Drawn to landscapes, Kate captures the urban and natural mash-up that make her hometown of Piermont, New York a remarkable place. Industry and wilderness have long intersected in the tidal valley created by Sparkill Creek, creating camera ready moments of chaos, grace, beauty and grit – sometimes captured in one frame. Photography came to Kate following a long career in retail and fashion.
I use the basic visual language elements of shape, tone, texture,
color and form, trying to express compositionally different qualities.
It is important for me to establish an interrelationship with my work, since most of the time, the brush, touching the canvas, will lead me to solutions that hardly would have crossed my mind.
Jan Davis is an artist who finds inspiration in the vibrant colors and delicate shapes of flowers. For her, they represent hope and optimism, and she often incorporates them into her paintings as a way of expressing these emotions. Whether they are seen in vases, gardens, or on their own, flowers are a recurring motif in her work. Davis's work is influenced by the works of Emil Nolde, Charles Burchfield, and Vincent Van Gogh. Like these artists, Davis is drawn to bold colors and expressive brushstrokes, which she uses to capture the energy and vitality of her subjects.
Elaine Greene, an artist fascinated by color, movement, and energy, explores various mediums and techniques in her mixed media artwork. Her wall assemblages and collages reflect her imaginative world, where unexpected developments lead to captivating stories. Inspired by artists like Robert Rauschenberg, Louise Nevelson, and Henri Matisse, Elaine's work captures internal and external references. Her art has been exhibited nationally, held in private collections across the United States. With a BFA from Fordham University and training at the Art Students League of NY, she now contributes to The Piermont Flywheel Gallery.
Harry Martin is an underwater photographer who has a unique and diverse background. While he is a part-time artist, he is also an Emmy award-winning TV news journalist. In his previous career, he worked as a TV news photographer, reporter, anchor, and talk-show host, honing his skills behind the camera. From a young age, Harry has been passionate about photography, starting at the age of 7. His artistic style is a blend of abstract and realism, creating stunning and thought-provoking images. Throughout his career, Harry has been influenced by renowned artists such as Picasso, Ansel Adams, and Henri Cartier-Bresson. Harry is also a music composer and has written music for the off-broadway play "Deceptions." His photograpy has appeared in national magazines. He has also been featured at Neiman Marcus in "The Art of Fashion."
Mario Merchan is an artist who draws inspiration from a variety of sources, including memories of his childhood in Ecuador and the raw human emotions that are part of everyday life. For him, all things have character, whether they are in motion or stationary, and he seeks to bring that character to life through his art. What makes Merchan's work so powerful is his ability to capture the essence of his subjects in a way that is both raw and deeply emotional. Whether he is depicting a person, an animal, or a landscape, his work is infused with a sense of vitality and energy that draws the viewer in and leaves a lasting impression.
Born in White Plains, NY, Stephen Morton studied photography and Cinema at The Ohio State University. A photographer by trade and a lifelong artist, his body of fine art photography is the merging of his passions. His inspiration comes from all of the optics of arts and nature. Using varied human bodies as canvases, bodypainting allows Stephen the freedom and spontaneity to achieve photographic captures that possess moods of transcendence and emergence.
Having spent twenty-five plus years in New York corporate advertising, I decided to take my photography to a new place. A more thoughtful and quieter place. I found myself slowing down and taking more time to just look around. To see things in a different way. Swiss Photographer Robert Frank said it best; “The eye should learn to listen before it looks”. Getting the viewer to see things in a different way is what thrills me the most. It is why I turned to Fine Art Landscape Photography.
Gary Phillips is an artist and urban archeologist who has dedicated
his career to transforming found and recycled objects into new and beautiful creations.
With a deep appreciation for the rich history of his native London, his pieces often
reflect over 1,000 years of the city's past, from Roman occupation to the present
Born and raised in London's East End, Phillips's family history can be traced back at least 200 years in the city. His work has been exhibited in both London and New York City. He has conducted public art workshops and given talks about his work.
I am inspired by the traditional realists of the 19th and early 20th centuries. My subjects may vary but the common thread is they convey a vague poetry to me. Captured visually, that poetry can imbue the work with something transcendent, affecting the viewer personally. Painting is a journey; an exploration in search of the subtle emotion that exists in everyday objects, scenes, and people — interpreting images in a way that speaks to all of us.
"For many of us, painting is not a choice, it is an obsession and my obsession with painting has never stopped. My work reflects the challenges and different experiences in my life. Life is like a puzzle; we explore the way shapes intersect and sometimes hide the obvious behind a mask."
