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Custom Art Gallery with Featured Artists Every Season

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.

Ellen Hopkins Fountain

We are excited to have Ellen Hopkins Fountain’s work back at The Lodge at Woodloch to grace our gallery walls. As witnessed here in “WinterField, Lee” the artist’s use of color and light conveys a mood of awe and mystery. She is a master at capturing the drama of transitional moments, such as this luminous crepuscular dusk. 

Fountain 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.” At times her landscapes venture into abstraction. The artist 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.” 

The artist’s many awards include the “Art of the Northeast Watercolor Award” and the “Windsor & Newton Painting Award.” Her career began as a scenic artist, working in film, television and theater in venues ranging from The Santa Fe Opera to Sesame Street. In 1989 she began painting in watercolor. Fountain earned a BFA degree from Carnegie-Mellon University and has exhibited in galleries throughout New York State, including a solo show at the Allen Sheppard Gallery in New York City. Sheppard said that her work “combines lush, personal color with the elegance of classical compositions in a style that is distinctively contemporary…And the results are intensely magnetic and deeply satisfying paintings.” 
 WinterField, Lee, 22” x 30” watercolor

Stephen Geldman

It’s a joy to welcome Stephen Geldman back to The Lodge at Woodloch for our 2021 winter show, his fourth seasonal exhibit with us. Please also note his large vertical painting that flanks the fireplace outside TREE Restaurant. We are thrilled to have this work as part of our permanent art collection here. 

The artist, who lives both in Hawley, along the Lackawaxen River, and in New York City, received a BA in art from Cal State Los Angeles, and a MA from UC Irvine. Early on Geldman was influenced by the feminist artist Judy Chicago, the painter Peter Krasnow and the sculptors Peter Alexander and Masami Teraoka. In 1980 he won the prestigious Rome Prize Fellowship in the annual competition and was chosen by Robert Motherwell to spend a year at the American Academy in Rome. In 2009 he had a solo show at the Philip Alan Gallery in the East Village of New York City. 

Geldman’s dynamic work has the ability to evoke myriad and contrasting emotions. His color and exciting brushstrokes convey movement, while overall his work feels tranquil, perhaps because his vibrant colors are embraced and bounded by black. After witnessing this artist’s work evolve over the last fifteen years, we think that this small painting Sunset on the Lake, reveals that Geldman is forging new, luminous territory. 

The artist says: “In the afternoon the sun starts down and reflects light across the Lackawaxen River, backlighting the trees around the house with an amazing glow. I have lived with this light for over 25 years and it seeped into my paintings. The beauty of this landscape amazes me every day.” 
 Sunset on the Lake, 14” x 18”, acrylic on canvas

Any questions or interest, please contact:
Kiesendahl+Calhoun Fine Art, Ltd.
914 325 5496 Nancy Bloch
914 844 6296 Camilla Calhoun