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.
Claudia Mengel was born in New York City and grew up by the water in Long Island and now lives by the water in New England, an element that influences her paintings. “Nantucket Marsh” is one of the many landscapes that the artist captured during visits to that island. Claudia’s work, inspired and influenced by landscape and human figures, is born from an exploration of shapes in nature that she constantly breaks down as form and color in her mind. The artist absorbs these experiences and carries them into the studio. Starting with shapes and forms in paint or pastels, she then begins to work sections, constantly shifting them to solve the puzzle of their relationship to each other.
The artist has been studying, instructing, and making art for many years. Over eight years ago she 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 of the Center for Contemporary Printmaking where she also sits on the board.
The artist 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, as well as other prominent artists and art academicians. Featured is “Nantucket Marsh” 12 x 12 acrylic on canvas.
The artist, who has captured gardens and landscapes from around the world, is drawn to the ordinary, often stopped in her tracks by the beauty of the everyday. She paints outside, finding even familiar landscapes become new as the weather and seasons change. Her dreamy “Moon Trail” captures a window of summer moonlight reflected on water, framed by thick foliage. Step back to observe the artist’s work. Allow the mood and color of her tranquil portrayals to permeate your time here at the Lodge at Woodloch.
Kay King holds 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 and in Maine. The artist has also received the Philadephia Sketch Club Best Portrait 2009 and the Tinicum Arts Festival award of Best in the 2004 show. Featured is “Moon Trail” 14 x 11 oil on linen.
Winter 2013 Featured Artists
Each piece of Laura’s work is a study in color theory and composition where music plays a supreme part. Her work pulses with energy as color and lines resound with the jazz she listens to, her paintbrush responding to the music and her environment.
The artist lives part of the year in the Carribean and the other in North Eastern Pennsylvania where she is enchanted by the forests and lakes. “Out my window are streams with craggy rocks, hemlock forests full of animation and of deep dark green….Even in winter when it can look dismal and so cold there is color everywhere if you look and listen closely. In this latest round of work I have been enjoying changing my color palette over to the upcoming winter. I find my work need not be devoid of color after the leaves have fallen.”
Observing Laura’s work here at the Lodge is like listening to a physical manifestation of the chakra bowls or experiencing the revitalization of chanting. The elements of her work reverberate and hum with quantum movement.
Laura has a BFA in painting from the Savannah College of Art and Design. Her work can be found in private and corporate collections in the U.S., Canada, UK and Europe, Indonesia, Australia and the Caribbean. Featured is "Winter Moon" 16 x 24 acrylic on canvas.
Chris Magadini lives in Croton-on-Hudson New York and spends summers in the Adirondacks. The artist has lived all over the United States. Born in Great Barrington, Massachusetts, he was raised in Palm Springs, California and also lived in Los Angeles where he graduated from The Art Center College of Design. Magadini also lived and worked in Arizona and pursued commercial illustration in Stockholm, Sweden. When he received a fellowship to Syracuse University, he returned to New York to earn a M.F.A. degree. Living on the east coast, he created covers for Reader's Digest magazine and illustrations for various publications. He has also designed stamps for the United Nations. His work has been exhibited and collected worldwide.
As a Plein Air painter he works on site in the elements. A stated goal of the artist is: “capturing the illusion of space and form while retaining a beautiful and interesting surface.” His generous painterly strokes are evident here in “Railroad Street,” where he depicts a village road that seems bathed in nostalgia. He uses evocative violet hues that are complimented by the orange, red and blue buildings. Our eye wanders through the wintry snow down the road to the lime green structure where a car approaches. His work is an impression frozen in time. This is the kind of experience the Lodge hopes for all its guests – to be drawn into the moment, captured by something delightful and serene. Featured is "Railroad Street" 12 x 16 oil on canvas.
Thursday, December 12th
Winter Opening Art Reception
Please join us for wine and cheese as we launch our winter art show of artists Laura McManus and Chris Magadini. Representatives of both artists will be available as we begin our seasonal feature of their work with this very special reception.
Any questions or interest, please see the concierge or Kiesendahl+Calhoun Fine Art, Ltd. www.kandcgallery.com 914 325 5496 Nancy Bloch or 914 844 6296 Camilla Calhoun