Jim Bergesen is a photographer and painter who embraces the possibilities rendered by digital technologies to create an area of synthesis between mediums, in which the representational is abstracted and abstraction made to represent. By re-focusing and re-framing images– and utilizing color in both pixelated and solid forms, Bergesen filters the static of the everyday to reveal the unseen nature and spirit of these images. Life Member of the Art Students League of New York, with a MFA in Studio Art and a MA in Contemporary Art History and Criticism from SUNY, Purchase College, Jim was raised in the Netherlands, Belgium and Switzerland and loves to share his passion for the history and uses of art materials in his role as an Educational Advisor for artist color company, Winsor & Newton, and consults with the international Artist Outreach Program of Liquitex. His works have been acquired for several corporate and private collections and latest works may be viewed at he Pierogi Galleries’ flat files in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.
Lori Colavito is an educator and painter with a love for collage and assemblage. Her paintings—landscape and still life—and photographs have been exhibited at the Broome Street and Terrain Galleries in New York City, the Neoteric Gallery in Amagansett and the Southampton Cultural Center. NYS certified, with more than 30 years experience, Lori Colavito has taught in New York City and Southampton public schools as well as art workshops for children at the Parrish Art Museum. Since 1985, Lori has studied art, ethics and education methodology at the Aesthetic Realism Foundation, based on this landmark principle stated by its founder Eli Siegel: “All beauty is the making one of opposites, and the making one of opposites is what we are going after in ourselves.” She studied this new understanding of art and its relation to life in classes with the eminent printmaker Chaim Koppelman, and with Dorothy Koppelman, painter and founding director of the Terrain Gallery. Throughout the years, Lori has also studied painting, collage, and assemblage at The Art Barge and in 2020, she looks forward to returning not only as a student, but also as an instructor. Her articles on education have been published in professional journals and she has taught many professional development workshops at annual conferences, including New York State Art Teachers Association, New York City Art Teachers Association, Long Island Art Teachers Association.
Rameshwar Das worked as a free-lance photographer for thirty years on the East End, including newspaper work for the East Hampton Star and the New York Times. He used his landscape photography to support environmental causes and helped craft East Hampton’s coastal management plan. More recently he has been an author, writing books in collaboration with an old friend and teacher, Ram Dass. He also teaches meditation.
Trained in many disciplines, Kimberly Gonzalez is a freelance artist with a focus in painting, sculpture, and drawing mediums. Inspired by the natural world, much of her work encompasses surrealism, portraiture, and imaginative landscapes, primarily composed of organic materials. Born and raised in Suffolk County, Long Island, she graduated Summa Cum Laude from Long Island University (Post Campus) with a B.F.A. in Art Education and Art History. She has taught locally, both privately and in public institutions. With a passion for travel and humanitarian service, she has devoted much time and practice to international educational service programs; including Circle K service trips to South America, and abroad programs in Europe. Inspired by the teachings and legacy of Victor and Mabel D’Amico, Kimberly currently dedicates herself to The Art Barge studios and classes. As a newly certified art educator, her aim is to promote a meaningful creative education experience for all students; encouraging them to find their artistic passions, and to engage them in the art-making process.
Sue Ferguson Gussow
Sue Ferguson Gussow is a figurative painter working in a wide range of drawing and painting media. She is Professor Emerita of The Cooper Union School of Architecture where she continues to conduct the Advanced Drawing Seminar. She has taught, lectured or served as visiting critic at Harvard, Princeton, Yale, Columbia, Cornell, Bennington, Maryland Art Institute, Pratt Institute, RISD, Parsons School of Design, Tulane University, New York University, Alfred University, the Frick Collection, the Royal Academy of Art, School of Architecture in Copenhagen, Denmark, the Aarhus School of Architecture in Aarhus, Denmark and the EPFL. Ecole D’Architecture in Lausanne, Switzerland.
Aniik Libby graduated with a B.A. in Art History from Vassar and a Masters in Art History from The Courtauld Institute, University of London. She also studied at The Arts Students League and The National Academy of Design. Her teaching experience includes children’s classes and Victor D’Amico’s Doing Art Together at the Metropolitan Museum Uris Center, The Children’s Storefront School, and The Art Barge. Her work experience includes the Christie’s Old Master’s Department in New York and Rome and the Sotheby’s Chinese Department; Sidney Janis Gallery and The Alexander Gallery in New York City, and RJD Gallery in Bridgehampton. She apprenticed in painting conservation at The National Academy of Design. Aniik has participated in group and solo shows at the former Elaine Benson Gallery, Mark Humphrey Gallery, and The Nesto Gallery. She is a licensed clinical social worker (Fordham University), counselor, and hypnotherapist living in Sag Harbor, New York.
Bill Nagle was born on February 21,1948 in Mineola, New York. He Attended Hobart College from1966-1970 Received a BA in Sociology with minor in Studio Art. In 1970 Attended New York University where he received his Masters in Art Education with focus on studio painting. He became the Head of art department at Hampton Day School in Bridgehampton, New York from1971-1973 and 1986-2001. There, Nagle designed and implemented art curriculum and taught classes from pre-K through 12th. Nagle has been an Instructor at The Art Barge since 2003. He teaches adult classes in studio painting, collage and sculpture.
Kimberly Newman Norris
Kimberly Newman Norris has been working as a teacher of fine arts for the past twenty years in Half Hollow Hills. Chalk pastels are her favorite medium to work in and she loves them for their brilliant, rich, energizing color as well as the spontaneity that they can capture. Montauk has always been a special place for her to create in and continues to be her major source for inspiration. She has been teaching at The Art Barge since 2003. Kimberly lives in East Northport with her family.