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jfattapicJanet Howard-Fatta
Painting

Hudson
 Valley
 artist
 Janet
 Howard-Fatta 
creates 
a
 variety
 of
 works
 from
 landscapes 
in
 oil
 depicting
 place
 and 
time, 
to 
figurative
 works
 in
 wet
 and 
dry
 media.
 Light,
 color 
and 
a
 love
 of
 nature
 are
 the
 driving 
forces
 behind
 her 
work.
 Janet’s
 work
 reflects
 a
 relationship 
between
 the
 world
 around 
her
 and
 the
 painted
 image.
 She
 strives 
to
 create 
a
 visual
 representation
 of
 what
 she 
experiences 
through
 her
 senses.

 

Janet 
received
 a
 BFA 
in
 painting 
at
 Pratt 
Institute
 where
 she
 was 
most 
influenced
 by 
two
 of
 her
 professors,
 color
 theorist
 Mary 
Buckley 
and
 painter 
Al
 Blaustein. 

Currently,
 she 
is
 a
 board
 member 
of
 Orange
 County 
Arts
 Council, 
and 
facilitator 
of the
 Warwick 
Life 
Drawing
 Group. 
She 
lives
 in
 Warwick
 NY
 with
 her
 husband
 and
 two
 children
 surrounded
 by
 the
 beauty
 of
 a
 rural 
landscape 
that 
includes 
farms,
 mountains
 and
 state
parks.


garinphotoGarin Baker
Plein Air Paintiing

Born in 1961 in New York City, Garin Baker was raised on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. Encouraged by his art teachers with a strong focus on working from life at The High School of Art & Design he was awarded a scholarship to study at the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY. At Pratt he felt a limited availability to work from life so he added to his studies at The Arts Students League in New York City where he attended traditional life classes with instructors David A. Leffel and Ted Seth Jacobs. After winning several awards for his work including first prize at the Student Competition at the Society of Illustrators in 1983 he entered the chaos and confusion of the New York art market. After several years he built a career as a busy illustrator but Garin felt a burning desire to paint what he wanted. So in between deadlines for New York Magazine, Bantam Books, advertising agencies and countless others, he would work on his own paintings and stack them in his studio. Closest to his heart are the influences of great painters like John Singer Sargent, Ilya Repin, Joaquin Sorolla, and American painters like Winslow Homer, William Merrit Chase, and Thomas Eakins. With invitations to shows and exhibitions he was able to receive some respectable prices for his fine art work. In 1990, with his young family in tow he moved from a small apartment in NY City, 60 miles north along the Hudson River to a 1790’s stone house, carriage house and post and beam barn in New Windsor NY. This property needed complete renovations but Garin being ambitious and optimistic had great hopes for the future. With limited resources he began the long process of using his income as an illustrator towards transforming this colonial run down property into a grand home and art studios. Working primarily from life and on the spot studies he documents a moment in time. His subjects include complex compositions showing an expressive nature, including large New York cityscapes filled with bustling people set in dramatic light situations to spacious rural landscapes reminiscent of the Hudson River School of Painting. At the core of his work is a strong sense of humanity and its relationship to the environment. “No need to shock or over intellectualize when simple human emotions, communicated visually, can bring us to a place where we can all share our common experiences.” He shows no limits to his interests and explores new subjects with passion and diligence. To his credits are numerous gallery exhibitions and awards. He has been listed in the Encyclopedia of Living Artists and his reputations as a New York Realist was recognized with a nationally reviewed show entitled three Generations of New York Realist in Scottsdale, Arizona in 1999. In addition, Garin runs a small Mural Company called Carriage House Art Studios, which offers apprenticeships for young artists and an opportunity to work and improve their craft. Completed projects include the NYC Department of Motor Vehicle, Upstate NY, American Road & Transportation Builders, Washington DC, Rudolf & Slatten Engineering, Irvine CA and recently completed the largest single work of Public Art along the Hudson River banks from Albany to New York City, in Newburgh, NY entitled “Archways” The Trestle Mural Project.


Lisbeth Ryan
Yoga
Lisbeth Ryan is a certified yoga instructor. She has studied and practiced yoga for over 10 years and continues to deepen her knowledge and understanding of various styles of yoga through research and workshops.Her classes reflect a synthesis of an iyengar foundation and diverse styles of yoga ,placing emphasis on a creative, sequencing vinyasa flow.The passion to share the benefits and rewards of yoga to her students is reflected in her enthusiastic and compassionate teaching skills and the rewards of sharing this yogic magic lead her to train in the art of thai yoga massage.When not teaching yoga Lisbeth enjoys creative, healthy cooking , a good book and summer mornings in her vegetable garden.


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Rosita Gilsenan

Batik and Oil Painting

Rosita Gilsenan was born in Kells, Co Meath Ireland, and studied fine art at the University of London, England. For a period of time, Gilsenan divided her time between residences in New York and Europe, eventually settling in the Hudson Valley region of New York. She currently serves as the principal designer and owner of Gilsenan Designs, Inc. in Warwick, NY.

Her studio practice concentrates on the ancient medium of batik, which she produces mostly on silk, and occasionally on wool or linen. Gilsenan enjoys painting en plein air in both pastel and oils, particularly during her travels to Italy, Ireland and the South of France. She often bases her large scale batiks on these plein air pieces.
Her work has been exhibited in London, New York, and Ireland. She has produced commissioned work for The National Blood Bank of Dublin, and is in the private collection of Lord and Lady Mountcharles, and several other private collections.
Rosita is the recipient of several Best in Show Awards, including the Greenwich Village Art Show and the Brooklyn Heights Prominade Show. She has shown in several group shows throughout New York and Europe, and has had solo exhibitions at Bloomingdale’s Gallery in NY and Port of Call Gallery in Warwick, NY.


Lisa Zukowski
Printmaking and Special Topics

Lisa Zukowski works both two dimensionally and sculpturally in multiple media. Lisa received her degree in painting and printmaking from Brooklyn College, where she served as printer for the Brooklyn College Press. Zukowski is a recipient of several awards from local arts organizations, including Orange County Art Federation Artist of the Year in 2006.

Lisa’s work has been exhibited in the United States and abroad, and is in several private collections. Her work can be viewed at Skylight Gallery in New York, NY,  Beacon Artist Union in Beacon, NY,  Shortwave Gallery in Stone Harbor, NJ, Gallery 66 NY in Cold Spring, NY and LOOK | ART Gallery in Mahopac, NY.

She balances her studio time by teaching Gelatin Printmaking workshops and conducting an annual art holiday in Tuscany, Italy.  A native of Brooklyn, NY, Zukowski currently lives and works in the Hudson Valley of New York.  To learn more about Lisa, visit her web site at www.lisaz.com

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