Painters on Location 2015

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On Saturday, October 3, 2015, roughly forty professional artists will paint the town, parks, beaches, landmarks, buildings, landscapes, and scenic beauty of Rye and its surrounding areas in a one day plein-air paint-out.

A reception to view the wet works will take place on October 3, 4:30 – 6:00 pm, with a live art auction starting at 6:15 pm in the Performing Arts Room at The Rye Arts Center.

Painters on Location is free and open to the public. The community is encouraged to visit artists “on location.” Maps of the locations where artists can choose to paint will be available at The Rye Arts Center.

Additional works by the artists will be on display in the Gallery Monday, September 21 – Saturday, October 3. Their works will be available for purchase through a silent auction.

Bidding paddles for the Live auction can be purchased for $20 at the event.

Visit the artist at their locations!

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Participating Artists


Susie Amato, New York, NY

Based in New York City, Susie Amato is a contemporary realist painter and sculptor, who has exhibited for the Whitney Museum & solo/group shows in NYC, regional galleries & internationally.  She has received many award, grants & is widely collected. Teaching workshops at Parsons-New School, Seattle/Gage Academy of Fine Art, Helen Day Art Center, Stowe, Vermont, W`Burg Art Factory and the Cirrolo Culturale I1 Bosso in Spain. Some of Miss Amato’s signature projects include ARTIST IN CONFLICT; A painting workshop for artist in countries exposed to difficult challenges. Her teaching focuses on composition, light, shadow, value, hue, & chroma using contemporary realism as it’s vehicle.

Laura Anechiarico, Rye, NY

Laura Anechiarico earned her Masters in Teaching, Visual Arts, from Manhattanville College and earned a BA in Art from the University of Texas in Austin. She also studied at The Art Students League in Manhattan. Laura is working on a series of illustrations for a childrens’ book to be published in 2015, and her fine art work is represented by Gallery 52 in Rye, NY. Of her years at The Art Students League, she writes “For three years I studied with many instructors from The Students Arts League.  To prepare for each new incoming instructor, I painted in a style in which they could best critique, and in turn, in which I could learn the most from each teacher and their style.  From portraiture with Oldrich Tepley; to the Russian and European figurative realism I learned from Leonid Gervitz; to color, rhythm and the action painting of Kenneth McIndoe; I studied their work, and how they taught it.  When I met Knox Martin at the League, I wrote down everything he said and studied his lectures.  His classes intellectually allowed me to navigate what art is, and to read deeper into art, learning that in order to make art, I had to challenge myself to create something new, and to reveal something in it that is also invigorating.”

Vivian Bergenthal, White Plains, NY

After more than 20 years of teaching art in the New York City school system, Vivian began her retirement with a “painting fellowship” to Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, NY (summer of 2002).

Thereafter, Vivian became the first Artist-in-Residence at the Maxwell International School in BC, Canada from April 10-May 21, 2003. In collaboration with the head of the dance department, they won the first place prize in Vancouver’s Annual May Day Parade with her theme “Pathways to Peace!”

Vivian travels extensively, enjoying the beauty of nature in all its vast variety. She records her inspirations through the eyes of her creativity, capturing the emotions and moody seasons of her subjects. Through her creations, she conveys more than the visual beauty: she expresses the essence of the scene, stimulating all of the senses.
Vivian currently has two paintings up in the juried Far Away Places exhibit at the Stamford Art Museum in Stamford, CT until August 21st.

Bruce Bundock, Kingston, NY

Bundock - InletA native of Bridgeport, Conn, Bruce Bundock has made his home in the Hudson Valley since 1979.  His art is situated in the realist tradition, drawing inspiration from three geographic locations: Maine, Cape Cod and the Hudson Valley. He holds an M.A. from SUNY Empire State College, and a B.F.A. from Maryland Institute College of Art. Additional studies include Silvermine College of Art, Artists for Environment Foundation, Campbell Center for Historic Preservation Studies, and the Williamstown Art Conservation Center. He is a member of the American Alliance of Museums, PACCIN, Landscape Artists International, and New York Plein Air Painters.

Selected exhibitions include the Arnot Art Museum, Schenectady Museum, Albany Institute of History and Art, The Hyde Collection, Vassar College, Muscarelle Museum of Art, College of William and Mary,  Marist College,  Dutchess Community College, The Salmagundi Club and Brigham Young University.

