Celebrating 30 Years as Piermont's Premier Gallery

May 30th through June 23rd, 2023

Featuring Mario Merchan . Gigi Perez . Rachele Unter . Ron Wohlgemuth

Discover an extraordinary art exhibit featuring the unique works of four talented artists. Mario Merchan captures the essence of his Ecuadorian heritage and human emotion in vibrant, emotive pieces. Gigi Perez repurposes recycled materials into striking mixed media artworks, highlighting sustainability and identity. Rachele Unter explores deeper meanings in her art, blending her diverse experiences and passions. Ron Wohlgemuth transitions from traditional painting to digital hybrid art, creating a dynamic fusion of abstract and realistic elements. This exhibit celebrates artistic diversity and the power of visual storytelling.

Artists' Reception Saturday June 8th, 4 PM to 7PM

Mario Merchan

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Mario Merchan, an Ecuadorian artist, channels his childhood memories to capture the unique character and soul of his subjects. His vibrant, emotive works celebrate life in all forms, infusing portraits, animals, and landscapes with raw intensity. Merchan's art sparks an emotional dialogue, exploring the inherent character of everything he portrays.

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Gigi Perez

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Gigi Perez transforms recycled materials from magazines, books, and catalogs into powerful artworks, emphasizing sustainability and identity. Using acrylics, spray paint, tape collage, and mixed media, Perez creates expressive, interpretive pieces. Influenced by her abstract artist mother and LGBTQ+ activism, she challenges art boundaries and inspires change.

Rachele Unter

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Rachele Unter seeks deeper understanding through her art, drawing on experiences from tango dancing to running a New York café. Her unique approach blends diverse inspirations, including Miro, Picasso, and the Fauvists. Unter delves beyond her subjects' surfaces, conveying significant insights through her distinctive printmaking and painting.

Ron Wohlgemuth

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Ron Wohlgemuth’s five-decade artistic journey spans from traditional painting to digital hybrid art. His versatile works, blending painting, drawing, and photography, range from abstract to realistic. Ron’s eclectic portfolio invites exploration and engagement, showcasing his commitment to pushing the boundaries of visual expression.

Member's Artwork

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Kate Buggeln - Early Morning Fishing, Fine Art Photograph

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Serban Chelariu - Camera Obscura, Oil on Canvas

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Jan Davis - Still Life with Red Zinias, Acrylic on Canvas

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Elaine Greene - mixed media on canvas 24" x 30"

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Harry Martin - Girl in a Bubble, AI-assisted art on Metal, 16" x 24

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Mario Merchan - The Street Drummer, Oil on Canvas

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Gigi Perez - Twig-Like, 34 x 44 Mixed Media

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Kevin Murray -The Black Church of Iceland, Fine Art Photograph, 36 x 24 Photograph on Canvas

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Gary Phillips - Untitled, Found Object in Shadow Box

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Michael Scowden - The Viola, Oil on Canvas, 36" x 36"

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Sally Schaedler - Connection, Oil on Canvas

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Julie Scholz - Stardust, Acrylic Paint Pour

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Tony Seker - Vitesse, Oil on Canvas

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Suzanne Sunshine - Abundance, Oil on Canvas

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Rachele Unter - Pink Lady, Mixed Media

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Ron Wohlgemuth - Skinny Dipping, digital hybrid

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The Artists

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Kate Buggeln

Kate Buggeln picked up the camera following a long and successful career in retail and fashion. Whether the work is figurative or abstract, Kate’s intent is to communicate a mood, spirituality, mystery, or all three. The result can be dream-like or a puzzle. Imitating the painters and potters she grew up with, Kate uses a physical process. Many of her abstract images are created by deliberate camera movements in low light and sometimes, what emerges appears a painting. But when the weather, water or place are right, she is drawn to the figurative possibilities. All works contain a single digital exposure and while edited, do not use Al. Any distortions are created by movement, fabric, fog or reflections. Self-taught and with an impatience for post processing, Kate creates provocative instinctual results.

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Serban Chelariu

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.

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Jan Davis

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.

