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June 6 - July 12, 2015

Opening Reception, Saturday, June 6, 5-8p.m.

ArtistTalk & Reception, Sunday, June 28, 2-4p.m.

YALE EPSTEIN Solo Exhibiton: "Essential Forms"

Pantings, Serigraphs & Photographs

In our Upstairs Galleries, 22 East Market Street, 3rd Floor, Rhinebeck, NY.

(Showing in our Annual Summer Salon: landscapes, works on paper, sculpture, photography.)

Yale Epstein - Artist Statement "Essential Forms" - Geometric Abstraction

Varying ideas in art-making have interested me over the years. I find myself moving from complex concepts and processes toward a more minimal, formal simplicity. In retrospect, I realize that this might be a facet of my slowly evolving predilection for clarity over mystery (which is sometimes employed by artists as well as philosophers in order to add "textural" depth and meaning, or perhaps a romanticism to their ideas). This evolution was in some way commensurate with my recent tendency to no longer accumulate items from my travels, and to more regularly discard surplus clothes, books and tchotchkes, and to generally pare down that which I no longer need or enjoy. This is the genesis of my Contemporary Modernist Series.

In order to satisfy my newfound predilection for a clear statement in my work, I submit each image/idea to a process of "purification" - to try to remove anything that is not essential to the specific expression of the composition. The work in this series employs few colors and textures, and contains only straight lines and angles, which have either dynamic or opposing intersections, or more benign relationships with one another. So, these are, in effect, geometric distillations organized in the most efficient way I could come up with to bring the works to their completion.

The paintings will seem planned to the viewer because they involve precise formal pictorial solutions and delicate balancing acts of geometry. In fact, the decisions made along the way - given the infinite possibilities of composition, color, positive and negative fields and space - are intuitive (and sometimes playfully). So there is here the paradoxical relationship of the improvised and the measured, which gives these works a variety of contradictory attributes. There is order, yet not rigidity. The challenge is to go beyond the expectation of given order and structure and, thus, to induce surprise. My method is highly inductive. Each painting is developed from numerous sketches and it is only when a concept makes the leap from the sketch to the finished painting that its potential is realized. I, then, can see the full impact of my idea. If my task has been handled successfully, indications of the difficulties and efforts expended are not apparent.

The forms I use are relatively simple: their character is conditioned by rhythmic forces moving within the construction. I begin composing with a single, specific color in mind. That first color suggests one or two others. Then I develop each of these original colors into a kind of chromatic chord. From the interactions of those chords, I experiment with exact shapes of the color-chords. The compositional process continues like this until all chromatic forms together seem "right". The way the brain registers color, movement and spatial/geometric relationships is at the heart of my worrk.

Most of these paintings are the same, relatively small, size. This can offer interesting exhibition designs and experiences as well. Completely separate individual works placed in close proximity to each other can visually "unite" across or within the exhibition space.

My hope is that the viewer will give each work a quiet attention, so that the unique integrity, elegant simplicity, and strong presence of each is experienced deeply.

Curator's Statement:

Albert Shahinian on Epstein's "Contemporary Modernist Series"

Yale Epstein's latest explorations have an understated - yet powerful- impact in their bold, dynamically balanced formats. Using pure geometric language and a limited palette, Epstein achieves remarkable diversity within a narrow framework. These paintings employ simple shapes, often unmediated by any textural nuance. They are deceptively complex compositional statements, which display an obvious knowledge of the history of abstraction, often through the use of sly referential nuances. There is no narrative content, but rather an insistence that what you see is pure feeling, and your experience is the content.

The group of works work here - paintings, photographs and serigraphs - can be considered Minimalist in approach; a kind of contemporary Geometric Abstraction oeuvre. They tend to involve clarity of form, utilize pure shapes, pared down design elements, and subtle relationships of color range and tonality. Edges are taut, producing the inner tensile strength that is expressed in these compositions.

In these works Epstein creates subtle unique ideas of spatial relationships. We often are unsure as to where the shapes exist in relation to each other in space. "Uncomfortable" colors sometimes lie side-by-side but work together alchemically to produce striking, simple, or complex visual surprises, achieving a remarkable diversity within a deceptively narrow framework.

This exhibition presents a refreshing group of sophisticated - yet approachable - works by a seasoned master who applies a contemporary sensibility spin to the venerable Modernist/Constructivist tradition. In the process Epstein displays a respect for the craft of painting, which is so often lost in our post-modern era.