Publications include American Artist Magazine and Acrylic Artist Magazine. His work was honored with the Hudson 400 Award  from the Banks of the Hudson National Juried Juried Exhibition held at the Woodstock School of Art in 2009, and  the Salmagundi Club Award  at the 60TH Annual Exhibition of the National Society of Painters In Casein and Acrylic in 2014. His work is in private and public collections.  

Roseanne Cerbo, Tuxedo Park, NY

Rosanne Cerbo - InseparableRosanne Cerbo is a resident of Tuxedo, New York. She’s had the fortune to study with John Osborne and Andrew Lattimore and is a recipient of many awards including the following:

Oil Painters of America
Salmagundi Club
American Artists Professional League
Connecticut Academy of Fine Art
Catherine Wolfe Lorillard Club
Ridgewood Art Institute

May 2015: Salmagundi Floral Award
March 2015: AAPL Online Landscape Show Award
February 2015: Salmagundi Urban Life Show Award
January 2015: Exhibited in New Britain Museum of American Art
October 2014: Salmagundi Fall Show – “Sylvia Glessman Award”
September 2014: RMAA Open Juried Show-  First Place
January 2014: Ridgewood Art Institute – 34th Regional Open Juried Show– Award
April 2013: Scarsdale Art Association – “Best in Show” and First Place in Portraits
June 2010: RMAA Members Show – “Best in Show”
November 2013: Orange Cty Arts Federation – “Best in Show”
March 2011: Kent Art Association  –  “2011 Award of Excellence”  in oils
April 2011: Kent Art Association – “Best in Oils/Acrylics”
March 2012: Warwick Art League – First Place in oils
June 2014: Fort Lee Artist Guild – First Place in oils
June 2013: Fort Lee Artist Guild – First Place in oils
August 2013:  American Professional Artists League – Award in Landscapes
March 2014: American Professional Artists League – Award in Portraits
June 2014: Hudson Valley Art Association – Accepted 82nd Exhibition
May 2014: Connecticut Academy of Fine Art – Accepted 103rd Exhibition
May 2014: Salmagundi – Accepted “American Masters” Exhibition
September 2013:Catherine Lorillard – Accepted 117th Annual Open Exhibition
October 2013:  Audubon Artists – Accepted 71st Annual Exhibition

Ismael Checo, Astoria, NY

Ismael Checo is a painter with a knack for finding beauty where other people have overlooked it. Although his subjects are drawn from the world, trouble politics and complex sociology are not what he is out to capture; his terrain is of a different kind, propelled by close looking at things which delight him. He is, by his own description, a “perfectionist,” preferring to address the ubiquitous, those things familiar and accessible.

He is a master of all small truth about the particular light of a particular place, a specific quality of this one thing. In his hands, the ordinary is transformed into something finer and more enduring. Checo is a realist who always works from direct observation. He studied painting and drawing at The School of Fine Arts in Santo Domingo, The Art Students League of New York, and as an Apprentice with Nelson Shanks in Andalusia PA.

Mary Jay Costello, Mohegan Lake, NY

MJ Costello - After the StormMary Jay Costello serves on the board of directors of the Hudson Valley Art Association and has exhibited her artwork in regional and national fine art competitions including the National Arts Club and the Salmagundi Club in New York City.

She is a fine arts graduate of Indiana University and has also studied art at the American Academy of Art in Chicago and the Ringling School of Art in Florida. While living in Woodstock, NY, she studied at the John Pike Watercolor School and the Albert Handell School of Pastel Painting. Her pastel and graphic artworks have won many awards in fine art shows.

Artist’s Statement: I paint for the enjoyment of the creative pursuit, and for the satisfaction of sharing my artistic inspiration with others.


Daisy de Puthod, Hudson Valley, NY

In order to paint well outside on location, a painter needs a strong drawing foundation, a good sense of composition and a thorough understanding of color mixing to quickly capture the scene you are painting…

Daisy has these qualities, her background as an illustrator was a good foundation for drawing and composition and her long experience painting “en Plein Air” has made her adept at mixing colors quickly on her palette.

There is today in America an influx of Plein Air Festivals promoting various towns, a small selection of nationally juried artists participate in these week long painting events ending with a prestigious art show well attended by the town’s officials.

Daisy de Puthod was honored to be juried in these following Festivals: In California, San Luis Obispo. In Vermont, Bennington. In Maryland, Easton, Havre de Grace, Solomon’s Island, Annapolis and Fredericks. In the Adirondacks of New York, Saranac Lake.

