Hammond Museum and Japanese Stroll Garden Founding Artist Members Directory
Listed alphabetically by first name
Countries Represented: Argentina, Australia, Barbados, Brazil, Canada, China, Egypt, England, Faroe Islands, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Israel, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Morocco, Russia, Scotland, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Syria, Taiwan, USA, Wales
Anna Rose Holmer
Cathy O'Keefe Jarcho
Ellen W Kaplan
Ker Berdimurat Beckley
Maya Rau Murthy
Roni Sherman Ramos
My approach to photography is about discovering the unexpected details revealed through close observation, finding points of view that reveal new meanings in a subject, and seeing the magic in accidental juxtapositions of light and shadow.
I am drawn to the details of shape, line and color, rather than to particular objects. I most often find this in the built environment; the city rather than the countryside, the garden rather than the woods. I call this approach urban abstraction. Even in nature I usually find myself drawn to the details rather than the grand expanse.
Currently, I am painting at home. I have exhibited at various venues in Westchester County including the Woman Clubs of White Plains and Dobbs Ferry. I also have been accepted to many juried exhibits. I am currently a member of the New Rochelle Artist Association and have exhibited with them this past year.
I illustrated two books with a friend Alizah Teitelbaum who wrote the stories. The books are now on Amazon and Amazon Kindle as paperbacks and digital downloads. The titles of the two books are “The Taming of Wolf" and “The Cosmos Song!”.
Sculpture, Painting, Graphic Design
I grew up in South Western Michigan on the shores of Lake Michigan where I was influenced by the woods, the fields and the beauty of Lake Michigan. Growing up in that environment, shaped the way I perceived the world and allowed me to develop my interest in art and creativity. I received a Masters of Fine Arts degree from the School of Visual Arts in 1989. In 1991 I accepted a teaching position at the University of New Haven and taught there while I pursued my fine art career. By the late 1990's I took it upon myself to learn how to weld. Once I accomplished that, I began to make large metal fabricated sculptures. Currently, I continue to teach as a full-time Professor of Graphic Design at Western Connecticut State University and I paint, sculpt, and design. I live with my family in Litchfield county in the beautiful Northwest Hills of Connecticut. My artwork has been shown extensively and can be found in many public and private collections throughout the United States.
Deborah Loeb Bohren
Using my camera as my paintbrush, I create representational and abstract images that reveal the essence and soul of the places and things I see as I travel around the globe. My work is a visual alchemy that uses intentional camera movement and in-camera multiple exposures extensively. Layering image upon image, feeling color, light and line, my images reflect what has been, what is, what will - or can - be and represent a unique moment in time, space and mind.
Acrylic Pigment and Mixed Media Including Charcoal, Pastel, Mica and Gold Leaf on Canvas or Paper
My painting has always been about color. I try to harness the power of color and color interaction. In recent years I have moved from abstracted landscapes to fully abstract works. However, all my work references nature, whether the movement of water or wind, the heat of the sun, the mysteries of sky or land. Abstraction does not mean absence of form.
I have a particular interest in gold, as pigment and as a symbol for that which is bright and of value. I am working on a series called "Pages From A Lost Book" which can be viewed on my web site.
Doreen Pagano Halsall
Paper Artist, Watercolor, Printmaking, Encaustic, Photography
Working primarily on paper I create images of the natural world through watercolor, prints and encaustic. I am mainly interested in natural forms that are affected by the cycle of the changing seasons. My art conveys the emotional impact and grace contained in a small glimpse of the natural world at its best. We need to recognize that we must work with nature and not against it.
Oil on Canvas
I work mostly in contemporary still life, painting in oil paint on canvas. I like to explore light on everything from household objects to food, candy, toys or anything else that visually intrigues me. I paint directly from life, not using photographs. The main subject is light itself, as it reveals texture, structure, translucency and color. Subjects include glass, marble, feathers, ribbons and tissue paper, all ways to explore the effects of light on the things around us.
Web Developer, Graphic Designer, Photographer, Writer
Each month Douglass creates the video montage for the Hammond's virtual exhibitions. He is also the technical guru/mastermind controlling all the behind the scenes telecommunications that make the live monthly artists' receptions possible. He is thrilled to be Hammond Museum's webmaster and to sponsor the Artist's Directory page. Douglass is an avid photographer and sometimes poet.
Douglass Ridgeway is the head of the web design firm, RAW Design Lab. He has more than 15 years of web and graphic design experience. Douglass has a master's degree in communication design from Pratt Institute, NYC.
