Joe Anna Arnett
Joe Anna Arnett earned a BFA degree from the University of Texas. She then worked for Young & Rubicam Advertising in New York as a senior art director working on such accounts as Merrill Lynch and the US Postal Service. She continued her studies in fine art at the Art Students League of New York for several years. Joe Anna Arnett is a master artist on “Passport & Palette” the art instruction and travel series airing on PBS stations across the country. She not only appears on the show, but also produces and writes for the program. In 1997, she became a Master Artist of the Artists in America Show at the Denver Historical Society Museum. She has also exhibited at museums around the country and in 2006 she was honored by the Gilcrease Museum in Tulsa, OK as one of their featured artists in the Rendezvous exhibition. Arnett exhibited in the Prix de West show at the national Cowboy Hall of Fame for 14 years. Arnett has written articles for The Artist’s Magazine, American Arts Quarterly, ART Ideas and Austrailian Artists Magazine and has been featured in The International Herald Tribune, Southwest Art, Western Art Digest, and the North Light books Painting with Passion, The Best of Flower Painting, I and II and North Light’s Sketchbook Confidential II. She authored the North Light Book “Painting Sumptuous Vegetables, Fruits and Flowers in Oil”
Learn more at www.joeannaarnett.com.
Known for his friendly and informative teaching style, Robert Carsten, a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design, and attended the Accademia di Belle Arti in Carrara, Italy. He is a board member, signature and master pastelist of the Pastel Society of America, a master's circle artist in the International Association of Pastel Societies, and is a contributing writer to the Pastel Journal and The Artist's Magazine.
Robert was invited as one of a handful of international pastelists to instruct 100 teachers in Suzhou China. His pastel paintings have been shown in many museums and galleries and are collected worldwide. His pastel, Revelation and Insight won the Best of Show at the 2014 Academic Artiststs Association's national exhibition "The Enduring Triumph of Realism." He is featured in Pure Color/The Best of Pastel, Finding Your Style in Pastel, Pastel Journal, American Art Review, the Artist's Magazine and Strokes of Genius/The Best of Drawing. Learn more at www.robertcarsten.com
Although TJ Cunningham displayed artistic interests as a child, he did not begin painting in oils until his first painting class at Pensacola Christian College. His primary instructor Brian Jekel instilled in him a deep love for the great masters of the 19th and 20th centuries. Since then, TJ has spent hours in art museums learning to unravel the thought processes of painters from John Singer Sargent to William Bouguereau. This study of the masters coupled with hundreds of hours behind his easel, gives ever deepening quality and growing notoriety to his work. TJ was recently named one of America’s emerging artists by Southwest Art Magazine. He has received numerous awards including the Exceptional Merit Award from the Portrait Society of America in 2013 and fifth place award from the Portrait Society in 2014. His works has been shown in galleries and museums throughout the United States. Learn more at www.cunninghamfineart.com.
Christopher Dant is a photographer with over 40 years professional experience. He has worked with many famous west-coast photographers such as John Sexton, Don Worth, Brett Weston, Willard van Dyke, and on the East Coast with Fred Picker in Zone VI Workshops. In the mid-1980s, Christopher studied and apprenticed with Ansel Adams in Carmel, California and worked with Adams’ assistants John Sexton and Chris Rainier learning to print large-format monochrome images. He taught at the Ansel Adams Friends of Photography Workshops in Monterey and Carmel, The Palo Alto Cultural Center in California, The Pacific Grove Arts Center. Christopher’s work has been in juried shows in California and his work is currently printed in two photography books, Portraits and The Range of Light. He is currently photographing for a new book of Vermont Landscapes, The Scattered Leaves. Learn more at http://www.blurb.com/b/184830-the-range-of-light-monochrome-images.
Douglas David has painted his way across the country, capturing the beauty and spirit of the things he loves – tranquil country landscapes, sunrises and sunsets on his favorite beaches, a simple pitcher of spring lilacs or peonies, a lemon, lime or a slice of watermelon on a checked tablecloth. Paintings that reflect comfort, warmth meaning and simplicity; similar to everything important to him – his close knit family, life-long friendships, creatively fulfilling work and giving his best. A recipient of numerous regional and national awards and honors, Douglas’ teaching is a way of giving back and sharing some of his journey with those who choose to study with him. Learn more at www.douglasdavid.com.
