Irondequoit Art Club - Artist Bios
Diane Bosco has taken lessons in many different media from many different artists over the years: at RIT, Nazareth College and Memorial Art Gallery. She has dabbled in pottery, oil, acrylic, fiber art and watercolor (her favorite.) Diane belongs to the Irondequoit Art Club and Webster Art Club, and currently to an informal painting group which meets every Wednesday morning at Webster Recreation Center. Diane exhibits her works in both Irondequoit and Webster annual shows in which she has received Merit awards and one Juror's Award.
She has always loved to draw - even as a child. Her talents were put to use in high school to create murals for school dances, and signs for various occasions. She still does public art. One of her most recent murals (5 ft by 25 ft) was done for a doctor's office in Webster, depicting a panorama of Lake Ontario, with park and people in the foreground. She also loves to paint portraits, which is a challenge in her favorite medium watercolor.
In one of Diane’s art classes, her assignment was to paint shiny objects. She chose to paint something close at hand - the copper bottomed pots and pans on her stove. At the time, she was working at Nazareth College, and her co-worker's brother-in-law worked for the Revere Company in Utica, NY. She bought Diane’s painting as a Christmas gift for her brother-in law, and there it remains in Revere Ware’s home office.
Diane’s home studio is at 126 Ashbrook Circle, Webster, NY 14580. She can be reached by phone at 585-545-4641, or email at email@example.com.
Phyllis Cummings began studying oil painting in Brantford, Ontario, Canada in 1946; followed by Doon Art School in 1949 (plein air). Upon coming to Rochester in 1951, Cummings continued painting. Presently, she uses pastels, finding them much easier. She has sold numerous paintings and won a few ribbons. Cummings enjoys being an artist and has been an IAC member since 1969.
Jim Dawson has been drawing and painting since he was a teenager. He studied landscape painting at the Creative Workshop of the Memorial Art Gallery in Rochester and earned a B.A. degree from Empire State College SUNY, while working as a Field Engineer for Frontier Telephone Co.
Jim conducted evening Adult Education Art classes at Webster and Irondequoit High Schools, exhibited at the MAG Clothesline Show and the Naples, Canandaigua and Corn Hill Art Festivals in the Rochester area.
He currently works in transparent watercolor, watercolor pencil and acrylics. He favors landscapes, seascapes and urban scenes where he can use his early drafting skills to advantage.
Jim gets much of his inspiration from travels in the western states and Canada. Recent trips to the Northwest, Vancouver Island, Oregon, and the Canadian Rockies have supplied him with a lifetime of material. Using his photo materials, he creates his own interpretation of the scenes. This involves preliminary value studies in pencil, and at times cropping the images with a Photoshop type program, that leads to larger works in watercolor or acrylic.
Jim can be contacted by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 585- 872-6311. Please refer to the IAC Artist Pages for the following examples of Jim’s art:
Moraine Lake Banff, Canada, 18” x 24”, acrylic
Oregon Coast, 16” X 20”, acrylic
Durand Lake Swan, 18” x 24”, watercolor
William Estes. The late Bill Estes began drawing and painting in 1999. His Training was both formal and informal. Classes included: Bob Ross painting class; audit of several art classes at Orange County Community College; graphite pencil and colored pencil techniques taken at Oasis; watercolor class with David Burns; watercolor class at Joanne Fabrics. He enjoyed working with several media including oils, acrylics, watercolors, charcoal, mixed media collage, graphite pencils, and colored pencils.
Estes was an award winning artist, including a Jurors Award at the 2011 IAC Spring Show. He was also a 2010 Grumbacher instructor. He generously applied his past experience as the Wednesday Program Coordinator for the Irondequoit Art Club for 5 years. Artist Statement: “Good art is whatever pleases the artist”.
Jeanette Ferretti-Wojtas (Irondequoit Art Club Historian) began training at an early
age, at the Rochester Memorial Art Gallery. Her training has continued with art classes at continuing
education studies at Irondequoit High School; Creative Workshop (Drawing; Watercolor;
Illustration) of the University of Rochester at the Memorial Art Gallery, Rochester, NY.
Her works focus on the use of Watercolor pencils and paints; Acrylic paints, as well as Graphite and
Ink sketching. She likes to experiment with other art forms such as Acrylic pouring on canvas;
acrylic on water creations and can be found creating to Classical, Country and Pop music styles.
