Cynthia O’Connor Bio
Sunday, October 10, 2021
Wednesday, September 1, 2021
|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
Sunday, August 1, 2021
Saturday, July 3, 2021
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.
Monday, May 31, 2021
Streams of Consciousness (Looking at the Surface and Below)
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.
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
25 x 19 inch, framed and matted
Monday, May 3, 2021
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 Minnewaskawater based media and colored pencilsDIMENSIONS 10.5"w x 9"h
Rainbow 06302020water colorDIMENSIONS 7” squarePRICE $250.00
Tuesday, April 6, 2021
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.
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.
Monday, March 1, 2021
|Solo show at the Live 4 Art Gallery, in Pawling NY|
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|