Harry Orlyk was born in Troy, New York in 1947. In 1971 after graduating college, he went on to graduate school at the University of Nebraska at Lincoln. Over the next nine years, he was influenced by several Nebraskan artists. “Still-life painter Robin Smith taught me how to use paint without turpentine – to paint from the tube.” He also admits the influence of photographer Lawrence McFarland who taught him what spiritual space was, and how to emphasize it. Lastly he credits well-known Lincoln painter Keith Jacobshagen with having impressed on hm the importance of routine. He currently resides with his family in Salem, New York, near the Vermont border. [Read more…]
Julie Branch is a sculptor living outside of Rotterdam, New York. Working primarily in ceramics and fiber she creates figures inspired by nature, dreams and mythology. Julie grew up in the Dakotas, Colorado, Hawaii and Montana. She has lived in Minnesota, Montana and New York City.
Leslie Peck, a New York native, was educated at the Fashion Institute of Technology where she received her Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Art. She then spent a year studying art in Italy at the Scuola di Lorenzo De Medici in Florence, before apprenticing in Rome with renowned illustrator Alessandro Biffignandi. Peck began a freelance career in romance book cover illustration in 1988. While still sucessful in the publishing field, her love for portraiture of people and animals has found its expression in her most recent oil paintings. [Read more…]
JoAnn Axford lives and maintains her studio in Glenmont, New York. She received her bachelor degree at the University of Bridgeport, Conn. and her masters from The College of Saint Rose. Her interest in botanical imagery led her to post-graduate study in Botanical Illustration at The New York Botanical Garden.
Nick Patten is a native of Troy, NY and received his B.A. in Fine Arts of the College of Saint Rose in Albany, NY. In addition to dozens of solo and group shows nationwide at a variety of venues, Patten’s work can be seen in many private and public collections throughout the world. [Read more…]
Environmental conservation, bio-diversity, global and ethnic uneasiness, mankind’s relationship to the planet earth, and even space explorations all come to mind as I began the new series, “Garden Stories.” Using the remnants of fall gardens as my stage, I set up narratives using miniature toys that include animals, fire engines, and astronauts. [Read more…]
T. Klacsmann captures the consciousness of animals as they exist independently from, but intermingled with humanity. Loving beauty more than efficiency, they meticulously carve each thing that appears in their work in linoleum or wood. Some of the resulting relief prints are further developed with paint, ink, and colored pencil; other prints are scanned and turned into polyester lithography plates, printed and combined with relief prints to create multi-layered works on paper featuring animals in naturalistic settings altered by humanity. [Read more…]
I am fascinated by identity, where we come from, and who we think we are. I draw inspiration from other people’s stories, contemporary and ancient, real and imaginary to create characters with interior lives of struggle and hope. [Read more…]
Featuring the artwork of: Constance Kheel and Chris Duncan.
March 7, 2020 – May 31, 2020
Tracy Helgeson attended the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, majoring in Graphic Design and then transferred to the Philadelphia College of Art (now the University of the Arts) where she studied illustration. Philadelphia was a great influence on Tracy and it was there that her work began to take on a unique style as she learned the under painting skills and glazing techniques that distinguish her current work. [Read more…]
I belong to the tradition of vessel makers. I work in clay, on the wheel, forming containers for flowers, food, air. Clay is the skin to contain a volume, the line to draw a profile. I think of long tall vessels as forms that stand as a person, defining and incorporating space. I feel a kinship with Chinese ceramics and like to sketch vases to understand the success of their curves, the space they envelop and the space they exclude.
Robert Moylan works masterfully in gouache. His panoramic landscapes are brightly colored celebrations of the rural beauty of Rensselaer and Washington counties in New York. [Read more…]
Featuring the artwork of: Abraham Ferraro, Andrea Hersh, Barry Lobdell, Carol Caruso, Channing Lefebvre, CherylHorning, Doretta Miller, Eden Compton Clay, Elisa Sheehan, Gary Glinski, Gene Greger, George Dirolf, Jeff Wigman, Jenny Hutchinson, JoAnn Axford, Joe Putrock, Laura Von Rosk, Linda Bacon, Mary EllenRiell, Niki Haynes, Pat Collins, Randi Kish, Rob Longley, Robert Gullie, Robert Coppola, RussellSerrianne, Steve Rein, Susan Hoffer, Klacsmann and Yeachin Tsai.
December 7, 2019 – January 12, 2020
Pat Collins is a ceramic artist residing in Saratoga Springs, New York who specializes in raku and saggar fired pottery. Pat studied ceramics at the University of West Chester in Pennsylvania where she graduated with a BFA. Since graduating, her work has been in several exhibitions in New York, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Ohio.