She has studied the written arts with classes in Journalism from Rochester Institute of Technology
and Creative Writing Classes focusing on Novels and Short Stories from Writers’ Digest Schools of
Having exhibited with the Irondequoit Art Club’s Annual Spring and Holiday Shows; the Irondequoit
Passport to Art (Annual August Event) and the former Art Trail. Also, her work has been on
consignment at the Oak Valley Inn in Geneseo, NY, the Irondequoit Town Hall Art Walk; the Legacy
at Cranberry Landing; and the 2012 Irondequoit Food Cupboard fundraiser at Ivan Green School.
Her original art and photographic prints are shown at Simply New York Shop on Culver Road and at
The Artist’s Cave on Culver Road in Seabreeze.
She is a Life Member of Cambridge Who’s Who; recipient of Professional of the Year (2010-2011)
Representing the Fine Arts; invitee (2010) by Lions Clubs International to judge a local poster
contest for school children. To her credit she has a Poem in the Library of Congress (Emily
Dickinson Awards) and has written; illustrated and self-published the Scamper series of small books.
The late author, Jesse Stewart, suggested that she consider writing as a career.
She feels that being part of a professional organization as the Irondequoit Art Club, where she can
learn and share with other artists, a privilege that not many can experience.
Artist Statement: “As a teen I would often sketch; paint; write and discard many of those earlier
works thinking they were not worthy. Now as an adult and somewhat more knowledgeable, I think
of those early years and wish I had kept ‘everything’. I have learned that we are our worst critics and
often judge too harshly, our own work. Each artist, whether a sketch artist, painter, photographer or
writer, has his/her very own style. This is what makes the art world so unique.
Ferretti-Wojtas has been a resident of Irondequoit for over 50 years. She can be contacted by email
at email@example.com or by phone at 585.233.9948.
Nancy Jo Gambacurta was born and raised in Rochester, N.Y. She studied art from the age of 13 and graduated from Monroe Community College and Empire State College with concentrated study in both painting and sculpture. Although in her early years she was primarily a sculptor, the last 25 years Nancy Jo has been an acrylic painter. She has focused on subjects ranging from gardens to nudes, from African violets to landscapes. Her landscapes have been derived from her travels to the American West and to the Adirondacks. Nancy Jo’s paintings have a vibrancy of color, a uniqueness of style and simplicity of design that communicate her emotions to the viewer and draw them into her world. Nancy Jo can be reached at 585-544-3175.
Eileen Joy has always been fascinated by arrangements of colors, shapes and lines. Capturing the moods of different times of day and the seasons is something she tries to reflect in her paintings. She has studied portrait and figure drawing and painting with Sari Gaby and Steve Carpenter, as well as having taken many classes at the Memorial Art Gallery Creative Workshop with Fred Lipp.
Eileen has had a One Woman Show at My Sisters Gallery in the Episcopal Church Home; and a Group Show at the AAUW. She has received several jurors’ awards and merit awards from the Pittsford Art Group and Irondequoit Art Club shows.
Most of Eileen’s art activities have happened since she retired from teaching. Prior to that she enjoyed art, but only did a little bit of drawing and painting. She feels that taking classes was a real eye opener!
Artist Statement: “People and landscapes have always attracted me. Catching people going about activities in their daily lives can make an interesting drawing or painting. I enjoy trying to capture the mood of a landscape at different times of day”.
Eileen can be contacted by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone at 585-467-2451.
John Lenhard is an artist and owner of “The Artists Cave”, an art gallery and studio on Culver Road, Irondequoit, NY.
John began painting with his fingers at the tender age of three, much to the dismay of his mother whose walls have never been the same since. After struggling through elementary and secondary school trying to follow in his father's footsteps to become a veterinarian, John's scholastic endeavors took a hard left turn with the encouragement of Ms. Doris Brit, the art instructor at Bishop Kearney High School.
With his interest switched from math and science to drawing and painting, John enrolled at Alfred University where he studied fine art, education and psychology. After graduating from Alfred, he spent a semester at Nazareth College and a year at RIT working toward his master’s degree.
Working full time as a roofing foreman, John married and raised a family, volunteered with the Boy Scouts and built a log cabin in the woods, all while dabbling in paint and charcoal on canvas and paper.
In 2011, John joined the Irondequoit Art Club and decided it was time to devote more attention to his art. He purchased a small building in the Sea Breeze community and began converting it into an art gallery/studio and community arts center, which he named “The Artists Cave”.
John has painted on three continents. His works hang in over 30 states as well as countries all over the world including private collections in Australia, Canada, Cuba, Denmark, Ecuador, England, France, Germany, Kenya, Malaysia, Spain, and Thailand.
