2014 Participating Artists

Diane Leifheit Paul Smiths, NY.  Diane captures the landscape in plein air using pastel. She received first place in the Adirondack Plein Air Festival 2010. July 2014 Diane's work was included in Plein Air: An Adirondack Perspective featuring the plein air interpretations of four women artists, in North Creek at the Tannery Center. Her work is exhibited year-round at Adirondack Artists' Guild and her own Point of View Studio in Gabriels. Her works are in many collections nationally and internationally.


Janet Marie Yeates Northville, NY.  Janet Marie Yeates explores new regions and makes new friends while creating oil paintings on location. "I've observed so many exquisite sights that challenge me to think fast and work fast. Although I've enjoyed life as an artist and designer, plein air painting provides the most excitement and personal rewards. Plein air festivals build community pride and afford people an opportunity to meet artists and see works unfold. Joy shared is a great gift." 



Tarryl L Gabel Poughkeepsie, NY. Tarryl is an award winning Hudson Valley Artist whose work is displayed in many private and corporate collections around the country and abroad.  "I consider a painting successful when it evokes or captures a certain mood or feeling that the viewer(s) get caught up or "lost" in, and I strive to make this emotional connection to the viewer through my art. I am most passionate about capturing that fleeting moment in time and the way that the light moves across the changing landscape.



Ruth Crotty, Saratoga Springs, NY.  Observing nature and painting have been essential to Ruth since childhood, Plein Air has been her focus for the past 5 years.  Her art education includes a BFA in painting from Tyler School of Art, 1969, Skidmore Summer Six courses, 1971-1992, national artist workshops and private study.  She belongs to many art associations and taught art at Shenendehowa Central Schools 1971 - 1978.




 Donna Glahn, Mountain Top, PA.  Donna lives in the Pocono area of Pennsylvania and summers on Black Lake, where she is inspired by the beauty of the Thousand Islands area.  She is a member of the River Arts Alliance and the Plein Air Painters Thousand Island Region (PAPTIR).  Her focus is in watercolors, acrylics and mixed media.  She enjoys painting a variety of subjects, such as boats, fish, wildlife, homes and river scenes.  Since childhood she has enjoyed creating art, eventually creating a logo for "Creative Craftsmen" and cover pages for "RCA" newsletters.  Her passion is to capture realism in all of her paintings.  


Susan Beadle, Queensbury, NY.  "I am a social historian at heart. The combination of history and people and events that bind them in a compelling story have always been my passion.  It is the story and the emotions that intrigue me.  To that end, when I stopped teaching history I started to interpret my interest through art.  Art became my new passion and a new means of exploration.  Art is ancient and personal  Art is emotional and compelling.  Art is the human condition.



Kate Long, East Syracuse and Morristown, NY.  Kate is a longtime summer resident of Morristown.  She has an BFA in Art and Illustration from SUNY at Buffalo.  Although Kate worked as a Medical Illustrator for many years, her artistic inclinations turned to painting, drawing and ceramics (because they are more fun). 



Bell Chevigny, New York City and Morristown, NY.  When Bell retired from teaching literature, she took up painting.  She has come north all her life to the cabin her grandfather built in 1912, and has recently begun to paint there.





Frederick Holman, Brant Lake, NY.  Fred currently sits on the Board of Directors of the North Country Arts Center and is a member of the Lower Adirondack Regional Arts Council and the Saratoga Arts Council.  His work has been shown at these venues and the juried art shows in the southern Adirondack region.  In 2012 he won the "Artists Guild Award" at the Adirondack Plein Air Festival in Saranac Lake, NY.




Robert Hedden, Wellesley Island, NY.  Bob is founder and event organizer of Plein Air Painters Thousand Islands Region, a chapter of Plein Air Painters, NY.  Bob is also founder and organizer of the Annual Artists' Studio Tour, 1000 Islands Region, NY which just completed its second year with 29 artists at twenty locations from Redwood to Cape Vincent, NY. 



 Alison Leigh Menke, Washington, DC. Alison Leigh Menke is a 26 year old Maryland based artist. She began her art career two years ago and has been traveling and competing with her brushes in tow ever since. “I enjoy my impressionistic approach to plein air. As light is constantly changing, my paintings force me to be decisive and loose, I must capture the essence of what I see before it is gone forever.”



Jan Byington, Clayton, NY.  Inspired by the environments of Cape Cod, the Chesapeake Bay and the Thousand Islands, nature and man's creations have become muse for my art.  I look for the qualities that make each subject unique and capture those with brush and paint.  I study under artists in traditional oil methods and watercolor gave me a solid basis for continuing self study.  A founding member of Plein Air Painters Thousand Islands Region, painting on site gives me valuable information to use in the studio.  I hope my works evoke treasured feelings of your special places. 






