Babroff - I
have worked with clay for many years-selling my work to stores and
galleries all over the world. I've been sold in Nordstroms and Marshall
Fields to name a few.
I love bringing out the fun and joyful side of life, being very influenced
by music and contemporary art. I have been working on some acrylic
paintings on canvas with the same fun feeling as my ceramics. email@example.com
DESIGN & STEPHANIE BARNES STUDIO are inspired by the air, light,
water and wood of the Catskill Mountains. The studio is a place where
artistry, whimsy and skilled craftsmanship combine. Fiber artist,
woodworker, electrician and designer Stephanie Barnes has an affinity
for the beautiful and the vintage -- recycling, reclaiming and reusing
textiles, wood, glass and other materials to make one of a kind home
furnishings, lighting and wearable art. Stephanie uses vintage Japanese
obis/ kimonos and luxurious new silks, organzas, brocades and tapestry
textiles making them into reversible jackets, vests, clutches, other
accessories and girl's dresses. Much of her inspiration derives from
the textiles themselves. One of her pleasures as an artist is to help
her clients pull down fabrics from her shelves and create clothes
that allow them to become their own characters. "I don't design
for the media body...I design for real women" says Stephanie.
"I make what I like." Stephanie also expertly rewires antique
fixtures and lamps and crafts handmade, custom lampshades from vintage
and new textiles and trims, in any and all sizes and shapes. In addition,
she combines wayward fragments of wood, recycling them into rustic,
upscale tables, hutches, benches and cabinets. No detail is too small.
Antique screws and hinges complete the transformation of something
old into something new. The studio is located at 361 Route 214, Chichester,
New York, 1.5 miles from Phoenicia.
Bernhard- Durga Bernhard's artwork explores both personal
and archetypal imagery through contemporary techniques. Her themes
include birth and mothering, healing and transformation, animals and
nature, family and community, myth and dream, ritual, prayer . . .
and our beautiful Catskill mountains. Durga is the illustrator of
numerous children's books, and brings a variety of influences to her
work, including a strong grounding in rhythm and design, and a deep
love of African culture and Eastern and Western religion. Her experience
mothering three children has also shaped some of her most notable
works, which have been published in a variety of parenting venues.
Boyer Design Kurt Boyer Design Kurt Boyer has
been a commercial artist (graphic design and sign maker) working
in the Hudson Valley for over twenty years. Ten years ago he
decided he wanted to become a “real” painter and
studied under various teachers at the Woodstock School of Art.
Kurt works mainly in oil. Over the last two years he has been
working on satirical animal paintings that display his cynicism
and dry sense of humor.
Boyer I have been teaching ceramics for many
years at Greenwich House Pottery and Queens College and occasionally
at City College in New York City. In recent years I've been teaching
a weekend workshop at Sugar Maples in Maple Shade, N.Y. (outside
of Hunter) My studio is in the back of my barn in Pine Hill. My
work is mostly high-fired functional stoneware and porcelain to
be used in the kitchen and on the table. My other occupation is
and Douglas Brooks
Brooks- As a ceramist, I’m simply guided by what I
like - which often changes from day to day. I find inspiration in
the simplicity and depth of the Japanese ceramic tradition. And the
abstract expressionist ceramics of the American raku pioneers has
never failed to amaze me. I prefer full forms and those that reveal
the creation process. I strive to create pieces pushed close to the
Most of my pieces originate on the potters wheel. I then knock them
around a bit until I find a form that seems to work. My work often
has an obvious physical function (bowl, vase, etc.), but just as often
lacks one. I like to think that they all fulfill some aesthetic or
Brooks- As a painter I am very interested in the decorative
arts, which for me means that my images tend to lie on the surface
of the work visually, instead of creating the illusion of deep space
or of mood. I work with traditional subjects, especially flowers and
woodlands, using landscape or still life formats executed in acrylics
on stretched canvas.
“My” flowers and woodlands come from my imagination but
resemble actual blooms and trees found in nature. The colors I use
tend to be vivid and strong without much modulation or gradation.
I love the immediate impact of color, so if there’s a sense
of mood in my work, I would call it bright or joyful.
My primary influences as an artist and painter come from my experiences
as a woman and my background in art history. I am very attracted to
images on textiles, glassware, ceramics and porcelains and to the
shapes, colors and forms of jewelry. Like most artists I find inspiration
in the formal settings of museums and galleries, but also when I shop
for clothes or go to antique stores, flea markets and yard sales.
(Susie Brown) is a sculptor, writer and performance installation artist.
Currently she has just finished Meditation on Mourning,an installation
comprised of 9 life size sculptures of women wrapped in cloth marble
dust and ash.They can be seen in person at her studio or on her website
She is also working on 'Cocoon' a performance in which the life of
a silkworm spinning its cocoon and becoming a moth with seven foot
wings is portrayed.
Susan continues to work with encaustics ( which will be on view in
the studio as well.)
Byer Hello, I'm John Byer, a local artist and carpenter.
I am native to Phoenicia. I began my art training at Onteora Central
School when grades K thru 12 were housed at the now Middle-High School
building. The Woodstock artist community had a major influence on
the art program at Onteora. I continued my education at SUNY New Paltz,
graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in Art Ed. My early work
was mainly in ceramic sculpture. My long career as a carpenter has
made wood the primary material in my sculpture. I also incorporate
bone, beads, antlers and most recently stone in my work. I look forward
to the 2009 artist tour and welcome all to view my works-in-progress
as well as my completed sculptures.