Dustin Adamson (b. 1987) is an emerging American artist trained in the classical tradition of painting and drawing. Dustin has a strong interest in the art and techniques of the old masters, from the Renaissance to the nineteenth century. After graduating in 2010 from with Distinction from San Diego State University, he began to study figurative drawing, painting, and sculpture with Justin Hess and Alicia Ponzio and human anatomy with Noah Buchanan. After studying for several years in the Bay Area he moved to New Jersey and studied at the Florence Academy of Art US. There he studied intensively an academic curriculum grounded in the 19th-century classical-realist tradition. During his studies at the Florence Academy of Art US, Dustin received numerous awards and scholarships; including an award for Painting of the Year and the position of teaching assistant.
Danielle Austen is an award-winning professional photographer for 16 years. She received her BFA from Cornell University and worked as a graphic designer before attending the master’s program at the Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications, in photojournalism. As an editorial photographer, her work has been published in local, regional, and national newspapers and magazines, including Life Magazine’s, “The Year in Pictures.” Returning to her fine art roots, she was selected for six Artist-in-Residencies programs across the United States, including four in the National Parks. She has participated in over four-dozen national and international juried exhibits, two group shows and three solo exhibits. Her next solo exhibit will be at the Romano Gallery in Blairstown, NJ in January 2018.
Doug is the creator, writer, artist, and publisher of the progressive comic book series Suger Ray Finhead, Little Jim-Bob Big Foot, and The Flying Quasimodo Brothers and has worked for Marvel Comics.
Lisette Bedoya is a New Jersey based sculptor working primarily in ceramic arts utilizing the potters wheel to create one of a kind works of art inspired by the natural beauties of life. Lisette attended Drew University, studying sculpture and ceramics. She furthered her ceramic study at Alfred University, where she worked with various firing and glazing techniques. Lisette has taught at Creative Hands, and The Messy Artist, as well as exhibited pieces throughout Morris County. As an instructor, Lisette shares her passion for art with students of all ages. Currently teaching a number of pottery classes and more at the Visual Art Center of NJ.
Sarah Canfield received her BFA in painting, cum laude from Alfred University in Alfred, New York. She has exhibited her work in locations throughout the Northeast, including the Pennsylvania State Museum, Woodmere Art Museum, Salmagundi Club in New York City, Monmouth Museum, Montclair State University, Noyes Museum, Fairleigh Dickinson University, and the Google corporate offices in New York City. Awards have included a purchase prize at the Pastel Society of America in New York City and project grants from the Pennsylvania Council for the Arts. She is a signature member of the Pastel Society of America. For more information visit www.sarahcanfield.com
For her senior thesis show, Kathy Cantwell exhibited her paintings of horizontal stripes in a field of one color. It would be decades before she returned to abstraction. Although the extension of a straight line had a powerful pull, her personal and artistic life took a more circuitous route. Yet throughout the years, the one constant has been her passion for making art. Born in Trenton, NJ, Cantwell was an outsider tomboy, who lived in a dicey neighborhood with her traditional Catholic family in a house surrounded by barbed-wire and tall wood fencing. From the age of thirteen, she spent hours in her makeshift bedroom-studio. Weekends while attending an all-girl high school, she escaped to nearby Philadelphia to take classes at the Moore School of Art, learning studio skills advanced for someone her age. After earning a BFA at C.W. Post College on Long Island, Cantwell moved to New York City like many artist hopefuls and found work in the music industry. During the day it was an Alice-in-Wonderland world of rock stars and rappers in which she might be paying the bills for wrecked hotel rooms and keeping gun-bearing artists and producers within budget, but at night Cantwell came home to paint dark, uninhabited cityscapes and quirky portraits. After 25 years of this balancing act, she left NYC with her wife, Ann Sweeney, to raise their two adopted children there in rural New Jersey. In 2010, the Cantwell-Sweeney’s moved to Maplewood, NJ, just 30 minutes from Manhattan. These locations in central and northern New Jersey allowed her to become attuned to a new sense of openness light, and