“My work cannot be bound by conventions or preconceptions about art. It must allow me to escape from the drudgeries of manual labor and daily routines. That is why when people ask what style I paint in, I reply, ‘My style’. It isn't a pre-established ‘ism’ label assigned to an existing art movement. It is my own ‘ism’ and I call it ‘Escapism’ because in doing it, I can escape from the bindings imposed on me by my social duties and responsibilities. My work is often overlooked because it lacks focus and doesn't follow all the rules of composition, color, or subject matter. I can live with that.”
Please refer to the IAC Artist Pages for examples of John’s art. John can be reached at email@example.com.
Fran Mascari is an award-winning watercolor artist. She is an active, 30-year member of the Irondequoit Art Club, having formerly been president and vice president of the club. She attended the creative workshop of the Memorial Art Gallery for 12 years. Although she enjoys painting flowers (a love she learned as a child growing up with a florist father), she occasionally paints other subjects.
Arlene Miller, an Irondequoit Art Club member, has had an enriched mixed art background consisting of 2 years art instruction through continuing education in Greece, NY; private lessons in charcoal portrait drawing; 5 years watercolor instruction from Carole Leicht (Rochester Art Club); and 2 years training in pastels with Sara Gaby.
She has shown her works at Irish festivals, Irish Import Stores, both Rochester & Buffalo, and other local art shows. Arlene has won 4 juror awards for pastel and watercolor in Irondequoit Art Club Shows; 1st place for pastel and watercolor through SRAG (Suburban Rochester Art Group); and most popular vote of her work entitled “Durand Beach”.
Arlene states “I love painting water and sky and scenes of Durand Beach at Lake Ontario where I also swim”. More than winning ribbons, Arlene enjoys meeting people who appreciate her work. She can be contacted at 663-4438 or by email at Ronarlene1@aol.com
Barbara Montione has studied oil painting and watercolor through evening classes at West Irondequoit High School, at the Memorial Art Gallery, and through presentations, lectures and workshops at the Irondequoit Art Club (IAC).
Her shows and exhibits of note include those through IAC, Chapel Oaks, Rochester Public Market (Fall 2011) and I-Square Visions. She has won awards at IAC Spring Shows, including a Merit award and a Juror’s Award (2012).
Barbara has been an IAC member for about 5 years, during which time she has served multiple terms as Secretary and has chaired several shows. She mostly works from photographs and requires “inspiration” to start and finish her paintings. Some of her prints are currently offered for sale at “Simply New York” on Culver Road in Rochester, NY.
Donna Moore began painting many years ago but didn’t really get into it until recently. Oil painting has always been her medium of choice but she is now trying to work in watercolor. Donna looks forward to meeting the members of the club and becoming active.
Jeanette Musliner is an eclectic and nationally-respected artist who paints in watercolor, oils and acrylics, and accepts occasional commissions. She has won numerous ribbons in local shows, including the Webster Art Club, Irondequoit, Charlotte Lighthouse, and the "purchase prize" at a mini show at "Morning's Canvas" ( a Park Ave gallery). Her miniature paintings have been juried into many international miniature shows around the country, including, NH, NJ, CA, FL, Washington, DC, IL.
Musliner has also designed two coverlets as well as a series of commemorative buttons as fund raisers for the Irondequoit Senior Center. She has drawn numerous houses, schools, and churches for tour booklets (starting in the 70's), for stationery, and for personal use. Two of her paintings, which still hang in the Irondequoit Town Hall, were selected and purchased by historian, Walt Sassaman, years ago. Her largest project on behalf of the Town of Irondequoit was a wall mural on the landing between the first and second floors, completed in 2004.
Elizabeth Papaleo, longtime member of the Irondequoit Art Club, began as a self taught artist, but has also studied with Debbie VerHulst, Rosa Montante, and Pat Tribastone. Her favorite media are colored pencil and oils.
Some of her paintings can be seen around the town of Irondequoit, at Sunset House and at the offices of Dr. Stornelli and veterinarian, Dr. Balonek. Formerly in his waiting room, Dr. Balonek subsequently moved the painting to his home to enjoy! Currently, some of her work is for sale at Aman's Farm and Market where she is employed.
Betty has participated in the Irondequoit Art Club’s Spring Shows, in which she won a Merit award for a still life in oils.
Her numerous other shows have included the Irondequoit Art Club’s Holiday Shows, shows at Chapel Oaks, the Maplewood YMCA, Legacy at Cranberry Landing Shows, the Irondequoit Art Trail and Silver Lake Gallery.
Betty can be reached at 585-266-4357.
