July Exhibit

The ARTery Gallery invites you to an opening reception as artist member, Claude Larson, exhibits her latest collection, titled “Essential Connections”. These works were produced from materials on hand when regular sources of supplies became temporarily unavailable. Ample free time and solitude gave rise to abundant creative experimentation.  Breaking free from the monotony of the social restrictions that kept everyone isolated, Claude took to her studio and looked for divergent ideas through exploratory design, diverse color palettes and a transformation in process. Stepping out of the usual random process that drives Claude’s past work, these pieces are more analytic in nature and deliberate in process. Selecting very limited color palettes in both her textile and acrylic pieces and trying unusual combinations to push her creative abilities gave rise to this body of work. It is a representation of the silent voice of art that keeps us connected to ourselves and each other.  This show will be on exhibit and sale at The ARTery from July 9 through August 3rd, with an extended afternoon/evening reception scheduled for Saturday, July 11th from 3 – 8 pm to allow adequate space for visitors as they connect with the art and the artist.  The exhibit will also be viewable on the gallery’s Facebook page

June Exhibit

The first post-quarantine exhibit at the ARTery Gallery in Milford, “Glimpses of Soho” will be presented in June. Featuring three talented member artists, Liza J. Smith-Simpson, Madeline Tully and Chris Hobbs, the show emphasizes the importance of hoping for a brighter future even in the midst of edginess and sadness. When we think of Soho of the 1970’s, we think of a bohemian lifestyle that is free to explore new styles of art in the midst of chaos. The theme “Glimpses of Soho” is a reminder to all of us that true hardship breeds passion and creativity. The artists want to make this their tribute of hope to the New York City area. A tribute of encouragement to all that have gone above and beyond the call of duty and to show respect to all those that we have lost.  The show will be an eclectic mixture of art by three very different artists.

Madeline Tully, whether painting in watercolor or oil paint, uses striking color and a style that can be reminiscent of the Old Masters or Impressionists.  Her nostalgic work, like a memory, takes you back to that beautiful summer walk in the garden or city street, and like a fond memory, makes you feel happy.  Viewing them, one can feel her love of natural settings and smell the fragrant flowers.

Madeline is an early member of the ARTery. Her formal training in art began at Washington Irving High School of Design in New York City, followed by oil painting for 8 years at the Forest Park School of Art under Robert Burrell. She took classes in watercolor at the Jackson Heights Art School for 5 years with Bob Moffett. She continued advanced watercolor training with Matilda Gretch and training in oils with Marie Liu. She has exhibited her beautiful work in NY and PA galleries.

Liza J. Smith-Simpson constructs both collage abstracts and lyrical landscapes with a rich and interesting color palette.  She uses a variety of substrates, mediums and styles interchangeably.  With a great love and respect for the grandeur of the world around her, she derives her subject matter from the places she has visited and places she would like to visit.  Going back in time and into the future with her “Flight Paths” series, “Flight Paths XI” commemorates the first USA moon landing and will be featured in this exhibit.

After living in NYfor a short period of time, she came back to her beloved Sussex County, New Jersey where she has continued painting local scenes for over 15 years. Graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Caldwell University, she has since branched out of her comfort zone to change careers several times. She says, “Having successfully worked in all mediums and genre, I resist being put into any single category.” She studied watercolor, design and drawing with Hyo Chong Yoo at Upsala College and continues to take art workshops. Her paintings have been exhibited widely and have received numerous awards.

Chris Hobbs, a long time New Yorker, creates unique interpretations of iconic buildings and places as well as geometric abstracts, with vibrantly colored, three dimensional pen and ink art.  This process is constructed of multiple layers of hand-colored graphics on paper stock which is assembled in layers and presented against a colored background in deep shadow box frames.  The hours he spends making a single piece are too numerous to keep track of.

He started out doodling and making little drawings, until his wife encouraged him to do them on paper rather than on the back of napkins. As his work became more and more complex, he developed his own unique art form which amazes all gallery visitors. Chris, an inexhaustible and diverse person, also works as an arborist, softball umpire, and in real estate, as well as exhibiting his work throughout the country, which has won many awards.