now the proximity to other artists and creative communities spurred her to explore new means of self-expression. In meeting artist Lisa Pressman, she found a mentor who encouraged her return to abstraction. A sort of recovering eccentric, Cantwell is currently in a process of looking for her “inner stripe.” Her latest work in encaustic has become well-known through a number of recent solo and group exhibitions, primarily in the New York-New Jersey area as well as Provincetown, Massachusetts. In 2016, she was invited to become a member of The Painting Center in Chelsea and to be represented by Adam Peck Gallery on Cape Cod. For more information: http://www.kathycantwell.com email@example.com https://www.instagram.com/cantwell57/
Canziani, Mary Jean
Mary Jean Canziani is a working artist. She earned a BFA (Concentration:Printmaking) at Marymount College and continues her art education through career choices. Her years working in visual merchandising have given her expertise in 3D design and installation techniques. Following that she started “Arts For the Home”, a self owned decorative painting company, servicing residential and commercial clients. This provided opportunities to learn many classic painting and plaster techniques as well as executing large scale murals. Freelance work includes graphic design, textile design and illustration. These acquired skills, combined with a strong art history background, qualify Mary Jean to teach in a number of disciplines. She is delighted to share her knowledge as a teaching artist and enjoys learning from her students. She has exhibited her award winning work in dozens of group and solo shows in the greater NYC area and recently had a successful solo show in Venice, Italy. Her work is figurative with a focus on social commentary. Many of her pieces are owned by collectors in the US and abroad. Website: www.mjcanziani.com
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de Mos, Mark
Mark de Mos Artist – Watercolor, Pastel http://www.demosfineart.com/ Artist Statement: My goal, as an artist is to produce art that is alive, not static and that creates a drama(color or story), a feeling, a slice of life. I also believe in taking advantage of the medium’s strength. In watercolor, it’s the fluidity, soft varying washes that can also, by color selection, create interesting textures (granulation) and edge control(soft, hard and lost). My goal is to create art work that isn’t technique driven, but captures the essence of a given subject. Instead of a having a finished idea in mind that I just put down, I use a reactive process that focuses on a subject or idea that intrigues me which has an interesting value pattern. As I paint I react to what’s on the paper and I can see the interesting color and tonal elements that will make it come to life. I believe it is the attention to color and the use of under painting that defines my work. I apply colors in warm and cool variants and ‘bounce” nearby or complementary colors into shadows and highlights to imply the movement of light. Resides – Morristown NJ Education 1977-82 – New Jersey Institute of Technology Teaching: Livingston Art Association (watercolor) Lakeland Arts (Mt Lakes, NJ, Watercolor, Pastel and Children) Memberships: Allied Artists of America (elected 2010 board, newsletter, submissions) New Jersey Watercolor Society-(elected 1998, Newsletter) Garden State Watercolor Society (2004) New Jersey Pastel Society (president 2004-2008) Galleries Studio 7, Bernardsville NJ Swain Gallery, Plainfield NJ Awards: 2010 – Best in Show, Essex Watercolor Club Member Show at Community Theatre, Morristown NJ 2009 – Third Prize, Pastel Society of New Jersey Member Show at Clifton Art Center 2009 – Winsor Newton Award, New Jersey Watercolor Society Members Show
Stephanie Deshpande is a representational painter living in northern New Jersey. She is best known for her psychological portraits and narrative paintings. Her work combines her love of realism with personal allegories. She creates paintings that capture the quiet drama of the world around her. Deshpande graduated from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst with a BFA in Painting and continued her studies at the New York Academy of Art earning her MFA. She was awarded the Ellen Battell Stoeckel Fellowship to attend the Yale Summer School of Music and Art, and has received recognition for her paintings by the Portrait Society of America, RayMar Art, Artist’s Magazine, the Art Renewal Center, Allied Artists of America, and Oil Painters of America. Her paintings have appeared in several issues of Poets Artists Magazine and in the book 21st Century Figurative Art: The Resurrection of Art by Jan Esmann. In addition to painting, Deshpande enjoys teaching classes and workshops.