Angie Hauch is a freelance animator/illustrator. She migrates between the city of Chicago, IL and the shores of southwest Michigan. She loves long train commutes, and spends almost every meditative mile lost in a sketch.
Angie graduated from Kendall College of Art and Design with the Studio Excellence Award and a BFA in animation. She made her film festival debut in 2011 with the short animated film, Cuckoo for Two. She is a member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators, and holds a jury chair position the Chicago International Children’s Film Festival. Angie specializes in motion graphics; consulting on documentaries, digital storytelling, and transmedia game design. Recently, Angie joined the Urban Sketchers movement. She is a workshop instructor and a blog correspondent for the Chicago chapter.
It is not an exaggeration to say that Angie spends every possible second she can at the beach. After 20 some years of collecting rocks and inspiration from the Great Lakes, she started a small jewelry business Straight from the Lake, to share the natural beauty of the lakes, raise awareness of freshwater conservation issues, and sponsor coastal clean ups with local Adopt-A-Beach campaigns.
Mary Fran Lloyd
"Art is something to grow old with where the older you get the more you grow."
I have been fortunate in my career to have had the opportunity to study the art of watercolor, acrylics, mixed-media & collage with well-known and gifted artists : Peter Huntoon, Cheng-Khee Chee, Tom Lynch, Frank Webb, Tony Couch, Skip Lawrence, Arnie Westerman, Pat Dews, Robert O'Brien, Linda Kemp, Fred Lower, Jeannie Podolak, Robert Burridge, Jeanne Carbonetti, Warren Kimble, Mary Alice Braukman, Alvaro Castagnet, Fran Bull, Steve Aimone, Fran Skiles and many years ago, oil-painting from Robert Frick.
Supporting art groups & galleries has been important to me as well as volunteering help in order to create a community of artists. I am a signature member of the Vermont Watercolor Society, an exhibiting member of The Brandon Artist Guild, The Chaffee Art Center, The Killington Artist Guild, The Compass Music & Art Center, The Southern VT Arts Center, The Carving Studio, & previously, The Vermont Institute of Contemporary Art (VTica) in Chester, VT. I am also a member of the Rutland Alliance Center, The Vermont Folk Life Center, The Vermont Crafts Council, & The Vermont Arts Council. I have been involved in many artist promotional fundraiser projects over the last 10 years : birdhouses, rocking chairs, dogs & cats, palettes, sunflowers, clocks & chickens for Brandon, VT as well as trains & hearts for Rutland, VT.
I enjoyed sharing what I’ve learned about art by giving creative painting classes in the area: Rutland Town Community Centers, Rutland Regional Medical Center's Women-To-Women for Cancer Survivors, the Killington Grande for the Killington Jazz Festival, the Chaffee Art Center in Rutland, Vermont, and through private lessons.
I also enjoyed organizing classes for local artists & was the Show Coordinator at the Chaffee Art Center for the Vermont Watercolor Society; was a member of the Palette Committee for Brandon's Palettes of Vermont project; juried local art exhibits and served on the Chaffee Art Committee and the Vermont Watercolor Society's Exhibition Committee; most recently the Brandon Rocks Again 2014 fund raiser for the Brandon Artist Guild, and presently The Exhibition Committee at the Chaffee Art Center.
Having studied art for over 20 years, I decided to open my own gallery in 2007: "Art & Antiques On Center" where I managed & sold the works of 60 Vermont artists, along with country antiques. The gallery was located on Center St. in downtown Rutland, VT. After over 5 years, I retired on December 30, 2012.
I am now a full-time artist!
Katsuko Lord combines the splendor and color of Vermont's four seasons with the minimalist art form of Japanese Ikebana flower arranging. A native of Tokyo, Japan, she first came to Vermont in 1997 and fell in love with the seasonal contrasts of its natural beauty and the variety of plants and flowers across the rolling landscape.
