Mary Mugele Sealfon

Entranced by the Hudson Valley, Mary enjoys plein air painting, portraiture and still life in pastel and oil. A third generation San Franciscan, she received a BA in painting at the University of California at Santa Barbara and a MA in printmaking from New York University (Thesis: “The Photographic Image in Silk-screen and Intaglio Printmaking”).  She teaches at SUNY Orange, The Wallkill River School and Museum Village.

She also taught at the Star Gallery in Middletown, the Northern Lights Academy in Warwick, NY, and Pike County Arts, Milford, PA.  Her work has been featured in several shows at the Wallkill River Art Gallery, Montgomery NY; the Beck Gallery, Hurleyville, NY; Kenridge Farm Gallery and The Arts Alliance, Cornwall, NY.   Recently, she was in “Majestic Hudson” show at the Paramount and is currently showing at the Flatiron Gallery in Peekskill, NY.

In New York City she pursued a career as Art Director and designer for various publications and companies.  She also studied at the School of Visual Arts, the Art Students League and with noted regional artists including John Osborne at the Ridgewood Art Institute, NJ.  Her paintings and prints have been exhibited nationally and internationally and won numerous awards.

Her painting of children on the beach was used on the August 2008 cover of “Natural Awakenings” and a pastel, “Bairds Cows” was featured on the 2004 Warwick Valley Telephone Cover.  She was videotaped painting the replica of Henry Hudson’s “Half Moon” while it docked in Newburgh in November 2008 as part of thirty Orange County artists interviewed for the FreeArtinNY web page.

Other Shows: Bannerman Gallery, Beacon, “Women Artists of the Hudson Valley”, Howland Cultural Center, Beacon, Greenwood Lake Library (2005). Arden House, Harriman, NY and Back Yard Grill, Warwick (2004). Beck Gallery, Sullivan County Museum and Kenridge Farm Gallery, Cornwall (2003):  “Trees” at Porto’s Call Gallery, Warwick.   Artist’s on location events including Gardiner, Garrison Art Center and Stony Point lighthouse (2002). Two women show at SUNYOrange (2001). Five Orange County Pastelists at the Lycian (2000). Winners Circle, Ringwood Manor Art Association, NJ (1999).  She also shows work at the Brotherhood Winery, Washingtonville and in numerous other regional shows.

StatementThough I grew up amidst the amazing beauty of the San Francisco bay area and the Sierra Mountains of California, I find the Hudson Valley equally inspiring.  With fellow plein air artists, I have been fortunate to discover many inspiring vistas such as those painted by the original Hudson River artists.  Whether portrait or landscape, I prefer to work from life. Paintings are more alive when painted on location.  Perhaps the joy of the experience is somehow transferred to the painting.