Dear Artists and Plein Air Enthusiasts,
Last year, Plein Air VT took a forward leap in attracting top-notch participating artists and in expanding the geographic area served. And while we made significant advances in our mission to bring fine art to a broader region of Vermont, the PAVT Board of Directors has recently decided to take this year, 2014, to reorganize and redirect its initiatives. Accordingly, Plein Air VT-2014 will not be held.
We are reaching out to cultural arts groups in several Vermont towns in order to expand our geographic and financial base considerably. This reorganization may likely entail the start of a regional rotation of the Plein Air VT event in 2015, bringing fresh scenery and Vermont history to our participating artists and first rate plein air paintings to new sources of art collectors.
We are approaching this undertaking with no little trepidation, but also with a sense of adventure and excitement. We have been encouraged by the support of our sponsors and the enthusiastic participation of so many artists during the past four years, that we expect to emerge as a stronger event.
We look forward to your comments and input and would like to keep you abreast of our progress through the coming year. If you have specific questions or wish to contact our Acting Event Director, Bob Lowary, you can call him at 973-866-2558, or email email@example.com.
Keep in touch. Please visit and “like” us on our Plein Air Vermont Facebook page. Best wishes to all of you for a creative and productive year in 2014!
The Plein Air VT Board of Directors
Congratulations to Plein Air Vermont
2013 Grand Exhibit Award Winners
Our Awards Juror, Charles Reid, felt that
the overall quality of the exhibited work was superior, and that it was a very difficult task choosing the winners. List of Winners below - images of winning works to follow.
1st Prize - Mark Boedges for "On the Farm"
2nd Prize - Hiu Lai Chong for "Lincoln's Franklin"
3rd Prize - Sandra Wakeen for "Journey Home"
Jim Daly for "Morning on the Mettowee"
George Van Hook for "Morning Light"
Christopher Magadini for "Contemplation"
Richard Sneary for "Day's End"
Bennington Center for the Arts Purchase Prize
Tarryl Gabel for "Haviland's Privilege"
Plein Air Vermont 2013
Quick Draw Award Winners:
1st Prize - Stewart
2nd Prize - Christine Lashley
3rd Prize - Vincent Crotty
Peoples Choice Award
Artists Choice Award
Hiu Lai Chong
About the Competition
The southwestern corner of Vermont combines all of the Green Mountain state’s quintessential attractions: majestic mountains, rolling farmland, meandering waterways, and quaint town and village squares with buildings on the National Historic Register. This fourth annual event will provide the selected artists with 4 days of plein air painting, an expanded geographic area, and exciting designated sites across the shires. PAVT 2013 will culminate in an Opening Reception and Presale Party on Saturday, September 7th, with the Grand Exhibition and Awards Presentation on Sunday, September 8th. The event will kick-off on Tuesday, Sept 3rd, with the registration of all artists. Artists may paint numerous scenic sites anywhere within specified areas from September 4th -7th.
Artists must submit at least two – and up to a maximum of four - completed, framed and ready-to-hang artworks, all of which must be completed “en plein air” during Plein Air Vermont 2013, without the assistance of photography. Saturday afternoon will feature the Quick-Draw competition - open to participating artists as well as to the general public of all ages. Sunday afternoon will feature the Grand Exhibition, highlighted by Charles Reid’s Awards Ceremony.
Main Competition Event – Eleven Prizes totaling over $6,000 in cash, merchandise & purchase awards.
Quick Draw – Nine Prizes totaling over $ 1,200 in cash & merchandise awards.
