Elaine Liberio, Palmyra, NY  Since retiring, I endeavor to fulfil my dream of creating, teaching & selling my art.  I work mostly in oil, watercolor and pyrography both studio & Plein Air painting.   Plein Air is exhilarating! What better way to communicate God’s creation in all its glory and wonder than to be out in the world He created, painting it.


Bonnie 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."





Kathy Ann 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.





Valentina Yannotti, 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





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.




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





Robert P 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).




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




Donna Glahn, Mountain Top, PA  Donna has been painting since childhood and studied with many Pennsylvania professional artists.  Watercolor and Acrylics are her favorite mediums.  She is a realistic painter and very detailed in her paintings of ships, buildings, homes, and scenes of the St. Lawrence River.  She designed a newsletter cover for RCA and the logo for Creative Craftsmen.  Recently, two of her paintings wre used for postcards in the Clayton area of NY.  She is a member of Plein Air of the Thousand Island Region.



Catherine Whitehead, Glen Gardner, NJ  In 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”.  



Chrissy Pahucki, New Hampton, NY  Chrissy loves the outdoors and spends much of her summer painting en plein air. Using acrylics, she captures the natural beauty of her subjects. Chrissy is especially interested in the relationship between land and water and how water affects the colors, shapes and dynamics of landscapes. In 2018, at Morristown, NY Plein Air, Chrissy won 1st place overall. 



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




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."



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.




Amy Forgit, Hammond, 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.



Bell Chevigny, NY, 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.  




Jerry Russell, Liverpool, NY  I have been a Central New York resident all my life, and grew up surrounded by woods, streams, lakes, rolling hills, and the Adirondack mountains. I have a long history of studio painting in acrylics and watercolor - and in digital media for my professional illustration work - so, plein air painting oils is a fairly new endeavor. I have always been inspired by the impressionists and, through plein air painting, I seek to respond more immediately and directly to the light, shadow and color of the subject. I have a BFA in Illustration from Syracuse University where I minored in painting, with a focus on watercolor.


Jerry Merrill, Rodman, NY.  Jerry 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.


Kendra Schieber, Corinth, NY.  Kendra Schieber loves capturing the feeling of the outdoors, the morning light and mist, the blowing wind and blue skies.  She studies plein air with Thomas Torak in Vermont, Takeyce Walter in Saratoga Springs, and studied portraiture with Frank Mason at the Art Students League.  She lives in Corinth NY where she drives a school bus and creates signs in addition to her oil painting work. 


Susan Whiteman, Saranac Lake, NY.  Susan Whiteman has been active at plein air festivals across NYS since 2012.  As a pastelist, she’s sometimes the only one representing her centuries-old medium, and loves the direct and brilliant pigment of pastels. Active in her creative Adirondack community, she is a member of NorthWind Fine Arts Gallery, Saranac Lake Artworks, the Adirondack Pastel Society, and the Pastel Society of America. 



Patrick mcPhee, Binghamton, NY.  I was drawing at an early age, usually all over my school assignments. I was lucky to have great art teachers in high school and in college where I majored in illustration. I love painting in New York State, it has an abundance of historic and beautiful places that inspired America’s first school of art. When I paint in plein air, I try to find places near the water so I can catch fish while I’m painting.


Barbara Jablonski, Rochester, NY.  I began painting "plein air" over twenty years ago.  Plein air painting enables me to SEE the soft, middle-tone colors, FEEL and CAPTURE the humidity, the temperature and, most importantly, spirit of the day.  I am passionate about seeing, experiencing and painting the beauty of our treasures and resources.


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.



Jennifer Gibson, Trumansburg, NY. 

Jennifer Gibson is an artist and illustrator based in the Finger Lakes region of upstate New York. She works in a variety of media and primarily pencil, gouache and digital. Currently, she is focusing on children’s book illustration and plein air and portrait painting from life.  She received a Bachelor of Humanities and Fine Arts from Carnegie Mellon.  She has participated in a number of exhibitions and plein air events.   


Catherine LaPointe Vollmer , Potsdam, NY.  Catherine LaPointe Vollmer is a fine artist, book designer, and poster artist. She enjoys dabbling in many different styles of artwork and always has several projects going at once. She loves to travel, and is often inspired from these wanderings. She recently returned from a month-long cross country National Park road trip, full of inspiration and ready to create.