Contemporary Hudson River Artists Ladies First

Dated: March 30 2013

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Nancy Quaglia, more than mistress of her medium- dry pigment (pastels) on paper- termed works on paper- is primarily concerned with the Hudson River, it's landscapes, marshes and moods, secret spaces and sweeping expanses. With showing how the natural light effects the color(s) we see as these beautiful vistas pass through the ever changing times of day and through the times of slower seasonal changes as well. Nancy pays exquisite artistic attention to the details close to the viewer while also providing the grand backgound sweep of space so that her art work really, aside from being beautiful, makes a lot of sense to the viewer.  Nancy Quaglia received her BFA from the College of New Rochelle and has studied over the years at the Arts Students League in NYC. and has other fine credential. Her works have been represented by the Allen Sheppard Gallery in NYC and Nancy has actually lost count of all of the private collections her works on paper are in. Lynne Aubrey, Proprietor of Aubrey Flowers in Piermont NY is currently representing Nancy Quaglia's work which sells like hot cakes!.

Frances Wells was born in St. Louis, Missouri. As a child, her first teacher was her grandmother, Eloise Long Wells, who was a Missouri and Mississippi River Painter. She taught Frances to be attentive to the light and haze in that humid countryside which they both loved, especially at transitional times of day. As a young woman, her grandmother had five children, but she always had a studio to work in. Even if it was in the basement, it was called The Pilot House, the highest place on the steamboat where the captain navigated the ever changing  and often treacherous river. Frances grew up and went on to graduate from Bennington College where she studied painting, drawing and print making with many of the finest artists in their own fields of their day- a really magnificent faculty! Frances Wells has lived on the West Bank of the Hudson River outside of NYC for the past twenty years. She now has her own Pilot House overlooking the river which continues to be her primary subject. Like a Hudson River School painter, she is captivated by the luminosity of the Hudson and it's sometimes sun-drenched, always lovely valley. She strives to capture moments of a river which she considers an ever changing work of art in and of itself. Bonnie Chapin, owner of Abigail Rose and Lily Too of Piermont NY shows and sells  Frances Wells' works as does The Outside In on Ferdon Avenue in Piermont, NY

In the seven years that Grace Mitchell has been exhibiting with the Allen Sheppard Gallery in NYC her paintings have come to be widely known and much admired and can be found in numerous corporate and private collections worldwide. Her works are created by painstakingly using many, many layers of oil paint and glazes. This is how she achieves her particularly luminous style and glow and how the sheer poetry of her imagery, shrouded sometimes very darkly in mystery, as is the very nature and the depth and breadth of the human condition,   speaks louder than words and strikes the very soul. 

James Kimack graduated from the University of Bridgeport, Connecticut with a BS Fine Art and for much of his life, has worked  as a designer, art director, photographer, digital artist and exhibiting painter, all of which has served him well.  James Kimack has been an exhibiting painter since the late 1980's and works primarily in pastel with mixed media, and occasionally incorporates paintings into his digital public space mural work. His subject matter is generally urban landscape- not necessarily decaying urban landscape, just more architechtural in nature rather than landscape as artwork In 2001. New York Magazine Online  had this to say of his work: In a style reminiscent of Edward Hopper, James Kimack's pastels evoke an almost sublime sense of stillness. Again, the play of light, the changing time of day, the play of dappled sunlight into shade are all important in this artists sense of spirit and what he wants to convey to us, the viewer.

John Beerman, who's work can be seen at Ned Kelly and Company in Piermont, NY is a masterful painter fully in control of his medium, able to express a way of seeing simply and of being very thoughtful while painting with a somehow less is more philosophy in terms of his color palatte- usually whittled down to three colors per painting, with an ocassional addition here or there. His strongest influence was the American Luminist School of Painting and he was very much drawn to the sense of quietness and contemplation in their work. John Beerman has a two pronged approach to painting- limiting his color palette to a triad of colors plus white and artfully editing out most of the descriptive detail. He uses more photographic references these days as digital cameras make it all so easy- although he finds even that too distracting and much too likely to tempt him into putting back in details he didn't want in in the first place anyway! John Beerman grew up in North Carolina and studied art at The Rhode Island School of Design, in Providence. His works are in many Museums and galleries and in numerous private collections. He teaches at RISD and his work is represented by Tibor de Nagy Gallery, NYC. It can also be seen at Ned Kelly and Co. in Piermont, NY and he is commissioned to produce a mural cycle of Hudson River Views for Xavier's H2O, the new restaurant on the waterfront in Yonkers, NY

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