Plein Air Vermont 2013 Artists
Garin Baker received his BFA in painting and art history at NY’s Pratt Institute, with studies at the Art Students League. A traditional figurative artist and plein air painter, Garin’s long professional career includes an impressive list of commissions, collectors, and large-scale public art mural projects for municipal, private and corporate collections. The core of his work displays a strong sense of humanity and its relationship to the environment. Listed in the Encyclopedia of Living Artists, and well-recognized as a New York Realist, Garin was featured in American Artist and Plein Air magazines, and countless other publications. He has won several first place awards in plein air competitions. Garin runs an artists’ atelier in NY’s Hudson Valley, offering apprenticeship programs in figurative drawing and life painting. www.garinbaker.com
Mark Boedges is an emerging artist, whose works have amassed numerous awards and been shown in many galleries. Mark came to serious painting only during, and immediately after, college. Returning to study Fine Art at the University of Colorado, he preferred a more traditional approach to painting; but left that program to study exclusively from nature. Painting plein air had become his sole focus for several years. Through study and practice, his skills quickly developed. But realizing that to further progress he needed mentoring and guidance, Mark sought out other artists, attended workshops to learn everything about his craft, and continues so to this day. www.markboedges.com
John Caggiano, former President of the Rockport Art Association, is an elected member of Academic Artists, Hudson Valley Art, and North Shore Arts Associations. In addition to awards, national and international television appearances, and periodical and art book features, his work is held in numerous corporate collections, and shown in galleries across the US, as well as his own Rockport gallery. A painter for forty-eight years, John has pursued plein air for thirty-two, travelling extensively, especially Italy, painting landscapes, marine or city scenes. Although holding several degrees in Fine Arts and American History, and influenced by Sorolla, Wendt, Metcalf, and Hassam, he regards his painting as a self taught skill. John’s greatest joy is painting with dedicated colleagues who also live and breathe art. John won PAVT’s inaugural Purchase Prize Award for the Bennington Center for the Arts permanent collection. www.JohnCaggiano.com
Hiu Lai Chong is an oil painter who enjoys using vivid colors and sensitive brushstrokes to express mood and feeling in her subjects. From an early art training in Hong Kong, she received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Her paintings have been shown in museums across the country. In 2011, Fine Art Connoisseur magazine named Hiu Lai as one of "Three Artists to Watch". She was featured in the 2012Oct-Nov Plein Air Magazine. Her recent awards include the 2012 Grand Prize and Artist Choice Awards in Plein Air Easton, Best in Show at Mountain Maryland Plein Air, and Collector's Choice Award at the Laguna Plein Air Invitational, among many distinctions. www.hiulaichong.com
Bill Cloutman, an award winning plein air painter, is primarily inspired by his local surroundings of New England, north of Boston coastline. He has also lived, painted and conducted workshops in Italy; but his paint box has traveled to other various parts of the globe. Post impressionism best describes his painting style, with muted palette and soft brush strokes. He is a graduate of Vesper George School of Art and a student of Robert Douglas Hunter and Don Stone. firstname.lastname@example.org
Frank M. Costantino, co-founder of PAVT, signature member of both the New England and North East Watercolor Societies, and member of NY’s Salmagundi Club, among other associations, has been a selected artist in Plein Air Easton! in MD, a recent award-winner in both Cranford, NJ Plein Air and Glynn Art Association, GA competitions. His exuberant watercolors convey a freshness and vigor derived from numerous field paintings and careful study of many admired masters and teachers. Though self-taught, he strives for further nuance and finesse in his paintings. His originals, from his varied output or commissions, are held with numerous collectors in the US. Frank’s watercolors and drawings were featured in 2013 Plein Air and 2012 Fine Art Connoisseur magazines. www.fmcostantino.com
Chris Coyne is a Rockport, MA plein-air painter working in the Cape Ann Tradition. His art hangs in collections around the world. Landscapes, still life and the occasional portrait fill his studio and gallery on Bearskin Neck. Vermont often finds its way into his work, as the fields and mountains provide a complementary foil to the expansive ocean scenes of Rockport. www.coynefineart.com
