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.
Winter 2015/2016 Featured Artists
Ellen Hopkins Fountain
Ellen Hopkins Fountain has a BFA from Carnegie-Mellon University and has shown in galleries throughout New York State, including a solo show at the Allen Sheppard Gallery in New York City. She is also represented by the Green Gallery in Guildford, Connecticut and has shown here at the Lodge with Kiesendahl+Calhoun a few times. The artist often portrays the light of dawn and twilight, a master feat for a watercolorist. The landscape near her home never fails to move her, especially the vistas along the Hudson where the river is bordered by the Palisades--vertical cliffs of stone and vegetation. She says: “In painting, I use color to evoke a sense of time and place. Although I often use the Palisades and Hudson River as subject matter, I am more interested in expressing a mood rather than describing a particular place.” Ellen’s landscapes venture into abstraction and she revels in the ability of watercolor to go from “sheer translucent washes of color to thick deep darks, from whispered nuances to moonless-night blacks.”
Ellen has received many awards including the “Art of the Northeast Watercolor Award” and the “Windsor & Newton Painting Award”. She began her career as a scenic artist, working in film, television and theater in venues that ranged from The Santa Fe Opera to Sesame Street. In 1989, she began painting in watercolor. Her tranquil, evocative mood is in harmony with the mood sought after at the Lodge.
Brainstorm, the title of Paul’s fairy tale book of verse and surreal collage creations, is also a word that represents the creative imagination and multi-talents of an artist who has been working with collage since 1975. Named “upcoming illustrator” by Art Direction Magazine, his collages can be found on book jackets and record covers. By his early 20s Paul was on the faculty of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts Dance Department, where he received his BFA. After years of performing with the Paul Taylor Dance Company and heading up the dance department at Sweet Briar College, he went on to create his own company and his own choreography.
Later he and his partner formed River Road Antiques in New York City and now live in a house they designed on the shores of the Delaware River in Milanville, Pa. Throughout those years Paul continued to make collages that reveal a sensibility of movement combined with a love of bygone eras as seen in the prints that form the base of his collage. His recent “Motley” series is a testament to his wit, his imagination and his love of nature.
In 2015 Paul had great success in his first gallery show at the Alliance Gallery in Narrowsburgh, NY. His work was chosen for the 2015 Northeastern Biennial at Hope Horn Gallery at the University of Scranton. We are thrilled to introduce Paul’s unpredictable and delightful work to the guests at the Lodge at Woodloch. Paul says: “For the past 30 years, I've been repurposing ephemera to create images that feel three-dimensional, play with scale and content, disregard norms, and manifest the inner life of characters. If your mind is plunged into unknown territory and your imagination sparked with shock and humor, I will feel I have succeeded.”
Robin Price lives surrounded by her spectacular garden. She kneels in the dirt and nurtures her plants and flowers every day, creating a living intimacy that is evident in her painting. She knows the scent and feel of the flowers she cuts and takes into her studio to create another still life painting. She steps back and observes, adding fabrics and fruit and other decorative objects as she builds her compositions. The artist states that:
“Melodies are created for me when colors are balanced. Repeating shapes create rhythms. While I am in the process of putting paint on the canvas, my sense of touch feels the presence of a plane where space should be. The ensuing internal dialog between literal space and the figurative space is exciting; the record of the process causes the scene to resonate. The finished painting is logically known to be a 2 dimensional design on the plane of the canvas. But hopefully it is more. I want the visitor to feel some of the energy, joy and life I experience in the process.”
Price has a BFA from Arcadia University and an Associate of Arts from Bucks County Community College, and has studied at the University of Pennsylvania and Sweet Briar College.
She has had both group and solo exhibits in Vermont, Beacon NY, and in New Hope and Philadelphia, Pa. She has participated in juried exhibits in Shelburne Farms, the James Michener Art Museum in Doylestown and the Allentown Art Museum, among others. She lives with her husband and her glorious gardens along Lake Champlain in Vermont.
Spring 2016 Featured Artists
The artist, who lives in Maryland, has a master’s degrees in Art Therapy and Clinical Social Work and has practiced clinical social work and art therapy with children, fami-lies, and women for forty years. Claudia’s lifelong passion for art shifted in the past fif-teen years from photography to painting. She has studied with various nationally known painters including Tamara Sigler and Ruth Pettus and her work has been ex-hibited in juried and non juried shows, including The Waldorf School, The Hoffberger Gallery, The Myerberg Center, The Gordon Center,The Towson Arts Collective, The Women’s Artists’ Forum, the Unicorn, the Charles, Sascha’s and here seven years ago at the Lodge at Woodloch. Her paintings are in private collections from Florida to Rhode Island. Acrylics are Claudia's primary media on canvas and paper. For her mixed media work, she uses Japanese paper with acrylic paint. Her work is done in na-ture, where landscape never fails to inspire and open the door to her spirit.Claudia Cameron’s mastery lies in an exuberant freedom of colorful form in her figures, flora and fauna. The artist says: "My paintings, in general, are about inner spirit and how it is reflected through color, shape, light, and nature. I am exploring how the playfulness of my inner soul can be expressed as I am inspired by the outside world, nature, still life, and people.” Claudia’s experience of inner spirit and its manifestation in her work is an inspiration for the kind of exploration encouraged at The Lodge at Woodloch.
The artist was born in Great Barrington, MA, and raised in Palm Springs, CA, Los Angeles and Phoenix. After graduating from The Art Center College of Design in Los Angeles in 1970, Magadini pursued commercial illustration in Stockholm, Sweden. He then moved to Arizona to teach art at Northern Arizona State University. In 1978, he received a full fellowship to Syracuse University and came east to earn an M.F.A. degree. He later moved to the New York metropolitan area to further his career as a free-lance illustrator. He also taught art at Marymount College in Tarrytown, NY, and was a guest lecturer at the School of Visual Arts in Manhattan.
The artist’s vivid brushstrokes, dancing light and color reveal the richness of an astute plein-air painter who is immersed physically and emotionally in the landscape he paints.
Magadini has said, “For me, painting is not simply the replication of what the eye sees. It is the creation of an image that embodies my thoughts and feelings. These, I think, are fairly universal, and I seek to communicate and connect with viewers on that level.” At the Lodge, we want to feature art that transports the viewer. Magadini’s work accomplishes that.
Any questions or interest, please contact:
Kiesendahl+Calhoun Fine Art, Ltd.
914 325 5496 Nancy Bloch
914 844 6296 Camilla Calhoun