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 a contemporary abstract painter based in the Hudson Valley. A native of New York City, his bold mixed media paintings are inspired by landscape, music and memory.The paintings and works on paper are often layered with found and personal ephemera, text and mark making. Ebneth studied Fine Art at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn. NY and The Art Students League in New York City. He received a B.F.A. degree from The School of Visual Arts. His artwork has been exhibited throughout the Hudson Valley, New York City and the East End of Long Island NY. He received The Linda Arnaud Memorial Grant for his solo exhibition “Where the Sky Opens” in Hudson, NY and was awarded Best in Show at the Olana Plein Air Paint Out. His work was featured in The Spencertown Academy’s Curator’s Choice exhibit, “Flowers, Fields, Forests: Abstracted”. He has taught at The Art School of Columbia County since 2015.

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.

Sandra Koponen

Sandra Koponen is a lifelong visual artist. In the past decade she has focused primarily on oil and acrylic painting.  Ms. Koponen is always expanding her oevre; her paintings range in style and subject matter, from portraiture to abstraction, from small scale to large scale, and have strong color sensibilities and a thick application of paint. Her paintings have received recognition in The New York Times, the Times Union, Vice News and other publications. She has shown her artwork at Smack Mellon Gallery (Brooklyn), SLA (NYC), Ten Van Eyck (Brooklyn), Time and Space Gallery (Hudson) and many other places.

David Lesako

David Lesako from Carmichaels, PA., received his BS in Art Education from Penn State, and his M.Ed. in Special Education. He has been teaching art for 30 years, was the Art Teacher at Central Greene School District in Waynesburg, PA, and for eight years he was on the art faculty at Waynesburg University, 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.

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.

Marianne Van Lent

Marianne Van Lent is a New York and Hudson Valley based painter of the natural world. Marianne Van Lent’s paintings are an investigation and a reaction to our fragile position in the universe. She 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.

Gerald Seligman

Gerald Seligman has been a photographer for over 50 years, with photos published in newspapers, magazines, in galleries and on album covers for Universal/Verve, EMI Hemisphere, Rounder, Rykodisc and other labels. He spent most of his career working in the international music industry and has lived in Rio de Janeiro, London and Berlin. His work can be seen in regional, national and international galleries.

Suzi Banks Baum

Suzi Banks Baum dwells at the crossroad of literary and visual arts. A writer, mixed media and book artist, she teaches daily creative practice for writers, artists, and creative thinkers in many settings, including as a visiting artist in Gyumri, Armenia and guest faculty in schools and writing conferences. Originally trained as a theatre artist, Banks Baum’s collage work is featured in Storey publication’s Collage Your Life by Melanie Mowinski. Publications about her artistic work include articles in The Guild of Book Workers Journal and Mingle Magazine.

Meghan Orbek

Meghan Orbek is an artist, musician, and educator specializing in student-led inquiry at the intersection of art and nature. She attended Sarah Lawrence College where she earned her B.A. degree. She has been on many artistic adventures involving painting, puppetry, giant sculpture, cartooning, zine making, dance, and other inventive things over the past few decades. She loves plants, earthworms, sparkles, making valentines, and teaching art to young people.

Karen Martin

Karen Martin is a local practicing artist, and avid gardener, exhibiting and selling her work in Columbia County.  She works in a wide variety of media and most of her inspiration comes from nature and photographs taken during the growing season. Karen earned a B.A. degree from Long Island University, Southampton Campus. She worked in advertising for 10 years before joining and retiring from a pharmaceutical company as a Business Development Manager. Her classes are a mix of art fundamentals, material explorations, music, and the inspiration to explore one’s own creative side.

Mary Flinn

Mary Flinn (b. 1962, Baltimore, MD) is an artist living in Chatham, NY who works mostly in oil paints and also water colors and pastels. Mary earned her BFA at the Swain School of Design, New Bedford MA in 1984 and her MFA at Queens College in NYC in 1991. She has had 3 solo exhibitions at The Prince Street Gallery in NYC, and numerous group shows. Two-person shows include the Joyce Goldstein Gallery in Chatham NY with Sara Farrell Okamura; Baltimore City Hall with Josh Dorman, and Dartmouth College ,Hopkins Center, with Cathy Shoenberg, curated by Ben Moss. Virtual shows include: “Spring is Like a Perhaps hand” a 4 person show with the Jason McCoy Gallery. As well as numerous inclusions in the Jason McCoy drawing challenges. Mary has taught art with children through the D.A.R.E. program in NYC, NY in the Bronx Housing Projects and at the Ancient Oaks Farm creative arts program in Baltimore MD. She has also taught privately at the Mount Airy Studio in Philadelphia PA.

 

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