GCCA Garden Party – LIVE Auction

Enjoy a LIVE Auction of GCCA Artist Members’ Work!


Greene County Council on the Arts invites everyone to its Annual Garden Party fundraiser at the historic riverside estate, Beattie-Powers Place, on Saturday, September 16, 2017 from  1:00-4:00pm.  This year a LIVE Auction will take place at 3 pm. GCCA Artist Members submitted original artwork in early June for jury consideration and 15 outstanding works were selected for inclusion in the LIVE Auction. The chosen artists include Eugenie Barron, Paul Barton, Susan Beecher, Allen Bryan, Laura Garramone, Alexandria Gilbert, Carter Hodgkins, Erika M. Klein, Maria Kolodziej-Zincio, Mara Lehmann, Linda Nicholls, Franc Palaia, Susan Sabino, Beth Schneck and Ken Tannebaum. The LIVE Auction is an opportunity for GCCA Artist Members to sell their work and donate a portion of the sale to GCCA, too. Many of the works will begin at a $150 starting bid. A “Local Celebrity” will act as auctioneer and we don’t want to keep you in suspense, so please preview the LIVE Auction works. Click here for more information about the Garden Party.

Eugenie BarronLost Letter, Linen and Hemp Fiber Handmade Paper, 13×15″, Framed. $500 Retail Value. Starting Bid: $170.

Eugenie Barron studied art at the University of Missouri and moved to NYC to apprentice under master papermaker Douglass Morse Howell in 1979. She taught paper making to children in NYC public schools for several years in the 90’s, adult classes at Dieu Donne Paper in NYC and Women’s Studio Workshop in Rosendale NY, among other venues. She resides in Catskill NY.

Barron states “In the late 1970’s I was a piano tuner and painter working in watercolor when I discovered hand papermaking. Developing my own papers for painting allowed me to more fully express the luminosity that I saw around me in the natural world. Within two or three years, I became immersed in the craft as an artistic medium in itself. I came to see that pulp could be manipulated beyond forming sheets to draw or paint on and so I began to make sculptural “Books I Never Wrote” which could be hung on a wall. Since then my work has expanded in several directions. I also enjoy working collaboratively with other artists in the studio to convey their ideas in paper.



Paul BartonDurham Valley Sunrise, Photography, 36×16″, Rustic Wood Frame. $800 Retail Value. Starting Bid: $270.

Paul Barton was born at a very early age to wonderful parents who because they were musicians and took to the road playing vaudeville theaters for many years during the 20’s and 30’s of The Great Recession…decided to stay and set up a household in Miami after finishing up a gig at Miami’s Paramount theater and declared that Miami was the best city they played and a great place to live. And perhaps that is why Paul got his Wunderlust and love of a vagabond life better known as being a photographer.

Paul attended the University of Miami after high school and because he had no idea what he wanted to do with his life he chose to major in business administration. Paul met his mentor for life in the form of Wilson Hicks who was the Director of University Publications and student publications and had been lured out of retirement by the University of Miami.  One day Mr. Hicks called Paul into his office and told him he had a natural eye. That’s a nice complement coming from someone who was photo editor and later Executive Editor of LIFE magazine.

Paul’s photo credits include LIFE Magazine, Saturday Evening Post, Sports Illustrated, Travel & Leisure, Traveler Magazine, and the Miami Herald, his first employer. His advertising work includes the Irish Tourist Board, Jamaica Tourist Board, Bahamas Ministry of Tourism, American Express and Ritz-Carlton Resorts. Paul’s newest excitement in life is photographing the beauty of the Hudson Valley, Northern Catskills, the Stone Arch Bridges of Durham and especially Durham Valley sunrises.

Susan Beecher-Teapot with Two Tea Bowls, Hand Thrown and Stamped CeramicWood & Salt Fired$175 Retail Value. Starting Bid $60.

Susan Beecher is a nationally recognized Studio Potter whose work has appeared in more than 80 national juried shows over the last 27 years. She has taught workshops and weekly classes at art centers throughout the Northeast, Florida and California.  Her work has appeared in many articles and 8 books.  A book on her life and work was published by Catskill Press: Susan Beecher: Wood Fired Pottery. She is the Director of Sugar Maples Center for the Arts.

“In my working methods and style I attempt to carry on the folk traditions of the past, making pots that are beautiful, functional and lyrical. I try to marry these concepts to a contemporary flavor of form, surface and gesture. Surface freshness and texture are very important to me as I strive for fluidity and movement in the work. I am increasingly concerned about the preservation of the flora and fauna of our planet and these themes are finding their way into my work as I add small animals, birds, fish, insects and plant life to my pieces. And always, my pots speak of home, family and close friends sitting down to a delicious meal served in hand-made vessels that reflect the warmth and generosity of the occasion.”

