Artist Biographies

Ann Larsen

AnnLarsen teaching workshop"I STRIVE TO CREATE A FEELING OF TIME AND PLACE IN EACH PAINTING."

Northlight Gallery in Kennebunkport, ME states, "Ann's work exhibits the careful, thoughtful hand of an artist deeply committed to both her medium and her environment. Ann is able to suggest the power, grace and mood of her subject as she captures the essence of New England in her landscapes and seascapes."

Ann is an award winning artist living in upstate New York's Adirondack Mountains. Born in Louisivlle, KY, Ann began traveling and living throughout the United States at the age of 18. After completing a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Central Oklahoma, she and her family moved to Denver, CO where Ann began to focus on her painting and fell in love with the western landscape. Even though she lives in a beautiful part of the country, where plein air painting is a challenge almost any time of year, Ann also spends time painting on the coast of Maine and throughout the Southwest.

Ann's approach to the landscape is to simplify as much as possible in order to create the strongest paintings. "I want my viewers to know how I felt about a place when I painted it. I'm not trying to copy what I see nor am I interested in lots of detail. I want to suggest a subject with the buildup of paint and exciting brushstrokes."

Museum Exhibitions
National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, OKC, OK 2014, Small Works Great Wonders
Booth Museum of Western Art, Cartersville, GA 2014 American Women Artists, Prevailing Winds
Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, Tucson, AZ 2013 American Women Artists, Visions of the West
Frederick Remington Museum, Ogdensburg, NY 2013

Events and Awards (selected)
American Impressionist Society, 17th Annual National Exhibition, Howard/Mandville Gallery, Kirkland, WA 2016
Oil Painters of America, 25th Annual National Exhibition, Southwest Gallery, Dallas 2016
Outstanding Landscape, American Women Artists National Members & Juried Show, Bennington, VT 2016
Award of Excellence, Oil Painters of America Eastern Regional, Eisele Gallery, Cincinnati, OH 2016
Award of Merit, OPS Southwest Salon, Southwest Gallery, Dallas given by Marc Hanson, Juror, 2016
Silver Medal, Master Signature, American Women Artists National Exhibition, Bonner-David Galleries, Scottsdale, AZ 2015
Award of Excellence given by Quang Ho, Paso Robles Signature Invitational 2014
Award of Merit, OPS Southwest Salon, Southwest Gallery, Dallas given by Marc Hanson 2016
Award of Merit, OPS Southwest Salon, Southwest Gallery, Dallas given by Phil Starke, 2015
Award of Merit, OPS Southwest Salon, Southwest Gallery, Dallas given by Jill Carver, 2014
Award, Randy Higbee 6" Squared, Costa Mesa, CA 2013
Honorable Mention, Light on the Land, Davis & Blevins Gallery, Saint Jo, TX 2013
Honorable Mention, Rocky Mountain Plein Air Painters, Teton National Park 2013
First Place, Masters Division, Central Adirondack Art Show, Old Forge, NY
First Place, Lake Placid Center for the Arts, Adirondack Juried Show
Second Place, Finger Lakes Plein Air Festival, Canandaigua, NY 2013
Honorable Mention, Oil Painters of America Spring & Summer Online Showcase, 2013
Second Place, Outdoor Painters Society Online Show
Oil Painters of America Salon Show, Petosky, MI 2013
Oil Painters of America Eastern Regional, Annapolis, MD 2016, 2013
Randy Higbee 6x6 Gallery Show, Costa Mesa, CA 2013, 2012/p>
American Women Artists, K. Newby Gallery, Tubec, AZ 2012
American Women Artists, R S Hanna Gallery, Fredericksburg, TX 2013
Rocky Mountain Plein Air Painters National Paint Out and Show, Wild Spirit Gallery, Pagosa Springs CO 2011
Rocky Mountain Plein Air Painters National Paint Out and Show, Grand Teton National Park 2016,2015,2014,2013, 2012
American Impressionist Society, 12th, 13th & 14th National Exhibits 2016, 2015,2013, 2012, 2011
Lake Placid Center for the Arts, Adirondack Juried Show, Lake Placid, NY 2012-2005
Outdoor Painters Society, Dallas, TX 2016,2015,2014,2013, 2012
Sedona Plein Air Festival, Sedona, AZ 2011, 2010
Grand Canyon Plein Air on the Rim, Grand Canyon, AZ 2010

Affiliations
Master Signature Member, American Women Artists and Past President
Signature Member, Rocky Mountain Plein Air Painters
Signature Member, American Impressionist Society
Signature Member, Outdoor Painters Society
American Society of Marine Artists
Oil Painters of America
North Shore Art Association, Gloucester, MA

Anthony Surratt

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.

