Tuesday, May 31, 2022

June Artist of the Month: Charlotte Tramontana

   Art At The Kent Library

Sponsored by The Friends of the Kent Library 
with Arts on the Lake
Exhibition Dates: June 1st to June 30th

Charlotte Tramontana


Biography 
 

Charlotte Tramontana (b. 1990, they/them) is a speculative fiction novelist who likes to doodle what they’re writing about. This exhibit is a showcase of their artwork since 2020 revolving around the Undine Isles series they have been writing and developing since 2008. An earlier exhibit of their work took place at the Kent Public Library in December 2019, after which “Guided Doodles” became a regular program here, and continued online during quarantine for over a year.

Charlotte has worked at the Kent Public Library since 2016, and was program coordinator from 2018-2022. Though they work full time in Poughkeepsie these days, they still frequently visit and occasionally pitch in at KPL because this is where their people are. Charlotte holds a BA in Women’s, Gender, & Sexuality Studies from SUNY New Paltz. In 2021, they also began work on a separate project with fellow KPL staff member Theresa Paras, a fantasy series for middle grade readers, and they are very excited and hopeful to share stories and doodles of another world with the KPL community in the future.



The Coffin of Angela Yates
2020


Septima in Little Italy (detail)
2022


Young Alisha
2021-2022

Artist Statement | Charlotte Tramontana

I have wanted to be a writer of stories since before I could actually write anything, so the things I draw are people and objects that appear in my two writing projects, the older of which is the Undine Isles series (the world of the gay mermaids).

I accidentally started writing what would become The Undine Isles at the age of 17 and have not been able to walk away from it since (despite repeated attempts to walk away because I am acutely aware that the whole concept is completely bonkers). But as a lesbian, I grew up used to the way that any character who was like me would eventually get punished for it, often with deadly force. All who participate in global pop culture still live under the effects of a historic precedent called the Hays Code, a rule of the motion picture business dating back to the 1930s that calls for all fictional universes to punish their queer-coded characters so that real-life LGBTQ people wouldn’t start getting ideas.

When I wrote the first lines of what would become The Undine Isles in October 2008—the inciting incident in which my disoriented protagonist washes up on the tropical shores of Locust Island, only to learn that she’s a mythological creature now—I didn’t know that I was doing anything more than telling my teenage self a story, as I had done a thousand times before as far back as I can remember. I definitely didn’t know that I was attempting something for which I had never even seen a blueprint. I just did it to feel good.

I draw for much the same reason: because it is a source of joy to physically see some trace of the places and people that exist only in my imagination. I don’t draw—and will probably never do so—because I think that I am very good at it. I believe wholeheartedly in the Queer Art of Failure, a concept proposed by gender theorist Jack Halberstam in his book by the same name. I believe that performing this Art (because as the great feminist theorist bell hooks stated, queerness is “about the self that is at odds with everything around it and has to invent and create and find a place to speak and to thrive and to live”)—showcasing imperfection while focusing solely upon the joy of it all—is a radical act.

A challenge to everyone who reads this statement: give yourself permission to create or express one thing without falling victim to fears that you’re not good enough, because that’s not what art is about, and it’s not what being alive is about. You can do it. 

Monday, May 2, 2022

May Artist of the Month: Patty DiVito

  Art At The Kent Library

Sponsored by The Friends of the Kent Library with Arts on the Lake
Exhibition Dates: May 1st to May 31st

Patty DiVito



Artist Bio

Patty DiVito is a Hudson Valley native who has been exploring abstract paint pouring techniques for several years. Patty served in the US Army and was based in Europe which gave her the opportunity to be immersed in art and culture and ignited her passion. She returned home where she raised her children while earning a master’s degree in communication disorders. Prior to her recent retirement, Patty worked as a Speech Language Pathologist with school age children with disabilities. She often used painting and crafting as a fun motivational way to provide her students opportunities for communication. Paint pouring has given Patty a unique form of self-expression that gives immense satisfaction and allows her creative side to thrive. With the use of color, paint additives, and pouring techniques, she strives to produce paintings that provide interest, balance, and give a sense of movement.  Patty has a strong connection to nature and is inspired by colors and patterns in the land, sea, and sky.  She has participated in various local art shows. Patty continues to expand her creative endeavors by working with watercolor, alcohol ink, photography, and digital clothing/accessory design. 




