Artists who have created and displayed their art on the shore of the Hudson River in Emeline Park, Haverstraw, NY at the annual Haverstraw RiverArts & Music Festival.
Artist John Murray is from Manhattan, and these past eight years he has had a dedicated studio practice in Bushwick, Brooklyn. John graduated from the University of Michigan with a degree in Art History and is otherwise a self-taught artist. In his practice, John finds greatest value thinking about art’s relevance towards defining the future of our next cultural zeitgeist. John believes that symbols have the greatest power to shape ways of thinking. Yet, while positive intent is behind John’s artwork, this artist is equally interested in finding the value and the beauty in that which is related to the violent, the mad, and the perverse. John chooses to ignore no aspect defining the inner workings of our minds.
John’s metal shop has played a role in the Barneys New York flagship holiday window display these past three years, he has exhibited throughout New York City and New Jersey including installations in the administrative offices of PS1 MoMA, and he is also among the corporate collection of Rosetta Books Publishing House on Wall Street. Late Fall 2016, John will be launching an educational resource at his website designed to propel the technical development of artists interested in working with industrial materials.
Paula Madawick is a third generation artist. She moved to Rockland County in 1952, left twice and returned twice.
Her formative years were spent in an avant-garde household in Pomona with cultural forces such as Jasper Johns, Robert Rauschenberg and John Cage. After graduating from Spring Valley High School as an art major she moved to New York City, attended then quit the School of Visual Arts, and became artist’s assistant to Jasper Johns and Robert Rauschenberg and tended bar at Andy Warhol’s parties in the Factory. Years later Paula again studied art at the School of Visual Arts and Cooper Union and SUNY. She received her degree Bachelor of Visual Studies in 1992 from SUNY Empire College.
Paula is known for her detailed colored pencil drawings of realistic landscapes. These works on paper measure 3 x 4 inches to 3 x 8 feet. More recently she has left the world of landscape and embraced her abstract beginnings. She has found a place where she is comfortable with any material and likes the idea that it is between realism and abstraction. She works abstractly, figuratively, realistically, with colored pencils, crayons, plastic netting, graphite, oil paint, paper, and stone. She left the confines of paper and branched out into wall sculpture and then outside to rock piles and bricks.
Paula has won many awards and been a contributing writer to eight books about colored pencils drawing. She has exhibited in museums and galleries across the country and locally including in New York City: Leo Castelli Gallery; Mathew Marks Gallery; National Arts Club; and in Rockland County: Blue Hill Arts and Cultural Center, Pearl River; St. Thomas Aquinas College, Sparkill; Rockland Center for the Arts, West Nyack; and the Edward Hopper House, Nyack. She is in the collection of JP Morgan Chase Bank, NA, New York City and Dana Library, Rutgers University, Newark, NJ. The New York Times, The Bergen Record and Rockland Journal News have favorably reviewed Paula’s work. Paula Madawick was the Executive Director of the Edward Hopper House, Gallery Director of the Zakin Gallery, Demarest, NJ and an art teacher at the Rockland Center for the Arts for more than 25 years where she continues to teach.
Jack Burger is a published author working on his third book. With a B. A. in Geology from Columbia University and a Master’s Degree in Geology from Michigan State University he worked as a geologist for 10 years. He then changed direction and became a reporter for business and technical magazines, retiring from McGraw-Hill Company as a Senior Editor.
Jack has collaborated on art projects including Bundled Conversations, an installation exhibited in Jersey City and The Bird Show, an installation at the Old Church Cultural Center, Demarest, NJ. He also produced three evenings of drama vignettes at the Edward Hopper House Art Center that were funded by the Arts Council of Rockland and was the recipient a grant from the Vermont Studio Center for the advancement of his second book.
Jack co-authored the lighthearted comedy Costumes Optional that was produced at three different venues in Northern New Jersey and was an actor in numerous theater productions with the Iron Mountain Stage Company of Ringwood, NJ.
The Haverstraw Brickyards is Jack Burger’s fourth collaboration piece with Madawick.
Patricia Catanzaro was born in Pearl River, NY, is employed in Palisades, NY and has lived in Washington DC, Southampton, NY, Italy and currently in Park Ridge, NJ. She is an award-wining artist whose art career spans a half a century. Her chosen medium is oil on canvas but she has been known to paint on chairs, shoes, doors and other media.
Her exhibition resume starts in 1968 with a juried NBC Art Show, she won a second place for her effort, and continues through into November 2016 when she will have a solo show at the Park Ridge, NJ Library. Between these dates she has concentrated on showing in the tri-state area. Patty has exhibited in group and solo shows, juried shows, at art centers, Rockland Center for the Arts and the Edward Hopper House; universities, Montclair State University, Fairleigh Dickenson University; and museums The Parrish Museum, The Bergen Museum and Montclair Art Museum. Her oil paintings are in collections across the US and in Italy.
