Meet GOST’s diverse and talented artist members. Housed in a variety of barns, basements, retail spaces, porches, spare bedrooms, apartments, and beyond. You’ll experience a rare glimpse of artists in their studios. Witness the process of art making: painting, sculpture, ceramics, photography, fiber and more. Discover unique fine art and craft on the Gardiner Open Studio Tour.
Carolyn began working in glass after she retired from teaching. She studied at Corning studio of glass in Corning, NY. Her inspiration comes from her long history of living as close to nature as possible. She tries to inspire others to love the natural world and use it as a way to find serenity amongst the hustle of modern life.
To create is to dance with the Universe, to serve and to become a positive affirmation of our own magnificence.
This work is about reclaiming my Spirit and turning towards the light and truth within my own heart. Three years ago, I moved out of the chaos of Brooklyn and into the forest to heal, create artwork and reclaim a beautiful part of my spirit that had been forgotten. I began a body of artwork and writing to express this experience.
Today, I live in sync with the seasons and stars. I assemble sculpture from natural found objects to honor the earth and the Spirit in all things. Crystals, branches, feathers and the bones used are all in praise of life, in celebration of earth, in honor of transformation and spiritual awakening. These pieces are primarily wall hangings and altars, creating sacred spaces within the home. I write poems to accompany each piece to illuminate the meaning held in each creation. The bone pieces are made with the deepest reverence for the animal spirit, and I write about the medicine of each animal as a way to honor the relics and learn from their teachings.
The healing and wisdom found through the process of art making in these woods has reconnected me to my truth, my femininity, my center... and has brought immense beauty and meaning back into my life.
Tiffany Dyckman has been working as an artist in a variety of mediums for the past 25 years. Her pottery studio is located right on the GOST trail in an old barn nestled into the Shawangunk mountain ridge in Wallkill, NY. Her Pottery is high fired functional stoneware. While she is working primarily with wheel thrown ceramic pieces at this time, her work in Painting and Photography is a constant pulse in her life and journey as an artist.
Tiffany studied art at the undergraduate level at SUNY Potsdam and at Ripon and York St. John’s University in York, England. She earned her Master’s in darkroom photography from Long Island University. She has spent the past 25 years working as Art Faculty at Lakeland High School in Westchester County, NY where she runs a popular darkroom photography program and teaches painting and studio in art. It is a great joy to share her love and passion for the fine arts with her students.
Tiffany’s Photography has been in numerous exhibits and sales over the years including juried exhibits at local arts councils and in England, Italy, Budapest and Berlin. Her extended work in Infrared Photography enabled her to create unique images that resemble glowing pencil drawings. Most of the images represent places in the Hudson Valley and NYC area.
You can visit Tiffany’s Pottery studio where she loves creating functional pottery that is meant to be used and enjoyed on a daily basis.
Alexa Ginsburg’s felted soft sculpture animals and wearable art are inspired by the patterns, textures and hues of the natural world which she seeks to distill into form and line, expressed through the language of color and play.
Felt-making is an ancient art, earthy and meditative. Alexa builds up layers of wool fiber that are saturated with soapy water that she rolls in a textured mat hundreds of times until the loose wool becomes a soft but strong, resilient textile that can take many forms.
Making artful toys and playful art is where she finds herself. With a degree in fine art from Cooper Union and a former life as a graphic designer and children's book illustrator it's the place she’s most at home. Her work lives in a world of delight in form and color—a world that's both imaginary and whimsical as well as functional.
I have been a visual artist since the ’60’s, and have primarily worked as a painter. My paintings and my sculptures were exhibited at galleries in New York City and were placed in corporate collections both in the United States and Canada. Additionally, my artwork was included in the “virtual corporation “ run by Gordon Gecko in the movie Wall Street.
It was serendipitous that through my experiences teaching art in the Department of Education in New York City, I was reintroduced to ceramics. I found working with clay extremely pleasurable and much different than creating a painting. I found myself spending more and more time making a body of work with clay as the medium.