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Elaine Greene

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.

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Harry Martin

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."

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Mario Merchan

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.

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Kevin Murray

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.

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Gigi Perez

Gigi Perez has a distinctive approach to her work by transforming recycled materials—paper from magazines, books, and catalogs collected over years of attending protests and events—into compelling artworks. Her method isn’t just a creative choice, it’s a statement on sustainability and the power of art to re-purpose the everyday into something extraordinary. An active member of the LGBTQ+ community, Perez ensures her work resonates with themes of identity and representation. Her artistic journey began under the tutelage of her mother, an abstract artist who introduced her to the works of Georgia O’Keeffe, Marcel Duchamp, and Francis Picabia.

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Gary Phillips

Gary Phillips is an artist and urban archaeologist 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 day.
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.

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Michael Scowden

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.

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Sally Schaedler

"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."

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Julie Scholz

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.

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Tony Seker

Tony Seker was born in Beirut, Lebanon and 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 of cardboard. 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 influences to be the great comedic and cinematic performers of that era, such as 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.

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Suzanne Sunshine

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.

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Rachele Unter

"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.”

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Ron Wohlgemuth

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.

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The Gallery Experience

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Our Gallery offers regular "Meet the Artist" events where our guests can speak directly with our artists. Find out intriguing stories of what motivates our creative spirit. There's no better way of learning more about art than talking directly to the talented men and women who created it.

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.

We welcome all of our loyal patrons and new visitors to the gallery. The safety and health of our guests is most important to us as an artistic community. We use best practices as set forth by the CDC and the New York State Health Department at all of our exhibits. As we welcome you to the gallery, we know that you will respect those guidelines.


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History

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."


Alan Gussow, Mohegan Pine, 1962, Watercolor on paper, 11 ¼ x 16 ½, Collection of Mr. John M. Day, Courtesy Driscoll Babcock Gallery, New York City, and appears in Alan Gussow: A Painter’s Nature (2009) by Martica Sawin

What's a Flywheel?


The Flywheel Gallery got its name from the old industrial flywheel from Piermont's factories. Like its namesake, the Piermont Flywheel Gallery has remained rock-solid for more than three decades.

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.


The Piermont Paper Company on the Banks of the Hudson River, Piermont NY.

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.

Artist Inquiries

The Piermont Flywheel Gallery is located in picturesque Piermont Landing in Rockland County, New York on the banks of Hudson River. We think it's the perfect location to carry on the artistic tradition of the Hudson Valley art community.

Our exhibitions are exclusively the works of the members of the Piermont Flywheel Gallery. Each carefully planned and brilliantly executed exhibition, shows the artistic competence and outstanding talent of our members. We embrace and encourage diverse styles of art and always look for new members. Many members have joined through one of our annual guest artist showcases.

Member Benefits:

  • During the exhibition cycle, you get a 4-week exhibition in the north gallery with other featured artists.

  • Your exhibition team has total responsibility for staffing and for running the gallery during your featured exhibition.

  • You have ongoing participation in revolving group exhibitions in the south gallery, ensuring that your work is continuously being marketed and shown to the public.

  • You participate in our special all-member exhibitions that use the entire gallery.

  • Your biography and other personal publicity material is available at our desk so guests can not only view your work in the gallery but also find out about you as an artist. Your publicity material may include your resume, your press releases, and other examples of your artwork to familiarize interested collectors, private dealers, and the public with your credentials and artwork.

  • You get continuous display of your work and biographical information here on our gallery website and social media outlets of all of our members.

  • You can take advantage of the Piermont Flywheel Gallery's expanding advertising program that informs the public about our exhibitions through social media, special programs, announcements, and printed materials.

  • You get to participate in community events that showcase your artwork in the Hudson Valley.

Member Responsibilities:

  • Attendance at regularly scheduled meetings.

  • Delivery of artwork to group exhibitions and limited gallery sitting during the all-member exhibition.

  • Assistance in the general management of the gallery as a member of one of several committees.

If you think you'd like to join one of the most creative groups of artists in the tri-state area click/tap here to get started.

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