Pelham Art Center – Artist Directory
Listed artists are members of the Pelham Art Center Artist Club
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Thomas R Acevedo
My goal with most every painting is to draw the viewer in, penetrate the forth wall and invite the viewer to participate .If some one can not see the story, their eye might be drawn in by something “shiny” .
So much of my work has to do with inner growth and spiritual shortcomings. If a painting can be an affirming nod and a hand on the back I want to represent that .
My goal in Painting is to be all inclusive, providing a never ending story to whoever’s looking at a painting .
From Germany, Back explored her artistic abilities at an early age. Her family moved to NY, where she attended SVA after high school. A career in graphic/web design ensued, culminating in Back running her own Design Firm.
In a quest to discover her own voice rather than catering to clients, Back found herself craving the feeling of a paintbrush. Back tells visual stories inspired by experiences, current events and nature. A composition could be a figure conveying an emotion or moment, a geometrically infused landscape, or the beauty of an eye. They often include text, photographs and words.
Allison is a mixed media artist working mainly in collage and observational drawing. Emotional connections to the environment inspire her recent abstract landscape work. Allison’s work has been shown in galleries across the United States, in online galleries and shops, including Minted.com, local New York markets, and social media and print publications. She lives and works in Mamaroneck, New York.
Kathleen Benton, Yonkers, NY Drawing, Painting, Mixed Media
MA – New York University, New York, NY
BFA – The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH
Ford Foundation Grant
Recently my art practice themes consider nature and the effects of climate change.
I’m a Brazilian artist, graphic designer and creative director. I’m also an independent illustrator and painter. My latest project is called NYC Underground Portrait Series and it was created to spread the love and share the appreciation for others around us. I sketch people in the NYC subway and reproduce my drawings on silk screen or linoleum block and print them on tote bags, t-shirts, coats, paper and canvas. In times of distractions and intolerance, my work invites us to reflect, celebrate, honor and value diversity.
Jenn Cacciola imagines the person as place, and places as people. She recreates identity as a guest house, where viewers can roam around, open doors, and become lost. Her work gives pain a comfortable place to be around people by focusing on how factors like isolation, aging, and vulnerability affect our knowing one another. It takes form in tapestry, painting/drawing, printmaking, and installation. She’s been awarded residencies at Manassas National Battlefield Park, Sheen Center, Socially Distant Art, Cel del Nord, and World of Co. She is a NYC Crit Club member, Openings Collective curator, and the Program Director for Ice Cream Social in Port Chester, NY.
I make abstract ink drawings on watercolor paper, using a limited number of repetitive marks (scribble, dots, tiny circles, lines). The finished drawings range in size from miniature (3×3 inches) to monumental (6 feet or more across). I also make layered and pieced work from cut or ripped bits of drawings; work that incorporates techniques of hand-made books; and other work, sometimes 3D, of cut and folded paper.
This is not your grandmother’s needlework.
This is large scale translucent tapestry made with craft yarn on an open weave that’s as big as the trees.
This is Kris Campbell Art.
Heedan Chung is an abstract painter based in Scarsdale, NY. Her paintings express inspiration from both Long Island Sound and the Outer Cape, while referencing a lifetime of subtle memories.Growing up in Scarsdale, Heedan strongly expressed herself in the visual arts, and took instruction from a private community arts school during childhood. In recent years, she has re-integrated her painting practice back into her life.Heedan holds an A.B. from Smith College and a M.P.A. from Columbia University. In addition to being a painter, she is an information architect.
Churchill is a painter living in Nyack with a studio at the Garner Arts Center in Garnerville, NY. She is an abstract painter whose primary intent is harnessing the power of color. She paints on both canvas and paper, utilizing gold leaf, mica and other reflective materials as well as iridescent paint.
She exhibits frequently in Rockland County and New York City. Her most recent solo show, “Pages From A Lost Book” was at the Rockland Center for the Arts in West Nyack in May, 2021.
Corinne Lapin-Cohen (StoneHouse Studio)
After painting traditional botanical watercolors for 20 years, I am currently working in oil paint and mixed media creating abstracted works on canvas and paper. My current works are unplanned, with each brushstroke and addition of color leading to what comes next. They are open-ended improvisations. My process of glazing thin layers of single pigments continues in my oil paintings much as it did for 20 years in my botanical watercolors. I live in Katonah, NY, serve on The Katonah Museum Advisory Board, and teach botanical watercolor painting in my studio, StoneHouse Studio.
I am a figurative abstractionist. Dreams, plants, landscape and the human form are all included in my body of work. I experiment. Color field painting is another practice.