Vincent Crotty, an Irish-born artist from Boston, is highly regarded for his landscape and figurative paintings, Vincent exhibits his work throughout the US and Ireland, and recently represented his native County Cork in an international art exhibit in Brussels, Belgium. Vincent has given workshops in Wyoming, Nova Scotia, New York, and throughout Massachusetts. He has presented portrait demonstrations at the Harvard University Art Museums, and portraits were commissioned by the Boston College Burns Library, the Irish Cultural Center of New England, and NY’s Michael J. Quill Cultural Centre. Among Vincent’s numerous awards is the Award for Excellence in Plein Air Painting from the John Stobart Foundation, Boston (2001). www.vincentcrotty.com
Cheryl A. Curran is a representational oil painter from Boston’s south shore. Inspired by nature and adventure, she combines travel with her passion, plein air landscape painting. Seeking to capture first impressions, the mood of the day, or the light, Cheryl’s larger painting sare done in the studio, where contemplation brings design inspiration. Dedicated to improving her paintings during the last ten years, shehas committed to self-‐study, art classes and workshops with nationally recognized painters, Charles Sovek, Kenn Backhaus, Scott Christensen, Kathleen Dunphy and Colin Page. Cheryl’s academic training has been “en plein air”, direct painting from life, and study of the masters. Cheryl continues study with artists Stapleton Kearns and Marc Hanson. A member of North River Arts Society, Marshfield, MA; South Shore Art Center, Cohasset, MA; and Plymouth Artists Guild, MA, where she is a gallery artist. www.cherylacurran.com
J. E. Daly is an award-winning New England artist raised in Washington County, in New York State’s beautiful Champlain Valley. Growing up in upstate NY, he created his unique appreciation for the state’s rural and mountain environments. Daly’s formal art training came under Michael Dowling at the UMASS Danforth School of Art, in Framingham. He travels extensively, lives and works at his studio in Hudson, MA, and is member of the Oil Painters of America, Adirondack Art Association, the Southern Vermont Art Center, and a charter member of the Adirondack Mountain Painters. www.jedaly.com
Diane Dubreuil, raised in Maine with much time out-of-doors, had interest in art and plein air painting from an early age, which has continued unabated. “For me, nothing refreshes my spirit as quickly as a few hours outside. Quiet observation … helps me learn about a place and the people... Painting en plein air adds to that experience… It’s a great opportunity for sharing, and I love that my art is a catalyst for that.” Diane is currently chairwoman of the New Milford (CT) Commission on the Arts, a signature member of the International Plein Air Painters WORLDWIDE, a member of the New England Watercolor Society, CT Plein Air Painters, NH Plein Air Painters, Plein Air Painters of Maine, and other local art organizations. Diane works commercially, demonstrates watercolor painting, and teaches workshops in CT & ME. www.ddubreuil.com
Tarryl Gabel, an award winning artist from the Hudson Valley, has works displayed in many private and corporate collections around the US and abroad. She was chosen to paint an ornament for the White House Christmas Tree, which is now included in their permanent collection. Tarryl has also won "Top 100" and placed in the 2nd round of the prestigious "Paint the Parks" and "Paint America" National Competitions from 2007-2010. She prefers to paint plein air whenever possible, but is passionate about painting still life, wildlife, and western themed paintings as well. Tarryl Fine Art - www.Tarryl.com
Paul George, born in Cambridge, MA, has a BS from Boston’s Northeastern University
and studied at Boston’s MFA School. Paul is a signature member of the National Watercolor Society and the Cape Cod, North Shore, and Rockport Art Associations, and the New England Watercolor Society. He is a Marine Master at the Mystic Seaport Gallery. Paul has won more then 50 awards for his work including the Winsor & Newton Award for Excellence at the National Watercolor Society, also the American Artist Professional League Award at the Academic Artist Show. He also recently won the Gold and Bronze Medals at the New England Watercolor Society. www.paulgeorgeartist.com
For over thirty years, Elissa Gore has shared her passion for nature through landscape painting. A former girl scout, medical illustrator, and professor of fine art, this NYC resident travels to art colonies to paint the locale. Her works are in 60 public collections, including the US Embassies in Taiwan and Montenegro. Participating frequently in plein air painting competitions, she won Second Place at Mid-Mountain, MD, and Third Place at Billsboro Plein Air, NY in 2013, and won the Quick Draw event at Billsboro in 2012. Elissa teaches landscape sketching and watercolor workshops at the New York Botanical Garden. In summer 2013, she had large shows at CALC in Carlisle, PA and the Smithy-Pioneer Gallery in Cooperstown, NY. In Chelsea NYC, she is represented by Markel Fine Arts. www.elissagore.net .
