Pelham Art Center – Artist Directory
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A photograph is a “slice of time”. It allows the viewer not just to see what the lens sees at that precise moment, but also how the photographer feels about what truths the lens sees. This work, landscape, still life, animal life, or human life, represents how I want to share what my lens sees and what it may say to you. What do my photos say to you? What truths do they hold about the natural or human condition? I want my viewers to appreciate and interpret those truths and emotions and perhaps imagine themselves in the slice of time I’ve captured.
Frankie (Aka Fran) Sisco
During my childhood, I started art classes in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. I learned to paint abstract, landscapes and still life. I love the journey of creating bold colorful pieces large in size. For many years I have painted as my personal hobby. For me, painting brings a balance of challenge, love, peace and happiness. A beautiful experience in itself – each and every time. Mark Rothko said it perfectly, “A painting is not a picture of an experience, but is the experience.”
Mary E Pargas
My paintings are representational, although not always based in reality, and executed in oil and acrylic. I paint to capture and share the extraordinary I find in what is considered mundane. A SoCal native, I received my B.A. in art from CSULB. Work since then has ranged from graphics and illustration to sign making, portraiture and printing all while continuing to draw and paint. We’ve been based in Pelham, NY since 1998. My work has appeared in juried exhibitions and in private collections in the US and Canada.
I am an artist/art teacher who creates beach inspired collages. My collages are made with hand painted papers that I create. I use acrylic paints and a variety of objects, brushes, and stencils to create textures and patterns. I also use leftover painted papers from my students in each of my collages.
Chris Wright received his BFA from the Pacific Northwest College of Art and his MFA from Pratt Institute. He has been awarded a Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant, a MacDowell Fellowship and a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship in painting. He has had one person shows at the George Billis Gallery in New York City and Los Angeles. His work has appeared in the following publications: New American Paintings, New York Spaces Magazine and American Art Collector. Wright’s works on paper are included in the Pierogi Flat Files, New York City.
I am a fused glass artist with studios in both New Rochelle and Ocean Beach on Fire Island. I fell in love with fused glass in a Bullseye studio 14 years ago. I love the vibrant transparency of the medium and the endless versatility of what can be done in a kiln. I make both functional pieces as well as artistic work for both the home and garden.
Monique Ford was born in Park Slope, Brooklyn in 1981. She grew up in Katonah, NY and received her Bachelor of Fine Arts at Plattsburgh State University, where she studied painting, drawing, photography and women’s studies. Continuing her studies in fine arts, she attended Pratt Institute where she received her Masters of Fine Arts in painting. Monique serves on the Katonah Museum Artists’ Association Board as Chair of exhibitions. Currently, Monique resides in Mount Kisco, NY where she lives and paints.
I am a multimedia artist trained in fine arts at the School of Visual Arts in New York. Since I was a young child, I needed to create things to make sense of the world around me. After attending art school, I studied psychology and combined these two passions by becoming an art therapist, using the art-making process to heal and process trauma. Over the years I have worked in multiple mediums including fiber arts, photography, and ceramics, but have always felt most connected to oil paints.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
Evocative and minimalist, my work is investigates permutations of fragility, vulnerability, danger, and tenderness all within the scope of these events. Finding beauty in the imperfect and acknowledging moments of chaotic change, this work is a dance between the ephemeral and the material. Often meditative, always seeking, my work invites the viewer to journey within and create their own dynamic story. It is the unexpected and the unknown which intrigues me: the light and shadows of positive/negative spaces speaking a secret language.
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.
A lifelong visual artist working primarily in two-dimensional media, my work draws on my love of the wildness of the natural world and how connecting to it can invoke peace, wonder, renewal, and perhaps something otherworldly. Through my work, I seek to draw the audience into these moments of awe and oneness and share my most sacred and restorative spaces through landscapes both real and imaginary, with forms that can lean literal or more simplified yet expressive.
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!
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.
Barbara Lewin is an accomplished visual artist working primarily in photography and paint. Her portfolio Living in the Bardo was recently published in L’Oeil de la Photographie and her pictures have been included in numerous exhibitions around the country. Many of the pictures Barbara makes begin as elegies and lamentations, expressions of the ephemeral nature of our existence and the beauty and fragility of the people and things around us. Through her work, Barbara hopes to capture the regenerative nature of life and the art and beauty that can spring forth from humility and appreciation.Artist Website
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.
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.
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.
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.
Teena Soni is a NJ, USA based Indian-Miniature and abstract artist. She belongs to a traditional artistic family of India. She learned Indian Miniature Art under the guidance of her grandfather Late Badri Lal Chitrakar (National Awarded, Shilp Guru Awarded), and Father Sharad Soni (Artist). The rigorous training has enriched her natural abilities as a painter with the rich cultural and traditional artistry, intricacies, and finesse of her preceptors. She considers traditional art of Pichwai paintings as her blessed cultural heritage and taking it forward with subtle contemporary amalgamations.
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.
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.