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 artists that help magnify our philosophy of personal awakening.
Spring 2015 Featured Artists
Mary has been making art in various forms all of her life. She grew up backstage at her parent’s summer stock theatre in Farmington, CT where she spent summers painting theatre sets and making art. Her art education in NYC includes a BFA in Fine Arts from Marymount Manhattan College; Graphic Design from the School of Visual Arts; and Painting at the Arts Student League. Mary’s professional career as a Graphic Designer in NYC included the position of Art Director for WNET/13 Public Television. Her art is in private and corporate collections in the U.S., Italy, Sweden and England. She lives and works in Fairfield County, CT.
The artist’s “Avian Series” is influenced by the many baby bird first flights that she has observed. “This series grew in color and shape as I became more involved in the printing process. In the end, it emerged as abstract visions of rich color, in which I created an imaginary world of whimsy.” Looking into the depth of this series of Mary Manning’s work, one has the sense of aviary forms floating in space.
The artist also portrays great movement with other whimsical shapes, like her circles that seem like floating bubbles of color. This multilayered experience is a welcome change after a long winter, transporting us to a serene place that is perfect for “Spring Fever 2015”, our Spring exhibit here at The Lodge.
Claudia has lived her whole life by the water, an element that influences her paintings. The artist’s work is an exploration of water, land and humanscapes, born from observing shapes in nature that she constantly breaks down as form and color in her mind. Absorbing those experiences, she carries them back into the studio and, with pastels and/or acrylics, the artist begins to work on sections, constantly shifting them to solve the puzzle of their relationship to each other. Over 10 years ago Claudia left her corporate career as Vice President of Creative Services at J.P. Morgan Chase Manhattan Bank to concentrate on her art full-time. An accomplished painter and printmaker whose work is in many private collections in the tri-state area, she exhibits at several galleries, is a member of Silvermine Artist Guild and a member and board member of the Center for Contemporary Printmaking. She received her degree in printmaking from the Brainerd Art School at the State University of New York at Potsdam. She has continued her studies at the Art Students League in New York, SAG, CCP, and the Darien Art Center. She has studied with Robert Reed, Professor of Art at Yale, and prominent artists and art academicians.
We are so thrilled to have Claudia’s work back with us at The Lodge for “Spring Fever 2015”, a welcome change of season that lifts our spirits with thrilling color after a long winter.
Summer 2015 Featured Artists
Kay King earned a degree in art education from Kutztown State College and continued her graduate studies at Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia, Trenton State College in New Jersey, Maryland Institute, the Institute at San Miguel de Allende in Mexico and Florence Academy of Art in Florence Italy. She has participated in juried exhibitions in Pennsylvania and New Jersey and has had several solo and group exhibitions in those states. The artist, who lives in Pennsylvania, has also received the Tinicum Arts Festival award of Best in the 2004 show. As a plein air artist, King captures the countryside and landscape that we all long for. Her shapes and colors, both vibrant and soft, create a tranquility and curiosity that draws us into the canvas. Here a line of wash strung in front of the barn becomes a lyrical iconic image. Our eyes bounce from a red piece of clothing to the barn roof. Her work fills the onlooker with nostalgia for those places of beauty: a rural countryside, the Tuscan landscape, a field in Provence, or a vase of flowers. Our reaction to the artist’s work is fed by the luminosity and the way she shapes the subject matter she depicts. In her travels as an artist, both near home in Pennsylvania, in Italy or in France, King evokes a mood of contemplation and serenity, just the sort of experience we want for the guests at the Lodge at Woodloch.
Debra McGinniss was born in Abington, Pennsylvania and lived in Philadelphia until she graduated from University of Philadelphia with a Textile and Design Degree. As an artist in residence at the Lodge at Woodloch she shares her talents and joys of working with our guests. With over 30 years of artistic experience, her versatility is matched only by the number of places her art has taken her. After having been a textile designer in New York for 13 years, Debra helped create an artists’ consortium group in Cazenovia, NY. She has had numerous art gallery showings in Syracuse and Cazenovia, NY and in Philadelphia, Pa, and teaches art both privately and in classes in mosaics, watercolor, pen and ink, pastels, and paper marbling. Debra believes not only in the healing power of her craft, but also in her ability to instill a sense of harmony in others. She motivates her students to discover their hidden talents and treasures within and to see the world as shapes of color, dimensions of hues and diverse compositions. McGinnis calls on many different mediums to manipulate the surface of the canvas, always adding a twist to the normal. In Windows and Doors, McGinniss uses shapes and a dark blue color that, rather than causing us to stop, carries our eye and makes us wonder about these blocked entryways. As if embraced by Venetian colors, our thoughts wander to exotic passages, imagining what might lay behind.
Any questions or interest, please contact:
Kiesendahl+Calhoun Fine Art, Ltd.
914 325 5496 Nancy Bloch
914 844 6296 Camilla Calhoun