Corey Pitkin’s work is an exploration of ephemeral beauty expressed simply and genuinely. Using old master-esque muted colors complimented with subtle edgework his pieces shift and glimmer yet maintain their precision. His subjects are memories that slip away when you try to hold onto them for more than a moment.
American painter Eden Compton was born in Texas and raised in Connecticut. Eden and her NZ born husband, Richard, have settled in upstate New York after two decades of sailing and managing private charter boats in the Caribbean and throughout the US. Eden has a permanent studio and gallery in the Beekman Street Arts district of Saratoga Springs.
Rita Dicaprio: “Painting is a way for me to quench an insatiable desire to create. I have always been captivated by the beauty of nature and the world around me. I feel so fortunate to live near the Adirondack Mountains where the beauty constantly astounds me. I find an endless number of subjects to paint in the ever changing colors of the landscape.”
Constance Kheel’s abstract paintings celebrate the interaction between drawing and color, juxtaposing the controlled discipline of geometrics with the spontaneity of poured colors. At the same time, the heavy texture of Kheel’swork focuses on the materiality of painting. Primary shapes, such as circles and squares, emerge and retreat and expand and contract like astral objects in infinite.
Chris has a studio-based practice, making objects that are hand built and mostly low-tech. His sculptures are constructed, assembled from parts, using paper, cardboard and other ephemeral materials. The forms start from the ground and lurch or twist up.
Featuring the artwork of: Fern Apfel, Robyn Morgan Giddings and Audrie Sturman.
November 2, 2019 – December 1, 2019
Please allow us to introduce and congratulate the artists chosen for this exciting new exhibit: Abraham Ferraro, Andrea Hersh, Barry Lobdell, Carol Caruso, Channing Lefebvre, CherylHorning, Doretta Miller, Eden Compton Clay, Elisa Sheehan, Gary Glinski, Gene Greger, George Dirolf, Jeff Wigman, Jenny Hutchinson, JoAnn Axford, Joe Putrock, Laura Von Rosk, Linda Bacon, Mary EllenRiell, Niki Haynes, Pat Collins, Randi Kish, Rob Longley, Robert Gullie, Robert Coppola, RussellSerrianne, Steve Rein, Susan Hoffer, Klacsmann and Yeachin Tsai.
Robyn Morgan Giddings’ work explores human emotion through the interplay of color, abstract interior space, pattern and pop art. She received extensive training in studio art and painting at the College of St. Rose in Albany, NY and worked for many years in marketing and public relations. After retirement, she resumed painting. Her work is held in numerous private collections.
Audrie Sturman works full time in two studios. One in Albany and the other at The Saratoga, Clay Arts Center. Audrie’s works are represented in numerous collections in the United States, as well as private collections in Canada, Europe, Israel and Australia.
The envelopes in Fern Apfel’s paintings are old and worn. Some have been repeatedly folded, others stashed out of sight for years. Some offer nostalgic reminders of things that no longer exist; others are from bygone friends. They represent relationships that were maintained across distances and referential dialogues extending through many years.
Featuring the artwork of: Mikel Wintermantel, Leslie Peck, Kate Edwards, Jacob Houston, Clarence King, Jill Fishon-Kovachick and Ann Larsen.
September 28, 2019 – October 27, 2019
Jon Gernon is a painter, printmaker and independent curator living in the Eastside of Historic Troy, NY. His current works focus on creating modern day fables, allegories and lore. Jon is a former gallerist and gallery director with over 25 five years of curating and designing exhibitions. [Read more…]
Jacob Houston is an enthusiastic participant in the field of art, creating unique paintings as well as building a busy art business. Jake is known for the perspective that he takes in his paintings, frequently from a vantage point above the subject. His favorite medium being acrylic, his paintings are vivid and detailed, captivating the viewer’s eye. [Read more…]
Mikel Wintermantel is an artist schooled in tradition and raised in a modern world. He has been able to cross the advancement in modern materials and tools with his deep respect for old world methods. Through years of exploration his method and materials have become almost transparent in the creation process.
“I spent most of my childhood moving back and forth across the United States. I can still remember the endless vistas from days of car travel. The beauty of the varied landscapes left a real impression on me. I gain inspiration from the change in season and the light of any given minute of the day. To paint landscapes I feel more connected to the world, and endless observation constantly informs my work. I tend to paint what is around me and as I live in an agricultural landscape that is what I paint.” [Read more…]
Featuring the artwork of: James Paterson, John Van Alstine, Robert Gullie, Zack Lobdell and Erik Laffer.
August 10, 2019 – September 15, 2019
Featuring the artwork of: Rachel Baxter and Beverly Mastrianni.
June 15, 2019 – July 28, 2019
Jill Fishon-Kovachick is a renowned local clay artist and owner/director of the Saratoga Clay Arts Center located in Schuylerville, NY. Fishon-Kovachick utilizes Raku, Sagger and High Fire techniques to create subtle yet resplendent tones of earth and sky in her work. In her own words, “[The] natural coloration, reflected in my work, brings everything together for me.” [Read more…]
Ann Larsen paints from Maine to California. She has been in over 80 gallery and museum exhibitions.
