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Custom Art Gallery with Featured Artists Every Season

The Lodge at Woodloch is intimately aware of the beauty of nature that surrounds us. Mother Nature provides an ever-changing muse for art and inspiration. Together with Kiesendahl + Calhoun Fine Art, Ltd., comes a custom-curated art gallery hall featuring local, regional, and international artists that help magnify our philosophy of personal awakening.

Claudia Waruch

A printmaker living in rural Hudson Valley, New York, Claudia graduated with a BFA degree in printmaking from SUNY, New Paltz, at the age of 60. The artist’s passion for mark making continues to motivate, enrich, and inspire. Defined as “drawing with nature” her practice includes a variety of processes such as handmade papermaking, shibori, indigo dying, collagraphs, solarplate etchings and monoprints. Those images explore the conceptual relationship between the organic and the refined. Claudia is fortunate to have farm fields which offer a variety of plant and organic materials that beg to be printed. They reveal emerging patterns while confirming the delicacy and the beauty of the natural world. 

Recently Claudia’s efforts have embraced the creative practice of papermaking and indigo dyeing, a technique inspired by the Japanese method of dying cloth called Shibori. A mix of abaca or cotton pulp fibers are used to create her paper matrix. Each piece of paper is then either folded, wrapped, tied, clamped or held, often the organic matter is then wrapped or embedded into the paper. A vat of indigo dye is prepared and the paper wraps are slowly dipped under the dye solution, all the while monitoring how the paper absorbs the indigo. Each dyed piece is distinct which allows intuitive collages and subtle intricate pages to be created. Her studio is her magnet, “a place not only to create, but also a place to switch mental gears, lower my shoulders, exhale, while discovering  all the many works swirling in my head. What a lifelong gift to explore.”     

The artist has participated in exhibits and monoprint invitationals in New York, from Woodstock to New York City, and at The Center for Contemporary Printmaking in Norwalk, Connecticut. Claudia has been featured in numerous publications and currently serves on the Board of the Woodstock School of Art.

Marie Cole

Born in Southern New Jersey, Marie moved to New York City after high school, and then to the Hudson Valley in 1963. Cole earned a BA at Vassar College where she studied art and taught at Dutchess Community College for several years before becoming a full time painter. Classes at the Woodstock School of Art continue to inspire her creativity, especially printmaking with Kate McGloughlin.  Eric Aho influenced her work through workshops in Italy, Canada and Vermont. Travels through the United States, Europe, Mexico, Scotland and South Africa also impacted her work. The artist paintings build on her experiences of the sea, rivers, mountains, marshes and farmland. Water and weather are two constant and significant themes.

“The windows of my studio face the Hudson River and Catskill Mountains. Storms that come down the river are incredibly intense – rain comes down in sheets, and thunder and lightning roll across the mountains. In winter, ice forms and cracks and shifts on the river and snow blankets everything in white. The chilly weather of fall and winter are especially exciting times of year to paint and a challenge to see how much color can be found in the landscape. Summer and fall months provide brilliant, intense color. The process of painting is important to me, I love the paint, thick or thin, the viscosity, piled up in layers or scraped down to the canvas, creating texture or smoothness. Paint creates light and shadow, yet if you look closely, it is still just paint”.  

Marie exhibits at galleries throughout the East coast and participates in the Art Studio Views open studio tour. Her paintings are in private collections from coast to coast. Her home and studio are in a renovated warehouse in Germantown on the Hudson River.

Any questions or interest, please contact:
Kiesendahl+Calhoun Fine Art, Ltd.
914 325 5496 Nancy Bloch
914 844 6296 Camilla Calhoun