The art of Ikebana traces its roots back to 7th century Japan and the introduction of Buddhism to its islands. The core philosophy of Ikebana celebrates the abundance of beautiful flowers and plants in nature. These raw materials are brought together in the Ikebana art form for man's creativity and imagination to take over.
Starting her Ikebana education in Japan in 1997, Katsuko continued studies in Hong Kong where she lived from 2001 until 2011. Katsuko has demonstrated and exhibited her arrangments in international Ikebana (Sogetsu) exhibitions in Asia. Katsuko has also been selected to demonstrate her style at the Japan-China Cultural Exchange Exhibition numerous times. Her leadership and experience includes Deputy to the Art Director, Sogetsu Asia Pacific Regional Organization as well as Sogetsu Demonstration Representative, Asia Pacific Cross Cultural Functions Group.
Gary Meitrott received his B.F.A from Ithaca College as well as an M.A. in Conscientious Studies from Goddard College. Between these educational endeavors, Meitrott resided in NYC and took roles in numerous off-Broadway shows, Broadway, dinner theater engagements and tours of the U.S. in shows such as Grease. He is currently an Adjunct Lecturer of Music at Green Mountain College, and the Artistic Director of Shakespeare on Main Street. Gary has been working with Shakespeare’s text for over twelve years and has seen people of all ages grow beyond the popular culture’s dumbing down of the English language.
Mareva started her journey of artistic expression viewing the world through her own lens at a very young age. Specializing in abstract paintings, Millarc has been painting professionally since 2007.
Born in Hollywood, California, daughter of artist William Millarc, she draws inspiration from the works of Richard Diebenkorn, Arshile Gorky, and her father, viewing art as a sense of unity between mind and spirit, merging the imaginable with the unimaginable.
Painting with oil, acrylic, ink, or mixed media, her avid use of bold line-work, organic shapes, and vibrant colors highlight the multiple layer designs often found in her work.
Moved by the creation of the unknown, Millarc loves abstract art because it allows her to convey what motivates her; from mood, to music, to the imagery and sounds that surround her.
I have a compelling desire to create art along with an intrinsic ability to capture the infinite. Feeling into the world, I can best express what moves me through color, shape, and movement.
From the nothingness of abstract to the slight realm of possibility…I feel the interconnected nature the world provides, and seek to tap into those unnamed feelings. That vibrating energy becomes free-flowing lines, organic forms and playful details.
I create art that allows for personal interpretation, blurred realities, and creative opportunities. Allow yourself to be moved by that which is undefined.
Marianne Mitchell is an internationally recognized abstract painter and nationally known educator and coach. Her work has been exhibited in New York, Philadelphia, Washington DC, San Francisco and Santa Monica, as well as in Europe. She is the recipient of the Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation Fellowship in Painting and has work in public and private collections across the country and around the world. Marianne is committed to helping artists achieve a deeper level of expression and develop their “Signature Artist Voice.” A lifelong Philadelphian, Marianne now lives in Denver, CO with her husband while their daughter makes VT home at Bennington College. She currently teaches at the Art Students League of Denver and has a nationally thriving artist coaching practice. Learn more at http://www.mariannemitchell.com.
Christine Mix is a children's illustrator who lives in Weston, Vermont. Her illustrations have appeared in Stories for Children Magazine, Back- to- School- Issue, 2012, the SCBWI’s Bulletin and so far, one children’s book, Write Out of the Oven! by Josephine M. Waltz & Illustrated by Christine Mix, published by Teacher Ideas Press / Greenwood Publishing, 2005. A collection of letters and recipes from more than 50 well-known and award-winning children’s authors, Write Out of the Oven! geared toward grades 5 thru 8, received a nice review from the Parents Choice Foundation Bon Appetite Reading List in 2005.
As a children’s author, Christine has one non-fiction short true story, Standing Up, published, in Chicken Soup for the Child’s Soul Character-Building Stories to Read with Kids Ages 5-8, May 2007. She is currently working on her own children's picture book and graphic novel stories.