Julie Scholz, based in Piermont, NY, is an accomplished artist specializing in photography and abstract painting. With a keen eye for vibrant colors, dreamy lighting, and captivating compositions, Julie creates art that beckons viewers to embark on a contemplative journey. By skillfully blurring the boundaries between realism and abstraction, she offers viewers distinctive entry points to explore the depths of their inner landscapes. For Julie, painting and photography serve as a profound invitation to dream, explore, and find joy amidst the inherent chaos of the world. Through her art, she seeks to inspire others to embrace the beauty that resides within the interplay of order and disorder.
Tony Seker was born in Beirut, Lebanon andf led the country with his family during the Lebanese Civil War. His“action”painting style developed during his diasporic experience when he resorted to painting his toy model fighter planes with pieces ofcardboard. He also abandoned using traditional camouflage colors and embraced bold,colorful paint which became part of his statement against war.Despite semblances to Richter and Pollock in style and technique,Seker attributes his greatest influencesto be the great comedic and cinematic performers of that era, suchas Peter Sellers, Bruce Lee and Victor Borge.He still channels their uniqueness when painting.The result is his self-taught technique involving bold movements, positivity and colorful paint. In each painting he incorporates elements of design and randomness,mirroring his life experience. The overriding message is greater compassion for those who randomly have been dealt more challenging lives. Foreign exhibitions include Paris, Barcelona, Rome, Basel, Dubai Malé (Maldives) and Beirut.
My abstract art utilizes an edge as a starting point - of light, sound, and touch - from my daily life. Moving within and around a flat surface, my process explores the delicate relationship of color and line within the confines of an edge. My process is informed by a passion for intelligent risk-taking and conveys deep emotion bounded by awareness. Dividing my time between New York City and Piermont, I am strongly influenced by the tension between their unique and dynamic urban and natural environments. Besides making art, I am a realtor and a proud mom of two adult children.
"I throw myself into the wild dance of art, searching for a deeper sense, and trying to see into the nature of things both physical and imaginary. I gaze at the object which is the subject of a work, but I also look beyond the object and contemplate what it means in my life and how best to communicate and share that meaning.”
My artworks are digital hybrids. Running originally with images created conventionally, through drawing, painting, or photography, I then plug-in the digital techniques that bring them to new places all over the visual map. There is a strong connection between traditional styles and current methods of art production.
The Flywheel Gallery artists work in a wide range of mediums. Each has earned an
enviable reputation in his or her field. We offer fine art photography, acrylic paintings, oil
paintings, and collages. We are proud that we offer artwork done on various media and in a range
styles. Our artists provide artwork to fit every budget and every taste.
Most of our artists also produce commissioned art pieces, where you can interact with the artist to purchase a one-of-a-kind original - please ask our gallery manager for details. We all share the common goal of providing our guests with the best art experience possible.
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In 1992, Piermont's first artist-run gallery opened its doors to the public. Twenty-four artists
joined forces to create a cooperative gallery dedicated to exhibiting the finest work of artists
living and working within the New York tri-state area. Among the more notable members of the
Flywheel was Alan Gussow,
a landscape painter and environmental activist who, according to the New
York Times, combined "close-up naturalistic observation with an abstract style."
In 1992, Piermont was still a relatively quiet community enjoying its lovely Hudson River setting. Today the village bustles with visitors from far and wide. The Flywheel Gallery is no longer the only gallery. The village boasts a half dozen galleries including, The Happy Dog Gallery, Piermont Fine Arts Gallery, and La Reine Gallery and Boutique.
The Flywheel has been there from the beginning. Thirty years ago, a dedicated group of artists got together to create an elegant, functional and friendly artist-run space. Jeanne Treat-Tozer, a painter and one of the gallery's founders, explained, "We want people to sense something special when they enter our gallery. We want them to feel comfortable and confident when selecting artworks."
The Piermont flywheel was once part of a steam driven generator that furnished power for the
first manufacturing facility in Piermont more than a century ago. The Flywheel was used by
companies located in the village during Piermont's industrial hay-day. Companies like the
Piermont Paper Company, Robert Gair Company, Continental Can Company and Federal
Paperboard/Clevepack, all depended upon the Flywheel for their life-blood of power.
In 1983 the last manufacturer shut their doors and the Flywheel began deteriorating.
The same year the Piermont Flywheel Gallery opened, February 1992, a five-month
project restored the Flywheel.
Truth be told, developers tried to knock it down, but it was too strong for the wrecking ball. It was sandblasted, the metal was coated and the Flywheel was turned into a free-standing "sculpture".
The Historical Society of Rockland County maintains it, "...pays constant tribute to Piermont’s industrial heritage.” The flywheel is located just opposite the north gallery in a park overlooking the Hudson River.
For more information about the Flywheel and Piermont's rich history, please visit the Piermont Historical Society.
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