September’s Featured Artists

Featuring woodworking by John Capanna, paintings by Ann Marie Nitti, and re-purposed sculpture by Bill Rabsey

John Capanna

John Capanna

John Capanna is an artisan living in the Pocono Mountains, PA. After years of working with wood he embarked upon a journey that included a course with master furniture maker JD Lohr in Schwenksville, PA, two master woodcarvers, Native American woodcarver Russell Beebe in Talent, Oregon, Russian woodcarver Leonid Zakurdayev in Philadelphia, PA and visiting a burl yard in Kerby, Oregon to observe their craft, John took that experience and made it his own. The result is a very personal and intimate collaboration between artist and nature. “I try to keep all my work as organic and natural as possible. If you over work a piece of wood, it tends to lose its inherent natural beauty.” His enthusiasm for wood working began as a young man and has grown into a passion that he credits with helping to save his sanity, if not his life. Burned over 90% of his body in an industrial accident in 1979 his life has been a journey of self -discovery and recovery. His art has become a vehicle not only for his own healing but as a means to help others.

Ann Marie Nitti


Ann Marie Nitti grew up in the Bronx, surrounded by buildings and asphalt; it was rare to view beautiful scenes of nature. She now lives in Orange County, which is so scenic; Ann Marie cannot get enough of capturing the essence and energy that this planet has to offer. Her work invokes the spirit of life that is given to us by sight, as well as spiritual guidance. She studied at the New York Botanical Gardens, Bronx NY 2001, certified in Watercolor/Botanical Art and Illustration.  In 1980 she attended the Fashion Institute of Technology, Manhattan NY, and life drawing class with pastel. AnnMarie became certified in Fashion Illustration and Design at the
Traphagen School of Fashion, Manhattan NY 1979.

Bill Rabsey

Rabsey propeller-duck

Bill Rabsey likes to repurpose things he finds during his daily travels. You have to search for and find all manner of objects and save them. Ordinary objects become unusually interesting because their purpose and content are altered. The viewer sees the object in a totally new “light”. An antique doll’s head nestles in an old wooden box partially revealed from behind an antique coopers tool. Mr. Rabsey’s great grandfather was a cooper or barrel maker, so he has the old tools. When you look at his work, you may notice old plumbing parts, assorted gauges, crushed copper from the Hudson River, old knobs, even a baseball. One of his works in a box, consists of a short piece of chain under 3 small gauges. He calls it “Chain Under Pressure”- a play on the physics of chains, which are under tension not pressure, very clever.