Shifting Light — Exhibition by Manhattan-based Poughquag artist Kathleen Gefell and Brooklyn-based Scottish painter Catriona Herd at the Live 4 Art Gallery, 20 Charles Colman Blvd, Pawling, NY, June 1-30, 2024.

Opening Reception – Saturday, June 8, 4-7pm.

Opening Hours: Wednesday – Saturday 11am to 7pm. Sunday 11am to 3pm.

Both artists will attend the exhibition every Saturday from 4pm to 7pm. They can also be contacted via their websites at catrionaherd.com and kgefellartist.com

***** The first five images attached to the press release are paintings by Catriona Herd, with the remainder by Kathleen Gefell.


Manhattan-based Poughquag artist Kathleen Gefell and Brooklyn-based Scottish painter Catriona Herd make a successful return to the Live 4 Art Gallery, 20 Charles Colman Blvd, Pawling, New York, for their third annual show from June 1 through June 30, 2024.

Both artists, who paint landscapes and the figure, will show their latest work — the result of many sketching trips near and far made during the last 12 months.

Herd found inspiration in Ireland and in her native Scotland, while Gefell looked closer to home in the Hudson Valley for landscapes that moved her.

Gefell said: “Writers always remind us to ‘write what you know.’ But for artists the adage should be ‘paint what you feel.’

“The Hudson Valley, where I live much of the time, remains my muse. I am always looking for shapes to play with, colors to push and the many moods of the valley that correlate with my own.

“These new landscapes are of fresh vistas discovered and recorded while exploring the many towns and villages of Dutchess County …

“A recent study of the abstract landscapes of Nicolas de Stael got my imagination percolating.

“Like de Stael, my landscapes of the Hudson Valley and beyond translate the real into semi-abstractions, rendering nature in lively shapes that evoke but do not mimic the actual.”

Herd said: “The inspiration for my work is wild landscape, interesting light, the changing color of the sea as the sky reflects its mood.

“It all comes from travel and exploration. I’ve been lucky enough to spend a lot of time in the north west of Scotland in the last year.

“The changing seasons have brought different colour palettes in the spectacular scenery.

“I’ve been able to sketch snow capped mountains, the deep ochres and magenta of the fall landscape and the pink mountains of the Isle of Mull at sunrise. I’m very happy to be showing some of the results.”

Artist biographies:

Gefell was born in western New York State, and currently resides in Manhattan and Poughquag, New York. Her work has been exhibited at galleries in Manhattan, Nantucket, Connecticut and Westchester.

Gefell studied with Michael Burban and Kenneth McIndoe at The Art Students’ League in Manhattan, Seth Nader in Duchess County, New York, and Dominique Medici in Manhattan.

She is a member of the Dutchess County Community Council, Barret Art Center in Poughkeepsie, New York, the Kent Art Association in Kent, Connecticut, and the Art Students’ League in Manhattan.

Gefell’s work has been shown at the Pictor Gallery and Pleiades Gallery in Manhattan, Nantucket Art Works in Massachusetts, the Cooper-Finn Gallery in Connecticut and at the Mamaroneck Artist Guild.

She was a recipient of the Kuniyoshi Award for painting in 2014-2015 and the 2015-16 Merit Scholarship at The Art Students’ League.

Glasgow-born Herd has exhibited in Manhattan, Edinburgh, Oxford, Frankfurt and Brooklyn.

Herd paints landscapes done from plein air sketching trips in mainland Europe, Scotland, Ireland, the United States and England.

Arts impresario Richard Demarco said Herd’s work “strikes a true celebratory note of joy” and shows a “passionate commitment to plein air oil painting.”

Herd won scholarships to paint at the Marchutz School of Fine Art in Aix-en-Provence, France, and the Anderson Ranch Arts Centre in Aspen, Colorado. Her painting “Copper Tree, Evora, Portugal” won a Jean Gates Award in New York.

Herd graduated from Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art in Dundee, Scotland, after five years of study including a postgraduate year and selection to paint at the Hospitalfield House master class.

Herd’s teachers at Dundee included veteran Scottish painters Alberto Morrocco, James Morrison and Jack Knox, who was a major influence on her development.

Following stints in Edinburgh, Hong Kong and New Zealand, Herd moved to Brooklyn, New York, in 2003.

Author: Harlem Valley News