I have my studio at 276 City Island Avenue in The Bronx for the last 30 years, where the public can visit and experience a working artist’s studio. I teach oil painting, concentrating on composition, value and shape at the studio and sometimes at Bartow Pell Mansion Museum.
I approach the canvas with a loose concept. I want to be surprised by the work and even confounded. Without feeling, a work has no power.
Marie Hines Cowan
Marie Hines Cowan is a figurative oil painter marrying mythology with colloquial culture. Her work is narrative, life-sized, and representational, though unconstrained by realism. Hines Cowan’s work is bold, colorful and painterly, but also graphic and illustrative. She has been exhibiting in the US and Europe since 1979. She is involved in art groups such as the National Association of Women Artists, the Portrait Society of America, and Katonah Museum of Art Artist Association. Her paintings and poetry have been published in several literary and art journals as well as academic books.
B.A. D’Alessandro has created sculptures in a variety of materials, but is now concentrating on steel. Steel lends itself well to straight lines, angles and curves; the influence of geometric shapes is apparent in her sculptures. Taking “pre-formed” stock pieces of steel, the artist arranges and organizes them to create strong, balanced structures. Painting them black gives each its own elegance. Adding color in the past few years to selected pieces has given them a new boldness.
Every new painting is a deep breath. A new beginning to tell a story using color and creativity. I strive to translate and provoke the world around me through my fascination with color and composition and the struggles that occur between them. My creative process usually begins with a series of sketches, which serve as my catalyst. The techniques for the actual artwork often involve building up areas of color and texture through many layers of paint, latex, compounds and resin. My art, whether portraits, abstracts, or animals connects the viewer to my world of experiences and tells a story.
Florence D'Angelo (StudioXFlo)
Florence D’Angelo was born in the Philippines in 1982. She is a self-taught visual artist living and working in Peekskill, New York. Although artistic most of her life she has only recently began publicly showing work in 2019 throughout her local community and the tristate area. Her current work focuses on colorful, abstract landscapes on canvas, wood panel or paper.
Janice S. DeMarino
I received my MFA from Hunter College and have exhibited throughout United States.
I am motivated to explore my perceptions through abstraction, and have worked with a variety of two-dimensional media including painting, papermaking and encaustics. Both my encaustic paintings and my handmade paper pieces have taken the form of mixed media collage. My large acrylic paintings on paper are part of the work that I am currently doing and also include collage elements.
Danielle DeVito - Pencil Projects Architecture Studio
Hilda Green Demsky
Hilda Green Demsky has a BFA Degree in Painting & Design from Carnegie Mellon University and a Masters Degree in Art Education from Hunter College. She has had numerous fellowships and art residencies throughout the world including a Fulbright Fellowship to The Netherlands, and a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship to paint in Italy. These awards enabled her to focus her art on issues of the environment, the cosmos, and the joy of expressing herself in paint.
Gail Dressner (Livia Gus)
Much of my work is influenced by my concern for the welfare of this planet and my respect for Nature. I express my desire for a cleaner more sustainable environment by using fantasy, humor, bold color and magnification in my art works.
I am troubled by the worsening condition of mankind, and amazed and sometimes frightened by modern technologies, scientific advancement and man’s quest for power. These topics appear regularly in my paintings.
I have appeared in juried exhibits in the tri-state area. My work was represented in The Katonah Museum of Art and I won Best in Show in Ossining.
Mixed media abstract artist and printmaker working in various media including oil, acrylic and collage. Member of Mamaroneck Artist Guild, New Rochelle Arts Association and Pelham Art Center.
“My art revolves around duality; oscillating between automatic drawing and chance encounters with careful attention to draftsmanship. I explore surreal subjects that reveal themselves and search hidden truths throughout my process.”
I work with oil, acrylic, and charcoal. In 2001, I decided to dedicate 100% of my creativity to fine arts. Painting, sculpture, are my life. I like to make art captivate minds and intrigue one’s imagination. I have explored the beauty of the human figure. I think my paintings communicate through their expressive qualities because I put my soul into them. My vital subject is figurative. I love to paint people in different situations. Over the years, I have become attached to my paintings, and I am now excited to present my creativity and artistic style to the world. I hope you enjoy it!
Marianne Goldstein is a native of New York City and now resides in New City, New York. .She is inspired by her love of the ocean, lakes, flowers and the every day beauty that surrounds us. In portraiture, Marianne can capture the essence of each subject, especially the depth of the eyes which she believes are the windows of the soul. Acrylic, watercolor, pastel are her mediums of choice and occasionally she uses pencil. She exhibits and sells her work online at Saatchi Art and at local galleries and shows.