Dhawan, Pooja Pooja studied Fashion at Parson's School of Design in New York City and was involved in the garment industry from the age of 17. In 2016, she switched careers to run her own marketing company with a niche focus. She is passionate about art and has been creating handcrafted flowers since 2019. She began teaching how to make them in 2020. She is also a podcaster, blogger, and social media specialist. Online: https://www.instagram.com/poojinas/
Dave DiMarchi is a multi-disciplinary printmaker and artist working in printmaking, papermaking and sculptural book forms. He engages in a relentless material practice, nurturing ideas into singular and editioned works. As a multi-disciplinary artist, he has exhibited works on paper, installations and books in both the US and internationally. He maintains a small collaborative studio and art space in New Hope, Pennsylvania working deeply with artists to master printmaking techniques and create new portfolio and exhibition-ready prints. He teaches printmaking, papermaking and book forms extensively throughout the New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania area. He is also the owner of 9INHANDPRESS, a nexus of design, print and publishing. www.9INHANDPRESS.com
Andrea Epstein is a painter and printmaker who creates vibrant abstract mixed media works on paper incorporating a variety of printmaking techniques in her own print studio in Berkeley Heights, NJ. Andrea has many years of teaching experience with students of all ages, always placing emphasis on experimentation and process. She has shown her work often in the Tristate area. Recent shows in New Jersey include the Fine Arts Gallery of St. Peters University in Jersey City, Transformations Gallery, Metuchen, The Atrium Gallery in Morristown, Edward Williams Gallery at Fairleigh Dickinson University, The Gaelen Gallery East and West in Whippany and West Orange and The Lundt Glover Gallery in Chatham. Andrea’s education includes a B.F.A. in painting from The Rhode Island School of Design and an M.F.A. from Yale University School of Art. A large selection of her work can be viewed at andreaepstein.com.
Andrea Gianchiglia, local artist of Califon, New Jersey, graduated from the Hartford Art school receiving her BFA in illustration with a minor in art history. Andrea works as a full time artist with private commissions and freelance illustration, as well as an art instructor at various art facilities throughout New Jersey. She teaches both adults and children at the Visual Art Center of New Jersey, The Center for Contemporary Art, the Hunterdon Art Museum and conducts private lessons at her private studio. She is represented at Studio 7 Fine Art Gallery in Bernardsville, NJ. Andrea’s paintings lean toward the realism style of painting, focusing on her true passion animal and wildlife art, as well as rural themed still life’s. Most of her collection is made up of oil paintings, however Andrea works in all mediums including watercolor, pastels, acrylics, graphite, charcoal, scratchboard, and colored pencils. She has had both individual and group shows throughout New Jersey and the tri-state area, along with various national juried shows where she has won several awards for her specialty, animal portraiture. She is a member of the Society of Animal Artists, the Pastel Society of America, the Salmagundi Club, and the Catherine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club. She was also recently flown out to Denver to film her online class “The Art of Painting Horses” at Craftsy.com studios.
Alli Gildea is a locally based cartoonist who received her BFA from the Savannah College of Art and Design in Sequential Art, with a minor in Animation. She specializes in all-ages comics and storyboarding, and has a passion for using humor to tell stories that reveal deeper truths, or simply spread a little joy; much of her work is also inspired by, or relating to music. Having worked with various clients, other artists, and independently on comics, illustrations, and several award winning animated short films, Alli finds the same sense of satisfaction in creating these works as she does in teaching others how to bring their own artistic visions to life.
anitagladstone.com Anita Gladstone is a pastel artist and former potter. Her love of nature and natural forms has been and continues to be an inspiration. She continually strives to capture in her work the beauty she sees in nature. Anita earned a B.F.A from the University of Cincinnati where her major was painting. During her senior year in college, however, she became interested in working with clay and spent the next many years pursuing that interest. While working as a potter she participated in many craft shows and was actively involved in several co-op galleries and craft organizations. In 2005, Anita returned to her roots and began painting again, this time with pastels. She finds the spontaneity of the medium along with the wonderfully vibrant colors to be an exciting way to express her interest in the beauty of the landscape in particular. Since retiring from her “regular” job in 2013, Anita has also begun working again in oils after a 40-year hiatus. Anita is a signature member of the Pastel Society of New Jersey, a juried Associate Member of The Pastel Society of America, an Associate member of Allied Artists of America, and a member of Studio Montclair and the Livingston Art Association. She has exhibited her paintings in numerous juried and non-juried group shows.