Elaine Hahn, with a U of Missouri BA and MA in Art, studied with noted artists in the US, England and Mexico, and was influenced by early experience at Hallmark Cards. A multiple Signature member of the Paint America Association Signature Society, the Florida Plein Air Society, and the American Watercolor and National Watercolor Societies, Elaine is a member of Oil Painters of America, the American Impressionist Society, and International Guild of Realism. Her notable paintings have won awards in national juried exhibitions, and are included in private and corporate US collections. She has conducted workshops in the US and Europe, and served as juror for local, regional and national events. Elaine painted in the Miami Coconut Grove Arts Festival; the Naples Invitational Arts Festival; the ArtiGras Arts Festival in North Palm Beach; the Mainsail Arts Festival, St. Petersburg, and Jupiter’s Art Fest by the Sea (where her images were Show Posters). www.elainehahnart.com
Dottie Hoeschen, born in Chattanooga, TN, grew up in Marietta, GA, and played in woods near home where she learned to love the organic shapes and patterns which figure predominantly in her work. She received her Bachelor of Visual Arts from Georgia State University with a major in painting, and after graduation worked primarily in oils and watercolors. Showing her strong affinity for landscape, her paintings are exhibited extensively and held in the collections of Walt Disney World, Coca Cola Company, Cape May County Cultural Heritage Commission, and the Banks Haley Gallery, and many private collectors. She has only recently taken up plein air painting, and begun to explore pastels as a plein air medium. www.stonebrashcreative.com
Peter Huntoon has been painting professionally since 1994. A life long passion for art and his native state of Vermont are evident in his work. His distinctive award-winning paintings feature innovative color, strong composition, and enthusiastic brushwork. Educated in Vermont and Colorado, Peter has studied with contemporary masters Frank Webb, Zoltan Szabo, Cheng Khee Chee, Stephen Quiller, and Robert Burridge. Peter is an adjunct professor of art at Castleton State College, and a founding signature member of the Vermont Watercolor Society. Peter works from his studio in Middletown Springs, Vermont. His work is represented in private collections around the world. www.peterhuntoon.com, www.adayinvermont.com
Brett LaGue has exhibited his energetic works in solo and group presentations, art festivals and plein air competitions for over 25 years. LaGue studied graphic design and illustration at Sarasota, Florida’s Ringling College of Art + Design. His art has been included in national juried exhibitions, selected by prominent art professionals including Helen C. Frederick, founder, Pyramid Atlantic, Steve Doherty, editor, Plein Air Magazine and curators from the Hirshhorn Museum in Washington, DC, and the Whitney Museum of American Art. In 2010, he received the prestigious professional fellowship grant from the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. He lives and works in Fincastle, VA. www.brett-art.com
Ann Larsen, a NY artist, paints en plein air from the Adirondack Mountains to Maine and California, and throughout the southwest. She feels the landscape process is more about what is not said than what is said. Using lively brushstrokes and textural paint, Ann interprets what nature provides. She was an invited artist to the Grand Canyon Celebration of Art; Plein Air on the Rim; Rocky Mountain Plein Air Painters National Exhibition at Grand Teton National Park; and the Sedona Plein Air Festival, Arizona. A Master Signature Member of American Women Artists and its President, she is a Signature Member of Rocky Mountain Plein Air Painters, a member of Oil Painters of America, and the American Impressionist Society. www.AnnLarsen.com
