Women and Incarceration
Also Portfolios
Narratives: Environmental Portraits of Women

Sara Bennett

Olivia Gay

Maureen McNeil & Luz Minerva Muniz 

 Portfolio Showcase  Narratives: Environmental Portraits of Women
Joan Lobis Brown & Geralyn Shukwit

Exhibition Dates:  August 17 to September 15, 2019

Reception for Artists: Saturday, August 17,  5-7 pm  

Sara Bennett, The Bedroom Project

Tracy, 51, in her own apartment three-and-a-half-years after her release. Jamaica, NY (2017), pigment print, 20×24″ by Sara Bennett

Olivia Gay, Incarcerated, Interior Views

Maisons d’arrêt/Detention Homes 1, pigment print, 13×19″ by Olivia Gay

Maureen McNeil and Luz Minerva Muniz
NYS Training School for Girls and Life After

Handmade fabric book, 14 leaves, 13x13" by Maureen McNeill, also available as 7"x7" photobook

NYS Training School for Girls, Handmade fabric book, 14 leaves, 13×13″ by Maureen McNeill, also available as 7″x7″ photobook

Life Wall, photo quilt, 57×59″ by Luz Minerva Muniz

Selected through our Portfolio Showcase International Call for Entries,
the gallery will also feature two portfolios theme: Environmental Portraits of Women

Joan Lobis Brown, Women of an UNcertain Age:
Indomitable Baby Boomers Challenging Cultural Norms

Baby Boomer Women 5 by Joan Lobis Brown

Baby Boomer Women 5 by Joan Lobis Brown

Geralyn Shukwit, Portraits of Bahia

Natalia by Geralyn Shukwit

Natalia by Geralyn Shukwit

About the Artists

Sara Bennett, The Bedroom Project

Carol, 69, in a communal residence four years after her release. Long Island City, NY  (2017) by Sara Bennett, pigment print 20×24″

Artist Statement

For the past five years, Sarah Bennett has been photographing formerly incarcerated women in their bedrooms. All were convicted of serious crimes — mostly homicide — and spent fourteen to thirty-five years in a maximum-security prison. By the time they came up for parole they were all profoundly changed, yet most of them were repeatedly denied release because of the crimes they had committed decades earlier.

These women were open and trusting enough to allow Bennett into their most private spaces — their bedrooms — and to share the handwritten comments that accompany the photos. Like Bennett, they hope this work will shed light on the pointlessness of extremely long sentences and arbitrary parole denials, and thus help their friends still in prison: women (and men) like them who deserve a chance at freedom.

Sara Bennett has been a public defender specializing in battered women and the wrongly convicted and she is the author of The Case Against Homework. Her photo essay, Spirit on the Inside: Reflections on Doing Time With Judith Clark, was selected for the 2014 INFOCUS Juried Exhibition of Self- Published Books at the Phoenix Art Museum.

Her first Life After Life in Prison exhibit examines the lives of four women as they returned to society after spending decades in prison. It has been exhibited more than fifteen times, and featured in, among others, the Metropolitan Section of the New York Times, PBS New Hour/Art Beat, Variety & Rolling Stone’s American (in)Justice, and theMarshall Project.

The Bedroom Projectis the second in the Life After Life in Prisonseries. It has been featured on, among others, the FENCE 2018, Photoville 2018, the 10th International Organ Vida Photography Festival, the 2018 Indian Photography Festival, Feature Shoot, and PDN’s Photo of the Day. Bennett is a Top 50 Finalist in the 2018 Critical Mass Competition.

Looking Inside: Portraits of Women Serving Life Sentencesis the third in the series. It has been featured in the Metropolitan Section of the New York Times.

Like the women she photographs, Bennett hopes her work will shed light on the pointlessness of extremely long sentences and arbitrary parole denials.

Olivia Gay, Incarcerated, Interior Views

Two portraits of Grace, each 19″x13″, pigment print by Olivia Gay

Grace – Journal Entry, pigment print by Olivia Gay

Artist Statement
Olivia Gay works inside two prisons, both in Normandy, (France)—Rouen and Caen.  All of the portraits are a result of a collaborative process. She and her subjects search together, take time to experiment, look at, try again, until they are both satisfied.