MFA - Instituto Allende, Mexico; BFA - Stephens College, Columbia, MO.; National Academy of Design, NY; New York Academy of Figurative Art; Newark School of Art. Teaching: Somerset Art Association; NJ Heritage Workshops. Exhibits: Audubon Artists, NYC; Sundance Gallery, NY; Reeves Reed Arboretum, NJ; Johnson Gallery, NJ. Lectures and Demos: Westfield Art Association; Columbia College, MO. Collections: Scandinavia; USA - private and corporate. www.gerryheydt.com.
Melissa has a BA in Fine Arts Education from Montclair State University where she received 3 teaching certifications; Art Ed grades K-12, Elementary Ed grades K-8, and Nursery school 3-5yr olds. She has 14 years’ experience in Woodbridge Twps. School district teaching elementary art, first grade classroom and second grade classroom. Taking time off to raise her son, she continued teaching art part time at the NJ Arts Guild in Rahway until its closing in 2016. Melissa has been a member here at the Visual Arts Center for 12 years working on her passion ceramics. She also loves sculpture, painting, drawing and scrapbooking.
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Matthew Langley was born Alexandria, Virginia and studied at Virginia Commonwealth University and received a BFA from The Corcoran School of Art. His work has been exhibited internationally and is included in major collections in the US such as Saks Fifth Avenue, Ernst and Young, DC Commission for the Art and Humanities, MacAndrews & Forbes Saks Fifth Avenue, Montefiore Hospital, The Cafritz Foundation and University of Maryland. Recent exhibitions include; Axom Artspace (Rochester, NY), The Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art and Susan Calloway Fine Arts (Washington, DC). Mr. Langley’s artwork has been covered in publications such as Art in America, New York Magazine, Southern Living Magazine, The Washington Post, The Washington Citypaper and news sources such as National Public Radio. Recently he has become part of the US State Departments Art In Embassies Program.
Valeri Larko is known for her densely painted landscapes of the urban fringe, all of which she paints on location. She is attracted to the decaying and abandoned structures that populated the outskirts of America’s urban centers and the stories these places can tell. Valeri Larko’s paintings have been exhibited in museums and galleries in the US and Europe. Solo exhibitions: Bronx Museum, NY, Lyons Wier Gallery, NYC, WallWorks NY, Bronx, Hampden Gallery, University of Amherst, MA, The Morris Museum, Morristown, NJ, The Hunterdon Art Museum, Clinton, NJ, New Jersey State Museum. Larko is represented by Lyons Wier Gallery, NYC.
Debra F. Livingston is an artist currently creating mostly monoprints and handmade books. She has been involved with the Visual Arts Center in Summit since 1988 as a printmaker, teacher, docent and mentor. She also teaches drawing and painting to adults at the JCC in Scotch Plains as well as printmaking workshops throughout the state. She has a BFA in printmaking from Rhode Island School of Design.
Sarah C. Maxwell Education: BA (Art Education), Moravian College, Bethlehem, PA. The Art Students League, New York, NY (figure drawing, portfolio development and review) Certifications: New Jersey Standard Teaching Certificate, Art K-12. Teaching Experience: Cedarbrook K-8 Center, Plainfield School District, Plainfield NJ. Ridgewood High School, Ridgewood School District, Ridgewood NJ. Frelinghuysen Middle School, Morris School District, Morristown NJ. Thomas Jefferson Elementary School, Morris School District, Morristown NJ. Language Skills: proficient in Spanish
Education: BA & BFA (Jewelry/Metalsmithing) University of the Arts, Philadelphia PA Owner of Finestra Designs, Fine Jewelry - www.finestradesigns.com Prior to founding her own company, Jeannette worked for some of the top high-end designers in the jewelry industry, as well as fine retail jewelers, where she created custom work, original designs and models.