Daisy de Puthod is on the advisory board and a Signature member of the New York Plein Air Painters, she is also a member of the Mid-Atlandinc Plein Air Painters, a Signature member of the American Impressionist Society and a member of the Oil Painters of America.


Elizabeth Derderian, Rye, NY

Derderian - Playland PanoramaElizabeth B. Derderian is a familiar face in Rye. Her paintings can be seen locally on the walls of On the Way Café, Ruby’s, and Sotheby’s, on the cover of the 2010 and 2015 Rye Chamber of Commerce Visitor’s Map, and on the postcards of the Pearl Restaurant Group. She earned her B.A. in art history from Barnard College, and her MBA in marketing from NYU. Her work was highlighted in the April 2013 issue of Gallery and Studio Magazine, and featured in the June 2010 issue of The American Artist Magazine.

She has won many top awards in national art societies. She is an elected full artist member of the Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club, an active member of the National Society of Painters in Casein and Acrylic, which is by invitation only, and an elected full artist member of the American Artists Professional League. She has had 11 solo exhibitions. She thoroughly enjoys sharing her joy and skill of painting with her adult and teen students at the Rye Arts Center.

Carol Douglas, Rockport, ME

Carol Douglas - WhitefaceA native of Buffalo, NY, Carol Douglas has recently relocated her teaching studio to Rockport, ME after several seasons teaching and working in mid-coast Maine.She has taught workshops in Maine, New Mexico, and New York, and shown in galleries across the United States. She studied with Nicki Orbach, Cornelia Foss, and Joseph Peller at Art Students League in New York and in workshops with Steven Assael and Albert Handell/Anita West.

She will be teaching at the Schoodic Institute in Acadia in August, 2015 and speaking at the Moore Auditorium of the Schoodic Institute on August 12 at 7 PM. Her topic is “Heading Home: New York Painters on the Maine Coast.”

She is represented in Maine by Camden Falls Gallery in Camden, Tidemark Gallery in Waldoboro, and Tori Anna Designs in Damariscotta. Her blog, “Watch Me Paint,” is carried by the Bangor Daily News.

Emily Dubicki, New Haven, CT

Emilia Dubicki is a Connecticut based artist, showing work nationally and internationally. She has received residencies from the I-Park Foundation, the Vermont Studio Center; and the Wurlitzer Foundation. ​This year she received a Best of Houzz award from

“I paint mostly in the studio but the ideas come in large part from the New England coastline, especially Long Island Sound and the lower Cape, from the Florida Keys, and from the streets of New York City. In the paintings I try to distill the essence of a place in a moment of time while having a flow of energy making its way through the work. I hope to create paintings whose meanings and representations are very much open to interpretation.”

Katharine Dufault, Mamaroneck, NY

Katharine DufaultBorn in Cambridge England, Katharine studied fine art, photography and graphic design at Anglia Ruskin University before coming to New York.  She graduated with honors from Columbia University, with a degree in Painting and Literature. Katharine works in oils, as well as other media including printmaking, encaustic, and photography. Her work draws on gestural abstract expressionism together with the influence of Japanese brush painting. She frequently exhibits her work both here and abroad, and her work is in many private and several public collections.

Katharine is an artist, curator, photographer, and educator as well as the current Gallery Committee Chair for The Rye Arts Center.



Robert Eckes, Fishkill, NY

Robert EckesRobert Eckes is a self-taught artist with over 40 years of professional landscape painting and plein air painting experience. He is well known for his color palette and atmospheric realistic style which he developed over years of practice – bringing a certain peace and serenity to every one of his finished paintings.

Although he has been to Paris and Italy to paint landscapes, he prefers the Hudson Valley Region. He has participated in art shows and art auctions in Garrison, Cold Spring, Poughkeepsie, Rhinebeck, Briarcliff, and Rye. His works have been collected by numerous art enthusiasts and serious art collectors throughout the Hudson Valley.

Amanda Epstein, Putnam Valley, NY

Amanda Epstein - Via Santa Margherita CortonaAmanda is a graduate of Parsons School of Design, and has attended the National Academy of Design, School of Visual Arts and Art Students League, New York. She is an award winning member of The Salmagundi Club and a signature member of the Northeast Watercolor Society. Her watercolors are part of numerous private and corporate collections. Amanda exhibits in and around the New York City area including the Hudson Valley where she lives.