MARCH 28 - MAY 31, 2015

Opening Reception Saturday, March 28, 5-8p.m.

ArtistTalk & Reception with David Eddy & Polly M. Law

Sunday, May 3, 2-4p.m.

TWO SOLO EXHIBITIONS

Featuring -

David Eddy: Paintings

Polly M. Law: Bricolage

In our Upstairs Galleries, 22 East Market Street, 3rd Floor, Rhinebeck, NY.

(Showing in our Spring Salon: landscapes, works on paper & photography.)

Polly M. Law - Narrative Statement

My work is paper dolls with deep personal issues. I use humble materials - illustration board, acrylic paint, buttons, wire - to achieve elegant and sophisticated effects. I manipulate the forms and employ pattern, rich color and gesture to explore myths of deep time and current self. The act of sewing the pieces together and adding sewn embellishments puts the work into the realm of the other.

"(S)titches act by forming visible and often ceremonious attachments between materials in order to aggrandize, embellish, assert and layer authority, or swathe an object in textiles as if it were a relic."

"(T)he person wielding the needle and thread has the authority to do so, and effects a change in the world by transforming an object: making it larger, making it contain new elements, causing its increase in dimensionality (usually changing it from a two-dimensional object into a three-dimensional one), forcing a new ritualistic use upon it, and reframing it. Stitching often calls attention to itself as a means of attachment, as if the ritualized form of attachment were being showcased in the resulting object." Sewing as Authority in the Middle Ages by Kathryn M. Rudy, Zeitschrift fur Medien-und Kulturforschung, Vol.6:1 (2015)

The female figure is my usual vehicle for expression. The female hand wields the needle, knife, and paintbrush; and that hand and mind shape the landscape my figures inhabit. The figures themselves are inwardly-focused though their gaze may be disconcertingly direct. Often they chafe at the constraints of mode but who does not also wish for the rustle of silk in their life? The figures stand proud of the backgrounds to achieve a flat/3D effect- turning the frame into a doorway, each piece a portal through which to glimpse private dramas. My work has been favorably compared to that of Joseph Cornell but in fact has been more influenced by the animation work of Jan Svankmajer, the luscious patterns, textures and graphic forms of Eyvind Earle, the eerie dioramas of the Cray Brothers and the anonymous work of my sister Seamstresses of times long past or never existed.

I have been working in my bricolage style since 2000. My artwork is represented by galleries in Provincetown, MA; Rhinebeck, NY; and Hudson, NY; and in numerous private collections.

David Eddy

David Eddy is a self-taught painter whose talent, vision, and very hard work have paid off handsomely - both in the number and scope of gallery representation nationally and by an enduring and growing recognition of the quality and sophistication of his work. Most of Eddy's paintings center on figures, solo or in groups, and may include animals within the overall narrative of a piece. There is a child-like, naive quality to his work, but the modeling of facial expressions and the delightful complexity and subtlety of the whole speak to a creator with deep insight, expert craftsmanship and uncompromising integrity; and, also, quite a sense of humor and whimsy.



SEPTEMBER 13 - NOVEMBER 9, 2014

Opening Reception Saturday, September 13, 5-8p.m.

ArtistTalk & Reception with JAMES COE

Sunday, October 19, 2-4p.m.

THE LUMINOUS LANDSCAPE 2014

Our 17th Annual National

Invitational Exhibition

Featuring -

Solo Gallery:

James Coe, "Paintings East & West"

Salon Gallery:

Christie Scheele, Thomas Sarrantonio

Karl Dempwolf, Arnold Levine


In our Upstairs Galleries, 22 East Market Street, 3rd Floor, Rhinebeck, NY.

Celebrating its 17th year as a yearly exhibition of contemporary landscape painting organized by Albert Shahinian Fine Art, The Luminous Landscape 2014 features a solo exhibition - "Paintings East and West" - by JAMES COE and a group exhibit by regional gallery artists Christie Scheele, Thomas Sarrantonio and Arnold Levine. Also returning is Los Angeles-based plein air master, Karl Dempwolf, to this year's show. The Luminous Landscape opened Saturday, September 13 and will run through Sunday, November 9. A Meet-the-Artist talk and reception with James Coe is scheduled for Sunday, October 19, 2-4p.m.

