Keiko Howard was born in Japan. Because of the movies and music that she was fond of during her high school years, she dreamt of flying to the United States. Her dream came to fruition at the age of twenty. Her Love of Oil Painting was solidified whilst studying English as a second language at SUNY New Paltz, where she ultimately completed her Bachelor's Degree in the Visual Arts.
She is immensely inspired and influenced by Impressionism, especially the works of Frenchman Claude Monet. Her painting expresses the relationship between warmth, light, and complex spaces. Her subjects are most often the everyday objects found in the homes of ordinary people.
Her painting was put on hold after her marriage to raise and care for her growing family. She and her husband have four children and live in Delaware County, New York. She has been providing displays for the children's areas in Sidney Memorial Public Library and participated in the Regatta Row 2020 & 2021 during the pandemic to start her painting career. She restarted painting with not only oil paint but several media since 2020.
Diana McShane moved to Bainbridge from the Bronx in the fall of 2020. She has been painting since high school and loves brightly colored and abstract art. She has taught a pouring class at the Sidney Cultural Center and plans to schedule future classes. She is thrilled to be part of a community that values and showcases it’s local artists!
My name is Jessica Chambers I grew up in Oneonta New York and moved to Bainbridge in 2002 with my growing family. I have a husband of 23 years and beautiful girls, and 3 wonderful grand children. My whole life I have enjoyed creating things whether drawing, painting, building, etc. I started out drawing when I was in school but once out of school work, children, and life in general takes over. From home I started decorating cakes for weddings, birthdays and any occasion needed to fill the desire to create things. I found after awhile that all the time spent creating a beautiful cake for a wedding to only see it destroyed was dissapointing. As my girls got older I started many activities with them to also keep the creativity going through derby cars, craft projects, etc.. I also started to try creating in different ways refurbishing furniture, sewing things, fixing up houses, building furniture, creating homemade gifts, wood burning and painting. I found that I get so much more satisfaction out of making something that will last and can be seen and enjoyed for years to come. Years ago we started to get into painting which I enjoy very much so I started doing painting parties with our girlscout troop. I found that once in awhile wasn't enough so know we have at least 1-2 painting parties a month with our family for fun. I am not a professional by all means, I am just someone that finds painting very enjoyable and relaxing. I am still learning alot about painting and hope to learn much more. I would love to take on this new adventure in painting a scene on a chair for someone to enjoy for years to come. I have found that no matter what kind of art it is I enjoy creating something wonderful and unique to be admired and enjoyed for many years.
I have been doing stained glass mosaic for several years. Most of my art has consisted of putting small pieces together to form a new whole. Beads, fabric, glass, stone and other natural materials are so cool to manipulate into something that speaks to me.
My inspiration for this chair is my husband’s tales of the Susquehanna River. He has paddled the 70-mile Clinton Regatta 24 times and kayaked its 444-mile length last summer. The blue heron is one of its many avian inhabitants.
This work is titled "Contribution". Each one of these crops have played a certain role and contribute in certain ways to our societal fabric and sustenance. Whether it be through the experience of nurturing your gardens or recalling stories told by nostalgic grandparents of times long gone in the sugar bush or strawberry patch. All of these plants are "bookended" by the sustaining life forces of the Sun (at top) and water (at the bottom depicted as an abstract river which turns into the sea). With this piece I intended to converge two motifs: Early American folkart and Art Deco. These motifs capture two opposing ideologies: the quaint, innocent, idyllic "contribution" these plants provide in our social fabric (folk art) vs the industrialization and commodification of these so-called "raw" materials by modern society (sentiments popularized by Art Deco). The "contribution" is in the eye of the beholder.
A depiction of the "contribution" of each plant (from top to bottom):
Sugar Maple: This crop is unique to our history. Where as most Europeans were familiar with new world crops before arriving to the new world, sugar maple and harvesting its sap was new to European settlers which had to learn about this new process by directly interacting with Native Americans. In some ways it is a bridge to cultures and ways of life now forgotten.
The apple: As pioneers moved in to the New World they brought apples with them from the old one. Many settlers placed their aspirations and permanence of settlement on planting apples which sustained them in many different ways on the homestead throughout the year.
The strawberry: This is another "bridge" crop. Although strawberries are wild to these hills, the strawberry crossed the Atlantic many times and incorporated genetics from many locations in order to become the tasty berry as we know it today.
Ginseng: Although lesser known, as a local crop it embodies two conflicting attributes of humanity: nourishment and greed. Nourishment since it has strong, life promoting medicinal properties and greed since it is highly sought after and nearly hunted to local extinction.