Tarryl Gabel, Poughkeepsie, NY

Tarryl Gabel is an award winning Hudson Valley Artist residing in Hyde Park NY.  Finding inspiration from nature at every turn, Tarryl prefers to pain the landscape plein air, but also works in the studio on still life, wildlife and western-themed paintings when she cannot be outdoors. “I consider a painting successful when it evokes or captures a certain mood or feeling that the viewer(s) get caught up or “lost” in, and I strive to make this emotional connection through my art.  I am most passionate about capturing that fleeting moment in time and the way the light moves across the changing landscape.”  Tarryl is honored to have been voted  “Best of the Hudson Valley-Best Artist” for four years now by readers of Hudson Valley Magazine.  Her works are found in private and corporate collections throughout the United States and abroad.

Antonio Garcia, Long Island City, NY

Antonio Garcia received a Fine Arts degree from the University of Wisconsin and has exhibited his art extensively in the US. His art is part of several private collection and he is a member of the National Society of Mural Painters.

Elissa Gore, New York, NY

Elissa Gore -Air, earth, water and light mix together to form our living world. Elissa Gore captures these elements as she sees them in landscape paintings for over thirty years. Once a girl scout and later a scientific illustrator and college professor of fine art living in New York City and the Catskills, she paints and sketches outdoors in the city and the country. She makes larger works from her studies in the studio. Her work is in over 60 public collections including the US Art in Embassies program. A Philadelphia native, she has a BFA from the University of Pennsylvania, and an MA from the University of Texas.

She exhibits frequently and has had over 15 solo exhibitions. She’s a prize winner in  plein air painting competitions. She has taught watercolor workshops for the New York Botanical Garden for 20 years. In New York City, she is represented by Markel Fine Arts.

Elissa keeps a log of her sketching adventures «Paint Trails» at

Janet Gunderson, Kerhonkson, NY

Janet Gunderson is a Hudson Valley artist who is inspired by sumi brush painting. Her work focuses on the subjects she is drawn to: energy, water, sky, mountains, wide open spaces, and cats. Her vision has been greatly influenced by her extensive travel experiences and her many years of teaching students from Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East.

Keith Gunderson, Kerhonkson, NY

keith gunderson The old WindmillKeith Gunderson is an artist whose work focuses on the depiction of the landscape and the figure, as expressed through the immediate process of plein air. His figure drawings are executed in the same spontaneous approach of the moment, emphasizing the rhythmic action and vibration of color.

Keith attended the Art Students League of New York, the National Academy of Art as well as the New York Academy of Art, Art Center College-Pasadena, and Studio Four in Chicago. He has studied with such notable instructors as Frank Mason, David Leffel, George Sotos, Harry Carmean, and Gustav Rehberger. He currently teaches painting and drawing in the Hudson Valley at the Woodstock School of Art, the Hyde Park Artist’s Collective, and the Jacaruso Studio. In Florida, he teaches at the Dunedin Fine Art Center. Keith’s work has been featured in international publications and media.

Lee Haber, New York, NY

Lee Haber - 2nd Time Around - Sailboat Pond, Central ParkAfter attending Pratt Institute, Lee founded Haber Design Group a prestigious, award-winning graphic design firm with many major corporate accounts. After 27 years he decided to follow his dream and pursue his passion for plein air painting. Lee is represented by galleries in Florida, Nantucket, Connecticut, and Southampton NY.

“Lee Haber’s work looks effortless and like child’s play yet with maturity that serious effort does not yield for many painters.” Larry Seiler, author of Artlandish Concepts.

M. Colleen Harrigan, Port Chester, NY

Colleen Harrigan is an artist and teacher at Clarkstown South High School in West Nyack, New York. Colleen is the Co-Chair of the College Board AP Studio Art Development Committee, a College Board Consultant, and one of the authors of the College Board Vertical Team Guide in Studio Art.

She earned a BFA in Studio Art from Saint Mary’s College and an MA in Art Education from New York University, studying in Rome and Venice respectively. Colleen has received several fellowships abroad, including studies at the Centro Internationale di Studi per L’Insegnamento del Mosaico in Ravenna, Italy, and the International Workshop of Ceramic Arts in Tokoname, Japan. Most recently, her work has been shown in New York and Massachusetts, including the Featherstone Center for the Arts on Martha’s Vineyard.