Chrissy Pahucki, Pine Island, NY.  Chrissy is a painter and art educator living in the Hudson River Valley who enjoys camping, canoeing, hiking and gardening.  She paints en plein air and also landscapes and nature studies from photographs.  Chrissy has painted in the Adirondack Plein Air Festival since 2008.  Chrissy is a represented artist of the Wallkill River School Gallery.



Kendra Schieber, Corinth, NY.  Kendra is an oil painter and part-owner of The Sign Studio in Corinth, NY.  Originally from Bucks County, PA, she studied oil painting with Frank Mason (Art Student's League), Thomas Torak (Pawlet, VT), and with Ann Larsen, Tom O'Brien and Takeyce Walter at Saratoga Arts.  Painting en plein air is her favored style, supplemented with still-life and portrait work. 




Lisa Hackett, Baltimore, MD.  Lisa majored in art at Elmira College, specializing in print making.  She has been a staff artist and then Art Director of the Daily Progress in Charlottesville, VA.  She donates her art services on a regular basis and exhibits regularly at the Baltimore Festival of the Arts.








Amy Forgit, Watertown, NY.  Amy grew up in the North Country spending my summers on the St. Lawrence River. The River is a special place for me where I feel connected to nature and it helps me feel relaxed and grounded. I studied Political Science and minored in Art at SUNY Cortland. My family and I have settled in the North Country and I am currently a Registered Nurse at Watertown High School. I am looking forward to participating in this years Plein Air Festival and waking up my creative side.


John McNally, Annandale, NJ.  An itinerant painter, John has created oil-sketches in the Delaware Valley, Finger Lakes, Adirondacks, Maine coast and Four Corners region.  Many of his images could easily be labeled "skyscapes."  Especially enamored of late-day light, he appreciates the race to capture a quickly changing scene, in work that strives to reveal the energy of the moving hand.  He won Second Place at Billsboro, and "Sandy's Award" at Saranac in 2013.  He is scheduled for numerous plein air events throughout the East this summer and fall.


 Barbara Jablonski, Pittsford, NY.  Barbara loves painting plein air, that is, on site, "in open air" - winter, spring, summer and fall.  Anywhere she travels she will paint -- NYS, the seashore, boats, and mountains.  She loves architecture, nautical scenes, and winter scenes throughout this beautiful land.




 Faye Ingerson, Clayton, NY.  A lifelong resident of Clayton, NY an attribute that inspires each of her paintings.  From the river to the forest, her use of color is a trademark feature that quickly captivates the eye.  While her pieces convey the awe inspiring majesty of God's handiwork - a subject of paramount importance for Faye - she hopes her audience also sees the quirky side of each painting, reflecting her own character and the 'oddities in all of us.



Thomas J Robarge, Jr., Ogdensburg, NY.  Age  52. I Love the Arts. My Mediums are Acrylic, Photography & Poetry.           :  I  Paint with Bright Colors, Contrast &  A Wide Pallet.  Have a Associates Degree in the Liberal Arts From Empire State College. Have an Honorable Discharge from the United States Navy.  Enjoy the north Country Summers :  esp . Fort La Pre'sentation Re - enactment.  My Studio  / Gallery Is located at 328 Morris st . Ogdensburg, am Supported by Family & Friends ..



Linda L Palmer, Redwood, NY.  "Have a BS in Design from the University of Cincinnati, my biggest joy is to paint.  I love the beauty of nature and am influenced by the play of light on colors and the contrast between the lights and darks of an object.  Try to enhance my interpretation of the subject to draw the viewers interest into the picture.  I am passionate about my art and strive to create peace and joy for the viewer.  Am a signature member of the Central New York Watercolor Society and the Central Florida Watercolor Society." 


Drayton Jones, Fayetteville, NY.  I have always enjoyed drawing so I draw everyday, carry my sketchbook everywhere I go. I zero in on something that I find interesting; then I try to express it so that it creates the same enthusiasm for others. I love the spontaneity, immediacy and boldness that you can achieve with watercolor.  A few awards: Watercolor West St. Cuthbart's Mill Award 2005, Daler Rowney Award 2007, Combined Merchandise Award 2012, Central NY Watercolor Society Artistic Merit-Judges Choice.



Ola Aldous, DeKalb Jct, NY. Ola Aldous has received her BFA in visual art concentration in painting from SUNY Potsdam in 2013 and has subsequently participated in artist residency programs and has exhibited her work in numerous group and juried shows around the country. Her recent awards include First Place in the 43rd Annual Juried Art Exhibition in Lebanon PA, First and Third Place in the 14th Annual Juried Art Show Sackets Harbor NY, and Best in Show in Juried Landscape Show, Lancaster PA; she is currently showing her work at the Trestle Gallery in Brooklyn, NYC.