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Karen Baker

Karen Baker's soft pastels are so stunningly executed that even common objects such as lemons and watermelons seem to acquire a personality of their own, as if each subject has its own compelling story to tell.

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Karen Baker

Pastel artist Karen Baker paints whatever piques her interest. Natural subjects include landscapes, florals and still lifes. Her fruit and vegetable series offers a selection of "organic portraits with an abstract edge" that are both animated and sublime. For these, she applies pastel pigments in multiple layers onto archival-sanded boards, creating images wrapped in warm color and diffused light. Baker is a signature member of the Connecticut Pastel Society, a member of the Southern Vermont Art Center, the Pastel Society of America, the Southwest Florida Pastel Society and Plein Air Florida. She has studied with the late Master Pastellist, Herman Margulies. Her paintings have won awards in regional and national exhibits and are sought after by collectors worldwide. Gallery's representation include Sandra Neustadter Gallery (NY & FL); the Garden Gallery and Gallery at the VAULT (VT); Indigo Glassworks (NY); and Greatroad Gallery (MA).

Michael Crampton

Michael Crampton expresses his art in masterful illustrations with a unique style reminiscent of the art deco era but with a twist of the modern. Inspired by the advertising posters of the 50's, the retro look of his images has a nostalgic if bold feeling.

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Michael Crampton

British born Michael Crampton studied illustration at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, CA. After freelancing in Los Angeles and England,Michael then went on to become the Executive Art Director at Neiman Marcus in Dallas, TX. After six years he moved to New York City where he lived and illustrated. He now resides in Connecticut with his wife and children and freelances in the US and Europe. In addition to illustration,Michael also enjoys painting large images that are reminiscent of vintage posters. His clients include The White House, IBM, CocaCola, Estee Lauder, Mobil, Citicorp, American Express and American Airlines.

George Forss

In the suggestive black and white photographs of George Forss, exist an almost Ansel Adam's feeling in which the drama of the landscapes becomes sculpture-like and acquires a unique quality that expresses his true genius.

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George Forss

George Forss, a native New Yorker, is a self-taught photographer whose genius was discovered in the early seventies by the renowned photographer David Douglas Duncan. He was so impressed with this talented photographer who was selling his work on a sidewalk, that in 1984 Duncan produced a book of his art called New York New York: Masterworks of a Street Peddler. George's career has been escalating since and his trademark black and white photography has been showing in some of the most prestigious galleries and museums in the world, such as the Grenoble and Orange Museums in France, and the Brooklyn Museum and Park Slope Gallery in New York. He has been featured in major publications such as The New York Times, Art News and Popular Photography, and has been the subject of two documentaries, A Fairytale of New York, The George Forss Story and Across the U.S.A. with George Forss.

Anthony Kleem

Anthony Kleem creates storytelling paintings in his artful rendition of the primitive style. In his inspiring work, everyday scenes become idyllic settings. This artist's inventiveness can be discovered in the multitude of details that together create that nostalgic feeling of a time where simple things and values were important.

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Anthony Kleem

Anthony Kleem grew up in a small college town in Ohio living with his parents and seven siblings. Anthony's parents always encouraged his enthusiasm for the arts. Anthony attended the University of Akron and received his Masters in Education. While attending college, Anthony met his wife Mary. Anthony resides in Berea, Ohio with Mary and their five children. They own a 155-year-old historic home which they love dearly. He currently teaches European History and World Geography at one of Northeast Ohio's finest high schools. When not in school, Anthony continues to paint in the Americana art style in his studio with his family around playing games, doing schoolwork or just relaxing. He thrives on the happy noise in his home. New England, Eastern Pennsylvania and the rural settings of the Midwest remain the inspiration of many of Kleem's paintings. He is greatly influenced by Winslow Homer, the Wyeth family and Charles Wysocki. Some of his original artwork is shown at the Frank J. Miele Contemporary American Folk Art Gallery in New York City.

Adriano Manocchia

The suggestive landscapes of Adriano Manocchia, a recognized contemporary Master, will transport you from the vivid wilderness of the rugged Western Rockies to the softer nuances of the Eastern countryside and river scenes. His dramatic still life will speak of nostalgic times and places.