In Rouen Gay worked alone with the women in a workshop we have called “Atelier de soi”  (self-workshop). She invites the women to represent themselves with photography, videos, paintings, writing, collages.  In Caen the same workshop happened, but she also had the opportunity to work in collaboration with the theatre and the museum of arts; on a special day they organize “Discover Opera.” The theater and opera people brought in costumes, a make up artist, and a singer. Gay made two portraits of each woman in costumes: one with visible face so they could have a “souvenir”. This one the women painted; then one with invisible face for me to record and keep in my series.

In both cases and places, it is always clear to the incarcerated women—she makes two portraits—one is for her with visible face (which she will never show) and one for her. While not everyone could join the theater workshop, she has six pairs—both in costume and in typical dress. In this series there are six pairs of portraits, in costume and not, and a page from their respective journals.

Sometimes, the women feel like showing more intimacy; It’s something important for them this sensation of being “looked at”. So while we do the non-visible face portrait for me, two suggested exposing their backs instead, especially when they have tattoos.

For more than two decades, Olivia Gay has photographed women at work and women living in separate societies. Workers include waitresses, cashiers, prostitutes,  factory workers, domestic workers; women in separate societies include incarcerated women, nuns and women living in refugee camps. She takes her time, often seven years or more—allowing mutual respect, trust, and understanding to deepen. And from that process the photographs emerge. Gay’s interest is not to capture the most vivid gestures. Instead, she and the woman she is photographing face each other with all that they have gained in their shared experience.

Olivia Gay, lives in Normandy, France. She received the prestigious Prix HSBC for photography (Prix Joy Hendreriks) in 2018. Her work has appeared in solo exhibits throughout Europe and in Brazil, in venues including Maison Européenne de la Photographie, Paris, 2018 and Fondation Mast, Bologna, 2015. Gay teaches photography (history and technique) at the University Panthéon – La Sorbonne, Paris.

(Thank you to Ellen Feldman, Photo Editor of Women’s Review of Books. Ellen introduced us to the work of Olivia Gay and has translated our correspondence and journal entries from her series.)

Maureen McNeil and Luz Minerva Muniz
NYS Training School for Girls and Life After

NYS Training School for Girls, Handmade fabric book, 14 leaves, 13×13″ by Maureen McNeill, also available as 7″x7″ photobook and Life Photo Quilt by Luz Minerva Muniz

Artist/educator Maureen McNeil says “This story of Luz Minerva Muniz’s solitary confinement is told here for the first time in fifty-five years, releasing the shame, guilt, and anger that destroyed her life as a teenager”.

Discussing the origins of the Project, McNeil explains: “In 2017, I was introduced to Luz Minerva Muniz by Tracy Huling, Founder/Director of Prison Public Memory Project.  Huling had found that some formerly incarcerated women found it too painful to participate in oral histories and asked if I would be interested in engaging Luz in an art-based project about her time at the Training School for Girls. This process gave Luz courage to remember ‘the lost girl’, as she called herself. Luz was 16 when she was sentenced in 1964. Two years later, she was bussed back to NYC, and became homeless in Central Park. “

For a year and a half, Luz (now 70) and Maureen met every week to share a meal, visit a museum and discuss art and Luz’s life. Visiting a Louise Bourgeois exhibit at the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) in Manhattan inspired them to collaborate on the content of McNeil’s artist book to tell Luz’s story of surviving 28 days in solitary confinement for swearing.  Luz then created her Life Wall photo quilt documenting better days in her life to now.

Portfolio Showcase

Joan Lobis Brown, Incarcerated, Interior Views

Baby Boomer Women 1 by Joan Lobis Brown

Artist Statement
“Women of an UNcertain Age: Indomitable Baby Boomers Challenging Cultural Norms” is a portraiture series—accompanied by text culled from interviews—that focuses on American baby boomer women of diverse races, religions, sexual identities, professions and socioeconomic backgrounds.

These women born between 1945 and 1964 were the first generation to expect that they could “have it all”: equality, family, careers, health and prosperity. Now, they face challenges brought on by the demands of growing older while continuing to enjoy those same meaningful and evolved lives.

