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10 Local Artists to Know About



Julie Testwuide

Julie Testwuide
Bedford’s Julie Testwuide has had a camera in her hand since she was a kid. “I realized I could freeze time and capture memories on film to share with others, and it was magical,” she says. “I never imagined I would be photographing professionally for decades ahead. My love of capturing the beauty of life is powerful.” Testwuide’s latest work is huge images of horses, emphasizing their strong bodies, beautiful lines, flowing manes, and free spirit. “Living with and being surrounded by horses is a dream come true,” Testwuide says. “I try to capture their beauty and spirit through my photography because I want to share this dream.” juliearts.com 

Sally Burlingham Frank
Etchings, woodcuts, printmaking, and monotype are the specialty of North Salem artist Sally Burlingham Frank who says the beauty of the natural world is her constant source of inspiration. Her work has been exhibited at Weir Farm National Historic Site, the Katonah Museum, and the Hammond Museum, among others. “I use traditional printmaking techniques, including copperplate etching, lithography and monotypes, and newer methods such as solarplate intaglio. There is always something new to notice and appreciate about nature, be it the light, the landscape, the waterways or wildlife.” sallyfrank.net

Duston Spear
​Duston Spear began working as a fine artist in 1982. In recent years, she’s turned her attention to film, writing, conceptualizing, and directing “Red Thread: The Prisoner and The Painter,” a 20-minute visual journey into life behind and beyond bars based on the poetry of Judith Clark, an inmate at Bedford Correctional Facility. Spear is currently at work on a video serialization of “Uncle Tom’s Cabin,” with original music, dance, spoken word, and art. “I’m using the story as a way of dealing with racism in America,” says Spear, whose work has been exhibited in the Metropolitan and Brooklyn Museums of Art, among others. She works out of a studio in Bedford where she paints and creates the papier mâché objects used in her films. duston.spear.name
(Photo by Rana Faure)

Amy Drucker 
​Katonah-based photographer Amy Drucker always sports sensational and stylish glasses which no doubt help account for her terrific artistic eye. “I use life as my inspiration,” Drucker says. “Photography is my medium.” Drucker has an academic background in photography, but her career was really launched when she began documenting her own family. “ I realized I could marry the two things that meant the most to me, my family and photography, to create a business. I specialize in what I call documentary family photography. I see beautiful images when I look at things others might look past. A powerful portrait doesn’t necessarily mean a smiling face.” amydrucker.com 

Christopher E. Green
British born and reared Chris Green’s métier is stone and stainless steel. “Working in stainless steel, I find the interaction between the light and the steel holds an unpredictable and exciting dimension that can’t be known until the piece is complete,” the Katonah sculptor says. “Very different effects are seen in the same piece depending upon whether it is in full daylight, or a rainy day with raindrops sparkling and moving, or the setting sun reflecting off snow, turning the bright steel a mellow amber or pink.” Green is the winner of the Manhattan Arts International Award for his sculpture, “Healing Power of Art” rendered in Italian Portoro marble.
christopheregreen.com 

Henry Bismuth
Henry Bismuth was born in Paris and trained as a medical doctor. He dropped all of that to become a painter, exhibiting internationally now for two decades. His most recent show, “Western Visions” took place at the National Museum of Wildlife Art in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Currently he is working on transforming ancient historic sculpture from Asia into a new vision. “I am interested in neither painting the current day as in a snapshot, nor in the nostalgia of the past. Painting becomes of interest to me when it is timeless,” says the North Salem-based Bismuth. henrybismuth.com 

Naomi Press 
Naomi Press, who studied sculpture with George Boys in Johannesburg, began her career working in bronze and marble and was soon exhibiting internationally. In the 1990s, Press switched over entirely to working in stainless steel. Her sculpture, “Solo II,” was installed in London’s Cavendish Square in 2012, and she exhibited “The Nude” in a recent group show at London’s Albemarle Gallery. Press divides her time between London and Waccabuc. “Waccabuc is an inspiration because of the sky and my red barn,” she says. “Two of my sculptures are inspired by that barn.” Press says the most important thing to her is the element of surprise. naomipress.com

Dan Cohen 
“I work in a lot of different mediums; I paint, I photograph, I draw,” says Dan Cohen, a Bedford Hills-based artist whose work has been exhibited at the Katonah Museum of Art. “I’m interested in the notion of juxtaposition, whether it’s through technique or subject matter.” Cohen’s background in graphic design has him combining graphic sensibility with fine art. “There’s always a graphic bent to my work,” he says. His acclaimed series, “I Love the Burbs,” stems from his growing up in suburbia. “My work is often ironic. I have a sense of humor. It’s provocative but pleasing. I take art seriously but do inject a lot of myself into it.” dancohenart.com

John Whitton Bria 
“I cultivate obscurity and seem to do that well,” says John Whitton Bria, a Pound Ridge native and landscape painter. “I’m working on a series of paintings of the view from above the Leatherman’s cave. I used to say I’d never do a postcard type of painting because my eyes are a 70-millimeter lens. I pick out that part and paint that, and people don’t recognize it because it’s detached from what they usually see. “ He paints exclusively things that have a personal connection: the Adirondacks, Scotland, and the Pound Ridge Reservation. “I don’t come with an artistic ideology. I like to paint.” painterlyrealism.com

Vivian Pyle
Vivian Pyle’s medium is clay. “I have a big variety of stuff I’m working on, everything from regular tableware to one-of-a-kind lamps to tile projects in clay and cut glass,” says Pyle, who lives in Pound Ridge and sometimes calls herself a potter. Currently she is working with a conceptual artist for a show in Russia. “The project is based on a folk epic surrounding the color red,” Pyle says. “I made these iron red Viking boats, which are now part of the permanent collection at the Museum of Urban Sculpture in St. Petersburg.” Pyle says she has no particular philosophy and focuses on “everything and anything I feel like doing.” vkpstudio.com

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Cost: $25, $35, $50, $65

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