Among the many awards Larsen has received are Best Landscape, American Women Artists National Competition; two Awards of Excellence, Oil Painters of America, Eastern Regionals; Masters Signature Silver Medal, American Women Artists National Competition; Award of Excellence given by Quang Ho at the Paso Robles Invitational.
Born in Saskatchewan, Canada James grew up in the Kensington Market neighborhood of Toronto, Ontario. Mr. Paterson received his BFA (hons.) from the University of Waterloo, and taught art at the elementary and high school level before leaving teaching to pursue art full time in 1989.
Robert Gullie is a photographer, mixed media collagist and printmaker. His work has been widely exhibited in over 90 exhibitions since the early 1990’s, including twenty-five solo exhibitions. [Read more…]
John Van Alstine is an American sculptor living and working in Wells, NY in the Adirondack region of New York State, best known for stone and metal abstract sculptures exhibiting exceptional balance and poise. The works are often multi level with references to the figure, classical, nautical, celestial and western mythological themes. [Read more…]
My work is the epicenter of my human experience. It is my witness to our current situation as a people at the precipice of self-destruction, on the verge of self-awareness, the eruption of emotion, an effusion of expression to convey my deepest fears and hopes. My paintings are reverence for, and anticipation of our possibilities.
Erik Laffer’s abstract personal narratives are logical and experimental explorations of place from the past into the present and future. His paintings re-describe the world with a language of symbols, reminiscent of map-making. Laffer’s symbols identifies his own inner struggle to understand self, family and society. [Read more…]
Featuring the artwork of: William McCarthy and Harry Orlyk.
April 27, 2019 – June 2, 2019
Beverley Mastrianni is an artist who lives and works in Saratoga Springs, NY. She graduated from Skidmore College in 1976 and received her MA from the University of New York at Albany in 1979.
Rachel Baxter is an artist living and working in Troy, NY. She received her BFA in printmaking from The College of Saint Rose (2011) and her MFA from Indiana University in 2014. She currently has a studio at The Church Troy and teaches printmaking The College of Saint Rose. [Read more…]
Featuring the artwork of: Anne Sutherland, Tracy Helgeson, Dan Greenfeld, and Robert Moylan.
March 2, 2019 – April 14, 2019
William McCarthy works on wood board, paper and canvas using several layers of gesso before priming the surface with cadmium red base, a quick sketch using charcoal is used to lay out the design, then the paint is applied. He works in layers using thinned down oil color, building on these layers with glazing techniques the colors are adjusted and brought up to completion before final coats of varnish are applied.
Dan Greenfeld’s sculptures are abstract objects existing outside the restrictions of subject matter. They reference nothing in the world except themselves and art. The sculptures are made from commercially available white stoneware or porcelaneous clays and are fired in a wood burning kiln located on the edge of his daughter’s and son in law’s property in Charlton NY, not too far from Schenectady.
Anne Sutherland is a professional artist, entrepreneur and teacher. She grew up in the rural community of Roxbury, NY, in the Catskill Mountains, influenced by the beauty of mountains and nature around her. A love of drawing, dance and music dominated her childhood. A broad educational career began in the public schools where she taught at the elementary level with a degree in Elementary Education and music. [Read more…]
Featuring the artwork of: Anne Sutherland, Audrie Sturnman, Betty O’Brien, Chris DeMarco, Dan Greenfeld, David Painter, Deb Hall, Dorothy Englander, Fern Apfel, Ian Creitz, James Flosdorf, Janene Bouck, Judith Plotner, Karen Elem, Leslie Parke, Linde Caughey, Lori Lawrence, Patricia Collins, Randi Kish, Rob O’Neil, Robert Gullie, Robyn Morgan Giddings, Rusell Serrianne, Steve Rosenzweig, Susan Hoffer, Tom Crowell and Tracy Helgeson.
Artwork for this show was juried by Laura Von Rosk.
December 1, 2018 – January 6, 2019
Featuring the artwork of: Julie Branch, Anne Francey and George Dirolf.
October 27 – November 25, 2018
I am a painter, printmaker, and graphic artist. My paintings range from plein-aire oils to larger scale studio work. Subjects are the landscape, snowplows, and trains. I often incorporate relief text or images into these paintings. I also work in large scale charcoal drawings on mylar.
Anne Francey lives and works in Saratoga Springs, NY. Her studio practice includes painting, drawing and ceramic. Born In Switzerland, she studied painting at the École des Beaux-Arts (ECBA) in Lausanne, Switzerland, got an MFA at Hunter College in New York., and more recently studied ceramic painting techniques at the Tunis National Ceramic Center Sidi El Kacem in Tunisia.