Her illustrations, have been exhibited at the Chaffee Art Center’s, When the Wind Bears Go Dancing, an Exhibit of Children’s Book Illustrations, 2010, Winter and Autumn Member shows, 2011 and 2013, Rutland, Vt., Tilbury House Publisher’s One of Us / Powered by Girl Exhibit, at the Book Culture, NYC, for the Book Expo America, 2010, as well as, the Southern Vermont Center, South Londonderry Free Library, Mary Canfield Free Library, the Dorset Library, 2000-2009 and the Middlebury Arts Walk, 2010 – 2014. In 2015, her illustrations were exhibited at The Master Story Teller’s Exhibit, (CBIG), Poe Park Museum, in Poe Park, Bronx, NY., the Fairytales Exhibit (CBIG) at the Brooklyn Library, Brooklyn, N.Y. and the Fur & Feather Exhibit at the Great Hall, in Springfield, Vt.
Christine has been teaching cartoon and various art programs at galleries and libraries for over 10 years, some of which include; Frog Hollow, Southern Vermont Arts Center, the Winged Studio Arts in Manchester Vt., the Middlebury Studio School, Middlebury, Vt., the Gallery at the Vault, Springfield, Vt., Main Street Arts, in Saxton's River, Vt., the South Londonderry Free Library, S. Londonderry, Vt., Whitingham Free Public Library, Whitingham, Vt, Wilder Free Library in Weston, Vt., and the Springfield Town Library, Springfield, Vt.
She is a member of CBIG- NYC, (Children's Book Illustration Group) and SCBWI, (the Society of Children's Book Writers & Illustrators.)
For more information about Christine's illustrations, books and art programs, visit www.christinemixart.com.
Robert O’Brien has been painting in the watercolor medium for 40 years. He is a signature member of the American, National and Vermont Watercolor Societies as well as others. He is a full time award winning artists and instructor who won the John Alford Memorial Award at the 5th Annual Exhibition at Grafton, the Virginia Avery Award at the 2011 New England Watercolor Society’s Juried Signature members Show in Boston and Honorable Mention at the 61st National Exhibition of the Academic Artists Association. In 2010 he won the North Shore Art Association Award at the New England Watercolor Society’s Juried Signature Members Show. Also in 2010, he was the Juror of Awards for the 34th International Exhibition of the North East Watercolor Society. Robert O’Brien is the former Director of Exhibitions for the Vermont Watercolor Society and currently the Scholarship Chair for the American Watercolor Society. Robert teaches many workshops throughout the United States and abroad. Learn more at www.robertjobrien.com.
Hillary Parker is a naturalist and international award winning botanical watercolorartist with paintings exhibited and sold worldwide. She enjoys a dual career of painting and teaching spanning 30 years, with requests for private and public watercolor commissions, juried international exhibitions, lectures, workshops, ongoing botanical art classes, private art instruction, corporate art events, and solo & group shows with botanical gardens and art galleries.
Using her B.S. Degree in Art Education from Florida International University, Hillary has been teaching for 30 years, helping students to reach their artistic goals. Her professional approach to art education is both effective and very successful, enabling students to gain confidence while enjoying the process of developing and then building upon strong foundation skills in graphite and watercolors. Presenting courses ranging from novice to master class level, Hillary teaches internationally and shares with each student a strong knowledge of subject, contagious enthusiasm, a passion for art and nature, while giving them the opportunity to see and artistically respond to the natural world around them in a whole new way.
George was born in New York City into an artist family and raised on Long Island. His father was a noted musician, bandleader, songwriter and publisher. Growing up, George was exposed to a myriad of artistic expression. At an early age, he showed an innate facility for the arts and began drawing and painting.
He was educated at the Art’s Student League in New York, Columbia University, and at Vanderbilt, where he was the art editor of a campus magazine and the culture editor and arts columnist for the school newspaper. After graduation from college, George went on to law school, graduated, and for many years engaged in a successful law practice with a respected Bethesda, Maryland and Washington, D.C. law firm.
