Friday, June 28, 2024

 

July Artist of the Month

              Art At The Kent Library

Sponsored by The Friends of Kent Library
with Arts on the Lake
i love the way you love: June 29th-July 31st


Steph Gonzalez




  Steph Gonzalez is an Illustrator and Designer based in New Rochelle, NY. They earned their BFA in Digital and New Media from Pace University and is interested in using interdisciplinary approaches to increase access to art and education. Steph is a Board Member of the New Rochelle Art Association and, in addition to freelancing and exhibiting in local shows, is working to obtain their MA in Art Education from Lehman College.

    “For my graduate thesis exhibition, I created a series of illustrations on Adobe Illustrator inspired by the quiet and personal work of Felix Gonzalez-Torres. What I’m exhibiting here, at the Kent Public Library, are the original sketchbook drawings that my digital work is based on. “Untitled” (i love the way you love) is a celebration of the queer people in my life who I hold dear to my heart. Like Gonzalez-Torres, I sought to explore and express my queer experience while allowing room for the audience to insert themselves and create their own personal connections with the work. 

    I, along with the subjects of these portraits, recognize the stories behind each image, but the lack of context is meant to encourage the construction of new narratives. Each moment was first captured in a photograph. I used that photo as reference for a colored pencil sketch that then became the basis for the final drawing in Adobe Illustrator. Instead of working directly from the photograph I decided to draw on paper first so I could take the time to fully reflect on who and what I was rendering. Through that love I hold for each person, this collective of moments ultimately became a self-portrait.”

   Instagram: @yummyknife 

    Website: StephGonzalez.art

                    Email: stephgonzalezart@gmail.com 

I still think you're very talented

Colored pencil on paper







Let me hold your bag so you can eat

Colored pencil on paper






                                                           I'm grateful to be here with you

Colored pencil on paper



Monday, June 3, 2024

 

June Artist of the Month

              Art At The Kent Library

Sponsored by The Friends of Kent Library
with Arts on the Lake
Still Blooming: June 1st-27th


Luisa Baptista







    Since I can remember picking up a pencil and crayon I have always been innately passionate about art. My earliest memories are of happily drawing, coloring freely and seeing the world through imaginative, creative lenses. My young soul was happiest when I was freely creative.    

Despite my natural gravitation toward art, my expression of it seemed to ebb and flow throughout several stages of my life. There were periods where I placed it all on hold, due to my inexperienced struggles and pressures to meet external and traditional expectations, ignoring what my soul was needing and subconsciously yearning for. Of course, as experience has taught me, creative instincts can not be suppressed for long and, consequently, my artistic desire to create and express would re-emerge and blossom during my periods of health crises and extreme stress. After my last life-altering health scare, with immeasurable support from loved ones, I began to listen and tune into my innate creative instincts and finally took a chance on myself and my art. Once I did, my world seemed to open up in ways that I could not have believed: some lifelong dreams were realized, awesome opportunities and experiences became possible and tangible and new artistic outlets opened up that I had never considered before. 

Long before I became cognizant of it, my visual art was always an extension of myself and what I needed to release. What began as subconscious doodling with pen and paper has developed into expressions of my passion for visual movement and energy, patterns and the arrangement between positive and negative spaces. Whether I'm working with vivid color combinations or high contrasts of black and white, my line work explores fluidity and motion. Creating linear tension and balance by diverging and synchronizing shapes and spaces provides both a heightened focus and meditative state for me. My art is not only inspired by, but celebrates my love for the beauty of natural lines, shapes, light, shadows and harmony found in the human body and nature and its elements (i.e.: bodies of water, fire, air, plant life). 

Instagram: @luisaartanddesign

Website: LuisaArtandDesign.com




Family (of 5) Nest framed Giclee print

16"x20" with frame $350




Floral Mandala 2 framed Giclee print

25"x25" with frame $550


                                                Flow Like Water framed Giclee print

25"x25" with frame $550




Wednesday, May 1, 2024

 

May Artist of the Month

              Art At The Kent Library

Sponsored by The Friends of Kent Library
with Arts on the Lake
Land- Real and Imagined Exhibition Dates: May 2nd-30th


Joann Zwolski





    Joann received her BFA from Pratt Institute, and MA from the College of New Rochelle. She have exhibited her artwork in several solo and group shows throughout the tri-state area and the state of Delaware. Joann has taught art for over thirty-five years to students from kindergarten to high school and has been teaching adults drawing for many years in a variety of places. She has been a trustee, including the chairman, with Putnam Arts Council and is currently a trustee with the Peekskill Arts Alliance Board. This show is her visual interpretation of nature, particularly landscapes, through acrylic painting.