Women still are the targets of sexism and ageism. Older women are often invisible, remaining largely unseen by members of a youth-oriented society and underrepresented in popular culture and imagery. They are often euphemistically described as being “of a certain age,” as though an acknowledgement of maturity might be taken as an offense.

These photographs bear witness to a generation that never gave up.

Joan Lobis Brown is a visual activist whose portrait and landscape photographs have been widely shown in group and solo exhibitions in the United States, Europe, Australia, the Middle East and Africa. She has five solo exhibitions scheduled for 2019–2020. Since 2013, she has been selected for 95 international juried competitions. Her work has been published online and in print magazines such as The Huffington Post, Zeke, Mic.com, Hyperallergic.com, The International Photo Review, Featureshoot, POZ and others.

Her portrait projects highlight members of our society who have been subjected to intense stigma. Her landscape projects include subjects as diverse as global warming, the creation of a phantasmagorical world and the extinction of African animals.

Brown studied photography in the advanced studies program at the International Center of Photography and has continued studying with today’s influential photographers and editors.

Geralyn Shukwit, Portraits of Bahia

Avo Deja, Portaits of Bahia by Geralyn Shukwit

Avo Deja, Portaits of Bahia by Geralyn Shukwit

Artist Statement
These images are a selection from Geralyn Shukwit’s long-term project, “O Tempo Não Para (Time Does Not Stop).” Beginning in 2011, she has returned to families throughout Bahia exploring customs and relationships within their small, often marginalized, communities, layering daily life and rituals to create intimate, poetic portraits that reflect their unwavering strength and character.

Geralyn Shukwit is a photographer with a passionate interest in humanity and our connections to the space around us. Since 2002, she has traveled to South America and the Caribbean where she intimately photographs daily life, straddling the line between documentary and fine art photography.

Geralyn’s photographs have been exhibited in the United States, Spain and Ethiopia; published in National Geographic, Progresso Fotografico Italy, BIG Magazine, New York Daily News and Post. She is a winner of the Julia Margaret Cameron Award, Photolucida Critical Mass Top 50, AI/AP Latin American Fotografîa, APA/NY and International Photography Awards (IPA) and was nominated for the Henri Cartier-Bresson Award this year.

She is based in Brooklyn, NY with her cat Marley Pants.

Women & Incarceration

Special Evening Program
Saturday, Sept. 7, 5-7pm
Talks begin at 5:30pm

Come join the conversation 

Sara Bennett & Olivia Gay

Karen Davis will present
The Fabric Project**
by Maureen McNeil & Luz Minerva Muniz.

**The Fabric Project begins with the experience of a young girl
at the NYS Training School for Girls, Hudson NY

Sara Bennett and Olivia Gay, artist talks Saturday, Sept 7, 5-7pm
Above, left: from Sara Bennett’s “The Bedroom Project”, right: from Olivia Gay’s “Incarcerated, Interior Views, lower left: “The Fabric Project” – Artist book, “NYS Training School for Girls” by Maureen McNeil; Photo quilt by Luz Minerva Muniz

Fifth Annual Group Show
photography, photo-based works, video

Juror: Paula Tognarelli
Executive Director & Curator: Griffin Museum of Photography 


Reception for Artists
Saturday, July 27, 5-7 pm

Show dates: July 20 – August 11, 2019

5th Annual Group Show Gallery Shots

5th Annual Group Show Gallery Shots

5th Annual Group Show, photography, photo-based works, video

•Amanda Dahlgren  •Gail Albert  •Mildred Alpern  •Zia Ayub  •Sue Bailey  •Terry Barczak  •Joan Barker  •Amy Becker  •Michael Bogdanffy-Kriegh  •Marilyn Canning  •Natalie Christensen  •Robert Coppola  •Anastasia Davis  •Chris DeMarco  •Ken Dreyfack  •Suzette Dushi  •Steven Edson  •Diane Fenster  •Kev Filmore  •Joan Fitzsimmons  •Steve Gentile  •Paul Greenberg  •Richard Greene  •Anna Grevenitis  •Charles Hall  •Susan Higgins  •Janet Holmes  •Leslie Jean-Bart  •Diana Nicholette Jeon  •Marcy Juran  •Jen Kiaba  •Karen Klinedinst  •Jack Laforte  •Rusty Leffel  •Laura Migliorino  •Lynette Miller  •Judith Montminy  •Kris Moore  •Liz Nealon  •Louise Pedno  •Thomas Pickarski  •Lauren Piperno  •Lisa Redburn  •David Reinfeld  •Russ Rowland  •Rebekah Schmitz  •Amy Shapiro  •Stephanie Taiber  •David Whitney  •Caren Winnall  •Cate Wnek

