Members of the Washington Art Association & Gallery's faculty include celebrated artists, distinguished academics, and other accomplished arts professionals who have the skills and experience to help you unlock your full creative potential.Portrait photographs by Rich Pomerantz.
Mary began her study of art in Paris where she lived for a year during college. She studied drawing and painting at The Art Student’s League for three and a half years and studied with noted artists in between. It was here at the Art Association where she discovered sculpture. She also studied with sculptor, Paul Lucchesi in Fabiano, Italy and in many workshops in the states as well as with sculptor Garland Weeks of Lubbock, Texas, a Fellow of The National Sculpture Society.
Mary has had many one-person shows in Savannah and has exhibited her work in New York. Since 2008, she has been invited to exhibit her work at “Sculpture in Savannah”, an exhibit of nationally known sculptors from around the country.
Her work is in collections in Auckland, New Zealand, San Francisco, Washington, D.C., New York and Savannah.
Ira Barkoff is a landscape painter whose work is collected throughout the US, Europe, and Japan. His work is in the permanent collection of the New Britain Museum of American Art and in many galleries. He studied painting with Robert Brackman at the Art Students League and earned a BFA from Pratt Institute.
Barkoff has taught design at the School of Visual Arts in NYC. His work has been shown in the New York Times and American Artist Magazine.
"While they may seem otherwise, my paintings do not depict a specific time or place, a patch of woods that someone could walk through. Except, perhaps, spiritually. My hope is to transcend the natural world by bringing to life something deeper and more elusive than outward appearances. When I look around me, I see a purpose and perfection in the world that confirms what is in my heart."
Timothy Bergstrom is an abstract painter whose additive process builds but does not erase. In the cracks and fissures of his surface you see layer on layer of glitter and glue, like a studio floor inverted on the wall. These paintings are meant to be explored up close, forming an intimacy between the viewer and the work. “By zooming in and breaking down painting’s material and intrinsic elements, I aspire to create a dissonant relationship between painting and music. I look to develop pictures separate from painting's history of representation, Modernism’s flatness, and different from that of the photographed or digitally produced image,” states the artist. Bergstrom’s work has been included in exhibitions at institutions such as The New Britain Museum of Art in Connecticut and Indiana State University in Bloomington.
Souby Boski is an adjunct professor in the Art Department at Naugatuck Valley Community College and has several years of experience teaching Art at Naugatuck Valley Community College in the Connecticut public school system and Adult Education programs. Souby holds a BA in Art Education from Stetson University and a Masters degree in the Arts from Wesleyan University. She has studied oil painting with Eric Aho, Ira Barkoff and Ruth Miller.
Souby has exhibited her work throughout the eastern United States and was represented by the Behnke Doherty Gallery.
Marc Chabot is a draftsman, printmaker, and private dealer of fine prints. He founded Marc Chabot Fine Arts in 1990 and deals specializing in fine original prints and other works on paper.
For the past 30 years, Marc has been the moderator for our Tuesday evening open studio Life Drawing sessions.
Marc Chabot has taught printmaking and figure drawing at WAA since 1990, and at WCSU, Wooster Community Art Center, and Weir Farm. He received his degree in drawing and printmaking from Skidmore College in 1978, and worked with Michael Mazur and Hyman Bloom in Boston.
Pam Church Pam is a functional potter from Watertown CT, selling custom and unique wood-fired pieces and sets. She has studied ceramics at Wesleyan Potters and with local artist, Alison Palmer and has most recently completed an apprenticeship with Maine ceramic artist, Squidge Davis. She has taught children in various arenas since 2001 and holds a BSEE from the University of Rochester and an MA in Spiritual Psychology from the University of Santa Monica.
Peter Cusack has an MA in illustration from Syracuse University. His work is in the collection of the Museum of American Illustration at the Society of Illustrators, the New York Transit Museum, and the United States Air Force. Peter has a studio at Mana Contemporary in Jersey City, NJ as well as in West Cornwall CT.
Edward Spaulding DeVoe has taught landscape painting for over a decade in the heart of the Hudson River’s greatest scenery at The United States Military Academy, West Point. He studied at The Arts Students League in N.Y.C. under Frank H. Mason and Herbert Abrams. He holds a BA in Fine Arts from Colgate University.
DeVoe exhibits internationally and his works are in private and public collections throughout the world. He has won “Best-In-Show” in many competitions, including the President’s Award from the National Arts Club. His mural designs were part of the National Society of Mural Painters’ Bicentennial tribute.