But, never abandoning art, George sculpted, built a studio in his home, and pursued courses at the Corcoran School of Art and the Art Students’ League in Alexandria, Virginia. During the last several years, George has studied sculpture near Pietrasanta, Italy, and has or is studying with such noted artists as Eugene Daub, Peter Rabino, Paul Lucchesi, Jay Hall Carpenter, Robert Liberace, and David Simon.
George has also learned by studying the masters. Classical sculptors, the likes of Michelangelo, Giambologna, and Bernini, as well as Rodin and Claudel, have had an impact on George’s creative process and his striving to develop a style of sculpture that displays a keen knowledge of anatomy and form merged with an understanding of how life and experience affect art.
During the last few years, George has maintained his art studio in Vero Beach, Florida, and has taught figurative and portrait sculpture at the Vero Beach Museum of Art. His work has been widely exhibited in juried shows and recently has won recognition: 1st Place in Sculpture, Art by the Sea, VBMA 2007; 2nd Place in Sculpture, Art by the Sea, VBMA 2008; 2nd Place, 4-County Florida Juried Art Exhibition, 2008 and 1st Place-Sculpture, Art By The Sea, Vero Beach Museum of Art, 2009. His sculpture is in private collections from Scottsdale, Arizona, to Palm Beach, Florida, to Cannes, France. His next scheduled show is at the A. E. Backus Museum and Gallery, Ft. Pierce, Florida in January, 2009.
For more on George Paxton: http://www.georgepaxton.com/index.html
Christopher Pierce is a nationally recognized fine artist who paints florals, still lifes, portraits, figures, and interiors with panache and a mature sensitivity. Along with his stunning portraiture, he is well known for the huge and commanding florals that come from the bounty of his gardens.
In a year marked by rising national acclaim, Pierce was featured is the April/May 2014 issue of International Artist Magazine. His painting, “Homage to J.S. Sargent and H.S.Tuke” won the “Speaks to You” award in the American Artist Professional League Members only Portrait Theme show. Also two of his paintings have been named as finalists in both the Still Life/Floral and Portrait/Figure categories in The Artist’s Magazine’s 2013 annual competition. He was also a featured artist in “Still Life Paintings: Still in Bloom” in the February issue of Fine Arts Connoisseur Magazine. His painting “Alex” was chosen as a finalist in The Artist’s Magazine’s competition. The Artist’s Magazine’s also featured a six page article on his work in the June 2011 issue. And in 2009 Studios magazine featured a 7-page article on Pierce’s studio in Shushan, NY. In 2008 his painting "Sunflowers and Peacock Vase” won the Helen DeCozen award for a floral at the American Artists Professional League Grand National Exhibition in New York City. In 2006, his portrait “The Gardener” won First Prize at the Connecticut Society of Portrait Artists annual competition. Learn more at www.christopherpiercestudio.com.
Ned Reade paints in oils and watercolors and is the Chairman of the Arts Department at the Trinity-Pawling School, a private secondary school, where he has taught for over thirty years. Mr. Reade enjoys painting on location on the East Coast and in Europe. His subjects can be the farmyards and fields of rural New England, the fishing boats and fisherman shacks along the seacoast, or the small towns, homes, and roads of America today. He has painted the waterfronts in Switzerland and the Lakes Region in Italy, the hill towns of Tuscany and the cathedrals and landscapes of the Loire Valley and Provence in France. He has even braved the city streets of Paris, Florence, and New York to paint “en plein air” and capture the vitality of those urban environments. Mr. Reade has studied at the La Romita School of Art in Terni, ITALY, the Vermont Studio Center in Johnson, VT., the New York School of Drawing and Painting, the Art Students League, and graduated with a Masters Degree from Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT., and was an Art History major at Williams College, Williamstown, MA.. He has studied with American Watercolor Society artists, Mel Stabin, Betty Lou Schlemm, and the late Claude Croney. Alfred “Chip” Chadbourn, Charles Movalli, and T. M. Nicholas have been among Mr. Reade’s instructors in oil painting. Mr. Reade shows his work at the McKinney and Doyle in Pawling, NY, at the Southern Vermont Arts Center in Manchester, VT, the Kent Art Association in Kent, CT., and at the Old Sculpin Gallery in Edgartown, MA (see www.oldsculpingallery.org.) He is a board member of the Martha’s Vineyard Art Association and past President of the Independent Schools Art Instructors Association. Learn more at www.nedreade.com.