Juror’s Statement

It is my opinion that the photographs of the 5thJuried Exhibition at the Davis Orton Gallery are just perfect for this summer of 2019. There’s even a thrum as background if you leave yourself open to it. One might say this energy as an ensemble is a call to action. I tend to think it’s the rhythm of living just like the hum of a hive. The images assemble, arm in arm. Some just wait and watch like the appaloosa with her eye on the road. Other photographs glow, spin, swim and speed. Even the spoons are marching. In this crop of submissions, I sensed artists’ heightened awareness of their surroundings. It is summer after all. But in the submissions, I also sensed a broad swath of emotions from joy to anxiety as well as heartache.

Over the course of time generations have looked to the natural world for answers. The activity of squirrels is said to foretell the depth of winter. The thickness of corn husks and onion skins are other indicators of how tough a winter lies ahead. In my world, photographers are the beacons. And here in this Hudson gallery they’ve gathered at the ready.

My continued thank you to Karen and Mark for again giving me the opportunity to learn more about our photography community. And thank you to all who submitted to this call for entry. The experience of this sharing is more than I can describe in words. You’ve all been very generous this round indeed.

Paula Tognarelli
Executive Director and Curator, Griffin Museum of Photography

photocollage, photography, mixed media

see gallery shots here

Cheryl Lickona… 

& Friends: Mixing Media 
 Dea Archbold….Glass 
Lisa Breznak….Sculpture
Melanie Burrows…Jewelry
Patti Gibbons….Collage, Painting
Gretchen Kelly….Watercolor
Maria Kolodziej-Zincio….Encaustic
K. Velis Turan….Mixed Media Textiles 

Portfolio Showcase “Object(s)”
Laura Dodson and Malcolm Easton

click here for radio interview with 4 of the artists on WGXC’s Art of the Hudson Valley

Cheryl Lickona, photo collage & mixed media

Lady Earth, photocollage mounted

Lady Earth by Cheryl Lickona, photocollage, pigment print 10.75″w x 15.5″l, mounted on a painted canvas 16″x 20″

Dress, mixed media – memoir by Cheryl Lickona

& Friends 
mixed media curated by Cheryl Lickona

Top Row: Melanie Burrows / Gretchen Kelly / Patti Gibbons / K. Velis TuranBottom Row: Dea Archbold / Lisa Breznak / Maria Kolodziej-Zincio

Selected through our Portfolio Showcase International Call for Entries,
the gallery will also feature two portfolios – theme: object(s)

Laura Dodson, Old is New

click here for entry about Laura Dodson’s work in Mario Naves blog, Too Much Art

Malcolm Easton, Artifacts of Strangers

Celebration by Malcolm Easton from portfolio: Artifacts of a Stranger; edition size of 5

Cheryl Lickona, photocollage and mixed media

Moon Dreams, photo collage by Cheryl Lickona

Moon Dreams, photo collage by Cheryl Lickona

Cheryl Lickona’s works turn architecture into fabric, sculpture into models, and simple settings into magical environments.  Her digital collages combine a love for vintage images and objects with alove of photography and storytelling.  Many of the elements in her collages are from Art Deco and Classical sculptures and vintage photographs.  Using these and other found imagery from a wide range of sources, she takes unconnected objects and combines them into something new and unexpected.  With a touch of fantasy, and certainly a romantic viewpoint, each collage suggests a story. Sometimes obvious; sometimes requiring the viewer’s invention and sometimes suggesting a world not quite explainable.