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Adriano Manocchia

Born in New York, Adriano Manocchia received his Bachelors degree from Pace University in New York City. After graduating, he spent twelve years as a photojournalist traveling the world to cover news events. In 1984, Adriano turned his attention to fine art, adopting the painting techniques of the Old Masters and quickly received the attention of critics worldwide. A number of awards and special projects marked his recognition in the traditional art field as a foremost contemporary artist. He is now a resident of Cambridge, NY, a picturesque community rich in art history. Adriano's work is in major private collections as well as prestigious galleries such as Wally Findlay and J.N. Bartfield Galleries in New York, the Sporting Gallery in Virginia, and the Sportsman's Gallery & Paderewski Fine Art in Georgia & Colorado. For a number of years he has also enjoyed his role as art and photography professor at Long Island University.

You can learn more about Adriano Manocchia through his personal website at T.S.M. & Company.

Brenda McMahon

The elegant ceramic vessels that Brenda McMahon creates are a perfect combination of artistic skills and the magic of the kiln. Each piece has a soft finish that characterizes her Saggar-fired porcelains. This unpredictable technique is achieved by layering the unglazed bisque porcelain with sawdust, grass, and other organic materials, producing results that vary with each firing.

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Brenda McMahon

"I love unglazed work, simple and strong forms and a quiet meditative aesthetic. From there I expand and explore. Lately it's celebratory figurative, carved vessels and fire paintings upon a tile canvas."

Schooled at Manhattan's Hunter College, ceramic artist Brenda McMahon received her Master of Arts from SUNY Albany in 1987. Though she grew up along the beaches of the Atlantic Ocean in the greater New York City area, it was the quiet of the land and not the city that captured her heart. Her earliest memories are of sand, water and salt air. Now, more than 20 years away from the shore, her early life of inhaling nature's salty breath comes out in her work. She forms soft earth into subtle polished vessels among the rolling hills of upstate New York. Instead of using glazes, she experiments with natural materials, polished porcelain and the random markings of fire upon earth. Like the changing waves chasing the shoreline, each firing yields unique results upon her pots, never are two alike.

She came to ceramics after working in broadcasting for 10 years. Brenda studied at the Arts Center of the Capital Region in Troy, NY and apprenticed with several experienced potters. Though self-taught, she is greatly influenced by her partner John Visser, whose 30 years of ceramic experience became her personal training ground. Together, they own Blue Moon Clay Studios in upstate New York.

Some of the awards received by Brenda include the Award of Excellence, Beaux Arts Festival, Florida (2006); First Place-Ceramics, Glastonbury Art Show, CT (2005); Judges Choice (2005) & Patron's Choice Award (2004) New Smyrna Beach, FL; Juror's Choice, WMHT Public Television Art Auction, NY (2003/05); Judges Choice, Berkshire Art Festival, MA (2003/05); First Place, Glastonbury Art Show, CT (2005); Judges Choice, Berkshire Art Festival, MA (2004); Second Place, Ceramics Bruce Museum Craft Festival, CT (2003).

Virginia McNeice

Virginia McNeice is able to create a world of harmony and aesthetic beauty in her images of countryside and European gardens. The blended hues of the pastels she uses well render the romantic but still contemporary feel of her art.

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Virginia McNeice

Virginia McNeice's work in oil and pastel is inspired by nature, and her primary focus is color relationships, contrast and the effect of light at various times of the day. She lives and works on an old farm in Cambridge, NY where she also displays her work and teaches workshops in her studio/gallery. Born in New York City, McNeice attended Pratt Institute of Art and has studied at the Art Student's League, SUNY Albany, Skidmore College and the Vermont Studio Center. She is currently represented by the Valley Artisans Cooperative in Cambridge, the Rice Gallery at the Albany Institute of History and Art, the Sourdiffe Gallery in Shelburn, VT and Gallery 100 in Saratoga Springs, NY. Her work is included in many private, corporate and public collections.

Connie Netherton

Connie Netherton has found in the Dutch Masters of the sixteen hundreds the inspiration for her dramatic still life. Her paintings are emotions, a study of forms and colors, light and shadows, old and new.

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Connie Netherton

Connie Netherton's paintings are about beauty, light, and luminosity inspired by the Dutch Masters of the 1500's onward and the Academic Painters of the 1900's.With this background and knowledge she has developed her own unique style of contemporary realism. The Dutch painters provide the inspiration and the challenge; the Academics, the technique; and contemporary life, the subject matter and concept. Her paintings are executed with a reverence for the objects represented, melting the play of light and color with mystery and wonder. Strong abstract design and symmetry form the foundation of her work. This together with her fine drawing and her skillful application of paint gives the feeling of viewing an old master work painted in modern times. Connie has a Master of Fine Arts Degree, from Fontbonne College, St. Louis, MO, and has studied with Michael Grimaldi, nationally known Contemporary Realist, and Andrea Smith, formerly on the faculty of the Florence Academy, Italy. Her work is in major private collections as well as prestigious galleries in California, Connecticut, Illinois,Missouri and New York.

