The ARTery Gallery is proud to welcome two new artists to it’s cooperative gallery. For nearly 20 years the gallery has presented the creative works by some of the regions most accomplished artists – Laura Dudes and Thomas Denaro are no exception. Their styles and subject matter are a fantastic compliment to the outstanding stable of current member artists.
Hudson Valley artist, Thomas Denaro studied illustration and advertising at Paier College of Art in Connecticut and gets his inspiration from the traditions of past pen and ink artists. His subjects vary from local Orange County, NY settings to breath-taking international scenery.
He has traveled the world capturing images that have inspired many of his cityscapes. His pen and ink drawings become a value study, creating tonal nuances with a unique crosshatching effect, giving his elements distinctive textures of stone, brick, wood, etc.
“I use areas of light and dark for balance and to lead the viewers’ eye throughout the drawing. I want to keep their interest so each time they view my art, there is something new to see.”
Denaro creates hand-embellished first-editions, adding back color to the image. This gives the art buyer a choice of the drawing’s appeal through nature’s color or solely the visual charm of the black & white subject.
Laura Dudes comes from a family of artists. As a graphic artist, she studied at the Art Institute of Philadelphia, and went on to create designs for such companies as M&M, Crayola, BASF and Fuzzy Nations (some of these designs were sold at Macy’s. She now devotes her time to painting and commissioned works. Over the last few years she has perfected a 3D technique using polymers on the canvases along with paint. The result, a combination of 2 and 3 dimensions within one images is uniquely hers. Her bright palette, unusual compositions and cheerful subject matter invite the viewer to reflect on happy things and smile.
The gallery will be carrying many unique items for the holiday season, perfect for gift giving, from handmade jewelry and ornaments, small and affordable paintings and prints, antique glassware flowers and crystals and gems from around the world.
You can meet and welcome both Laura and Thomas (and the rest of the artists) at the next wine and cheese reception on Saturday, Nov. 10 from 6 – 9 pm.
The ARTery Fine Art and Fine Craft Gallery LLC invites submissions to “New Perspectives” regional juried exhibit and sale for February 2019. Open to all forms of art and craft, including jewelry. This special exhibit will showcase the best fine arts and fine crafts that the region has to offer. A cooperative, member owned and operated gallery which proudly boasts over 19 years in the heart of charming downtown Milford PA, The ARTery will be opening its space to non-members for the month of February for a juried show of local emerging artists. Submissions will be judged by a committee of artist members.
The work of Bill Rabsey and Liza J Smith-Simpson
Wine and cheese reception: Saturday, June 9, 6 – 9 pm
Both Bill and Liza grew up with artist’s in their families. Bill recalls time spent with his grandfather, William Bertkau. One of the intriguing stories he told was the time he painted a life size locomotive for the 1939 World’s Fair. Liza recalls time spent with her artist mother, Janet E. Smith. “We would travel the beautiful country roads of the tri-state area together looking for a road or barn that inspired us.” Liza also recalls that the connection to constructing a “great” abstract like she does comes from watching her Dad fixing something from repurposed parts.
The mystery of Bill Rabsey’s work continues with the “Lost and Found” series, in which old objects find new life and meaning as art pieces. In his studio he uses a collection of unusual objects as his medium to create thought provoking and clever sculptures. He doesn’t limit any objects from being used in his work. Subtle Earth tones, textures and random shapes supplied by rusting metal, colorful copper and brass, wood objects, antique toys and tools become the palette from which he works to create his sculpture and wall pieces. He attaches the sculptures to exotic bases of Mahogany, Teak and Rosewood. Many of the objects he finds are found along the shores of the Hudson River where past industries once stood. He also has found interesting objects from his travels and visits to antique stores.
He received his B.S. in social studies from SUNY New Paltz and a M.S. from Teachers College Columbia University. It was at Columbia where he became a supervisor, overseeing the graduate students who were employed in the media lab doing photography, film and television production. Then he was employed by the Middletown School District in the Media Center. Since retiring he has been able to focus his attention on creating art from his vast collection of objects.
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.
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. This is seen in her painting “The Calm Before the Storm”, in an area where her Dad worked in Sparta Township. This acrylic painting shows the movement of the clouds and how calm the water is before the storm. The white light and reflection in the water tells you there is a storm approaching.
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.
Liza received a Bachelor of Art with a major in Psychology from Caldwell University. Her paintings have been purchased for private collections in the U.S. and Canada. She has also taken many place awards.
Art in Bloom – Florals Imitate Art at the Artery
Wine and cheese reception: Saturday, May 12, 6 – 9 pm
Throughout the ages, artists have turned to nature for their inspiration. This May, for the second year, the Milford Garden Club will collaborate with the Artery Gallery for a month-long exhibition that turns this traditional approach to making art on its head. Displayed side-by-side with artwork by Gallery members will be masterful horticultural interpretations created by Garden Club members. In a sense, the artwork becomes the source of inspiration for nature.
An Aviary at the ARTery
In February, the Conservancy held it’s first annual photography contest: “Sharing Place: Eagles and Their Environs.” The contest invited photographers to capture striking eagle inspired photos of the Upper Delaware River region focusing on these raptors, their habitat, and factors important to eagle welfare. The 15 Winners will be exhibited at the gallery.
A reception, open to the public, will be held Saturday, April 21, from 5 – 8 pm to unveil the winners of the contest. Conservancy staff will be on hand to talk about their eagle programming and land protection work; as will the photographers who participated. The Delaware Highlands Conservancy works with landowners and communities to protect the natural heritage and quality of life of the Upper Delaware River region. To learn more, visit their website at DelawareHighlands.org.