Bursting Bloom
12x12 Acrylic on canvas
Wood floating frame
$80.00


Blue Lagoon
14x14 Acrylic on canvas
Oak wood frame
$140.00

Outer Limits
10x10 Acrylic on canvas
Wood floating frame
$70.00

Electric Vibe
11x14 Acrylic on canvas
Wood floating frame
$80.00


Artist Statement: 

There is something about paint moving across a surface that is so alluring and mesmerizing, as there is a certain calmness and stillness within the flow.  The reaction and transformation of the paint as colors are tilted, blown, or dragged across each other to create various effects is both soothing and exciting as pleasant surprise occasionally occur. My artwork is intended to provide interest, induce an emotion or feeling, and perhaps provide a moment to escape or dream. Fluid paint pouring for me has been a journey of exploration that continues to teach deeper lessons such as patience, trust, perseverance, and acceptance, all of which has helped me to learn and grow as an artist.  

Monday, April 4, 2022

April Artist of the Month: Bridget Pavalow

 Art At The Kent Library

Sponsored by The Friends of the Kent Library with Arts on the Lake
Exhibition Dates: April 1st to April 30th

Bridget Pavalow


Artist Statement: Bridget Pavalow is an author-illustrator based in New York. She’s written two comics, “After Life” and “Secretive Quarrel,” her stories focus on self-discovery through magical adventure. As a person — and an artist — she’s never been fully represented in the media and is inspired to share her stories with others who also need to see their full selves in the media. She strives to have tough topics, such as mental health, body image, discovering gender and sexuality, be a focus in her stories and illustrations so they can be embraced with open arms.



Bridget Pavalow
Social Media Marketer and Illustrator
Available for in-house and freelance work.


Fire
Digital
8x10
$400.00


Meditative Witch
Digital
8x10
$400.00


Cozy Halloween
Digital
10x8
$400.00




Tuesday, March 1, 2022

March Artist of the Month: Mary Ellen Staten

 Art At The Kent Library

Sponsored by The Friends of the Kent Library with Arts on the Lake
Exhibition Dates: March 1st to March 31st

Mary Ellen Staten


Life through a lens, seems to have been a life’s motto for me. Always  trying to capture the essence of life. Line up our lives, compose the shot, focus and fire. Some times you get it and sometimes you don’t. And when you don’t you refocus and shoot again. But you learn to be more patient, more steady, more selective about what we focus on. This passion of photography is a spiritual journey for me and to “ Capture the Spirit “ of that beautiful moment. 

Contact for Web is Instagram: 
MePhotography222




Tuesday, February 1, 2022

February Artist of the Month - Jeanette Rodriguez

Art At The Kent Library
Sponsored by The Friends of the Kent Library with Arts on the Lake
Exhibition Dates: February 1st to February 28th

Jeanette Rodriguez
Teaching Artist, Alcohol Ink Painter and Jewelry Designer 

Artist Statement

 

I can't say I paint what I see, I paint what I feel. There is a stillness in nature that speaks to me. I believe it speaks to all of us, but the everyday situations of our lives can interfere with that connection. For me making some effort to connect with nature is essential, like walking in a park, watching the sun rise, or seeing reflections on a lake, our colorful planet is inspiring. When I can silence the outer world and inner mind chatter, it allows me to enter into a flow state. I experience a loss of time and a deep connection with myself. Just like listening to music that speaks to my soul, art transforms me into a space of serenity.
Websitejeanetterodriguez.net
Instagramjralcoholinks


Jeanette Rodriguez has always engaged in art. She's been a teaching artist for over a decade. A graduate of the School of Visual Arts in New York City, Rodriguez is an award-winning artist who has exhibited in galleries and whose work hangs on the walls in private collections. She is the Founder of Soul Painting, a workshop that helps students tap into their intuition. She loves creating art and sharing the process of making art with others.
 
Years ago she had the opportunity to teach in Mayer, Arizona, and the Big Island of Hawaii. Upon returning to New York, she began teaching Soul Painting in the Hudson Valley area. Jeanette is fascinated by students who initially believed they were incapable of creating art become painters, jewelry designers, and full-time artists!
 
As an artist, she finds that painting helps her release stress; it has assisted her in healing during rough times in her life. Jeanette admits it's not always easy. She's learned to live in the moment and trust the process. The ever-changing and peaceful energy of nature, from the transformation of luminous fall colors to the silence of winter, is what Jeanette strives to capture in her paintings. She shares her creative teaching style with the same motivation and enthusiasm to help students release stress and help them discover their inner-artistic gifts.