Bio: Cheryl Lickona is an illustrator, artisan, photographer, and writer. A Hudson Valley native, and a resident of NYC for 30+ years, she began her professional career as a fashion illustrator, working for such notable names as Elizabeth Arden, Bloomingdales, Henri Bendel, Bullocks, Glamour Magazine, Estee Lauder. Her designs have been included in the Museum of Modern Art Christmas Card Collection. Moving to Columbia County in 2006, Lickona began to explore other media including photography, writing, and digital collage.

Recent exhibitions include several curated group shows at Emerge Gallery, Saugerties NY. Her work has also been exhibited at The Gallery at The Fashion Institute of Technology NYC, Columbia County Council of the Arts, Greene County Council of the Arts, The Hudson Opera House, and an Arts Thirteen Exhibit at the Rhinebeck Public Library. One of her collages appears on the book cover of “Phantom Moon”(Hansen Publishing.)

Curator Cheryl Lickona & Friends Mixing Media

Curator Cheryl Lickona has invited seven mixed media artists to join her in this exhibition. She and the artists have two things in common, besides their friendships. First, they share a love for natural forms.  Second, their creativity is ever-expanding. They take their medium and push the boundaries.  

“I am honored to share the gallery with these talented women; below is a brief description of their work.”  Cheryl Lickona

K.Velis Turan, screen-printing her own images, creates quilted paintings of urban landscapes, architectural renderings, even portraits that are detailed, textured and filled with color and life.

Lisa Breznak, known for her small gold leafed sculptures, is now creating organic wall art—sculpted panels from the raw material of foam core.

Gretchen Kelly‘s watercolor paintings are spontaneous and beautiful whether she is painting a figure—as in this show—a flower, or plein-air landscape. She makes it look joyful and effortless as an accompanying video will reveal.

Patti Gibbons’ color and sense of design and form flow through each of the many mediums she works in.  An unstoppable powerhouse of talent, in this show we feature Patti’s collages and paintings.

Dea Archbold’sart glass pieces create magic as they catch light. Trained in painting and the traditional art of stained glass repair, she has evolved those talents into an art form filled with nature, color and small delicate paintings. 

Maria Kolodziej-Zinciouses her sense of history and family, and the love of her environment and her home, to create small, evocative photo-based encaustic pieces. Her subjects, so  exquisitely simple, lay frozen in that final layer of wax and paint.

Melanie Burrowsunique and inspired jewelry draw you in. Her use of color and natural forms create works that make you want to touch and wear them.



Portfolio Showcase

Laura Dodson, photography: Old is New

Silver by Laura Dodson, pigment print, 15×15″ on 22×17″paper, edition size: 6 + 2AP

In Old is New,Laura Dodson examines memory by revisiting Dutch still life painting, remastered for a contemporary audience. In Dodson’s images, observation gives way to imagination and fictional narrative; color, light, and the layers of time and space collide. She uses photographic montage to layer alternate states and abstraction to emphasize an edgy suspension between reality and dream. Water provides a stage that is infinitely malleable and suggestive of the irrational.

Bio:  Laura Dodson is a lens-based artist working in New York and Athens, Greece. She has been the subject of six one-person exhibitions (Kouros Gallery, NY and Gallery7, Athens). Her work has recently appeared at The Clemente Center, Lesley Heller Workspace, the New York Studio School and Elizabeth Harris Gallery in New York, the Godwin-Turnbach Museum in Queens, Five Myles, Sideshow Gallery and Schaffler Gallery in Brooklyn. Her photographs are in the permanent collection of the Contemporary Art Center of Thessaloniki and the American College of Athens.

Malcolm Easton, photography: Artifacts of Strangers

Watching You by Malcolm Easton, pigment print, 21×14″, edition size 5

Malcolm Easton collects well-used domestic objects that were left behind by their former owners. Each manufactured item came from a stream of identical objects. But through wear, damage or decay, each became unique over time. In choosing from the artifacts of strangers, I’m drawn to those that connect with my own experiences. Inspired by historical approaches to bricolage, Easton creates temporary arrangements that exist only for the purpose of being photographed.

Easton’s approach to lighting suggests the passage of time. Working in a windowed studio, he uses a handheld mirror to reflect a beam of sunlight onto his subjects. While the shutter is open, he moves his hand, adding a gestural component to the illumination. If a subject is in motion, the fleeting light catches it at more than one position, creating a multiple exposure. 

