Local Hudson Valley artists display their realist paintings. Artist bios:
Bruce Bundock has made his home in the Hudson Valley since 1979. His art is situated in the realist tradition. He holds an M.A. From SUNY Empire State College and a BFA From Maryland Institute College of Art. Additional studies include Silvermine College of Art, Artists for Environment Foundation, The Campbell Center for Historic Preservation Studies, and The Williamstown Art Conservation Center. He is a member of the American Alliance of Museums, Landscape Artists Pnternational, PACCIN, and New York Plein Air Painters.
Selected exhibitions include National Academy of Design, Marist College, Vassar College, Salmagundi Club, Schenectady Museum, Albany Institute of History and Art, the Hyde Collection, the Arnot Art Museum, Dutchess Community College and the Nationonal Society of Painters in Casein and Acrylic.
His work was featured in the Spring 2015 issue of “Acrylic Artists Magazine,” and “Acrylicworks 4” in 2017. He was honored with the Hudson 400 Award from the “Banks of the Hudson” national juried exhibition held at the Woodstock School of Art in 2009 and the Salmagundi Club Award from the National Society of Painters in casein and Acrylic national juried exhibition in 2014.
Les Castellanos is a traditional painter, and art educator in the Hudson Valley. Mr. Castellanos was born in Peru and joined his family in New York at the age of eleven. A graduate of The School of Visual Arts, he has received awards from the Art Students League, The Society of Illustrators, and The Art Director’s Club. In 1996 he was a Recipient of the Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Award. During that time, Castellanos was a guest instructor at The School for the Visual Arts and was also part of an arts program for children at P.S. 22 funded in part by the New York Academy of Figurative Art, where he completed his Masters Degree.
Marsha Massih is an award-winning oil painter, exhibiting her landscapes and still life paintings throughout the East Coast and abroad for over 20 years. She has been selected to exhibit in several shows throughout the years, including the National Association of Women Artists , Hudson Valley Art Association, National Art League, Dutchess County Arts Council, Art Society of Kingston, Audubon Artists Society of NYC, Artists’ Fellowship, and Plein Air Invitational Exhibitions at Gruber Gallery, Wired Gallery, and Historic Huguenot Street in New Paltz, NY. Marsha is part of a select group of plein-air landscape artists exhibiting with Wired Gallery regularly at the Mohonk Mountain House, New Paltz NY . She was chosen to be part of the first ‘Mavericks at Lace Mill Galleries Exhibit in Kingston NY in July 2017. Marsha had a two-person show at FRED in High Falls, NY October- December 2017 and is currently part of a group show called “Flowers in February” at Mark Gruber Gallery in New Paltz.
Marsha’s artwork has been in several publications over the years, including ‘Art Times’, “Kingston Times’, Chronogram, and ‘Lines from the League’, a publication from the Art Students League of NYC. Her biography and work have been featured in the New Paltz Times (May 2015) and the Gardiner Gazette (Summer 2015). Marsha is a founding member of the Gardiner Artists Open Studio Tours (GOSTartists.org) and regularly exhibits and sells work out of her studio.
She is represented by Mark Gruber Gallery and FRED in High Falls.
Please visit her website: marshamassihfineart.com, Facebook and Instagram .
John A. Varriano
John A. Varriano has been a respected representational artist for 20 years. As an artist and instructor, John focuses on how to observe nature and effectively translate the language of light into the language of paint. He has won numerous awards for his oil paintings, including the 2016 AAPL Alden Bryan Memorial Award for Traditional Landscape , the 2015 Allied Artists of America ‘Florence and Ernest Thorne Memorial Award’ for his Portrait, Best in Show at the UCJF’s 14th Annual Fall for Art Show in Kingston in 2010, the Sanford Grumbacher Gold Medal, the Alfred and Mary Crimi Award, and the Guilia Palermo Award at the Audubon Artists Exhibits. In 2011, John was awarded ‘Best in Show’ at the National Art League’s Annual Exhibit in New York and First Place at Gardiner Plein Air Show in June. In August 2012, John was one of 20 artists chosen out of thousands to participate in the International Fine Art Exhibition at Agora Galley in Chelsea.
John most recent two-person show was at Mark Gruber Gallery in New Paltz, NY in September 2016. In July 2017, his landscape painting in the Bryan Memorial Gallery was featured in Fine Art Connoisseur Magazine. John is a founding member of the Gardiner Artists Studio Tour and exhibits annually through his studio in Gardiner, NY.
John served on the Board of Directors of the Art Students League for several years and was its President in 2005 and 2006. John is a member of the Salmugundi Club, Allied Artists of America, Audobon Artists Society, the Artists’ Fellowship. He currently sits on the Board of the Artists’ Fellowship.
John is an instructor of at the Art Students League of New York and at the Art Center of Northern New Jersey. He conducts landscape painting, figure drawing and prismatic palette workshops in New York and New Jersey. John’s portrait commissions are in numerous private and public collections. John is represented by Mark Gruber Gallery in New Paltz, NY.