I have been working in clay seriously for the last 20 years. Wheel work was a skill I began to develop about 12 years ago.
Shortly after moving to Pine Bush in the Hudson Valley of New York State in 2007, I built a studio building on the property and established New Prospect Pottery. The pottery built two kilns thereafter. The pottery holds group firings in the 40 cubic foot gas reduction kiln and the salt kiln. Potters from all around the tri-state area come together to glaze and fire their work. I mix and experiment with glazes and slips and make all the glazes that the pottery uses. Glaze experimentation is an ongoing process, as there is much to learn when making glazes that are specifically made for each different type of firing.
These glazes and slips are available for the ceramic artists who come to glaze and fire their pots here and for my students who study at the studio. Please feel free to contact the pottery directly for information about firings and classes.
Leonie Lacouette manages to strike a balance between concepts and influences that otherwise might seem like polar opposites-her elegant clocks successfully reconcile the strict geometries of Minimalism with a warm, approachable palette of colored patinas on the copper and nickel that predominate her designs. Created from a basic language of circles, squares, ovals, and rectangles, the clocks are not only beautiful, but often playful as well. In one design, the otherwise hidden movement of the pendulum swings gently back and forth, revealed by a perfectly circular hole punched through the face of the piece to create a dynamic (and unexpected) game of 'hide-and-seek'.
Over 25 years ago, Lacouette started making clocks, as a practical way to make a living while using the aesthetic training she'd received in art school. It all began when she needed a clock for her studio, and noticed an ad in a magazine for a company selling clock mechanisms. Ordering five, she used one to make her own timepiece, and then made four more to sell. They sold out immediately, and she's been making clocks ever since.
Marsha Massih is an award-winning oil painter, exhibiting throughout the country and abroad for over 20 years. In November 2018, Marsha was selected to be part of the faculty at the Second Annual Figurative Artists Convention and Expo (FACE2018) in Miami. She was interviewed and featured in Fine Art Connoisseur magazine : https://fineartconnoisseur.com/2018/07/spotlight-on-figurative-art-marsha-massih/
Other honors include a 2012 cash award at the Chelsea International Fine Art Competition, and exhibits at the Allied Artists of America, Audubon Artists, The National Association of Women Artists, Artists Fellowship, Hudson Valley Artists Association, Dutchess County Arts, Unison Arts Center in New Paltz, and the Art Society of Kingston. Marsha has been regularly invited by Wired Gallery to paint at the historic Mohonk Mountain House as part of the annual Plein Air Paint Out event. Marsha exhibits with Mark Gruber Gallery in New Paltz and FRED in High Falls, NY.
Publications of Marsha’s artwork and bio can be found in Chronogram, Art Times, Kingston Times and Almanac, New Paltz Times, Lines from the League, and Fine Art Connoisseur.
Marsha is a founding member of the Gardiner Artists Open Studio Tours and heads the steering committee. She sells work directly out of her studio, as well as through Mark Gruber Gallery and FRED in High Falls. Marsha’s work can be seen on her Instagram, @marshamassih, her Facebook page and her website marshamassih.com.
Studio visit hours: every morning and by appointment.
Meadow’s work is constantly redefining and refining intimacy and emotional relationships between herself, her materials and her visual language. She strives to remain vulnerable and experimental while including a graceful marriage of symbolic and ancient references.
In order to maintain freshness in her work, she produces art in a variety of media and metaphors; as a sculptor, jeweler, painter, printmaker, product designer and children’s book author and illustrator. She has an MFA degree from George Washington University, in Washington DC, in Ceramics and Design and an MFA degree from The University of Wisconsin-Madison, in Sculpture and Jewelry. Her undergraduate degree is from The Massachusetts College of Art in Boston, in Ceramics.