Christine Lashley earned her BFA at Washington University in St. Louis. An avid gardener and outdoor enthusiast, she infuses her knowledge of the earth into her oils and watercolors with dramatic brushwork and vivid colors. Christine’s award-winning paintings have been shown nationally and internationally. Her work has also been featured in publications such as American Artist Magazine and North Light Books. She is a juried member of national and regional art groups, and a sought-after plein-air instructor. Christine recently returned from her workshop in the south of France. www.christinelashley.com
Deborah Lazar, a visual artist all her life, is a member of the Oil Painters of America, Academic Artists Association and American Impressionist Society.A designer, working in print and the web, a photographer and videographer, she also teaches painting. “I have a studio in Putney, but mostly I love to paint plein air.” Having attended many workshops with some amazing painters at The Village Arts of Putney (started by Richard Schmid), she has been in juried shows and won the 2012 PAVT Quick Draw 3rd Prize and 2013 Alden Bryan Award from Academic Artists Association, among others. Deborah works in oil, in an impressionist-realist style. “I try to make every brush stroke count, working …wet into wet…thinking a lot about how our eyes see. With each painting, I experiment with how much detail to leave out, and what to soften.” www.deborahlazar.com
Carolyn E. Lewis is inspired by nature, wildlife and people and her art is sensitive without being overly sentimental. She is the author of Land and Light Workshop, Painting Mood and Atmosphere in Oils by North Light Books, and also the accompanying video/DVD entitled Painting Mood and Atmosphere in Oils by Teaching Art, Ltd. Her awards and honors are many. She teaches in the US, and conducts workshops abroad. Her signature membership includes the Oil Painters of America and the Akron Society of Artists. Carolyn is also a member of the Portrait Society of America, Landscape Artists International, and the American Impressionists Society, as well as a Charter member with the Ohio Plein Air Society. www.lewisstudio.com
Susan Lynn, a Kansas City native, is a signature member of the Kansas Watercolor Society and Missouri Watercolor Society, and also a charter member of the Missouri Valley Impressionist Society. For her creative watercolor paintings of the landscape, both in studio and en plein air, Susan has received numerous awards, including the Founder’s Prize for Excellence in Watercolor at Plein Air Vermont 2012, the Southwest Art Publisher’s Award of Excellence at the 2011 American Plains Artists Juried Exhibit, the Winston Churchill Painting Award at the 2010 Watercolor Missouri National, and an Award of Merit at the 2010 American Landscapes National
Christopher Magadini, born in Great Barrington, MA, was raised in Palm Springs, CA, Los Angeles and Phoenix. A graduate of The Art Center College of Design in Los Angeles, he pursued commercial illustration in Stockholm, Sweden. Returning to Phoenix, AZ, he continued working commercially. Mr. Magadini moved to Flagstaff, AZ to teach art at Northern Arizona State University. He received a full fellowship to Syracuse University, and came east to earn his M.F.A. degree. He now resides in the New York metropolitan area. www.chrismagadini.com
Leo Mancini-Hresko began study at the Art Institute of Boston at Lesley University. During a semester abroad in Italy, Leo began studies at The Florence Academy of Art. He was invited to stay at the school, first as an instructor and subsequently as director of the drawing program for sculptors. Additionally, Leo taught courses in plein-air landscape painting and artist materials until leaving the Academy. Having left his 19th-Century painting studio in Florence, Leo relocated to his native Massachusetts, working and teaching from his studio in an old mill building in Waltham, MA. www.leomancinihresko.com
Carlton Manzano is a true Plein Air artist who creates his paintings from his mobile studio—a minivan—using the steering wheel as his easel. Carlton’s use of colors appears extreme and brilliant, bordering on surreal upon close inspection. His paintings are strong and very intense, without being unrealistic. www.carltonmanzano.com
