NRAS Faculty & Workshop Artists
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Kent Archer Mary Callahan Sue Charles Kevin Dunn
Andrea Favret Margaret McWethy Karl Nestelberger Susan F. Lynch Raffa
Diane Rappisi Jody Regan Donna Rossetti-Bailey Margaret Farrell Bruno
Laura Harvey Karl Nestelberger Mac Haran
NRAS Workshop Artists
Marj Bates Liz Haywood-Sullivan Qiang Huang
Robert Liberace Carol Marine
NRAS Recent Faculty and Workshop Artists
Tim Bell Johanna Harmon Stephen Early Dan Thompson
Kent Archer is a graduate of the School of Visual Arts in NYC, with a degree in cartooning. He studied under comic book greats Klaus Janson, David Mazzucheli, and Wilt Siomonson. Kent's work has been published by Image Comics and he is the inker for the webcomic "The Adventures of Dr. McNinja."
Marj Bates says , "I live and work (my studio and home are one) on a little peninsula where a working light house sits amidst a tightly knit community, just south of Boston. I am surrounded by beauty. The sea, the earth, the sky. Melting glass; the rhythm, the hues. I connect to the seasons. I connect to my spirit. It is here I find peace. My work evolves.. I evolve. The universe evolves."
Tim Bell is a painter in the American Impressionist tradition. A native Marylander, Tim currently resides south of Annapolis, Maryland. Tim draws inspiration from the areas beaches, waterways and hillsides. His most recent awards include "Grand Prize" and "Best Marine Painting" at the Plein Air Easton!, Maryland, 2006, "First Place" in the Rehoboth Beach Paint Out, Delaware, 2006. Tim was also listed in the "Pick of the Palette Top Ten Contemporary Painters to Collect in Delaware" by Delaware Beach Life. Tim received the "People's Choice Award" and the "Best Use of Light Award" at the Plein Air Easton, 2007. In 2008 he won the "Vanishing Landscape Award". Tim has exhibited his paintings from Pasadena, California to Portland, Maine to Key West, Florida. His paintings hang in private collections throughout the United States, Italy and Great Britain and are included in the permanent collection of Frostburg State University.
Stephen Early is the recipient of two Certificates of Excellence, at the 10th and 12th Annual International Portrait Competition hosted by the Portrait Society of America. He has exhibited at the Scottsdale Salon of Fine Art, Fontebonne University Fine Arts Gallery, Gratz Gallery and Conservation Studio, Bucks Gallery of Fine Art, Union League of Philadelphia as well as Forbes Magazine Gallery.
He is currently an instructor at Studio Incamminati, Philadelphia PA and was educated at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, the Art Students League with Nelson Shanks and Studio Incamminati and his work has been published in American Artist and American Painter Video magazine.
Mary Callahan is a director of the New England Watercolor Society, a Copley Master in the Copley Society of Art and a signature member of Allied Artists of America as well as the Academic Artists of sprinfield, MA. Callahan is represented by galleries in the Boston area as well as by the DeCordova Museum in the corporate program. Her free, impressionistic watercolors have earned over 150 awards at national, regional and local exhibitions.
Sue Charles is a graduate of Boston University's School of Fine Arts with a BFA Painting. There teachers taught, with an old world approach much like learning a trade, the technical skills of a fine artist. Some favorite painters are William Merrit Chase, George Inness, Fairfield Porter and Wolf Kahn. Sue has been teaching oil painting at NRAS since 2002 and has had numerous one-woman shows. She is represented by the Powers Gallery in Acton, MA, Islesford Artists on Little Cranberry Island, ME, the South Street Gallery in Hingham and the private art dealer Susan Slane. Of her work, Sue says, " A good painting is like a poem. It contains just the essence and leaves room for the imagination. The best pictures stay in your memory like a melody. I aim for that."
Kevin Dunn has been carving birds for over fifty years and his birds have been sold in gift shops and galleries in Washington, D.C., Cambridge, Cohasset, Martha's Vineyard, as well as the Marshfied Fair, the South Shore Science Center Corn Festival, and the South Shore Audubon's Webster Farm Day. He has taught bird carving at the Scituate Art Association, Silver Lake Regional Adult Education, Marshfield H.S. Evening Education, and presently at the Marshfield Senior Center and the North River Arts Society. He carves birds in two basic styles; Peeps and Tweets and Realistic. Peeps and Tweets developed from the idea of producing a unique handcarved bird at a moderate price. They are carved in eastern white pine with enough detail to capture the essence of the bird and painted with acrylics. Realistic carvings are done in tupelo or basswood to hold detail, fully textured to show individual feathers, painted in numerous acrylic washes, and have individual bases, often including habitat.
Laura Harvey has worked as a mixed media artist for over 20 years. Always learning, always experimenting, Laura works with a variety of media and found objects, taking recycling to a whole new level!
