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Bell Chevigny, New York, NY  Bell has been named an Honorary Lifetime Participant.  This unique honor comes to her by her own merit; sharing the plein air concept with us, guiding the process and supporting the festival financially.   When Bell retired from teaching literature, she took up painting.  She has come north all of her life to a cabin that her grandfather built in 1914, and has recently begun to paint there.  



Tina Yannotti Burgess, Geneva, NY  After attending Plein Air Painting classes in 2006, I discovered that painting with oil was my passion.  Being able to mix paint on the canvas, and the fact that it didn’t dry right away, I could discover more colors and could move the paint around with more freedom.


Jan Romeiser, Clifton Springs, NY.  In 2012, I discovered Plein Air painting. I love being outside painting God’s beautiful creations, bridges, barns and other old buildings.



Elaine Liberio, Palmyra, NY.  Liberio Art.  Elaine has always been in love with painting and was greatly influenced by her uncle, oil painter, Edward Lennon.  She studied painting and printmaking FLCC and Empire State College and currently is an active member of Wayne County Council for the Arts and the Western Wayne Arts Group in New York State.  She exhibits and sells her art and offers workshops and classes in oil painting, watercolor and drawing.  One of her most fun workshops is "Oil Painting with Rags.  No Brushes Allowed".  She has also developed a love for Plein Air painting, winning the People's Choice Award in 2013 at the Seneca Lake Plein Air Painting Festival.  Recently, Elaine has teamed up with two other artists, Tina Yannotti Burgess and Jan Romeiser to form "artiststhree" showing their work together around the Finger Lakes, NY. 


Kathy Morris, Canandaigua, NY.  Kathy Ann Morris, a retired English teacher of 33 years, always was an "art wannabe." Taking some workshops and classes fueled this desire to broaden her experience, in oil and watercolor, always seeking to improve and become more painterly.



Chrissy Pahucki, New Hampton, NY.  I love gardening, canoeing, hiking and rock hunting. Plein air painting is a change of pace for me. Painting gives me a great excuse to find a beautiful location and really soak in my surroundings.


John McNally, Annandale, NJ.  After studying with Delaware Valley artists, John began successfully attending Northeastern plein air events, where he enjoys discovering beautiful scenery and making new friends



Mark Keller, Norwood, NY.  Mark is a artist living in the fertile crescent between the Adirondack Mountains, the Thousand Islands and St. Lawrence Seaway regions, which all provide inspiration and occasion to enjoy the outdoors and plein air painting.  " “In painting I aim to preserve a moment and memory through encounter with place and atmosphere while inspiring others to enjoy the view.


Grant Lounsbury, Geneva, NY.  I have spent a large part of my art career in the field of 2-D traditional animation working in television and animated feature films.  I have been fortunate to travel the world in this field, working with 20th Century Fox, Cartoon Network, Nelvana Animation and numerous European Studios.  Unfortunately, 2-D animation has become somewhat of a dying art. I began painting several years ago as I explored new mediums for my artistic expression. In my paintings I enjoy embracing a loose style that is quite different from animation.  I find that it feels more alive to me, and reveals to the viewer the movement, energy and compassion that I feel as an artist.  Having success as a landscape and wildlife artist, painting with oils has allowed me to explore my artistic vision with greater freedom and enthusiasm, and has given me more opportunities as a fine artist.


Amy Forgit, Watertown, NY.  Amy grew up in the North Country spending 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.


William Christopherson, Watertown, NY.  plein-air landscape artist from Watertown, N.Y. who has received award recognition at many regional contemporary art showings. He has traveled to destinations including the Maine coast, Florida, and Europe/ Mediterranian to  create his unique artworks on location.


Linda Palmer, Redwood, NY.  I love the beauty of nature and am influenced by the play of light on
the scene.  Try to enhance my interpretation of the subject to draw
the viewer into the picture and strive to create peace and joy.


Drina Kay, Cape Vincent, NY  After retirement as a theatre teacher/director in Virginia,  Drina Connors Kay, welcomed the opportunity to travel, write, and paint. Her love of set design & decor inspired her to take watercolor classes. Later she accepted house sitting assignments all over the US and Canada, and eventually settled in Cape Vincent, NY, telling friends and family that the Thousand Islands is the perfect spot to write and paint.


Cheryl Simeone, Three Mile Bay, NY  NYS teacher Art K-12. Born in Amsterdam, NY. I am semi-retired and belong to a number of Plein Air groups PAPTIR(Thousand Islands Region and FCPAP(Florida)Jacksonville region. I recently won first place for a painting for an Acrylic Plein Air Painting done in the summer near Clayton


Cathy Whitehead, Glen Gardner, NJIn 2016 she received the Artists' Choice Award and Honorable Mention in the Morristown Plein Air Festival. She also won a 3rd place award in Morristown in 2015.  She was granted two artist residencies this year, one in Maine and one in Illinois and presented a solo show at each.  Her paintings are done primarily outdoors. She says plein air painting gives her the ability to truly experience with all her senses the beauty she is painting. Catherine also loves the connection with community, the people she meets and many stories she is told along the way. She says “I can’t resist the urge to paint in nature. The experience of translating it’s energy into my work is exhilarating”.  




Diane Leifheit, Paul Smiths, NY.  It is the spirit in landscape – the feel of the sun, the riffle of breeze.  I work hard to paint what I see, fair witness to what the land is telling me at that moment.To capture the essence, to create resonance in the image. That is the goal.



