Six years ago, artist Fay Wood and her husband sold their large, inspirational church in the Hudson Valley to a musician and artist. For over twenty years, she had lived and worked there, creating some of her finest artwork, and enjoying the wildlife and changes of the moon over the Catskills. But, as the couple aged into their mid-seventies, the building became too large and the four acres of gardens required too much maintenance.
Liz Dexheimer’s paintings and works on paper have been exhibited widely in the Northeast and Southeast. Her work, including commissioned pieces, is in numerous private and corporate collections, including the corporate headquarters of Frontier Communications, J.W. Marriott (Essex House), Hudson Insurance, Ritz Carlton, and United Peoples Bank.
Susan Cantrick is an American painter who lives and works in Paris, France. In 1997, due to chronic tendonitis, she left her career as a violinist to pursue visual arts studies in Paris for several years. During that time, she had her first solo exhibition in Paris, and in 2002 she established her studio practice there. In 2004, she attended a winter residency at the Vermont Studio Center, and in 2007 she had her second solo show in Paris. Since then she has shown regularly in solo and group exhibitions in France and the United States. Her most recent solo exhibition, Impure Situation(s), at Le Pavé d’Orsay in Paris, featured fifteen works on canvas and paper. In September 2013, she received the Art Absolument prize at the Salon des Réalités Nouvelles, Paris. Private collectors in France, the United States, and Japan have acquired her work. Her work was exhibited at a group show at the Marylebone Crypt, London, in the summer 2018. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Bennington College and a master’s from the Peabody Conservatory.
Liz Nielsen is a Brooklyn-based artist whose works have been exhibited in New York, Chicago, Paris, London, Budapest, Amsterdam, and Berlin. Her photographs are printed in the analog color darkroom, with handmade negatives and found light sources. They range in size from 100-by-100-inches to 8-by-8-inches.
Francene J. Levinson, who was born in Brooklyn, is a digital artist based in Portland, OR. She has transformed modular, three-dimensional origami into fine art. She draws inspiration from nature, with series on birds, oceans, and plants. For fifteen years, she taught art in New York and Florida.
Amy Kanka Valadarsky is a photographer based in Even Yehuda, Israel. She was born in 1964 in Romania, where she spent the first eight years of her life before moving to Israel with her family. After graduating as a software engineer, she worked twenty-five years designing and implementing software solutions throughout the world. In 2014, she left the telecommunications industry, starting a new chapter as a fine art photographer.
Terri Witek’s most recent book is The Rape Kit (2018). She is also the author of Body Switch (2016); Exit Island (2012); The Shipwreck Dress (2008), a Florida Book Award winner; Carnal World (2006); Fools and Crows (2003); Courting Couples, a winner of the 2000 Center for Book Arts Contest; and Robert Lowell and Life Studies: Revising the Self (1993). A native of northern Ohio, she earned a PhD at Vanderbilt University, and now holds the Sullivan Chair in Creative Writing at Stetson University in central Florida. At Stetson she has received both the McEniry Award for Excellence in Teaching and the John Hague Award for Distinguished Teaching. She has worked with visual artists throughout her career, and her collaborations with Brazilian new media artist Cyriaco Lopes have been featured in galleries and site-specific projects in Seoul, Lisbon, Rio de Janeiro, New York City, and Los Angeles. Witek also teaches with Lopes in Stetson’s MFA of the Americas Expanded Field program. She is married to the comic-book scholar Joseph Witek.