KAREN BLACKWOOD- Karen was born in 1960 in Nashua, NH. She earned her BA in Studio Art at the University of NH with continued studies at the Art Students League of NY and the California Institute of Art.
Now living in the coastal community of Newburyport, Massachusetts, marine scenery is providing her with endless inspiration for her work. Her artwork has been featured in numerous publications including International Artist, Fine Art Connoisseur, Society of Marine Artist Quarterly, The NY Times and the LA Times. She is represented by The Marine Art Gallery in Naples Florida, Susan Powell in Madison, CT, Tree’s Place in Orleans MA and the Todd Bonita Gallery in Portsmouth, NH.
A sought after Workshop Instructor, she teaches as a visiting Instructor in Workshop locations across the country.
CAROL NIPOMNICH DIXON –BA Vassar College PBK, MA Columbia U., art
courses at Pratt Institute and the Brooklyn Museum Art School. Received teaching certificates
in NYS and CT. Taught at Greenwich Academy
as Chair of the Arts and History Departments
for many years, offering such courses as studio
art, AP art history, architecture, and cultural
history. Has taught studio art at the Stamford Museum and served as a visiting artist at
area public schools. An artist member of the
Silvermine Guild of Arts, she has often served
as juror and curator for local exhibitions. Her works have been shown
in numerous galleries and museums and are in many corporate and
teaching the Collage/Mixed Media Course, I offer students historic and
current examples of collages, assemblages and box art. I show a few of
my own works as well and discuss current exhibitions that feature
collages. I talk about the special effects that can be expressed
through collage such as juxtaposition, trompe l’oeil, and
transformation. Attention is given to technique -- how to use
effectively both basic art elements such as color, texture, line and
composition, and a variety of materials and techniques, such as
applying adhesives and other media. Most important is my attention to
each individual student's expression, style, and aims. I encourage
experimentation, emphasize originality, offer positive constructive
criticism and help students find their own direction and assess
progress toward it. The collegial atmosphere of the class enables
students to share ideas about their work in an open way."
ELLEN GORDON -
Ellen Gordon is a Stamford based mixed media artist. Her work is based on drawings from private sessions with a model. The finished work speaks about the creative magic that happens when inspiration and form collide. The artwork itself is the result of a searching process – finding the shapes and lines in both the figure and transcribing those lines into contemporary portrait compositions.
Ellen Gordon’s art training is from the Greenwich Art Society, Silvermine Arts Guild and the Rowayton Arts Centre. She holds an undergraduate degree from Boston University and a master’s degree from Baruch College, NYC. She has exhibited regionally and has received many awards, including Best in Show, 2017 Ridgefield Guild of Artists Members’ Exhibition; Best in Show, 2017 Greenwich Art Society Members’ Exhibition “Peripheral Vision” at the Flinn Gallery, and Best in Show 2013 in the 96th Annual Greenwich Art Society Juried Exhibition. Her work is in many private locations across the country and abroad. Ms. Gordon is on the board of the Greenwich Art Society and is the immediate past director of the Loft Artists Association in Stamford. Ms. Gordon teaches art programs for art lovers of all ages.
LAURETTA JONES -
Lauretta Jones is an artist inspired by the botanical world. Her garden holds many of the specimens portrayed in her watercolor and colored pencil work. She received a BFA from Cleveland Institute of Art, worked in NYC as an illustrator and designer and was an early pioneer of the computer as an artist’s tool. Jones exhibits her work widely including solo shows at Wave Hill (New York) and the Cleveland Botanical Garden and is represented in the presti- gious collection of the Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation. She is on the boards of the Somers Land Trust and the Somers Open Space Committee and teaches at the New York Botanical Garden.Jones has taught at the School of Visual Arts, Manhattanville College, and Western Connecticut State University.
JOE KANTORSKI - Avid student of art history whose graphite drawings have been accepted in a number of juried exhibitions including the Greenwich Art Society’s 100th Anniversary Members’ exhibition at the Bendheim Gallery and the 2017 “Peripheral Vision” exhibition at Greenwich Library’s Flinn Gallery. Attended Pratt Institute. An independent graphic design consultant for major corporations and non-profits including Sub- Zero-Wolf ’s Great American Kitchens, Vegetarian Times, Cook’s Magazine, Greenwich Library, The Merritt Parkway Conservancy, Greenwich Art Society and Greenwich’s 375th Anniversary Celebration.