Laura has been employed as the Office/Education Administrator for the North River Arts Society for over 10 years, where she also teaches workshops and classes for adults and young artists.
Andrea Favret was born in Scituate, MA and developed an interest in art as a child. She began taking classes, first at the New England School of Art and Design and then with renowned portrait artist, Robert Cormier. Taking avantage of the South Shore's seascapes, she developed a style of watercolor painting that is complimentary to any scene of southeast New England. Favret has been represented by several fine art galleries and her work is currently being represented by Fine Arts Studio, which she owns and operates. She is a juried artist member of the Cape Cod Art Association. She also teaches watercolor and drawing classes at the Sandwich Community School, and the Wareham Art Gallery.
Johanna Harmon studied fine art painting at Scottsdale Artists’ School, the Fechin Art Institute, and the Art Students League of Denver. Over the years she has received awards and recognition from the Art Renewal Center, The Artist’s Magazine; and numerous awards from Oil Painters of America, including Best of Show from the 2007 National Juried Exhibition. Her work has been published in Southwest Art, Artbook of the New West, and Focus Santa Fe. Her Solo Exhibitions are held at McLarry Fine Art, Santa Fe, NM, Group Shows at Waterhouse Gallery, Santa Barbara, CA and Newbury Fine Arts, Boston, MA, and in Juried Exhibitions all over the country.
Liz Haywood- Sullivan, PSA, is a representational artist focusing primarily on pastel landscapes. Her paintings are consistently described as inspiring and are defined by strong contrast values and graphic compositions. She graduated from Rochester Institute of Technology in 1978 with a degree in Environmental Design and worked as an industrial designer, exhibit designer, and professional illustrator prior to spending 11 years operating Haywood+Sullivan, Inc., a full-service graphic design business with her husband.
Since 1996 she has worked exclusively as a professional pastel artist, art educator, and community arts advocate. Holding Signature Memberships in the Pastel Society of America, the Pastel Painters Society of Cape Cod, and the Connecticut Pastel Society, her award-winning paintings have been seen in numerous local, national, and museum shows, and are included in private and corporate collections worldwide.
Qiang Huang (pronounced as Chong Wong) came from China. He has studied art from multiple master artists like David Leffel and Sherrie McGraw. His paintings show remarkable accuracy and expressive brush strokes. Since 2004 his paintings have been selected continuously for the 14th, 15th, 16th and 18th Oil Painters of America's National Juried Exhibitions. American Artist Magazine has featured his teaching on the summer issue of the "Workshop".
Duane Keiser was born in 1966. He studied at Randolph-Macon College under Raymond Berry, and at Brooklyn College under Lennart Anderson. He has had many solo exhibitions, including three at Fischbach Gallery in NYC, and has been included in group shows at Allan Stone Gallery, NYC. He is credited in USA Today and the New York Times with starting the internationally recognized “A Painting a Day” movement in 2004. His work is in over a dozen corporate collections and hundreds of private collections worldwide. He currently lives and works in Richmond, Virginia.
Robert Liberace is equally accomplished in drawing, painting, and sculpture. His work is inspired by the centuries of knowledge, skill, and elegance of the old masters. He works in a variety of mediums including pencil, chalk, pen and ink, watercolor, and oil. In the February 2006 issue of The Artists' Magazine Rob was selected as one of the top 20 artists under the age of forty.
Carol Marine was born in Sheridan, Montana, and raised in the very small town of Harper, Texas in a dome house designed and built by her parents. Her mother is a weaver and a potter, and her father builds boats. Her parents always assured their children they could do anything in their lives they wanted, and that it was better to have a job they enjoyed than to make a lot of money. Carols family has been her greatest influence and inspiration.
Margaret McWethy is an impressionist painter who works to capture brilliance of light and rhythms of nature in her colorful still lifes and landscapes. She graduated from Swarthmore College, studied at the Cape Cod School of Art with master colorist, Henry Hensche and nationally known portrait painters Cedric and Joanette Egeli. She is a featured artist in the publication Painting the Impressionist Landscape, by Lois Griffel, in Capturing Radiant Color in Oils by Susan Sarbeck and Painting the Impressionist Watercolor by Lee Boynton. Margaret is a member of the Plein Air Painters of new england. Her work hangs in private collections in the United States, Canada and Europe.
Susan F. Lynch Raffa is a local artist. She has been teaching oil painting for adults, as well as classes for children at the NRAS for over 5 years. Susan previously owned a small gallery in Plymouth, MA, and was a member of the NRAS Board of Directors. Susan also teaches at the Steeple School in Marshfield Hills, and runs their in-house art appreciation program. She enjoys entering local exhibits, and has won awards. Susan has taken classes at the Massachusetts College of Art and the Cape Cod School of Arts, she has also studied with John Kilroy, Edwina Caci and Lois Griffel.