Meadow’s international exhibition history is long and distinguished. Her art can be found in numerous private and public collections including; Smithsonian Institute, and Corcoran Museum of Art in Washington, DC, the Science Museum, San Francisco, and DiRosa Collection, in Napa, CA. Her large installation sculptures were shown at the Samuel Dorsky Museum, New Paltz, NY, and galleries and museums in NYC.
As an artist there is variety in her work, though her love of Mexican folk motifs appears no matter the medium she's working in. This folk art flavoring gives her painting and pottery a delightful playfulness that is the perfect antidote for people who feel intimidated by more formal styles of artistic expression.
Annie herself can also be vigorously irreverent which serves her well in her work. If you see any of her #GOSTdoors you will recognize them right away.
Inquiries and Purchases: Phone: 845.255.5508 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Hours: By Appointment Only
Bruce Pileggi received his BFA from SUNY New Paltz in 1971. Pileggi's work modulates between the abstract and the representational, but is always anchored in exploring the relationship between shape, color and line. This relationship can at times feel isolated and solitary, even austere but there is an undercurrent of energetic movement and vibrancy that connects the pieces back to a larger narrative about our place as artists in society. His pieces solicit the viewer to engage and question art in society as well; is this art or decoration, landscape or abstraction.
"I've always felt that art and the making of art are part of a conversation the artist has with himself and the world, where the artist offers to the world his ideas, his thoughts, his feelings in a way that creates a dialogue, a give and take, a comparing of notes... but to what end? Back when I was a student I read a book by Gregory Bateson: Steps to an Ecology of Mind, in it he states that 'art is to keep life from being too purposive.' Makes sense to me, art as process and not product, therefore rather than trying to arrive at some point of accomplishment, some achievement, some conclusion, I just want to enjoy the journey of creating wherever it may lead me. "
Michelle Rhodes has studied ceramics at the Boston Museum School and the Brooklyn Museum School, Haystack Crafts School, Penland Crafts School, Greenwich House Pottery and the Banff Center for the Arts. In 1978-79 Michelle was apprenticed in Japan studying wood-firing and traditional methods of pottery-making with the renowned Fujiwara family of Bizen, and with then emerging master Shige Morioka of Amano near Osaka. She has also studied Tea Ceremony. Her Tea utensils, including various bowls, water jars, and other containers have been used by the Urasenke Tea Ceremony Society schools in Kyoto and New York City.
Michelle Rhodes first had a studio in NYC's SOHO from 1969 to 1971. She came north to Gardiner in 1971 to create a larger studio where she could build kilns, make pots and teach. Michelle's work can be purchased through her online store as well as at her Gardiner showroom, which is open by appointment year-round.
Michelle continues to share her love of clay with others through teaching and art therapy. As an art therapist/expressive psychotherapist she practices an approach to therapy based in both studio work and inner process. Her faith in universal creative potential is at the core of her work with people of all ages and abilities. In addition to working individually with students and those seeking art-based psychotherapy, she leads a women's clay group called Dreamfigures in her Gardiner Studio.
All works pictured are Ceramics: Wood-fired Stoneware
Ron Schaefer was born in New York City and currently resides in the Hudson Valley of New York State. He studied painting with David Lax, St. Julian Fishburne and learned frame making under the tutelage of the late Robert Kulicke.
He worked for over forty years as an Oil Painting Conservator serving museums, galleries and private collections. Prior to conservation training, Ron worked in the engineering field.
Utilizing an1830’s one room school house as a studio, Ron paints with a propensity for vernacular styles of architecture, industrial subjects, landscapes and still life.
Representation has included art galleries in Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Cleveland and New York City. He has had many gallery shows and three " one man " museum exhibitions beginning with the Museum of the Hudson Highlands , Cornwall , NY the Westmoreland Museum of Art, Greensburg, PA and the Roberson Museum, Binghamton, NY.
