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
Ink and Color on Handmade Paper
Mansheng Wang was born in Taiyuan, Shanxi Province, China in 1962. Following graduation in 1985 from the Chinese Department of Shanghai’s Fudan University, where he majored in classical literature, he worked for over a decade as an editor, director and producer at China Central Television in Beijing. He has devoted himself full time to painting and calligraphy since his move to New York in 1996. Influenced by his training and interest in the Chinese classics, his paintings are often reflections on the landscapes and images of China’s past. Wang’s calligraphy and paintings have been shown worldwide, including in exhibitions in China, Japan, Hong Kong, Europe and the United States. His works are in the collections of the Baltimore Museum of Art, Brooklyn Museum, Princeton Art Museum, Yale Art Museum, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Huntington Library and Shanxi Museum.
Marcy B. Freedman
Video and Performance Art, Painting and Drawing, Collage, Digital Collage, Small Sculpture
Marcy B. Freedman is an artist and art historian, with a focus upon modern and contemporary forms of expression. She has worked in a wide variety of mediums and addressed a diverse range of topics. Often, but not always, her goal is “to please the eye and tease the brain.”
Ms. Nuller graduated from the St. Petersburg Conservatory, Russia. Since her arrival in the United States in 1990, she has performed extensively as a soloist and chamber musician in the New York metropolitan area and in New England, as well as in Brazil, Russia, Spain, and Portugal. She has been a soloist with the Arkansas Symphony, Danbury Symphony (CT), Klassika Orchestra (St. Petersburg, Russia), Orchestra Temple Beth El (CT), and Chamber Orchestra of Puerto Rico. Ms. Nuller played her debut recital at Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall in New York City as a winner of the Artist International Auditions. Her CD of Russian music was released on L’Art label in 2003. She has attended many summer festivals including the SIPO in Óbidos (Portugal), the Shandelee Festival (NY), and Music in the Palaces Festival (St. Petersburg, Russia). She has taught at the University of Hartford (CT), the Moussorgsky College of Music (Russia) and the Connecticut Conservatory in New Milford, CT. Currently, Ms. Nuller has a busy teaching studio in New Fairfield, CT and is on the faculty of the Kent School (CT). She is the organist at the First Church of Christ Scientist in Ridgefield, CT and a regular accompanist at Camerata d'Amici.
Oil Painting, Sculpture
Maria Morabito is a multi-disciplinary artist, whose work reflects the search for a deeper understanding of our commonalities, exploring our shared human nature and experience. Her work uses the visual language of abstraction in paintings and sculptures and it is often inspired by biological structures and cultural landscapes. She explores materials and interplay of volume and line in space, colors, organic, and geometric forms. She was born and raised in Italy and currently lives and works in New York, NY. She initially trained as a neuroscientist, an influence still appreciable in her work. Her work is represented in several corporate and private collections in the United States and Europe.
Sculpture, Oil Paintings on Wood Panel, and Works on Paper
Artist portrait photo taken by Patrick Oehler
I am fascinated by growth-forms, root systems of plants and movements of microscopic organisms. In those I see a sensitive chaos that contains and propels the origins and energies of life. The energy temporarily contained by and used to transform natural forms particularly inspires me.
My work captures fleeting moments in this organic world dominated by change.
Evoking the mystery and power of nature through intensely materialist and tactile forms and imagery, I want to create a mesmerizing effect of movement. I am drawn to explore the porous boundaries between what is seen and felt, places where perception and experiences merge.
In Other Words essay: The Enigmatic Essence of Marieken Cochius
Sculpture in Clay and Stone, Drawings and Paintings in Mixed Media, Digital Collages of my Paintings and Photos
My paintings begin as a kaleidoscope of color and movement. This interdependent of my conscious and unconscious creates a mood where abstract and figurative continue to mesh, separate and finally merge. Even when I hope to end a painting abstractly, my involvement with people and their stories has its way with me as I watch these figures emerge out of the mist onto my canvas.
That process was my gift for forty-two years ago. Eight years ago, I could no longer stand and paint. Fortunately, I was exposed to Adobe Photoshop on a Mac, twenty years ago. It was mesmerizing. I knew I would dabble in it. I never imagined that it would become a full time occupation. For the last eight years, I have taken multiple works and recreated my paintings, sculptures and photos into digital collages. Combining the old to create the new has been my artistic salvation.