Terry Patti studied at Nazareth College where she earned a B.S. in Art in 1963. She went on to receive an M.F.A. from Rochester Institute of Technology in 1970.
Her recent exhibit of note includes that at the American Association of University Women, summer 2012. She won Best Painting Awards in 2004 and 2008 at the Festigiamo De Arti Exhibit at Nazareth College. In addition, she merited various ribbons at Irondequoit Art Club Spring Shows as well as other shows.
Terri paints natural, landscape-inspired scenes. She loves texture, accidental effects and color relationships. She can be contacted by phone at 585-342-2279.
Karen Pesch. Karen is a resident of Irondequoit and recently retired. She has taken a few art courses over the years beginning in high school, moving on over the years to classes at RIT and the Memorial Art Gallery's Creative Workshop courses. She is mostly self taught and is enjoying the rediscovery of her art in retirement. Karen works primarily in acrylics and pastels with a focus on portraits and still life. She can be reached at 585-266-3568.
Barbara A. Petro. Childhood drawing and painting were her great loves. In her earlier days, she particularly loved flamingos and llamas. Once she graduated from college and started working, however, she completely stopped painting for over 30 years. A wrist injury that occurred in 1998 left her thinking that she would never paint again.
About 8 years ago, she attended the Irondequoit Art Club’s Annual Spring Art Show at the West Irondequoit Library. Barb was so inspired by what she saw that she again fell in love with making art. Ever since she officially joined the Irondequoit Art Club, Barb has enjoyed improving her skills while attending the numerous workshops, meetings and learning from her fellow members. She held office as the club Treasurer for several years. More recently, Barb learned how to produce prints and cards from her paintings and enjoys producing these items. Her preferred media are acrylics and watercolors. She can be reached at 585-288-4516 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Frederick Schuknecht. From an early age, Frederick's mother involved him in arts and crafts, teaching him skills she knew. She ensured that an abundance of art and craft items were available. As a young person, he remembers family members crafting while relaxing in the evening, since they were always happiest when making things. In Junior and Senior High School, Frederick majored in art and enjoyed the creative energy shared by fellow students. After thirty plus years working in the Mental Health field, he knew he must devote his life to the love of creating instilled by the Master Creator. Currently he enjoys plein air painting in watercolors, oils, or acrylics along with artist colleagues. Besides painting, he enjoys almost any media, including woodworking, fiber arts, and others.
Frederick can be reached at 585-266-0449 or 585-237-3195 (summers) or by email at email@example.com
Sheila (S.A.M.) Shrestha. “SAM” recreates the wonders of nature by painting on silk, particularly silk scarves. Her original training has been in the field of science. She was formerly a Research Associate Professor, University of Rochester, Eastman Department of Dentistry. Shrestha has a B.S. degree in Biology from Nazareth College, Rochester, NY and an M.S. in Microbiology from University of Rochester.
Although SAM’s formal career was in science, she always had an interest in the visual arts, including dance. SAM began folk-dancing when she was about 4 years old and studied other forms of dance including Mid-Eastern, Liturgical, International and Latin Ballroom, and most recently the Argentine Tango. SAM choreographed and taught Middle Eastern, as well as Liturgical dance.
About 25 years ago, she took a silk painting class at Village Gate, Rochester, NY, after which she began creating images on silk. A large part of her art involves experimenting with non-conventional techniques and colors, color effects, and designs achieved by applying dyes to silks. For SAM, art imitates her background and interests, such as images viewed through the microscope or in various natural surroundings, such as her garden. These inspirations gain new life in her artwork on exotic silks.
Her other art training has included an acrylics class with Doris Besikof in San Diego, Calif; Chinese brush painting demonstrations with Dr. Alice Chen; classes in Chinese Brush Painting and watercolors with Peggy Martinez. SAM also appreciates attending the numerous art demonstrations provided through the Irondequoit Art Club and the wonderful camaraderie and support of its fellow members.
She exhibits her creations, many of which have won awards, at various art shows in Rochester. She is listed in Who’sWho in the World; Who’sWho in America; Who’sWho of American Women; Who’sWho in Medicine and Healthcare; Who’sWho in the East.
SAM has served as past Vice President, Co-President, and currently Publicity Chair for the Irondequoit Art Club. She writes “SAM’s Snippets” for the Irondequoit Art Club’s newsletter, the Palette.
In addition to membership in the Irondequoit Art Club, she has been a member of Silk Painters International. Artist Statement: “I believe artists continually strive to reflect bits of the ‘Invisible Light’”.
SAM can be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 585-704-5020.
