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artist BOOK 1


artist BOOK Š July 2011

Design + Editing: Sai Corson and Tiffany Joy Butler Coordination: Tiffany Joy Butler

PO Box 863


Beacon NY 12508

the artists Amy C. Wilson Bea Licata Kathleen Andersen Michael Biddle Emil Alzamora Benjamin Giardullo Janine Lambers Linda Richichi J. Superville Jackie Skrzynski Susanne Moss B. Avery Syrig

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Steve Rossi Brandon Pederson Carol Flaitz Domenico Petrillo Francesco Cenicola Basha Maryanska Kate Daley Laura Bettina Michelle Rivas Stephen C. Knowles Lorin Garcia Halstead


the artists Carla Goldberg Joe Pimentel Danielle Poletto Maria Lago Karen Schaefer Timothy Delaney Linda T. Hubbard Tiffany Joy Butler Dana Jerabeck Jon Murphy Sai Corson


Bob Miranti

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Mike Jurkovic Stephen Dickens Gabrielle Stein John Minos Melissa Merczel Caitlyn Patch Barbara Gallazo Coulter D. Young, IV Liz Surbeck Biddle Dana Devine O’Malley Laianna Ferruggia


Amy C. Wilson

Amy C. Wilson enjoys painting and experimenting with different styles and mediums. Creating everything from large paper and acrylic paintings on canvas to unique cloth dolls and plush toys with curious expressions. 6


Steve Rossi



Bea Licata

Equipped with an MFA in painting and sculpture from the University of Pennsylvania, plus more than two decades of study and performance in classical voice, piano, cello, theatre, poetry, modern dance and jazz improvization, she launched a career in intermedia performance lasting from 1979 to the present.


Brandon Pederson



Kathleen Andersen



My current body of work, is about building scenes through my layering of vibrant colors, and distorting them into new forms. The scenes I depict are atmospheric, usually referencing architecture, landscapes, and historical images. 15

Carol Flaitz



In my art, I use abstraction to develop paintings with textured mediums that are inspired by scientific images. The paintings explore the amalgamation of technology and art and reflect our relationship as humans to the barrage of technology in our culture and its effect upon us. 18

Michael Biddle


My artistic background has been printmaking and humanism, but for the past twenty years I have worked primarily in oil paint in an increasingly abstract idiom. I try to express an animating spirit that can be expressed across ideological boundaries and speak in a universal voice. Even as my work has become quite abstract I think about the role of depiction and content. For me there is an unresolved tension between formal values and expressive matter.


Domenico Petrillo



My process includes additive and reductive techniques of applying paint, to create realist and abstract layers within the paint film. Applying paint using materials that carry unity through pattern (such as bubble wrap) coupled with direct brushwork allows for fragmentation, flatness and depth which give way to motion, ebullience and harmony. This directly correlates to the diversity and interconnectedness found in the micro-communities we are all part of.


Emil Alzamora



The human form is a constant within my work. I often exaggerate or distort it to reveal an emotional or physical situation, or to tell a story. Limitation and potential are as human as the flesh, yet hardly as tangible. In my works I strive to make visible this interaction.


Francesco Cenicola


I started shooting when I was 13 and was published working for Red Hot magazine by the time I was 16. I currently work for the artists Mike & Doug Starn at the old Tallix building on the edge of town. I also make collages on skateboards and I make/ slap stickers all over town. Most of my photography now uses slow shutter and light painting techniques. 28

Benjamin Giardullo



While traveling extensively throughout college and his professional career, Ben has intermittently photographed everyday scenes and landscapes that are frequently overlooked. He has captured images with a variety of cameras, ranging from 35mm and digital SLR’s to generic point and shoots, disposable cameras, and occasionally a mobile phone. His images are generally unplanned, and he attributes them to the fortunate occurrence of getting good light, having a camera available, and being attentive to the moment.


Basha Maryanska


To me the vibration of the color and texture have a significant role in painting. Although my images sometimes appear to be abstract, they are all clearly recognizable as landscape and the portrait of the nature. I actually use landscape motifs to paint my feelings and emotions. I portray light and air with its magic transparency.


Janine Lambers


Transforming the ancient process of silver leafing and its traditional embellishing techniques into contemporary works of art.


Kate Daley



My recent work attempts to confront two major losses in my life: that of my mother, who died in 2004; and a recent miscarriage. In approaching these events, I’m struck by the role of “motherhood” and how its meanings have influenced the development of my own sense of gender and what it means to be a “girl” / “woman” / “daughter” / or “mother.” Photographs from my childhood fix the images of both my mother as a young adult, and the child I was.


