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Hale Johnson

Peter Hussey, Christopher Pierce

June 6 - 30,  2015


Hale Johnson

  "Wood Heat", Oil on Board, 10 x 16 inches

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Time to stroll and enjoy Art in the Berkshires, Summer has arrived!

Whether visiting Williamstown to enjoy a summer get-away weekend in the Berkshires, tour Berkshires art galleries, see Tadao Ando's new reflecting pool at the Clark Art, the Van Gogh exhibit, or maybe to visit the Williams College Museum of Art, Mass MoCA or Vacatin Village at Jiminy Peak, plan to visit us and our collection at the Harrison Gallery.

The Harrison Gallery presents a unique group of artists, several who paint landscapes of the Berkshire area. 

Enjoy our contemporary painters, as notable as Hale Johnson, John Traynor, John MacDonald, Petria Mitchell, Stanley Bielen, Curt Hanson, Stan Taft, Jane Bloodgood-Abrams, Leslie Peck, George Van Hook, and Jamie Young, as well as sculptors Susan Read Cronin, Mark Davis, and TD Kelsey. Representing over 40 artists, and a special collection of fine art jewelry and ceramics, we hope you will find in the Harrison Gallery, in the Berkshires, a friendly, quality experience that you plan to repeat season after season.

Williamstown is a terrific cultural destination. Wondering what to do for art in the Berkshires? Chief among Berkshires art attractions is the Sterling Clark Art Institute, along with the Williams College Museum of Art. Established in 2001, the Harrison Gallery is the premier of the art galleries in Williamstown Berkshires area.