Allan BryanInside/Out with Chair, Geese and Yellow Bricks, Archival Pigment Print, 18×16”, Framed to 24×22”. $900 Retail Value. Starting Bid $300.

Allen Bryan. His career includes teacher of art and filmmaking, jewelry designer/goldsmith and for the last 30 years, photographer. His advertising photography studio specializes in “tabletop” products such as jewelry and home accessories. Since 1998, he has exhibited photographs of the landscape and interior spaces.

Bryan has this to say about his work “The Comforts of Home and Inside Out series came about as I searched for connections between my early quickly taken street photography and the slower, contemplative landscape work that followed. The places in these pictures are figments. These are pictures of a world that isn’t as real as it looks at first glance, that question comfortable reality.”

Pictures from the Comforts of Home series have been exhibited at The Smithsonian Institution International Gallery; JFK Center for the Performing Arts; Philadelphia Museum of Art; Delaware Art Museum; Art Museum at SUNY Albany; Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art; Albany Institute of History & Art; The Hyde Collection; Houston Center for Photography and in many other galleries. Locally, Bryan’s work is represented by Elena Zang Gallery in Shady in Woodstock, NY.


Laura GarramoneSummer, Pastel on Paper, 16×20”, Framed. $450 Retail Value. Starting Bid $150.

Laura Garramone is a pastel artist from Greene County New York. She has been a lifetime resident of southern Albany County and more recently Greene County. Her work is intimately connected to her home and surrounding areas. Laura loves the beauty of upstate New York and is constantly searching for the next subject for her paintings. She is never disappointed with the vast amount of fantastic vistas here. Inspiration comes from nature and every day beauty. Laura has worked in acrylics, watercolor and charcoal, but fell in love with the immediacy and pure color of pastels. She has been working in pastels exclusively since 2008 and feels that she wants to learn as much as there is to learn about this medium. Occasionally she will use other mediums in combination with her beloved pastels.

Laura is mostly self-taught, as are all artists, she says, “The journey of art exploration is a personal one. Everyone experiences and develops themselves as artists differently. No matter how many workshops or formal training an artist receives, they in the end emerge with their own artistic style and personal flare.”  Laura believes that she is still immersed in her personal artistic journey and is enjoying every second of it.  The advice she would give to artists just beginning their journeys would be not to give up on your art. No matter what life throws at you keep painting, sketching, imagining and seeing.


Alexandria Gilbert-Serendipity, Watercolor on Rough Grain Cold Press Paper, 9.5”x 12.5”, Framed. $475 Retail Value. Starting Bid $160.

Alexandria Gilbert is a self-taught artist from the Hudson Valley who specializes in botanical watercolors. After extensive travels abroad, she recently returned to her native Ghent where she finds endless inspiration in the beautiful surroundings. About her piece for the auction she writes “Serendipity” was inspired while I was living in the Netherlands last year. After a long, grey winter, peonies started appearing at the local flower stalls and brought a welcome pop of color and cheer which was much appreciated.”






Carter HodgkinDiatom, Pigmented Inkjet Print on Paper, 1996.  8×16.5”, Framed. $450 Retail Value. Starting Bid $150.

Carter Hodgkin states “Inspired by physics, I use the lines of colliding atomic particles to explore a new language of abstraction in paintings, animations and mosaics. Using digital technology to simulate particle collisions, I create hyper-energetic, cascading compositions from thousands of vibrantly-hued dots which grow, dissipate and dissolve. These colliding particles explore invisible forces to reveal structures and patterns of movement; conjuring phenomena such as fireworks, waterfalls, vortexes and eruptions.

In the act of painting, I layer hand-painted overlapping tiny dots and fragile lines transforming technological scientific imagery into a tactile, gestural form. The painting process becomes a labor-intensive building up of overlapping tiny dots and lines as the original image to succumb to the touch of the human hand. The repetitive painting of dots becomes meditative and contemplative. Negotiating between stasis and movement, these forms chart a metaphoric territory where gesture, line, motif and color bring drawing and painting into architectural space. Binding together concepts of time and process, they represent an interaction with space to map transitory forces that compel progression and growth.”

Erika M. KleinConsideration, Watercolor & Old Book Pages, Image 16×16”, Framed to 20×20”. $600 Retail Value. Starting Bid $200.

