The Lodge at Woodloch is intimately aware of the beauty of nature that surrounds us. Mother Nature provides an ever-changing muse for art and inspiration. Together with Kiesendahl + Calhoun Fine Art, Ltd., comes a custom-curated art gallery hall featuring local, regional, and international artists that help magnify our philosophy of personal awakening.
Winter 2016-2017 Featured Artists
DAWN WATSON transitioned ten years ago to photography after twenty five years as a dancer/choreographer. The shift from large proscenium to the smaller frame of the camera lens provides familiar parameters of composition, form, space, light, dynamics and story telling. The artist considers photography her moving mantra. Ongoing personal projects include visual narratives building towards a book/installation, self-portrait series and black and white street portraiture. Nature is a source of solace and healing that serves the artist as an antidote to these challenging times. Watson’s transformative work captures not just life’s flourishing peak compositions, but the inevitable process of decomposition. Watson says: “How does one find moments of peace in the midst of chaos? How does one hold the space for suffering, for oneself and others? I find beauty in the process of both becoming and diminishing. Each stage has intrinsic beauty as it transforms shape and content revealing a different truth. Capturing or creating moments of connection, tension or contemplation, my work is a visual tone poem engaging image, texture and words to explore our shared psychological and sensory topography, how we inhabit both our interior and external worlds.”
A resident of Hastings on Hudson, NY, Watson has studied at the Maine Media Workshop, International Center of Photography and Santa Fe Workshop. Influenced by Harvey Stein, Cig Harvey, Valerie Jardin, Elizabeth Avedon, Jeffrey Chapman and Magdalena Sole among others, she currently studies with Sandi Haber-Fifield. Watson’s work has shown in New York, Vermont, Massachusetts and Texas and is held in private collections. Her newest long term project is inspired by the Hudson River. Her exhibit here at the Lodge gives us glimpses of street scenes in Paris, her daughter’s kitchen in Ireland and circles back here, to the woods and water surrounding this spa.
DALE EMMART sits on her property in Honesdale Pennsylvania perched high above the ground on a Mayan inspired structure that serves as an artistic rural observation tower. That perspective and the rivers, farms, roads and fields of Pennsylvania and New York are the base for her real muse, the sky and cloud formations. Contrasting the artist’s small lush land and sky scapes, we are also exhibiting her large black and white abstract drawings made in her New York City apartment. Here harbinger smoke clouds fill large swaths of paper. Emmart says: “Narrow columns of smoke rising from rural burn barrels are a common event, and one I pay close attention to. Spindles of vapor point to a burning waste, cleansing fields for new growth, or hinting at things of greater consequence - factual and metaphoric. I pay similar attention to other, more muscular, versions of smoke from industrial plant emissions and use the shifting and momentary cloud masses as subjects for paintings and drawings.” The rich glimpses of colorful, serene landscape are little treasures to preserve, while the beautiful but brooding smoke filled sky papers are less romantic. The artist’s work speaks of ephemeral transformation, fleeting, precious moments, and she behooves us to take note.
Born in New York City, Emmart has an artistic resume that fills five pages. She has a MFA from the Rhode Island School of Design and a BFA from Cooper Union School of Art, has been awarded many fellowships and grants and currently works as the head of the art department at the Brearley School in New York City. Her work has shown in numerous New York City galleries, including The Painting Center, A.I.R. and Kouros Gallery, as well as solo and group shows at the John Davis Gallery in Hudson, New York, in France…and in various venues in Pennsylvania, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Massachusetts and New Jersey. She also runs a plein air program in Portugal (pleinairportugal.com). The Lodge is thrilled to feature this ebullient and elegiac work.
Spring 2017 Featured Artists
Debra McGinniss, born in Abington, Pennsylvania, lived in Philadelphia until after she graduated from University of Philadelphia with a Textile and Design De- gree. Her gallery shows include Syracuse NY, Cazenovia NY, and Philadelphia PA. After having been a textile designer in New York for 13 years, Debra helped create an artists’ consortium group in Cazenovia, NY. She has been giving pri- vate art lessons for a number of years, and has had numerous art gallery show- ings. As an artist in residence at the Lodge at Woodloch, her work and teaching is inspired by the beauty that surrounds her on the paths, woods and water here. Her “Organic Carrots” is her own artistic harvest taken from the Lodge’s farm yields. Bringing the outside inside, Debra shares her talents and joys of working with many guests and materials. She teaches mosaics, watercolor, pen and ink, pastels, and paper marbling. Debra believes in the healing power of her craft and her ability to instill a sense of harmony in others. She motivates her students to discover their hidden talents and to observe the world as shapes of color, dimen- sions of hues and diverse compositions. The artist calls on many different medi- ums to manipulate the surface of the canvas, always adding a twist to the nor- mal.
The artist, who lives in upstate New York, studied photography at the Rochester Institute of Technology, and in workshops in Maine and Santa Fe. Her photographs have been selected for various publications and have shown in multiple galleries in New York and Connecticut, in corporate and public spaces. However intentionally non-site specific her work is, the artist often finds inspiring subject mater in Latin countries such as Mexico where color is celebrated everywhere.
Wilder focuses on qualities of graphic design, color relationships and compositional balance. The result is universal images that resonate both energy and harmony. The artist states that: "Art is the expression of life's essences, and the commonplace is at the core of it all. Photography is the vehicle through which I try to capture my own experience of connection with the ordinary world, and con vey that experience to the viewer. Using simple abstract compositional forms and lines allows the image to best translate the essence of these subjects. I am committed to traditional photographic processes. All of my images are made from original slide transparencies, and printed in traditional darkroom chemistry on Fuji Crystal Archive photographic paper. The subjects in the images are shown as they were found, with no manipulation of elements or colors."
Any questions or interest, please contact:
Kiesendahl+Calhoun Fine Art, Ltd.
914 325 5496 Nancy Bloch
914 844 6296 Camilla Calhoun