Featuring the artwork of: George Van Hook, David Lussier, Jim Rodgers and Liz Vigoda.
September 22 – October 21, 2018
Featuring the artwork of: Bruno LaVerdiere and Connie Saddlemire.
August 11 – September 16, 2018
Liz Vigoda has a degree in Anthropology from the University of Chicago and studied ceramics at Sir John Cass College of Art, London. She has been teaching pottery and art for over 30 years including at Sage College and the Albany Institute of History and Art. Her work is represented by fine galleries and shops nationwide.
Jim Rodgers was born in northern New Jersey. Mr. Rodgers studied at the Art Students League in New York City and also attended the Ridgewood Art Institute where he studied landscape painting. His paintings focus on the essential details emerging from a cohesive mass augmented with poetic highlights. This evolves into a hybrid fashioned from painterly and impressionistic inspirations in a contemporary sense.
David A Lussier is a nationally and internationally recognized American landscape painter, working in the tradition of the impressionists. His paintings have garnered more than 75 awards and are in numerous private and corporate collections throughout the United States and Europe. Mr. Lussier is also an official US Open artist for the United States Golf Association and four of his paintings hang in the permanent collection of the United States Golf Museum. Lussier’s technique is characterized by a masterful use of color harmonies and poetic brushwork that bring his paintings to life.
George Van Hook’s paintings have been exhibited for over 35 years throughout the United States, Europe and Japan. Van Hook’s painterly style follows in the tradition of the impressionists. Inspired by both a love of nature fostered by long hours painting “en plein air,” Van Hook paints with gusto and passion, bringing a freshness and immediacy to the rural scenes where he lives in upstate New York. [Read more…]
Featuring the artwork of: Wendy Ide Williams, Victoria Crowell, and James Paterson.
June 16 – July 22, 2018
Connie Saddlemire first began “making art” while living in Taiwan, as a child, during the mid-1950’s. She also visited Japan during that time and soon afterward moved to New Mexico. The visual impressions from these locations were revealed in Saddlemire’s aesthetic sensibility as she became an artist, during the late 1960’s and 1970’s, while living in Upstate New York and Massachusetts. Frequent visits to the galleries and museums of New York City, throughout her adult years, have continued to be an influence on her work, as well.
Bruno studied at the Art Students League from 1965 to 1967. He was a monk and resident artist at St. Martin’s Abbey in Washington State from 1955 to 1969. Bruno has taught at Skidmore College, Rochster Institute of Technology, Pennsylvania State University, Ohio State University, New York University, Greenwhich House Pottery, Claremont Graduate Schools, and the University of Gorgia in Catona Italy, and is currently an Adjunct Instructor at SUNY Adirondack located in Queensbury, New York.
Featuring the artwork of: Leslie Parke, Jeri Eisenberg and JoAnn Axford.
April 21 – June 3, 2018
Victoria Crowell is a porcelain artist. In 1975, she received her BFA from the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University. Her work is collected from upstate New York to Australia, throughout Europe and the Far East. Galleries, museums, and private collections house more than a quarter century of her art. [Read more…]
Drawing, painting and ceramics form the artistic base for Troy, NY native, Wendy Williams. A graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design, Ms Williams began exhibiting across the Northeast United States beginning at the Cutler-Stavaridis Gallery in Boston, MA and has been the recipient of several grants through the years, including the Elizabeth Foundation and Yaddo. [Read more…]
Jeri Eisenberg works primarily with non-traditional and alternative photo-based techniques. She represses or subverts traditional photography’s emphasis on the representational qualities of the medium, and emphasizes instead the medium’s expressive nature. She employs a strong sense of materiality and seductive surfaces in her work, to evoke sense memories and visceral connections. Her work steadfastly serves as an affirmation of beauty in the everyday natural world, but is tinged with the bittersweet – a reminder of the temporal condition, and an elegy for life.
Leslie Parke is an artist from upstate New York. Her studio is the top floor of a 19th Century factory building in Cambridge, New York. She is a recipient of the Esther and Adolph Gottlieb Grant for Individual Support, the Lila Wallace-Reader’s Digest grant as artist-in-residence at the Claude Monet Foundation in Giverny, France, and the George Sugarman Foundation Grant, among others.
Featuring the artwork of: Rob Longley, Jordan Becker, Teri Malo, Jae Schalekamp and Valerie Craig.
March 10 – April 15, 2018
Featuring the artwork of: Anne Francey, Cheryl Horning, Compton Eden, Dan Greenfeld, Dana Matthews, Gail Nadeau, Gary Larsen, George Dirolf, Gina Occhiogrosso, Harry Wirtz, Jacob Houston, Jill Fishon Kovachick, Julie Branch, Kelsey Renko, Leslie Roy Heck, Linda Bacon, Linde Caughey, Mara Lefebvre, Mary Ellen Riell, Michael Valiquette, Michael Whitney, Paul Chapman,, Paul Mauren, Randi Kish , Renee Obrien, Rob Longley, Rob O’Neil, Robyn Morgan Giddings, Ruck Goldreyer and Wenda Habenicht.