She has won prizes for her art and she has been accepted into many juried shows.
Larry Gordon, founding principal of an architectural firm, received his Bachelor of Architecture from The Cooper Union School of Art and Architecture and his M. Arch from MIT on a Compton Fellowship. His love of painting dates back to his attendance at Music & Art High School in NYC. and The Art Students League of New York. He was adjunct Associate Professor at New York Institute of Technology and a visiting critic at City University. His work can been found in both gallery solo and group shows, as well as in private collections.
Fascinated by the fragile beauty and awesome power of nature, Shelley’s artworks explore, chronicle and share journeys of discovery in our natural world – through painting, drawing and printmaking mediums, and video and print collaborations. Awards include a 2021 City Artist Corps grant, 2020 and 2018 BRIO painting grants, 2019 Wave Hill honorarium and 2017 Hudson River Museum’s Teaching Artist Residency. Her 2019 solo exhibition, The Architecture of Nature, was presented at Wave Hill. Shelley’s work is exhibited and collected widely in the US and abroad.
Erika Hibbert is a South African visual artist based in New York City. Her artworks are intimate expressions of her experiences living and working on foreign soil, drawing on themes of dislocation, migration, alienation, nostalgia, and belonging. Hibbert works in charcoal, oxides, inks, pigments, soil and oil paint and beeswax on canvas and paper or panel, as well as in the print media of lithography, etching and photography. Her new artworks continue to combine the visceral and the abstract, the somatic and the conceptual, in an endless tug between physicality and spirituality.
I’ve worked my entire life as a theater artist, designing and painting for regional theaters and, for the last 25 years of my career, on Broadway shows as a member of United Scenic Artists, local 829. At the same time I’ve also produced a large body of oil paintings, mostly portraits done for friends and family. Shortly after retiring from the union, my focus has shifted to abstract work in 3 dimensions. I may yet return to the easel, but for now I find I am consumed by the exploration of pure form and color using bamboo and fabric.
Amy is intrigued by the infinite possibilities she sees in the colors, shapes and textures of tiny glass seed beads, and the way in which they can be woven together with gemstones and pearls to create elegant wearable art jewelry. She spends countless hours weaving beads using various stitching techniques, and gets an amazing sense of satisfaction from the process and the finished product. She is inspired by vintage jewelry, and by more modern sleek lines as well. Amy’s work brings beadwork to a level of artistry and sophistication not often matched in this medium.
I spent my undergrad education studying at SUNY Purchase, and The School of Visual Arts. After pursuing Commercial Illustration work, and some shows, I left the art field as a commercial venture, but never stopped painting. After years as a Teacher, Staff Developer, and Technology Coordinator in the NYCity Public Schools, I have retired, and have started to devote more time to developing my art and illustration. It is exciting to be able to share artistic passion and ideas with others.
I’ve have had a lifetime affinity for and involvement with art, encouraging the development of creative thinking as an Artist, an Educator and a Program Director. I maintain a studio for the creation of free standing and wall hanging sculptures as well as installations. My work is inspired by relationships perceived in nature and often incorporates nature’s detritus. I’ve exhibited extensively in solo and group exhibitions and am represented in public and private collections throughout the world.
Working in New York for a lifetime, I am a Multi-media artist and owner of Stone Lion Graphics & Artistry. Through the use of photography, sculpture, painting and prints I create work that thoughtfully and provocatively engages the viewer in issues of gender communication and equality as it affects the development of children and society as a whole. I challenge myself to develop pieces that provoke reflection and self reflection on what the pure definition of equality is and it how stereotypes and communication can impact the perception of equality.
As an artist, I am at my most creative when my eyes are closed. It is in this state, free from external stimuli, that images and ideas can freely float up from my unconscious. Some come fully formed as afterimages of an intense visual experience. Others as mere hints of form, line, shape, or color. Often they contain suggestions of methods or processes for their completion.
Giacomo (Jack) Milazzo
Jack is a self-taught artist who could not devote much time to his craft until he retired. He missed the great artwork of album covers, and started devoting time to painting these on the back of denim jackets. He also paints with acrylic on canvas and loves working on images of different cultures and perspectives. Most recently, he started painting with gouache which he believes has technical applications he can use in his other work.
I’m a mixed media artist working in acrylic paint, woodburning, bookmaking, weaving, encaustics and collage (specifically Notan).
My work is layered with bright, bold color, natural objects, patterns, text, symbols and ephemera. The process of layering color, pattern and object invoke the same feelings of joy and exploration that I felt as a child. I want my art to exude a sense of curiosity, peace and calm to the audience with a connection to the natural world.