Bio:  Malcolm Easton has been a collector and tinkerer all his life. Born in New York, he’s a longtime resident of Berkeley, California. His interest in photography began at an early age, and has included shooting stereo, 35 mm color slides, and monochrome landscapes. His still life photographs center on artifacts from daily life. Malcolm’s images reflect our consumer culture and the life cycle of objects that pass through it. His work has been shown in galleries across the U.S. and internationally.

Abstract Expressions
from Minimal to Complex

Debra Bilow photography

Maureen McNeil fiber art

 Portfolio Showcase 
John Fraser and Nicholas Luchenbill

Exhibition Dates:  May 11 to June 9, 2019

Reception for Artists: Saturday, May 11, 5-7 pm

Debra Bilow, Paper Studies, Material Studies

Paper Studies, Material Studies by Debra Bilow. photographs in studies 6"x6" ea

Studies Series: Paper Studies (l), Material Studies (r) by Debra Bilow. photographs in studies 6″x6″ ea

Maureen McNeil, Fiber Art – Wall Hangings

Hudson River Series, Kaaterskill by Maureen McNeil, 60"x40", pieced fabric wall hanging

Hudson River Series, Kaaterskill by Maureen McNeil, 60″x40″, pieced fabric wall hanging

Portfolio Showcase

Selected through our Portfolio Showcase International Call for Entries,
the gallery will also feature two portfolios

John Fraser, Material Witness

Grey Composition White Square by John Fraser, 17x22", pigment print

Grey Composition White Square by John Fraser, 17×22″, pigment print

Nicholas Luchenbill, Iraq Revisited

Day 442 by Nicholas Luchenbill, 16×20″, pigment print

About the Artists

Debra Bilow, Paper Studies, Material Studies

Debra Bilow, Paper Study, Untitled No. 5, 2016, 6x6" edition of 8

Debra Bilow, Paper Study, Untitled No. 5, 2016, 6×6″ edition of 8

Landscapes and still life compositions have constituted Debra Bilow’s recent work. Both genres are grounded in formality and restraint and exhibit her minimalist leanings.

The images presented in this show are from three of Bilow’s still life series.  The Material Study series, in stark black and white, is a study of manipulated forms of common household goods. The other two series, in a barely-there color scheme, focus exclusively on the shapes of different types of paper.  While the Material Study and Paper Studies are opposites in tonality and presence, the commonality is the use of simple materials coaxed into sculptural objects.

Bio: Debra Bilow’s photographs have been exhibited across the east coast of the US including group shows at University Art Museum, Albany, Sidney Mishkin Gallery, NY and The Hyde Collection, Glens Falls.  Her images have been published in The Photo Review and the Light Journal and acquired by private collectors. She will be the featured artist in a solo show at the Katonah Museums Artists Association, Spot Gallery in May.

Debra grew up at the edge of rural life in Upstate New York.  She holds a Master’s Degree in Urban Planning from Rutgers University and subsequently pursued a career in real estate.  She lives and works in Brooklyn and South Salem, New York.

Maureen McNeil, Fabric Constructions – Wall Hangings

Maureen McNeil, CloverReach 7, 49x54", sewn fabrics, metallics, plastics

Maureen McNeil, CloverReach 7, 49×54″, sewn fabrics, metallics, plastics

Fabric artist Maureen McNeil creates hand-sewn, often large tapestry-like art, layering opaque and transparent materials of various textures to tell abstract visual stories. Through her unique fabric constructions, McNeil works the dance between light, substance, the eye and the brain. While she has made fabric art since early childhood, for the past fifteen years, she has been adding to the depth as well as the expanse of her constructions.

By cutting, pinning, marking, layering and hand-sewing fabrics, metallics, plastics and other sources of color, pattern and texture, her visual stories capture the fleeting sensory experiences kindled by light infusing the material world. Complicated by historical, economic and gender-political views, her constructions live both within and outside conventions of an art and craft that go back millennia.