Artwork for this show was juried by Robert Gullie.
December 2, 2017 – January 7, 2018
I am a ceramic artist working in up-state New York. After earning a degree in the Fine Arts I have spent the last 12 years studying and learning about pottery and ceramics, with the last 8 specific to wood-firing clay. In 2009 I built a community wood kiln I currently fire my work in. I have always been an object maker, and explored different materials with art and function in mind. For me the discovery of clay and its soul moved me to become a fuller person. [Read more…]
My nature-inspired paintings are more in the manner of a portrait, rather than a landscape. Looking at all different shapes and sizes of plants, mingled and tangled, yet keeping their own growing directions toward light, I find myself trying to identify simple truth and wisdom. [Read more…]
After high school I attended the Boston University School of Fine Arts and I received a Bachelor of Fine Art in May of 1973. Among my more influential teachers at B.U. were Reed Kay, who taught both Materials and Techniques and Drawing, and Jack Kramer, who taught Anatomy. [Read more…]
Valerie Craig has drawn and painted nearly all her life. Her oil and watercolor paintings are suffused with soft light and convey a sensitive approach. Craig’s subject matter is varied and includes still-life, landscapes and street scenes. Valerie Craig has had more than twenty years in the field to date. [Read more…]
Teri Malo’s landscape paintings primarily explore the sense of place, whether in her series on the mill towns of the Blackstone Valley, or in her more recent coastal New England series. Time spent on Cape Ann and Cape Cod, Massachusetts, and in Lubec, Maine on the edge of the Bay of Fundy has profoundly affected her choice of subject matter. Her paintings capture large open spaces and the changeable atmosphere and seas of the New England region, as well as the rocky details of this familiar place. [Read more…]
Please allow us to introduce and congratulate the artists chosen for this exciting new exhibit: Anne Francey, Cheryl Horning, Compton Eden, Dan Greenfeld, Dana Matthews, Gail Nadeau, Gary Larsen, George Dirolf, Gina Occhiogrosso, Harry Wirtz, Jacob Houston, Jill Fishon Kovachick, Julie Branch, Kelsey Renko, Leslie Roy Heck, Linda Bacon, Linde Caughey, Mara Lefebvre, Mary Ellen Riell, Michael Valiquette, Michael Whitney, Paul Chapman,, Paul Mauren, Randi Kish , Renee Obrien, Rob Longley, Rob O’Neil, Robyn Morgan Giddings, Ruck Goldreyer and Wenda Habenicht.
Featuring the artwork of Andrea Hearsh, Christopher Murray, and Regis Brodie.
October 28 – November 26, 2017
Featuring the artwork of Harry Orlyk and Regina Wickham.
September 16 – October 22, 2017
Featuring the artwork of Charles Bremer and Leslie Ferst.
August 12 – September 10, 2017
Andrea Hersh holds a BS in painting and drawing from Skidmore College and an MFA from the University at Albany. Her work has been widely exhibited, including the Flash Art Show in Milan, Italy, the Albany Institute of History and Art, Gallery Boreas, and the AAF Contemporary Art Fair. She received a New York Foundation of Art in the category of Painting. She lives and works in Slingerlands, NY.
Christopher Murray’s paintings are influenced by graphic images of the early 20th century. His work is known for a bold simplicity of line, color, and hand-painted text. [Read more…]
My methodology of making art is exploratory in nature. It deals with the direct manipulation of materials and processes. My vessel or sculptural forms are elegant and classical. The surface painting, drawing, and textural treatment on the other hand, is out of the Abstract Expressionist and Post Modernist Schools. [Read more…]
Featuring the artwork of Erik Laffer and John Van Alstine.
June 17 – July 30, 2017
Artist Charles Bremer has explored a wide breadth of creative medium in his career ranging from photography, drawing and sculpture, to theater stage sets and experimental sound. His work has been exhibited in art centers, galleries, and private collections both in the United States and internationally. [Read more…]
Born in Atlanta, Leslie Ferst studied ceramics at Boston University (MFA cum laude), Art History at Skidmore College (BA) and Syracuse University in Italy and Amsterdam. For artist residencies, she traveled to Montana (Archie Bray Foundation), Georgia (Ossabaw Island Foundation), and Maine (Watershed Center) where she was a founding Board Member.
Featuring the artwork of Ann Larsen, James Coe and Virgina McNeice.
April 22 – June 4, 2017
Featuring the artwork of Josh Smith, Gary Zack, Zack Lobdell and Elisa Sheehan.