Nathenson, Howard Born Denver, Colorado. Graduated Denver University with BFA, attended San Francisco Art Institute 2 years, graduated University of California, Berkeley with MFA. Taught painting and drawing at University of California, Kean College, William Paterson University, Visual Arts Center of NJ 1970-2017(currently), and The Rockland Center for the Visual Arts (currently). I have exhibited my paintings and photographs nationally, and my work is in many public and private collections, including The Neuberger Museum and The Dorsky Museum of CUNY.
Rosen Howard, Shelley
Shelley Rosen Howard Biography Education: Masters in Art Education/Ceramics Major, Tyler School of Art/Temple University Bachelors in Fine Arts/Printmaking Major, Penn State University Experience: Ceramics & Interdisciplinary Arts Educator, Somerset Hills YMCA, 2009-present Ceramics Program Coordinator/Educator, Down Dog Yoga & Art Camp, 2017 Ceramics Program Coordinator/Educator, Camp Green Lane, 2009-2016 Ceramics & Mosaic Arts Coordinator/Educator, Grant Funded Programs, 2010-2016 Pottery Enrichment, Mendham Borough Schools, 2008-2013 Exhibitions & Craft Shows: Somerset Hills YMCA Student Exhibitions, Camp Green Lane Summer Pottery Exhibitions, Mendham Borough Library Student Pottery Exhibitions, Pottery Enrichment Student Show, Morristown Charter School Art Gala, JCC Student/Faculty Exhibitions, Vox Gallery, Lannons Gallery Spring Craft Show, The Main Line Potters Gallery, Center Spring Craft Show, The Clay Studio, Manayunk Arts Festival, The Main Line Art Center Faculty & Craft Shows, NCECA Juried Exhibition, Tyler School Of Art Solo Ceramics Exhibition, University of Alabama Printmaking Exhibition, Penn State Solo Printmaking Exhibition
A phone call from the HBO show, “The Sopranos” requested that his art be featured in the 2001 season. Saenger was initially motivated to paint by a college art professor who advised him to “stick with it.” The paint-along artist, Bob Ross seen on TV, fascinated Saenger. He took a workshop with this popular personality only to find, to his disappointment, but more to his benefit, that nothing which looks so easy could be achieved without commitment and skill. From thereon, he began a rigorous study of the principles of art, having to spend long hours behind the easel and miles of canvas. He has studied with some of the most notable landscape artists of today. Saenger enjoys helping beginners and intermediate artists get on the road to success, like his mentors had done for him. Saenger’s goal is not only to stop time and capture a certain "light effect" or condition, but to ensure that the viewer can feel the warm glow of the sunset, or the bitter cold of winter.
Kit Sailer earned her BFA from Syracuse University, receiving the Hazard/Gee Fellowship upon graduation. She has received a NJ State Council of the Arts Fellowship, was Artist-in-residence at the Newark Museum, and was selected to participate in Aljira’s Emerge program. Solo exhibits include Delaware Valley Arts Alliance, Catskill Art Society, Johnson & Johnson, New Jersey Center for Visual Arts, Tomasulo Gallery, and Watchung Arts Center. Group shows have included The Newark Museum, Aljira, NJ State Museum, Old Church Cultural Center, and City Without Walls. Kit teaches painting and drawing to adults at the Visual Art Cener of NJ and the Artist Teacher Institute. She works with children through various programs including the NJ State Council on the Arts Artist-in-Education, and outreach programs administered by Arts Horizons, and Young Audiences. Ms. Sailer is based in Jersey City NJ and in Callicoon NY.
spitatart.com Russ Spitkovsky was born in 1981, in Kiev, Ukraine. In 1992 he moved to Sunnyvale, California, in 1999 he moved to New York to attend the School of Visual Arts, in 2003 he received his Bachelors in Fine Arts and in 2009 he graduated with honors from the SVA MFA program. Russ Spitkovsky’s artwork has been included in numerous national and international publications and exhibitions. He is one of the founders of CARRIER PIGEON and is currently editor in chief and contributor of the quarterly publication. In 2014, Russ helped create Guttenberg Arts, a multidisciplinary artist residency program. He currently resides in New York and is focusing his artwork in the area of Printmaking, particularly etching, photo—lithography and monoprints. His work has been included in several national and international publications and art shows. He is interested in movement, composition and spontaneity in image making.