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Artists

Kimberly Applegate
Kimberly Applegate earned her BFA from the Art Academy of Cincinnati in 1999 and participated in the New York Studio Program through Parsons. She is currently based in Lafayette, Louisiana.
Peter Batchelder
Born in Beverly, MA on Boston’s North Shore, Peter has spent time living throughout New England in both coastal and western Massachusetts, Martha’s Vineyard, Vermont and, currently, New Hampshire. Peter trained in studio art at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst (BFA 1987) under artists Jack Coughlin, Lionel Gongora, John Grillo, and Hanlon Davies as well as Robert Cardinal at the Truro Center for the Arts. After establishing himself as a successful graphic designer, Peter began pursuing his fine art career in 1992 on Martha’s Vineyard where he resided year-round for three years. Upon returning to the mainland he co-founded, as Creative Director, a web design and software company based in Bedford, NH. In the recent years he has achieved success as an artist with his representation at prestigious galleries in the Boston area, Vermont, Cape Cod, and the Monadnock, NH region.
Brother Thomas Bezanson
Brother Thomas Bezanson, 1929-2007, was born in Halifax, Nova Scotia. He graduated from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in 1950, and worked as a potter and advisor to the Nova Scotia Handicraft Centre. In 1959, he entered the Benedictine Order, and in 1968 he earned a Masters Degree in Philosophy from the University of Ottawa. He lived at the Weston Priory in Vermont until 1985, when he became the Artist-in-Residence at Mount Saint Benedict in Erie, PA.
Stanley Bielen
Stanley Bielen was born in Rzeszow, Poland. He studied at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. He currently lives in Philadelphia and teaches at the Fleisher Art Memorial of the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
Jane Bloodgood Abrams
Jane Bloodgood Abrams was born in Queens, New York. She received her Bachelor’s of Fine Arts from the College of Saint Rose in Albany, in 1985. Three years later, she earned a Master’s of Fine Arts at the State University of New York in New Paltz. Now she paints in and of the Hudson River Valley and the Berkshires.
Paul Caponigro
Paul Caponigro, born in Boston in 1932, first discovered the art of photography at the age of 20. He attended Boston University to study piano, but in 1953, he was drafted and stationed in San Francisco as a photographer. There he met and studied with Benjamin Chin. Later, Caponigro studied under Minor White, who was a colleague and friend of Ansel Adams, Edwards Weston and Alfred Stieglitz. In 1958, Caponigro had his first solo exhibition at the George Eastman House. Over the next two years, Caponigro traveled cross country to photograph the American wilderness and National Park landscapes, staying with Ansel Adams. In 1960, Capinigro became a consultant for Polaroid Corporation in photo research department, as well as a photography professor at Boston University. In 1961, encouraged by Ansel Adams, Dr. Erwin Land & Polaroid acquired works by Caponigro for their collection. This was the year of his first appearance in Aperture. Caponigro has exhibited and taught throughout the United States and abroad. He has received two Guggenheim Fellowships and three National Endowment for the Arts grants.
Susan Read Cronin
Susan Read Cronin was educated at Williams College (Class of 1975) where she developed her passion for art and design. Cronin worked in the 1990's with renowned sculptors Jane B. Armstrong and Walter Matia. She quickly developed the craft and tradition of working in bronze. She currently works in her home studio in Vermont, and has her pieces cast in bronze in foundries located in Vermont and California.
Dori Csengeri
Dori Csengeri is a textile designer by profession. She is a graduate of the “Sheknar” College of Fashion in Tel Aviv. Csengeri is an award winning, internationally acclaimed artist, with offices in Milan, Paris, Barcelona, New York, and Tokyo.Csengeri ’s universe is inspired by fashion and art. Csengeri’s unique jewelry is impeccably hand sewn at her atelier, by experienced embroidery craftswomen, in an ancestral technique of assembly by needlework of silky cotton cords. Her jewelry is extremely sensual and surprisingly lightweight to wear.
Mark Davis
Mark Davis was born in New Haven, CT in 1954. He attended Goddard College in Plainfield, VT and worked initially as a jeweler, specializing in sterling silver and brass. From 1988-1995 he was commissioned twice a year to do mobiles and sculptures for window displays at Tiffany's on 5th Avenue, Madison Avenue, and SOHO in New York. He has continued making mobiles and sculptures since that time.
Gracia Dayton
Gracia Dayton, a Lexington, MA resident, received her B.S. in Art Education from Skidmore College, and has since received degrees from many schools, including the California School of Fine Arts, San Francisco State University, Boston University, DeCordova Museum School, and Bennington College.
Ginnie Gardiner
Ginnie Gardiner is a mid-career New York painter and collage artist who has shown in numerous solo and group exhibits for 30 years. Gardiner graduated from Cornell University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in 1974. From 1978 to 2005 Ginnie and her husband lived in a Chelsea loft in New York City. In 2005 they moved upstate to Catskill, New York, where they purchased, renovated and restored the Catskill Lyceum, a Federal era building located in the historic Village of Catskill. Here, Ginnie enjoys a large, light filled studio and courtyard that has inspired her recent figural and landscape paintings.
Joe Gitterman
Joe Gitterman is a sculpture from Connecticut. His abstract and realistic pieces, inspired by the human body, are created out of materials such as: marble, wood, clay, lead, copper, sheet metal, wax, bronze, aluminum, and stainless steel.
Carol Gobin