Gabrielle is an artist and designer born in Rockland county, and currently resides across the Hudson River in Tarrytown, NY. Gabrielle attended SUNY Oneonta where she earned her degrees in studio art and graphic design. After graduation, Gabrielle quickly transitioned into a career as a full time web designer, while maintaining a freelance design business and creating her own works of art after hours.
Gabrielle has an intrinsic need to create in all aspects of her life; she finds her personal art to be a place of her true creative expression. Nature plays a meaningful, inspiring role in her art, offering respite from the monotonous confines of cubicles and screens. Her paintings portray colorful and detailed floral arrangements in interior settings. Merging the natural world with fabricated settings, she finds balance in the opposition that is both realistic and imaginative. In Gabrielle's current series of paintings, she is looking for ways to marry the female figure with her fascination with flowers: somehow they always find their way into her work.
In addition to working in art and design, Gabrielle and Jeff Dietz, collaborate on a series of sketchbooks and host community events in Tarrytown under the moniker "Brieff Studios.
Visit Gabrielle's website.
Jeff arrived in the Hudson River Valley by way of the small suburban town of Hudson, Massachusetts. He has infectiously made art for longer than he can remember. He is constantly carrying a camera and a sketchbook, searching for inspiration everywhere, with a strong connection to sunlight, trees, and the streets. Monday to Friday, nine to five, he works as a commercial photographer and videographer in White Plains. When he gets back to his home studio, he compiles small artist books, collages, and photographs. Many of these small works have made their way to the hands, houses, and mantles of other artists around the country via the U.S. Postal Service, connecting with photographers and artists from New York, to Philadelphia, Chicago, and Seattle. He shares his apartment studio with Gabrielle Burger, collaborating constantly on projects intimate and public. Most recently, they began hosting figure drawing nights in their current hometown, Tarrytown, in an effort to facilitate a growing artist community in the surrounding areas.
KERRI LEE GREEN
Kerri grew up in Rockland and Bergen County and then studied art and art history at Vassar College. After graduating cum laude, she moved to Los Angeles, where she pursued a mix of artistic endeavors, including writing, filmmaking, and painting, while counseling homeless youth. She co-founded IWA, Independent Women Artists, a non-profit organization that paired professional women artists with at-risk youth to create original works of theater, film, and visual arts.
Now back on the East Coast, she has shown her paintings and painted objects for the past four years. In her first exhibition she was featured as the poster artist for the 2012 Nyack Art Walk. She has exhibited at the Hopper House, ROCA, The Amis Gallery in Nyack, and Ille Arts in East Hampton. Her work is in private collections across the U.S., Germany and Brazil.
Green’s approach, mixing classic forms and figures with contemporary themes, fusing the spiritual and material, the sensual with the mundane, creates works that are at once social commentary and highly personal.
Eileen is a local artist, art therapist and art teacher at The Blue Rock School in West Nyack Ny. She has a deep interest in the creative process and the myriad of ways in which it manifests in the individual and group art experience, and considers artistic expression to be an essential aspect of the human experience. Ms. Leith is inspired by natural and found objects and incorporates this into her sculptures and mixed media work. She has facilitated community art projects in Washington D.C, Manhattan and the Nyack area and has presented her art therapy work at conferences including The National Expressive Therapies Association and at John Hopkins University. She is thrilled to share her passion with The Haverstraw River Arts.
Gregory is an artist/sculptor currently working out of his studio at the Garner Arts Center in Garnerville, NY. Moson is a third generation resident of Haverstraw. Growing up on the shores of the Hudson River he has always appreciated the colors and abundance of bricks discarded by the old Brickyards. He has made several works out of brick including the one pictured. His work has been shown at the Piermont Flywheel Gallery in Piermont, NY. Gregory’s work is often humorous and thought provoking of past times, present and future to come.
Focusing on painting Rebecca Siracusa, a 26 year old artist from Stony Point, practices at her studio in a local artist community center. Her works include semi-abstracted local signage scenes and fully abstracted nature inspired drip paintings. Through these works she is trying to allude to the fact that quantum thoughts and happenings more obtainable then believed to be. Exploring the idea of time and space she creates works of all media to move you.
Richard Vivenzio is a sculptor currently residing in Brooklyn, NY. Spending time living on the coast and the city, his work takes on an influence from both the natural and industrial world.
Vivenzio’s sculptures explore space by creating channels with different materials. He works primarily with string, rope, and shadow to create large-scale sculpture in space. These three-dimensional renderings create solid form despite being composed of separated, continuous, linear planes of string and shadow.
Richard Vivenzio has a site-specific installation currently being exhibited at The Newhouse Center of Contemporary Art at Snug Harbor, until October 15th, 2015.
Susan Luss is a multi-media artist living and working in New York City. She considers the relationship between being in the work under construction and subsequently outside the work in reflection, leading to perspective differences that raise questions not only about process but also allows for a deeper understanding of the materiality of her work. Her works become physical places that contain not only personal identity, but also contain potential for connection with the stories of others, formed in the memory of a place, layers of interwoven textures, each as metaphor of the lived experience.