 Erika M. Klein grew up in Coxsackie, NY. Mostly she spends her creativity on the creation of abstract watercolor mandalas and lampshades made with movie film. From 1999-2000 she attended the Glasgow School of Art in Glasgow, Scotland. In 2001 she graduated from Beaver College (now named Arcadia University) with a Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Art, Painting. She has traveled throughout the world; inspired by where she’s been Erika returned to live in the Hudson Valley. Her work has been exhibited not only locally but also in Los Angeles, CA; Glasgow, Scotland; and Bari, Italy. In addition, Erika was among the finalists in the 2011 And 2016 American Arts Awards, and one of the winners of the 2012 American Arts Awards.





Maria Kolodziej-Zincio-Sunflower Heliotropism, Encaustic (Beeswax) Mixed Media, 8×10” in floater frame. $650 Retail Value. Starting Bid $220.

Maria Kolodziej-Zincio writes “I am an encaustic artist working with beeswax and pigment oils. Encaustic is an ancient form using molten natural beeswax, damar resin crystals and pigment as hot paint. The medium creates luminosity, texture and form. Heat is used throughout the process, melting and fusing each layer of beeswax. I work with a variety of techniques: combining encaustic with paper, drawing, photographs and collage, often embedding found objects, sometimes seen and sometimes not.

I am a native of the Hudson Valley and have exhibited in juried and solo shows throughout New York State. I am a member of the Tivoli Artists Gallery, Woodstock Artists Association and Museum, Spencertown Arts Academy, Greene County Council on the Arts, International Encaustic Artist Institute and a New York Foundation of the Arts Mark Artist.  In 2014 I was the recipient of the New York State Council on the Arts Decentralization Grant for my twenty-piece encaustic works on the “The Lost Holocaust – A Family Story” which has been viewed in galleries throughout the region and published in Metroland, Times Union, Hill Country Observer and cited in North Light Books – The Art of Story Telling.



Mara LehmannHeading South Down the Hudson, Oil on Linen, Framed to 17 x 17” with a Gold Leaf Frame. $700 Retail Value. Starting Bid $235.






Linda NichollsSunrise on the Hudson, Oil on canvas, 8×10” framed to 14×16”. $600 Retail Value. Starting Bid $200.

Linda Nicholls is a landscape artist who has been painting regional seascapes of Long Island, as well as Hudson River Valley scenes, in oils for over forty years.  She resides in Hunter, NY, in the Catskills and has for many years spent much of her summers and weekends during the spring and fall in Reeves Park, Long Island.  Exploring the beautiful beaches, marshes, farms and vineyards that grace Long Island’s North and South Forks has inspired Linda to paint the picturesque and dramatic views that exist on the Eastern Seashores.

Linda’s work has often been described as a combination of impressionism and realism style.  Throughout a thirty year career as a music and elementary school educator, Linda pursued her love of art and studied with friend and mentor, Thomas Locker, Hudson River Artist.  Through her work she hopes to reflect not only the timeless beauty of sunrises, sunsets and glorious skies of the Eastern Seashores that have captured the hearts of artists for generations, but also the song of nature that lives within us all.


Franc PalaiaRed, Yellow and Blue (Havana, Cuba), 2013, Color Digital Photograph, 8″x12″ print framed to 12″x 16″. $450 Retail Value. Starting Bid $150.

Franc Palaia is a New York-New Jersey based artist working in multiple mediums that include illuminated photography, color digital photography, artist’s books, murals, sculpture and is an independent curator. He has worked as an educator, gallerist, film and TV producer, musician, signmaker, and host at several cable TV stations. He has published numerous articles on history, art and travel in a variety of magazines and has curated over 25 group exhibits on photography and sculpture in the U.S. and in Italy. Franc has been included in over 300 group shows and 45 solo-shows, regionally, nationally and internationally with awards that include 20 grants, fellowships and residencies. His works are included in the permanent collections of MoMA, Newark Museum and the New Jersey State Museum to name a few. He was named “Distinguished Alumni of 2012” from Kean University and in 2017 he curated the 4th Wilderstein Outdoor Sculpture Biennial in Rhinebeck, NY.

“Red, Yellow and Blue”, Havana, Cuba is one of a series of color photographs from my 2013 Cuban street photographs series.  “This photo is of an international art school and was taken in the back courtyard in February 2013. The other photos in the series focus on murals, graffiti and street art. I will have several of this series of photos in a group show next March at the Monmouth Museum, NJ entitled, Cuba Today.”

Susan SabinoKaaterskill Falls, Fine Art Pigment Print Photograph on watercolor paper, 12×17” framed to 18×23”. $450 Retail Value. Starting Bid $150.