Anne Johann, Croton-on-Hudson, NY

Anne .Johann - On the CoastAnne Johann studied at Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY, where she earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree with Highest Honors (1980). She subsequently pursued classes in painting the figure in oil at the National Academy of Design School of Fine Arts, New York City, with Ronald Sherr (1983-1984), and later attended a portraiture workshop with Daniel Greene in North Salem, NY (1991).

The interaction between land and water became a fascination early in the artist‘s career. The Hudson River, a source of inspiration since childhood in Croton-on-Hudson, New York, is frequently portrayed in her work, as are the environs of Westchester County. Visits to the United Kingdom in the early 1990’s resulted in a series of oils of the English National Seashore in South Shields. By the 2000’s, the coast of Maine became another favorite painting location. Johann continues to create oils and watercolors inspired by the mid-coast region of the state.

Anne Johann’s work has received many awards and grants, and has been exhibited in galleries and national juried exhibitions. Grants include two ArtsWestchester municipal challenge grants for murals, one in conjunction with the Town of Cortlandt, and one with the Town of Ossining; and a grant and residency with the Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT. Jurors selecting the work for juried exhibitions have included Lisa Messinger, Curator, Department of Modern Art at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC; George G. King, Director (2000), Georgia O’Keefe Museum, Santa Fe, NM, former Director, Katonah Museum); Richard Klein, Assistant Director (2000; now Exhibition Director), Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, Ridgefield, CT; Charles A. Shepard III, Director (2001), Lyman Allyn Art Museum, New London, CT; Cornelia Seckel, Publisher, Art Times; Stephan Doherty, Editor, Plein Air Magazine.

Exhibition venues have included The National Arts Club, NYC; The Salmagundi Club, NYC; Lyme Art Association Gallery, Old Lyme, CT; Silvermine Guild Gallery, New Canaan, CT; The John Slade Ely House, New Haven CT; Attleboro Arts Museum, Attleboro, MA; Bristol Art Museum, Bristol, RI; Sherry French Gallery, NYC. Her work has been awarded at exhibitions of the New Haven Paint & Clay Club, Silvermine Guild Gallery (Art of the Northeast USA exhibition), The Hudson Valley Art Association, and the National Association of Women Artists. Juried memberships include the Salmagundi Club and the New Haven Paint & Clay Club.

Johann’s biography is listed in the Marquis’ Who’s Who of American Women, and Who’s Who in America.

Hae-Suk Kim, Long Island City, NY

Haesuk Kim, born in Korea, she works on board.Her work is in number of collections, and she has been involved in many exhibitions in New England. She has won several awards for her work, and has studied with Sidney Simon and Frank Mason at the Art Students League of NY.

Carolyn Lock, Little Compton, RI

carolyn lockCarolyn Lock is the President of South Coast Artists, Inc., an affiliation of about 100 independent artists in RI and MA and host of the largest annual Open Studio Tour in the region. Before becoming President, Carolyn served on the SCA Executive Board; and she has participated on the Tour for five years. Her award-winning artwork has been exhibited in many juried shows, and is in numerous private and corporate collections including Boston Children’s Hospital, Pearson Education, and Coastway Community Bank, Providence.

A graduate of Case Western Reserve University, Carolyn took a year of fine art studies at Cleveland Institute of Art. She ran a freelance business creating architectural drawings for real estate marketing, and rendered a series of Boston landmarks in pen & ink. She later earned a Graphic Design Certificate and worked as a Senior Designer and Manager for Pearson Education, in Boston. She now paints in her Rhode Island Studio.

David Luchak, Old Greenwich, CT

David Luchak attended The New York Studio School, and graduated cum laude from Bowdoin College.  He lived and worked in New York City and now lives in Connecticut.  David has painted portraits and landscapes professionally for many years, and has been recognized for his work.  He is married and has a son.

David Lussier, Woodstock, NY

David Lussier is an award winning contemporary impressionist and nationally recognized plein air painter and workshop instructor. He is a painter in the purist sense of the word. In his poetic and intimate oil landscapes he strives to capture the essence and sense of place of his subject matter. His use of bold broad brushwork brings the surfaces to life and begs the viewer to return for a second look. David started his career as a commercially trained illustrator, but he quickly realized that his passion was in the fine arts. He has been painting professionally for more than twenty five years, has garnered more than 75 prizes for his work and is in numerous private and corporate collections throughout the United States. His work has been featured in many art journals and he is a professional member of some of the finest art associations and groups in the country.