I have always been inspired by the colors and textures in the natural world around me. I tend to see interesting perspectives and shapes in everyday scenes, and love using saturated color, amplified contrast, and exaggerated movement to enhance unique natural patterns and composition. My art is a snapshot of my emotions and thoughts at the time I am creating it. I rarely explain my intent, preferring to let the viewer’s individual experiences and imagination shape their interpretation of my work.
Belgrade-born and Berkeley-raised creative Anna Novakov was a Professor of Art History, Theory and Criticism at the San Francisco Art Institute and Saint Mary’s College of California before leaving academia to work as a multi-genre artist and writer. Retaining studios in New Mexico and New York, Serbian-American Novakov produces olfactory installations, wall works, screenplays and textiles that mine her memories of Yugoslavia – a country that no-longer exists.
Patricia Pardini has a BFA from School of Visual Arts and has been painting for over 20 years. She has also worked as a graphic designer for many of those years. Both disciplines have been intertwined to influence her current artwork. Her work is sometimes traditional, sometimes abstract or a combination of both. She has exhibited in group shows in Soho as well as in local galleries. She has also illustrated several books. Patricia has done many commissions and has work in private collections.
Joyce Pommer was born in Quincy, MA and studied at The Academy of Art College in San Francisco and the The Art Institute of Boston. She has exhibited widely in solo, group shows and art fairs in New York and across the country; her work is in numerous private collections and is in the collection of Southwest Minnesota State University Art Museum. Her work is included in the recently published book The Language of Making by the Textile Study Group of New York, Art Folio 2020 book and Blink ADC Fine Art 2020 catalog. Joyce lives in New York City with a studio in Long Island City, NY.
Victoria Rolett completed her BFA at MICA, the Maryland Institute College of Art and her MFA at PAFA, the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine arts. Victoria is currently serving on the Gallery Advisory Board at the Pelham Art Center and is part of the art studio collective, Highbrook Studio’s in Pelham. In her art Victoria takes a close look at the way we shape our spaces and landscapes and the values and messages that are evident in them. She then formulates artworks that respond and utilize these observations to talk about historical preservation, social values and climate change.
Rebecca Berins Schwarz is a New York-based artist who was born and raised in New Orleans. After studying Fine Arts at the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts, she received a BFA in Advertising Design from the Fashion Institute of Technology and worked for several years as an art director and graphic designer. She then attended Teachers College, Columbia University, where she earned an MA in Art and Art Education. She has been teaching Art and Graphic Design since 2002 in Westchester County, New York. She is currently a member of the New Rochelle Art Association.
Madison Catherine Sheppard
Madison C. Sheppard is a self-taught visual artist living and working in Tarrytown, New York. Starting in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics) as a User Experience Designer, she only recently began publicly showing work in her local community. Her current work focuses on exploring humanity and femininity with watercolor, charcoal, and graphite.
I am a self taught up cycling artist who uses the treasures I find unearthed in my backyard. I combine pieces of glass, pottery plastics, sea shells and car parts with needlework I learned from my grandmother to create one of a kind pieces. My work has been shown in the Hudson Valley, New Jersey and Chicago.
Paige’s whimsical, tranquil artistic style produces designs that elicit strong emotions.
The color contrast and vivid lines of her work make her art stand out. She uses pen and
markers as her primary medium. As an illustrator, Paige’s inspiration comes from a
variety of sources, including the logos of businesses, her environment and popular
trends. When it comes to art, Paige loves to show that the possibilities are endless and
the canvas can be anywhere. In 2021, she published a coloring book called “Make Up The Coloring Book,” that can be purchased on Amazon.
Cedric van Eenoo
Cedric van Eenoo is an award winning artist, musician and filmmaker affiliated with Manhattan Graphics Center, Brooklyn Arts Council and The Painting Center in New York City.
Combining a career of teaching art in the US and overseas, Sylvia received training in sculpture at the Accademia di Belle Arti di Torino, and subsequently earned a residency in Pietrasanta at the Sem Ghelardini Marble Laboratory. She was also awarded sculpture and photography residencies in the Burren, Ireland, the Instituto di Santa Reparata in Florence, Vermont Studio Center and the Master Workshop at Southampton College. Formal training in sculpture included MA and CAS from NYU. Continuing studies include painting at ASL and NYAA. Sylvia has exhibited widely in the U.S. and Europe.
I am a retired art and technology teacher and school administrator. My BA in art education was from Hunter College and my MA from The College of New Rochelle. In retirement, I have returned to painting.