Branching Out to the Arts

Saratoga’s Credit Union is proud to support our community of local artists by participating in the “Art in Public Places” program, organized by the Saratoga Arts Center. We will be highlighting a local artist on a monthly basis right here at our credit union at 23 Division Street.  You can catch a glimpse of our local artists and their creativity Monday through Thursdays 9am – 5pm and Fridays 9am – 6pm.

October Artist of the Month

It is our pleasure to introduce Cathy Hall as our October Artist of the Month!

Artist Statement 

Expressing myself in writing and art has always been a part of my life, but I never had the chance to really focus on either until after I retired. It has been such a rewarding experience, both creating art and working with other artists. Sharing my work came gradually, but I am pretty comfortable with it now. My goal is  to keep experimenting and pushing my boundaries. I live in the town of Wilton with my husband and our two cats. I graduated from Skidmore College in 2009 with a degree in English literature. My two grandchildren appreciate my role as a Nana nanny, and I enjoy working as a Saratoga Arts volunteer. 

In this exhibit I include several different mediums. My main fields of interest are watercolor painting, printmaking and photography. I like traversing the edge between realism and abstraction as a way to challenge myself. When taking photographs, I look to the natural world around me for inspiration. I use only the settings on my camera, as I have not entered the photoshop world (as yet). I have been fortunate to have taken classes from nationally known, award winning artists such as sculptor/printmaker Bruno LaVerdiere, water media artist Elizabeth O’Brien and watercolorist/printmaker Debra Arter. I have not received any instruction in photography, and still consider myself a beginner in that medium. However, I do see value in the photographs I have taken, in that they attempt to interpret the world around me from unexpected perspectives.

August and September Artist of the Month

Diane Leifheit moved to the Adirondacks with her family over 40 years ago. She has been making art and working en plein air since the early 90s. A year-round resident, Diane can be found working in her studio, Point of View, in Gabriels, where browsing visitors are always welcome. In addition to Saratoga Arts, Leifheit is a member of the Adirondack Pastel Society, Saranac Lake ArtWorks, Adirondack Plein Air Painters, and North Country Arts. Additionally, more of her work may be seen at Plattsburgh Strand Art Center Coop where she is also a member.

As a pastel painter, color is what grabs Diane Leifheit. Her home base, the Adirondack region, contains the whole spectrum of color from the blue that is a shadow in a snowbank to the myriad greens of summer, to the riot of autumn leaves. Leifheit's medium of pastel allows her to construct a very close interpretation of a particular landscape, but also exhibit the freedom to capture a mood in the work i.e. misty mornings, swirling snowstorms or the atmosphere of a hot, humid day.
In one year, 2014, she completed 185 faces for a portrait project, "Face to Face: Drawn to Saranac Lake", depicting the people of her home town Saranac Lake, not just residents but visitors too.

Leifheit says, “When I begin a piece I am finding nuances of color. I am seeing color break into layers of other colors. Variations of one color sometimes gives way to opposite color. Then there is the spirit. In landscape, it is the feel of the sun, the riffle of a breeze. With people, there is the undercurrent of their life in their eyes, then a subtle letting go, a trust that I do see them under their hat, behind their glasses. I work hard to paint what I see, fair witness to who the person is at that moment.”

“To capture the essence, to create resonance in the image. That is the goal.”

    

Her work has been recognized by several awards and has been collected both regionally and internationally.  Leifheit's work has been shown in national juried exhibitions and has been published by North Light Books, Kennedy Publishing and “North Country Reflections” published by History Press.

Studio/Gallery hours are posted at www.dianeleifheit.com. Schedule a visit or drop in. Browsing is always welcome.

July Artist of the Month

It's officially Summer and we are excited to announce Rob Loveday as our newest artist to check out in the branch! The visual arts have been a large part of Rob’s life since he was very young. During his childhood, his family visited art museums, and attended opera performances in New York City. His mother had a profound influence on his exposure to the arts, both visual and performance. At age 20, he began using a Nikon SLR to document his love of nature. He worked at WAMC Public Radio in the late 1980’s, as a Control Room Operator, then at Bern’s Camera in Albany for 7 years. Four trips to Western Europe have solidified his interest in European Art and Culture.

His formal Schooling includes coursework at SUNY New Paltz, Virginia Tech and an A.S. from HVCC, culminating with a Certificate in Cardiac Ultrasound (imaging the heart). He has been looking inside the hearts of patients for the past 20 years.

Rob is an observer. Over the past decade he has worked hard to become aware of textures and shapes, contrasts and similarities, in anything around him. His main drive is in macro photography, and a fundamental characteristic of this world is the abstraction of an object, as closeness can obscure perspective.

In 2013, he had an epiphany. A conversation prompted him to put aside his documentary style of photography, and challenge himself to create abstract images. This change in direction has spurred new interests in lighting and color, in reflections, and water in all its forms. As always, we would like to thank Saratoga Arts for creating Art in Public Places, the perfect platform for our talented, local artists!

             

Artist Statement

Recently I have begun moving away from using photography to realistically represent an object. Instead, I use light to enhance or create, shape and texture in my images. I create images without using computer programs, and instead work with light in-situ. The light may be transmitted through, reflected off of, or applied to, the objects. I enjoy making photographs that provoke the viewer to question their perception of the scene. I find the dynamic nature of water particularly useful as a substrate for coloring, and to show the movement of time.