Sea of Light
8 x 11.5
Alcohol Inks on Yupo paper
$250

In Bloom
12 x 12
Alcohol Inks on Yupo paper
$250

Night Meets Day
12 x 12
Alcohol Inks on Yupo paper
$350








Monday, November 29, 2021

December Artist of the Month: Doreen O'Connor


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

Exhibition Dates: January 1st to January 31st

Doreen O'Connor

Doreen O'Connor has lived in the Hudson Valley region almost her whole life and feels deeply connected to and inspired by the history and natural beauty of the area. Though her early years were in suburbia, her family purchased a farm in Dutchess County when she was nine years old. That farm and the surroundings became her muse.

Following the conventional wisdom of the 60s, Doreen pursued degrees in Art Education in order to be able to make a living from her art. After two years of teaching Junior High art, she went back to get a graduate degree only to find she had priced herself out of the market for art teachers. She worked as a substitute and continued to work in the historic house museum she had been working in while in graduate school. She stayed in the local history field for 20 years.

In 1990 Doreen started a decorative painting business doing faux finishes, murals, trompe l'oeil, etc. and never looked back. She found she was finally making a living from her art. "If it doesn't move, I have probably painted on it'' became her slogan.

Doreen moved back to the family farm after her father died in 2001 and lived there and cared for the place as she continued to do the decorative painting. As faux finishes were losing popularity and age was advancing, Doreen has been more involved in "fine art" work painting beloved old buildings, equipment and landscapes en plein air (outdoors).

Doreen is a member of ArtEast Open Studio Tour, Lower Hudson Valley Plein Air Painters and FrOGS, where she participates with other artists in paint outs and exhibits.

You can visit Ms. O'Connor online on her website at www.1doconnorwildflowers.com.


"Host of Golden Daffodils"
Acrylic on Panel
11" x 15"
$500



"Swamp Trees"
Acrylic on Panel
10" x 12"
$400



"Eleven Foot Six" sunflowers
Acrylic on Panel 
14" x 15"
$300

Thursday, November 4, 2021

November Artist of the Month: Jeanne Plekon

Jeanne Plekon Bio

I am a painter of landscapes and local scenery in the Hudson Valley in New York  and in southern California.  Most of my paintings are done 'en plein air’ - meaning ‘out doors,’ so a hat, umbrella, bug spray and sunscreen are essential equipment when I paint. I retreat to the comfort of my small studio to put finishing touches and my signature on paintings, and occasionally have painted entirely from a photograph.

After graduating college with a double major in studio art and art history, I earned a Masters in Art History and Museum Studies from the Williams College-Clark Art Institute. At Columbia University I completed all but my dissertation for the PhD, and focussed on landscape painting in the 18th and 19th centuries.  This study was foundational for my current pursuits, though between then and now, life had other plans for me.  Creating art was my orientation from the start, and now - after a 35 year hiatus in the corporate world - I am back at it. To help develop my art, I have studied with John C. Traynor in New Hampshire, Saim Caglayan in Borrego Springs, CA, Kate McGloughlin in Woodstock, NY, and Bill Galen, from Santa Fe.

I paint as often as possible, often with the Lower Hudson Valley Plein Air Painters, the San Diego Plein Air Painters and the Borrego Springs Plein Air Painters. I exhibit in the ArtEast (Dutchess County, NY) Open Studio Tour, the Pawling Farmers Market, and at various informal art shows in New England, and in California at the Borrego Art Institute, at the community arts festival called ‘The Circle of Art,’ and at the Borrego Soroptimists Art Studio Tour.

I have painted many ‘house portraits,’ often for families who are selling a long-time home and relocating, who want a painting to help remember the home and good-times. Contact me if you are interested. Images of the house portraits are available on my website.

2020: Second Prize, Fallbrook, CA, Grand Traditions Paint Out
2019: Honorable mention, Fallbrook, CA, Grand Traditions Paint Out
2018: Third Prize in Oil Painting at the Cortland (NY) Wine and Art Festival.

www.jeanneplekon.com
jplekon@yahoo.com
845-702-6974

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


Betsy’s Meadow at Dawn
9” x 12”
Oil on canvas panel
$300


Carey Cottage, Portsmouth NH
11” x 14”
Oil on canvas panel
$425


Akin Library
10” x 8”
Oil on canvas panel
$250


Pawling Baptist Church
12” x 9”
Oil on canvas panel
$300


Goose Island at Ray’s Lake
12” x 9”
Oil on canvas panel
$300


View from Burger Hill, Rhinebeck NY
12” x 16”
Oil on canvas panel
$525


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