Barrett McDevitt has always created art from a very young age. Having attended the University of New Hampshire in Durham, Barrett was extremely fortunate to study drawing and watercolor painting under the late John Hatch, with a minor in studio art. Retired as principal creative director at a NH marketing firm, Barrett pursued his lifelong goal of being a full time artist. He studied classical realism at the Ingbretson Atelier in Manchester NH for four years, and sought instruction with many of New England's top landscape painters. He spends considerable time painting landscape directly from life in all seasons. www.barrettmcdevitt.com
Nikolay Mikushkin considers himself a plein air landscape artist, his works unified from his own special and original dialogue with nature. Nikolay received his education at St. Petersburg Academy of Art, focusing on Russian realism. He has participated in multiple plein air competitions and events throughout the US. He is currently a member of the New York Plein Air Painters, and the Salmagundi Club in New York City. www.NikolayMikushkin.com
KT Morse received her BFA from UMass Amherst, where she studied painting to bronze casting and silversmithing to silkscreen printing. She began plein air painting in watercolor with Carl Schmalz, a protege of Eliot O'Hara, at Amherst College. Now, she works primarily in oils, focusing on the subtleties and brilliance of Cape Ann and NE landscape. Her work has been exhibited at the New England Watercolor Society exhibitions, The Cape Cod Art and Hudson Valley Art Associations, and the Alden Bryan Gallery in Jeffersonville, Vt. She and her husband Paul George own the George Gallery at historic Rocky Neck Art Colony in Gloucester, MA. K T Morse Fine Art and George Gallery@ Facebook.com
Mark Popple received his BA in art from London’s Byam Shaw, and has since pursued his painting vocation in Italy, England, and California. In 2012, he began study in Jacob Collins’ four-year program at Water Street Atelier in New York. Whereas in the school week, he wields a graphite pencil in detailed figure drawing in an attic room, on weekends he enjoys taking his oil paints and brushes outdoors to capture the landscape en plein air. This year he has painted in India, New York, California, Hawaii, Colorado and Bermuda - so far. www.markpopple.com
William Rogers, a Nova Scotia artist working in oil, watercolor and printmaking. is an elected member of the Canadian Society of Painters in Watercolour (CSPWC) and its current President. Also a signature member of the Transparent Watercolor Society of America (TWSA) and the SociétéCanadienne de l’Aquarelle (SCA), he has participated in juried plein air events, such as the Carmel Art Festival , CA; Plein Air Easton, MD; and Plein Air at Calloway Gardens, GA. The effects of light and color dominate his award winning work, with exhibitions in Canada and the USA. Recipient of the A. J. Casson Medal for Best Painting in the CSPWC Open Water Exhibition in Calgary, he teaches art part-time at St.FX University, and conducts painting workshops for art groups at home and abroad. www.williamrogersart.com
Marilyn Rose is thrilled to be participating in Plein Air Vermont for a second year. A NJ resident, she is a signature member of the Northeast Watercolor Society, New Jersey Watercolor Society (Membership Chair), and the Baltimore Watercolor Society. Her paintings have won numerous awards in statewide and national exhibitions, and are held in private collections across the country. Her notable illustrations have appeared in national magazines. She frequently gives demos and workshops for state and regional organizations. From Chicago, Marilyn earned her BFA from Washington University in St. Louis. www.marilynroseart.com
Jason Sacran, native of Tennessee, received his BFA from Tennessee Technological University. After moving to Arkansas, he became a museum curator and an instructor at U of Arkansas - Fort Smith. In 2010, he became a fulltime artist/painter, and has since been invited to many exhibitions, and won First Place from the Portrait Society of America, and Best of Show as well as Artist’s Choice in the 2012 Cedarburg Plein Air, among many other awards. Recent articles about his work have appeared in Southwest Art, Plein Air and The Artists magazines. www.jasonsacran.com.