Berkshire native and returnee, Darton College graduate, single mother of two, and self-taught photographer, Susan Sabino is a rare artist; one whose work makes the effortless translation from mind to heart. Sabino, whose photographic roots stem from childhood, has worked and exhibited throughout the Northeast and New York and is an emerging, sought after photographer. Susan is a member of the Richmond/West Stockbridge Artists Guild, the GCCA Gallery in Catskill, NY, and The Windham Arts Alliance.   Her work can be found throughout New York and New England.

Sabino offers “There is a moment when light, texture, and movement converge to bring a special energy to a subject. This is when the true essence of the subject can be captured. The images I create are the result of a beautiful moment I see that possesses a unique combination of grace, simplicity, and a sense of splendor.  Botanicals are one of my favorite subjects to photograph.  These particular botanical photographs invite the viewers to immerse themselves in the dreamy beauty of nature that often goes unseen.”


Beth SchneckTop of Kaaterskill Falls © Beth Schneck Photography, Color Photograph Print, 12×18” image framed to 18 x 24”. $500 Retail Value. Starting Bid $170.

©BSP-Beth Schneck Photography

Beth Schneck has been a professional photographer for over 20 years.  She operated her own photo studio in Boston for seven years, and then moved to NYC where she primarily photographed for Sotheby’s, the 273 year old auction house. Throughout her career, Beth’s photography has spanned many different styles, including product, fashion, artwork, editorial, events, landscapes, documentary, and portraiture.  While at Sotheby’s, Beth primarily photographed Contemporary and Impressionist art, as well as auctions and celebrity-filled events.  Beth has participated in numerous art photography shows over the years, and in 2004 made Greene County her home, adding photographs of the Catskills region to her collection of work, as well as clients ranging from artists, galleries and businesses, to magazines and politicians.

Beth Schneck offers “I have been taking photos for as long as I can remember, and photographing professionally for over 20 years.  I love the entire process of photography – interacting with many interesting people, visualizing and sensing images, feeling the beauty of light falling on an object, and seeing and sharing the results.  The camera is not just a tool to capture light, it is an extension of my mind’s eye, and allows me to view the world from a distinct perspective.  My career has spanned many categories, and I am well versed in the technology side of photography.  After starting my photography career in my photo studio in Boston, I spent several years in NYC photographing celebrity filled events and world-renowned artwork at Sotheby’s auction house, as well as working on many interesting personal projects.  My focus after moving to Upstate NY shifted towards artistic photography, landscapes and contemporary photographs, while keeping busy with many local clients.”

Ken TannenbaumMan Walking in Snow, 2013, Archival pigment print, 13.5” x 21”, framed. $1200 Retail Value. Starting Bid $400.

Ken Tannenbaum. His passion for photography found him serving the advertising community for many years. His interests shifted dramatically in 2001 when his studio and family were a few blocks from the World Trade Center on 9/11. His personal work took on a more satisfying, important measure and began to supplant his commercial photography. Now, sharing a 19th Century farmhouse in Catskill, NY with his wife Anne, stimulation comes from the discipline of having his concepts take shape, sometimes the work consuming weeks before snapping the shutter. He began showing his work locally in 2013 after his move to the Hudson River Valley.

“Man Walking in Snow” is part of the “Black & Blue & Other Quandaries Series”, images made-up or born out of happenstance. In shooting the photographs, I find myself in the muddle of what I must be thinking and the subject as well; it’s often less than clear. The images are frequently the result of lying in wait, taken where I find myself, seeking something new and lucky enough to discover a narrative.  At times I am the subject and orchestrate a theme hoping to capture my imaginings; I’m often surprised by the result and always grateful for my tripod.  What assignation I make comes as I view a print, when abstractions take on a tale I feel worthy of the telling; it’s as if I’m seeing it for the very first time. Interpretations may vary and usually do. I began showing my work just a few years ago after an inspiring move to the Hudson River Valley.

If you wish to “BUY IT NOW” at the Retail price, please call Kay or Sharon at GCCA at 518-943-3400 or gcca@greenearts.org. Thank you!.

When? Saturday, September 16, 2017 from 1 to 4 pm. LIVE Auction at 3 pm. Where? Beattie Powers Place, located at the Bridge & Prospect Street intersection in Catskill, NY. For a preview of the Garden Party LIVE Auction, to purchase tickets or for more information, call 518-943-3400, email GCCA at gcca@greenearts.org or visit www.greenearts.org.

All of us at Greene County Council on the Arts look forward to our 42nd year of service and spending more time with our members, friends and donors. We hope to see you at the Garden Party! It will be a grand and LIVELY Day! Thank you for your on-going support!

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