Ramps or wild leeks: another lesser known crop but one that sees a resurgence in culinary interest. Hopefully its contribution in todays society is a renewed connection, appreciation, and interest to the land.
Chanterelles: Last but not least is the famous and tasty chanterelle mushroom. These have almost a mystical status in our folklore; highly sought after yet highly elusive. The chanterelle could be called a "ghost" mushroom since the hunter never reveals where they are found.
By profession, Carol is a nurse and science teacher, but by avocation, a self-taught artist. Known for her folk and fiber arts, Carol belongs to many local art and craft organizations and has had works of varied media exhibited in juried and invitational shows in New York State. A life-long learner, she frequently attends or teaches workshops in the folk arts, always hoping to add another skill to her repertoire.
She began participating in community public art projects as a source of encouragement for her students and co-teachers to do the same. This has continued with her work being on the streets from New York to New Jersey. Sharing her work in " art on the street " gives back to the immediate community and the public at large who enjoy these projects over a period of time. Now, instead of her students, she has her grandchildren share in her work and they travel to see and photograph the art on site.
My poles represent the communities from the Race Start to the Race Finish. I highlighted what the communities are known for past and present along the river route starting and ending with Halls of Fame and repeating the camping, railroad and sports themes as shown.
Sarah is a wife, the mother of 2 beautiful boys, as well as, 2 dogs and 2 cats, a Volunteer Coordinator at a local non profit organization, a board member of the CAC and an artist (when she can steal away a few moments and has the inspiration)! She has a B.S. in Zoology and a B.A. in Studio Art from SUNY Oswego, as well as an M.F.A. in Illustration from Western Connecticut State University. Sarah has had the opportunity to teach art to students ages 3 through adults during her 14 years living and working in Chenango County, and her favorite mediums are oil on canvas or graphite on paper and the subject matter that excites her most is portraiture, both of people and animals, as well as drawing “portraits” of people’s homes. She seeks to illicit a connection and some kind of an emotional response between the subjects in art she creates and the viewer. The title of Sarah’s 2022 chair proposal, given this year’s theme, “Regatta Byways- Scenes Along the River,” is Summer Fun in the Susquehanna, featuring just what the name suggests!
Birte Jorgensen was trained in Fine Art at the Dusseldorf Art Academy in Germany. She is an accomplished muralist and decorative painter and has exhibited her work in various galleries in the U.S. and Ger many. She lives in Bainbridge , N.Y. with her husband and son where she continues to work as an artist, creating art books, paintings and drawings for publication and sales.
These three pole sculptures are “for the birds!” Literally!
All are multi-functional as bird houses, feeders, birdbaths and or flower pedestals or potential climbing vine flower towers. I chose to do three poles for a unified effect and augmented that with an over-all common sky cloud theme. The sky and the color blue being the representation of open spaces, freedom, and other things like Infinity, transcendence, and peace seemed the perfect color choice and subject matter for an artful peace-pole.
The poles are otherwise dressed up and mounted with repurposed found objects with a functional intent to be “a slice of sky” or “pie in the sky” for the birds.
Cyndy Weeks is a Detroit-born artist who currently resides in Buck land, MA. She is a multimedia artist working in plaster, paint and found object assemblage and larger installations and performance. Her surreal and provocative vignettes are an amalgamation of dreams and reality with a dash of irreverent humor. Her work has been featured in art galleries in Detroit, MI, and Massachusetts, Canada and Mexico. Cyndy currently shares her creativity in using art to facilitate healing and by working as an art therapist.
Independent Freelance Designer - Associate degree in Floriculture, Bachelors Degree in Fine Arts -Co-Chair for Jericho Arts Council Gallery Committee, Holiday Gift Market -VP for Oxford Garden Club. - Worked as a floral designer for over 30 years. -Designed and made all the costumes for Bainbridge HS 2009 production of Beauty and the Beast. - Painted a chair 2015 JAC Regatta Row -Graphic Designer for 2017 Chamber of Commerce Calendar Bainbridge NY.
"I Enjoy the challenge of design in all my works including Floral, Fabric, Photo ,gardening and painting.
Many a garden is planted in fields along the river. Mother Nature does her share of planting too. Acres of mixed wild plants grow and thrive . Milkweed is one of those plants, serving as a resource for the Monarch Butterfly, aiding to continue its cycle of life. This happening has served as an inspiration for my chair.
As an artist I enjoy the interaction of shapes and colors in nature. Each of my creations are an exploration of these elements.”