Marsha Hamby Savage has been painting for over 40 years, living in Georgia all her life. Painting plein air, on location here and abroad, has been the largest inspiration for her work. It teaches her to observe correct value, color, atmosphere and light. Her favorite saying is “It’s the journey, not the destinations.” She believes the journey of the mind is as important as the journey of the feet!
Marsha has been accepted into and won numerous awards at regional, National and International Juried Exhibitions. Her paintings can be found in personal art collections, a museum, the offices of the Speaker of the House - Georgia State Capitol, along with commissions for hospitals and restaurants. She is represented by several fine art galleries, and loves teaching studio and plein air workshops around the United States. Marsha is of ten asked to demonstrate her techniques and to speak about marketing for the artist. She is a Signature Member of several art associations, a Masters Circle Member of the International Assoc. of Pastel Societies, and has been featured in national art magazines.Marsha has a set of pastels named after her by Terry Ludwig Pastels.
Honors (abbreviated listing):
IAPS (International Association of Pastel Societies) (2009 - 2015)
- 2015 awarded the Master Circle designation and Gold Medallion
American Impressionist Society National Juried Exhibition (2013)
Women Painters of the Southeast (2012, Award of Distinction; 2013 - 2016 Juried Exh.
- 2014 Awarded Signature Status)
Southeastern Pastel Society International Juried Exhibitions, and Members Exhibitions
- Signature Status and many awards, including a Best in Show (2002 - 2016)
Southern Appalachian Artist Guild National Juried Exhibition (2008 - 2016)
- Signature Status, Second Best in Show 1st National Exhibition, People’s Choice
- Other Awards
The Great Chattahoochee Plein Air Paint Out, Best in Show (2010)
Pastel Society of North Florida National Juried Exh. (2010 - Exceptional Merit Award)
Degas Pastel Society National Juried Exhibition (2010)
Pastel Society of America International Juried Exhibition (2006)
Learn more at www.joeannaarnett.com.
For more than 25 years, Anthony Surratt was a corporate communications executive for cable TV and telecommunications companies in New York City and Atlanta. He discovered painting as a welcome creative antidote to the stress and strictures of his day job. Now in post-corporate life, the Dorset, Vermont, resident has happily promoted painting from side hobby to a principal focus. He paints in oils and acrylics, using primarily palette knives to depict colorful scenes and subjects with an impressionistic edge.
Robert Sydorowich paints the Vermont countryside, much of his time for the last three decades has been spent trying to capture the simple small town life in and around Andover, Vermont the town where he lives. An enthusiastic plein air painter and an admirer of the Impressionist movement his goal is to apply paint with lively brushwork and glowing colors reminiscent of that movement. Simple, focused, capturing the truth of the moment – his snapshots. Sydorowich’s work portrays, real places, real people, real life situations. He studied art and architecture at Pratt Institute and The New School for Social Research in New York City. An award winning artist Robert’s work is represented in collections throughout the United States and abroad. A popular teacher Robert conducts workshops and demonstrations regularly at art institutes throughout Vermont including The Fletcher Farm School in Ludlow, the VAULT in Springfield, Southern Vermont Arts Center in Manchester and at his gallery/studio in Andover. Learn more at www.sydorowich.com.