March 11, 2017 – April 16, 2017
The Laffer Gallery Presents: “Cartography & Choreography”
Featuring John Van Alstine and Erik Laffer
June 17 – July 30, 2017
Opening Reception: Saturday, June 17, 5-8pm
SCHUYLERVILLE, N.Y., June 1, 2017 — In honor of our 5th Anniversary, The Laffer Gallery is proud to present Cartography & Choreography, an exhibition of works by renowned artist, John Van Alstine and gallery founder, Erik Laffer. Join us for an opening reception on Saturday, June 17 from 5-8pm to view inspirational works, enjoy live music with Hot Club of Saratoga, mingle with artists and celebrate the gallery’s growing success as one of Saratoga and the Capital Region’s leading independent fine art gallery.
Cartography & Choreography brings together two prolific artists exploring the connections between the natural, the man-made, and the personal.
Assembling stone and found-object metal, Van Alstine contrasts the timelessness of stone with industrial elements of the 20th Century. His works create a poetic balance between the choreographed, floating earthbound stone and strength of metal.
Laffer’s abstract personal narratives are logical and experimental explorations of place– past, present and future. Identifying his own struggle to understand self, family and society, his paintings re-describe the world with a language of symbols, reminiscent of cartography.
John Van Alstine
John Van Alstine is an American sculptor living and working in Wells, NY in the Adirondack region of New York State, best known for stone and metal abstract sculptures exhibiting exceptional balance and poise. The works are often multi level with references to the figure, classical, nautical, celestial and western mythological themes.
During the span of his more than 35 year career his central theme has been the exploration of motion and balance through the natural forces of gravity and inertia in monumental, large scale and smaller works located in Asia, Europe, the Middle East and North America. He has participated in more than 80 solo and group exhibitions.
Van Alstine has won numerous awards, fellowships, grants and citations from the Pollack-Krasner Foundation, Gottlieb Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, the Yaddo Fellowship, the Louis C. Tiffany Foundation, New Jersey Council of the Arts and most recently the Merit Award in Beijing for his construction of a large-scale public sculpture in the Olympic Park Garden. He is recognized as a leading artist of his generation emerging from the tradition of David Smith, Richard Serra, Robert Smithson, Kenneth Snelson and Mark diSuvero.
Van Alstine’s works are in many major museums, institutions, public and private collections including the Baltimore Museum of Art, Carnegie Museum of Art in Pittsburg, Corcoran Gallery of Art Washington D.C., Dallas Museum of Art, Denver Museum of Art, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington D.C., Museum of Fine Arts Houston, National Museum of American Art, Newark Museum, Newark, NJ and the Phillips Collection Washington D.C. Overseas his work is in the collections of Tsinghua University Museum Garden Beijing, Gulbenkian Museum in Lisbon, Beijing Olympic Park Collection 2008, and in the U.S. Department of State “Art in Embassies” collections in Bolivia, Chile, Jamaica and Nepal.
Since 1970s, his sculpture has been reviewed in several publications such as the Washington Post, Baltimore Sun, USA Today, New York Times, Art in America, Art Forum, Art News and Sculpture Magazine. “John Van Alstine has created an ambitious body of remarkably interrelated outdoor and indoor sculptures, site-specific installations, public art projects and drawings. His prolific and consistently engaging output, ranging in size from small and delicate to vast and monumental, has earned the artist a reputation as one of America’s most important sculptors of the late 20th” and 21st century, according to Nick Capasso, curator of DeCordova Museum near Boston.
In 2000, Grayson Publishing Co. published a mid-career survey entitled “Bones of the Earth, Spirit of the Land” connecting Van Alstine’s sculptures, drawings, photographs and large-scale works to the landscape in the Western U.S. and Adirondacks. It was based on an extensive interview conducted by Sculpture Magazine editor Glenn Harper with an accompanying essay by DeCordova curator.
Born in Smithtown, New York, in 1982, I was the seventh of eight children. At the age of three, my family moved to a small town in upstate New York, where I lived until I was 14. Then we moved again, to Delmar, a suburb of Albany, New York. I have been moving ever since. Given my nomadic background, it’s almost natural that I’ve come to express myself—rather look to shape my identity and better understand myself—in maps. While my early landscapes and figurative works were influenced by the rural environment I grew up in, as well as the feelings of isolation I felt as a child with a learning disability, the representational abstracts that make up my current Cartography Series are not so much a study of emotion, as my earliest works were, but more of a logical and experimental exploration of where I’ve been, where I am now, and where I hope to be tomorrow. My goal with the Cartography paintings is to, as J.B. Harley writes, “redescribe the world,” or at least the small world of Erik Laffer. And just as there is a language of mapmaking, there is style and body of symbols in my paintings that define the landscape of each work and identify my struggle to understand self, family, home, and culture: boats, clocks, buildings, bridges, anatomy, arrows, and, among many others, lines, color, and texture. There’s a popular expression: “you’ll learn more about a road by traveling it than by consulting all the maps in the world.” While I recognize the truth in this, I also believe there is great value in history and charting where we have been and where we are going. And this is what my Cartography Series represents. After all, some roads—racism, sexism, classism, poverty, and all other forms of oppression and discrimination—are better to understand than experience.