May Artist of the Month

We are happy to present our new artist for the month of May, Debbie Abdella! Debbie’s unique flair for collage art embraces the perfect combination and placement of handmade papers, fabrics, photographs, found objects, inks, and glazes. Stop by our branch on 23 Division St. to see all of Debbie’s fascinating art pieces, which are also for sale. We can’t thank Saratoga Arts and their program “Art in Public Places” enough for providing our local artists a place to showcase their many talents!

Debbie's Bio

Debbie grew up in Northern California in Marion County. She took much of her initial inspiration from the stunning surroundings, including the great redwoods, the beautiful Pacific Ocean, and the powerful Russian River. From a very young age she had a love of arts and crafts. Learning at her mothers side she was exposed to the joys of expression through countless artistic media. As a young woman, her interest were very diverse she experimented with many art forms pottery, jewelry making, photography, and theatrical hair and make up. When she relocated from California to New York she continued to evolve as an artist. After studying with an old passion for collage was rekindled since then, she has been consumed with her love for the medium and has continued to expand the definition of collage, including the use of handmade paper, fabric, photographs, found objects, inks, and glazes.

Artist statement everyone has a story and my artwork helps to tell mine. I have always found sanctuary in my heart, and I have found solace inspiration and joy there, as well my art has helped me to articulate my experiences, feelings, and thoughts. It has given rise to the expression of my authentic voice. I want to share my work with others to inspire and Kindle the dream of creativity. Life, and it’s essence, is like a collage we take what we are given, and we add to that what we can fine. I seek to make my life as beautiful as I can manage, and to do that, I must use my imagination, take risks, and invent new ways of saying, and new ways of being. The medium of collage allows for this kind of fluidity and for this reason is the perfect expression for me.

April Artist of the Month

We are happy to welcome Spring with the beautiful and enchanting watercolor paintings created by the talented Irene Radicchi. Her artwork will be on display in our 23 Division St branch today through April 27th. As always, we would like to thank Saratoga Arts for creating Art in Public Places, the perfect platform for our talented, local artists! To learn more about Irene, please visit her facebook page Saratoga Watercolors by Irene Radicchi.

March Artist of the Month

Stop by the branch to see the wonderful pieces of art created by Pat Hughes. Pat's beautiful paintings honor the saratoga tradition and love of horses. Many thanks to Saratoga Arts for creating Art in Public Places, the perfect platform for our talented, local artists!

February Artist of the Month

In his photography Konrad Weeber captures the beauty of equine sports. His photos take the viewers behind the scenes of horseracing and allow them to experience the daily passion in the work of horse people at backstretches, training tracks and horse barns. Horse people are motivated by their seemingly limitless dedication to horses. Konrad aims to capture this in his photos that often explore the changing light between dawn and sunrise. His goal is to photograph the poetry in motion of horses in flight, the intersection of sunlight and athleticism, and the caring passion of riders and caretakers for the equines in their charge. 

Konrad is a lifelong photographer who started with black and white photography of modern dance performances for a dance journal in his hometown of Vienna, Austria. He has followed his passion for photography as he travelled the world and transitioned to travel, outdoors and sports photography. After settling in Saratoga Springs two years ago, he started to explore horse racing photography and picked up horseback riding himself to develop a better appreciation for and connection with horses. He now specializes in equine photography as a freelance photographer. He shares a selection of his photos on his popular instagram site dailyhorselifeofsaratoga. To learn more about Konrad, please visit his website  by clicking here.

January Artist of the Month

Sean Walmsley loved photography since he was a child. He started with a Box Brownie camera and eventually learned how to develop film and print black-and-white pictures while in high school.  In college, Sean developed a keen interest in semi-professional photography and has been an amateur photographer ever since. We invite you to stop by the branch to view Sean's eye-catching photos of nature. To learn more about Sean Walmsley, visit his website by clicking here.

December Artist of the Month

Amy Hauer is an abstract mixed media painter who uses various materials and processes to obtain very unusual outcomes. She uses different mediums, inks and acrylic paints to create each one-of-a-kind piece.  Amy Hauer holds a BS in Studio Art/Graphic Design. She worked briefly as a Graphic Designer, before becoming a preschool teacher where she integrated her love of art within her classroom. After 23 years of teaching, she switched gears working in an office setting—though never leaving her love of art behind. Recently, Hauer recently found herself immersed in painting once more, and having a love for abstract art—Pollack and Picasso amongst her favorite— having always served as inspiration, she seeks to incorporate both fluid color and design with different experimental processes into each piece allowing her to achieve something different every time. Hauer lives in Albany County, with her husband and three daughters, as well as three furry rescue dogs and a huge cat.

She has exhibited her work at Art on Lark, The Stockade Art Fair and at the Saratoga Arts Council 10x10 show. She has also exhibited at the Saratoga Arts in the Park, winning Honorable mention for her piece, Monarch. Her work can be seen in two upcoming shows at Uncommon Grounds—first in Clifton Park, in February, and then again in June at its Albany site. Amy also can be found at the Saratoga Arts Council Member's Show, and this fall at the Clifton Park Library. This is her first showing at the Saratoga Federal Credit Union.

 

November Artist of the Month

Supporting our local artists in Saratoga Springs continues this month with a very talented family of painters. With the encouragement and support of family, friends, co-workers and the Saratoga Arts Center; MK and his wife, Selvi, decided to rekindle their childhood interest in painting and illustration. The once blank canvases are now rich with color and spiritual significance through the artists captivating designs and skillfully placed brush strokes. Their talents have recently extended to both of their children who are currently teaching themselves oil painting techniques and illustration. We welcome you to view the beautiful and enchanting family exhibit at our branch now through November 27th. All paintings are available for purchase.

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