George Knaus, 1928-2015, is the Anchor Artist of our Gallery. A dedicated jazz musician and an art student during the fifties , abstract expressionism strongly influenced his realistic studies of ordinary objects and people involved in daily life. He loved his wine.
Lisa Knaus is a potter whose first teacher was her father(George). "I love form, color and composition.What else is there? Oh yeah, Math"
Joshua Kopit is interested in exploring the relationship between the everyday and the extraordinary. He uses images from old books and magazines and then re-contexualizes them to create living, breathing landscapes. He says: “I like to think of my artwork as a kind of storytelling and a wandering into the unknown.”
Beth Bolgla is a potter living in Brooklyn, NY. Her vibrant paintings fluently influence her pottery surfaces ."So much of making art for me is about creating a rhythm where every so often some neat ideas can attempt to become realized."
Chantelle Norton is a painter focusing on animals, nature, and pattern. She has discovered the rich surface of ceramic tile and explores painting, portraiture, and pattern through this enduring and age-old medium. She attempts to capture the emotional hold landscape and our animals have with us.
Anca Nelson is an artist living in Highland . Her work explores Romanian folk motifs traditionally used in both woven textiles and decorative woodwork.
Ada Pilar Cruz is an artist living in Peekskill, NY. She explores many materials, but comes back to clay:"Sculpting the human form is a powerful way of invoking raw sentiments. What my figures ultimately project and express evolves as I work, but each piece gives tangible form to my need to cope with and share seemingly incoherent thoughts and feelings."
Stacie Flint, a resident of New Paltz, is a native of Long Island who moved to the area to study art at SUNY New Paltz. Stacie has shown extensively in the Mid-Hudson Valley as well as in New York City. Stacie’s vibrant, colorful oil and acrylic paintings have been featured on the covers of many local magazines, including Chronogram, The Valley Table and the Van Wyck Gazette, and have also appeared in periodicals ranging from The New Paltz Times and Poughkeepsie Journal to the New York Times. She has illustrated a children’s book, “Ten Pigs Fiddling”, by Ron Atlas (2005, Atwood Press) and CD covers for Grenadilla and Betty and the BabyBoomers. Stacie also paints commissioned portraits.
Stacie states that she paints in themes, ranging from women, couples, pets and flowers, to New York City and the Southwest. The theme for the current show at Knaus Gallery & Wine Bar, on display from April 6 - April 29, is Stacie Flint: Energy Paintings.
Paul Coughlin studied, as a high school student, with Alie Young at The Cooper Union. "what made an impression on me were his ideas about the role of the artist in society reflected in his motto 'we are the bringers of consciousness'. We can clearly see that this influence penetrates Paul's paintings and collages.