 

    "Line, color and texture are the essential art elements in my work. My line is a quick mark that captures and records nature. My palette consists of brilliant hues encompassing a wide spectrum. I love all colors, but my favorite color is red. Red energizes, motivates and inspires me. Red symbolizes joy. Texture is achieved by layers of paint. The paint is applied using both traditional and nontraditional methods. For example, the potato masher is one of my nontraditional tools that I use when I paint."

Instagram: @jzwolski14

Email: jzwolski14@gmail.com



Landscape with Red

16"x 20" acrylic
$300



Three Trees

16"x 20" acrylic
$300



The Golden Field

16"x 20" acrylic
$300

Monday, April 1, 2024

April Artist of the Month

 

April Artist of the Month

              Art At The Kent Library

Sponsored by The Friends of Kent Library
with Arts on the Lake
Nature's Dreamscapes Exhibition Dates: April 1st-30th


Hillary Korn Fontana



"The balance and intrigue of a project comes to fruition when I can combine multi-layers of materials to create my pieces. Before I start that session, I have already visualized the finished product. But sometimes it grows and evolves in a new direction, like a person with different strengths and personalities. As a hearing-impaired person, I use my artwork to create communication. The silence allows me to focus on how to connect with my audience by using colors, textures, or even words. I want the viewer to feel raw emotion and self-reflection, thus creating their internal conversation."

Hillary Korn Fontana is a mixed-media artist living in Westchester County, New York. Self-taught, Hillary grew up experimenting with all different mediums of visual and digital arts, woodworking, glass, textiles, and silversmithing. Working professionally as a graphic designer for 20+ years in the corporate and non-profit world supported a family and a sense of security. However, creating “hands-on” artwork has allowed her more freedom of expression as an artist and to go beyond her emotional boundaries.

Website: www.HillaryKornFontana.com

Facebook: HILLARYKORNFONTANAART

Instagram: @hkfontana

Email: hillfont@gmail.com


Dreamscape

Mixed Media

$400



Dragonfly Sky

Mixed Media

$900



Cloudy Text

Mixed Media

$500








 

Thursday, February 29, 2024

March Artist of the Month

 

March Artist of the Month

              Art At The Kent Library

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


Patricia L. Stanton


    



   "My main influences are flowers, leaves, nature and patterns that I see in everyday life. I express my inspirations, both abstract and realistically, using paint, paper, collage materials and fabric. This is what drives my art."

    Patricia Leinani Stanton is a painter with abstract and realistic influences, originally from Chicago, Il. She attended the School of the Art Institute and took courses in Fashion Design, Printmaking and Photography. She later attended the School of Textile and Surface Design, where she received a certificate in Berkeley, CA. She also received an A.A.S degree of Textile and Surface Design, from the Fashion Institute of Technology, in New York. She currently resides in Yonkers, New York. Pat has also worked in the textile design field having created a line of silicone placemats, for Bed, Bath and Beyond. She is currently an artist member of the Blue Door Art Center, an art gallery in Yonkers NY. She also is a member of the New Rochelle Art Association, where she serves on the membership committee. Pat has won several awards since she began exhibiting her fine artwork.


Instagram: @luckybunny_designs
Email: patricialstanton@yahoo.com




Gold Jacobean

Gouache on watercolor paper
$1000



Grey Damask

Gouache on watercolor paper
$250



Medallion

Gouache on watercolor paper
$350



Red Damask

Gouache on watercolor paper
$400





Red Sunburst Finish

Acrylic paint on paper, framed and matted
$350




Tokyo Rose

Acrylic paint on paper, framed and matted
$350



Music in the Night Wind

Acrylic paint/mixed media on cradleboard
$350



Mon Café

Acrylic paint on paper, framed and matted
$350

Thursday, February 1, 2024

February Artist of the Month

 

February Artist of the Month

              Art At The Kent Library

Sponsored by The Friends of Kent Library
with Arts on the Lake
Exhibition Dates: February, 2/2-2/29


Kat Sayegh


    



Kat Sayegh is an abstract mixed media and digital artist from New Rochelle, NY. She received her BFA in studio art from the college of New Rochelle, and received her master of professional studies degree in art therapy and creative development from Pratt Institute, and a master of science in sport and exercise psychology from Lock Haven University. Kat is also an art therapist specializing in athletic injuries, physical and medical trauma, injury and illness recovery, and stress and anxiety reduction. She also serves as president of the New Rochelle Art Association.