Newman & Saunders Galleries, Wayne, Pennsylvania
Wiscasset Bay Gallery, Wiscasset, Maine
McBride Gallery, Annapolis, Maryland
North Light Gallery, Kennebunkport, Maine
Finger Lakes Gallery, Canandaigua, New York
David Lussier Gallery/Studio, Willington, Connecticut

Recent Awards:
2014 Award of Excellence, Connecticut Plein Air Painters Society Annual Exhibition
2014 First Place Award, Paint Annapolis, Annapolis MD
2014 First Place Award, Dueling Brushes Quick Draw, Annapolis MD
2014 Second Place Award, Easels In Frederick, Frederick MD

Pamela Lussier, Woodstock, NY

Pamela Lussier is best described as a painterly realist. A 1978 graduate of the Art Institute of Boston, Pam has been painting and teaching classes and workshops for more than twenty-five years. Pam has an intense passion for her work as a fine artist. She was diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma, a blood cancer, seven years ago which resulted in the loss of her kidney function seven years ago. Though her cancer has remained in total remission for six years she had to receive dialysis treatment. Pam continued to paint and teach. Her positive work ethic and attitude made her an inspiration to all those around her. Family, friends and students have all been touched by Pam’s ability to press on with a sense of normality, often putting their needs above her own. Recently she received a new donor kidney and is thriving with this new chance at life. She is once again painting full-time and looking forward to fully participating in the art community.

True North Gallery, Kennebunkport Maine
Finger Lakes Gallery, Canandaigua New York
David Lussier Gallery/Studio, Willington Connecticut

Nestor Madalengoitia, Poughkeepsie, NY

Born in 1959 in Lima Peru, Nestor is a portrait and mural artist. He was educated at the Catholic University of Lima-Peru, and SUNY New Paltz NY. He currently lives and works in Poughkeepsie NY.

Nestor’s work is inspired by the work of the pre-Columbian Peruvian Paracas tapestry with a modern understanding which define his own visual and conceptual vocabulary that emerged through his focus on the point on intersection between visual effect and the meaning of the subject.   Nestor’s paintings have been seen in numerous exhibitions and collections in New York City, the Hudson Valley and Lima Peru.

Nestor is now working in a body of work about portraits of citizens of Poughkeepsie NY . His murals can be appreciated in public spaces in Poughkeepsie and other localities such as Washington DC, Sussex Canada, the Florida Keys, Lima Peru and Cajabamba Peru.

Brad Marshall, Rego Park, NY

Brad Marshall - Distant View of the CityBorn in New York City; 1955. Raised and schooled in Miami, FL.

After completing my degree at the University of Florida, I moved to California to attend art school. I returned to New York in 1987. I am represented by the Fischbach Gallery in New York. My work is included in private and major corporate collections and is in the permanent collection of the Hudson River Museum in Yonkers, NY.

In my landscapes, I try to paint more than just a realistic image of the scene. I do not want to simply re-create a photo on canvas.  I paint the sublime places I have seen, trying to capture some of the feeling of that place in the painting. Rather than painting from a single photo, I work from studies and sketches as well as many  photos that I’ve taken at a sight and use various elements from them along with my personal observations to form a more engaging picture.  I try to create a composition that gives  the viewers a sense of place.

Eileen McGann, Island Park, NY

The foundations of Eileen’s paintings are realistic in composition and structure with continued development of color and light. The open space and ever changing beauty of nature is the inspiration for her work. Eileen strives for a feeling of being both grounded and free in her paintings. Her work as a fine artist and art therapist, contributes to the emotional and sensory experience of art making as a vital force in creativity and an integral part of expression.

“I hope to convey the intrinsic union between the physical and emotional realms through painting the landscape.”

Eileen Pryor McGann, a native of Rye, New York is an artist whose work has always focused on nature for inception and expression. Eileen has a BFA degree from Manhattanville College, in Purchase NY and an MA degree in Art Therapy from New York University.  Ms. McGann is long standing faculty member at The School of Visual Arts and New York University in the graduate art therapy programs. She has extensively published, presented and taught nationally and internationally and has shown at galleries in the New York area; her work is in private and permanent collections.

Currently Ms. McGann is Director of the Arts and Creative Therapies at MercyFirst.