Paula Pickhardt and Sara O’Brien are friends that met at church and bonded through their mutual enjoyment of arts and crafts. Paula relocated with her family to upstate New York fifteen years ago. She has an appreciation for nature that flows through her outdoor activities of kayaking, sailing, hiking, gardening and photography, some of which have won awards in exhibits. Paula enjoys water coloring, crafting and volunteering in her community. Sara grew up in Oneonta, NY and appreciated opportunities to swim, tube, kayak and canoe Goodyear Lake and the Susquehanna River. She enjoys art as a hobby, especially watercolor painting, cardboard creations, and crafting fairy houses with her granddaughters, Jaidyn and Olivia. Paula and Sara’s chair submission, “Take me to the River”, depicts everyday scenes along the Susquehanna that evoke many of Sara’s warm childhood memories and also represent some of Paula’s favorite places to visit and explore with her family.
The sketch on the front of the chair illustrates the route the Susquehanna River follows for the Regatta, starting in Cooperstown and ending in Bainbridge and everyday scenes one may encounter as they journey along the river’ s path.
"I am a self taught artist who likes to dabble. An artist, no matter what form of art they decide to do, can create something out of nothing. It always amazes and thrills me when even I do this and am able to create something wonderful, where before, there was nothing.
When I look at a blank canvas, endless possibilities and worlds open up to me. I pick up my magic wand (my paint brush), and mix my paints like a magic potion, then touch my brush to the canvas. Suddenly, things spring to life before my eyes! Fairies are dancing, flowers are blooming, and light filters through leaves and shows a magical world that moments before was hidden behind the blank canvas.
I encourage the children, and even adults that I work with every day, to always believe they can create. It doesn’t matter if what you do doesn’t look “as good” as someone else’s. As long as what you created came from your heart it is beautiful. And if someone can paint a red dot on a paper, call it art and sell it for a bunch of money, then you can create something even better than that and call it a beautiful piece as well.
I hope that by entering this exhibition I will be able to encourage all those who always question if what they do is “good enough”. You can do or create whatever you dream of, as long as you believe in yourself.
My idea/concept for my piece:
Inspired by the theme “scenes along the river”, it made me think back on the 1942 book by B.B. (Denys Watkins-Pitchford) entitled “The Little Grey Men”. The story follows the last of the true Gnomes left in England, as they embark on a fantastic journey up the river to finds their lost brother who had never returned from his own journey to find the river’s source. Along they way they have many adventures, see and find many wonderful things, as well as make many new friends. My piece will show their journey and the different places and things that happens to them along the way."
Robin Yvonne DeGolier is a Multimedia artist with a passion for color and texture. Robin began painting about 15 years ago to create art work for her home. She soon found herself teaching floor cloth classes at BOCES in Norwich. Though she is self taught as a painter, she has degrees in fashion design and graphic design.
If you have experienced any of the local theater productions in this area you have had the opportunity to view Robins work. Robin has created advertising artwork, along with set painting for almost every production that Afton Community Theater has produced in the last 8 years, including “RENT”, “9 to 5”, “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels”, and “Barefoot in the park” She has also created set pieces for Tri Town Theater's productions of “Kiss me Kate”: the Train station for “The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe”: the Cheshire cat tree for “Alice in Wonderland”: and most recently the forest drops for “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs”. Last year Robin enjoyed working with the Norwich High school students to create the set for“ Little Shop of Horrors"
Robin believes that everyone has the ability to create art it's just a matter of finding ones passion and the right guide.
The inspiration for the bridge is a representation of the various elevated roads and train tracks in Broome and Chenango Counties. I hope you can experience the shimmering effect that I created to reflect (pun intended) sunshine glimmering on the water.
Please enjoy my tribute to the living river that runs through the heart of our beautiful land.
Rachel Hares is an Artist residing in Bainbridge, NY with her daughter Madyson and life partner George. Rachel has been creating & perfecting her own unique brand of art since studying Fine Arts at Buffalo State College almost two decades ago. When she isn’t creating art, she can be found enjoying music, reading, gardening & exploring herbalism (and creating tinctures & salves), or spending time by the water. She draws inspiration from Nature and Music, and themes of energy can be seen throughout her work. She continues to grow as an artist by exploring new techniques (in jewelry, sculpture, painting and crafts) and expanding her portfolio. Her inspiration this year comes from a quote she read by the infamous Georgia O'Keeffe “I decided that if I could paint that flower in a huge scale, you could not ignore its beauty.
My name is Christine Giuliano and I am a local artist from Bainbridge, NY. I migrated here many years ago from New Jersey. I was inspired by the local beauty that the mountains offer, and of course the peace and quiet. I truly appreciate creating art and am thrilled when others appreciate what I do.