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Jon Schueler

Jon Schueler"When I speak of nature, I speak of the sky, because the sky has become all of nature to me. But it is most particularly the brooding, storm-ridden sky over the Sound of Sleat in which I find the living image of past dreams, dreams which had emerged from memory and the swirl of paint. Here I can see the drama of nature charged and compressed. Lands form, seas disappear, worlds fragment, colors merge or give birth to burning shapes, mountain snows show emerald green. Or, for a long moment, life stops still when the gales pause and the sky clears after long days of careening sound and horizontal rain or snow"

John Schueler was an American painter with the sensibility of an abstract expressionist.

His formative experiences painting landscapes came in Scotland in the 1950s. He says "There now have been three massive experiences I have had with the Scottish sky. The first, in March 1958, when I had given up and, aching in my head and eyes and soul, I cycled from Mallaig Vaig to the white sands of Arisaig, where I watched the snow clouds moving toward me, implacable, from the sea. One passed over and through me, snow beating against my face. Then I turned to the south and saw the winter sun glowing in the snow cloud; strange image of light burning and dying through the shadows of a changing form. Though the sun was a winter sun, it translated itself in my mind to the most powerful and vibrant colors, reds, yellows, Indian yellows, or sometimes alizarin through blue."

From the 1960s onward, the colors in his paintings covered a narrower range, suggesting mood, rather than motion. Schueler's handling of his medium became more delicate and expressive in his paintings as he further developed his personal artistic aura, and moved beyond Abstract Expressionism.


Elizabeth Nields

Elizabeth Nields is a potter whose work spans a range of clay types and forms - from earthware to porcelain and from small vessels to large sculptures. And because of this, her workshop in Gilbertsville New York is a wonderland of objects. She runs eight kilns - one large enough for impressively large sculpture - and hosts two large work areas. Her work is at once fanciful and stoic with a presence that deserves contemplation and admiration.

Much of her sculpture is spread out over her land from “Passageway” which is fourteen feet high to “Torsos” which line a path over the foundation of an abandoned Chicken Barn. There are many pieces that reflect an Ancient Elephant Temple which would have been found in ruins in 3000 BC.

Elizabeth discusses her art in the video below and also leads workshops for adults and children at her studio. Visitors are always welcome. Just call 783 2476 or email enields@citlink.net  Information on her work and classes can be found at on her website.

 

 


Benjamin Duke

Benjamin duke Benjamin Duke  is an artist whose intricate and insane landscapes are busy with catastrophic car crashes, birthing mothers, smarmy twenty-somethings, and heartfelt human interaction. His work speaks to the overload of information in our culture, right down to the choice of canvas size – some of his paintings are as tall as eight feet, dominating the gallery space – yet there is a beauty to his economic brush strokes and dazzling pallette that leaves a strong impression on the viewer.

It is filled with energy and draws the viewer in to join this crazy world.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here is a video of his process:


Eric Meola

Eric meola Eric Meola (born 1946 in Syracuse, New York) is an American photographer whose work has touched on the cultural zeitgeist for several decades. Moody, exciting, transformative and engaging are only a handful of the experiences one has with his amazing photographic images.

Meola graduated from Syracuse University in 1968 and is self-taught in the art of photography. In New York he apprenticed under photographer Pete Turner, who influenced Meola's use of saturated color and graphic design.

In 1971, Meola opened a studio and began working for popular magazines such as Life, Esquire, and Time, shooting editorial photos. His work has since appeared in museum collections including the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, DC, and in Munich's Museum of Modern Art. Meola's official website can be found below. Meola has traveled throughout the world, and is recognized for the brilliant use of color in his photography.

One of his most famous photos, Coca(Cola) Kid, was taken in Haiti. This photo appeared in the 1997 issue of LIFE magazine as one of the 100 Magnificent Moments of the Past 1,000 Years. Meola is also known for his photos of Bruce Springsteen, including the cover of Springsteen's album Born to Run. Several of Meola's Springsteen photographs appear in the thirtieth anniversary box-set edition of Darkness on the Edge of Town.