Sarah McRae Morton, Lancaster, PA

Sarah McRae Morton grew up in Lancaster Pennsylvania. She currently lives and works in Germany. Sarah attended the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in Philadelphia after studying during her high school years with Myron Barnstone. In 2007 she was granted a fellowship to travel and study in Europe. She took this opportunity to study art restoration and conservation in Rome, then to study with painter, Odd Nerdrum in Norway. In 2008 Sarah was a Matisse Foundation Fellow at the Skowhegan Residency in Maine.

Her body of work has included series of paintings inspired by the experiences and landscapes of West Virginia, Cerrillos New Mexico, Carmel California, Baltimore Maryland, and Freiburg Germany. Using a vocabulary of symbols drawn from Western Art history, she relays stories about the people and places where she works. She has exhibited at Red Raven since 2007.

Jerry Merrill, Rodman, NY

Jerry Merrill has worked as a teacher, guidance counselor and insurance agent before retiring. Drawing and painting have always been part of what he does.  Sculpting came later in the form of 12 national and 18 international snow sculpting events.

James Morren, Hastings-on-Hudson, NY

James (Jaime) Morren is a painter focused on making representational and narrative art. He has trained with the Water Street Atelier and the revived Hudson River School Fellowship. He and his wife are working (slowly) on a graphic novella and raising their daughter in Hastings-on-Hudson, NY.

Edna Ortof, Scarsdale, NY

Edna Ortof’s love of plein-air painting and the search for interesting landscapes, has taken her to many places including Europe, Africa, Iceland and Canada. In addition to majoring in art in high school and college, Edna has studied at the Art Students League in both New York and Woodstock for many years, also at the Silvermine School of Art. She has also studied domestically and abroad with many internationally renowned artists such as Arnold Blanch, Claude Croney, Betty Lou Schlemm, Frank Riley, Milton Welt, Robert Wade, Mel Stabin, Serge Hollerbach, Don Andrews, Tom Nicholas, Dominic De Stephano, Frank Webb, and Tony Van Hasselt.

She has been painting in watercolor her entire adult lifeand has won many awards. Her watercolors are exhibited in galleries, corporations and private collections. One of her paintings has appeared on the cover of the American Psychologist, which is the journal of the American Psychological Associtation and is the most widely circulated social science journal in the world. Dr. Ortof’s paintings have won many awards, including first place awards from the Westchester Women’s Clubs and Scarsdale Art Association.

Heather Patterson, Rye, NY

Award winning artist and Rye resident, Heather Patterson, has been painting professionally for over 20 years. Heather has exhibited her work in NYC and throughout Westchester. Currently her work can be seen at Gallery 52 in Rye, NY. She enjoys capturing the beauty of local (and not-so-local) landscapes and landmarks in oils on canvas. In 2008-09, she helped to organize two juried art shows under the pavilions at Rye Town Park. In 2010, she created the highly successful 1st annual Boardwalk Arts & Music Festival at Rye Playland which will be happening again in October 2011. In May of 2011, Heather is producing a brand new arts and music event at Rye Town Park featuring painters on location, a juried art show, an artist’s reception cocktail party and live auction, fine craft vendors and continuous live music under the pavilions. Heather is also the Arts Program Director for Camp Eagle Hill.

Steven Petruccio, Fishkill, NY

Steven James Petruccio has been a professional artist and illustrator for over thirty years, with works in public and private collections and over seventy illustrated picture books. He received the 2012 Rip Van Winkle Award for his contribution to children’s literature.  Steven works in acrylic or watercolor, depending on the subject and  has been included in juried exhibitions at the North East Watercolor Society and The American Artists Professional League, among others.  His work focuses on the people, places and things he knows in the Hudson Valley.  Steven was commissioned to create the entrance mural for the new pediatric emergency room at Orange Regional Medical Center (

Donna Prizzi, Cornwall-on-Hudson, NY

Donna Prizzi - lipstick rowDonna Prizzi is a representational oil painter who lives in the Hudson Highlands.  She is an award winning artist who finds much of her inspiration from nature and classical art. She has exhibited her work in both New York City and the tri-state area where she participates in both juried group exhibitions and solo shows. She’s a member of the Salmagundi Club.

Linda Puiatti, Holmes, NY

Linda PuiattiIn my work I seek a place of solitude and peace, a place where one can harmonize with nature. A place remembered.I use color, light and shadow to express my feelings about nature and the drama of a moment. My paintings seek to create an emotional connection with the viewer and encourage participation in place and time. I invite the viewer to breathe in the air and feel the color. To be reminded of some place.

