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Mecca Alim

I am a Bronx-based illustrator and graphic designer. I have exhibited my works in numerous galleries and publications based out of New York City, New Jersey, Westchester County, and the United Kingdom. I’ve also created commercial illustrations, designs, and advertisements for The Society of Scent, Marilyn Gauthier of StudioChic, LolaLovesCargo, and more. I’ve graduated summa […]

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Jeanne Carreau

“Clay is a way of life. Working with my hands, head, and heart is my secret to a happy life. All of my life experiences, good and bad, provide a rich source of inspiration.” Jeanne Carreau fell in love with clay 50 years ago in a High School ceramics class in Kansas. She joined a […]

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The Nerdy Duo

The Nerdy Duo are Erin Cardullo and Melissa Weiland, new media artists, specializing in digital video production. Their involvement in a wide array of projects like projections for community theater (Gypsy, Man In Snow), producing props for the steampunk scene (as seen at the 2018 Community Organized Gathering of Steampunks), video installation art (most recently […]

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J.C. English

JC is classically trained in drawing and painting in oil and pastel. Studied at the Art Students League, NY; apprenticed with Daniel E. Greene N.A. – studied color and painting techniques (oil and pastel) with special emphasis on portraiture, always with an emphasis on working from a life model. JC has been an instructor at […]

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Frank Fanelli

Frank Fanelli Jr. is a graduate of The Fashion Institute of Technology with an AAS in Communication Design and a BFA in Computer Animation & Interactive Media. He has been working as a graphic designer and animator for over 6 years. Frank has an interest in teaching technology and has been running various animation workshops […]

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Hayley Ferber

Hayley Ferber is a contemporary arts leader, educator and artist living in Brooklyn, New York. As Deputy Director of Chashama, a non-profit that repurposes unused real estate into artist studios and exhibition spaces, she supports a creative community of multidisciplinary artists.  In her personal artistic practice, she creates artist’s books that investigate paper surface treatments such […]

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Therese Folkes Plair

Therese Folkes Plair, an award-winning performing artist, is a classically trained singer who in 1979 changed her artistic direction from opera to world music and storytelling. Her research, performances and teaching have since focused on the music and the oral and written literature of people of African descent. She has a BA in theater/anthropology from […]

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Dhanashree Gadiyar

Dhanashree Gadiyar received her undergraduate degree in fine arts painting at Chamarajendra Academy of Visual Arts, Mysore, India. She also received her graduate degree in “Museology” in Vadodara, India. The color palette she uses is inspired by the vibrancy and diversity of folk culture and festivities of Western India. Dhanashree enjoys exploring emotions by using […]

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Letizia Gentile

Letizia, is a classically trained, local realist artist whose mediums are oil and graphite/charcoal. She earned her CFA at New York Academy of Art as well as honing her skills in workshops and classes in ateliers. She currently TA’s in Robert Armetta’s “Figure Atelier” class at NYAA. Letizia, has exhibited in various group shows, including, […]

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Luis Gondar

Luis Gondar is a graduate of New York Institute of Technology with a BFA in Computer Graphics and a MA in Art Education from The College of New Rochelle. He has been working as a teacher in Westchester for over 5 years, having worked in Mt Vernon, Ardsley, and the Pelham Art Center. In addition […]

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Keith Gordon

Keith Gordon is a studio potter, ceramics instructor, and retired attorney. He manages the ceramics program at Cedar Lane Arts Center in Ossining, NY, is an officer of Hudson River Potters and Ossining Arts Council. The son of a professional potter, he has had his hands covered with clay since 1965.

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Frank Guida

Frank Guida graduated from the University of Illinois with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree, continuing his art education by attending postgraduate art courses at the College of New Rochelle and the State University of New York at Purchase. He has been a drawing teacher for over thirty years. Currently he is teaching at the […]

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Sonika Gupta

As a native New Yorker, Sonika’s exposure to art has been rich and diverse. Her early engagements in visual arts, classical dance, and music eventually led to a bachelor’s in Arts Management at Purchase College (SUNY). Then, she gained proficiency in oil painting and drawing (fundamental, traditional, contemporary, portrait) at the Center for the Arts of […]

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Jo Jayson

Jo Jayson is a self-taught artist who started her career as a muralist and decorative painter in London, Sydney and New York. She started her own series of paintings in 2008 and has become an internationally known artist and teacher in her field. Her work is primarily figurative, with feminine spiritual, healing and empowerment themes. […]

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Edgar Jerins

Jerins, awarded a full scholarship by Scholastic Art Awards to attend the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, was also the recipiant of the Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Grant, The Pollock-Krasner Grant, New York Foundation for the Arts, Fellowship in Printmaking/Drawing/Artists Books, The Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts Grant, George Sugarman Foundation Grant, and E.D. Foundation Grant. […]

