Thank you for being a member of the Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild. As part of Byrdcliffe membership, all current member artists (working in any discipline, including musicians and writers!) at the $65 level or higher will receive the additional benefit of having a brief artist bio (max. 100 words) listed on our website together with an image and a link to their website. If you don’t have a website, we can include your phone number or email address, if you wish.

In order to receive a listing, please send one email to with the following:
a short bio: please include this text in the body of your email, no word or pdf attachments (the bio should be 100 words maximum; we will not edit your bio and will not take any text from your website)
one image: 500 pixels wide by 350 pixels high, in jpg or png format, attached to your email (the image may be of one of your artworks, or of yourself if you are a performer, or a book cover, etc.)
website: please include the URL of your site, again in the body of the email. If you don’t have a website, you may include your phone number or email address if you’d like people to contact you that way.

Photos above from left to right by Julia Santos Solomon, Meg Beaudoin, Carole P. Kunstadt, and Philip Monteleoni.


Samira Abbassy moved to New York city from London in 1998 where she helped to establish the Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts Studio Center. Her work is largely autobiographical, composed of stylized self-portraiture and mythological history paintings. Abbassy’s work is included in the following collections: the British Museum, the Metropolitan Museum, The British Government Art Collection, the Donald Rubin Foundation, the Farjaam Collection, the Burger Collection, the Omid Foundation, Tehran, the Abbey Grey, NYU. Other awards and fellowships include a Yaddo fellowship, a NYFA fellowship in Drawing, a Pollock-Kasner, and a Joan Mitchell Painting/Sculpture award. In April 2012 she was the artist in residence at the University of Virginia.


Nancy Azara is an artist whose sculpture is carved, assembled and highly painted wood with gold and silver leaf and encaustic. The wood, the paint and the layers that make up the sculpture record a journey of memory, images and ideas. Nancy Azara has exhibited her sculpture and collages in New York City, throughout the U.S. and abroad. She was a founder of the New York Feminist Art Institute (NYFAI) in 1979.

<strong>NANCY AZARA</strong>

Meg Beaudoin makes her life as a full time ceramic artist in the woods of Stone Ridge, N.Y. Her wood fired ceramics are both sculptural and functional, inspired by the natural world and the human body. Her pieces aim to reflect the color, depth and perfect imperfection of natural forms. “The act of making connects me to myself and to the world. As a potter I use earth in the form of clay, water in order to shape the clay, fire to turn the clay into stone and so contain air inside of the new form that is created.”


Darla Bjork is a painter who has exhibited in the United States and Europe. She is also a psychiatrist who has had a private practice in New York City for many years. Her work has evolved from abstract portraits that reflected people she worked with in mental institutions to abstract landscapes influenced by her childhood in rural Minnesota and now by the view of the Catskill Mountains from her studio in Woodstock, NY. For years she painted with oils on canvas but for the past six years has incorporated encaustic wax and then oil stick on wood panels.

<strong>DARLA BJORK</strong>
JARED BLISS <strong>JARED BLISS</strong>

Jared Bliss is a lifelong Hudson Valley resident. He and his wife have their studio and storefront J Bliss Studios on Tinker Street in the town of Woodstock. Jared works primarily in pen and ink, both on paper and wooden objects. From his earliest school days Jared’s notebooks have always had more drawings and doodles than words. Inspired by his fascination of nature and science fiction, Jared draws from both reality and the imagination. Creating illustrations of creatures and landscapes that are familiar yet other worldly, each drawing has its own story to tell.


Pamela Blum pursues her studio practice—encaustic-covered sculpture—in her Kingston, NY studio. She is professor emerita from SUNY Dutchess. For three decades she taught two-dimensional design, color theory, drawing and painting at the college level. She now serves as Curator for the Gallery at R&F in Kingston, NY. “I make organic, encaustic-covered sculptural forms. I intend my work to be disturbing, funny, and sometimes sexual. It’s about human foibles and disasters. The work – founded formally, conceptually, and technically in history, history, history – rests on Barbara Kingsolver’s ‘Poisonwood Bible’ concept that misunderstanding is the cornerstone of civilization.”