Born in New York City, Virginia McNeice attended Pratt Institute of Art and has studied at the Art Student’s League, SUNY Albany, Skidmore College and the Vermont Studio Center. McNeice’s work in pastel and oil is inspired by nature, and her primary focus is upon color relationships, contrast and the effect of light at various times of the day. She lives and works on an old farm in Cambridge, New York which is surrounded by her personal garden.
Whether painting out in plein air, or in my home studio; whether painting birds, landscape, or views of nearby farms; in all of my paintings I hope to convey my reverence for the land, its wildlife, and our rural heritage. But while the subject matter may reflect my passions in life, the thread that ties all of my work together is more conceptual.
Featuring the artwork of Alex Waters, Andrea Hersh, Annea Francey, Audrie Sturman, Catherine Wagner Minnery, Channing Lefebvre, Cheryl Horning, Chris Duncan, Christopher Murray, Cyndy Barbone, Dan Greenfeld, Darcie Abbatiello, Deborah Bayly, Dolores Thompson, Fern Apfel, Gary Larsen, Gary Maggio, Gretchen Kelley, Ian Creitz, James Coe, Jenny Hutchinson, Kathryn Kost, Kevin Cleplensky, Laura Cannamela, Lori Lawrence, Mary Pat Wager, Matt Chinian, MiChelle Vara, Nicholas Warner, Regis Brodie, Robyn Morgan Giddings, Sonja LaPointe, Susan Hoffer, Susan Williams and Virginia McNeice.
December 3, 2016 – January 8, 2017
Josh Smith graduated from the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University with honors in 2014. He was first introduced to ceramics while at Alfred and felt an immediate connection with the material, and the pottery wheel. A few weeks before graduating from Alfred, Smith was recruited to help open the first US branch of Spin Ceramics in New York City. He completed a four month residency at Sculpture Space NYC during my time in the big apple.
Elisa Sheehan lives with her 2 kids, 2 dogs, and lovely husband. Together they explore the world and place a premium on their time together. She prefers to do her exploring outdoors and almost all of her inspiration comes from nature. She and her husband home school their 2 children and seeing them learn in their own ways informs Elisa’s own process and artistic growth. The sky really is the limit and sometimes making a giant mess is the best way forward!
Gary Zack has been involved with glass since 1978, as a successful commission stained-glass artist and, more recently, as a blown glass artist in Upstate New York. Zack has been involved with blown glass since 1990 and is mostly self-taught. His love of hot glass is founded on the immediacy and spontaneous nature of the material, as well as the interplay of color and light. [Read more…]
Featuring the artwork of Anne Diggory, Janice Medina, and Russell Serrianne
October 22, 2016 – November 27, 2016
Russell Serrianne lives in Glens Falls, NY where he has maintained his studio at the Shirt Factory since 2006. Raised in Niagara Falls, Russell attended the New School of Art in Toronto, Ontario with a concentration in drawing and screen process printing. He then studied printmaking at the Center for Music Drama and Art in Lake Placid, and lithography at the State University of New York at Plattsburgh.
Anne Diggory has worked out of her studio in Saratoga Springs, New York, for almost 40 years. She is known for her combination of accurate detail with expressive painting and strong abstract structure – an outgrowth of education at Yale and Indiana University and many years of exploring and painting the natural world. Her work has been seen in over 35 solo exhibitions and 75 group exhibitions in the United States, Panama and Germany.
Janice Medina is an artist, designer, and educator living and working in Albany, NY. Raised near Syracuse, she studied Building Conservation (MS, 2008) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute after attending Syracuse University (BFA, 2006). She is committed to design education and has taught interior design at the college level for over seven years. She has a passion for materials and the built environment. Her work is influenced by architecture, landscape, and the passage of time. Recently, she has been exploring the use of concrete as a sculptural medium.
Featuring the artwork of Peris Carbonell and John Van Orsouw
July 23, 2016 – August 28, 2016
The Laffer Gallery Presents: “Nurture Nature”
Featuring Mikel Wintermantel, Takeyce Walter, Karen Elem, Nancy Magnell, Leslie Peck, Kate Edwards, David Hill, Celeste Susany, and Audrie Sturman
September 10 – October 16, 2016
Opening Reception: Saturday, September 10, 5-8pm
SCHUYLERVILLE, N.Y., September 5, 2016 — The Laffer Gallery today announced it will open a new exhibit, “Nurture Nature,” on Saturday, September 10, at 96 Broad Street in Schuylerville, N.Y. The exhibit will run through October 16, 2016, and will feature artwork by nine New York artists. An opening reception will be held at The Laffer Gallery on Saturday, September 10, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
“We’re excited to bring together such a fine collection of talented New York artists. Their work is mixed across various mediums and either originates from nature, with materials, or finds inspiration in nature, through theme,” said Erik Laffer, owner, The Laffer Gallery.