As a resident of the hills of northwestern Connecticut, Carol has always been drawn to the beauty of the ever-changing landscape just around the next bend. In 1988 Gobin studied drawing and painting with Mark Milloff then continued on to study graphic design at California College of the Arts. Her commercial art career was launched in college and continued for 15 years until beginning a concentration in oil painting in 2003. The first public exhibition of her landscape paintings at a juried art exhibition was in Oct. 2007 and she has been painting, showing and selling her artwork successfully since then.
Mary Sipp Green
Mary Sipp Green received her training at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City. During her career, Mary has worked alongside many noteable artists including Leo Garel. Her uniquely developed techniques and atmospheric style have afforded much accolade, earning the Adolf and Clara Obrig Award from the National Academy Museum as well as many publications. Recently, Mary's work has been acknowledged with a major exhibition at the Springfield Museum of Art. Mary currently resides in our own South Berkshire County, MA., the landscape of which is the inspiration for many of her current works.
Gurhan
Gurhan jewelry has become legend among global designers, goldsmiths, and collectors. Giving re-birth to 7000 year old Turkish tradition, Gurhan Orhan designs and hand creates each solid 24 karat gold piece of jewelry in his signature line. Unlike commonly plated or mixed gold jewelry, Gurhan’s pure solid gold pieces resonate with a delicious internal heat. Gurhan Orhan was born in Turkey, bestowed with the same love of the finite and value of authenticity his culture’s ancient craftsmen held. Gurhan began exploring the nearly lost technique of smithing pure gold in 1994. Now, Gurhan is the Master Goldsmith of Gurhan and sole designer of the award winning Gurhan line.
Curt Hanson
Curt Hanson has enjoyed a successful career for over 30 years. His landscape paintings of New England and Southeast Asia are in numerous collections worldwide. Hanson began his formal art training at Fort Wright College in Washington. There he studied with Charles Palmer and Stan Taft, laying the foundation for his life's work inside the classroom and outside during their many fishing expeditions. Hanson continued on to New York City where he took on the essence of the Barbizon School paintings, studying the work of George Inness. Hanson then moved on to Boston, where he studied for 3 years in the workshop of the famed Boston School painter, Ives Gammell. In 1979, Hanson Settled in northwestern Connecticut, where he continues to pursue an ever-deepening relationship with art and nature. Hanson's paintings have evolved with a contemplative feeling induced by a practice in Buddhist mediation and a love of Thailand, where he spends part of his year.
Tracy Helgeson
Tracy Helgeson was born in Minnesota in 1964. She attended the Minneapolis College of Art and Design in 1983 where she majored in Graphic Design. Tracy went on to attend the Philadelphia College of Art (now the University of the Arts), concentrating on illustration techniques. Philadelphia was of great influence on Tracy. Iit was there that her work began to take on a unique style and Tracy learned the under painting and glazing techniques that distinguish her current work. Beginning in 1988, Tracy worked as a graphic designer and freelance illustrator. In 1998, after moving to Utah, Tracy served as the Visual Arts Director and then President of the Board of Directors at the Alliance for the Varied Arts in Logan, Utah. While involved in this arts organization Tracy progressed from graphics and illustration to painting in oils. In 2003, Tracy and her family moved to upstate New York where she has been greatly inspired by the natural beauty surrounding her farmhouse home. Her paintings reflect this rural landscape of valleys and old barns, combined with a passionate palette.
Jeffrey Hessing
Hessing’s work resonates with his life experiences from Brooklyn to the Cote d’Azur. His paintings vibrate with color and life, reflecting his unending search for the extraordinary in the ordinary. Hessing’s work is like a diary. He is a witness to his own life. Painting on rooftops or bridges as well as trips to the wilderness, the Yunan Province in China, and the Grand Canyon have turned his “plein-air painting” into an adventure. His extensive travels for exhibitions have provided exotic subjects for landscapes, interiors, cityscapes, and accumulated objects. In 1980 the Countess Karolyi invited him for a three-month residency at her foundation for artists and writers in Vence. Here he found a home conducive to work and a nourishing cultural environment. Ten years ago he moved to a larger atelier near the port of Nice. He exhibits worldwide and is permanently represented in Boston and Shanghai.
Peter Hussey
Peter Hussey earned his B.A. in History with Distinction from the University of Michigan, and an MBA from Babson College. He has also studied at the Rhode Island School of Design. Hussey spent sixteen years in the world of fundraising and institutional advancement with private schools, universities and hospitals. Since that time he has spent over ten years watercolor painting, focused in architectural perspectives of New England buildings, landscapes and marine scenes. He is also an artist/board member of the Art League of Rhode Island. Peter writes: "Originally from Michigan, I spent summers visiting southern Rhode Island, and was happy to relocate my wife Claire, daughter, Rachel and son, Sam to Aquidneck Island in 1990."
Hale Johnson
Hale Johnson was born in New Jersey in 1937. In 1966 he moved to Colrain, MA where he has maintained his studio for 49 years. He attended Lafayette College and graduated from the Newark School of Fine Art. Hale has exhibited his work in galleries throughout the Northeast and has been honored by more than 60 solo exhibitions.
TD Kelsey
