Faculty

Faculty

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. Tim is a set designer and stylist for photo shoots, videos and commercials.  His professional work can be seen in Vanity Fair, O Magazine, The New York Times as well as advertising campaigns for major corporations.

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. His website is: timebneth.com. Tim is the recipient of the Art School of Columbia County’s Award for Excellence in Teaching for 2015.

David Lesako

David Lesako is from Carmichaels, PA. He received his BS in Art Education from Penn State, and his M.ed. in Special Education from California University of Pennsylvania. He began teaching over 30 years ago, and was most recently 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, doing landscapes and old buildings. He is also a woodworker. David created and erected the wreath that was up on the grounds of the School for winter 2020.

David and his wife moved from Pennsylvania to Columbia County in 2019, and he started teaching at the Art School soon after settling in. You can view his works at www.davidlesakoart.com, or from his open air exhibition space on his property on German Church Road in Ghent.

HM Saffer, II

H.M. 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. HM never stopped painting and exhibiting his works and before returning to the United States in 1970, he completed selected studies at L’Ecole Des Beaux Arts and exhibited in Paris and Brussels, Belgium. HM’s musical career took him to Warner Brothers and, while there, he painted a forty foot mural in their Madison Avenue Headquarters.

Always looking to broaden his scope, 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. While in Japan, HM adapted his Sumi-e techniques by applying Western styles of painting. 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. His style of painting shifted from exclusively works on paper to include oils. He began melding his Oriental 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. HM and his wife live in Upstate New York.  Visit HM’s website.

Gerald Seligman

Gerald Seligman has been a photographer for over 40 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. Virus permitting, he travels the world every year. He posts regularly on instagram.com/geraldseligman.photo. His work can be seen in regional, national and international galleries. “In photography,” he says, “I try to find order in chaos, compassion in random encounters and the human spirit in the day-to-day. I wander and attempt to capture the moment, alternating among abstracts, geometry and the human face and form.” Gerald lives in Spencertown, New York.

Danimarie Jones (she/her) is a self-taught, multi-disciplinary painter-poet. Her artistic practice is a continuous study of self and other, with emphasis placed on themes concerning mind and body. As a teacher, who has worked with children, Danimarie takes care to create a welcoming and nurturing environment where students feel free to take charge of their creativity in order to make way for fearless, confident and healthy self-expression.

Carol Salus received Ph.D. in History of Art from Ohio State University. She is Professor Emerita from Kent State University. Her book, Picasso and Celestina: The Artist’s Vision of the Procuress was published by Juan de la Questa Press. Carol is co-editor of Out of Context: American Artists Abroad published by Greenwood Press. She has published numerous articles for various journals. She has spoken at various conferences including the College Art Association, Creativity and Madness Conference (The American Institute of Medical Education) and the Cleveland Psychoanalytic Society.

Gerald Seligman has been a photographer since he was a kid, with many photos published in magazines, on album covers and exhibited in galleries

Karen Martin received her BFA from Long Island University in Southampton, NY. She is a practicing artist, avid gardener and amateur chef. Her true passion is bringing out and nurturing the creative side of adults and young people. Karen’s lifelong practice of art enriches her life and those around her.

Tia Maggio: A native New Yorker, Tia, 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.

Linda McNutt is an artist and designer who works and lives in a converted dairy barn in Claverack, NY, Raised in Texas, she graduated with degrees in art, art history, and architecture from Rice University. 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. When she took a workshop on “Meditation and Healing Cloths”, it lit a flame of possibility about the idea of integrating the artistic and the spiritual. 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.

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