2020 Featured Artists
The 59th Annual Armonk Outdoor Art Show will feature juried artists from across the US and Canada, including 31 new artists. We encourage you to explore the full roster of exhibiting artists, peruse images of their work, and connect directly with them in advance of the show.This year, more than ever, our artists look forward to meeting in person. Until then, enjoy a peek at our Six Featured Artists and learn about their technique and inspiration!
Traveling to the US from his homeland of Bangkok, Thailand in the late 1960s at age 17, Ummarid Eitharong “Tony” brought his love of art with him. Now residing in Ponce Inlet, FL, his art has evolved over the years from the photorealism of his early pencil drawings to his large-scale mixed-media collages. His current works, which have been his focus for the past 10 years, are 2D mixed media and acrylic paintings that combine wide, sweeping brush strokes of bold color in abstract designs. While self-taught, he credits a few good friends for their constructive input. His influence comes from color theorists, including old masters like Josef Albers, with “inspiration from everything that is around me: nature, landscapes, seascapes, urban landscapes and flowers.”A veteran exhibitor and award-winning artist at the Armonk Outdoor Art Show (including Best in Show), Tony currently travels around the country to other outdoor shows. His work has also been exhibited in museums over the years. He loves to come to Armonk, where he says, “The customers are well informed and appreciative.”
Lorraine Glessner grew up in Bucks County and now lives in Jenkintown, PA. She studied art at Philadelphia College of Textiles & Science (which is now Jefferson University), computer graphics at Moore College of Art & Design, and received an MFA in Fiber & Materials Studies at Tyler School of Art, Temple University. Using landscape as inspiration, Lorraine works in encaustic, applying paint, fusing the layers, then scraping back or adding more paint. “Encaustic is my primary medium because of its smell, its luminosity and tactile qualities that are unmatched by any other medium. Although encaustic is a painter’s medium, I approach working with it is as a craftsperson.”“Memory, experience, all of life is made up of layers. Everything we do is cumulative to what we have done before and everything we perceive is in the context of what we know. My work contains many layers of information collaged within the medium and because of the inherent transparency of wax, many levels of meaning merge and coexist within the painting.”
Amy Hudon feels incredibly fortunate to live and work on Cape Cod, MA for most of her life. She and her husband John have raised two girls on the Cape, surrounded by ocean on all sides with ponds and lakes scattered everywhere. After owning their own fine jewelry store for 13 years, Amy now shows her work exclusively at quality juried shows in the Northeast.When designing her jewelry, she tries to include elements that reflect her personal modern and minimal aesthetic combined with organic forms, textures and details. Pebbles, beach grass blades, waves, flying birds are some of the easy to recognize beach-inspired themes in her collections She works exclusively in precious materials: platinum, palladium, all colors of gold, silver, diamonds and gems, creating pieces that can be worn daily, in different combinations, with different parts and pieces, changeable and adaptable. “My hope and goal has always been to handmake easy-to-wear heirloom-quality pieces that are either somewhat innovative or recognizably unique, reflecting not only my style, but also bringing everyday happiness and genuine enjoyment to anyone who wears them: making fine jewelry fun.”
Marlene Rose, a native of Long Island and longtime resident of FL, is an award-winning sculptor in her chosen medium, sand-cast glass. While obtaining her BFA at Tulane University in New Orleans, she was introduced to the technique of sandcasting by professor Gene Koss, one of the pioneers of using glass as a sculptural medium. A process developed in the mid-1980s, sandcasting glass is based on the ancient tradition of bronze casting. Marlene pours liquid molten glass into carefully prepared sand molds and then cools them in a specially controlled oven for six days or more before cracking open the mold to see what is revealed. She finishes each piece of glass with a steel frame that completes the sculpture.Marlene explains, “All of my work, whether figurative or abstract, has a spiritual aspect to it. While the Buddha faces are inspired by Buddhas from Vietnam, China and India, the concept of the face itself has come to mean much more to me. The imagery transcends culture and appeals to a universal common thread in humanity, of the striving to be bigger than oneself, and to dissolve the man-made barriers between cultures and people.” Marlene exhibits her work in art fairs, gallery shows, and solo museum exhibitions. She was a featured guest on the season premiere of CBS Sunday Morning September 2019.
Andrew Sovjani is a visual artist recognized for blurring the boundaries between photography, printmaking and painting. Employing his unique hybrid technique, Andrew captures each image on black and white large format film “that renders light and detail beautifully.” He creates a print in the darkroom and proceeds to chemically alter that print over several days to bring in unusual colors, mark making, and spontaneous effects. Next, the raw work print is brought into the computer, further enhanced, and then printed digitally. Andrew says that his work is “loosely about time, light and the hand of man.”Raised by two working artists in nearby Yorktown Heights, NY, Andrew currently lives in the hills of Pioneer Valley in Massachusetts, surrounded by bountiful gardens and chickens. Largely self-taught, he studied for a period with one of Ansel Adams’ assistants. He has exhibited in national juried shows all over the US and his award-winning work has been in solo and group exhibitions in NY, Boston, Seattle, San Francisco and Washington, DC.
Born in Nanchang, China and now residing in Chicago, Yang Yang creates figurative paintings and sculptures in unconventional forms adapted from Chinese legends and historical figures. Using media ranging from paper and canvas to fiberglass, ceramic and bronze, his works have been shown in museum exhibitions, including the Museum of Fine Art in Shannxi, China and the Minneapolis Institute of Art, as well as in many fine art galleries.As an artist, Yang possesses a unique style for expressing an alternate way to live in fairness. “Human compassion is admirable, he says, but we cannot save all animals from their predators…The all-important question is how to share fairness with our environment.” Using art as a form of thinking, Yang may include a vulnerable person on a dangerous table, a warning of a black crow, a naked figure crawling to survive. In his series “The Pilgrimage,” we see a group of people traveling and worshiping. To gain ultimate peace, he believes, we must “leave behind not only hate but also love.”