2022 Wet Paint Festival Artists
Linda Prentiss is a painter and printmaker from Ronkonkoma, New York. Her paintings range from landscapes of the East End of Long Island to still life and portraits. She studied at Stony Brook University and C.W. Post. Among her teachers were Robert White and Stan Brodsky. Linda now teaches at Suffolk County Community College in Riverhead, and exhibits at several galleries on Long Island.
Artist Steven Behler writes, “There’s nothing like going face-to-face with nature—the challenges that it brings every time I go out to paint is exhilarating yet peaceful, all at the same time.”
Jack Dambrosio is a Long Island-based artist who works in a range of media, specializing in printmaking. He studied at Stony Brook University and now works independently. Dambrosio has shown his work at Guild Hall, Gallery North, and the Zuccaire Gallery, as well as other local art fairs. This is Jack’s second year participating in the Wet Paint Festival.
Laura DiLeone has participated in the Wet Paint Festival for several years. DiLeone enjoys painting in nature. She indicates, “The challenge of capturing natural light is captivating to me. I look for color where it normally isn’t. Color and light become the focus in all my paintings.”
Born in New York City, William Low studied painting with Max Ginsberg and Irwin Greenberg at NYC’s High School of Art & Design. He attended Parson’s School of Design and received his M.A. in Illustration at Syracuse University. Early clients for Low’s painted illustrations included The New York Daily News Sunday Magazine, The New York Times, and LL Bean. Later commissions included 10 stamp designs for the United States Postal Service and glass murals for the Metropolitan Transit Authority Arts & Design program and Rosewood Hotels & Resorts Hong Kong.
Low has given workshops and seminars at the Olana Plein Air Festival, the Norman Rockwell Museum, and The Kennedy Center. He is a five-time silver medalist at the Society of Illustrators NY and received the York Times Best Illustrated Picture Book Award for Old Penn Station.
Low maintains a studio in Huntington, New York. He is a professor at the Fashion Institute of Technology.
Inspired by visiting the Wet Paint Festival in the Stony Brook Harbor area in 2014, Stony Brook resident James Engelbert began to explore the joy of painting in the Three Village area, enjoying the beautiful parks, gardens, and waterfronts along the way.
Christine MacDonagh’s background includes Fashion Illustration and Design, Home Decor Design, Floral Design, and experience as a Fabric Coordinator. MacDonagh enjoys painting and drawing in oils, pastels, watercolor, and collage. She is inspired by people, florals, still life subjects, landscapes, and all brightly colored things.
“I am a long time participant in Gallery North’s Wet Paint events. It’s always the colors that attract me to a certain scene,” Linda Davidson-Matheus writes. “My paintings evolve based on perceptions of what I see. I call it ‘truth’ in the landscape that leads to abstraction. Selecting colors and constantly gauging their effects on each other is what makes painting plein air an exciting challenge.”
A graduate of the Pratt Institute and the High School of Art & Design, JoAnn Nichols has spent her career as a graphic designer working in publishing.
“My true love has always been drawing and painting—particularly architecture,” the artist shares. “This has led me to develop a sideline doing house portraits.” In her studio and on-location, Nichols has taught drawing and painting using pastels and watercolor. Nichols adds, “I find great satisfaction in seeing my students developing their skills.”
In addition to teaching, Nichols joins the Urban Sketchers community, painting and drawing on-site in New York City.
Denis Ponsot grew up in a family of artists. After beginning to paint seriously at age 15, Ponsot went on to study the craft at the School of Visual Arts in Manhattan, where he now teaches in the college’s Continuing Education program. While Ponsot’s specialty is watercolor, his work spans all media, including oil, pastel and ink.
Ponsot’s work has received dozens of accolades over the years, including “Best Watercolor” awards from the Bayside Historical Society and Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition, and a recent “Award of Excellence” from the Art League of Long Island.
“It was through my grandparents that I acquired the love of music and the arts,” artist Oscar Santiago shares. “My mother noticed I was interested in drawing at a young age and encouraged me to pursue art. As an adult, I did continue my education with the techniques based on the old masters of academic Realism. Since retiring, I have been able to pursue my passion for art full-time. Traditional oils are my preference for most of my work, but I also enjoy the challenges of pencil/charcoal for the portrait and figure.”
Santiago participates in group and juried exhibitions. He is often either painting in his studio, attending painting/sketch groups, or enjoying the challenge of creating the many beautiful sights of Long Island.
Cecily Santoro studied at the Roslyn School of Painting and at Stony Brook University with Illustrator Jeffrey Fisher in Smithtown, New York. Santoro paints in watercolor, acrylics, and oils.
Lewis Henry Sawatzky
Lewis Henry Sawatzky has painted in the Setauket and Stony Brook, New York, area over the last five years, with a particular love of painting plein air.