Chad Smith, a New Hartford, NY artist, prefers a direct, yet studied, approach to plein air painting. His work is regarded “Not just ‘a scene’ but a real statement about something, yet not forced or melodramatic.” Smith has gallery representation in New York, Colorado, Florida and is collected internationally. He has shown in national juried exhibitions including Plein Air Easton (winning Honorable Mention), American Impressionist Society’s Annual National Juried Exhibition, and Crested Butte Plein Air Invitational, to name a few. Recently, Smith spent a month painting and teaching in Ireland. www.chadsmithpaintings.com
Richard Sneary, an architect and renowned architectural illustrator, has, for the last 3 years, also begun painting en plein air in watercolor. Richard is a signature member of the National Watercolor Society and Missouri Watercolor Society, member of the American Watercolor Society, and Missouri Valley Impressionist Society. Recent awards include 1st Place in Fast & Fresh at Plein Air Richmond 2013, 1st Place in Quick Paint at Easels in Frederick 2013, Honorable Mention at Wayne Plein Air 2013, Third Place Award at 2012 Plein Air Vermont, Best Architectural Award for the 2012 Plein Air Easton competition, Best of Show at the 2012 Missouri Valley Impressionist Society Inaugural Juried Exhibition, and Best of Show in 2011 Stems Plein Air Paint.www.richardsneary.com
Doreen Tighe, primarily en plain air impressionist oil painter, has travelled throughout Europe, Norway, Iceland and the Southwest, in addition to NJ locations, to find inspiration and subjects. A graduate of NY’s Fashion Institute of Technology, Doreen started her successful career as a Fashion Illustrator. She later received a Bachelor's degree from Georgia Southern University, and devoted full attention to oil painting. Her influences have been Gonske, MacPherson, and the works of Zakharov and Fechin. Doreen, a member of the Oil Painters of America, American Impressionist Society and the NJ Society of En Plein Air Painters, has exhibited in the American Impressionist Society show, among several competitions, including the prestigious Plein Air Easton in MD. www.doreentighe.com
Bruce Backman Turner has participated in the Jericho Plein Air Event, Mystic Maritime Plein Air, the 2012 Wayne Art Festival, the 2012 Paint Annapolis Plein Air Event, and is returning to North Bennington’s PAVT event in 2013 . Listed in Who’s Who in American Art, Bruce’s work has appeared in American Artist Magazine, Grumbacher’s Palette Talk, and Monhegan, The Artist Island to name a few publications. “Most of my paintings are derived from the experience of painting in plein air with studio embellishment. The New England countryside offers diverse inspiration with the awakening of spring, the warmth of summer, the vibrant burst of color in autumn, and finally, the quiet serenity of winter.” www.brucebackmanturner.com
George Van Hook and his love of the European tradition began early. Spending two summers during high school filmmaking throughout France and England allowed him to visit many of the great museums, and further increased his commitment to become a professional artist. Following college, he spent nearly a year in Paris copying works at the Louvre, and traveling through France, Italy and Holland making numerous paintings “en plein air”. Returning to California, George continued painting the landscape and figure out of doors. After starting a family, George returned to the East Coast, settling in Cambridge, NY, a beautiful nineteenth century Hudson Valley village.
Janet Marie Yeates paints on location to celebrate nature and the fascinating ways light and weather transform the landscape. "When I successfully focus on the crucial elements of a composition, I arrive at a serene perception of being part of a brief episode in time." Janet studied in NYC at the High School of Music and Art, The Cooper Union, and earned a BFA from Hunter College. She has always worked in the arts as a freelance graphic artist, illustrator, calligraphy instructor, and director of an arts council. This year, her paintings may be seen in three solo shows, in a cooperative gallery, and at favorite and new plein air festivals. www.JanetMarieYeates.com
Sandra Wakeenbegan her thirty-year art career as an illustrator and portrait artist. Her studies continued in France at Studio Escalier, and with David Lefell and Sherrie McGraw. She has been honored with awards and recognition from Oil Painters of America, Portrait Society of America, Fine Art Connoisseur and American Art Collector. Sandra’s work is held in the the New Britain Museum of American Art, the Florence Griswold Museum, and the FFAST Museum, Italy. Sandra served on the Board of Directors for Lyme Art Association and Connecticut Society of Portrait Artists. She is a founding member of Wethersfield Academy for the Arts and its past President, creating Connecticut’s first formal Atelier program. www.sandrawakeen.com
Stewart Burgess White lived in different areas of the US and Europe, and exposed to many cultures, languages, museums and topographies, from Colorado’s mountains to Tunisia’s deserts. Having attended Pratt Institute for a year and various colleges and University, Stewart ended up at UC Berkeley. With training in homebuilding and art, architectural illustration became his career. He has produced murals for many institutions, including the Smithsonian Museum of American Historyand the U S Naval Academy. He painted nearly 70 portraits of Baseball Hall of Fame Players in the Arlington, TX Ballpark. A Plein Air Easton’s Grand Prize winner, plus top awards in other national competitions, Stewart is a member of the American Impressionists Society, the American Watercolor Society, a National Watercolor Society Signature member, and President Emeritus of the American Society of Architectural Illustrators. www.stewartwhitestudios.com