Victoria Starger is a multimedia artist of drawing, painting and sculpture with focus on portrait and figure, landscape and nature. She is a graduate cum laude of the Du Cret School of Art and has been exhibiting fine art in local and international expositions. Once accepted into the Salon d'Automne of Paris France 1988, her art has been shown in Parisian salons since, more recently in Salon des Artistes Membres et Amis at Galerie Etienne de Causans. She is a member of the Blackwell St. Artists and Who's Who Arts Club International. Her art is in American and international collections.
Sussman, Heidi www.heidisussman.com Heidi Sussman is a photographer and mixed media artist who combines natural and digital art media with her photographs. Her art is process driven often incorporating image transfers, hot wax, cold wax and oil paint into her pieces. A graduate of Emerson College, she continued post graduate studies at the Instituto Allende in San Miguel de Allende Mexico. She teaches workshops in photography, journaling and mixed-media processes in her studio in East Orange, in area workshops throughout the state including the Nancy Ori Cape May Photography Workshops and is on the faculty at the Visual Arts Center of New Jersey. Actively exhibiting her art in solo and group shows, her work is held in public and private collections throughout the United States and Canada.
I think finding a connection is something that we all look to do in life. It was during high school years that the seed of my artistry was planted. I found that the class I was most interested in was art. It was there I discovered that using my hands gave me a sense of purpose. Through the guidance of my art teachers, my own art jewelry journey began. I began my formal education by attending the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City and completed a two-year Jewelry Design Program. What intrigued me the most from what I learned there, was fabrication. It was so satisfying to see a piece of sheet metal or wire turn into an actual object or piece of jewelry. The experience at FIT allowed me to refine and develop my technical skills. Upon completion of the program, I needed to find what inspired me. It was at the University of Arts in Philadelphia that I began investigating math and nature. I found that multiples and repeated patterns really piqued my interest. After graduation, I worked for both an art jeweler and a commercial jeweler, but knew deep down that I wanted to submerge myself in developing my art. I was honored to be accepted to Cranbrook Academy of Art in Michigan. It was there that I discovered my unique, artistic approach for designing art jewelry.
Katie Truk received her BFA from Alfred University. She has been teaching multi-media classes to children and adults of all ages and levels since 2001 through personal lessons, visiting artist grants and in places such as Creative Hands in Madison, Let’s Create, Messy Artist, West Windsor Art Center and Visual art Center of NJ. In her studio the medium of choice is pantyhose. She combines the translucent and sensual nature of pantyhose and the rigidity of wire to create sculptures of complex depth and personality. Theses sculptures have been featured around the tri-state area.
Volk, Aliese Andersen
Aliese Andersen Volk MFA, Studio Art, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA BFA, Studio Art, Minnesota State University Moorhead, Moorhead, MN Born and raised in North Dakota, Aliese Andersen Volk studied Fine Art at Minnesota State University Moorhead. She moved to Philadelphia for graduate studies at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts where she received her MFA. She works in a variety of media, most often in oil painting, drawing, and printmaking. Her work has been shown in solo and group exhibitions in the Midwest and Philadelphia areas.
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New Jersey Artist, Stephen Yavorski has work that’s been featured in several exhibitions including venues such as Rehs Contemporary Galleries, Swain Galleries, Mainstreet Galleries, The Salmagundi Club, Misericordia University, and The Ice House Gallery in Monmouth University. His outspoken manner and ability to objectively look at situations with clarity and insight are the driving forces behind his work. For Stephen, it’s not just about creating artwork, it’s about communicating these thoughts through the limitless vehicle of art. He provokes thought and insight and sees himself as an example for other people to do the same.
Education: MFA Visual Narrative 2016, School of Visual Arts New York, NY K-8 Multi-Subject Teaching Credential 2002, San Jose State University