Faculty

Faculty

Tempe Croke

Tempe Croke has been the manager of The Warm Ewe in Chatham, NY, for over a decade. She attests that helping others with their handwork has led to the exponential growth of her own skills. Tempe has published a number of knitting designs both on her own and for The Warm Ewe.

Tim Ebneth

Tim Ebneth is an artist, illustrator and designer who lives and works in Kinderhook, NY.  Growing up in New York City, his passion for art began with visits to the Museum of Modern Art and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. He studied Fine Art at Pratt Institute and graduated as a Fine Art and Illustration Major from the School of Visual Arts.  His art career began while attending the School of Visual Arts, illustrating and designing windows and installations for clients such as Bergdorf Goodman, Gucci and Barneys. .Since moving to the Hudson Valley, his work continues to flourish. The surrounding landscape and the energy of nature, serve as newfound inspiration for Tim’s drawing, painting and mixed media pieces. Tim’s studio was created when he discovered a 150-year old barn and had it moved and reassembled on his property, and its panoramic view of the Catskill Mountains provides inspiration. Tim Ebneth’s work has been exhibited throughout Hudson, NY and the Hudson Valley at various galleries, The Hudson Opera House, select juried and invitational exhibitions, as well as in private collections.

Gary Finelli

Gary Finelli has been an artist for over forty years. His education was in Superior, Wisconsin where he received a Bachelor in Fine Arts.  Upon moving back east to New York City, he earned a Master’s Degree in Art Therapy from New York University. He has exhibited in many juried shows and has won awards for his art. Much of his fine art is influenced by illuminated manuscripts which he has been re-creating in a contemporary version. His strong design for the layout of his subject matter consists primarily of abstracted versions of portraits, figure studies and landscapes. As an illustrator he has drawn political cartoons for a newspaper in the mid-west, designed greeting cards, and has illustrated two books.

Melissa Forbes

Artist, yogini, author, and world traveler, Melissa Forbes is the creator of Mandala paintings, artwork for meditation, awakening and grounding..As an artist, Melissa was the recipient of a Pollack-Krasner grant, a five-year scholarship at the National Academy Press, and was awarded the Ogden M. Pleissner Fellowship, the Nancy O’Malley Fellowship, the Ricky Fingerhut Fellowship and the Ralph Fabri Fellowship. In addition to being an artist, she is a skilled yoga professional. As an Adjunct professor at the University of New Haven, CT, Melissa has shared her knowledge in other countries and cultures. Melissa had the honor of accompanying U.G. Krishnamurti, a Jivamukti, in his travels during the last five years of his life. Melissa is the author of “No Teaching Yoga: The Authentic Guide”, a reflection of her spiritual journey.

Ulrike Grannis

Ulrike Grannis was born and raised in Germany. There she studied numerous techniques of marbling and related crafts such as box-making and bookbinding. She brings to this workshop over 30 years of teaching experience with paper arts.

Carolyn DiFiori Hopkins

Carolyn DiFiori Hopkins is a teaching artist, who has shown widely at venues such as the State University Plaza, Opalka Gallery at Sage Campus, University at Albany Museum, and the Berlin Collective. She is the recipient of awards from the Capital District Arts Initiative, New York State Council on the Arts, University at Albany Foundation, NYSCA Decentralization Program and is a Woven Tale Press Fellow. She has taught regularly throughout her career, most recently at SUNY at Albany and The Atelier of Albany where she developed creative and technical curricula. She co-founded the alternative artist-run gallery, The Hallway in Troy, NY. DiFiori Hopkins completed much of her undergraduate studies at the Philadelphia College of Art from 1976-1980 and subsequently earned her BA from Rutgers University. She received her MA and MFA from the State University of New York at Albany.

Sandra Koponen

Sandra Koponen is a lifelong artist and practiced photography and music prior to oil and acrylic painting. Following painting portraits full time at the Art Students League, her own studio work led her into painting from life, memory, and imagination to embrace abstraction, the expressive impulse, and thick paint applications. Her paintings have received mention in The New York Times, the Times Union, Vice News and other publications.

