Celebrating 30 Years as Piermont's Premier Gallery

Guest Artist Showcase

A Showcase of Emerging Artists at PFG
January 12th through Feb 5th, 2023

Fresh Perspectives is a new art exhibit featuring four talented guest artists specially selected by the members of the Piermont Flywheel Gallery. Our show includes dreamlike compositions from a Surrealist, dynamic narrative art from a visual storyteller, thought-provoking abstract works, and skillfully crafted oil paintings. Each artist brings a unique style to the exhibit, making it a must-see for art lovers.


PFG Guest Artists

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Soo Kim

Soo Kim is a mixed media artist working with alcohol inks and using a heat gun to create “flow” across the page, creating compositions as they dry. Her past life as an art director helps her visualize and create the right movement and flow.

She truly believes her artwork heals the soul of many. She is driven by trying to recapture that sense of play and carries the vision of feeling free in nature being open, honest, and free.

"I’m inspired by the ocean, and my dreams," says Kim. She says she loves Surrealism and classifies Magritte as her all-time favorite artist.

Kim spent the six years at the prominent Sunhwa Art School in Seoul, South Korea and later at Samsung Art and Design Institute (SADI). She is a graduate of Parsons School of Design in New York, NY.

Her career has included working with Judith Leiber handbags, Saks 5th Avenue, and Revlon, where she was Art Director.

Kim teaches art at her home studio and hosts classes for children and adults. "We explore different mediums," Kim explains. "I love to challenge my students to expand their creative thinking skills through art."


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Lance Paull

A visual storyteller by choice and temperament, Lance Paull started painting at age eight. He chose art lessons over the guitar and painted buffalo in snowy fields with a local Utah artist.

As a teen, Paull traveled to Germany and Holland, visiting museums and cathedrals, studiously filling sketchbooks, and imagining life as an artist. After completing his BFA at the University of Utah, he was awarded a painting grant by the Greenshields Foundation that allowed him to expand his artistic journey to NYC and Boston.

At Boston University, Paul pursued his love of painting and design. “I studied with James Weeks and Phillip Guston, whose insights and approaches to color, space, and figurative painting still influence me today,” says Paull.

Upon completing his MFA, he exhibited at the Boston University Art Gallery.

Using his talent for visual storytelling, Paull later turned to advertising. Working successfully as a Creative Director, Paull has won recognition and accolades from Cannes (Grand Prix), Clio, Addy, and Communication Arts for his creative work.


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Lori Weisbart Polson

Lori Weisbart Polson is an artist with a passion for painting and drawing. She began studying art at a young age and later attended classes at the Art Students League in New York City.

Polson has also traveled to Southern France for painting workshops, further developing her skills and techniques. In addition to her love for fine art, Polson has a background in communications and design, holding a BA in communications and a design degree.

She has also worked as an art director for Saatchi & Saatchi Advertising Worldwide in New York City. Presently Polson represents preeminent portrait artists and has been an agent for over twenty years. Her consulting website is LoriPolson.com

Lori has had exhibits at the Ceres Gallery in New York City and The Westwood Gallery, Westwood NJ.

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Vincent Priblo

Vincent Priblo is an artist who is passionate about the creative process of painting. He finds joy in envisioning an image and figuring out how to bring it to life on canvas, constantly experimenting with different methods and techniques.

Priblo's love for art extends beyond the act of creating, as he is also inspired by the reactions and responses of those who view his work. He sees painting as an ongoing journey, using it as a means to express his inner joy and explore the ambiguities and mysteries of life.

Priblo's approach to art is dynamic and constantly evolving, sometimes resulting in finished pieces that differ significantly from his original ideas. He never expected to become an abstract expressionist, but once he discovered this form of art, he was hooked and has never looked back.

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The Artwork

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Soo Kim - Waterfall - 20" x 30", Mixed Media

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Lance Paull - Venus - 87" x 48", Acrylic on Panel

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Lori Weisbart Polson, Polson Islands - 18" x 24", Oil on Canvas

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Vincent Priblo, Dislocate - 36" x 48", Oil on Canvas

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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PFG Member Artists

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Kate Buggeln

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.

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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

I love the colors and shapes of flowers. To me, they represent hope and optimism. In my paintings, flowers can be seen in vases and gardens with a variety of backgrounds. Some of the flowers are wind-blown,  others are surrounded by darkness.  Works of Emil Nolde, Charles Burchfield and Vincent Van Gogh inspire me.

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Sebastian Ferreira

Sebastian is known for his murals and street-art style on large canvases. His brilliant and refreshing style captures the texture and culture of a vibrant world of art, all too often missing in galleries. Born in Venezuela, he is inspired by pop art, graffiti, lettering styles and abstraction that brings a contemporary flavor to PFG.

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Elaine Greene

"By deconstructing and then reorganizing reclaimed cardboard and paper, I create mixed media collage and assemblage. I build each piece thinking of shape, color and pattern and how they all interact with one another creating movement and energy. The complexity of the process is what I enjoy the most."

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Harry Martin

Harry is a two-time Emmy award winning TV journalist who began his career as a news photographer.  His works have a wonderful organic quality that tell captivating stories. The reflection and refraction of the water distort reality above the surface and enhances reality below it. Harry's work has appeared in national magazines. He has also been featured at Neiman Marcus in "The Art of Fashion."

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Mario Merchan

"While I draw much of the inspiration for my work from memories of my childhood in Ecuador, I am equally inspired by raw human emotion and the experiences of every day life. I believe all things have character, whether moving or stationary, and I seek to bring that out through my art.”

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Mitch Rosen

Mitch's inspiration for his art comes from the streets of New York City. "My objective is to capture a precise moment in time that creates an emotional tie with the viewer". As a retired NYNJ Port Authority police officer, Mitch brings decades of real world experience to his art. He is one of the select artists featured in New York's 911 museum.

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Stephen Morton

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.

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Donna Rusiniak

Born and raised in Northern New Jersey, Donna earned her BA in Art Studio with a minor in Art History. She is a retired high school art teacher for special needs students. Taking painting lessons from famed Key West artist, Rick Worth, her works have been featured in galleries in New York, New Jersey and Florida. She works in many mediums but her true passion is acrylic painting.

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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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Tony Seker

As a young refugee of the Lebanese civil war, sequestered in a hotel room with my brothers, I searched for answers amidst the despair. I found hope yearning within me by painting plastic model airplanes using bright non-representational colors. Through my art, I began to express my anti-war sentiment and call for global unity.

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Suzanne Sunshine

“My paintings utilize an edge as a starting point - of light, sound, and touch - in our daily lives. Moving within and around the edge, my brushstrokes explore the delicate relationship of color and line within the confines of the canvas. Informed by a passion for intelligent risk-taking in both my painting process and daily life, my work conveys deep emotion bounded by awareness.”

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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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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 our annual guest artist showcases. Fine out more here!

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.

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, please apply for membership by contacting Tony Seker

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