Help Us Energize Art in New Paltz – March 14, 2016

Roost Studios, New Paltz

Dear Friends and Family,

I am very excited to be a member of a new Art Co-op called Roost Studios, located at 69 Main Street in the heart of New Paltz, and wanted to tell you about it.  If you live in, near, or care about this beautiful area and its cultural and artistic life, you may be interested to know more!

Roost Studios and Cooperative Art Gallery is a newly formed not-for-profit organization dedicated to artistic expression, community connection and creative educational partnerships.  With its elegant setting in a renovated historic building, the space is ideal for a member-run artist cooperative!

The Mid Hudson Valley is full of vital, talented artists, and personally I believe Roost Studios will offer a large creative contribution to New Paltz and the surrounding area.

I am writing today to you, my friends and family, to share this news and also to ask for a tax-deductible donation of any amount to make sure we secure the lovely space at 69 Main Street. Your donation will directly help to strengthen and grow our community. You are a valued arts supporter!

To donate, check out the Kickstarter Campaign!

Our goal is to raise $15,000 by March 25. Any amount goes a long way to helping this exciting arts center become a reality.

Of course there's fun items offered to everyone who helps out.

If this sounds like something you'd like to support, visit the Kickstarter page now and learn more!


You can also visit the Roost Homepage to learn more about this exciting arts project.

Thank you as always for your interest and support!


Updates, and a New Video! – February 17, 2016

Update: New profile photo.  Me in my studio, photo by Nancy Donskoj.

Greetings friends and family,

Update: This Sunday is a wonderful event for a good cause: a fundraiser to benefit Barrett Art Center, Poughkeepsie, where you may purchase lovely works of art by area artists.  Details are below.  My sweet little oil "Sunflowers in a Vase" is available for you.

"Sunflowers in a Vase" (7x5")

Gentle reminder: other art in Poughkeepsie
-- BC Kitchen + Bar, College View Avenue, Poughkeepsie -- February 2 - March 14.  Reception Wednesday March 2, 5:30-6:30pm.  Stay for dinner!   Sponsored by Barrett Art Center,  Poughkeepsie.

"At the Shore", 24"x30", in the BC Kitchen + Bar show.

-- The Mid Hudson Heritage Center, 317 Main Street, Poughkeepsie.  February 19-March 16.  Opening Reception  this Friday February 19, 6-9pm.
"Woman with Parrots and a Dog" is in "The Birds Show" at MHHC.  It is a big painting -- almost as big as me!  🙂

"Woman with Parrots and a Dog", (48x36"), at MHHC

Update: Just had some new profile photos taken for my website, and Facebook, by photographer Nancy Donskoj,  including the one above of me in my studio.

Update:  And here is something fun -- a new 3 minute video of me in my studio, talking about my work and my inspiration!  By Esther Joy

As always, please get in touch to inquire about prices, to buy a painting, for a studio visit, or if you would like to talk about a portrait commission.


Thanks, and

Warmest Regards,

You Are Invited – February 6, 2016

"Woman with Guitar on Red" acrylic, 20x24";  in ASK's "Red" show.

Greetings friends and family,

2016 is rolling -- it is February!  I would like to let you know about a few shows that I am involved with.

-- Arts Society of Kingston, 93 Broadway, Kingston - "Red" Exhibit. February 6 - 27.  Opening Reception Saturday February 6, 5-8pm.
"Woman with Guitar on Red" (above)  is in this show.

"Blue and Yellow Flowers", oil, 24x20", in the BC Kitchen + Bar show.

-- BC Kitchen + Bar, College View Avenue, Poughkeepsie -- February 2 - March 14.  Reception Wednesday March 2, 5:30-6:30pm.  Stay for dinner!   Sponsored by Barrett Art Center,  Poughkeepsie.

"Blue and Yellow Flowers" (above) is one among 18 pieces on view in this show.


"Woman with Parrots and a Dog", oil, 48"x36", in the MHHC's "The Bird Show".

-- The Mid Hudson Heritage Center, 317 Main Street, Poughkeepsie.  February 19-March 16.  Opening Reception Friday February 19, 6-9pm.
"Woman with Parrots and a Dog" (above) is in "The Birds Show" at MHHC.

"Sisters", oil, 24"x20", in the "LongReach Arts 2" show at the Hudson Valley LGBTQ, Kingston.

-- Hudson Valley LGBTQ, 300 Wall Street, Kingston.  December 5-February 29.  Hours: M-F 9-5.  845-331-5300.
"Sisters" (above) and "Cat With Bouquet" are my two paintings in this show.

February is a great time for art!

I feel blessed to live in such a vibrant art and cultural community of many talented artists, where there are people like you that love and acquire art!

