Columbia County Photography Club Presents: Selected Works from Our Personal Favorites
May through July 2021 | During Library Hours
Featuring 17 photographers displaying a wide variety of subjects, the Columbia County Photography Club is a talented group of local enthusiasts representing all ages and skill levels.
The group meets twice monthly for discussion and education and to share ideas. If you’re a professional or amateur photographer and would like to learn more, please visit our website at www.ccnyphotoclub.weebly.com
“LANDSCAPE RE-IMAGINED” Artists’ Works
Eric Wolf (b. 1960, American), is a painter and designer in the Hudson Valley. He is a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design and the City College of New York and attended the Skowhegan School. Wolf has had residencies at Yaddo, the MacDowell Colony, Giverny, and Art Omi. Solo exhibitions include Gregory Lind Gallery, Oresman Gallery at Smith College, Jeff Bailey Gallery, and Fredericks-Freiser Gallery. Wolf’s work has been widely reviewed in the New York Times, the New Yorker, Art News, Art in America, and Artforum among others.
Tony Thompson has had numerous solo shows in Boston and New York. His work has been exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art, NYC and the Institute for Contemporary Art in Boston and other venues in the USA and Europe. His study of cognitive psychology and neuroscience have directed his teaching of how art, music and dance are made and why we enjoy them so much.
Margaret Saliske: I have been making sculptures that participate with the wall both structurally and visually since moving to the Hudson Valley in 1989. I construct pieces using photographs of the surrounding landscape juxtaposed with architectural angles and perforations. Because the landscape is an established visual context it allows me to manipulate known space by folding and cutting the photographs, creating new planes and unusual spaces. I use wood and aluminum with the landscapes in an intimate scale in relation to the viewer. My pieces are about the oddity of something familiar reconfigured.
Sasha Chermayeff (b. 1960)lives and works in Catskill. Moving easily between landscape and abstraction, between perception and imagination, her works demonstrate a deep intimacy with paint and a long relationship to the alchemical complexities of her oil painting medium. For the past decade Sasha has also been a local yoga instructor with expertise in Mindfulness and Restorative practices. She is represented by BCB Gallery in Hudson.
Douglas Wirls has lived and worked in NYC and upstate for 45 years. His paintings and drawings have been represented in one-person and group shows including: The Painting Center, Lohin-Geduld Gallery, Prince Street Gallery and Denise Bibro Gallery in New York, and at The More Gallery and The Pennsylvania Academy in Philadelphia. He has received awards for both painting and drawing from the National Academy of Design in New York. Works are included in many private and public collections.
Ellen Kozak is a New York City and Hudson River Valley based painter and video artist. Her work brings together concepts and crafts from both media. Between 1982-1984 Kozak studied shōdo, calligraphy, in Japan. Solo exhibitions include riverthatflowsbothways, at the Hudson River Museum, Hudson River Trilogy, at the Katonah Museum of Art; Periodical at Cross Contemporary Art, Saugerties; and many others. Kozak was Professor at Pratt Institute for over two decades and taught at U. Mass. Boston and at Princeton.
Patrick Stolfo, B.F.A. Wayne State University, Detroit; Sculpture and Teaching Internship 1977-81, Emerson College, England; M.A. in Waldorf Education, Mercy College of Detroit. As a freelance artist Patrick has worked in terra-cotta, wood and stone carving, cast stone, and drawing. Since 1981 he has taught at the middle and high school levels in clay sculpture, ceramics, wood and stone carving, drawing, and the history of art and architecture.
Debra Priestly is a visual artist exploring themes of memory, ancestry, history and cultural preservation. Her work has been widely exhibited and is represented by June Kelly Gallery in NYC. Awards include two New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowships, Art Omi Residency, The Marie Walsh Sharpe’s The Space Program Residency and the Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts Robert Blackburn Printmaking Workshop Studio Immersion Project Fellowship. She holds an MFA from Pratt Institute and a BFA from Ohio State University. Priestly lives and works in New York City and upstate New York and is a Professor in the Art Department at Queens College, CUNY..