As a practicing medical oncologist, an ongoing challenge is to make patients feel more comfortable in an environment that is often intimidating. Fear, uncertainty and a sense of loss of control of one’s life are universal for someone dealing with cancer. Attempting to create a more humane environment, I use photographs displayed in the clinic and hospital where I practice to engage both patient and family in a way to put them at ease, to be more comfortable opening up about any number to topics, and to soften the anxiety of the white coat syndrome. A combination of images of people, places and things are used to engage the viewer. If someone looks at a picture for more than seven seconds, probably it is a success. How many times have you watched viewers in a museum barely break stride? To actually stop and look says something. For me, compelling reasons to look include mystery, irony and simplicity. There is so much around us that can be enjoyed by engaging the mind as well as the eye: a child at play, a broken cup, shadows on grape leaves, a precarious stack of old books. I try to portray the familiar with enough nuisance and subtlety that the viewer stops, looks, thinks of something of their past or says, “yes, life is worth living.”
Flickr: Dustan Osborn
Sculpture, Installation, Mixed Media, Textiles
Eileen Hoffman is a textile sculptor and installation artist whose use of non-traditional materials acts as a bridge between past traditions and contemporary approaches. Her art involves making the undervalued and unseen culture of women's work visible.
Her work has been exhibited in numerous solo and group shows throughout the United States and internationally including the Denise Bibro Gallery, The Morris Museum, the Noyes Museum, and the Bishkek Collection, Russia. Her outdoor installations include the Connective Project Installation, Art In Odd Places and Prayers for the Pandemic; Prayers for Progress. Her work is also featured in Surface Design Journal’s annual International Exhibition in Print, 2018, UPPERCASE Magazine, and numerous blogs. Hoffman currently lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.
Sculpture, Works on Paper, Painting
I create sculptures, stitched paintings and drawings which are abstract and figurative, engineered and organic, while exploring contemporary issues of global concern with a smattering of psychological insight. The serious issues they tackle such as feminism, racism, and capitalism are humorously contrasted with fabric and paint made of lively colors, patterns and textures. Recently I find myself making my sculptural pieces flatter and my flat pieces more sculptural. Open and dynamic, hanging from the ceiling and walls, in addition to occupying the floor, my animated pieces uses their strong bodily references to assert their presence and power in this world.
Oil, Acrylic, Watercolor, Oil Pastel, Collage
Having lived in California for many years I bring to my work the bright light and luminous colors of the California sun. Everyday objects and materials that have had another life inspire me. I am influenced by what I see and use every day.
I received a BFA from Boston University and a degree in Medical Illustration from Harvard Medical School.
While living in California I was active in the Los Angeles County Art Rental Gallery, exhibited often and was active with the Venice Family Clinic. I now reside and have my studio in the Financial District of Manhattan. I am a member of the NohoM55 Gallery and the New York Artists Circle.
Watercolor, Pastel, Oil, Monoprints, Solar Etching, Mixed Media, Sculpture
My work encompasses an enormous range of subjects drawn from striking industrial landscapes and transcendent forms of nature. I am interested in the cyclical relationship of decay and rejuvenation in all my surroundings.
My current series, Requiem/Night Shadows, stems from my recent travels to Greenland. The works have an elegiac quality which evokes the tragic loss of these icescapes due to climate change.
Eleanor Goldstein is a member of the National Association of Women Artists, the Upstream Gallery in Hastings, NY, a Signature Member of the Pastel Society of America, and a member of the New York Artists Circle.
Ink & Watercolor
Eleanor Wong is an aspiring artist who enjoys drawing and painting nature.
2D, 3D, Installations
Artist’s Portrait by Warren Cosgrove.
Elisa Pritzker exhibited at MoMA, Queens Museum, Dorsky Museum, Skirball Museum, Espronceda Barcelona, K-Salon Berlin, in large and small group exhibits.
Among solo exhibits, her art was shown at HVMOCA [formerly HVCCA Museum], Hammond Museum, Saletta Kinzica Art Gallery-Italy, Casa Argentina-Jerusalem, Galeria ArtexArte/Luz & Alfonso Castillo Foundation, Buenos Aires.
Her art is in permanent collections including Jean Cherqui Art Collection, Paris, France/New York; Brooklyn Art Library; Dorsky Museum; Hammond Museum; Jerusalem Biennale; Iceland Art Biennale.
Pritzker was featured at PBS Channel, CNN-in Spanish, Huffpost [Huffington Post], Chronogram Magazine, Hyperallergic and her "Eclectica Store" was showcased in the New York Times.
In Other Words essay: The Mysterious Metaphysical Art of Elisa Pritzker
Oils, Watercolor, Mixed Media including Collage, Found Wood, Cast Bronze
“Nature always wears the color of the spirit.”– Ralph Waldo Emerson
The abiding interplay of nature and the human body informs my art. Tree limbs appear as arms and legs; the internal workings of the body fuse with the terrain in a continual flow of imagery. Negative space offers guidance while all of life’s colors, contours and transitions become interchangeable with my own.