The driving forces behind her work are the deep emotions that only the subconscious can reach. Within these feelings live the traumas that she has experienced throughout her life as an injured athlete. These memories are released through her work, which ultimately makes art her therapeutic process. Her physical trauma, x-rays, MRI images and the organic shapes of the nervous system serve as the basis of her inspiration.

Websites: katsayegh.com

Instagram: @kat_sayegh_artist

Email: sayeghkat@gmail.com


Boundaries
Digital Media
$300


Gentle Force 2
Digital Media
$450


Healing Journey
Digital Media
$300


Monday, January 1, 2024

January Artist of the Month

January Artist of the Month

              Art At The Kent Library

Sponsored by The Friends of Kent Library
with Arts on the Lake
Exhibition Dates: January 2nd-31st


Caroline Zemira Douglas




These photos were taken in the fall of 2021, during which I conducted research on water quality in the Green River (Williamstown, MA), for a geomorphology class. There are quite a few things to be said about what the Green River has provided for me, but to put it simply: it has offered solitude when I need it, brought togetherness when I wanted it, and most of all, it has served as a physical reminder that multiple things can exist within one body. Whether it be the dramatic variation in water dynamics or the fact that I could pursue two of my strongest interests at the very same location and even in the same moment. It’s easier for me to see now that there’s no need to box in things that don’t need to be confined.  Instead, I try to lean into and celebrate the multidimensional nature of people and places — it brings new perspectives.

    Caroline Zemira Douglas is a graduate of Williams College and a resident of Stormville, NY.  At Williams, she studied Geosciences and Studio Art, and has combined the two in various forms while exploring the overlap between visual art and science.  She works with a range of materials, and has experience with photography, drawing, painting, linocut, quilting, video, weaving, fresco, and more.

Email
carolinezemira@gmail.com




Stained Glass
Not for sale






Exploding
Not for sale




Calm Bubbles
Not for Sale




Friday, December 1, 2023

December Artist of the Month

                December Artist of the Month

              Art At The Kent Library

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


Michael Garland

    

     New York Times best-selling author and illustrator Michael Garland’s greatest success has been the writing and illustration of children's picture books. Garland’s Miss Smith’s Incredible Storybook won the California and Delaware State Reading Awards. He is the author and illustrator of forty-four children’s picture books and illustrator of more than fifty books by other authors. Recent books include We’re Not Weird and Ferry Boat from Holiday House, Grandma’s Farm from Astra Publishers, and Grandpa’s Tractor from Boyds Mills. His book Grandpa’s Tractor was selected for the Original Art of Children’s Book Show at the Society of Illustrators in NYC while Garland’s Miss Smith and the Haunted Library made the New York Times Best Seller list. Currently, Ferry Boat is on sale at the Museum of Modern Art and his 2021 collaboration The Traveling Camera, Lewis Hine and the Fight to End Child Labor by Alexandra Hinrichs illustrated by Michael Garland is currently on sale at the Getty Museum.

    Michael Garland has illustrated for celebrity authors like James Patterson and Gloria Estefan on best selling picture books. Michael Garland’s illustrations for Patterson’s SantaKid were the inspiration for Sak’s Fifth Avenue’s Christmas window display in New York City. Garland’s Christmas Magic has become a season classic and is currently in development as an animated Christmas special.

   His work has won many honors and is frequently included in the Society of Illustrators and the Original Art of Children's book show annuals as well in Print, Graphics and Communications Arts magazines. Recently, Michael Garland was included on the list of the top one hundred Irish Americans by Irish American Magazine

    Michael Garland has illustrated cover commissions for Forbes, Fortune, and Newsweek magazines as well as best-selling novels and is frequently asked to speak at schools, literary conferences and festivals across the country.

You can learn more about Michael Garland by visiting his web sites, Facebook, calling or emailing.

 

 

Websites:

michaelgarlandfineart.com

garlandpicturebooks.com

Phone:

845-878-4347

Email:

garlandmp@comcast.net



Circus Bear

Oil Paint 13.75 x 12.75
Not for Sale




Grandpa's Tractor

Pencil and Digital 12.25 x 11
Not for Sale




We're Not Weird

Digi-woodcut 10.75 x 10.5
Not for Sale