Tarryl Gabel, Poughkeepsie, NY Tarryl is an award winning Hudson Valley Artist, was born and raised on a cattle ranch on the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation, ND.  She was inspired and encouraged by her grandfather, a self-taught western artist.  Tarryl had the honor to be chosen to paint an ornament for the White House Christmas Tree.  At that time, "Our Country's National Parks" was the theme of the decorations and her ornament represented the Franklin D. Roosevelt's Home.  She was invited to and attended a special reception at the Whtie House.  The ornament will remain a part of their permanent colleciton.  Her work is displayed in many private and corporate collections around the country and abroad.


Drayton Jones, Fayetteville, NY.  I sketch/paint everyday.Really enjoy the plein air experience and work in transparent watercolor.Have achieved signature membership in Watercolor West , an international watercolor society , and have won three awards in their annual competitions. Also,a signature member of the Central NY Watercolor Society.


Robert Hedden, Wellesley Island, NY  Robert lives on the St Lawrence River near the US  Bridge Span to Canada on Wellesley Island NY. He finds much inspiration for his  Thousand Islands paintings along the River on Wellesley Island NY and the Canadian shoreline  along the Thousand Islands Parkway.  Robert has received many awards for his paintings, the most recent from the 2017 Spring Show of the  Arts Association on Northern NY (AANNY), Sackets Harbor, where he was awarded First Place Oil and also Outstanding North Country Theme (a watercolor).


Janet Marie Yeates, Northville, NY  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."


Bonnie J McGown, Ringwood, NJ  "I was born a northern girl on Long Island in New York.  When I was in elementary school my family moved to sunny Miami, Florida.  Lucky for  me, Miami was a wonderful place to grow up.  I always loved art and even had some private painting lessons in grammar school.  Following my passion I went to college as an Art major.  I studied with such noted artists as Duane Hansen who stressed the importance of drawing and learning the basics.  A job transfer in my 20's landed my small family back up north.  We settled in the Highlands town of Ringwood in the Ramapo Mountains of New Jersey.  Heaven!!  Still having the desire to create I travelled to NYC and studied at the Art Student's League with various artists including Michael Burban for figure drawing and anatomy.  As exciting as the ASL was I began looking for something with an easier commute.  Lucky again, I found the Ridgewood Art Institute.  I studied traditional oil painting with Arthur Maynard, John P. Osborne and my beloved friend Betty Kaytes.  The RAI gave me the foundation I needed to build on in my pursuit of capturing the flow of light in my still life, floral and landscape paintings."


Frederick Holman, Brant Lake, NY  Fred Holman started painting in 2005.  What began as an interest in refining his drawing skills turned into a passion for exploring the joys of nature and the challenge of the inanimate object through painting.  He is a Landscape Architect and Planner by profession, so the outdoors and creating beautiful, functional spaces have been part of his life for over 40 years.   A graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design Painting and Drawing Certificate Program in 2007, Fred obtained the knowledge needed to use his natural talent in his paintings.  He has explored many mediums, but today oil is his preferred medium to paint still life’s, portraits or landscapes. Fred’s studio is located on the Schroon River in Brant Lake, New York.   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 in 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, New York.


Judy Soprano, Rochester, NY.  “I opened the door to my creativity and found my soul.”  I grew up on a farm so my love for rural scenes is easily seen in all of my paintings.  I love the way farmers construct barns and sheds on their farms.  It seems to me to be very creative for one barn to be built then the add-ons come as the years go on and as the needs arise.  My next love is trees.  I love them in winter when you can see their bones.  And next comes the shadows.  The way shadows run across the land…I can see them moving when I paint them into a winter scene.  I work in both oil and watercolor but I love to draw…my sketch pad is my constant companion.  I can’t think of a better way to say it and it sounds like very poor grammar but I can’t NOT paint…I feel that my life has been enriched in many ways; my husband, my children and my obsession of creating art.


Susan Beadle, Queensbury, NY.       I am a social historian at heart.  The combination of history, people and the events that bind them into a compelling story have been my passion.  When I stopped teaching I needed a way to examine history anew and art became my medium.



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.


Lisa Hackett, Baltimore, MD.  Lisa is a Program Coordinator at Oak Crest Village. Over the years she has illustrated various projects for the Charlottesville Peace Center, for businesses and commissioned portraits. She has been an annual exhibitor at the National Arts Program at Johns Hopkins.



Kendra Schieber, Corinth, NY  Kendra loves capturing the early morning dew in the orchard or vineyards and the deep shadows that a late afternoon's light will cast.  Conveying the feeling of that moment on linen with oil paints in a way that communicates it to the viewer - that is her ever present challenge and enjoyment.


Sue Benedict, Rush, NYPlein Air Painting is the frosting on my creative cake. It combines my love of the natural environment with my training as a graphic designer. My undergraduate work was done at RIT in graphic design. My graduate work was in art education. My career was at Archer Advertising where I did technical writing and created camera-ready material for construction related industries. Now I have the luxury of enjoying the natural world thru watercolor painting and it is a joy.




Jerry Merrill, Rodman, NYJerry Merrill has been painting since he was old enough to hold a brush. He enjoys all art forms, including snow sculpting.  But he is happiest when painting in his beloved Adirondacks. Jerry is a member of the Arts Association  of Northern New York and exhibits at the Sackets Harbor Art Center.




Jan Byington, Clayton, NY.  Studio instruction in traditional oils, classes in watercolor, drawing and plein air painting led to being a founding member of Plein Air Painters Thousand Islands Region.  I share my love of nature by capturing the uniqueness of my surroundings in paint.  Oil - Water Music




Faye Ingerson, Clayton, NY.  Faye is 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.