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
Amy R Farrell
Anna Rose Holmer
Cathy O'Keefe Jarcho
Ellen W Kaplan
Ker Berdimurat Beckley
Maya Rau Murthy
Roni Sherman Ramos
Adam Grabois has a varied career as chamber musician, soloist, teacher and recording artist and is the founder of the record label, Reflex Editions, about whose first recording the Philadelphia Inquirer wrote, “Sometimes, the way he plays with the sound of a single note has enough emotional sustenance in it to launch a half-dozen distinct feelings in quick succession.” A second disc with violinist, Deborah Wong, DUOS: Martinu, Ravel, Kodaly, was subsequently released to critical acclaim. Adam Grabois is the cellist of the New York Chamber Soloists with whom he has appeared at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Morgan Library, the National Gallery, the Getty Center, the Kravis Center and colleges and universities nationwide. He has collaborated with Menahem Pressler, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Rachel Barton Pine, and many others. Adam Grabois was educated at Swarthmore College and studied with David Finckel. He has a long association with Kinhaven Music School in Vermont, where he performs and teaches cello and chamber music. He is the director of the newly-created Kinhaven Young Artist Seminar and he previously served as president of the school’s board of directors. He has been on the faculty of the Weston Music Center in Connecticut since 2004. His cello was made by Samuel Zygmuntowicz in Brooklyn, NY (1998) and his bows were made by Ole Kanestrøm (2004 and 2008).
YouTube: Adam Grabois
Painting, Acrylic, Resin, Wire on Wood Panel, Canvas, Murals
Born in London, Aisla's artwork has been featured at National Trust Sites in England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales, Paris, London, Boston, San Francisco and New York City. Aisla was raised in the American Southwest, in a city with the natural border of the Rio Grande which has a varied and rich cultural history. Aisla has participated in individual and community mural projects throughout the United States. Her music, art and jewelry creations have been featured at the DeYoung, SF MOMA, and SOMArts Galleries, as well as public and private collections throughout the United States and Europe. Aisla's artistic creations illustrate the alchemy of science, engineering, nature, culture, language, music, literature and the expressive arts.
After many years working in the fashion industry, Aki has explored new mediums of expression, namely watercolors. She has found the painstaking and detailed method of layering one wash over another to carefully paint her subjects directly connects to her cultural background. Aki's aunt and uncle in Japan were artists and calligraphers. As she looks at their work, she realizes that she inherited her meticulous and sensitive approach from them. Even though Aki was born in New York and has lived in the US most of her life, she feels a strong connection to her Japanese heritage.
Working in layers, technically, intellectually and spiritually I create images and sensations of movement, color, harmony and joy. Much of my work is inspired by the various materials I have collected, as well as by traditional materials in my studio.
My work encompasses a variety of mediums – oil, acrylic, water, prints, found papers and objects, image transfer and encaustic. In each artwork there may be one medium, two or many media combined in one piece. Inspiration comes from the inside – based on my personal distillation of the external world.
Collage, Drawing, Painting, Photography, Sculpture
The Asian culture has always fascinated me. My philosophy of “less is more”, has guided me in the kind of artwork that I create. In 2009, I received a NYS Council on the Arts grant from ArtsWestchester for my project, “Westchester’s Fantasy Landscape in the Year 2059”. The subject was my concerns of maintaining a balance between conservation and development that will sustain the county into the future.
I’m also intrigued with buildings that are created by combining traditional materials (metal, glass, stone, brick, etc.) with the new, (plants, recycled materials and lighting.) Wanting to capture some of these unique visual properties I began to alter and intensify the image’s color while using Photoshop. This enables me to use a more intense color palette. I work in an intuitive way. One step leads to another until the whole image comes into focus. I find the process magical.
Amy R Farrell
Printmaking / Mixed Media
My Art making is inspired by the breathtaking beauty of the natural world. The vistas, flora and fauna are frequent subjects of my prints and paintings. The challenge, complexity and hands on involvement of the creative process bring me comfort and joy. It is the deep respect I feel for our fragile environment that I wish to share and encourage in others.
Asra Rán Björt
Poet, Writer & Graphic Designer
Asra grew up in Iceland. She moved to Tokyo to study Japanese Literature and Art History where she currently works as a graphic designer with a Japanese company. Her independent work is writing, through which she aspires to explore and reevaluate human behavior, and the various vast surroundings around us.
Ayu Arista Murti
Visual, Installation, Collective Artist
Ayu Arista Murti is a cofounder of Collective Tactic Plastic and Galastica. She is a graduate Indonesia Institute of Arts (ISI), Yogyakarta, Indonesia and has received numerous awards including the Bronze Award for UOB Painting of the Year, Indonesia. Ayu has exhibited extensively throughout Indonesia and Asia.
Artist, Art Therapist
Barbara Fish, PhD is an artist, art therapist, educator and author. Her work explores the use of response art made to contain, explore and express her experiences. She uses active imagination and dreamwork to investigate her images from which she creates narratives. Barbara has taught in art therapy programs for more than thirty years including the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, the Adler School of Professional Psychology and the University of Illinois. She is the author of Art-based Supervision: Cultivating Therapeutic Insight Through Imagery, (Routledge, 2017). Barbara is the 2019 Honorary Life Member of the American Art Therapy Association, the association’s highest honor. She recently relocated from Chicago to San Diego, where she continues to practice art therapy supervision and teach distance teaching as adjunct faculty for Saint Mary of the Woods College.