<strong>PAMELA BLUM</strong>

Maureen Burns-Bowie creates ceramic sculpture rich with organic imagery, a metaphor for psychological and spiritual growth. Her art conveys a sense of the preciousness of life, and the power and dignity of the human spirit. She has exhibited extensively nationally and internationally, including Radcliffe College, Minneapolis Museum of Art, Delaware Art Museum, AIR Vallauris, France, Florence Italy Biennale, Paris Fair, and National Museum of Women in the Art’s exhibition at the World Congress Beijing. As a UN Representative, she creates art presentations for Women’s Caucus for Art. She is listed in Marquis Who’s Who in the World.


Mercedes Cecilia enjoys painting when the light plays on the surface of water. She paints the light revealing colors and movements on the waters. She follows the rhythmical movement of the waters and mixes colors with the brushes as she needs, aware that each moment is brief, almost evanescent. Mercedes paints as mapping time exploring the space between light. She paints what she sees and loves. After painting she always goes home feeling grateful for her relationship with the light and a mountain lake. Since 1980, she has been painting the lakes, rivers and streams of the Catskill Mountains and the Hudson River Valley. Following in the footsteps of the Hudson River Artists, she celebrates and wishes to preserve our environment. Mercedes feels that by painting the colors of the water of rivers and lakes she is keeping a record of Climate Change. She loves living in Woodstock NY.

<strong>MERCEDES CECILIA</strong>
F.S.H CEDARHOLM <strong>F.S.H CEDARHOLM</strong>

F.S.H Cedarholm is an East-Meets-West Harlem-born poet and performer, currently a full time Artist in Residence. Faith passionately believes in the divine energy shared between all living things and the power of artistic expression as a healing force. Her work celebrates what it truly means to be human and investigates the interplay of the mental, physical, emotional, and spiritual realms in the search for self. She has been published in several experimental literary magazines and performed in a variety of venues in NYC including the Alchemical Theater, Gallery MC, Le Poisson Rouge, Joe’s Pub, and Peridance to name a few.


Viv Corringham is a British vocalist and sound artist living in New York. Her work includes performance, installations, radio and soundwalks. Performances draw on an international career in improvised and experimental singing, while her sound work explores people’s relationship with familiar places and the link to personal history and memory. Twice selected as a McKnight Composer Fellow and recently resident artist at Harvestworks Media Arts, NYC, her work has been presented in Europe, Asia, North America and Australia. “(Her) voice is a thing of wonder, ranging from lilting folkiness to speaking-in-tongues wildness.” (programme notes)

<strong>VIV CORRINGHAM</strong>

Joseph Cozad has been creating art from an early age. He earned a degree in painting, established a career in web-based software development, and recently returned to his roots as an artist. As both a left and right brained person, he works to balance his enjoyment of the structured linear creative process of solving the puzzles that software demands with the need to experience the spontaneously inspired process that is the fiber of creating art. Currently Joseph is working with water media and graphite as well as creating a line of jewelry using gemstones and wire.


Melanie Delgado is currently a full time Artist in Residence at Byrdcliffe. Her home studio shared with birds, chipmunks and white moths was built in 1903. From spray paint to oil sticks, Melanie uses playfulness, a child-like vision and a heavy dose of street art to bring her voice to the canvas, door, window or piece of wood. Art Camp developed this past summer with children from the local community and she started instructing a course for young artists at the Woodstock School of Art. Delgado is curious about the stories behind the dilapidated fence, the overgrown pines and what comes next.

<strong>MELANIE DELGADO</strong>

Priscilla Derven is a painter born in 1948 in Nyack, NY, near her family’s home in Grand View overlooking the Hudson River. Her earliest memories include drawing and painting with her mother, Mary Jane, a landscape painter. She studied art at SVA and Hunter College in NYC. She has worked as a graphic designer, art teacher and textile designer. She’s still painting and drawing, when she’s not working on her garden and beehives in High Falls, NY where she lives with her husband Stephen MacDonald. She shows her work at John Davis Gallery in Hudson, NY.