Artists featured in the show include:
Audrie Sturman works full time in two studios, one in Albany and the other at The Saratoga Clay Arts Center. Sturman’s works are represented in numerous collections in the U.S., as well as private collections in Canada, Europe, Israel and Australia.
Celeste Susany is recognized as one of the nation’s premier equine artists and is regularly commissioned to do artwork for racetracks and private clients worldwide. She has had a presence in Saratoga since 1984 when she first exhibited her art at the Saratoga Race Course. Her work was feature on the Saratoga Race Course program from 1998 to 2015. Celeste has also enjoyed successes as a portrait and landscape painter.
David Hill has had a relationship with nature that he translates through oil paintings. Born and raised in St. Thomas, Virgin Islands, he found water and waves to be the inspiration for the subject matter that he continues to focus on. Hill studied painting in many locations including Hawaii, Italy and Boston (BAF, Art Institute of Boston).
Karen Elem received her degree in art education from the State University of New York at New Paltz. After retiring from a 37-year career teaching ceramics, sculpture, drawing and painting at Saratoga Springs High, she is now a resident studio artist at the Saratoga Clay Arts Center in Schuylerville, N.Y.
Kate Edwards gains inspiration from the change of seasons and the daily movement of light. Through landscape paintings, her observations and interpretation of nature connects her to the world. Her work currently reflects the agricultural landscapes she experiences as a resident of Northeastern N.Y.
Leslie Peck is a New York native educated at the Fashion Institute of Technology, where she received her bachelor’s degree in fine art. She then spent a year studying art in Italy at the Scuola di Lorenzo De Medici in Florence, before apprenticing in Rome with renowned illustrator Alessandro Biffignandi. Peck began a freelance career in romance book cover illustration in 1988. While still successful in the publishing field, her love for portraiture of people and animals has found its expression in her most recent oil paintings.
Mikel Wintermantel is an artist schooled in tradition and raised in a modern world. His paintings cross the advancement in modern materials and tools with his deep respect for old world methods. Through years of exploration his method and materials have become almost transparent in the creation process.
Nancy Magnell is a Saratoga-based artist specializing in the rare art of reverse glass painting. Her unique application of the Hudson River aesthetic to the reverse painted glass medium brings an enhanced sense of depth and mood to the traditional landscape, and her subtle manipulation of light and color create a sense of drama and suspense that makes these works recognizably emotional and personal.
Takeyce Walter works in oil and pastel, and her paintings feature the rural landscape of upstate New York, the Adirondacks, Cape Cod and Vermont. She is especially inspired by and drawn to the water—rivers, lakes, marshes, streams and the ocean. Walter exhibits her paintings online, through her blog, and in local venues throughout the Northeast. Her work is also found in many private collections across the world.
The “Nurture Nature” exhibit will be open to the public Wednesday through Sunday, noon to 5 p.m., from September 10 to October 16. Showings are also available by appointment.
The Laffer Gallery is a contemporary fine art gallery and custom frame shop owned and operated by artist Erik Laffer. The gallery showcases nationally established and emerging contemporary artists working across a variety of mediums. Exhibitions ranging from realism to abstraction rotate every 4 to 6 weeks, with opening receptions for each exhibit.
Takeyce Walter is truly inspired by the landscape. This is ever apparent when standing before any of her paintings. Walter’s work in oil and pastel present the landscape of the Northeast in all its glory. There is a great sense of familiarity, calm, and peacefulness in each piece.
Karen Elem received her degree in art education from the State University of New York at New Paltz. After retiring from a 37 year career teaching ceramics, sculpture, drawing and painting at Saratoga Springs High, she is now a resident studio artist at the Saratoga Clay Arts Center in Schuylerville, NY.
Operating out of her home in Saratoga Springs, NY, Nancy Magnell specializes in the art of reverse glass painting. Very few people in the country practice this form, and even fewer use it to paint landscapes. Working initially on canvas, landscape painting has been Magnell’s specialty since her 20s, when she replicated the works of Hudson River artists.
Celeste Susany is recognized as one of the nation’s premier equine artists. Her formative years were spent among the pageantry of Santa Anita, Hollywood Park and Del Mar. Celeste received her degree from Art Center College of Design in Los Angeles. After graduation, she became an art director for Nehi, a large record distributing company.