Honored in 2011 as Master Wildlife Artist by the Woodson Art Museum in Wausau, Wisconsin, James Coe was described by museum director Kathy Foley as "...a painting-lover's dream. His canvases are ethereal, moody, and sensitive all at once."

Whether he is painting the birds for which he was honored by the Woodson, or views of barns and landscapes near his home in New York's Hudson River Valley, James Coe is always seeking to find in his oil paintings a satisfying and poetic harmony. "The subject matter reflects my passions in life: birds, nature, old barns and our endangered rural landscape - but the thread that ties all of my artwork together is more conceptual. My goal is to find in each motif a balance of abstract design and evocative light, and to create a luscious surface of paint and canvas."

Educated at Harvard as a biologist, Coe later earned a master's degree in painting from Parsons the New School for Design, and spent the first years of his career as an ornithological illustrator and field guide author. His Golden Field Guide, Eastern Birds was acclaimed as a 'tour-de-force' when first published in 1994 (a second edition was released in 2001). But the years of painstaking work creating detailed watercolor and gouache illustrations of birds took its toll. Jim renewed his interest in art by taking his oil paints out into the landscape, and he has been painting en plein air and in his studio full-time since 2000.

The Luminous Landscape has brought over 40 artists to the public in its 17 years as a showcase to promote a broader and deeper understanding of - and appreciation for - contemporary realism in landscape painting. Shahinian's primary curatorial focus has been to show original, thoughtful, and well-crafted work by mid- and late-career artists, whose works eschew literalism (and, especially, photorealism), sentimentalism and commercialism. Exhibitions aim to expand the viewer's definition of landscape painting and to help free those perceptions from more literalist notions and historical constraints and stereotypes. Exhibits honor past traditions and encourage a broader, changing definition to unfold. Shahinian also hopes that artists viewing the show will be inspired to resist any shackling to staid and tired aesthetics or expected stylistic approaches and be aroused to seek more personal, less commercial, and deeper levels of self-expression and craft as painters.



July 17 - August 31, 2014

Gala Reception/Meet-the-Artist Saturday, July 19, 5-8p.m.

DON PERLEY
"SOLO: New Paintings"




Albert Shahinian Fine Art opens its summer program with two concurrent exhibits. Both open Saturday, July 19 with a meet the artists reception from 5-8pm. The Solo gallery features new abstract expressionist paintings by Connecticut painter Don Perley. The holdings gallery presents the Annual Summer Salon, a group exhibit showcasing landscapes, works on paper, photographs and sculptures. Exhibits run through Labor Day Weekend.

Don Perley began his artistic journey in 1975 as a maker of conceptual art, collage and painted-collage constructions and, eventually, into experiments in pure painting. Don is entirely self-taught, with no formal training or participation in any arts institution. What he has developed slowly over the years is his own spiritual language laid out in paint, which for him is the truest communication of all.

Perley has had varied gallery affiliations including the Dana Reich Gallery (San Francisco, CA); the Schmidt/Dean Gallery (Philadelphia, PA); The Flow of Art Gallery (Norwalk, CT); and Albert Shahinian Fine Art (Rhinebeck, NY). He recently was awareded a residency and best in show from the East End Arts Council (Long Island, NY). Click Don Perley Artist Page to see images of his work on our site.


MARCH 1 - JULY 12, 2014

Gala Reception/Meet-the-Artists Saturday, March 15, 5-8p.m.

17th Anniversary Salon
& Annual Collectors Sale





NOVEMBER 2 - DECEMBER 31, 2013

(Exhibition is extended through February, 2014)

Opening Reception Saturday, November 2, 5-7:30p.m.

ArtistTalk & Closing Reception with Leslie Bender

Saturday, December 21, 4-6p.m.

LESLIE BENDER:

Involutions - Invocations

In our Upstairs Galleries, 22 East Market Street,
Suite 301, Rhinebeck, NY.


A major solo exhibition of new paintings on paper and canvas, "Leslie Bender: Involutions - Invocations," opened at Albert Shahinian Fine Art on Saturday, November 2. An ArtistTalk and reception is set during the Rhinebeck Third Saturdays ArtWalk on Saturday, December 21, 4-6p.m.