My paintings, works on paper and sculpture depict imagery of personal and global events and psychological issues. They are a reflection of the world we live in, expressed through geometric shapes, color, light, space, texture, edges and movement, each interplaying with one another engaging the viewer to participate.
The multi-dimensionality and multi-layering of my work reference what one must uncover to penetrate the illusions of reality in order to reach the mystery and essence of the soul.
Digital Photographic Composite, Writer
Like words used to build a story, sensory attractions create my experience as an artist. I wait, listen, pause, trust, pause, listen, stop, and - begin again, to collect, compose, wonder, experience. This art-making process is that of tiny precious steps, all needing attention, and care. Translating via camera and digital paintbrush communicates the essence of my collaboration with the natural world.
Textiles, Embroidery and Multi-Media
Blending materials from different sources and recombining them to make new meaning is the impulse that guides my work. By touching, cutting, sewing, and marking the material, I start to own it. This process leads me into a personal journey with myself. My approach is mostly intuitive with a vague idea that gets me started. The idea could be a family story, experience, or an item from the news. My preference is to include both contrasting color and discordant elements that set up puzzles to be solved. Embroidery stitching or funky trims are often the finish of the work.
Maureen Burns-Bowie is a ceramic artist who uses organic imagery and expressions of life cycles as metaphors for growth and transformation. The art is created to convey a sense of the preciousness of life, our one-ness with nature and each other, and the power and dignity of the human spirit. It celebrates the transcendent beauty of the natural world. She has studied with masters throughout the US, and has exhibited extensively nationally and internationally. Burns-Bowie is Director of the UN Program of the International Caucus of Women’s Caucus for Art and a Representative to the United Nations. In this capacity, she educates artists about critical human rights and environmental issues, and creates exhibition and panel presentation opportunities. She is listed in Marquis Who's Who in America and Who’s Who in the World. Her current home and studio are in the Hudson Valley of New York.
Mei Wang / 王槑
Fiber Art, Water Colour Painting
Mei Wang was born in Beijing, China, graduated from the Academy of Arts & Design, Tsinghua University.
In 2004, She immigrated to Canada and studied fine art at Emily Carr University. Mei loves painting and has been engaged in fiber art creation, watercolour painting for more than 10 years.
Melinda Green Tepler
Writing, Painting, Print and Sculpture
Melinda Green Tepler was born in Germany and grew up in Detroit, Michigan. She graduated from Yale University in 1977 with a degree in English Literature and an interest in the relationship between word and image. Ms.Tepler is the author of two children’s books, Bembelman’s Bakery and Rachel’s Recital. She has created artwork for theater posters and online publications. Her paintings, prints, and sculptures have been exhibited in New York and Connecticut, and in private collections around the country.
Michael Abene is a renowned Pianist/Composer/Arranger/Educator/Author. He was the Chefdirigent (Chief composer/Arranger), of the WDR BIG BAND, Cologne, Germany(2004-2014). His arrangements are played worldwide. Michael held the Chair for Jazz Ensemble Conductor, KUG Jazz Institute, Graz Austria.
Photography, Painting, Drawing, Illustration
Gellatly’s a maker, and where it comes to his art practice, his hands are in everything. He continues to develop new iconography for every step he takes. As a teacher, he’s written across his classroom wall - ‘In order to live in a new world, we must speak in a new language’. His art moves in this model. His process is cyclical - moving organically from form to form, medium to medium, fiction to nonfiction, round and round and... and in so doing, allows himself to enter this wheel, his process, with tools in hand, at any contextual point and method of making.
His current constructions at once ephemeral and concrete, are made on tabletop, somewhat diorama settings, small and intimate, scaled to the economical proportions of his space, time, and materials at hand. These building sites are filmic in nature, each becoming sculpture, theatrical stagings for photo, documentation, become shifting sets with mercurial narratives, all in an ongoing play.
My theme is transformation. For many years I have immersed myself in Ovid’s Metamorphoses, exploring moments of chaos when all is flux and new forms are born. Originally a painter, I now work in mixed media, on paper and in sculpture, incorporating found organic and man-made ephemera.
Born and raised in London, I received a clinical doctorate in psychology (D.C.P.). In my first career I worked in family research, and co-chaired the Forum for the Psychoanalytic Study of Film. In DC I served as a Corcoran Outreach