Diane Rappisi studied in the full-time Professional Program at the innovative Studio Incamminati in Philadelphia, PA, which was founded by renowned artist Nelson Shanks. There she deepened her understanding of color, form and anatomy, and discovered her innate love of figure painting.
Diane comes from southern New Jersey, where she painted, taught, and founded two local arts organizations. Her recent honors include the CSOPA's Faces of Spring in Old Lyme, CT (1st Place), and the invitational joint exhibition Merci Beaucoup for Two in Medford, NJ. Her work resides in numerous private and public collections across the country, and selected pieces have been published for the National Park Service in Glen Echo, MD.
Jody Regan says "Painting is both incredibly intense brain work, and supremely joyful; an irresistible combination." This is Jody's fifth year teaching oil painting at NRAS. Regan is a representational oil painter, who discovered painting as her second career, after many years in the software developement world. Jody has had her work exhibited locally, and at the Catherine Lonillard Wolfe exhibit i New York, the Academic Artists Society Contemporary Realism Exhibit in Springfield, MA, and has won numerous awards, including her most recent Best Oil Painting at the Pembroke Arts Festival.
Donna graduated from Boston University's School of Fine Arts in 1974 and taught an award-winning art program in the Rockland Public School System for 23 years. Donna now teaches pastel and drawing classes, as well as workshops, independently in a number of local art organizations. She holds memberships in many local and national art associations, including the Pastel Society of Cape Cod, the American Artist's Professional League, and the Pastel Society of America.
Dan Thompson was born in Alexandria, Virginia. He has received grants and awards from foundations, colleges, and competitions, such as the American Portrait Society, which presented him with the 2001 Grand Prize for Best of Show in the International Portrait Competition, held at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. Dan co-founded the Grand Central Academy of Art and the Janus Collaborative School of Art, both in New York City. Dan’s work can be found in the collections of Forbes Magazine, New York, the University of Maryland, Baltimore, MD, Joh. Barth & Sohn, in Nuremburg, Germany, and in private collections throughout the United States, and as well as in the Middle East. For more information on Mr. Thompson, please visit www.DanThompsonArt.com.
Margaret Farrell Bruno
Margaret Farrell Bruno, PSA was formally educated at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY and launched a three-pronged career as a fine artist, portraitist, and illustrator. She is a member of several art societies including Signature Artist of the Pastel Society of America and Full Artist Member of the Cape Cod Art Association. Margaret's nationally awarded landscapes are included in the permanent collection of Ocean Spray Corporation, Massachusetts General Hospital, New England Met Life, along with other public and private collections. She is represented by Kendall Art Gallery in Wellfleet, Ma.
Along with experience in teaching classes in pastel painting, Margaret is also very knowledgable in the digital arts and applies that expertise in teaching techniques that she applies to her own work for promotion and organization.
Kelley MacDonald is a painter who lived in Hingham and Hull for many years. She has studied with talented local artists as well as painters who teach and exhibit nationally. Kelley paints in a comtemporary realist style, focusing on small Daily Paintings, which she blogs about, as well as large landscapes and skyscapes. Now living in Rhode Island, she maintains her artistic connections here on the South Shore by participating in local shows, and by coordinating a group Blog called Girls Just Wanna Paint.blogspot, where a topic is put forth once a month, and each of these dozen artist's response is posted on the blog.
Kelley teaches out of her studio in Warren, does Painting A Day workshops, gives talks on blogging, and travels with other painters to inspiring surroundings. Her painting trips have included Holland, Mexico, Sedona, Maine and Cape Cod.
Karl Nestelberger has been a working artist since 1987 when he graduated from SMU (now U-Mass Dartmouth) with a BFA in painting. His artistic journey has brought him from abstraction back to realism, which is where he devotes all his energy. Karl began working with John Kilroy at the North River Arts Society in 1997 and he was introduced to the Alla-Prima method. Over the past two years, Karl has shifted his focus to portraiture. In 2006, he started painting portraits at King Richard's Faire. Today Karl continues to paint portraits from life. He hosts the weekly Figure Painting and Drawing sessions at the NRAS.
Mac Haran (in coral) with her knitting group
Mac Haran is an experienced textile artist and knitter who learned to knit at school as a child in Ireland and from her Grandmother, a master knitter in the Irish tradition. Her beautifully executed creations are colorful, vibrant and, often times, fun and are in numerous private collections. Mac has shown her work at many venues including the North River Arts Society Festival of the Arts.
Mac's knitting experience has always been in the company of friends and in the solving of knitting "problems" together.
This informal knitting group brings to the table almost 500 years of knitting experience and continues in the form of friends sharing their knowledge and support, their good humor and their skills.
The knitting group at the North River Arts Society- now known as "The Knit Chix" has been meeting for almost 6 years. We meet on Wednesdays from 4pm to 6pm come rain and shine. (Cancellations due to bad weather follow the North River Arts Society protocol of cancelling their classes when Marshfield Public Schools cancel theirs!)