I paint primarily with oils on canvas in my Holmes, New York studio. Field studies painted outdoors in the Hudson Valley, the farmlands of Belgium and France or the coast of Cape Cod and the Eastern Coastline give way to larger studio works. My paintings hang in private collections throughout the US, Europe, Australia and Africa. American studies include: The Art Students League, The School of Visual Arts, The Woodstock School of Art, and the Byrdcliffe School of Art. European studies: Stedelijke Akademie voor Schoone Kunst, Deinze, Belgium

Holly Meeker Rom, New York, NY

Holly Rom- House By The BrookHolly Meeker was born on Long Island where she grew up on Lloyd Neck.  She studied at Mills College in Oakland, CA for her BA degree.  She has an MFA in painting from American University.

She currently lives in New York City.  Holly has had many group and solo exhibitions in the USA.  She has won several awards in watercolor from such noted jurors as Charles Reid, Frederick Brosen, Richard Lytle and Stephen Doherty.  Her paintings are in many private collections.  Her inspiration is always changing.  She is known for her landscape and landmark scenes in Rye, NY where she lived for 23 years.  Since she moved to NYC she paints scenes of parks and gardens and landmarks here as well.  Her nature close-up paintings are award winners, birches and apple trees especially.  Most recently she is combining water media with collage in a series of climate change images shown at MSB Gallery at NYU Langone Medical Center in NY.  Much of this work was based on her travels to Patagonia and Antarctica.

Polly Seip, Uncasville, CT

Polly SeipOriginally from the land locked city of Pittsburgh, PA. At 14, Polly Seip knew she was destined to be a maritime artist. The romance of the sea was a frequent topic in the home she grew up in, and she was captivated as a child by her parents’ collection of originals and prints by renowned marine artists Jack Spurling (1873-1933), Montague Dawson (1895-1973), Alexander Zagorsk (1911-1995) and especially John Stobart (1929-).

In late 1994, Polly met the renowned maritime artist John Stobart at his gallery in Pittsburgh, PA and from then on, she followed passion for maritime settings. Stobart recommended that she pursue a classical art education at the Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts of Old Lyme, CT. and Polly graduated in 2000 with her BFA in Painting.

For the past 10 years, she has developed her “Binoculars Series”, an exciting fusion of plein-air and studio work celebrating all watercraft – both historical and contemporary. Using her Nikon Travelite binoculars, she scans the Long Island Sound horizon finding inspiration in the sight of a tug and tow, sailing vessels, power boats; thus the “Binoculars Series” combines her affinity for the sky, light, water, nature, and atmospheric perspective in the tradition of contemporary plein-air painting with her love of traditional maritime art.

Since graduating, Polly has been pursuing her professional trade as a maritime and plein-air artist. She has been represented in numerous local galleries and regional galleries. In 2003, Polly was a selected recipient of the Stacey Scholarship of the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City and has work in the Stacey Scholarship’s permanent collection.

She is represented at the following galleries:Susan Powell Fine Art Madison, CT,Sylvan Gallery Wiscasset, ME, Trade Winds Gallery, Mystic, CT.

Susan Stephenson, Ashaway, RI

A native of Louisiana, she received her BFA degree from Louisiana Tech University and her MFA degree from Boston University, where she studied with John Moore. After taking part in the International Artist-in-Residence Program at The Griffis Art Center in New London, Connecticut, she decided to remain in New England.

She now lives in Rhode Island and divides her time between painting and teaching. A recipient of the 2004 Painting Fellowship from the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts, Stephenson has been a member of the faculty of the Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts since 1995. A full-time associate professor, she served as Lyme’s Chair of the Foundation Program for years; she now serves as the Chair of the Painting Department.

Perry L. Wilkins, Wyncote, PA

Perry WilkinsPerry L. Wilkins studied Art and Design at Kilgore College and The University of Houson. Perry has exhibited nationally at the Portsmouth Gallery, Houston Texas, River Club Show, Kennebunkport Maine, the Museum of Fine Arts, Austin Texas, the Stone House Gallery, and the Philadelphia Museum of Art, just to mention a few.

Through the years, the artist, as multi stylist, has applied his talents in a number of fields, which include as background artist for film animation, Artist and Designer for a needle point canvas company, Artist and Designer for ornamental folding screens, reproduction work, woodblock printmaking, and commissioned paintings. As plein air painter, Perry has found new fans and patrons, who have been excited to add his work to their collections. He currently resides in Wyncote Pa. where he maintains a studio and home gallery.