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.
Jennifer Cross is an artist who lives full time in Springs. She earned her BFA degree from the University of Minnesota and later received her MFA degree in Painting from Pratt Institute. She is the recipient of a number of awards including a Ford Foundation Grant, a Jerome Foundation Grant, and a New York Foundation for the Arts Grant in Painting. From 1985-1990, she was the Director of the non-profit East Hampton Center for Contemporary Art where she curated over 30 exhibitions. Her teaching career includes positions at the University of Minnesota, Suffolk Community College, and Long Island University, and the Ross School where she served as Dean of Visual Art from 1996-2021.Jennifer began exhibiting her work in Soho and the East Village in the 1980s before relocating to East Hampton. Over the years, she has shown her work in numerous galleries and museums in New York and on the East End, including in group exhibitions at Tripoli Gallery, Ille Arts, and the Southampton Art Center, and in recent solo shows at MM Fine Arts in Southampton and Duck Creek Arts in East Hampton.
Robin explores the patterns in nature in ceramic arts. She did her undergraduate studies at Sarah Lawrence College, the University of Michigan in Florence, Italy, and later received her teaching degree from Long Island University. A native of Massachusetts, Robin has lived in East Hampton for over thirty years, and been the Visual Art teacher at the Bridgehampton School teaching kindergarten through twelfth grade for more than twenty years.
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.
Peter M. Gumpel
Born in London in 1940, Peter M. Gumpel survived the Blitz and was evacuated as a child to Scotland. He emigrated to Ireland, and later, the United States. He developed his natural talent for watercolors at the High School of Music and Art and then studied architecture at Pratt Institute and the Harvard Graduate School of Design. Mr. Gumpel established his own firm, PMG Architects, in 1991. PMGA specializes in luxury residential and hospitality projects including the Delano in Miami Beach and the Trump International Hotel & Tower in Chicago. The firm has won numerous design awards. His love of watercolors has persisted and surfaced frequently. During the last few years, Mr. Gumpel has produced an impressive body of work including seascapes, architectural views, landscapes, portraits, and floral details. Like many artists before him he is enthralled by quality of light and the natural features of the East End of Long Island. He was the Chairman of the East Hampton Architectural Review Board and past president of the Artist Alliance of East Hampton.
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.
Jackie Hoving is an artist, curator and educator. She splits her time between Springs, NY and Brooklyn, NY where she finds inspiration for her work in both landscapes. Hoving’s large scale wall installations incorporate photography, wallpaper, painting and collage. These installations have been on view at her solo shows at Ripon College in Wisconsin, Trestle Art Gallery in Brooklyn, NY, and Rebekah Templeton Gallery in Philadelphia. This installation process is emblematic of her practice, which is engaged in the concealing and revealing through patterns and layers, weaving together images to create a camouflaged, non-linear narrative. Her smaller drawings and collages have been on view in shows at Storefront Gallery in Brooklyn, Philadelphia Intl Airport, Hilbert Raum in Berlin and The Drawing Museum in Sweden. As a founding member of the Artist run space Tiger Strikes Asteroid Gallery in Brooklyn she has had the opportunity to curate several shows including “Magic Shell” and “Night Flight”. Hoving is an accomplished educator who has taught for many years at Pratt Institute and Rhode Island School of Design. She has also been a guest critic at The Cooper Union, and given lectures about her work at Ripon College and the Artist Lecture Series in Brooklyn.
Teresa Lawler writes in her artist statement: “As an artist and an educator, I’ve worked vigorously to gain knowledge of expertise in all mediums to develop and appreciate all modalities of art. I’ve also created watercolor paintings that appreciate nature and the aesthetic beauty that exists in our surroundings. In my current glass fusing artwork, my goal is a complete piece of art that begins with the sketch, watercolor painting, photograph or research, then continues with color, design and innovations of glass painting and fusing glass within a frame that captures and reflects an image. As a self-defined “craftsman of color and glass,” I’ve explored that realm where desire meets imagination, and therefore discover those special moments when reality intermingles with fantasy. Painting with glass creates misty-toned color, grain, amorphous shapes, and transparency of medium, with continuous variations of light and texture.”
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.
Amy Pilkington is an award-winning maker, sculptor and metalsmith currently living in Beacon, New York. Pilkington’s passion for making, discovery and invention has fueled her since childhood growing up in Australia. “I’m very curious and get inspired while exploring and collecting things. I’m deeply humbled by the creativity and ingenuity of nature. Each rock, animal or plant is a miracle to me; the way they evolved or formed. It’s fascinating to me how the colors and patterns combine with such beauty, genius, and humor.” Amy Pilkington spent her youth in Australia and moved to Connecticut with her family where she attended Greenwich Academy. She received her BS from Northwestern University in Chicago and her MA in Metals and Jewelry from Savannah College of Art and Design in Savannah, Georgia.
Bonnie Rychlak is an artist and a curator. As a practicing artist, she has presented work in several solos and numerous group exhibitions in museums and private collections in the United States and Japan during the last four decades. Rychlak graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1973 from the University of California at Los Angeles and a Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst in 1976. She has also received numerous grants and residencies, including Surnadal Billag A/S, Artist Residency in Norway; the Bogliasco Foundation, Italy; the American Academy in Rome; The Rockefeller Foundation, Bellagio Residency; and the National Endowment for the Arts in Sculpture. In 2021 Rychlak and the sculptor Jeanne Silverthorne exhibited Down and Dirty at the University of Georgia, Athens, and at Duck Creek in East Hampton, New York. Rychlak currently lives and works in East Hampton, New York, and SoHo, in New York City.
Idee Simon has a BA in fine art from Mason Gross school of Art, Rutgers University, and an MA from Columbia University in Organizational Psychology. As an undergrad, Idee studied painting and sculpture with Leon Golub and Mel Edwards. Over the years Idee has worked in many art forms, having always felt compelled to express herself through her hands. Her practice focuses generally on combining and experimenting with unusual materials. She believes in the experience of process and is inspired by what it can reveal. Idee has 10 years of experience teaching adults in a corporate setting, and has spent the last 10 years studying the art of jewelry making most recently with Susan Barth and Michelle Berman among others at the 92nd St. Y, Brooklyn Metal Works, and the Fredricka Kulicke school of Jewelry
Corinne Soikin Strauss
Corinne, a full time resident of the East End for 24 years, was raised in New York and attended the iconic Music and Art HS, Pratt Institute and The Art Student’s League, studying with Julian Levi. She owned the Westchester School of Art, an adult education facility with an emphasis on painting and drawing and exhibited her own work nationally. A powerful dream changed the course of her artistic life and set her on a totally different path painting on silk for worship spaces. Her hand painted silk canopies are in private collections and museums internationally. For the past few years she has come full circle and has been teaching watercolor mediums and drawing. Corinne says that the importance of her class is to have her students “see” more than they ever have, whether they are formally experienced in the arts or not at all and to find their own “voice” in the artwork they do. Her classes combine imagination and technical skills. Asking students to leave artistic reference and messages at the door, she makes a creative safe zone to perceive the world in new ways.