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One of the concepts we are proud of at Ledges Hotel is featuring original, local art from some of the area’s most talented artists. Walking through the hotel can lead to an almost gallery-like experience. Most of the paintings, photographs and sculptures are for sale. Below you will find information about our artists a sampling of their work.
Although Barbara paints primarily in watercolor, she also sketches in pencil and ink and experiments with pastels and acrylics. Her inspiration comes from painting en plein air, photographs taken locally and increasingly from her imagination. She began her serious artistic dedication after retiring and moving full time to Lake Wallenpaupack in Northeast PA. Barbara especially enjoys painting people in groups; she also accepts commissions for house paintings and local scenes. PA shows include Davis Chant in Lords Valley and Milford, Re/Max and the Philip Hone Gallery in Honesdale, Artisan Gallery in Hawley and the annual Alumnae Art Show at Cedar Crest College in Allentown. View Barbara’s website.
Thomas attended the University of Iowa where he was born and raised. He received a BS in General Science, a Masters of Art in Painting and a Masters of Fine Art in Painting. After graduation, he moved to New York City, where he maintains a residence to this day. Thomas has painted throughout the Midwest, Key West, Florida, and Pennsylvania. He is a Yaddo fellow, and a Virginia Center for the Creative Arts fellow. His work is in several public collections and numerous private collections here and abroad.
Thomas likes to “paint in the moment.” He is attracted to light, water and reflection and likes to take the everyday and elevate it to reveal some new way of looking at the world. He generally works on location, from life. For Thomas, painting is a dialog between the artist and the work. Each mark determines the next.
Light and color are what excites him. Loose brushwork makes for a lively surface. The artist thinks of painting as a performance in private with a beginning where everything is possible, a middle where things get out of control and an end where he reclaims the painting and resolves the conflict that the dialog has initiated.
Chip Forelli’s award winning photographic career encompasses 25 years as a professional photographer with publication credits including Communication Arts, Photo District News, Graphis, New York Times magazine section, Lenswork and Lürzer’s Archive. His images are incorporated into all Apple Macintosh operating systems as desktop background choices. With lecturing and teaching credentials from the International Center of Photography and the Maine Media Workshops along with international gallery representation, Chip has received reviews from the New York Times praising his “otherworldly lighting” and “intense compositions.”
Chip Forelli lives in the Upper Delaware River Valley of northeastern Pennsylvania with his wife Gloria and three sons Jake, Cris and Ryan. Chip’s website.
Currently based in Hawley, Pa, Heather has been inspired by the nature of the area. She has been working on driftwood-based sculptures which have been carefully chosen for their shape and form. Heather is fascinated by the correlation between nature (flora) and other natural phenomena such as space, the ocean and its life forms and especially the human body. She is currently working to explore these commonalities. Heather received a BFA from Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University with a concentration in sculpture. She also studied sculpture techniques at the Johnson Atelier in Mercerville, NJ.
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Tom Holmes is a musician, sculptor and artist living in the NEPA Valley. He works in stone, metal, wood, light, ice and water. Utilizing these elements in response to the natural environment, Tom crafts art events for the changing seasons. He holds a BA in music theory, composition and performance from the Crane School of Music at Potsdam New York. “My life is my art. There is no delineation between who I am and what I create. The essence of food, friends, music and love is at the epicenter of the everyday. I work seasonally, tracking the weather. Different temperatures demand independent responses to materials and approaches. “Ice follows the freezing mark of winter, stone and steel the exterior work space of summer. Spring begins the search for materials and fall settles all debts; emotional, physical and intellectual.” Tom’s website.
JJ Jackson is a Fine Art and Commercial photographer. He has created work in many diverse genres from portraiture to fine art and advertising. From the time he first picked up a camera, he fell in love with the ability to record an exact representation of reality. It is this expressive possibility that keeps him excited about making images. That excitement and dedication to the art, as well as the craft, is what JJ brings to every project. JJ’s fine artwork is represented by Juan Espino at the Looking Glass Gallery, Hawley PA. firstname.lastname@example.org
Presently a painting and drawing instructor at the Pratt Institute, LaFuente completed her undergraduate studies at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts and received a MFA from the Brooklyn College. LaFuente has shown her paintings in galleries across the country and abroad. She has lectured, exhibited her work in group and solo shows, and has received over a dozen grants and awards during her career. email@example.com
A longtime resident of northeast Pennsylvania the artist paints daily on location in oils; working to speak of this beauty which surrounds us all. Gregory has traveled extensively throughout this country and knows we are all very fortunate. He finds great joy in his work. Studio tours available by appointment.
The artist can be reached: firstname.lastname@example.org, 570-727-3378 or Facebook
Michael has been making things he calls art for his entire life. Any situation was perfect for tinkering with the visual aspects. In high school he always volunteered to make the scenery for a play or decorate the dance. Michael took art lessons from a local artist, Marianne Stratford, and was just infatuated with paint, paper, clay or any other art material he could get his hands on. In college Michael started out in art education and switched to fine arts sculpture. Eventually Michael resettled in northeast Pennsylvania, where he grew up. For slightly more than forty years Michael has worked as a floral designer, every day up to his elbows in color and texture, line and composition, painting almost all of the time, having several incarnations and epiphanies along the way. The current crop of work is local iconic landscapes with textural obsession.
