Born in Woodside, Queens, New York, Susan’s youth was involved with school, art and family. In 1971, she married and moved to New Jersey.
Opening her own ceramic business in 1979 enabled Susan to work with ceramics, porcelain, stoneware and clay, for over 25 years. When she sold that business in 1984, she began working for the Department of Defense as a Technical Equipment Illustrator, working on intricate technical illustrations and digitals.
Susan earned her Associates Degree in Graphic Design in 1997, from Sussex County Community College, Newton, New Jersey. In 2000, she earned a BFA Degree from William Paterson University, Wayne, New Jersey, and in 2005, Susan achieved a MFA Degree from William Paterson University, Wayne, New Jersey.
Susan’s interest for photography began 30 years ago in 1990, and it has slowly grown to a passionate obsession. Susan studied with some of her favorite photographers: Robert Farber, Ralph Gibson, George Holz, David Horton, Douglas Kirkland, Mary Ellen Mark, Robert Maxwell, Elizabeth Opalenick, Phil Perkis, Platon, Ernestine Rubin, Robin Schwartz, Joyce Tenneyson, Jock Sturges and Michael Zweibel.
Her photography work involves metaphors and moods and emotions. However, her color photography depicts the delicate images of flora, cloud formations and landscapes
Penny has been involved in artistic and creative endeavors for as long as she can remember. She has painted off and on for decades, but it wasn't until her youngest child went to college that she started painting full-time. Penny holds a B.S. in Design from the Rochester Institute of Technology, and has studied at Richmond College in London, England. Throughout these experiences, Penny has cultivated a lifelong appreciation for and skill in the creative arts.
Originally from Massachusetts, Penny enjoys painting a variety of subjects from New England, and also gathers inspiration from her travels abroad. Her paintings span a broad range of styles, from street scenes in Boston and New York done in oil, to colorful acrylic abstracts. Penny's collections also include seascapes, and inspired florals.
Now living in South Carolina with her husband, the 'low country' offers beautiful ocean scenes and a relaxed pace of life which inspire their own unique artistic projects. Faith, Family and Friends are the pillars of Penny's life.
Laura McRae Hitchcock was born in Augusta, Georgia and graduated from Agnes Scott College with an art degree. While she has lived in many places in the US from the East coast to the West coast and back, her home is the South where she lives and works in her studio on a barrier island near Charleston, SC. Laura uses a variety of media including oils, acrylics, cold wax, gouache, charcoal, pencil, and pastel to make her marks and create color passages that build upon each other. Translucent and opaque layers dance and play on the canvas in much the way Nature and Spirit do the same in our lives.
Laura’s award winning paintings have been exhibited in national juried shows, as well as in group and solo exhibitions. Her work has received international recognition, winning the BoldBrush Competition for Abstract and The Camelback Gallery Award of Excellence, and the nationally recognized ArtPop Billboard Program. She has been the recipient of several grants, most recently the Individual Artist Career Opportunity Grant made possible through the South Arts Program. She has participated in public art projects, most notably a mural for the Charlotte Mecklenburg County Courthouse in North Carolina. Her art is featured in the book, 100 Love Notes by Hyong Yi and she is currently working on a book of her own. She has enjoyed several artist residencies in Ireland and is looking forward to another in the summer of 2022.
Betsy’s love of colorful fabrics and threads began as a child…… watching and learning from her mother who patiently taught her to use a needle and thread and a sewing machine. Although she has experimented and worked in various other mediums she feels there is something so fulfilling about working with the colors, textures, and versatility of cloth and thread. After years of sewing basic clothing, wedding gowns, men’s attire, traditional quilts, and home décor, she found herself going back to art quilting.
Her passion is creating fabric collage art quilts from inspirational photos that seem to speak or tell a story. The sewing machine needle becomes a paint brush and after many hours, many layers, and yard of threads, the finished pieces almost become realistic paintings on fabric.
Betsy describes the process as therapeutic and at the same time challenging and rewarding! Betsy has exhibited at various galleries through out the country and has won numerous awards. She welcomes commissions for home, office, and corporate setting.
Susan Irish is a painter who uses her own language and visual code to create abstract versions of her gardens, her life stories, and manifestations of really deep thoughts. She primarily works in oil and cold wax.
Susan Irish is an artist and teacher. The two vocations are inseparable for her. As she paints, she tries to speak to herself in the manner in which she would address her students. As she teaches adults, children, and people of all ages with extreme special needs she is reaffirming and validating what she knows best. Art making is integral to the human spirit and should be fostered and celebrated.
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Nancy Jacey is a native of Richmond, Virginia and had a love for drawing and illustration from a young age. She received a BFA in Studio Art from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in 2002, and earned her MFA in Illustration from the Savannah College of Art and Design in 2004. She is a recognized member of the Colored Pencil Society of America, the UK Coloured Pencil Society, the Allied Artists of America, the National Association of Women Artists, Inc., and the International Guild of Realism. Nancy is an award-winning published artist. Her work has been featured in American Art Collector, To The Point, Talking Point, Artstonish and Northern Virginia Magazine. Other notable publications are Color Magazine, the Richmond Times Dispatch and The Directory of Illustration. In her free time, she teaches classes at her own studio, The Jacey Gallery, in Richmond, Virginia.
Retired business woman, married, one son. Native New Yorker, Member Salmagundi Club 17 years. Volunteer on several committees, house, program and COGAP (Coast Guard Art Program) Member Salmagundi Photographers Club.
Candace Whittemore Lovely is an American Impressionist painter and Copley Master, trained in the Boston School tradition. She is known for her pleasant, peaceable views on American life.Candace had the honor of painting First Lady Barbara Bush’s official White House portrait in 1990 and has been called “the Grand Dame of Boston Painters” by critics. Candace lives and works in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina.