Alan Lewis has been painting in watercolor since 2013, and usually paints every day. His subjects vary from portraits to pets to landscapes, and he enjoys painting plein air whenever possible. His paintings are looser and more impressionistic, rather than highly detailed, and he has been most significantly influenced by the watercolor master Alvaro Castagnet. A member of the Wallkill River School, Goshen Art League, Lower Hudson Valley Plein Air Painters, and Northeast Watercolor, he has also recently been awarded for art done with the Friends of the Great Swamp.
Ayanna Terry is a talented illustrator and cartoonist. She specializes in Japanese Anime style employing both traditional drawing and digital techniques.
Catherine DeMaio is a working artist and art teacher who lives in Middletown, NY. She is well-known in our region for her classes at SUNY-Orange in Cartoon Drawing for adults and children, and “Come Draw with Me” at Middletown Thrall Library. In addition, she teaches at Most Precious Blood Catholic School in Walden.
DeMaio is a member of many groups including the North East Watercolor Society, Middletown Arts Group, River Valley Artists Guild, Garret Society and the Wallkill River School. She often exhibits locally throughout the year.
Debbe Cushman Femiak was born in the small town of Bellows Falls, VT and moved to the Hudson Valley area in 1996 (currently residing in Newburgh). She is one of the represented artists at the Wallkill River School & Art Gallery in Montgomery for 2011. She teaches fiber art classes on Wednesday and Thursday evenings and attends classes whenever time permits. Debbe is a multi-media artist and is equally comfortable with many mediums. She enjoys working with pastels, watercolor, acrylics, and drawing, as well as her long time enjoyment of knitting and crocheting. Some of her art work can be viewed via her website: www.designsbydebbe.com
Dennis Fanton trained at Newark School of Fine and Industrial Arts, Ducret School of Art, and had private instruction in oil painting, pastels, botanical illustration, and portraiture.
His style is strongly influenced by the impressionistic painters with a focus on color relationships and interesting, varied brushwork. The balance of light and shadow are a frequent theme and his personal relationship with the changing seasonal landscapes of the Hudson Valley is reflected in his work. Painting in ever-changing light has resulted in a focus on the emotional impact of the piece rather than simply attention to detail. He is affiliated with Kent Art Association, Middletown Art Group, Garret Society, and Wallkill River School of Art.
Dorrie Rifkin paints from her passions. Thirty years’ experience as an award-winning art director ignited and cemented a life-long love affair with typography. Her other passions – music, New York City, and family – are palpable in her work. Her paintings have won more than 40 prizes, many in international and national juried shows, and are exhibited in several private collections in the United States and Europe. Not only was Dorrie featured in the article “Ones to Watch,” Watercolor Artist (December 2010), but her work has also been selected for Splash 14: Light and Color; Splash 15: Creative Solutions; Splash 18: Value | Light + Dark and her painting, Leaving the Highland, has been selected for the cover of Watercolor Artist magazine (February 2015). She is a signature member of the Transparent Watercolor Society of America, the Northeast Watercolor Society, Pennsylvania Watercolor Society, and the Baltimore Watercolor Society. For more information about Dorrie, visit www.dorrierifkin.com.
Janet Campbell’s watercolors are loose and transparent and her subjects are varied. Over time she has developed an affinity for the intriguing results of poured watercolor. As well as being a perpetual student, in addition to teaching watercolor classes at the Wallkill River School in Montgomery, NY and co- teaches an annual Painting By The Sea workshop on Long Beach Island, NJ with her friend and kindred spirit, Pat Morgan.
Jeanie Beers has been painting for about 19 years as a Decorative Artist in most mediums, the primary one being acrylics. Jeanie has won awards for her work in West Palm Beach, FL and has had her work featured in the national Creative Arts Magazine. She is currently a member of the Hudson Valley Tole and Decorative Painters Society of Cornwall, NY where she has held many offices.
John’s heartwarming magic has been enjoyed across North America professionally for over 25 years. Tudor’s mystic started at age six with the magic kit he received for Christmas, and his life is the fullfillment of that childhood dream. His style is informed by his acting and powerful voice, alternately mysterious and hilarious.
Award-Winning Artist, Julissie Saltzberg, resides in Campbell Hall, N. Y. Her early years were greatly influenced by her Elementary School art teacher. She would paint sets for school plays and one year designed the cover of the yearbook. In 2007, she went on to apprentice for International Artist, Linda Richichi. She currently is a member of the Wallkill River School of Art where she is a Represented Artist, a member of the Orange County Arts Council and the Goshen Art League. She is the Fine Arts Instructor for Michael’s in Middletown, NY. Julissie is certified through Grumbacher to teach beginner and intermediate Fine Arts and Drawing classes to Adults and Children. She recently held a workshop at Middletown Park Rehabilitation Center. Julissie finds great joy in working with the elderly and feels that Art is a wonderful way to lift the spirits. They have selected her to do five murals in the Alzheimers unit. Julissie is leading several projects, some of which include, “HeArt Traveling Journal” & “Creative Healing”. The Traveling Art Journal has been circulating for a year and connecting women around the globe.
