Part of Paul Mindell’s series of paintings “Shades of Summer.”
Cortlandt Manor – Hudson Valley Hospital Center’s latest exhibition, “Shades of Summer,” showcasing the works of seven local artists is on display from now until Aug. 29 as part of the Hospital’s “Art for Health” program.
The 85 works on display give diverse interpretations of nature’s seasons and include bronze wall sculptures, oil and acrylic paintings, hand dyed/torn paper collages, and photographs. The exhibit can be viewed by the public from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily in the lobby gallery and along the main corridors of the Hospital. Visitors may also view the permanent “Art for Health” collection, which includes 250 pieces of original art throughout other public areas of the hospital
About the Artists featured in “Shades of Summer” :
Barbara Korman, maintains a studio in Westchester and New York City for the design and production of three-dimensional constructions, unique cast bronzes and wood installations. She has traveled extensively- from the National Parks in the United States to the Himalayas in Nepal – collecting regional art and making photographic notations of the land’s textures and formations. “My work is informed by nature but not necessarily about nature. I want to create a dialogue between the visual, physical and emotional qualities that are inherent in space, form, texture, line and color,’’ she says. Korman’s award winning works have been exhibited and collected worldwide in more than 100 solo and group shows at leading museums and galleries, including the Neuberger Museum of Art, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Grounds for Sculpture, Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art, Katonah Museum of Art, Olivetti-Rome, and Tiffany and Company’s Fifth Avenue windows. A graduate of New York City’s High School of Music and Art, she earned her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Fine Arts at the New York State College of Ceramics, Alfred University. For more information on Korman, visit, www.bkormanstudio.com
Photographer Vito Pasquale’s series Some Things We Both Might Have Missed, focuses on everyday objects and places presented through a different perspective. The large-scale composite photographs featured in the exhibition are comprised of dozens of small, connected moments, intricate recreations of familiar spaces. “If we wanted, we could go to these places right now. In fact, if we’d had the chance, I’d have preferred that we’d been there together when the photographs were taken,” says Pasquale. Most of the images have a single point of focus: a hand tool, a lawn chair, a watering can, a flowerpot, a rowboat, a light bulb, a stone wall. “These are quiet places and subdued colors. They are places where your grandparents went to school, where children learned to swim, where we learned to read and you caught your first sunny and finally, the street where we live,’’ he said Pasquale lives in Mount Kisco with his wife and two sons. For more information on his work, visit, www.vitopasquale.blogspot.com.
Chad Wallace is an award-winning artist from Westchester County. He has illustrated eight books for children including: Earth Feeling, The Heat (2010) and Seahorses (2012). He earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts at Syracuse University (1997) and received his Master of Fine Arts degree from FIT (2011).“For as long as I can remember I wanted to be a professional artist,’’ said Wallace. “Ok, there was a brief period when I was nine years old when I wanted to be a paleontologist, but who didn’t? I quickly discovered though, that what I enjoyed about dinosaurs most was drawing them. It was my first and last career change.”
His large illustrations feature animals in their natural environments and display his interest in re-imagining children’s storytelling for the digital age. In a fast-paced, ever changing field, authors/Illustrators are being forced to adapt to new markets/media. “As technologies such as the I-phone and I-Pad continue to evolve, the demand for creative imagery and practical teaching applications will also increase,” he said. It is in that spirit that he has written The Meadow Mouse, a book/app currently in production with Dawn Publications. It is scheduled for release in Spring 2014. Chad resides in Westchester County, NY with his wife. To see more of his work visit, www.chadwallace.com
The late Marilyn Cohen’s work has been collected in the National Archives of the Smithsonian. Her work, including watercolor-dyed torn paper collages, is inspired by oral histories and old photos and is her attempt to capture and preserve American history. The Harrison native’s large collages appear to be delicate watercolor paintings, but are really bits of color-drenched fragments of torn paper. Cohen had a varied background and designed greeting cards, wallpaper and fabric patterns, as well as, illustrated children’s books. She also designed and supervised the production of a successful line of adult board games. Cohen was born and raised in New York City and attended the School of Visual Arts. She met her husband, Lewis, while at college and they moved to Westchester to raise their three children. For more about Cohen’s work, visit www.marilyncohenartist.com.
Linda Puiatti paints primarily with oils on canvas. These include field studies painted outdoors in the Hudson Valley, the farmlands of Belgium and France and the coast of Cape Cod. She uses color, light and shadow to express a strong connection with nature and the drama of a moment. Her paintings seek to create an emotional connection and encourage viewers to reflect. She is a true colorist, using point and counterpoint to create strong and bold images of peaceful settings in a contemporary style. Puiatti’s paintings are part of private collections throughout the US, Europe and Africa. Her American studies include The Art Students League, The School of Visual Arts, The Woodstock School of Art, and the Byrdcliffe School of Art and European studies include Stedelijke Akademie voor Schoone Kunst, Deinze, Belgium. Her work has been shown in numerous galleries nationally and internationally and are included in many private collections. www.lindapuiatti.com
Andrea Geller studied painting at Cornell University and Parsons School of Design. After a successful career as a freelance illustrator and graphic designer, with clients that included the New York Times, Washington Post and Psychology Today, she earned her MFA in painting from William Paterson University. She has had solo and two person exhibits at Johnson & Johnson, NJ, Ramapo College of New Jersey and Riverside Gallery. She has participated in numerous group shows in New York and across the United States. Recently, her work was selected by designer Michael Graves to participate in the West Windsor Arts Festival. Her painting “Floating” was selected by the US Ambassador, Daniel Speckhard, as part of a three year exhibition at the US Embassy in Athens, Greece, 2008. She has been teaching on the college level for over 15 years. “As a kinesthetic learner I have always explored the world through motion. My paintings, prints and drawings are a reflection of this as there is a quality of movement in the work. To learn more about Geller’s work, visit www.gellart.com
Growing up on Long Island and currently from Norwalk, Conn., Paul Mindell knew instinctively as a child that he was an artist. Sixty years later, the Smithsonian selected him to exhibit in the National Portrait Gallery. He says, “my earliest works seemed to rival the walls of the caves of Lascaux.” Mindell’s work displayed at the hospital includes a series of oil paintings featuring cows, one of his favorite subjects, as well moody and dreamy landscapes with a contemporary flair. He has studied art at the Arts Students League, Silvermine Guild of Artists Rhode Island School of Design, University of Michigan School of Art & Design. In June 2009 he was selected by a Smithsonian jury as one of 49 artists, out of a field of 3,300, to exhibit in the Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition at the National Portrait Gallery. Currently, he is a professor of art at Bergen Community College and has served as Visiting Artist at the College of New Rochelle. He is also a member of the Adjunct Art Faculty of the Rhode Island School of Design. To learn more about Mindell’s work visit, www.paulmindell.com
Artists interested in exhibiting at the hospital should contact curator Suzanne Ashley at email@example.com. Contributions of art are also welcome to be added to the hospital’s collection of about 300 original works in 17 gallery spaces throughout the campus.