Contact Michael: Click to Send Email, (570) 785-5322
Ron and Yvonne Parker (PaPA)
Ron and Yvonne Parker are collaborating on an interesting series called “Parker People,” which one critic called “off center and on target.” Ron Parker’s art includes drawings, paintings and assemblages, such as the American flag on auto hoods.
Ron has enjoyed a varied career as an artist, art dealer, art publisher, psychologist and entrepreneur. Together with his wife, Yvonne, they own PaPA (Parker and Parker Art), a 5,000 square-foot gallery in White Mills, just five miles from Ledges. Their collection of international and contemporary art can be visited during the summer months.
Yvonne Parker’s art ranges from individual works, such as mixed-media paintings and sculptures, to creating total environments for homes. She was born in Europe, where she received her art education, and later studied at the NYSID. Her work has been widely exhibited, including an upcoming one-woman museum exhibition at the Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens in Palm Beach, Florida, Spring 2013.
Lauren Pisano is a Los Angeles based photographer, influenced by artists like Cindy Sherman, Philip-Lorca diCorcia and Jeff Wall. She aims to capture the authentic experience of the self as it relates to a greater societal construct. While many of her photographs are self-portraits, she is not the subject, but rather a medium embodying the most private aspect of ourselves. Her self-portraits act as a mirror that encourages the viewer to behold oneself, confronting the “I” that feels the most primal and urgent, yet often deeply buried in the day to day of our urban lives. Lauren studied photography at the School of Visual Arts in New York City, where she was born and raised. Her work has been shown in various galleries in New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco. Lauren’s website.
Raymond Rocklin began his life was an artist as a student of the Educational Alliance Art School and the prestigious Cooper Union. Rocklin spent a year in Italy as a Fulbright Scholar and returned to New York City to join the Abstract Expressionist movement. His body of work consists of plaster, wood, steel, bronze, brass and terra cotta. Rocklin’s work ranges from large outdoor pieces to furniture to jewelry.
Ledges is honored to continue to display this talented artist’s work.
For information about the artwork of Raymond Rocklin, please contact Art on the Edge. The artist’s widow still lives in the area.
Naomi Teppich is a local northeastern Pennsylvania sculptor who presently carves stone, carves ceramic works, and also produces outdoor ferro-cement sculpture. She was brought up in Brooklyn, New York, attended Brooklyn College and Pratt Institute where she received her Masters of Fine Arts in sculpture and printmaking. She exhibits locally in Honesdale, PA, New York State, and New York City as well as other locations in the U.S. and Europe. In 2009 she received a Puffin Foundation grant for a collaborative environmental outdoor sculpture called “Ocotillo Patch” that was exhibited in several locations including Summit, NJ, Bridgehampton, Long Island, Brooklyn, NY, and is currently displayed at the international Himalayan institute in Bethany, Pennsylvania. The works at the Ledges Hotel are two hand made paper embossings using metal textures, and a metal and stone wall sculpture of a waterfall. View Naomi’s website.
Jan was born in 1960 in Warsaw, Poland. He received MFA degrees from the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw (1983) and Hunter College in New York (1989). Between 1986 and 2005 he lived and worked in New York City. Currently he lives in Pike County, Pennsylvania and Bali, Indonesia. In recent years he traveled extensively to work on photography projects in the US, Indochina, Antarctica, Indonesia and China. In his works Jan has been avoiding storytelling and references of scale and time in order to unravel meaning. He remains most interested in exploring the relationships between culture and nature, or document (the perception of the real) and artifice (the deception of reality). Photography allows Jan to create the most straightforward, yet highly personal images of water, sky, land, the lotus flower or a person within the context of landscape, beliefs and most importantly myth. His work process is very emotional and often challenging as he aims to establish a most intimate relationship and understanding of the subject. Jan’s website.
Raul Vega specializes in textured canvasses, using a rich mixture of layered paints, which are often applied with brushes in combination with pallet knife. He has developed a unique technique that benefits the artist’s subject of flora and fauna. His work is evidence that his patience and artistic development from his days formally studying art at the College of Mayaguez, University of Puerto Rico, and Catholic University of Ponce, PR, and later, at the prestigious Pratt Institute, have paid off handsomely. He has continued to work in combination with other professional design-oriented projects. Most recently Vega has exhibited his works in Palm Beach, at the Paul Fisher Gallery, in a series of artists’ surveys, “Art at the Whitney”, in West Palm Beach, and at the Bluestone Gallery in Milford, PA. The artist’s work has recently been acquired by the Coral Springs Museum of Art and the Schacknow Museum of Fine Arts. Raul’s website.