“Creative Healing” is a cluster of 40 women from around the world. Julissie is a facilitator for “The Artist’s Way” workshop. She is reaching women and helping them awaken their creative side. She developed a website specifically for the women to share and grow. Wonderful friendships have developed out of this creative emergence. Julissie is enthusiastic about sharing her love of art with adults and children.
Laura Bolle grew up in a family of artist and went to the prestigious school of Music & Art, followed by F.I.T worked as a graphic artist, illustrator and painter. www.bolleartstudio.com
Liam Vogel is the Gallery Director at the Wallkill River School. He apprenticed under Shawn Dell Joyce and is a graduate of FIT in New York City where he completed a program in Renaissance Portraiture. He teaches K-12 at Most Sacred Blood in addition to his classes at Wallkill River School. Liam has a passion for mastering new media and is well versed in most modes of painting, drawing and digital work, especially pastel painting.
Matthew McDonald is a professional artist and classically trained oil painter. He works out of a studio located in the Hudson Valley where he paints full time as well as teaching traditional drawing and painting techniques.
Matthew began his artistic training in the Hudson Valley where he studied landscape and still life painting. In further pursuit of traditional painting techniques, he spent years studying drawing and painting at The Florence Academy of Art in Italy, where he returned as a resident artist and teacher. Matthew values the traditions of painting and is always trying to learn from the legacy of the art that came before him. The representational works he creates span the classical genres (still life, portraiture, interiors etc.) However, Matthews real passion and focus is landscape. Working directly from life is an invaluable part of his process. He also makes his own materials, canvases, paints, oil grounds etc. This allows him to have complete control within his medium and ensure its quality and longevity. Matthew is a member of The Salmagundi Club in NYC where he exhibits regularly and was recently awarded the Andrew and Kathleen Brennan Memorial Award for one of his landscape paintings.
May Meyers specializes in jewelry making and beading.
Biography of Mel Stabin, AWS Mel Stabin is an internationally known teacher, author, and watercolorist. A graduate of Pratt Institute, Mel studied the art of watercolor with Edgar Whitney. For over thirty years Mel was an award-winning art director and creative director for major advertising agencies in New York City. He is a signature member of prestigious art societies including the American Watercolor Society, Transparent Watercolor Society of America, North East Watercolor Society, Georgia Watercolor Society, and New Jersey Watercolor Society.
For over twenty-five years Mel has conducted watercolor workshops with groups on location throughout the country and abroad, and for numerous art societies.
His paintings have been the recipient of national awards and have been represented in major exhibitions including the American Watercolor Society, National Watercolor Society, Transparent Watercolor Society of America, Butler Institute of American Art, National Academy of Design, and Watercolor West.
Mel has had seventeen one-man exhibitions of his watercolors. His paintings are in many private and corporate collections. In addition to being a juror of selection and judge of awards for numerous national and international watercolor exhibitions, Mel was a director/juror of selection for the American Watercolor Society’s Annual International Exhibition. He received the honor of Master Status from the Transparent Watercolor Society of America, was named one of the “Top Ten Watercolor Masters of Today” by the art website www.artmatch4U.com, and was invited by the American Watercolor Society to do a demonstration for their “Watercolor Evenings” during their 144th Annual International Exhibition.
Mel has written numerous feature articles for American Artist, The Artist’s Magazine, Watercolor, Watercolor Magic, & Watercolor Artist and is the author of two popular books, Watercolor: Simple, Fast, & Focused and The Figure In Watercolor: Simple, Fast, & Focused. Mel’s work can be seen on his website at www.melstabin.com.
One of the country’s top plein air painters, Michael works in oil and pastel in the American Southwest, coastal Maine and the Canadian Maritimes. He has been an invited artist to many national plein air painting events over the years and has competed in challenging locations such as the Grand Canyon.
Elected a Master Pastellist by Pastel Artists Canada in 2008, he is a Signature Member of the American Impressionist Society, the Pastel Society of America and a juried member of Oil Painters of America. He is the author of Backpacker Painting: Outdoors with Oil & Pastel and Through a Painter’s Brush: The American Southwest. A long-time contributor to The Pastel Journal and Contributing Editor for The Artist’s Magazine, he lives, paints and teaches on Campobello Island, New Brunswick, and in Sedona, Arizona. Michael also specializes in teaching small-size plein air workshops in oil and pastel for the intermediate and advanced level painter and for painters desiring mentoring.
Mike Jaraszko works as an illustrator and fine artist. His paintings grace the pages of many magazines like Cricket and publications by Scholastic and other national and international venues. He is a luminist painter in the style of the Hudson River School.