As always, please get in touch for a studio visit, or if you would like to talk about a portrait commission.


Thanks, and

Warmest Regards,

Beautiful Music – December 16, 2015

"Singing at the Piano"

Dear Friends and Family,

I have the lovely experience of singing in a women's voice ensemble called BLOOM, and want to tell you that...

You are cordially invited to join BLOOM for our final performance of the year!

We will be singing at 721 Media Center on Broadway in Kingston NY
on Monday 21st December at 7:30 pm.

Please do come and join us and listen to your friends, neighbors and family
singing original arrangements of songs by James Taylor, Sweet Honey in the Rock, Pat Humphries, The Duhks, The Klezmatics and more.


Kathy Flannery,  Betty Boomer,  Ruth Molloy,  Rita Prusinksi,  Suzanne Stokes,  Julia Nichols,  Laura Prince, Noelle Damon,  Carol Bially,  Maria Farr,
Carol Monteleoni,  Vicki Koenig,  Gail Hilsenbeck Many,  Mary Joiner,  Dierdre Leber,  D’vorah Darvie,  Cara Lee,  Betsy Blair,  Amy Kletter,  Liz Hester,
Donna Greenfield Cullen,  Alexandra Geiger, Fran Dunwell,  Stacie Flint,  Diane Hussey DeChillo and  Arlene Gould.
Arranged and Directed by Debbie Lan.

Please join us after the show for light snacks and beverages.
$10 suggested donation at the door.

Very much looking forward to seeing you there!!


Gratitude and Joy – December 9, 2015

"Flower Burst"

Dear Family and Friends,

I would like to take a moment to share my gratitude for the goodness in my life, and for you, who have helped to make it that way.

I hope those who own my paintings and commissions, love them and continue to let them bring joy into your life always.

During the holidays of Hanukkah, Christmas, and New Years,  I wish you joy, gratitude, renewal, and peace.

                                                                                                                            "Wreath Joy"


Art for The Holidays! Dec. 5-6, 2015

"The Yellow Couch" (Reclining Women series, acrylic, 9x12")

Greetings friends and family,

Happy December!  As we prepare for the Holiday Season,  gift giving is one way to spread joy, and giving local original art is a lovely choice!
I have been eagerly preparing for four group art shows that I want to tell you about -- four community events to share my art with you.  If you have questions about anything, please ask!

 -- Unison Arts' 25th Annual Holiday Crafts Fair December 5-6, 10am-5pm.  This show features  gallery-quality handcrafted gift items: ceramics, jewelry, woodwork, wreaths, blown glass, photographs, and of course colorful paintings -- and much more, at affordable prices. This is a great opportunity to take care of your holiday gift list!   For more information, including a list of exhibitors, visit
At my display, there are oil and acrylic paintings of women, pets, landscapes, and flowers;  archival prints;  childrens' book;  greeting and holiday cards - some with fun new images!

"Cloud Shadows" (acrylic, 5x7")


If you are not local, I am happy to ship to you or your gift recipients for the holidays!

                                                        "Swirls" (acrylic, 7x5")
Please view the postcard below for more details and a $.50 discount on admission!

-- LongReach Arts 2 at LGBTQ, Reception Saturday December 5, 4-6pm.  Details below that include an Artist Panel Discussion. (Since I will be at the Unison Fair until 5,  I will try to attend the last half hour of this reception.  However, I will not be able to attend the panel discussion.)  My painting "Sisters" (oil, 24x20") is shown below and on the card and is one of the paintings included in the show.


-- The Honored Animal: The Honeybee, at The Storefront Gallery, 93 Broadway, Kingston.  Opening Reception Saturday December 5, 5-8pm.  (I will be at this reception after 6.)  This show is part of Kingston's  Sinterclaus event, which annually chooses a different Honored Animal.  For more information, visit

"Royal Bee" (acrylic, 8x10")

-- Unison Arts Holiday Art Showcase, 68 Mountain Rest Road, New PaltzOpening Reception Dec. 13, 4-6pm.   Runs till Jan. 3rd. It is new  this year, for Unison Craft Show artists to show in the Unison Gallery after the Fair.  "Bouquet in an Antique Pitcher" is one of the paintings that will be in this show.

"Bouquet in an Antique Pitcher" (oil, 20x24")

and then there are always ---
-- Portrait Commissions: I  always enjoy creating lively interpretations of special people, pets and objects in my clients lives, commissioned by them.  Here is a recent one called "The King Family Celebration on Hummel Road."   One family member has a birthday on July 4, so the Kings enjoy get-togethers on that day for a double celebration!

"The King Family Celebration on Hummel Road" (oil, 20x24)

Thanks, and best wishes for a lovely holiday season!