Sally Steinwachs. As a child, Sally Steinwachs tried her hand at many genres in the visual arts, with her mother's enthusiastic encouragement. Later, Sally studied all media except oil painting with Jean Premo, a local painter. A great deal of Sally's artistic energy went into community-building efforts, bringing people together and creating programs to empower and assist city residents. Sally taught art in an after-school program on Jefferson Avenue and Genesee Street and incorporated art into community pursuits. Besides her mentor, the late Jean Premo, Sally has studied under local artists David Braun, Wendy Gwirtzman, and Steve Carpenter. She carried one of her first paintings from that period in the first Rochester demonstration against the Iraq war. In 2008, she worked on a number of artistic projects relating to the St. Salome Centennial Celebration. Now, Sally exhibits with the Artist Breakfast Group, the Irondequoit Art Club, and Rochester Contemporary Art Center. Please contact her at 585-230-1436.
Lisa Livoti Struble. Art has always been a part of her life. After high school, she earned a degree in Cytotechnology (i.e. the science of looking for abnormal cells under a microscope to diagnose cancer), which appealed to Lisa because it is visual and helps people. Wanting to make her art more than just a hobby, she enrolled in classes at the Memorial Art Gallery, became a member of the Irondequoit Art Club and went back to school, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Art at Empire State College, in 2004. Her art work and cytology careers have been working well together. She helped design a brochure and logo for her department and helped with presentations for national meetings. In her artwork, she likes to capture a moment, expressing a certain feeling or mood, beauty, serenity and nature. By slowing time to a certain moment, she hopes that when others see her artwork, they feel the message. She always strives to improve and grow in her art.
Alice Styles. As a child, Alice liked to use pencils, crayons and chalk. She had two years of art classes in high school. Art turned out to be her favorite subject. After public school, many years passed when she did no art work. In the early 90s, she took several courses in watercolor painting at the Creative Workshop of the Memorial Art Gallery. She also took Sumi-e classes.
Her attendance at the 2011 Irondequoit Art Club (IAC) Spring Show prompted her to join the club. She paints landscapes and small still life paintings using transparent watercolors. At the 2013 IAC Spring Show, Alice received a Merit Award. She likes to do paintings for her family and friends as well as display through IAC. “Painting is a wonderful and enjoyable hobby.”
Alice can be reached at 585-663-4025.
Mary Lou Swicklik. With an early background in chemistry, her education has been both formal and informal. She holds the following degrees: B.S., Chemistry, Mount Mary College, Milwaukee WI ; M.A., Chemistry Columbia University, N.Y.; further study in chemistry: University of Pittsburgh; Argonne Labs, IL; Institute of Polymer Science University of Akron. Swicklik was a member of Monroe Community College’s founding faculty and taught chemistry there for twenty years.
She took early retirement and earned a B.A., Fine Arts in Studio Art, Empire State College, SUNY, under the mentorship of Kurt Feuerherm. Additional art training consisted of classes at the Memorial Art Gallery, Rochester, N.Y.
Swicklik has had several ONE PERSON SHOWS: My Sister's Gallery (2); Barnes and Noble Cafe (Greece Ridge Mall); Williams Gallery; Link Gallery in City Hall; Greater Rochester Branch American Association of University Women; Chapel Oaks. Her GROUP SHOWS have included: Rochester Art Club : Lucy Burne Gallery, Nazareth College, Dyer Art Center (NTID), High Falls ---Artists' Breakfast Group: Wilson Gallery, Link Gallery, St. John's Home. Barnes and Noble (Pittsford) --- Irondequoit Art Club: Irondequoit Libraries, Century Club --- Arena Art Group: Nazareth College, Dyer Art center, Williams Gallery, Cazenovia College, Roberts Wesleyan College; Arts and Cultural Council; Pyramid Arts Center. Other juried shows: Ward Gallery, Centennial Exhibitions, National Women’s Hall of Fame, Channel XXI Showcase.
The title of her first one-person show, Intuitive Geometry, has become a way of thinking and a way of painting. Often Swicklik’s paintings turn into puzzles which must be solved through redesign, reinterpretation or color. As a work progresses it leads her to a result which is interesting, unique and sometimes fun. The work ends with a sense of movement developed by the intuitive and planned use of color and shape.
She has won many awards, including the Best of Show, 2008 NYAHSA Traveling Art Exhibition. Swicklik is a member of the Arena Art Group, a signature member of the Rochester Art Club and the Irondequoit Art Club, where she has served as President and Co-President. She can be reached by email at email@example.com.