Josh Dorman was born in Baltimore, 1966. He lives and works in New York City and in West Shokan. His work is represented by Ryan Lee Gallery in New York City and John Martin Gallery in London. In 2009, he received a grant from the New York Foundation for the Arts, and he has been awarded residencies at Yaddo, Millay Colony and Art Omi. His work is in many museums and private collections across the country and has been reviewed in ArtNews, Art in America, LA Times, Modern Painters, ArtForum, and The New Yorker.

<strong>JOSH DORMAN</strong>

Paulette Esrig’s work in clay combines the motion, rhythm and dynamics of both music and dance to produce purely sculptural forms. References to nature are implied and abstracted. Esrig begins her work constructing cylinders of varying dimensions. Starting with a feeling or rough idea for a form she wishes to make, she decides how she can bend and manipulate the clay to show motion. As she stretches the clay, pushing from the inside and adding or cutting form, she keeps in mind the movement she wishes to convey. She works intuitively until she reaches her goal of an integrated work.


Lisbeth Firmin is a contemporary American realist known for her urban landscapes. For over five decades her work has been in hundreds of solo and group shows across the country and internationally. She has been awarded a NYFA Fellowship (2007), Pollock-Krasner Grant (1999), full fellowships to the MacDowell Colony, National Seashore Residency, the Vermont Studio Center and Saltonstall Arts Colony. Her paintings and prints are in several public collections including the New York Historical Society, Provincetown Art Association & Museum, Munson Williams Procter Arts Institute, Tides Institute, Fleming Museum, University of Texas, Cape Cod Museum, and Hofstra University. She moved from NYC in 2000 to a small village in upstate NY, where she paints every day.

<strong>LISBETH FIRMIN</strong>
JOHN FRANCO <strong>JOHN FRANCO</strong>

John Franco, originally from Queens, studied figurative painting under Mae O’Meara in Flushing, NY. After receiving his engineering degree from Columbia University, John attended the National Academy School of Fine Art and the New York Studio School. His primary influences were his teachers, John Dobbs and Jean Detheux. His predominant forms are abstract and expressionist, oil on sized linen. Though he has worked extensively in color, his current work is black and white, inspired by the drawing process. He currently resides in Rhinebeck, NY with his family.


Hera is among the first public sculptors to use landscape architecture as a sculptural medium for public commissions, and is an innovator in bringing cultural and social concerns to the public eye through environmental public sculpture. Joanna Wissinger, writing in Progressive Architecture, describes the work as having “specific social as well as aesthetic agendas” and “arousing a sense of history”. Hera crosses disciplinary boundaries with her environmental sculpture, finding ways to enrich our live with history and the life of forms.

JOHN JORDAN <strong>JOHN JORDAN </strong>

Started to work as a graphic artist in 1963 and has been working in some aspect of art ever since. Currently John calls himself artist, sculptor, carver, goldsmith, painter, producer but he’s really so much more than that. “He’s alive”. He has exhibited in Denver, Houston, LA, Melbourne, Oahu, Allentown Museum, New York, became woodstocker in 1988. Award he’s most proud of was lion ring in Astrohall national AFMS, HGMS 1982. Complete bio at: since 1989. Most recognize John as the host/producer of Ramble On, woodstock tv 16 years, Over 700 woodstock artists featured.


Mark Thomas Kanter (b.1964, Monterey, CA) is a painter whose work is deeply seated in Drawing as a practice. As an artist he explores the psychological meeting point of the sensual (what we take in from the physical world through our senses) and the conceptual (what we extend into the world from our thinking). His work has been exhibited in New York City, the Hudson Valley, and nationally, as well as internationally in Italy and Spain. He has taught Painting and Drawing at institutions including Dartmouth College, American University, SUNY New Paltz,and SUNY Purchase.

