Monday, September 28, 2015

October Artist

Lauren Clark
"A life in the Arts is a great life!  

Coming from a family of Artists and Art lovers, having Art as an every day part of life seemed very natural.  From my early days toddling around the Metropolitan Museum of Art to the beginning of my formal art training at the High School of Art and Design, I thought everyone had the same love and interest in the Arts.

There seemed to be no other career path for me but to become an Art teacher.   While continuing my Art studies at the University of Louisiana and the City University of New York, I did large scale figurative works inspired by my father’s photography as well as my photography and graphics background.  Over the years I have had the good fortune to have been mentored by Hope Irvine, Fred Daspit, William Moreland, Sherman Drexler and William Noonan; all wonderful artists and inspiring teachers.

I started my teaching career as an instructor in a Reading Through the Arts program at the Cloisters, later becoming a New York City Art Teacher and college Art Education instructor.   Throughout my career I also remained involved in Community Arts organizations in Northern Manhattan as well as professional Art Education organizations.  During that time I exhibited my artwork in the Metropolitan Museum of Community Arts Gallery and at Gallery 12 in N.Y.C.

Always a New Yorker and never wanting to be far from the Hudson River, I have retired to the Hudson Valley where I continue my interest in Community Arts as a Board Member of the Barrett Art Center/Dutchess County Art Association.  

Celebrating the beauty of nature that surrounds me; my current focus is landscape and still-life.  I work in oil, colored pencil and other media.  I have most recently exhibited at The Gables, The National Arts Club and at the Barrett Art Center.

My studio is near Poughkeepsie and I can be reached at:"