Open Studio Tour

Our first Tour in 2021 welcomed hundreds of visitors

2021 Open Studio Participants were:

John Charles – Photographer
www.onethousandbears.com
“One Thousand Bears Project” by Mako Kumano and John Charles. They use teddy bears in images around the world, inviting a multitude of interpretations and reactions on many levels. The photographs make you smile, and they make you think. Their prints currently hang in such hospitals as the Cleveland Clinic, the Children’s Hospital of Michigan, the University of Chicago, and the University of California, among other hospitals in the US, Japan, China, and Ecuador. 

Carolyn Cohen – Abstract Painter 
852cookie@gmail.com
Carolyn Cohen is an abstract painter, happily painting and experimenting away in Sherman, Florida, and Cape Cod studios. She is a member of Gallery 25 in New Milford and the Kent Art Association. Carolyn uses mixed media in her paintings and combines collage, printing from her own hand-carved blocks, and various textures to achieve a deeper, more layered effect. She also enjoys painting over previous work, so many pieces have been reincarnations.

Renee Collins – Jewelry Artist
www.reneecollinscollection.com, rkcollins424@gmail.com
Renee K Collins has been an artist for over 40 years – starting as an acrylic painter and then developing her skills into a jewelry designer. Renee uses only natural stones and high-quality elements, emphasizing sterling silver, leather, pave diamonds, pearls, pyrite, and other precious stones. No two pieces are alike. Her artwork has been shown in the Gold Mountain Gallery, Sea Salt Boutique, Sewall’s Point, and J Seitz.

Jeff Ginsburg – Photographer
jeff_ginsburg@yahoo.com
Jeff Ginsburg and Lu Li are photographers known for the “Magnificent Birds.” Their bird photographs show a strong connection between the photographers and their wild subjects, inviting you into a world of impact, emotion, and beauty. The artists will explain how they photograph birds and the elusive wood ducks. 

Sylvia Hierro – Painter
www.sylvia-hierro.com, sylviahierro@gmail.com
Sylvia’s Studio currently features a wall covered in collages and another with oil and acrylic paintings in progress. She begins with sketches that lead to a series of paintings where realistic elements transform into abstractions. Her goal is to convey an object’s essence and emotional response. Sylvia founded and chaired the Fine Arts Department at Canterbury School in New Milford, where she also taught for over 20 years.

Lisa Caron Hickey – Designer and Felter
www.carondesigns.com, lisa@carondesigns.com
Instagram, Twitter, Facebook: @carondesigns
Lisa is a jewelry designer, fused glass artist, and creator of creative arts and
craft kits. She is on a mission to create whimsical products that bring smiles
and happiness to kids ages 3-99.

Linda Hubbard – Photographer
www.countryelegance.com, lindathubbard@gmail.com
“I love to capture the beauty, peace, and serenity of nature.” Her photographs bring back memories of a favorite place or a time of joy and happiness. They take you to places that you would like to be, a season that warms you, or a peaceful setting that soothes your soul. There will be framed and matted photographs, cards, and magnets for your holiday shopping at the Open Studio.

Lu Li – Photographer
As a little girl, Lu began her fascination with cameras and photographs and during college, breaks captured the beauty of the exotic lands of China.  She earned a bachelor’s degree in radar engineering and became the first female to lead a Chinese Navy’s Research Institute team. Lu earned a master’s degree in Computer Science at CUNY and implemented the next-generation cell phone system. Known for her wild ducks and birds. “I think my photos capture their indescribable beauty.”

Mako Kumano – Photographer
www.onethousandbears.com
Mako was born in Japan and spent her professional career in Tokyo and New York. As Producer at One Thousand Bears Project, She has collaborated with John Charles to exhibit his work in locations worldwide. Mako received acclaim for producing a performance of Yoko Ono’s Bag Piece at the Museum of Modern Art. She participates in philanthropic activities, which support children’s health issues, women’s rights, and endangered animal species. 

Kenny Litwack – Fused Glass Artist
www.Litwackglass.com, Litwackglass@gmail.com
917-843-4415
Instagram: @litwackglass
Kenny Litwack began glass fusing in 2004 under the tutelage of renowned artist Dorothy Hafner, having also studied with Renee Culler and Emma Varga at the Glass Furnace in Istanbul, Turkey. Initially creating landscapes, he currently works primarily as a portrait artist. He has won awards in exhibitions at the glass studio URBAN GLASS for his pixilated work entitled DIANE and the Art Room Contemporary Gallery for his landscape Blue Sky.

MaryJane Magoon – Watercolor Artist
www.mjmagoonfineart.com
Instagram: @mjmagoon
Mary Jane Magoon grew up in the upper peninsula of Michigan. After residing in different areas of the Midwest, she settled in Connecticut. She is an Interior Designer and is a certified color consultant with a passion for color. Watercolor is her choice of medium. “I am inspired by the transparency and natural flow of the watercolor paint. Mary Jane is a member of Gallery 25, Society of Creative Arts, New England Watercolor Society, Northeast Watercolor Society, and Kent Art Association.

Mae Maimone – Textile Artist (Bag Designer)
maemaimone@gmail.com
Mae Maimone is the designer of a line of “Poppins Bags” handmade quilted bags that are great for overnight or weekend getaways, knitting and craft projects, or whatever suits your fancy. Mae creates three different sizes and includes several pockets that can hold a tablet, phone, sunglasses, books, and pack with clothes and stuff! All are one of a kind; an equestrian line is also available, among others.

Cynthia O’Connor – Photographer
www.bigshotsbycindy.com, cindy@bigshotsbycindy.com
Instagram:@bigshotsbycindy
Facebook: Big Shots by Cindy
Cynthia has been a professional photographer since 2005. Her work has included weddings, events, and portraiture but is now primarily landscape, cityscapes, and wildlife. Her two safaris in Africa to document the elephants and their plight and to raise money and awareness to save them have been her most fulfilling work. She is also committed to sharing what captures her eye around the country wherever her travels take her.

Virginia Niles Schaffer – Watercolor Artist
virginianilesschaffer@gmail.com, Facebook: Virginia Niles-Schaffer
Virginia is a self-taught watercolor artist beginning in 2006. The late Florence Froeder, a watercolor artist, taught Virginia the basics of watercolor. Virginia is inspired by the beauty and splendor of the surrounding countryside, triggering her artistic juices throughout her painting career. Her watercolors have been sold throughout the US and are in East and West coast homes. Virginia is a member of the Kent Art Association.

Muriel Stockdale – Multi-disciplined Artist & Writer
www.murielstockdale.com, muriel.stockdale@gmail.com
Instagram: @murielanyc, Twitter: @Murielepluribus, FB: Muriel Stockdale 
After a career in theatre, TV, and film as a costume designer, Muriel Stockdale is now a multi-disciplined artist and writer. Visit 24 Skyline Drive in Candlewood Lake Estates, Phone: (646) 522-3819 to see her diversity-themed US Flag series, oil portraits, and pick up a copy of her science fiction novel, Gabriel Born.

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