T.D. Kelsey grew up on a ranch near Bozeman, Montana, and married his high school sweetheart, Sid, in 1964. He rodeoed for many years in rough stock events and team roping. Presently, TD trains and shows his own cutting horses. He worked as a commercial pilot for United Airlines until 1979 when he resigned to devote full time to his art.
John MacDonald
John MacDonald earned his BFA from Washington University in St. Louis, in 1979. He studied printmaking at the Institute for American Universities in Avignon, France and received an MA in painting and drawing at Purdue University in 1981. He and his wife, Deborah, live in Williamstown, Massachusetts.
John MacDonald Prints
Williamstown MA artist John MacDonald attended Washington University in St. Louis where he studied painting and illustration. Following college, he participated in a four month intensive printmaking workshop at the Institute for American Universities in Avignon, France. Returning to the States, he received an MA degree in drawing and painting from Purdue University. Since 1990 he has worked primarily as a freelance illustrator. He is member of the Society of Illustrators, the Illustrators Partnership of America, and the Graphic Artists Guild.
Teri Malo
Teri Malo was born in Whitinsville, Massachusetts in 1954. She received a scholarship to pursue a BA in studio art with a minor in English from Emmanuel College in Boston. Upon graduating magna cum laude in 1976, she continued her studies at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, receiving an MFA in printmaking in 1978. She currently resides at Fenway Studios, an artists' cooperative in Boston, MA, where she has served terms as President on the Board of Directors. In 1998 Ms. Malo successfully worked with Thomas Mairs, Jan Sprawka and George Haggerty on the application to the National Park Services for Fenway Studios to become a National Historic Landmark. Ms. Malo's work focuses on elemetal themes from nature - water, air, granite and forests. She paints primarily in oil on panels, utilizing techniques borrowed from her studies in printmaking and watercolor. Earlier paintings and prints focused on New England's landscape and seascape, including the coast of Massachusetts from Cape Cod up through Cape Ann and into Maine and the Bay of Fundy. She has also documented the Blackstone Valley National Heritage Corridor with paintings of the Blackstone River and Canal and the historic textile mills alon its banks. Ms. Malo's works are in a number of collections, including the DeCordova Museum, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Newport Museum, the Blackstone Group, Ritz Carlton Hotels, Marriott Hotels and Baystate Medical Center. Her Exhibition entitled "Beyond a View: The Landscape Drawings and Poetry of Teri Malo" was on view at the Danforth Museum in 1998. Another solo exhibition featuring oil paintings and poems about the Blackstone Valley National Heritage Corridor was hosted by the Museum of Work and Culture in Woonsocket, Rhode Island in 2001. Her work is shown at a number of galleries. Ms. Malo also maintains a separate studio for creating larger works at the Tripp Street Studios in Framingham, MA.
Mandy Johnson
Mandy Johnson, whose childhood drawings of peaches were always hot pink, started her passion early, taking inspiration from the animal menagerie on her family’s Scotland Neck farm. A college and real world art education at Ringling School of Art in Sarasota, Florida, got her rolling. She took a brief twenty year break to seek higher education, teach art to middle school students, and to raise her daughter. Since 1998, Mandy has returned to her painting passion full-time in Morehead City, North Carolina, where she calls home.
Ken Matsuzaki
Ken Matsuzaki was born in Tokyo in 1950 and received a degree in Ceramic Art from Tamagawa University School of Fine Arts, Tokyo. In 1972, after graduating he moved to Mashiko to apprentice with Tatsuzo Shimaoka, who himself had moved to Mashiko to study with Shoji Hamada. After a five year apprenticeship, Matsuzaki established his own kiln, Yuushin Gama, down the road from Tatsuzo Shimaoka. Matsuzaki's works have a strong grounding in the Mingei philosophy though his approach is very contemporary, introducing a focus on the Oribe style with yohen, shino, and oribe glazing.
Hideaki Miyamura
Hideaki Miyamura is a Japanese American artist based in New Hampshire. He was educated at Western Michigan University, then completed an apprenticeship with Japanese Master Potter Shurei Miura.
Tjasa Owen
Tjasa Owen studied art at the National Academy of Fine Art in New York, and the Academy of Art in San Francisco. She currently resides in San Francisco. Tjasa's work is a confluence of her international travels, her enthusiasm for written correspondence and her love for landscapes, inland as well as coastal. Having grown up by the Atlantic seashore, she is drawn to the everchanging skies and coastal scenes. In addition, living in France for three years and recently spending time visiting Tuscany, inspired her to recreate the endless rows of trees and distant hills which she has incorporated into some of her newest works.
Leslie Peck
Leslie Peck, a New York native, was educated at the Fashion Institute of Technology where she received her Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Art. She then spent a year studying art in Italy at the Scuola di Lorenzo De Medici in Florence, before apprenticing in Rome with renowned illustrator Alessandro Biffignandi. Peck began a freelance career in romance book cover illustration in 1988. While still sucessful in the publishing field, her love for portraiture of people and animals has found its expression in her most recent oil paintings.
Christopher Pierce