His work is included in numerous corporate and private collections including United States Steel Corp., AK Steel Corp., Weirton Steel Corp, Allegheny General Hospital , Federated Investment Corp. Frisk and Borodin Art Appraisers and many others.
Inquiries and Purchases: http://www.ronschaeferpaintings.com/contact.html
Hours: Friday, Saturday & Sunday: 12:00PM - 8:00PM Also By Appointment
Jean Tansey is an artist who has worked in a variety of mediums, her choices driven by the purpose of the project which she is currently engaged in, through Jean is primarily a painter. In her Snap Shot series she addresses topics which are part of the national discourse. Jean can be found creating live art paintings in public venues, such as this piece titled "Witness". In this life size painting the young woman is using her phone to record an event in order to document what actually happened as opposed to what was reported to have occurred.
John A. Varriano has been a respected representational and accomplished portrait artist for over 20 years. As an artist and instructor, John focuses on how to observe nature and effectively translate the language of light into the language of paint . Exhibiting extensively in juried shows and galleries throughout the country, John has won various awards for his oil paintings, including the 2016 American Artists Professional League ‘Alden Bryan Memorial Award for Traditional Landscape’, the 2015 Allied Artists of America ‘Florence and Ernest Thorne Memorial Award’ for Portraiture, Best in Show at the UCJF’s 14th Annual Fall for Art Show in Kingston in 2010, the Sanford Grumbacher Gold Medal, the Alfred and Mary Crimi Award, and the Guilia Palermo Award at the Audubon Artists Exhibits. In 2011, John was awarded ‘Best in Show’ at the National Art League’s Annual Exhibit in New York and First Place at Gardiner Plein Air Show in June. In August 2012, John was one of 20 artists chosen out of thousands to participate in the International Fine Art Exhibition at Agora Galley in Chelsea.
John served on the Board of Directors of the Art Students League for several years and was its President in 2005 and 2006. John is a member of the Allied Artists of America, the Audubon Artists Society, the Artists’ Fellowship, and he currently sits on the Board of the Hudson Valley Artists Association. He is a founding member of the Gardiner Artists Open Studio Tour. John teaches figure drawing at the Art Students League of NYC, and portrait painting and drawing at the Art Center of Northern New Jersey. He conducts landscape painting workshops in New York and New Jersey. John’s portrait commissions are In numerous private and public collections.
At over 3,000 square feet, the DM Weil Gallery may be the largest modern art gallery in New York’s Hudson Valley. Just a short drive from the center of picturesque New Paltz, the DM Weil Gallery offers the look and vibe of an exclusive Soho style exhibition space, but with the majestic Shawangunk mountains as a backdrop.
While the art on the walls — the eye-popping abstract creations of acclaimed painter DM Weil — has been praised by critics and collectors alike, the gallery’s mission statement remains, “Why Can’t Fine Art Be Fun?”.
Our goal, therefore, is to provide a total entertainment experience, to stimulate all of your senses, and to help you have as much fun as possible during your visit.
Best of all, ADMISSION IS ALWAYS FREE!
Visitors to the DM Weil Gallery are rewarded not only with walls exploding with colorful contemporary paintings, but also with complimentary wine, espresso and other goodies. The gallery even boasts a carefully restored 1911 Grotrian Steinweg grand piano, which provides the basis for many of our free mini-concerts.
You will have the opportunity to spend time with the artist herself, DM Weil, and to learn the story behind each painting.
Overlapping drippy lines, calligraphic gestures along a pristine warm surface.
A mediative, dynamic language of shape, pausing for small moments of quiet amid the constant buzz.
My materials have been pared down to walnut ink and velvet. I gather walnuts on walks and hikes in the woods and patiently make the ink in my studio. The velvet is a soft and textural white, with a slight tint of yellow, a color resembling ivory.
The process is intuitive; a dance between texture and line. The grain of the velvet provides an etched record of the energy the strokes leave behind. The marks, intersecting lines and curves, fill and create the environment--a slowing down in an ever changing world.