<strong>MARK THOMAS KANTER</strong>
YOUNG MI KIM <strong>YOUNG MI KIM</strong>

Young mi Kim has maintained a studio in Bearsville N.Y. since 2003. She graduated from Cooper Union, where she studied painting. When a chance encounter led Young mi to clay as a creative material, she fell in love and has passionately explored this material for over 20 years. She has mastered throwing, hand building, wood-firing, and many other types of firing, including salt and oxidation firing. Young mi’s vessels are hand built using coil and pinching techniques to create carefully constructed organic forms.


Carole P. Kunstadt’s works reference the material of books, deconstructing paper and text, and using it in metaphorical ways. Kunstadt’s process reveals how language can become visual through re-interpretation. The PBS/OFF BOOK Book Arts mini-documentary in the series on progressive arts, features Kunstadt in the segment, Transforming the Sacred. Private as well as public collections include George J. Mitchell Department of Special Collections & Archives, Bowdoin College Library, Brunswick, ME; The Book Arts Collection of the National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, D.C.; The Permanent Collection of the Center for Book Arts, New York, NY.

<strong>CAROLE KUNSTADT</strong>
BOBBY LUCY <strong>BOBBY LUCY</strong>

Robert Lucy Robert Lucy has painted professionally for over 25 years. His formative years as a painter began at Northwestern University, where he studied with Ed Paschke, and continued at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where he received his BFA and MFA. Robert has recently shown his work at The Bronx Museum, The Dairy Arts Center in Boulder, Colorado, The David and Alfred Smart Museum at the University of Chicago, and The Leslie-Lohman Museum of Art in New York City. He lives in the Byrdcliffe Art Colony in Woodstock, New York with his partner, Chris Wells, founder of The Secret City.


Mari Lyons’ paintings undulate between figuration and abstraction. She does cityscapes, still life, studio interiors, landscape, portraits, the figure. Her nonobjective work usually uses figurative elements. Mari studied with Max Beckmann and Fletcher Martin (Mills), Louis Schanker (Bard), and at Cranbrook (MFA), Atelier l7, and the Grand Chaumiere. Talks with exhibitions of her work: Rider University, Munson-Williams-Proctor Institute, Woodstock School of Art; one-person shows at Fairleigh Dickinson University, Kirkland Art Center, and many at First Street Gallery in Chelsea. Studios in NYC and Woodstock (shown). Next show: First Street Gallery, October 2015

<strong>MARI LYONS</strong>

Philip Monteleoni is an artist who works in marble sculpture, pastel painting, and drawing. A retired architect, Philip creates representational work. He approaches the work with a rigorous respect for the visual and sculptural truth of the subjects. Much of his sculpture is of animals, often inspired by direct observation or nature photographs. His pieces are exercises in really seeing the subjects and translating them into form. He seeks to awaken in viewers the same love for the earth’s creatures–many now imperiled– that he feels while creating the work.


There are three places you can find Erica Obey when she isn’t writing: hiking, gardening, or teaching courses on mystery fiction and Arthurian romance at Fordham University. She has published a scholarly work, The Wunderkammer of Lady Charlotte Guest, as well as a mystery novel, Back to the Garden, and has just finished her second novel, The Lazarus Vector — the first in her All Saints mystery series. Erica earned an undergraduate degree from Yale, as well a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from CUNY, before she decided it was a lot more fun to write the stories herself.

<strong>ERICA OBEY</strong>

Faye Richland’s first art class was at home. Her parents were art appreciators. Her second art class was in ninth grade, and she took Life Drawing classes in college. Quick poses were easy after that. She loved Aubrey Beardsley’s drawings. Faye studied with Knox Martin at the Art Students League for over ten years. Other teachers there were William Scharf and Frank O’Cain. Her three years in Santa Fe were a great experience in every way. The light, colors and landscape are for every artist to enjoy. Sam Scott, one of her teachers, said “Artists bring the news to the world”.