Leslie Bender is one of those rare artists whose work consistently delves below surfaces - whether materially or psychologically - to mine and realize the varied existential meanings that her life experiences have taught her or pointed to. Her focus has always been on figurative work - especially with subjects that place the visual scene squarely in public places where individuals interact, both intimately and intentionally, or by chance: clubs and cafes, the Jersey shore, the local swimming pool, the circus, concert halls and dance stages. A second body of work moves the human "action" via the visual language of ancient myth, fantasy, and the surreal. Her work is always working on several levels and is informed by her lifelong personal relationships, disappointments, internal crises, hard-won insights and triumphs over that which often cripples the soul and crushes the spirit.

Bender's abilities with materials are varied and expert: as draughtsman, printmaker, muralist, scenic designer and, above all, painter. She is a prodigious, consistent talent. "Involutions-Invocations" - curated by Albert Shahinian - brings together several strains of new work by the artist. As paintings, they are break-through, as Bender moves past a tighter style to a looser, gestural, impulsive and layered way of working her materials and subjects. As markers for her current state of mind and spirit, they show a maturing sense of self and acceptance of the world at large, a certain lightness in the shadows and a clearer understanding of the tension between responsibility, writ large, and the unfettered impulses of personal and expressive freedom. There is always more than meets the eye in these paintings, something that delights the eye, taps deep emotions and excites the imagination.

Below are summaries of the past year's exhibits:



AUGUST 15 - OCTOBER 27, 2013

Opening Reception Saturday, August 17, 5-7:30p.m.

ArtistTalk & Closing Reception with Tom Sarrantonio & Kate McGloughlin,

Saturday, October 26, 4-6p.m.

THE LUMINOUS LANDSCAPE 2013

16th Annual National Invitational Exhibition

Featuring

Thomas Sarrantonio (Rosendale, NY)

Kate McGloughlin (Olivebridge, NY)

Karl Dempwolf (CA)


In our Upstairs Galleries, 22 East Market Street, Suite 301, Rhinebeck, NY.

Celebrating its 16th year as a yearly exhibition of contemporary landscape painting organized by Albert Shahinian Fine Art, The Luminous Landscape 2013 features two Ulster County artists, Kate McGloughlin (Olivebridge, NY) and Thomas Sarrantonio (Rosendale, NY), and returns Los Angeles-based plein air master, Karl Dempwolf, to this year's show. The Luminous Landscape opens Saturday, August 17 with a reception from 5-7p.m. and runs through October 20.

The Luminous Landscape has brought over 40 artists to the public in its 16 years as a showcase to promote a broader and deeper understanding of - and appreciation for - contemporary realism in landscape painting. Shahinian's primary curatorial focus has been to show original, thoughtful, and well-crafted work by mid- and late-career artists, whose works eschew literalism (and, especially, photorealism), sentimentalism and commercialism. Exhibitions aim to expand the viewer's definition of landscape painting and to help free those perceptions from more literalist notions and historical constraints and stereotypes. Exhibits honor past traditions and encourage a broader, changing definition to unfold. Shahinian also hopes that artists viewing the show will be inspired to resist any shackling to staid and tired aesthetics or expected stylistic approaches and be aroused to seek more personal, less commercial, and deeper levels of self-expression and craft as painters.

Thomas Sarrantonio

Thomas Sarrantonio studied Painting at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in Philadelphia, where his teachers included Wil Barnet and Sidney Goodman. He also holds degrees in Biology and English. His paintings have been exhibited widely and he is the recipient of numerous honors including a Pollock-Krasner Award and a Visiting Artist Residency in Normandy, France. He teaches in the Art Department at SUNY College at New Paltz and lives in Rosendale, New York, with his wife and children.

The paintings of Thomas Sarrantonio seek to mediate between realms of external perception and internal reflection. They present themselves as meditations on nature and self. Choosing humble, often overlooked subject matter, such as the overgrown grasses at the edge of a field, he attempts to translate the dynamic processes of Nature into the stasis of physical matter on a painted surface. Small works are produced directly from Nature while large paintings are studio productions that utilize memory, experience, imagination and conceptual ideas to negotiate the terrain of contemporary painting. The paintings are offered to the viewer as templates to provoke active participation in the process of seeing and quiet contemplation of the mysteries of consciousness.

Kate McGloughlin

Kate McGloughlin was born in 1962 and is a native of Olivebridge in New York's Hudson Valley. She graduated from the University of Arizona at Tucson with a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Drawing & Painting in 1985, where she studied with Bruce McGrew and Robert Colescott. In 1991 she was awarded The Yasuo Kuniyoshi Scholarship to study printmaking with Robert Angeloch at The Woodstock School of Art, where she currently teaches Printmaking, Landscape Painting and is President of the Board of Directors.