Linda Richichi



For me, painting is a pilgrimage – a journey into the mystery of creation and, through that sacred path, ultimately a journey into the deepest reaches of my soul. If in my painting I am successful in reaching my goal, then I see it as a bridge into you. Whether I am painting in the breathtaking Hudson Valley, near Tuscan castles, or on a sun-drenched beach in Maui, my paintings capture the underlying brilliance – the spiritual energy – that underlies all of nature.


Laura Bettina



In building these imagined environments, I am bridging clarity with suggestive abstraction, deconstructing hierarchies of decoded information. Through thorough investigation, I intend to expand my ideas of architecture as industrial means, while conveying subject matter in alternative ways; bridging gestural, organic drawing with structural geometry. 44


J. Superville

Like every past empire, each brick structure I create is a triumph and a failure. They are not monoliths; they are not cemented together. The same bricks are continuously re-organized in a series of stacking patterns. After each structure is taken apart, all that remains is the record of that which allows it to hold itself in place.


Michelle Rivas


The work presented here is part of a project called Minutia. Every day of the year, I capture an image creating a visual journal. This journal is not a linear narrative of my day to day life but rather a collection of random fragments of light, texture and motion. 48

Jackie Skrzynski



I internalize feminine clichĂŠs of nurturer, martyr, earth mother and wise woman, and then interpret them with a wink to feminist theory. Inspired in part by Sue Williams, I intend for these images to use humor as a way to explore unrealistic expectations. However, I also honestly strive to become the woman who could encompass the best of these personas. As an artist, I use creative expression to ease the pressure of my own struggle.

Stephen C. Knowles, Ph.D.


I am a scientist, and an inventor; these traits explain my continuing attempts to try new things in an effort to create something “new.”  I am presently concentrating on the use of glass for creating various sculptures, including functional objects such as trays, vases, and jewelry.


Susanne Moss


Photography has allowed me to capture and share through images the essence of my subjects as I experience them. This applies to people, landscapes, dwellings and anything visually exciting that catches my eye. Some of my work appears as part of an exhibition “Discovering Rastafari!� at the Museum of Natural History in DC as well as in group shows, a variety of magazines, CD liner notes, web sites, flyers and newspapers.


Lorin Garcia Halstead


Working with a medium as natural as clay is healing—it’s an art form which reminds us of our connection to the earth and all the elements. I’m inspired by nature, it’s many forms and figures, twists and turns of seasons and cycles.  Whether functional, sculptural or in-between, my goal is to explore the many facets and techniques of the process while celebrating the elements that make this ancient art form possible.


B. Avery Syrig



My work speaks about the forces in modern culture - which I call form for living - that paradoxically both bind and shape our experiences with other people. These forms for living are designated without our individual input, giving us both boundaries that hinder and structures to grow from.


Carla Goldberg



When I was a little kid, I thought water came magically from the kitchen sink and collected in swimming pools. I’ve always been drawn to bodies of water and shimmering, moving light. That fascination with water has been translated into my imagery. As an abstract mixed media artist, the fluidity of line meandering through deep layers of watery, pooling resin has become my visual language. I paint about bodies of water using a cross section of folklore, culture, and science. I enjoy using new and unlikely materials and combining them with traditional art mediums, pushing those materials constantly into new forms.



Mike Jurkovic

We all take pictures of smiling children, pretty girls, the horizon curl, and ocean churn. Then we freeze them in frames, only to lose them in the basement for suspect generations to find, cherish or burn. I opened a cabernet and wrangled them through PhotoShop V.6 Interior landscapes and war zones came to light. Echoing our national discourse, truth and reality became a troubled blur.


Joe Pimentel



I persistently challenge myself to see how far my imagination can soar on earth and through space by contemplating ideas about time, moments, and overall experiences. I find myself overwhelmed by the limitless possibilities that can be explored and realized as our souls gradually evolve towards a higher level of potential. As this evolution plays out inside of our minds, we continue to create and interact with the constructed, visible world around us.


Stephen Dickens



I attempt to merge objective and no-objective subject matter together as a way to convey aspects of the human condition. The ground of my paintings are advertisements taken from the streets of Brooklyn and Manhattan that are then drawn and painted upon with several layers. The torn and tattered advertisements function as the surface of the paintings while also hinting at the many metaphors of our own human surface revealing the many layers of our consuming.


Danielle Poletto


After graduating from the State University of New York at Rockland with a Fine Arts Degree, Danielle then started working on her Bachelors Degree at the City University at Lehman College to pursue her passion in Sculpting. Over the years, she has worked in varying roles throughout it and has had the opportunity to learn from a great deal of talented individuals. Taking it all in, she has continued to refine her technical skills and apply them to her creative base.