Marlene Weinstein is an award-winning photographer, mixed-media, and cyanotype artist based in Setauket, New York. As a self-taught artist with a background in technology and fine arts, she is recognized for her painterly style that emphasizes creativity and mood. Captivated by nature, Weinstein seeks to preserve the memories of the local shifting landscape through art. She creates her mixed-media pieces using a range of materials and techniques, such as hand-painting her black and white photographs with Pan Pastels or layering her images with Japanese paper and acrylic mediums.
Weinstein is also a proficient cyanotype artist, exploring the boundaries of this alternative photographic process. She has exhibited widely in art galleries and fairs, with her work held in numerous private collections.
Angela Stratton was inspired to become an artist in her early years of employment at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. While wandering the great halls of the Metropolitan, Stratton notes, “I was immensely intrigued by the great masters and the style of Realism. Therefore, I sought my education in the masters' tradition of academic Realism. The masters have a strong impact on my work, but I adhere to expressing and developing my own style. My strong points have always been the portrait and figure. Since retiring, I have been able to focus more on still life and plein air landscape painting, as well. Whether working in my studio, in sketch groups, or outdoors, I love being able to dedicate each and every day to the ‘art of creating.’”
Courtney Young is an Award-Winning artist and teacher. Her work has been featured in the Pastel Journal and Artist’s Magazine. In recent years, Young’s focus has shifted from still life to landscape painting. Her work is a documentation of her interactions with the natural world.
“The process of creating a painting is a journey that is of tantamount importance,” the artist notes. Capturing the ephemeral nature of the light, energy, and raw beauty of an environment to share with others is the ultimate goal of her process. Young captures her subject matter in the field with plein air studies, which she then transforms into larger paintings in the studio.
Judy Stone’s work in art began as a medical illustrator and evolved into the fine arts. Much of her recent work focuses on the human condition through the human figure and landscape. Her work’s narrative often explores the psychological struggles we need to understand to forge a positive identity. Subject matter, composition, and light all serve to engage the viewer, and to provide a shared opportunity for acceptance and appreciation of life.
Exhibitions featuring Stone’s work have included local and virtual shows, and a solo show in Jaffrey, New Hampshire.
Artist Rae Zysman writes, “My art is a response to the world I see around me. Something or someone just strikes me as beautiful. That is when I want to take the time to really explore its beauty in paint. I feel that it is the brushstrokes in a painting which give it life and energy. Art, like life, is a problem-solving process. There is a powerful relationship between the artist and the painting in process. I try to complete each work to solve whatever obstacles I encounter. Sometimes the painting goes quickly and easily. Other times it is a struggle. But it is when I feel most alive.”
Christine D’Addario is an award-winning artist from Locust Valley, NY. She graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree and was Art Director for the legendary music accessory business D’Addario & Company, Inc. After the birth of her twin daughters and with the support of her loving husband she decided to pursue her lifelong passion of fine art. Christine’s extreme love of art and the beach are combined in her exploration of seascape oil paintings. Her work has been viewed in many fine art exhibitions including the Nassau County Museum of Art and the Hecksher Museum. Featured in publications such as American Art Collector Magazine, Dan’s Papers, and is part of the permanent collection at the exclusive Piping Rock Club. She is a member of many art organizations, galleries, museums and has private collectors throughout the world.
Barbara Bilotta was born in New York and attended Stony Brook University’s Art Program. She has won numerous awards for her work and is currently represented by galleries nationally. The artist writes, “Much of my interpretation is rooted in my color palette. I love everything that is brilliant and incredible, and I attempt to incorporate it into my work. This transmits itself through the bright blues, glowing yellows, and intense reds that often punctuate my images, drawing the viewer’s eye into the patterns I create.”
Bilotta adds, “One of my goals is to bring out a beautiful interplay of light and shadows. ... The surface of my paintings is also the result of an intriguing contrast. I work mostly in acrylics glazed with resin, and the acrylic’s softness, and the resin’s hardness, combine to create a ‘charged atmospheric space’ in which the viewer is made to feel the movement of the paint.”
Kate Schwarting is curator at Gallery North and an interdisciplinary artist. She enjoys the challenge of working en plein air as well as exploring the relationship between the artist and the environment. Her work is part of the permanent collection of the Microbiology Department at Oregon State University as well the Bibliotheca Alexandrina in Alexandria, Egypt.
Lucia Armendariz, Rosario Barry, Donna Butcher Eileen Butler, Esther M. Caponigro, Margaret Danesi, Regina Haliday, Marcie Kazickas, James Kelson, Kathleen Kelson, John Koch, Gina Krupp, Drigo Morin, Paulina Mulligan, Annette Napolitano, Joseph Napolitano, Lorraine Pergola, Rima Potter, Jeff Potter, Linda Prentiss, Howard Rose, Juan Sigcha, Claire Spencer, Lynn Staiano, Joan Stevens, Bob Stone, Theodora Zavala, Stephanie Navon-Jacobson