 

Catherine Wagner Minnery

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Minnery has been a resident of Saratoga Springs, NY area since 1990. In February 2013, she was awarded Best in Show at the Albany Center Gallery’s Project Art in Albany NY. And in 2010, Minnery participated in the Albany NY Institute of History and Art’s “Tomorrow’s Masters Today” exhibit in which her painting was one of ten to be designated as part of the  Master Class. In February 2008, Minnery exhibited large contemplative drawings of water and streams at the Mikhail Zakin Gallery in Demarest NJ. In 2002, she traveled to Rwanda, Africa with Catholic Relief Services and produced a body of work from that experience.  In 2001, she, along with Saratoga Springs artist Anne Diggory, were part of the New York Times, "In Art's Footsteps"; a 10 part series that revisited locations illuminated by the Hudson River Artists. She has been a member of the artist run Piermont Flywheel Gallery, Piermont NY, since 2004. Her work is included in museum, corporate and private collections.
  “I am constantly inspired by the natural world; the ordinary landscape that I see daily as well as the rivers, streams and mountains that are part of this    beautiful land. I look for the underlying abstract/spiritual components of any subject matter (other locales, interiors, still lifes or some combination). I  create art because I have a need to make visual the excitement I felt when I first looked at (or thought about) the subject. For my landscapes, I usually  work from small studies and photos done on site. Working outside recharges me. In the studio I gather all my material and filter the subject matter  through my own lens of experience, memory and artistic sensibilities so that the work will be a personal interpretation.”
  See her work online at www.catherineminnery.artspan.com

Christine Mix

Christine Mix bio pic April 82014Christine 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.

Christopher Dant

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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.

Cynthia Rosen

Cynthia RosenCynthia 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

Douglas David

Douglas DavidDouglas 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

Elizabeth Torak

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 etorak51monumental 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 Paxton

GPGeorge 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

George Van Hook

George Van HookGeorge 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.

Joe Anna Arnett

Joe AnnaJoe 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

Katsuko Lord

katsuko bio picKatsuko 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. 

Linda Masten

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Linda Masten is an artist who resides in Bennington, VT.  She enjoys the great outdoors and paints Plein Air whenever the opportunity arises.  Though she had always worked in oils, she became intrigued with the works of the pastel painters during some of these Plein Air outings.  After one pastel workshop, she fell in love with this medium and the beauty of the colors a great pastel painting can create.

She loves to paint the Vermont and New England landscape and tells everyone “There is a painting around every corner”.

She has studied Pastel Painting with award winning artists Liz Haywood-Sullivan, PSA.; Margaret Dyer, PSA-M; Robert K. Carsten, PSA; Jeanne Rosier Smith, PSA; Desmond O’Hagan, PSA; and Oil Painting with Hiu Lai Chong and Phyliss Pransky.

She is a member of the Vermont Pastel Society, Southern Vermont Arts Center, Southwest Florida Pastel Society and The Bennington Arts Guild.

Mareva Millarc

 

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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.

Artist Statement
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

Marianne MitchellMarianne 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

Marsha Savage

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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 https://marshasavage.com

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)

Mary Fran Lloyd

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"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!

For more on Mary Fran Lloyd: www.maryfranlloydart.com    Maryfranart@aol.com

Matthew Lerman

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Matthew Lerman was born with a camera in hand. Mom and dad encouraged him to take family photos using a box-shaped Kodak point and shoot camera equipped with large and cumbersome magnesium wire-filled flash bulbs. Early on Matthew realized that beyond those family snap shots existed an awesome and breathtaking natural world. A world filled with wonders infinitely more powerful than family portraits.  This realization began to focus and crystallize the young photographer’s vision onto the natural world and before too long, voilà; a photographer-naturalist-biology professor was created.

Matthew has dedicated his life to exploring nature and helping others see the beauty and splendor surrounding us. He spent forty years teaching biology in NYC area.  When he saw the need for a marine biology textbook, he sat down and wrote one.  His textbook, Marine Biology: Environment, Diversity, and Ecology (1986), featuring many of his own photographs, was used in colleges and secondary schools throughout the world for over twenty years. In addition, he has been a college professor of biology, marine ecology, oceanography, marine mammalogy, and anatomy-physiology at Kingsborough and CW Post Colleges in New York. For years he has shared his photographs with his students, now he wishes to share them with you.

Ned Reade

Ned ReadeNed 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

Robert Carsten

Robert CarstenKnown 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

Robert Mielenhausen

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Robert Mielenhausen’s work explores the architecture and streets of the urban landscape. The quiet intimate spaces of Manhattan’s environs are inspiration for his painting and mixed-media work. He earned a BFA from The New York Institute of Technology, and a MA in Studio Art from Adelphi University. Robert taught art and art history at Southampton High School retiring in 2006. While teaching he remained a working artist throughout. Today the artist’s work resides in numerous private, corporate, public, and educational institutions in the United States and abroad. He has been reviewed and his exhibits feature in the New York Times. His work has been published in the Lumina Journal of Sarah Lawrence College and reviewed in AM New York Magazine. Robert’s exhibition highlights include; OK Harris Works of Art, Onward Gallery Tokyo, Japan, Islip Art Museum, Amsterdam Whitney International Fine Art, Project ARTspace, Water Mill Museum, and numerous Architectural Digest Design Shows. Robert resides with his family on Long Island where he also maintains his studio. He is represented by MooreTabor Fine Art.

Learn more at www.robertmielenhausen.com

Robert O’Brien

Robert ObrienRobert 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.

TJ Cunningham

TJ CunninghamAlthough 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

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