Cynthia Rosen began her career as a non-objective painter, selling work through a number of galleries from NYC, to Palm Beach, to San Francisco, Philadelphia, and Burlington, VT. She has more recently returned onto the scene primarily painting plein air. While her art began with the natural progression from designing and painting theater sets to executing murals, it has since turned to the immediacy of working from life, primarily in nature. Her work has been juried into exhibits with the "Oil Painters of America", "National Oil and Acrylic Painters Society", the "Maryland Federation Of Art" and numerous other national juried exhibits. Cynthia has received awards and recognition from many outstanding organizations such as the Boldbrush Competition, the Escalante Plein Air Competition, Solomons Island Plein Air Festival, Bath County Plein Air Festival, Glendale Plein Air Festival, Southwest Art Magazine, including a traveling fellowship from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Mass. Her work can be found in numerous galleries throughout the USA. Learn more at www.cynthiarosenartist.com
A professional artist for 30 years, Elizabeth Torak has exhibited in galleries and museums throughout the country including the San Diego Art Institute and the Butler Museum of American Art; she has received over 40 awards and is listed in Who’s Who in America and the Biographical Encyclopedia of American Painters, Sculptors & Engravers of the U.S.: Colonial to 2002. In 2011, her monumental oil, The Feast of Venus I, was the centerpiece of a solo exhibit, The Feast of Venus I: The Artist’s Process at the Wilson Museum in Manchester, Vermont. The exhibit included eight oil studies and thirty-seven preparatory drawings. The Feast of Venus I was the subject of a feature article in October 2012 issue of The Artist’s Magazine.
Elizabeth Torak: Making Emotional Connections with Your Subject, an article describing Torak’s teaching technique and philosophy, appeared in the November 2009 issue of American Artist Workshop. In 1994 Ms. Torak was the subject of a feature article in American Artist Magazine. Her work and techniques are profiled in the book Creative Oil Painting, Techniques from 15 Master Painters by M. Stephen Doherty. Elizabeth Torak lives in Vermont. She is represented by Helmholz Fine Art in Manchester, VT.
George Van Hook
George Van Hook was raised in Pennsylvania, lived and worked as an artist in the Bay Area of California, then returned to the east coast to settle in Cambridge, New York, northeast of Albany. He attended Oberlin College and earned his B.A. in Art at Humboldt State University. Van Hook was featured in En Plein Aire Magazine in Oct/Nov 2012, a cover article for American Artist Magazine in March of 1989 and again in December 2001.
As a young artist, George Van Hook was interested in the early 20th century California Impressionists, as well as with artists such as Thomas Eakins, John Singer Sargent, and Andrew Wyeth. An artist for nearly his entire life, George Van Hook follows in the traditions of J. Alden Weir and William Merritt Chase with his integration of form, light, and color, to create rich, textured landscapes. As a plein air painter, Van Hook always paints in nature, yet he intentionally chooses his locations based on the structures of the site. His paintings are thus deliberately balanced in forms and light, carefully plotted without altering the sovereignty of nature. Van Hook’s landscapes focus on the process of seeing, as one’s sight captures what a camera can miss—visions, sensations, and experiences. Depicting familiar northeast locations, Van Hook translates the impressionist style to a contemporary subject, as he builds lights on darks with confident strokes.
Elaine Franz Witten
Elaine Franz Witten received art education at Connecticut College, Columbia University and was a student at the Carving Studio in West Rutland, Vermont. She also mentored with Jane Armstrong, F.N.S.S. Ms. Witten’s bronze sculptures have been shown in national and international exhibitions, and awarded numerous prizes. Her juried professional affiliations include National Association of Women Artists, NY, Academic Artists Association, Springfield, MA, and the Copley Society of Art in Boston where she is a “Copley Artist”. She is a Trustee at Vermont College of Fine Art, Montpelier, VT. Ms. Witten’s commissions and corporate works are on public display in Vermont, Pennsylvania, New York, and Alaska. Her bronze sculptures are in private collections across the US, in Canada, and in the private collection of King Abdullah Miteb Ben Saud, Saudi Arabia. In 2013 Elaine Witten became purveyor to the U.S. State Dept.for sculptures to be used as Presidential gifts. She is represented by the Spa Fine Art gallery, Saratoga Springs, N.Y.,Three Pears Gallery, Dorset, Vt.,Sheldon Fine Art,Newport, R.I. and Naples, FL., Landmark Gallery, Kennebunkport, Me. Learn more at www.elainefranzwitten.com.