Mitchell Saler enjoys conveying vastness, dramatic lighting, and atmospheric effects in his works and has received awards in various art exhibits, including at the Salmagundi Club in NYC. He is a member of the Salmagundi Club, the Goshen Art League, the Orange County Arts Council, the Middletown Art Group, the River Valley Artists Guild, and a Board Member of the Wallkill River School. www.mitchellsaler.com
Originally from Long Island, NY, Nancy, studied at the Huntington Art League and became a well- established oil and acrylic painter. Nancy owned her own mural business for many years before devoting all her time to teaching her skills at the Wallkill River School of Art. She has used art therapy to help people in recovery from addiction. Nancy holds an ongoing acrylic workshop and teaches the absolute beginner to the advanced painter. Relaxtion techniques and soothing music are used in her workshops to help with stress reduction.
Nicole Asendorf is an artist and visual arts teacher living in the Hudson Valley who has been teaching for the past 12 years. She received her degree in Education and Painting and Drawing from the State University of New Paltz. Her main focus has always been the use of color and texture in abstract works of art but has recently become inspired by the natural beauty of the landscape. The landscape is the perfect transition of subject matter to continue the exploration of color and texture that has always been an inspiration for her work.
Nicole offers a variety of children’s classes at the Wallkill River Art School. These classes include drawing, painting, printmaking, and collage and are designed for ages 7-14. She also offers other classes designed for the littlest artist starting at age 4. In addition to children’s classes Ms. Nicole also provides private lessons at the art school as well as at the students home. These lessons are great for the student that has a specific area they want to work on or for those with a busy schedule.
Shawn Dell Joyce is the founder of the Wallkill River School of Art, a nonprofit artists’ collective with an environmental mission to save open spaces and small farms. Her artworks and writings have been widely publicized in many national newspapers and magazines like the New York Times and Mothering Magazine. She has won many prestigious awards for her work such as the “Woman of the Year” for 2009 from Girl Scouts and YWCA of Orange County. She recently won Orange Environment’s “Sustainable Art” award. She is a signature member of New York Plein Air Painters (NYPAP), and won the “People’s Choice” Award at the International Plein Air Paint Out in Niagara Falls, Canada. Her works are in major museum collections like the Museum of Modern Art and Georges Pompidou Centre in Paris, France. She has been teaching drawing and painting classes for fourteen years.
SUSAN HOPE FOGEL
I always say “I don’t teach painting….I only teach people to see, as an artist.”
The constant inspiration for me remains the quality of light enveloping the subject. It is this quality that transforms our world, resonates within and inspires this artist .
While living in New York City I studied classical drawing at the newly opened New York Academy of Art. Drawing from plaster casts elevated my drawing skills and fueled my desire for further study in figurative painting. I pursued those studies at The Art Students League and The National Academy of Design. My move out of the city to the Hudson Valley led me to study the landscape and North Light painting with John Osborne, at The Ridgewood Art Institute(NJ). The next step in this journey occurred after working in a Harlem (NY) studio with a group of watercolorists who were studying the Deconstructionist style with Paul Ching-Bor. Apparently I enjoy challenging myself and others with new techniques and new ways of seeing, as I currently work with this new technique.
I teach traditional realism in pastel and oil painting at The Ridgewood Art Institute and Experimental Watercolor workshops in my Warwick, NY studio. I have led plein air workshops in Warwick(NY), Cape Cod, Italy and Ireland. For the past several years I have exhibited in galleries, as well as group shows,: The American Watercolor Society, Salmagundi, American Artists Professional League and The Hudson Valley Art Association.
A feature article in American Artist Magazine, and another in the American Artist magazine special edition, Step-by- Step Guide focused on oil painting in North Light. A review of a solo exhibition of oils at Kenridge Farm and another, a profile, appeared in Art times Journal. My watercolors have been shown and discussed in Splash 18 , American Art Collector and the May 2019 issue of Southwest Art.
I am a signature member of The American Watercolor Society.
William Noonan originally from Monroe, New York was born in 1962. After a career in graphics and publishing at The Village Voice in New York City, William returned full-time to his first love: fine art, and to the Hudson Valley, where he now resides in Newburgh, New York. He has a BFA from the State University of New York at Purchase and has since studied at the New York Academy of Art, the Woodstock School of Art, The International School of Art-Umbria Italy, and the Art Students League of New York. He teaches at the Wallkill River School of Art, The Barrett Art Center and out of his home studio. Primarily working in oils he also includes acrylics, watercolor, drawing and printmaking techniques in his repertoire. His work has been exhibited locally, on Cape Cod, and through various Internet venues. He is in numerous private collections, home and abroad, and has several pieces in the corporate collection of Nielsen and Bainbridge. An inclination for the figure, a deep love of Italian art and the investigation of his own Italian heritage, through travel and study, inform his work. While drawing on European traditions, his work is part of the continuum of American Realism.