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 mentor for inner-city youth and co-founded the CrossCurrents Foundation sponsoring art to promote social justice.
Vimeo: Night Boats
Mimi Czajka Graminski
Sculpture, Installation, Mixed Media
Graminski juxtaposes unusual materials with traditional handcrafts bringing new meaning to both. She has shown her work at, and created site specific installations for museums, galleries, public and alternative spaces. She has exhibited work nationally at venues that include the The Hyde Collection, Pratt/ Munson Williams Proctor Gallery,
The Hammond Museum, Abecedarian Gallery, Seligmann Center for Surrealism, Samuel Dorsky Museum, Islip Museum, Katonah Museum, Sam Houston University Gallery. She has also shown at the Center for Curatorial Studies Bard College, Exit Art, Lubbock Fine Arts Center and The Haggin Museum. Her work was highlighted in the New York Times for her work in For the Love of Art at The Hat Factory and at the Akin Museum.
In Other Words essay: The Delicate Boldness of Mimi Czajka Graminski
Sculpture, Installation,Two Dimensional Works and Land-Art
Mireya shows internationally, she works parallel in two and three dimensions for museums or in-situ. She creates poetical minimal works that are either ephemeral or carved in stone. Pulling together primamatera into concepts of time and space her oeuvres create connections between the natural elements of water, light, wind, stone and consciousness.
In Other Words essay: Mireya Samper’s Elemental Forces of Nature
Painting, Printmaking, Mixed Media, Digital
I am a painter, printmaker, mixed media, and digital artist. Using both manipulated photographs, I take on my travels both near and far, and traditional printmaking methods, I create abstract monoprints and mixed media art. The elements of spontaneity and surprise as well as the painterly touch that this combination of media affords, is what makes it exciting for me.
My oil paintings usually are done in series that explore personal feelings and relationships with what is going on around me. More surreal than abstract they convey wonder, tension, humor, and mystery.
Mixed Medium on Canvas
Born in The Bronx, NY in 1947, Mitch Lewis’ involvement with art began with his father, whose sign painting, in addition to supplementing the family’s income, influenced his love of art. Having attended public schools in New York City, Lewis worked toward a BA and MA in Art at Hunter College, where he was inspired by the work of Abstract Expressionists/Minimalists, Ralph Humphrey, Robert Huot, Robert Motherwell, Helen Frankenthaler, Adolf Gotlieb and Tony Smith. Although his paintings approach an intended moral and spiritual milieu, their implications exist only in terms of the language of expression. He distributes paint purposely, while bringing a vigor and expressiveness to each of his canvases. Powerfully intense, the forms, lines, shapes and color are unexpected, surprising, sexy, fun and sometimes aggressive. Lewis has been exhibiting his paintings in New York City since completing graduate school. His work is in several collections in the U.S. and the U.K. From 2012 to the present his work has been represented by The Carter Burden Gallery in Chelsea New York.
Monotype, Collage, Encaustic, Mixed Media
Whether working with printmaking, collage, encaustic painting, or using a collaboration of materials, my goal is to capture timeless images that reflect a place or moment in the past or the present.
Inspiration comes from many arenas. It can be from a reflection of nature, in its many states, and man-made forms like architecture that include land formations, patterns, textural objects, and surfaces and spatial barriers. In a world that holds many contradictions, I explore the interplay of congruent and disparate relationships while delving into concepts of space, time, layering shapes and colors.
My process involves an intuitive dialog with the materials, between the intentional and unplanned marks and shapes, giving way to developing relationships between the conscious and accidental.
Miyuki Kido, 城戸みゆき
Main field of my art work is installation. I always pick my materials up from my ordinary life. We can discover a new world lurking beneath the surface of our daily lives by paying attention to the things we see every day but miss. I’d like to create landscape that has functions to transform our daily life slightly but surely.
Sculpture, Photography, Poetry
Moira Trachtenberg is a visual artist and poet. Juried photo exhibits in 2019-2020 include Fragile Waterways at Teatown Lake Preserve and SNAP photo exhibit at Rockefeller State Preserve. Her sculpture has been exhibited at the Katonah Museum of Arts Tri-State Exhibition. Her poetry has appeared in journals including Kyoto Journal and won Carve's Premium Edition Contest (2016). Her writing has been showcased in “Writing the Walls” at Hudson Valley MOCA and performed at the Emotive Fruition theater collaborative in NYC. She is an interdisciplinary Teaching Artist with the Community-Word Project and is a past President of the Katonah Poetry Series.
Painting, Photography, Video, Intervention, Installation, Performance
Born in São Paulo from French/Mexican parents, I live in NY since 2018. Roots and ties are in these places. Fractals, Dynamic Systems, and Chaos Theory are sources of inspiration. I became a biologist until I realized life was to be lived with poetry. Since 2000 I've been creating. After a Bachelor's degree in Visual Arts (2007), an art residence at Cité Internationale des Arts (Paris, 2008), I’ve got a Master’s degree in Visual Arts (2011).
I live and produce in search of my place and peers. The artworks are experimental and procedural, with frequent improvisation and public participation. They investigate identity and its dynamic relation with space, time and otherness. Performances, urban interventions and video installations with hybridization of diverse media, such as video, photography and painting are offered, to obtain perceptual situations of encounter and exchange, in which a present continuous time can be experienced and shared.