The exhibit will be on display from June 11 through July 8, with an extended afternoon/evening reception scheduled for Saturday, June 20 from 3 – 8 pm (to lessen crowd size). Due to current uncertainty, the scheduled gallery reception is tentative, so call, check the website or Facebook page for updates as it gets closer. The exhibit will also be viewable on the galleries Facebook page.


March Exhibit

2020 Vision

March 13th – April 6th, 2020
Reception:  Cancelled (We hope to have it at a later date)
You are free to come in and view the exhibit on your own.

Kaitlyn Nagrowski


For nearly a decade, the ARTery Gallery has been host to an annual exhibit for the art students of Delaware Valley High School.  This year is no exception, with the exhibit “2020 Vision” on display for an entire month beginning in March.  The public is invited to the reception on Saturday evening March 14 to meet the young artists and view their fabulous creations.

Coordinated by the art teachers and members of the cooperative gallery, the show is enthusiastically anticipated and a highpoint of the gallery’s year.  The students have the opportunity to experience exhibiting in a professional gallery setting and selling their work, while the gallery enjoys opening it’s space to new and exciting work by the next generation of creators.  The community always comes out in force to support the young artists and revel in their unique expressions and ideas about their world and themselves.
It is important to show support for this healthy means of expression, maybe now more than ever.  Learning about and understanding the creative process is valuable no Samantha Hadleymatter what one does in life.  DVHS has a strong and varied arts program, which is becoming rarer these days in a lot of high schools.  The students works are featured in competitions and exhibits throughout the region, state and country, receiving awards and encouragement.  Many go on to college and continue their art studies, and even more will hopefully continue to use the arts to bring them joy and satisfaction throughout their lives.  “I’ve found the art teachers at DVHS to be so committed and enthusiastic about their mission, going far beyond their duties at school to provide this kind of experience for their students and really deserve our appreciation,” says Marie Liu, the ARTery’s exhibit coordinator.


Marie is reminded of her own experiences as a young artist in college, “when you are
grasping at ideas that express your new understanding of a confusing world, the worktends to be very personal, symbolic and raw.  A student is learning about many new mediums and honing their skills but haven’t yet fit themselves into a specific tract, which is why the work in this show is so exciting”.  From sweet or thoughtful expressions of their own interior and exterior worlds to racy social commentary, the exhibit is sure to excite all gallery visitors.


The exhibit will feature paintings, drawings, printmaking, collage, photography, computer graphics, hand built pottery, jewelry, textiles and sculpture.


Sammy Baisley

February Exhibit

Celebrating the Arts

“Celebrating the Arts”, an open juried exhibit at the ARTery Gallery in Milford will be on exhibit from Feb. 7 – March 7.  This annual event gives the gallery an opportunity to open it’s doors to regional artists who are not members of the cooperative.  Started over 20 years ago, the ARTery has a unique and successful formula, with the artist members owning and operating the exhibit space located in the historic Forest Hall Building in the charming town of Milford PA.  The gallery strives to collaborate with local organizations and fellow artists to present new and exciting exhibits throughout the year.

Last years juried exhibit was a huge success, with over 85 chosen works of art by dozens of emerging and well known regional artists.  The public is cordially invited to attend the opening reception for refreshments on Saturday, Feb. 8th from 6 – 9 pm.  The exhibiting artists will be in attendance so you can meet them and learn about their work and process.  This promises to be an exciting evening where creative souls and art lovers meet, so mark your calendars and join us for an evening with the artists!

First, second and third place awards will be presented during the reception.  Voting will begin for People’s Choice award and continue through the month.  The award packages will be a combination of donated gift cards from local establishments such as the Water Wheel Cafe, Dimmick Inn, Milford Diner, Frisky Goat Coffee, Hotel Fauchere, Artisan Exchange and art supplies from companies such as Liquitex, Strathmore and Golden.  All winning pieces will remain on exhibit through March.

November Exhibit

Delaware Highlands Conservancy

The ARTery Gallery and Delaware Highlands Conservancy will once again collaborate to present the winners of the Conservancy’s Annual Photography Contest.  Seventeen winning photos will be on exhibit at the gallery from Nov. 7 to Dec. 9.  The opening reception will be held on Sat. November 9 from 1 – 4 pm.  The public is invited to attend this free event for refreshments, to meet the photographers and the staff of the Conservancy.