David Lesako

David Lesako from Carmichaels, PA., received his BS in Art Education from Penn State, and his M.ed. in Special Educatio. He has been teaching art for 30 years, and was the Art Teacher at Central Greene School District in Waynesburg, PA. David has exhibited in many solo and group shows. He was named Artist of the Year by the Frank Melega Gallery in Brownsville, PA, in 2000. David works in pastel, watercolor, gouache, and oil in landscapes and depictions of old buildings. He is also a professional woodworker.

Tia Maggio

Tia Maggio: A native New Yorker, was formally trained in graphic design and advertising at Pratt Institute, she went on to the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and graduated with a degree in fine art and art history. Tia is a practicing artist and exhibits her artwork, most recently at Spencertown Academy. Tia also serves as the Children’s Librarian at the Roe Jan Library in Hillsdale.

PJ Mehaffey

PJ Mehaffey is a style and decorating professional with extensive experience in interior decorating, prop and set styling, staging, market editing and performing. Formerly, the Real Simple Magazine Style Market Editor launched Alchemy Eclectic in 2011. PJ’s work appears regularly in national magazines, catalogs, advertisements & video/digital branded content. PJ has contributed style décor, and DIY content to editorials including People Magazine’s “Celebrity Food” section, Good Housekeeping, Better Homes & Gardens, as well as original blog content reposted on West Elm’s “Front & Main” and Apartment Therapy. PJ is the co-creator and producer of style television concepts: Junkin’, Trash NYC, Style Rehab and The Big Move, pitched to major cable & network channels.

Linda McNutt

Linda McNutt is an artist and designer who works and lives in a converted dairy barn. Raised in Texas, she graduated with degrees in art, art history, and architecture from Rice University. She worked for 9 years in New York City and London, before moving to the Hudson Valley. She recently retired from her 30-year architecture practice in Columbia County, with her final project the newly renovated Claverack Free Library. She learned to embroider at age 6 from her Texas grandma and comes from a long line of women who sew and quilt and make beautiful objects from fabric. She became passionate about hand stitching, drawn to both the tactile beauty of the assemblage of textiles as an art form, and as a means of personal expression and transformation.

Peggy Reeves

Peggy Reeves works with cameraless and alternative process photographic methods often in combination with traditional art materials and techniques. She is represented by 510 Warren Street Gallery in Hudson, NY and has exhibited at the Berkshire Museum, Morgan Lehman Gallery, Geoff Young Gallery, Simon’s Rock of Bard College among others. Her work will be featured this summer in a show titled “Coloring Books” at 510 Warren Street Gallery and in the “Art of the Hills” show at the Berkshire Museum.

HM Saffer, II

HM Saffer, II launched his art career at age of six. A graduate of Temple University, HM’s life took many exciting paths, including becoming a successful songwriter and producer and the chef /owner of restaurants in Paris and Ibiza, Spain. He completed selected studies at L’Ecole Des Beaux Arts, exhibited in Paris and Brussels, Belgium. HM studied the art of Japanese brush painting and subsequently traveled to Japan to study with Japanese masters, and there he met his wife, Hisayo.. He was represented by Galerie Musee and the Artbridge Gallery in Japan, and in Hong Kong by Alisen Gallery and the Kwai Fung Hin Gallery enjoying successful solo exhibits. He began melding his Asian influences with his Western styles in order to create new and different paths towards interpersonal visual expression, and his current works are a reflection of this mélange.
HM has instructed at the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, MA, Berkshire Community College, and Columbia-Greene Community College. He currently has gallery representation in the United States and Internationally.

Marianne Van Lent

Marianne Van Lent received her MFA at Cornell University and her BFA at Temple University: Tyler School of the Arts. Her work as an artist also includes teaching experiences on the high school, college and graduate levels, as well as with various arts organizations. Her artwork has been exhibited from Kingston, NY at the Lockwood Gallery to galleries in Hudson, in NYC and in exhibits internationally. She has been the recipient of grants from LMCC, NYSCA, Cityarts, Artists Space, Arts for Transit, Creative Time, H.A.N.D.S. and Per Cent for Art. Her work is represented in such organizations and corporations from the MTA of NYC to airlines, banks and individual collectors.

 

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