Clifford Oliver

Clifford Oliver's fine art photography finds the truth in his subjects. One of his core goals is to put black people back into the photographic history of America.

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Clifford Oliver

"I have been in love with photography my entire adult life. Beauty and photography’s premise to truth is the basis for my love. Like all good love stories mine with photography has heartache, and the heartache came with the dawn of photography. During photography’s early years in America, black people were left out as subjects and makers of photographs. Be it economics, or disenfranchisement, blacks were left out. I want to put us back into the photographic history of America."

Fine Art photographer Clifford Oliver was born and raised in New York City. While serving in the U. S. Navy as a reconnaissance technician developing negatives, Clifford discovered the allure of art photography. Essentially self-taught, Oliver returned to the States where he photographed medical procedures at the Animal Medical Center in New York City. At the same time his wide-ranging interests in various subjects blossomed. He pointed his camera towards dancers, dogs, horses, and Native and African-Americans. This led him to rural New York where he has lived and worked for the past 35 years.

A recipient of numerous awards from Kodak and Oriental Paper, Clifford has been recently awarded an Individual Artist Grant from the New York State Council on the Arts. His works have appeared at the National Museum of Racing, Javitts Federal Bldg., Epcot Center, the National Museum of Dance, Schenectady Museum and the Fenimore Art Museum.

Andrew Orr

Andrew Orr has developed his own style where impressionism and realism are combined to create vibrant paintings. His rendition of floral images reflects his love for nature and the aesthetically appealing.

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Andrew Orr

Andrew Orr combines realism and impressionism to create paintings that reflect his love of nature and beauty. His paintings are direct and rich, with clear color, expressing his passion for light and life. Orr began painting at an early age. His training includes courses at the University of New Mexico, private study with impressionist Carol McIlroy and porcelain artists Barbara Duncan and Thelma Donovan. His work has won numerous awards in juried exhibitions and has been featured in several one-man shows. In addition to his own gallery, Bentley Avenue Fine Art, Poultney (VT), O'Karma-Jones Gallery, Atlanta (GA), the Design Consortium Gallery, Cincinnati (OH), and the Red Stallion Gallery, Glen Haven, (CO) represent his work. A full time artist, Andrew is a member of the Georgia Watercolor Society, the Poultney Area Artist Guild, the Professional Porcelain Artist Association and the World Organization of China Painters.

Leslie Peck

If Leslie Peck's experience as a skillful illustrator allows her to capture the barn animals' true characteristics, it's her artistic sensitivity that turns her oils into real works of art and allows each painting to tell a story.

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Leslie Peck

Leslie Anne Peck is a native of Buffalo, New York. She lived there until she moved to New York City to attend the Fashion Institute of Technology where she received her Bachelors degree in fine art. In 1987 Leslie spent a year studying art in Italy at the Scuola di Lorenzo De Medici in Florence and subsequently apprenticed in Rome with renowned illustrator Alessandro Biffignandi. Leslie began a freelance career in romance book cover illustration in 1988.While still enjoying a tremendous success in the publishing field, Leslie's love for portraiture of people and animals has found its expression in oil paintings the artists masterfully creates. Now that she is married, the proud mother of three and living in picturesque Washington County, New York, her interests have shifted. Being surrounded by beautiful farms and the countryside, farm animals have become her favorite subject for paintings.

Brian Sweetland

In the pastoral quality of Brian Sweetland's country landscapes, farm animals, barns, silos blend in almost idyllic surroundings so reminiscent of European master paintings. The colors often muted are suggestive and help create the illusion of a timeless world.

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Brian Sweetland

Brian Sweetland was born in Wheaton,Minnesota and was raised in Montana, Oregon, Pennsylvania, and Ohio. He is now a resident of West Rupert, VT. After graduating from Ohio University in 1974 with a degree in History, he settled in Washington, D.C., where a natural and increasingly serious interest in graphic arts led him to develop a portfolio of paintings and drawings. In 1977 Dean Fausett, a prominent portrait, landscape, and mural painter saw his portfolio and brought him to Vermont under a grant from the Society for the Preservation of Traditional Values in the Fine Arts. After his first major exhibit in 1980 in Middleburg, VA, Brian has had several exhibits at various galleries. His work hangs in the permanent collection of the Southern Vermont Art Center and in many private collections.