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Sotherden, Beth  I’ve been making art and crafts of one form or another all my life.  I studied painting at Syracuse University and currently my passion is for painting expressionist landscapes in oil, acrylic, or pastel.  I begin a painting by experimenting with various materials and means of creating textures, then allow the painting to lead me through a multilayered, imagined landscape.  A native of central New York, I enjoy the beauty of the  four seasons as inspiration for my art.  (Back To)


Schmidt, Millie St John  I have worked in clay for more than 40 years, concentrating on form and exploring function. I am enjoying taking excursions from mugs, bowls, vases, and casseroles and exploring dragons and non-functional rock forms. In 2001 my artistic career took a leap when I returned to college to enhance my visual skills. I received a BFA from SUNY Oswego in painting in 2007. After 15 years, I closed my teaching studio and gallery in Baldwinsville. I am currently a pottery instructor at Clayscapes Pottery (clayscapespottery.com) in Syracuse. I now divide my time between clay and paint. I have recently been painting landscapes in watercolor, and I am thoroughly enjoying the quest for texture, form, and attitude, of my ceramic cat sculptures. E-mail
mstjohn25@yahoo.com  (Back To)

Stegmaier, Laura V. - As long as I can remember I have been fascinated with the world of nature.  From the large and furry to the small and delicate. With this love I pursued a degree in Biology and a minor in Studio Art at SUNY Potsdam.  I was introduced to my chosen medium of Pen and Ink through a close aunt.  I was impressed with how detailed and life-like the images were.  I enjoy illustrating the wildlife I have encountered in my career asan Aquarist, Wildlife Rehabilitator, and Veterinary Assistant.


Stisser Laura, I am a Baldwinsville resident and mother of two. I picked up my first paint brush in 2010 by taking a few classes at BOCES and caught the bug. I work with acrylics, pastels and watercolor. I have the extreme pleasure to have studied with Delores Herringshaw and Sandra Sabene. Visit my website at
http://www.laurastisserart.com. (Back To)

Sunshine, Pamela,- I am a 60 year old retired Pediatrician who started drawing as a teenager. School, career and family left little time for art until my 3rd, youngest child was in elementary school. I took a non-credit Syracuse University course in watercolor in downtown Syracuse and fell in love with the medium. I would paint in the evening after the kids were in bed and have been painting ever since. I have also dabbled in pastels, taken classes in pottery and stained glass, but inevitably return to watercolors. I belong to Associated Artists of CNY, Central NY Watercolor Society as well as CNY Art Guild.


Turner, KatieEarly exposure to the art world came through my mother, Faith Fritz, an international watercolorist.  Some of my fondest memories include sunny days with her at the Toronto Art Exhibition, large crowds at Buffalo’s famous Allentown Art Show and long afternoons watching her paint. Although I have worked many years in the graphic arts field, written craft articles, published zines and worked with various media, watercolor remains my main commitment and my joy. Ed Whitney stated, “Substances obeying their own laws do beautiful things.”  Using watercolor on slick surfaces, such as Yupo paper or TerraSkin paper is a way I have found that allows mixing of colors, making unique shapes and gradations.   My current series makes use of these natural processes. KatieTurner@KTArtStudio.com visit my website at: KTArtStudio.com       (Back To)

Verescak, Steve
I have been interest in photography all my life. When I retired I upgraded my equipment and spent more time in the woodlands and traveling the byways of life sharpening my skills. I am self- taught and feel I am always learning. I am now doing several shows each year at Baltimore Woods and they in turn have used several of my photos on their posters, cards and website. (Back To)

Von Pless, Leslie  I am a recent graduate of SUNY Fredonia with a BA in Communications and Film. I currently live and works in NY City. I am also a production assistant at Rapture Video and also works at the Women's Media Center. My photographs include those taken on my recent semester in Europe and many that I has taken of Upstate New York, the Adirondacks and the NY City area. I am also a member of the Cooperstown Art Association and participates in their art shows and sales. (Back To)

Von Pless, JoAnn
  I began my career as an Interior Decorator and taught classes in Interior Decoration and Design at Bryant and Stratton and BOCES. I enjoy fine art as well as decorative painting and study both whenever possible. Working in acrylics and oils in realistic style, her favorite subjects are landscapes while also painting an occasional still life. She found inspiration growing up in the Mohawk Valley viewing the beautiful farmland and foothills to the Catskill and Adirondack Mountains in all seasons of the year.  (Back To)

Wells, Cindy  After teaching art to elementary and junior high school students for thirty-four years I now concentrate on making my own art. I consider my self "a jack of all trades" artist who loves to experiment with all types of materials and processes creating real or abstract images from places or objects that appeal to my inner being.  (Back To)

Zadrozny, Mary  I received a Graphic Arts degree from Orlando College in Florida. I am the owner of "Just Imagine Design & Publications", specializing in unique quilt patters, plus resources for artist, crafters, writers and quilters. I also am the author/illustrator of the book "Home Shows: The Complete Guide for Artists and craftspeople." I started out as a quilt teacher, designer and restorer of antique quilts in the 80's. I am now branching out in a variety of mediums, including watercolor and mixed media collage. One of my goals is to push the boundaries of all my artwork, experimenting with 3-D shapes and embellishments. Some works are created with a deep spiritual/emotional current and others are just to have fun. My email address is justimag@twcny.rr.com, and my website address is www.justimaginedesigns.com(Back To)

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