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Satish Joshi

Satish Joshi is a 1968 graduate of the New Delhi College of Art (MFA) who immigrated to the US in 1969. He taught at Riverdale Country School for 37 years, much of that time as Head of the Visual Arts Department, and added ceramics, sculpture and printmaking to the existing painting and drawing curriculum at […]

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Bianca Larrea

I am a graduate of the Intimate Apparel program at the Fashion Institute of Technology. I have focused my passion of the arts and fashion to help develop educational programs at Fashion Art Studio of Westchester for students of all ages. I’ve also taught private watercolor classes as well as painting and sensory workshops at […]

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Barry Mason

Barry Mason is a photographer and painter living in Mt Vernon. He was educated at The Corcoran School of Art and Indiana State University. His commercial photography clients include: GE, L’Oreal, American Legacy Magazine. He has taught photography at Horace Mann School, ArtsWestchester, UJAMMA and for many years worked at CBS Corporation.

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Jackie Meier

Meier attended Boston College and received a BA in economics, she then became a buyer for housewares working for TJMaxx and Marshalls for 8 years. She then travelled the world for 11 months she relocated to California and pursued her art education at the California College of Arts. Meier returned to the east coast and […]

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Eleanor Miller

A classically trained artist, Eleanor Grace Miller received her BA from Monmouth University, where she studied under Eleanore Mikus, a vanguard Minimalist, and Bernard Aptekar, one of the original SOHO Ten Downtown, and continued her studies at the National Academy School of Fine Arts. Miller has exhibited extensively throughout the East Coast, both in fine […]

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Charlotte Mouquin

Charlotte Mouquin is the Executive Director at the Pelham Art Center in Pelham, NY. Previously she was the  Director of Rush Arts Galleries of Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation from 2010-2017 focusing on all exhibitions and public programs at Rush Arts Gallery in Chelsea and Corridor Gallery in Brooklyn. Her goal is enhancing community through art […]

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Susan Nathenson

Ms. Nathenson received her BA from Washington University and has exhibited and taught throughout the US, Europe and in Hungary. Has taught at the PAC for over 25 years, is a member of the Hungarian Artists Association, she has completed several residencies in Hungary and India. In 2009 won the city prize of Keszthely, Hungary. […]

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Nancy Nikkal

Nancy Egol Nikkal has been teaching the art of collage to adults for more than 30 years, including classes at the Pelham Art Center and exhibition-related collage workshops at William Paterson University (Wayne, NJ), the Newark Museum and the Morris Museum in NJ. Collage classes include demonstration, discussion and personal critique of works in progress. […]

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Donetta Riley

Donetta Riley, a singer, actor, and improviser, holds an M.F.A. in Theatre Arts, with an emphasis in teaching from the University of Louisville. Donetta has seven nieces, two nephews, two grand-nieces and two-god children. She teaches the ART Masters program at PS 187 and also is the owner of Kids Fun Parties. She face paints, […]

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Zafiro Romero-Acevedo

Mrs. Zafiro Romero-Acevedo was born in Morelos Cuernavaca, Mexico and has been living in South Yonkers for the past three decades. Acevedo graduated from the Art Institute of Philadelphia with a Bachelor’s Degree in  Multimedia Graphics. Within her career she has worked with companies such as: MTV Networks, and 4kids Entertainment in the Animation Department. […]

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Donna Ross

BFA from The School of Visual Arts, teaching artist specializing in creativity, practiced in the Fine Arts with a concentration on life drawing and the human form. She is a decorative, mural, and faux painter and restorer for United Housewrecking, the Little Gym, Helen Hayes School of Dance, and the Den of Antiquity. A member of […]

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Susan Sass

Susan Saas is a milliner and freelance illustrator. She received her BFA in Illustration from the Rhode Island School of Design and her millinery certificate from the Fashion Institute of Technology. Her illustration work has appeared in a variety of publications from the New Yorker to the Irish Times. Unable to shake an obsession with […]

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Tanaisha Semidey

I have taught visual arts for the past six years in a public elementary school in East Harlem. Studying Visual Arts administration at New York University and Art Education at the State University of New York at New Paltz has informed my strong interest and experience in public education and community-based settings. My strong belief […]

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Sylvia Vigliani

Sylvia Vigliani is an artist living and working in the Bronx. She taught K-12 art in public and private schools in the U.S. as well overseas. In 2015, She retired from full-time teaching as Chair of the Art Department in the Eastchester Public Schools, and has been actively working in a range of media, including […]

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Judith Weber

Since I began to see myself as an artist, I have been fascinated by the “hands-on” experience of being a maker.  Direct connection to creative material fully captures my attention. Initially clay provided me with a total, up-to-the-elbows experience. Beginning as a production potter I concentrated on the “home”. Creating functional, table-top design was to be […]

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