Warmest Regards,

Gardiner Open Studio Tour – October 5, 2015

"Nancy's Garden, Mt. St. Hilaire" (9x12")

Greetings Friends and Family,

October is a great time for art!

I am back in the studio now after this past weekends' Rhinebeck Arts Festival.  Thanks to those of you who visited with me at my booth, purchased art, discussed commissions, and signed to receive my newsletter.  I am glad to stay connected!

This upcoming Columbus Day weekend will be another special  event that I am excited to invite you to: the Gardiner Open Studio Tour (GOST).  Please join us and visit with us in our studios!

Saturday October 10, Sunday October 11: 10-5.
Monday October 12, 10-4.

Participating artists create paintings, photography, sculpture, ceramics, glassware, fiber art, clocks.

-- MAPS can be picked up at these Gardiner locations:  D.M. Weil Gallery, Mountain Brauhaus, Tuthilltown Spirits, Village Market, Cafe Mio, Ulster Savings Bank, The Natural Pet Center, and Kiss My Face.
-- Maps in New Paltz are at: Empire State Bank, Robibero Winery, and Jenkins-Leuken Orchards.
-- OR Download a map and guide at our GOST website:

"Woman  with Guitar on Purple" (9x12")  (Another in my "Reclining Woman" series -- a good idea, right?)

"Cat with Bouquet" (20x24") (They always want to be noticed!)

Thanks, and hope to see you soon!


New Work at an Awesome Art Festival – September 27, 2015

"Woman with Guitar on Red", 20x24"

Greetings Family and Friends,

This summer when I was in Canada's Richelieu River Valley region participating in the artist residency workshops, I enjoyed creating work in fresh ways to me.  This includes using acrylic paint and modeling paste to build up surfaces for added texture (see "Woman with Guitar on Red" above), and painting the local  landscape as seen in the two paintings below, "On the Richelieu River", 9x12" (left) and "Church near Mt. St. Hilaire", 9x12" (right).

These and many more oil and acrylic paintings, prints, greeting cards, children's book and children's music cd's will be at my booth this Friday October 2, Saturday October 3, and  Sunday October 4, at the Rhinebeck Arts Festival.


Information is below for this fabulous show.

Also enjoy a $1. discount!  
This link will bring you to the Artrider website page and you will see the Discount Admission Coupon link there.!rhinebeck-arts-festival-2015/cjaw
Come, enjoy, and support Hudson Valley Art! 🙂

Gardiner Block Party! – September 17, 2015

Friends with my "Woman and Patterns" Door

Greetings Friends and Family,

Remember this spring when those mysterious, exciting doors were installed around Gardiner and New Paltz?  Then it was revealed that they were each uniquely created by the artists of the Gardiner Open Studio Tour (GOST).  Well, the tour is once again coming on Columbus Day Weekend, and to get ready, GOST and the Village of Gardiner are hosting a Block Party, where you can bid on and win your favorite GOST Artist door!  There will also be fabulous drinks, live music and fun activities.  Please join us!

While you are in Gardiner, check out all three murals painted by  Lady Pink, Annie O'Neil, and me.

Both sides of my "Woman and Patterns" door, which was great fun to paint!  I love making turquoise hair and squiggly patterns.


Thanks, and hope to see you soon!


Fun Stuff – September 15, 2015

Mural based on "Appetizers"

Greetings Friends and Family!

This upcoming Columbus Day Weekend the Gardiner Open Studio Tour will occur (more about this in a later newsletter).  In order to warm up for it, I had the opportunity to paint a mural on a shed on Main Street in Gardiner, assisted by well known street artist and muralist Lady Pink, a fellow GOSTer.  The image was adapted from my painting "Appetizers", and shows a couple celebrating a special occasion surrounded by their dogs, cats, and a bird. The shed owners Anne Marie and her daughter Winter are very pleased. It is great that local art has a prominent place in Gardiner!  Stop by to see it when you are there. 🙂


In mid August several artists and I from NY, NJ, French Canada, Spain and Greece had a wonderful cultural exchange during an artist residency in Beleoil, Canada.  We had a lovely opening reception for our show at a la Maison de Culture Villebon, visited Montreal, Quebec City, and other historical sites, participated in artist workshops and painted plein air. Because of this experience I enjoyed creating some  landscapes, as well as mixed media acrylic paintings which have inspired me for more. To see additional photos of the residency, please visit

   L-R: Aspasia Melis (Greece, USA), Stacie Flint (NY, USA); Nancy Galianos (French Canada); Maria Angeles Hegglin (Spain< USA)


It was really fun to receive this photo from my friends Rich and Siv sitting in a favorite spot at home in Stockholm, Sweden, with my painting "Chrylser Building".

Thanks, and enjoy these days of summer as they turn into autumn!