The Delaware Highlands Conservancy is an accredited land trust, dedicated to conserving the natural heritage and quality of life in the Upper Delaware River in partnership with the region’s landowners and communities.  With offices on both sides of the Delaware River in Hawley, PA and Bethel, NY, they have protected over 15,000 acres with 80 conservation easements to date. These lands include working farms and woodlands, boggy wetlands, hunting clubs, small fruit orchards, experimental forests, streams and riverbanks.They offer a variety of popular programs including Woman in Their Woods, Walk in Penn’s Woods group hikes, Eagle Watch tours, and the annual photography contest to name a few.

The Conservancy invited photographers to capture and submit their striking nature inspired photos of the region in four categories: landscape, wildlife, water and macro images.  Seeking to showcase the diverse wildlife, plants and special places in the Upper Delaware Valley, and its mission to save these treasures for future generations.

Submissions were judged by a panel of professionals:  Nancy Kiesendahl Bloch, co-owner and president of Kiesendahl + Calhoun Fine Art Ltd; Mary Sue Sweeney Price, Director Emerita of the Newark Museum; David Soete, former Sr. Research Specialist with the Upper Delaware Council and nature photographer; and Marta Hallett, president and CEO of Glitterati Editions, a NYC based publisher of distinctive fine art and culture books.

The ARTery Gallery, a 20 year artists cooperative in the heart of Milford has been proud to collaborate with local organizations to present exciting exhibits that involve the community with the arts.

October Exhibit

Progressive Health of Pennsylvania in Milford is pleased to present an art exhibit at the ARTery Gallery in October.  The art work was created by a group of their clients under the direction of Claude Larson, a mixed media artist and member of the ARTery.  Libby Cotterill, an employee at Progressive and also the Director of the gallery, was instrumental in putting this collaboration together.

The client – artists made their own papers, creating abstract and representational mixed media collages mounted on cradle boards.  They learned and incorporated various painting techniques, elements of design and finishing methods for their pieces.  The public is invited to view these vibrant, beautiful creations and meet the artists at a reception featuring appetizers and cider on Thursday, October 10
from 1 – 3 pm.  The display will be on view until November 4.


Progressive Health of PA is an integral member of the community of Milford.  Since 1994, Progressive has been at the forefront of developing programs that engage theirclients and integrates them with local opportunities, including the arts and volunteerism.

September Exhibit

Art in Your Space

September at Milford’s ARTery Gallery features an exhibition of the works of two exciting and vastly different artists. Laura Dudes, with her multi-layered, dimensional images, creates works of high-intensity color with which she aims to create an experience of joy. Kate Horan’s artwork, semiabstract and mostly figurative, aims through color, line and form to create visual meaning that she hopes will make the viewer think.

As a way to illustrate the divergent aesthetic of the two artists, each has agreed to create in her own style a work based on the same photograph of a dilapidated old barn in a gone-to-seed landscape. The paintings will hang on either side of the enlarged photograph displayed in the central window of the gallery.

The exhibition, titled “Art in Your Space” to emphasize the importance of art in your own environment, will open Thursday, September 12, and run through Monday, October 7. A reception, open to the public, will be held the evening of Saturday, September 14, from 6 to 9 pm. This is a chance to meet the artists and the rest of the co-op artist members, while sipping wine and sampling the many goodies offered for free.

August Exhibit

Fire and Water

Runs August 8th thru September 9th
A wine and cheese reception  will be held August 10th from 6-9pm

Celebrating the art of mother nature, Hadley’s Earth Crystals join with artist Claude Larson for an exhibit titled “Fire and Water” at The ARTery Gallery in Milford, PA.  Jan and Jim Hadley who have built a  business on their 30 year passion for the beauty and patterns found in crystals and minerals, will share their knowledge and amazing collection in this featured show.  Alongside these natural works of art, Claude Larson will exhibit her nature inspired work incorporating fiber and mixed media. This show features countless, stunning one-of-a-kind wonders for show and sale.