McGloughlin has been included in Who's Who in American Art since 1999, and Who's Who in American Women since 2005. As Co-Director of Destination Arts Creative Workshops, she teaches landscape painting and printmaking workshops in Italy, Mexico, Ireland and the United States. Kate is represented by galleries in the Northeastern United States, and abroad.

Karl Dempwolf

Karl Dempwolf is a longtime member of the California Art Club and a master painter steeped in the tradition of painters including William Wendt, Franz Bischoff, Hanson Puthuff and Guy Rose. As a colorist he is more resonant with 20th Century Expressionism, and the boldness of his work is much more sympathetic to aspects of Modernism than a reprise of older styles. Also an avid plein air painter, Dempwolf exploits the scenic beauty of the California coast, its valleys, mountains, and - occasionally - urban boundaries. Dempwolf continues to travel around the country to work on location at National Parks and other scenic areas. He currently makes, carves, gilds and finishes his own frames - a tribute to his high standards and respect for the Arts and Craft traditions his personal art (and sense of craft) draws from. Karl has garnered many awards and a loyal collector base for his work. Karl's last showing at this gallery was in 2002.

Over the years Dempwolf has participated in exhibitions including: the Museum of Science and Industry in Los Angeles, the Frederick R. Weisman Museum at Pepperdine University in Malibu, the Phippen Museum in Prescott, AZ, the Carnegie Art Museum in Ventura County, CA, the Bowers Museum in Santa Ana, CA, and the Pasadena (CA) Museum of California Art.

Dempwolf's work can be found in publications from North Light Books, entitled Art from the Parks. His paintings are in the permanent collections of large corporations, among them McGraw-Hill Publishers and the National Park Foundation. Dempwolf's newly published book, A Painter's Journey, is available through the gallery or his web site.



JUNE 15, 2013 - August 11, 2013

Opening Reception was Saturday, June 22, 5-8 p.m.

Meet-the-Artist Talk & Rectption: Saturday, July 27, 5-7p.m.

Yale Epstein

Re-Imagings: Recontectualized Photographs




FEBRUARY 17 - JUNE 1, 2013:

Our 15th Anniversary Salon and Annual Collectors Sale continues through June 1!
OPEN HOUSE & RECEPTSION on Saturday, May 18, 5-8p.m.
Featured is work by 25 of the gallery's key artists, whose work has formed the core of more than 110 curated exhibits since 1998. Also on view are many items from our extensive holdings

The ANNUAL SALE Specials: One-Time 20% discount on most any single artwork of your choosing (excludes bronzes)
Or...One-Time 15% discount on Total of a single invoice (includes multiple items of your choosing!)


NOVEMBER 17, 2012 - Extended through FEBRUARY 10, 2013

Opening Reception was Saturday, November 17, 5-8 p.m.

Open House (11a.m-5p.m.) & Reception (5-8p.m.) was Saturday, December 15

DAVID EDDY

TODD GERMANN

Two Solo Exhibitons of New Work


In our Upstairs Galleries, 22 East Market Street, Suite 301, Rhinebeck, NY.

Albert Shahinian Fine Art closes its 15th year with two solo exhibitions of contemporary work. Featured are artists David Eddy and Todd Germann. The show opens Saturday, November 17 with a reception from 5-8p.m. and runs through December 31. Additionally, an open house and reception is planned for Saturday, December 15, 5-8pm, in conjunction with Rhinebeck/Red Hook Third Saturdays ArtsWalk. Eddy has been regular exhibitor at the gallery for the past ten years. This is Todd Germann's first major solo exhibition. (See their Artist Pages in the "Representing" section of our website.)

Continuing in the gallery's back room is "The Luminous Landscape 2012" with new and recent landscapes by Gary E. Fifer (VT) and Karl Dempwolf (CA). Additional work by Christie Scheele, Alex Martin and our stable of artists are also accessible in our back gallery. Albert Shahinian Fine Art Upstairs Galleries is a third floor walk-up at 22 East Market Street, Suite 301, Rhinebeck, NY. Current hours are Thursday-Saturday, 11-6; Sunday, noon-5 & by appointment or chance. (845) 876-7578.