Phillip Rudolph III is a graduate of Butler Institute of Fine Arts in Youngstown Ohio. He is a member of the Executive Guild Artist Registry and has organized and participated in many art exhibits throughout the Northeast Corridor from New York to Washington D.C. He was the first Black artist to exhibit his works on board an Amtrak train through “Art On the Move,” which he copy wrote. The exhibit traveled from Boston to New Port News, Virginia and back. Phillip also exhibited in events such as Colours, a multicultural art exhibition that included the works of artists from various diaspora who came together in honor of Black History Month. The works of renowned artists of the Philadelphia area as well as artists employed by Amtrak were displayed in a three-day exhibit held at Philadelphia’s 30th Street Station. An advocate for youth, Phillip has been instrumental in encouraging the artistic abilities of young people. He has implemented various mentoring programs and special events dedicated to youth.

<strong>PHILLIP RUDOLPH III</strong>

Renee Samuels’ artistic strength is to be free in her exploration, to be spontaneous with it whilst pursuing a refined expression of ideas. The politics of her poetic work are universal in her desire for people to be moved by, delight in and achieve serenity through seeing it, to feel that the beauty of her art, its reflection of nature, makes them realize life in a deeper way. Samuels has taught painting privately, and her work has been shown throughout the Hudson Valley, in New York City and in Cambridge, Mass. Her studio is in Woodstock, New York.


Julia Santos Solomon is one of the most successful contemporary Dominican artists on the landscape today. Julia is a multi-faceted artist creating paintings, sculpture, and mixed media. Julia’s work has been exhibited and collected nationally and abroad. Currently, her work is represented in many public collections and museums. Her art has been featured in art publications New Art International, Acrylic Revolution and Acrylic Illuminations. The Dominican Studies Institute at City University is archiving Julia’s documents and artwork at their state of the art archives in New York City, making them available to scholars, writers, collectors and students.

<strong>JULIA SANTOS SOLOMON</strong>
SABRA SEGAL <strong>SABRA SEGAL</strong>

Sabra Segal is a multi-media artist, creator of collages, poems, gouache, mixed-media paintings, drawings, and works in clay. Published art: The New Yorker, East West Journal, Houghton Mifflin, Syracuse Cultural Workers 2000 & 1999 Women Artists Datebooks. Group and Solo Shows: Schenectady Museum, NY; DeCordova Museum, Lincoln, MA; San Francisco Art Museum; Albany Institute of History & Art; Rice Gallery, Albany, NY; “Selected Works Artist”, Pittsfield Art Gallery Show, 2006, Pittsfield, MA. Published and Radio Broadcast writings, WAMC-FM, Albany, NY, WRPI-FM,Troy, NY. 2018 Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award.


Ana C. H. Silva makes paintings and prints. One of her pieces was selected for The Peace and Human Security Media Festival . She has shown at Zea Mays, The Spence School, The Russell Gallery, Deerfield Academy, and Byrdcliffe. Her poetry has been published in Podium, The Mom Egg, the nth position, Snow Monkey, Anemone Sidecar, Stepaway Magazine and Chronogram. She won the inaugural Rachel Wetzsteon Memorial Poetry Prize at the 92nd St. Y Unterberg Poetry Center.

<strong>ANA SILVA</strong>
LORRE SMITH <strong>LORRE SMITH</strong>

Lorre Smith knits in order to create beautiful textiles in ancient forms such as wraps and scarves. She seeks sometimes more than 30 or 40 yarns to create one fabric. The colors and surface design of each piece grow through a process of color and fiber selection and combination. Her paper arts stem from years of working with paper in the form of handbound books, expanding into collage work in fine art formats and in greeting card and other craft formats. She uses papers from all over the world and creates unique block print and paste papers.


Nathalie van Mulken is an abstract oil painter working largely from her emotions. Look closely at most of her works and you will see many layers of paint, often stretching back months or even years. Every brushstroke, even the first, is a response to something that has occurred before, on the canvas or in her mind or memory, and it will influence what will happen next. Nathalie’s paintings are not meant as a statement, nor do they emerge from a preconceived plan. She would like viewers to construct their own meanings from her works.

<strong>NATHALIE VAN MULKEN</strong>