peekskill Arts Alliance of which I was president, Ossining Arts Council, the Garrison Art Center and Tompkins Corners Cultural Center and more, has expanded my art world and experience considerably.  My work has been shown at many venues in New York, some of them being the Howland Art Center, the Katonah Museum, the Garrison Art Center, the Paramount Center for the Arts, Peekskill City Hall, Blue Door Gallery, Ceres Gallery and Skylight Gallery in Chelsea in NYC and have been represented at Gallery 66 in Cold Spring.  I’m proud to have my work in significant private collections as well.

Statement

Oils and watercolor are my forte.  Oils give me complete control when painting, especially with water, sky and portraits.  My land, waterscapes, and portraits are meticulous and bold working well with light and contrast.   With watercolor, I invite the medium to show its organic nature while controlling it when needed as well.  Working in these 2 very different mediums affects each other continuously spurring new ideas and techniques. 

My mission is to stay true to what I’m feeling as I paint and express it with boldness, intensity and light.  My purpose is to listen to my inner, “Woman on Fire” and to forever remain true to myself. 

Statement on Flowers in Watercolor

Painting flowers with watercolor in the dead of winter is one of my surefire ways to remember the promise of spring.  It’s like my carrot on a string held out before the stubborn donkey of cold dark days leading me back into the light of April and May.  Watercolor, if I let it, splays out so beautifully and creates its own gradients from dark to light.  And the colors practically mix themselves if you let them.  If you overwork and try to force your way with watercolor… you’re done… its ruined… like with most things of beauty and grace.  Be gentle, patient and free and you just might get a lovely watercolor.

Maureen Winzig
914-438-6084
Studio ~ 105 S. Division St., Suit #208
Peekskill, NY 10566





Monday, March 1, 2021

VIRTUAL DISPLAY - March Artist of the Month: Ginger Manning

Solo show at the Live 4 Art Gallery, in Pawling NY

Ginger Manning 

ARTIST STATEMENT:

The goal of my work is to capture the essence of a person, or subject, at a moment in time such that the gesture and atmosphere invite the viewer into that moment, for a shared intimate encounter.

 I grew in a home full of art and art materials. I was encouraged to experiment with papier mâché, paints, fabric - to design/make my own clothes, and to draw. There was always some school project that needed an artistic touch as well. I was encouraged to travel - and won a Rotary scholarship to spend a year in Japan, where I studied, among other things, calligraphy and kimono making at a Japanese high school. In college, I spent a semester in Florence, Italy studying art appreciation, history and philosophy, and then another year in Japan.

 After college, I worked in midtown Manhattan and in the evenings, after work, I attended art classes at several of the art schools there. At the Art Student League, I found my teacher under whom I would study portraiture every Thursday night for years- the brilliant, talented, wise, and generous Hananiah Harari.

​I have taught drawing at: Carmel Continuing Education; Brewster Continuing Education; the Putnam County Arts Council; and at Trinity Pawling School, as a substitute teacher, when the permanent teacher was on sabbatical leave. Prior to the pandemic, I volunteered at the Holmes Whaley Lake Civic Association to coordinate models for our drawing/painting group, and I am appreciative to have had that opportunity. These models were patient, creative, and worthy to be captured in moment that will last for all time. I am also grateful to have drawn with a dedicated, talented, and generous group of artists. 

In November, 2020, my dream to exhibit portraits I painted/drew over the years of people of local folks came true with the exhibit People of Pawling at the Live4Art Gallery in Pawling, NY. 

I am honored have my work on the Kent Library website this March, 2021.

Please see more of my work on my website – GingerManning.com 

Fluffy on Pink - Oil on canvas 16 x 20

Ilona - pastel on paper - Pastel on paper 16 x 20

Jane - Pastel on Paper - 19 x 19

Travis - Oil on canvas - 11 x 14

Vicki - Pastel on Paper - 15 x 24