David Eddy

David Eddy is a self-taught painter whose talent, vision, and very hard work have paid off handsomely - both in the number and scope of gallery representation nationally and by an enduring and growing recognition of the quality and sophistication of his work. Most of Eddy's paintings center on figures, solo or in groups, and may include animals within the overall narrative of a piece. There is a child-like, naive quality to his work, but the modeling of facial expressions and the delightful complexity and subtlety of the whole speak to a creator with deep insight, expert craftsmanship and uncompromising integrity; and, also, quite a sense of humor and whimsy.

Please click on an image below to display a larger version above.
(Additional paintings by David Eddy can be found under the REPRESENTING menu.)

Todd Germann

Formally educated and working as an architect, Todd is a completely self-taught painter who started exploring fine art while working on his thesis in 2004. That lack of training allows for his art to be untainted by precedent or instruction. He describes his painting process as "reactionary" - whether to a free-form line, a rigid architectural pencil line, a form, a color or a texture. Not predetermined, his paintings come about from first creating a "landscape" of texture and color, then adding to that basic design with a number of compositional elements, which goal is the desire to achieve a harmonious composition. His non-objective paintings are beautifully balanced, energetic, complex and, also like Eddy's work, whimsical; as such, they are wonderful foils to Eddy's figurative scenes.

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(Additional paintings by Todd Germann can be found under the REPRESENTING menu.)

SEPTEMBER 29 - NOVEMBER 11, 2012

Opening Reception Saturday, September 29, 5-7:30p.m.

THE LUMINOUS LANDSCAPE 2012

15th Annual National Invitational Exhibition

Featuring Karl Dempwolf (CA) & Gary E. Fifer (VT)


In our Upstairs Galleries, 22 East Market Street, Suite 301, Rhinebeck, NY.

Celebrating its 15th year as a premier exhibition of landscape painting organized by Albert Shahinian Fine Art, The Luminous Landscape 2012 features artists Gary E. Fifer (VT) and Karl Dempwolf (CA). More than 40 recent plein air (painted outdoors on location) paintings highlight two contemporary artists who each are intimately connected to, and influenced by, an important historical style/school of American painting.

The Luminous Landscape has brought over 35 artists to the public in its 15 years as a showcase for contemporary landscape painters working within and beyond historical styles. This year's exhibit is an especially significant one, bringing together two long-time friends of the gallery - each with over 35 years of experience, and from very diverse backgrounds and personal styles - for a delightful "east-west" visual dialog.

Karl Dempwolf

Karl Dempwolf is a longtime member of the California Art Club and a master painter steeped in the tradition of painters including William Wendt, Franz Bischoff, Hanson Puthuff and Guy Rose. As a colorist he is more resonant with 20th Century Expressionism, and the boldness of his work is much more sympathetic to aspects of Modernism than a reprise of older styles. Also an avid plein air painter, Dempwolf exploits the scenic beauty of the California coast, its valleys, mountains, and - occasionally - urban boundaries. Dempwolf continues to travel around the country to work on location at National Parks and other scenic areas. He currently makes, carves, gilds and finishes his own frames - a tribute to his high standards and respect for the Arts and Craft traditions his personal art (and sense of craft) draws from. Karl has garnered many awards and a loyal collector base for his work. Karl's last showing at this gallery was in 2002.

Over the years Dempwolf has participated in exhibitions including: the Museum of Science and Industry in Los Angeles, the Frederick R. Weisman Museum at Pepperdine University in Malibu, the Phippen Museum in Prescott, AZ, the Carnegie Art Museum in Ventura County, CA, the Bowers Museum in Santa Ana, CA, and the Pasadena (CA) Museum of California Art.

Dempwolf's work can be found in publications from North Light Books, entitled Art from the Parks. His paintings are in the permanent collections of large corporations, among them McGraw-Hill Publishers and the National Park Foundation. Dempwolf's newly published book, A Painter's Journey, is available through the gallery or his web site.

Please click on an image below to display a larger version above. Samples of Karl's frames are included.

Karl Dempwolf spent his childhood growing up in the picturesque Bavarian countryside. At the age of fourteen he and his family immigrated to the United States on the Steamship America. Dempwolf received his B.A. from California State University Northridge, CA, where he will always be recognized as that institution's first All American Athlete.

Dempwolf continued his art education by attending Art Center College of Design in Los Angeles, and the University of Southern California, getting his Masters degree in 1974. Also in 1974, he won the coveted CINE Golden Eagle award for his film, "The Story of a Craftsman". The same film also won the Silver CINDY award and Best of Show at the Bellevue International Film Festival in Washington State. His film career ended when painting became his passion. Wendt, Rose, Puthuff, Payne and Ritschel became his artistic icons. We are honored to host this exhibition of his work!