From the fiery depths of Earth, a broad spectrum of color, geometric shapes and universal patterns emerge in this hand-pick collection of crystals and minerals.  The vibrant reds and oranges evoke a connection with the volcanic and solar energies while the cool tones of blue and green reflect the calming energies of flowing water.

Through their depth of knowledge, Jim and Jan seek to educate the public about the mineralogy and metaphysical aspects of their collected stones. As the Earth’s temporary caretakers, Jim and Jan are committed to exhibiting their hand selected crystals in order for the right person to make an energetic connection with the particular stone that is meant for them.

Claude Larson uses the forces of water and melting snow to create unique textiles with one-of-a-kind patterns.  She incorporates such processes as rusting, hand-dyeing, snow-dyeing and marbling to create her fiber and mixed media pieces.  Elements of her work include bold color, shape, line and pattern.  Natural events create the basis for her inspiration, from the rising of the moon in its many phases to the treasures she’s collected from the edge of the ocean.  She views natural wonders as the muse for her art and incorporates fiber, stitch, paint and visual balance in her pieces to express her inner reflection of the natural world onto an outer surface.

June Exhibit

American Travels II

A reception will be held from 6 to 9 pm on Saturday, June 8,
at the ARTery, located at 210 Broad Street, Milford, PA.

The exhibit runs through July 7.

Madeline Tully

Madeline an early member of the ARTery, which will be a 20 year old cooperative this July 2019.  Her work is popular with visitors to the gallery. Her paintings use striking color and a style reminiscent of the Old Masters and Impressionists to depict scenes and florals with a romantic flair.  Her works have a vibrance and elegant appeal.  Her portraiture feels romantic as if from a by gone era.  You can feel her love of natural settings and elegant flowers flowing from her richly colored paintings. Tully’s work takes you back to that beautiful summer walk in the garden or a nostalgic look back in time.

Madeline’s formal training in art began at Washington Irving High School for Designing in New York City, followed by oil painting for 8 years at the Forest Park School of Art under Robert Burrell.   She began classes in watercolor at the Jackson Heights Art School for 5 years with Bob Moffett. She studied pastels using models with Dan Slapo in NY. Then upon relocating to Milford, PA, She also completed drawing classes with Alice Stolle, classes with Len Gasp in Warwick and many other teachers throughout the years. She continued advanced training in watercolor with Matilda Gretch and training in oils with Marie Liu.   She has exhibited in Middletown Art League, Orange County Community College, Pike County Arts and Crafts, Golden Fish Gallery, Star Gallery, Hall of the Trotter in Goshen for classes in Mono.

Liza J Smith-Simpson

Abstract by Liza J Smith Simpson

Her saying has been “Every Path Leads to a Journey.”  Her journey has nurtured diversity in her work.  Just as America is diverse, her journey has nurtured diversity in her work, which is reflected with a variety of mediums, substrates and styles she uses interchangeably.  She derives most of her subject matter from nature, finding the country roads, rivers, lakes and even NY City scenes of great inspiration.  She has a natural gift for capturing the beauty and peacefulness of water.

 If she isn’t sitting outside painting and sketching she will use her camera as a record of the view that has inspired her.  It’s not just about putting on canvas what she loves. It is also about capturing the viewer’s interest by using a compositional formula and providing focal points.  The golden ratio is used in “Bowmen’s Island View SC”  where She also achieves the capture of the rich sunset colors, and the skill of painting the stillness of the water.

by Liza J Smith Simpson

Her natural curiosity to discover what’s going on behind the scenes has lead her to develop her successful abstract series. “Flight Paths”, “The Future is a Portal” and “Coming in for a Landing” are constructed using rich color palettes and handmade collage pieces.  The “Flight Paths” series incorporates her love for space and time travel in a more figurative style.  This is a striking contrast to her realistic landscapes.

Liza received a Bachelor of Art with a major in Psychology from Caldwell University.  She studied with Hyo Chong Yoo in college and in recent years with classes with Robert Burridge.  Her paintings have been purchased for private collections in the U.S. and Canada. She has also taken many place awards and is involved with several art associations in the tri-state area.