JAMES L. McELHINNEY - James L. McElhinney (MFA Yale) is a visual artist, published author and blogger who hasconducted fifty interviews for the Smithsonian Archives of American Art and numerous inter- views for various other organizations such as the Coleccion Patricia Phelps de Cisneros, Robert Rauschenberg Foundation, Voices in Contem- porary Art (VoCA) and other foundations.
Skidmore College BS in Studio Art; art courses and workshops in London
and the United States; Yale University private seminar taught by Robert
Reed. MFA in painting at New York Studio School, NYC. Landscape and studio artist working in watercolor, oil,
charcoal, pen & ink. Commercial and freelance artist,
designer, illustrator for 8 years.
SAM MORROW -BA (Hons) Painting, St Martin’s School of Art, London, MFAs from Royal College of Art, London and Ohio State University. London exhibitions at Garvy, Radicio, Patton, and Fischer Fine Art Galleries. Also exhibited at Lannon Gallery, NYC; Dumbo Painters, Brooklyn; Mountain Arts Gallery, TN; William King Regional Arts Centre, Abingdon, VA; and the Slocumb Galleries at East Tennessee State University (ETSU). He has taught all levels of drawing and painting, life drawing, 2-D design, and contemporary art history at Ohio State Uni- versity, the Dome Project in NYC, Virginia Highlands Community College, ETSU, Northeast State University, and Silvermine Art Center.
MARY NEWCOMB - Mary Newcomb is an award-winning artist and a Fellow of the
Bau Institute, Otranto, Italy. Newcomb graduated from the University
of Washington in Seattle and then lived in London for a
year. After returning to the United States she studied in NYC at
Parsons School of Design, The Arts Students League, the National
Academy and in New Mexico at the School of Realist Art in Santa
Fe. Among other venues, Newcomb’s work has been shown at the
Affordable Art Fair and First Street Gallery in NYC, Ille Gallery
in Amagansett, NY , the Gay Head Gallery on Martha’s Vineyard
and the Bendheim and Flinn Galleries in Greenwich, CT. Her
work is on permanent display at Fuji Photo Flim, USA Corporate
Headquarters in White Plains, NY.
Newcomb also founded a multi-sensory arts enrichment
program for children that combines live-music, hands-on art and
history. In 2015 she was selected to attend the “Arts and Passion
Driven Learning Institute” at the Harvard Graduate School of
by Yo-Yo Ma and
his Silkroad Project. In
2016/17 she partnered
with Read Elementary
School in Bridgeport,
CT and ran the program
for 120 inner-city
ANNA PATALANO –
MFA in Painting and Drawing,Yale University School of Art; BFA in Painting,Tyler School of Art/ Temple University; Summer Resi- dency, Skowhegan ME with over 20 years of teaching experience. As Associate Professor Fine Arts at the Univ. of Texas at El Paso, taught painting, composition and techniques, color theory, drawing, art appreciation; developed and wrote curricula for fine arts ma- jors from a multi-cultural com- munity, created an honors art program; developed scholarship program in conjunction with Corpus Christi State U. fine arts program. Commissioned portraits in private collections nationwide. She is currently President of the Greenwich Art Society and Co-Director of its Studio School.
for me, involves communicating ideas to the student. With regard to
visual art, that means communicating ideas about visual perception and
describing the art materials and techniques that can be used to express
the interpretation of visual perception. It's about teaching the
student how to coordinate the eye, hand, and mind in creating
an image. This is a complex process that needs to be simplified in
order for the student to "get it." Part of my job as a teacher is to
help the student break down the process and understand how it works as
Teaching fine art requires that the teacher allow the student to
develop his or her own unique vision. It's a delicate balancing act
that combines the analysis of visual perception and the use of
materials and techniques WITH the student's own personal view, both in
visual perception and how the materials are handled. Making art is, to
a large extent, about individuality of thought and spirit and this is
what I try to bring out in the student while teaching the
fundamentals of perception and how to translate that through the use of
I create an environment in which the individual student feels
comfortable expressing their own ideas. How I do that is simply through
respect of the individual and being positive about their unique ideas.