Gary E. Fifer

Gary Fifer, a protege of Arthur Maynard, paints from the east coast tradition of Impressionist and post-Impressionist landscape painting, whose roots draw from the likes of Willard Metcalf, Frank Dumond, J.H. Twachtman and Robert E. Owen. Fifer is strictly an on location painter, almost always finishing a work in one sitting - his aim to capture the moment as accurately as possible. A long-time Mid-Hudson Valley fixture in the art scene, he relocated to Vermont six years ago to explore new topographies and subjects. Fifer's painting style is loose and free, worked with a limited palette but very true to the natural beauty and emotion of his subjects. Albert Shahinian Fine Art is Gary's sole representative. This is his first major exhibit with the gallery since 2008.

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(Additional paintings by Gary Fifer can be found under the REPRESENTING menu.)

Gary Fifer's more specific artistic lineage with the American Impressionists (who painted in New York and Connecticut during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries) is as follows: a long-time protege of Arthur Maynard who, in turn, studied under Frank V. Dumond and was, himself, taught by Willard Metcalf. Dumond was an instructor at the Art Students League of New York (ASLNY) and the Ridgewood Art Institute, in New Jersey. Fifer also studied with Frank Mason at the ASLNY and, later, at the National Academy Museum and School of Fine Arts in New York.

Gary has taken Best of Show awards from the Rye Arts Center, the Kent Art Association, Kent, Connecticut, and the Ridgewood Art Institute. He has taught studio and en plein air workshops at the Garrison Art Center in Garrison, NY, and the Southern Vermont Arts Center, Manchester, VT. He has lectured and demonstrated on location at Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee. Gary now resides in southern Vermont, where he paints and gives private lessons. Albert Shahinian Fine Art is Fifer's sole agent. All inquiries about his work and person should be made through the gallery, (845) 876-7578.


Previous Exhibition:

Upstairs Gallery: JULY 21 - SEPTEMBER 23, 2012

In Our Holdings Gallery: Ongoing from September 29, 2012

ALEX MARTIN (1931-2010) In Memoriam: Pastels

CHRISTIE SCHEELE: New & Recent Pastels

Alex Martin (1931-2010)

Alex Martin was Professor Emeritus of Painting and Drawing at SUNY, New Paltz, NY. He retired in 1996 after 33 years teaching and continued to paint avidly beautiful landscapes in the Hudson Valley and Ireland. This is the first of several planned exhibitions showcasing Martin's long career. Featured in this exhibit are approximately thirty pastels drawn from the artist's plein air portfolios and sketchbooks that relate to some aspect of - or activity on - the Hudson River in its run through the Poughkeepsie/Hyde Park region. Nearly all of these paintings have never been shown and are stylistically more "daring" and free than what collectors of Martin's work may associate with his work. The largest pastels are 11.5 x 17 inches yet express a wonderful spaciousness and feeling of movement that relates to his large canvases. Martin's work is in a number of collections including: The Whitney Museum of Art, NY; Neuberger Museum, Purchase, NY; American Telephone and Telegraph, NY; University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA; Tulane University, New Orleans, LA; and Pepsico, Denver, CO.

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Christie Scheele

Christie Scheele presents new and recent pastels that draw inspiration from Cape Cod, the Catskills, and the greater Hudson Valley region. This is her first all-pastel showing in many years. Interestingly, her first major exhibition was a joint showing with Alex Martin when both artists were represented by Jim Cox Gallery in Woodstock. The stylistic differences between the two artists are great and highlight, wonderfully, how very different visions of similar terrain can each be so visually and artistically satisfying. Additional work of Scheele's can be viewed on her "Represented Artists" page on this web site. Scheele is a mid-career painter whose work has garnered a venerable reputation in the Northeast and is now entering major public and private collections. Those include: Queens Museum of Art, Flushing, NY; Tyler Museum of Art, Tyler, TX; Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art, New Paltz, NY; Astoria Savings Bank, Queens, NY; James Gleich & Cynthia Crossen, Garrison & NYC, NY; Keihin Hotels-Executive Group, Takanawa, Japan; Dutchess Community College Permanent Collection, Poughkeepsie, NY; American Airlines at Kennedy Airport, Queens, NY; Club Financiero Genova, Madrid, Spain; Waterford Crystal, New York, NY; Albert Shahinian, Rhinebeck, NY; Bessemer Trust Co., New York, NY; Mark Ruffalo, New York, NY; Julio Mendoza-Sanchez, Madrid, Spain; Bessemer Trust Co., San Francisco, CA; Nikkei Nihon Keizai Shimbun America, New York, NY; Kelsey Grammer, Malibu, CA.