McNeil’s inspirations often coalesce into series, such as the Hudson River wending its way, an exploration of torsos, deep space and inner portraiture. Her prompts can be surprising.  Sunlight reflecting off skyscraper windows onto her downtown apartment walls connects her to the emotions, timelessness, and perceptual fascinations of childhood.  Long lost religious experiences of Latin chants, stained glass, marble folds, golden vestments and black habits somehow found expression in stitching, lines crisscrossing broad sweeps, small white dots penetrating saturated colors and undulating darkness. All of this as her constructions move toward abstraction.

Bio:  Maureen McNeil is an artist, writer and nonprofit consultant. She first exhibited her fabric constructions in a San Francisco arts fair in 1982. In 2011, Maureen exhibited her Torso Series at the Seattle Sunny Arms. Today, her art is in private collections in New York, New Jersey, California, Michigan, and Washington.

Her latest book is Dear Red, the Lost Diary of Marilyn Monroe. 

Originally from Seattle, she currently lives in New York City and makes art at her studio in Claverack, New York. She teaches a popular course in Creative Writing at the Hudson Area Library.

Portfolio Showcase

John Fraser, Material Witness

Composition Orange Red II by John Fraser, 17×22″, pigment print

John Fraser is an artist who works within a number of disciplines. His lens-based work is discrete and addresses the world in the most direct way.  Fraser’s photographs stem from a minimalist aesthetic. He is in pursuit of subjects that have a timeless clarity and order.

With an economy of means, he produces photographs that possess a formal rigor while being suggestive. They are simultaneously factual records and abstract construction. The reductive compositions he finds in the built world are equally concerned with the problems of photographic vision, and the perception of concrete reality.

Bio  John Fraser works within the disciplines of Drawing, Painting, Sculpture, and Photography. He is currently represented by galleries in Chicago, IL, Nashville, TN, Fort Worth, TX, Munich, Germany, Berkeley, CA, and San Diego, CA. His work in all media is held in public collections throughout the United States, Europe and Canada, and in private collections in  the US, Europe, Brazil and Japan. It has been featured in one-person and group exhibitions throughout the United States and in Canada, Europe and Japan.

Fraser has been awarded fellowships and grants from Arts Midwest / National Endowment for the Arts, and The Illinois Arts Council. He has been an Artist in Residence at YADDO in Saratoga Springs, NY, at Illinois State University, twice at The Robert M. MacNamara Foundation in Westport Island, Maine, at The Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts in Omaha, Nebraska, and at the Hafnarfjordur Center of Culture and Fine Art, near Reykjavik, Iceland.

Nicholas Luchenbill, Iraq Re-Visited

Day 145 by Nicholas Luchenbill, pigment print, 16×20″

Nicholas Luchenbill examines aspects of anxiety and memory. The images he constructs are based upon his perceptions of what happens when traumatic memories are created and stored in the brain. In his experience, memories are consolidated, stacked and stored on top of one another which results in lost and fragmented information and formatted in a skewed sense of time. In this series, he use images from his first deployment to Iraq, that are autobiographical, complicating them through strategies of overlapping, interruption and fragmentation to reflect the sense of anxiety that is the by-product of being placed in a war zone.

Bio  Nicholas Luchenbill is a Texas-based photographer and visual artist. After high school Nicholas joined the United States Army where he served ten years active duty, with three combat tours in Iraq. Nicholas uses his photographic practice to understand his own wounds from war trauma, and also to speak to other Veterans that are suffering from PTSD, with a primary focus on the mental health issues surrounding the Veteran Community.

Painterly and Abstract Landscapes in B/W and limited palette


curated by

Carla Shapiro & Ruth Wetzel

 Portfolio Showcase 
Painterly Landscapes: Linda Cassidy & Elisa Keogh

Reception for Artists: Saturday, April 6, 5-7 pm
Exhibition Dates:  April 6 to May 5, 2019

LandEscape – DavisOrton Gallery Exhibition Catalog

The curators, Carla Shapiro and Ruth Wetzel, have selected artists that offer views of Landscape that are both painterly and abstracted. Each compositions’ tensions come alive through limited palettes. These painterly visions remove observation from the common place. Each piece exalts different types of landscape beauty. 