Patty Keville Fogle is primarily a landscape painter working in charcoal and oil. She resides in rural Connecticut. She received a thorough grounding in academic method from Master painters, including Trey Friedman at the Washington Art Association. Her work is in private collections in the US and abroad.
Jaimie Gerst has had a passion for working with clay and creating since childhood. Throughout her high school and college career, she continued to take all of the ceramics, art, and design classes possible. She received a Bachelor's in Industrial and Interaction Design from Syracuse University and an MA in Design Strategy and Innovation from Brunel University in London.
Jaimie is driven by the power of Design. Whether it is helping a child or adult build their first pottery piece, or inspiring organizations to use Strategic Design and Branding to achieve business objectives, Jaimie strives to use her training to create positive experiences that people love.
Born in Manhattan, Xenia studied interiors at Parsons School of Design. At the Maine Maritime Museum, she apprenticed to a wooden boat builder. She studied life drawing and painting at the Art Students League of New York. She has a BA in international relations, a BA in art history with highest honors, and an MFA in painting.
Hodza teaches Philosophy of Art at WCSU and has taught art history, color theory, 3-D design, drawing, and painting. Her work has been exhibited in Chelsea, Greenwich. Danbury, and North Adams. It has received a number of awards and resides in various private collections. Her studio in Warren, Connecticut is open to the public.
Mr. Kessler was born in New York City. He began his study of painting at an early age with his father, who was an amateur artist. He then furthered his formal education at Maryville College in Tennessee and The Art Students League of New York. Currently he works out of his studio in Connecticut.
He has exhibited extensively in museums and galleries including New Britain Museum of American Art, The Mattatuck Museum, Pound Edge Museum, The Slater Museum and The Salmagundi Club. His paintings and drawings are included in permanent collections throughout the United States and abroad.
As a painting and Fine Arts major at the University of Illinois, Robert Lenz exhibited oil and watercolor landscapes and still lifes throughout the Chicago area during the late fifties and early sixties. Upon graduation, he migrated to New York and began a successful and award winning career as a Creative Director in the Advertising business.
Thirty-five years later, in 1998, he returned to his first love, painting. In order to refresh and re-start his earlier ambition, he has studied at the Silvermine School of Art in New Canaan, CT, the Washington Art Association in Washington CT, the National Academy of Design and the Art Students’ League in New York City.
Now living in South Kent, CT and New York City, he is working full-time both inside and outside of his studio and has resumed a prolific career as a painter and printmaker. His work has recently been exhibited exclusively at the Morrison Gallery in Kent, CT. In addition to exhibiting, Bob is also teaching through the Washington Art Association.
Karen grew up in Europe, surrounded by art and architecture. At Williams College, she studied politics, economics and art, both history and studio, under Tom Krens, Whitney Stoddard, Lane Faison and E.J. Johnson, then went on to focus on architecture at the University of Pennnsylvania. Art and architectural history have always informed her practice of both architecture and fine art.
Earning a graduate degree in architecture from the University of Pennsylvania, she began a career in architecture, working in New York City, winning a Historic Preservation award for work renovating a brownstone on Gramercy Place. She also worked in New Jersey, and in Grenoble, France, where she was part of the winning design team for the 1992 Olympics ice skating rink, and for the city hall in Chambery, France.
Upon returning to the United States, Karen gradually left architecture behind, focusing on art and competitive rowing. Solitary early hours on the water, the mists and the reflections of lakes Lillinonah and Waramaug, led her to paint, and through art, to attempt to share the chaotic daily beauty that surrounds us.
Linda West is a contemporary representational artist specializing in oil painting and drawing portraits. She received her Certificate for Fine Arts from the National Academy of Design, NYC, having trained with Sam Adoquei, Ron Sherr and studied at The Art Students League, NYC, with Harvey Dinnerstein and Costa Vavagiakis. Linda received additional training at SACI in Florence, Italy, and the ateliers of Burton Silverman and Carlos Castano.
Linda has been the recipient of numerous awards. Her work has been exhibited in New York City at the Cork Gallery, The Salmagundi Club, the Phyllis Harriman Mason Gallery, in Connecticut at The UConn Stamford Gallery, Hurlbut Gallery, Artwell Gallery, the Behnke Doherty Gallery third Winter Group Show, and The Cudahy Gallery in Virginia.