Christopher Pierce, of Shushan, NY is a nationally recognized fine artist known for his florals and figures. His paintings are about a certain "realness" of life, a subtle romance, and a sense of awareness that the viewer can relate to immediately. He received his BA from Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, NY (1975), and his MA from College of St Rose, Albany, NY, (1982). He has been elected to the internationally known National Arts Club in New York City, and is also a member of the prestigious Salmagundi Club . In the fall of 2006, American Artist Highlights Magazine featured an article on two of Pierce's portraits; and the August 2006 issue of American Art Collector featured Pierce in an article about the John Pence Gallery Pierce, who was the cover artist and featured oil painter in the May 1999 issue of American Artist magazine, was also a featured oil painter in the February/March 2001, and August/September 2002 issues of International Artist magazine. He was also a finalist in The Artists Magazine 's 2000 Art Competition. His landscapes, figures, and floral still lifes have been featured in Adirondack Life magazine and New York Art Review.
Janet Rickus
Janet Rickus was born in Chicopee, MA. Her parents owned a grocery store, but she said that had nothing to do with her choice of produce as her favorite subject matter. She started painting landscapes and portraits after graduating with a B.S. from Central Connecticut State University in 1971, and first began painting still lifes in 1983.
Gail Sauter
Gail Sauter received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting from the University of Oklahoma and has had numerous exhibits both nationally as well as internationally, from France to Russia to Italy. Sauter is a full-time painter at her studio in Kittery, Maine.
Tom Slaughter
New York artist Tom Slaughter started exhibiting his work in 1983, with a show at the Drawing Center of New York. Since that time, he has had over 20 solo exhibitions in the U.S., Germany, England, Japan and Canada. Slaughter's work has been collected by the Museum of Modern Art and the Whitney Museum in New York.
Stan Taft
Stan Taft received a BFA degree with a concentration in painting from the California College of Arts and Crafts in 1967,then a MFA degree in painting from Fort Wright College in 1969.Taft has taught at SUNY Purchase, the University of Iowa, and in the Cornell art department since 1985.Taft's publication's include co-authorship on the analysis of artist pigments in the journal of the Materials Research Society and principal author with James Mayer of "The Science of Painting" published by Springer-Verlag in 2000.
Eng Tay
Eng Tay was born and raised in Kedah, Malaysia. In 1968 he moved to New York City to study at The Art Students League, followed by graduation from The School Of Visual Arts in 1972 as a graphic designer. He worked in the graphic arts field until 1978, when he undertook several painting trips though out South America and Indonesia. These trips formed a basis for the types of scenes and moments that became his subject matter – images of people playing music, family moments and interactions, market scenes and daily rituals. He began to exhibit steadily and continued to gain international recognition as his work was shown in Taiwan, Hong Kong, Singapore, Indonesia, his native Malaysia and his adopted home of New York, as well as extensively across the United States.
Brocha Teichman
Brocha Teichman paints the landscapes of Maryland, the Catskill Mountains, urban scenes of New York city, and the ancient alleyways of Israel, with her oils and (mostly) her palette knives. Her work is widely exhibited in galleries along the East Coast, and in her own gallery in Lawrence, NY. Her work is in numerous private collections worldwide. Today She owns and operates the Art Studio of the Five Towns Inc, an educational art studio, and the Brocha Teichman Gallery, where she exhibits and sells her paintings. Brocha is a plein air painter, a portraitist, an impressionist as well as a colorist. Her widely collected work, is the synthesis of this rich and varied background, and always susrprises. Brocha is a member of the Salmagundi Club in New York City, where she has recently been honored with the Richard C. Pionk award, for her painting, 'Blowing Bubbles'.
John Traynor
John was born October 19, 1961. He spent his early years in Chester and Mendham New Jersey. His art studies began at Delbarton School in Morristown New Jersey; from there he went to Paier College of Art in New Haven Connecticut. He studied figure painting at the Art Students League of New York, as a merit scholar, with Frank Mason, as well as landscape painting with Mason in Vermont. Traynor studied drawing with Carroll N Jones Jr. of Stowe, Vermont and he studied sculpture for one year with Brother Jerome Cox in Florence, Italy. Traynor travels extensively painting the landscape around him. He has made numerous painting expeditions to Ireland as well as trips to Holland, Brussels, Italy, and France. John currently resides with his family in southern New Hampshire and enjoys painting rural New England scenes. Traynor is a member of the Hudson Valley Art Association, The Salmagundi Club of New York, The National Society of Mural Painters, and he is a Copley Master in the Copley Society of Boston.
George Van Hook
George Van Hook was raised in Pennsylvania, lived and worked as an artist in the Bay Area of California, then returned to the east coast to settle in Cambridge, New York, northeast of Albany. He attended Oberlin College and earned his B.A. in Art at Humboldt State University. Van Hook was featured in En Plein Aire Magazine in Oct/Nov 2012, a cover article for American Artist Magazine in March of 1989 and again in December 2001.
Jamie Young
Jamie began sketching at age four, sold her first painting at age twelve, and by age sixteen was placing in juried art shows. Inspired by her native Massachusetts landscape, Jamie's career continued as she explored various mediums while attending the University of Massachusetts. Painting in watercolor, ink, and pastel as she traveled she always returned to her first love, plein air oils. Jamie's early impact was established through an impressive number of touring, museum, and gallery shows. Her legacy developed as she taught landscape and figure drawing for twenty years in the Pioneer Valley.