I do not try to impose my own way of seeing or doing things on to the
student but rather strive to support their own visions.
What interests me about art, specifically visual art, is that how we
"see" the world often reflects how we think and feel about the world,
ourselves, life in general.....all at the same time.
The vitality of the creative process that is expressed through
making visual art speaks to many levels of thought and emotion. It is a
wonderfully interesting proposition to me -- how a single process
can encompass thinking, tactility, hope, wonder, emotion,
vision, and faith continues to inspire my curiosity and captures
FRAN PHILLIPS Fran Phillips is the Phillips half of Mulligan & Phillips, Master Decorative Painters. She is an adjunct professor in the Department of Communication and the Arts at Seton Hall University. Her longtime interest in American folk arts has lead her to teach at various muse- ums, cultural institutions, and historical asso- ciations in the northeast including the American Folk Art Museum, Nantucket Historical Association, the Metropolitan Opera, and others. Her work appears in several books and periodicals. Her jewelry work springs from none of this. She simply likes shiny stuff. Shehassoldher jewelry at several galleries and the Whitney Museum’s shop.
NOMI SILVERMAN –
Attended the High School of Art and Design and Barnard College. She also studied with Daniel Greene, David Leffel, Gustav Rheiberger, Harvey Dinnerstein, Ron Sherr, George Nama, Bob Blackburn, Burt Silver- man, and Michael Mazur. Solo shows in Greenwich, New Canaan, Fairfield, New Haven, Bridgeport, Norwalk and Los Angeles. Many group shows and awards. Work in the The New York Public Library, The Slater Memorial Museum, The William Benton Museum of Art, The Library of Congress, The Mattatuck Museum, the Boston Public Library, The Housatonic Museum of Art, The Hunterdon Museum of Art and numer- ous national and international collections.
KAREN SPRING –
Born in England, Karen received her art education at private schools and with
individual teachers in Germany, England, Northern Ireland and the
MADELINE STAMBAUGH - Madeline holds a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education and Studio Art from Wake Forest University. She spent summers taking courses at Moore College of Art and Design and Tyler School of Art at Temple University in drawing, painting, and graphic design. As an undergrad, she spent four months studying and working on art in Florence, Italy through Syracuse University’s Studio Art Program. Passionate about working with children, she co-teaches at The Greenwich Country Day School, recently for Kindergarteners, and will be co-teaching Art next year for grades K-3. She also teaches painting in Stamford and spends her free time sketching and visiting art museums in hopes of pursuing a Masters in Museum Education.
PAT WETZLER –
From childhood Pat Wetzler has been a creative person. She loves all kinds of crafts and makes her own greeting cards. She grew up in the Philadelphia area, graduated from American U. and moved a lot in her early marriage before settling in Greenwich for the last 32 years. Pat worked in the media centers of two Greenwich Public Schools and attended Connecticut Institute of Art at night. With her degree she started working as an art teacher at Bi Cultural Day School, Stamford, CT 18 years ago. She is married with 2 grown children (who attended Greenwich public schools) and 4 grandchildren.
DMITRI WRIGHT Dmitri Wright’s artistic lineage stems from the American Impressionists. His mentors have been Samuel Brecher, who studied under Charles W. Hawthorne the founder of the Cape Cod Art School. Hawthorne was a student of William Merritt Chase. Donald Brown an expressionist influenced Wright to accept the Max Beckman International Scholarship at the Brooklyn Museum Art School where he then studied under Rueben Tam; and at Cooper Union he studied under Wolf Kahn and Will Barnet.
As an American artist, Wright’s travels have taken him to paint and/or teach throughout the United States and visiting over a dozen National Park sites in addition to Italy, France, Ireland, Austria, England, West Indies, Central and South America, and China. His work focuses on the Preservation and Progress of Impressionism.
Wright’s work is housed in hundreds of col- lections. Museums: National Art Museum of Sport, Newark Museum, Brooklyn Museum. Corporate: Time Warner, Sloan Kettering, AT&T, Wells Fargo Bank, Pitney Bowes, Verizon, Connecticut Water Co. Private collectors throughout New England and East Coast; and International: Japan, Italy, China.