Gabrielle Stein


In an attempt to escape Murphy’s Law’s seemingly inevitable effect on my life, I have created this series, entitled ‘auto-cannibalism.’ After being diagnosed with a chronic autoimmune disease, I became obsessed with the fact I couldn’t even count on my body. In an attempt to better understand my body’s betrayal, I began obsessively pouring over my medical records for months, looking for nothing in particular, except perhaps solace. After countless re-readings, the words began to reform themselves on the page. They no longer read as scientific mumbo-jumbo, but as poetry.



Maria Lago

Maria Lago is an accomplished artist whose work has featured prominently in private collections, museums and galleries in Europe and the United States. A long-time New York resident, Maria Lago is originally from Asturias, in Northern Spain and the magic and mystery of her art work is greatly influenced by the pre-historic caves paintings of the region.

John Minos


Impressionism has always been my greatest artistic influence not just for life’s beauty it expresses, but for the challenge it demands on our perception of all and everything. After several years of absence from the canvas, I have recently returned in search of a new Impressionism, one which can hopefully encourage the viewer to question and seek. My work has been shown in Woodstock, New York City, Colorado, and Corsica, France.


Karen Schaefer



The healing qualities intrinsic to artistic expression are of deep interest to me. Watercolor, collage, acrylic and oil paint have become a visual language that allows me to express what is often difficult to verbalize and provides me with a deeper sense of selfunderstanding. The vivid colors, circles, spirals, Celtic knots and trees that are integrated in various compositions all allude to my personal mythology and have profound spiritual significance.


Melissa Merczel



I’m a young, developing artist, hoping to pursue a greater career in art. I enjoy making, as well as observing the darker, quirky, more eccentric sides of art. I mostly enjoy photography, makeup/body art, and sculpture. 84


Timothy Delaney

Getting lost in a watercolor is a prescription far more effective than zoloft. Neil Young has remarked that the best songs “write themselves.� And so it is with the best paintings. They just happen. Everything falls into place. The colors interact in ways that I could never invent. Patterns reveal themselves.


Caitlyn Patch



Caitlyn Patch has had the opportunity to capture the innocence, diversity, simplicity and beauty that space and people create throughout her life and extensive travels. Along with allowing her talent to shine in capturing time and places, she shows an innate ability to capture people and places in their purest natural element and setting.


Linda T. Hubbard

I love to capture the beauty, peace and serenity of nature - the sunlight on the mountains, the incredible detail of a flower, the glorious colors of the sun setting over the river. I also love to include an element of architecture, a chair, something that states how humans and nature interrelate. 90

Barbara Galazzo


I love melding light and color into a kaleidoscopic window of movement, through this seductive medium of glass. The movement, the vibrancy of the colors, and the light reflecting off the colors pull you into a hypnotic state and demands that you look at it in awe.  Through this transparent window of glass you are invited into a world to explore the depth and fragile inner beauty that exist in and around each of us.


Tiffany Joy Butler




Coulter D. Young, IV



Inspired by many genre’s of music and the German expressionist movement, I set out to create a body of work to document my favorite musicians and contemporary musicians of the time in the early to late 90’s.


Dana Jerabek

My work is an assemblage of imagery that evokes nostalgia through the marriage of memory and homesickness. It functions as an artifact or souvenir that may trigger these sensations. Memory serves as a travelogue in which the viewer may uncover the map in layers. It is my hope that the viewer is able to maintain an awareness of mind, subconscious or otherwise, while considering the work, enabling different processes of translation. 99

Liz Surbeck Biddle



My drawings often have a density and airiness at the same time. The organizational structure usually has a moving or dynamic gesture as though time was passing and moving off the page. 102

Jon Murphy


These images are meant to be seen, enjoyed, and improved on with each encounter, not unlike hearing music that attracts repeated listenings.


Dana Devine O'Malley


I like to work with photography, paint and mixed media especially when I can repurpose something that would be trashed. Most of the work has some tie to food because I feel we need to look more closely at food and respect where it came from. 106


Sai Corson


Industrial vestiges and vestigial architectures interest me mostly.


Laianna Ferruggia



An innate desire to interpret the boundless visual beauty that the world holds drives me to create; whether it comes in the form of a portrait, a landscape, a figure or a surreal collection of symbolic images. I find that expression illustrated through the human body or face is clear and relatable; thus it has the ability to induce a sense of compassion in the viewer. 112

Bob Miranti


My aesthetic alternates between austere and Rococo. My current work focuses on the interaction of light, texture and surface. For me, sometimes less is more and sometimes more is more. 114

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Beacon Artist Book  

A collection of artists living in the Mid-Hudson Valley region of NY.

Beacon Artist Book  

A collection of artists living in the Mid-Hudson Valley region of NY.