Acrylic, Watercolor, Charcoal
I am a figurative artist working in watercolor, acrylic and charcoal. Bodies and the expression of my own body are central to my work which is inspired by photos...often vintage which I connect to emotionally or because they evoke a memory. I am represented by The Carter Burden Gallery in Chelsea and have shown at Brandeis University, Harvard University, and several Brooklyn and Manhattan galleries. I have also shown in The Beacon Artists Union, The Garrison Art Center, and The Howland Cultural Center in Westchester. I was a finalist for a grant from The Massachusetts Council On The Arts.
Oil Paint on Canvas and Wolff Pencil on Illustration Board
Art is like a serum, transforming its audience for good or ill. As I paint, the play of light has taken my breath away.
Migrant workers came into view. They have transformed my vision.
Familiar shapes in fields and orchards, migrant workers toil in the Hudson Valley doing jobs most Americans won't, earning modest wages, sometimes risking deportation.
Hard at work, they summon our attention and invite us to come closer, to see their labor and their humanity.
Who are they? Can you see them?
It’s possible for society to confer invisibility on a group. It’s convenient; if the group is invisible, we relieve ourselves of concern about health care, working conditions, pesticides, housing, lack of ability to get their own food.
What is life like for them? What role do we play in keeping them unseen? My work can expand our perceptions of these workers. If only by their images in my paintings, the viewer will come to see these persons for the vital role they have in our lives.
Drawing, Etching, Woodcut, Silkscreen, Spraying, Collage
Growing up in and with nature shaped me as a person and an artist. Nature gives me power and inspiration. I’ve always drawn as long as I can remember. I try to tell stories. My favorite subjects are animals, especially birds. My preferred techniques are drawing, etching, woodcut, spraying, and silkscreen. All of these techniques are also combined in my collages.
Basha Ruth Nelson
Sculpture, Mixed Media, Installations, Commissions
My work is intuitive. Whether sculpture, construction or installation, the hallmark is the creation of unity between form and space in which my pieces live. My sculptures, constructions in paper, stainless steel, aluminum, and copper, engage the viewer through surface and scale, looking at ordinary materials in a new way. Currently, I create interactive installations and performances as part of my ongoing Freedom Project.
I received my Master of Arts Degree from New York University (NYU). Public and private collections include: Riverfront Green Park, Peekskill, NY; Hammond Museum; Woodstock Artists Association and Museum; Brooklyn Art Library; US Embassy, Nassau, Bahamas; among others.
When I first flew in an airplane, I was struck by the color and shapes created by the light from the sun. It influenced everything, infusing the palette of the landscape with what felt like a supernatural light. As the plane moved, the images moved too, bouncing and swaying in their own rhythmic way. This was exciting to me and has informed my artwork. Light, color, and movement are basic elements of my paintings. My work has also been influenced by the coastline of Massachusetts and the beauty of the beach. My paintings are places of happiness.
Mixed Media, Assemblage on Mylar and Landscape Installations
I have a persistent interest in the co-tenancy of text and image in its multiple conveyances as scroll, book, screen or “reading” the natural world. As language itself migrates from the analog to the digital, I look to reconcile the earlier meanings with the present tense where attachment still signifies human connection and space remains open between imagination and description.
Bibiana Huang Matheis 黄家璧
Artist. Curator. Photographer. Pianist.
Bibiana is a board member of the Hammond Museum and Japanese Stroll Garden. She is the originator and curator of the Virtual Exhibit and a frequent curator for the Hammond Museum. She has curated more than 60 major exhibitions over the last decade for art institutions and galleries in the Hudson Valley of New York. Her own work has been displayed in galleries in the US and Europe, including in permanent collections, such as in the National Museum of African American History and Culture – Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C. Her photography has been published in major magazines. Her current long-term project is the installation art “Heart@Heart” – Putting love in public spaces, by visualizing the international symbol for heart, using natural or recycled materials found in that locality. The symbolism of the Heart universally expresses love. The Heart is individually interpretative, but it cuts across all cultural, ethnic, religious and social separation. It is a symbol of love and unity. Her effort is to put love into everything she does, in every project, including the Virtual Exhibition of the Hammond.
Bobby Jacobs is a contemporary sculptor with a passion for creating large-scale work in metal, stone, found wood and hand-forged bronze. He is currently working with Hammond on a large-scale, fossilized bluestone angel wing installation for their sculpture garden. Bobby is best known for his Angel Wing and Burl sculptures, which reside in both private and public collections, including Dell Children’s Hospital, in Austin, TX and the Las Vegas Community Healing Garden.
During an extended hiatus from making art, Bobby was a top television executive, serial entrepreneur and COO and co-owner of Chicken Soup for the Soul, one of the World’s most popular non-fiction book series in history.
Acrylic, Charcoal, Clay, Digital, Found Objects, Graphite, Oil, Pastel, Photography, Prints, Watercolor, Wood
Bridget Pavalow is a Fashion Institute of Technology Alum with five years of freelancing. Past projects include being a character designer for a comic and a caricature artist for various clients. Her work explores diverse characters in fantastical worlds.
Byron Keith Byrd
My inspiration is derived from numerology, archaic symbols, and rhythmic, primitive petroglyphs. While I may be considered an abstract expressionist, my goal is to create work that transpires any given time-frame.
Some of my canvases may conjure elements of prehistoric cave markings while others hopefully transport ones thoughts or emotions into a world yet comprehended.