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(Additional paintings by Christie Scheele can be found under the REPRESENTING menu.)

We are in process of redesigning our web site and will be adding more information and photos in the months ahead. 


Gallery Events, January - November 2015

JANUARY

3

18th Anniversary Show & Annual Collectors Sale commences in our main galleries with Open House scheduled for February 21. Exhibit will run through March 27.

Sat.,

3

THE LUMINOUS LANDSCAPE - Our 17th Annual National Invitational Exhibition - featuring artist James Coe and additional work by gallery artists - continues in our holdings gallery.

FEBRUARY

Sat.,

21

11a.m.-7p.m., OPEN HOUSE & Reception for our 18th Anniversary Show & Annual Collectors Sale
Rhinebeck Third Saturdays ArtsWalk - late night for local galleries with openings and events throughout the village.

MARCH

Sat.,

28

5-8 p.m., Opening Reception & Meet-the-Artists:
Two Solo exhibitions of new work: "David Eddy, painting;
Polly M. Law, bricolage"
Exhibit runs through May 31. (ArtistTalk on May 3.)

APRIL

Sun.,

5

GALLERY CLOSED FOR EASTER Holiday.
Regular hours resume April 9.

Sat.,

18

Rhinebeck Third Saturdays ArtsWalk - late night for local galleries with openings and events throughout the village.
Gallery open until 7:30 p.m.

MAY

Sun.,

3

2-4 p.m., ArtistTalk & Reception, free.
A lively conversation with David Eddy and Polly M. Law in conjunction with their solo exhibits. Talk from 2:30-3:15; informal reception from 2-4.
R.S.V.P. suggested.

Sat.,

17

Our Gallery's Open House, 5-8p.m.
Rhinebeck Third Saturdays ArtsWalk - late night for local galleries with openings and events throughout the village.

Sun.,

31

Closing Open House: David Eddy & Polly M. Law Exhibits.
Noon - 5p.m.

JUNE

Sat.,

6

OPENING Meet-the-Artist Reception, 5-8p.m.:
Yale Epstein Solo Exhibition - New geometric assemblages, recent architectural photographs & early serigraphs (first public showing!).
Exhibit continues through Sunday, July 12.

Sat.,

16

Rhinebeck Third Saturdays ArtsWalk - late night for local galleries with openings and events throughout the village.

Sun.,

28

ARTIST-TALK with Yale Epstein, 2-4p.m. Free. One hour conversation with the artist and one hour of open reception.

JULY

4

Gallery Hours for the holiday TBA.

Sun.,

19

Closing day for Yale Epstein's solo exhibition "Essential Forms". (Extended from July 12.) Gallery open 12-5.

Sat. & Sun.,

18

19

Preview for Chritie Scheele Solo Exhibit.
(Meet-the-artist reception is set for Saturday, July 25.)
Exhibit continues through September 13.

Sat.,

18

Rhinebeck Third Saturdays ArtsWalk - late night for local galleries with openings and events throughout the village.

Sat.,

25

5-8p.m., OPENING RECEPTION For Christie Scheele's solo exhibition "Contours/Distillations" featuring new and recent transformative minimalist landscapes. Exhibit continues through September 13.

AUGUST

Sun.,

2

ARTIST-TALK with Christie Scheele, 2-4p.m. Free. One hour conversation with the artist and one hour of open reception.

Sat.,

15

Rhinebeck Third Saturdays ArtsWalk - late night for local galleries with openings and events throughout the village.

SEPTEMBER

Sun.,

20

Extended closing day for Christie Scheele's solo exhibition "Contours/Distillations", 12-5p.m.

Sat.,

26

5-8p.m., OPENING RECEPTION For "The Luminous Landscape" 19th Annual National Invitational exhibition featuring two solo exhibitions: Thomas Sarrantonio (painting) & Eric Lindbloom (photography). Exhibit continues through November 15. "Annual Fall Salon" featured in the holdings gallery.