She has exhibited her work in group exhibitions in the New York, Manhattan, Brooklyn, Vermont, and France. She has curated for Artober Art Walk, Drawings on Myrtle. Ms. Luss participates with artist group “ArtShape Mammoth” as well as “Bushwick Art Crit Group” (BACG).
Born in El Paso, Texas and raised in Alabama, Luss has lived in New York since 1983 during which time she had a professional career in Sales and Marketing. In 2009, she left the corporate world to attend Pratt Institute where she received her BFA in Studio Arts Painting (2013) and received the Award for Excellence in Academic Achievement. Currently she is a candidate for her Masters of Fine Arts at the School of Visual Arts, 2016.
Joan Harmon is a sculptor and installation artist currently living and working in New York City. She earned her MFA from Rutgers University and her BFA from the California College of Art. Harmon uses a variety of media from cast cement, fired clay, wax and mixed media and incorporates sound and light in her sculptural installations. Her work explores psychological journeys created by merging architecture, landscape and references to the human body.
As a professional artist, exhibiting internationally for more than 30 years, she has had major shows in New York, Chicago, Philadelphia, Washington DC, Denver and throughout Europe, including Milan, Rome, and many other important art centers of Italy.
Over these years she have utilized extreme color and an exaggerated full-volumed style to express many concepts in her art. This has forced her to work in an increasing diversity of mediums, from stone to light, with all the modern mediums in between.
The stone heads of the Olmecs, the fabled Colossus of Rhodes, Michelangelo’s David, the masonry spires of Manhattan, whether the work of individuals or civilizations, it seems that we as a species are driven to make beautifully improbable objects. The Brickhead Sculptures and larger Colossus Project sculptures are inspired by my enduring fascination with the curious constructs of human kind.
Site specific interactive electronic components are incorporated into the artworks. Sound elements placed within the sculptures interject a narrative with the viewer. This is a mechanism with which I introduce the passage of time and attempt to hold the viewers attention for a moment longer.
The Brickhead Sculptures can be envisioned as the contemporary relics of our own civilization. Monumental personifications of place and entity, they are 'beautiful objects' that present us with a call for thoughtful reflection about the nature of contemporary society. At the same time, these sculptures are a celebration of the creative universality of humankind.
Eric David Laxman
Eric David Laxman is a multi-media artist who created a unique studio and showroom at the Garnerville art and Industrial Center near Haverstraw, NY and now works from his home studio in Valley Cottage, NY. He is very active in the Rockland artist community serving as a teacher, curator and gallerist. He has exhibited his diverse works throughout the metropolitan area and nationwide. Laxman is currently a member of the Sculptors Guild and is part of a large group exhibition on Governors Island, NYC. Laxman was awarded the County Executive Art Award for Visual Artist in 2007 and has been recognized by numerous local organizations for his community service. Laxman has completed numerous public sculpture commissions including City of Sculpture in Hamilton, Ohio; Greenwich Hospital in Connecticut and the Summit Medical Group in New Jersey. Laxman has also completed numerous sculpture memorials including: a memorial to Corporal Manny Lopez who was killed in action in Iraq, in Haverstraw and the JCC Munich 11 Memorial honoring the slain Olympic Athletes in West Nyack. At Rockland Community College’s new 9-11 Memorial Garden, Laxman artfully combined parts of salvaged steel I-beams from the World Trade center Site with other steel and marble elements in “Spirit Rising”. His custom furniture and sculptures have been featured in the The New York Times, The Journal News Home Design Magazine, The Artful Home, Hudson Valley Magazine, The Hook, Metrohouse Magazine, Rockland Magazine, Rivertown and others.
A longtime resident of New York Bill has maintained studios in Manhattan and Stony Point, Rockland County, New York. For the sculptor, and would-be-architect, the country life has had the greatest appeal. Several public projects are installed in Rockland County. He continues landscape painting and travel in the U.S.
Most painting projects center in the Hudson River Valley, northern Vermont and the ‘Bay Area’ in California. His daughter, Laila, is a psychologist.
Born in 1940, Uzbekistan (USSR), Bill came to the U.S. as a refugee in 1950 with his sister and parents. A graduate of The Cooper Union, Bill continued at the School of Art and Architecture at Yale University, where he earned BFA and MFA degrees.
A long exhibition record includes many group and individual shows in New York. Some favorable reviews followed exhibitions at The Painting Center, 55Mercer Artists Gallery, Allan Stone Gallery and Rockland Center for The Arts.
Painter, sculptor and sometime architect; Bill has been supported by grants and commissions for public installations and is represented in many private collections. Lectures and teaching in many parts of the U.S. have been anchored by his teaching at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, N.Y. Bill is a full professor in the School of Art and Design, assistant Chairperson and Coordinator of 3D.