Elizabeth Hasegawa Agresta
Acrylics and Oils
Elizabeth is a third generation artist whose family history includes award-winning kimono design, Japanese ceramics, classic wooden yacht design, culinary arts, photography, painting, writing, and poetry.
Elizabeth paints landscapes in her studio and en plein air. Studies made outdoors inform subtle departures from reality in her studio work. With a dichotomous take on landscapes, the soothing powers of nature are expressed with smooth, flowing strokes of the brush. Cityscapes, in conveying the sensations of urban grit, noise, smells and energy, are painted into solvent-damaged, dripped, sprayed and slashed substrates. Two types of landscape; two types of treatment.
Ellen Pliskin’s landscapes reflect the luminous colors in land and sky, dramatizing their appearance by simplifying forms and emphasizing the relationship between light and shadow. As part of the United States Department of State’s “Art In Embassies Program”, her works have been exhibited in six United States Embassies. Her works are currently on view at the United States Embassy in Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei and Ouagadougou, Burkino-Faso. Her paintings are in the collections of Pfizer, The Federal Reserve Board, The University of New Mexico, The United States Department of State and the 9/11 Memorial Museum.
Painting, Oil Colors, Oxidations, Photography
Erla Thórarinsdottir is born in Reykjavik. She grew up in Iceland, Denmark and Sweden. She studied at Konstfack in Stockholm and Gerrit Rietveld Akademie in Amsterdam. Erla works with space, time and processes where memory, human context and scale is integrated. Within her paintings she has used sheets of silver, building light sensitive bodies and structures which exposed to light and time and whatever is in the air, oxidize and transmute according to circumstances on site. In her art the archaic is present, so is congeniality, and there is a need to communicate contemporaneously to the west and the east. Her practice incorporates painting, meditation, photography, textile design, stone works and installations.
She has worked and exhibited in Scandinavia, North Europe, USA, China and India.
In Other Words essay: Erla Thórarinsdottir’s Majestic Forms of Endlessness
Esmeralda Ortiz-Luis Lyn, Ph.D.
Esmeralda O. Lyn is the C.V. Starr Distinguished Professor Emerita of Finance and International Financial Services at Hofstra University. She has published numerous articles in national and international finance and business journals. She is a world traveler, an art and culinary enthusiast and an active advocate for women and the marginalized. She writes essays and reviews on different topics of interest. Dr. Lyn is a Co-Founding Director of Global ShareResource Foundation in NY and is currently on the Board of The Institute for Women’s Policy Research, the premier think tank on women’s issues.
Writer. Photographer. Producer.
Contributing writer to the Hammond Museum, Frank Matheis, is a music, visual arts and culture writer and photographer. His latest project was the book ‘Sweet Bitter Blues’ co-written with National Heritage Fellow Phil Wiggins (University Press of Mississippi,2020). His Hammond Museum column ‘In Other Words’ features member artists in all disciplines. He is also a contributing writer to ArtsWestchester, Living Blues magazine (Center for Southern Culture Studies) and thecountryblues.com. Frank was formerly an award-winning radio and music producer and he has curated photo exhibitions.
‘In Other Words’@ Hammond Museum: hammondmuseum.org/in-other-words
ArtsWestchester concert column: artswestchester.org/art-matters-category/franks-picks/
Acoustic Roots & Blues articles and podcasts: thecountryblues.com
Django Reinhardt radio documentary: djangodocumentary.com
The book: sweetbitterblues.com
This project includes 9 poems which I wrote, and for which I composed and recorded musical accompaniment; the spoken readings are by my wife, Penelope Levine. I edited archival film footage to accompany the readings and music. While I did not come from a place of intentional, explicit thematic unity, I think and hope that these works communicate a trajectory toward transcendence and ultimate reality; this should be especially clear when they are experienced in the order in which they appear in the project. The poems are central; the music and film make them manifest.
Oil Painting and Collage
International artist, Gail Winbury’s paintings and collages have been in galleries and museums in the States, Italy, Germany and Mexico. With over eight solo exhibitions, her art is shown in Manhattan, NY, Massachusetts, Santa Fe, NM, Pittsburgh, Pa, Luneburg, Germany, Materia Italy, among elsewhere. She has several visual art residencies including The School of Visual Arts, Manhattan, NY Bau Foundation in, Italy, and in Arad Israel. Winbury’s art is owned and in collections in the States, Germany, Italy, London, UK and Greece. She studied painting for 15 years with Dorothy Yung and at the School of Visual Arts.
Gretchen Hoffmann Abene
Watercolor, Gouache, Pen and Ink, Pastel, Oil and Acrylic
Watercolor was my first medium of study in the classes offered for young people at the Cincinnati Art Museum and it has remained so. Gouache, Pen and Ink, Pastel, Oil and Acrylic are other mediums that I choose. Find my work on Facebook as Gretchen Hoffmann Abene, Instagram as hoffmannabene.