Photographs  • Lindsey Shaw Bardsley • Nicholas Bell • Niki Berg • Thomas Fleckenstein • Tom Hatlestad • Carmelita Iezzi • Vanessa Marsh • Wayne Montecalvo • David Nadel • Mirja Paljakka • Meryl Salzinger • Andy Todd • Tim Trompeter  Videos – • Matt Frieburghaus • Deborah Mesa-Pelly • Carla Shapiro • Ruth Wetzel

Tidal Delta by Lindsey Shaw Bardsley. Pigment print, 13"x19"

Tidal Delta by Lindsey Shaw Bardsley. Pigment print, 13″x19″

Untitled by Tom Hatlestad, pigment print, 8"x10"

Untitled by Tom Hatlestad, pigment print, 8″x10″

Diamond Beach, Still from video by Matt Frieburghaus

Diamond Beach, Still from video by Matt Frieburghaus

LandEscape Curated by Carla Shapiro and Ruth Wetzel, 17 artists: photographs and videos

LandEscape Curated by Carla Shapiro and Ruth Wetzel, 17 artists: photographs and videos

Portfolio Showcase

Selected through our Portfolio Showcase Call for Entries, the gallery will also feature two portfolios by Elisa Keogh and Linda Cassidy

Elisa Keogh: Moving 

Moving Image 1 by Elisa Keogh, pigment print, 9"x18"

Moving Image 1 by Elisa Keogh, pigment print, 9″x18″

Artist Statement: Shooting from a moving car window I sought to capture the evocative and everchanging winter landscape. I loved the abstracted softness that came from the motion of the car along with a slow shutter, creating imagery akin to flowing charcoal drawings. This series provides a variety of work that is both literal and nuanced.

Bio  Born in England and raised in Belfast, Northern Ireland during the height of political unrest, Keogh was drawn to the raw, underground street art that focused strongly on content and it ignited her passion to make art that carries a message.

At 19, Keogh arrived in the United States and took her first photography class. She immediately knew that she had tapped into a piece of herself that would be important to her future.

Subsequently, Elisa enjoyed a successful career as an art director/graphic designer in NYC where she collaborated with many creative photographers. During this time her interest in photography was reignited, and she began to exhibit her own work.

Since 2005, Keogh has been an exhibiting artist as well as a digital photography teacher and artist-in-residence in Norwalk Public Schools. Elisa currently maintains her studio at Firing Circuits in Norwalk, CT.

Linda Cassidy: Light and Matter 

the place where the story ended by Linda Cassidy

the place where the story ended by Linda Cassidy

Artist Statement: Things are often not what they seem to be, and through my current work I encourage the viewer to suspend assumption and invite the unanticipated.

Much as the natural world, defined by its randomness, can appear intentional and concrete, my work taps into a pulsation, expressed visually by compositional rhythm, that transforms those most ethereal of objects, photon streams, into palpable moments of inhabited being.

Arising suddenly and with its own agenda, these images require both viewer and artist to embrace not knowing. Through that embrace we can discover something altogether unexpected yet deeply longed for.

Light and Matter is about memory and time.

I’ve been reading TS Eliot’s poem “Four Quartets” and these images are commingled with Eliot’s poem, which is partly about the loss of land and origin. These pieces speak to a nostalgia which is similar in intent but different in source: we’re now threatened with the wide scale loss of all land, so every small pocket of beautiful landscape becomes increasingly precious. And yet we remember when nature and beauty seemed endlessly synonymous, thus the tension between what we hope for and what we know: the source of all nostalgia.

Bio: Linda Cassidy is an artist who currently lives and works on the East End of Long Island. A painter since her years at Bard College, her work is represented in private collections throughout the world.

Deeply influenced by the abstract expressionists and color-field painters of the 1950’s and 60’s, her current photographic work probes the boundaries between traditional art of the 3-dimensional physical world and the virtual realites of digital art.

Photographs that behave like paintings, paintings that become transformed into layered photos, light streams that transpose into perceived  matter, fractalization of common forms; all are part of her present inquiry.

LandEscapes, photography and video, curated by Carla Shapiro and Ruth Wetzel

LandEscapes, photography and video, curated by Carla Shapiro and Ruth Wetzel