2020 Instructors | The Art Barge

listed alphabetically by last name

Jim Bergesen

Jim Bergesen is a photographer and painter who embraces the possibilities rendered by digital technologies to create an area of synthesis between mediums, in which the representational is abstracted and abstraction made to represent. By re-focusing and re-framing images– and utilizing color in both pixelated and solid forms, Bergesen filters the static of the everyday to reveal the unseen nature and spirit of these images. Life Member of the Art Students League of New York, with a MFA in Studio Art and a MA in Contemporary Art History and Criticism from SUNY, Purchase College, Jim was raised in the Netherlands, Belgium and Switzerland and loves to share his passion for the history and uses of art materials in his role as an Educational Advisor for artist color company, Winsor & Newton, and consults with the international Artist Outreach Program of Liquitex.  His works have been acquired for several corporate and private collections and latest works may be viewed at he Pierogi Galleries’ flat files in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

Mary Boocheever

In developing her own color language, Mary Boochever has explored sources as diverse as the Kabala and Goethe’s Color Theory. Boochever’s painting, sculpture, and installations draw the viewer into the immediacy of the color experience. Born into a Washington, D.C., Foreign Service family in 1954, she later studied at the Akademie der Bildenden Künste in Munich, Germany, under Mac Zimmerman, Günther Frühtrunk, and Paul Meyer-Speer. Relocating to New York City in 1978, she taught at the School of Visual Arts and guest-lectured at Yale University. After moving to Long Island in 1993 she taught at Suffolk Community College in Riverhead and Lacoste School of the Arts in France. The artist has shown extensively in galleries and museums in the U.S. and Europe. She currently lives and works in Sag Harbor, New York.

Rosalind Brenner

Rosalind Brenner’s creativity manifests itself in many different ways, from painting, monotype and collage to glass work and poetry. Her wide range of mediums portray her inner imaginings and emotions in a multitude of ways. Often having dialogues with one another they all follow her conscious and sometimes subconscious mind on its exploratory path. Critics consider her  a poet and painter of energy. Her art, both process and result, is an expression of a mining of observation, exploration of symbol, color, form, shape, imagery and wild imaginings. She is an arbiter of spontaneity and control, always reaching for the edges of plasticity, pushing line and form. Using and combining mediums, she achieves a tactility and fluidity which she layers, building always on the play between depth and two dimensionality. She lives and works in East Hampton, NY with her husband Michael Cardacino, with whom she owns Manor Art Glass Studio as well as an award-winning bed and breakfast, The Art House.

Lori Colavito

Lori Colavito

Lori Colavito is an educator and  painter with a love for collage and assemblage. Her paintings—landscape and still life—and photographs have been exhibited at the Broome Street and Terrain Galleries in New York City, the Neoteric Gallery in Amagansett  and the Southampton Cultural Center. NYS certified, with more than 30 years experience, Lori Colavito has taught in New York City and Southampton public schools as well as art workshops for children at the Parrish Art Museum. Since 1985, Lori  has studied art, ethics and education methodology at the Aesthetic Realism Foundation, based on this landmark  principle stated by its founder Eli Siegel: “All beauty is the making one of opposites, and the making one of opposites is what we are going after in ourselves.”  She studied this new   understanding of art and its relation to life in classes with the eminent printmaker Chaim Koppelman, and with Dorothy Koppelman, painter and founding director of the Terrain Gallery.  Throughout the years, Lori has  also studied painting, collage, and assemblage at The Art Barge and in 2020, she looks forward to returning not only as a student, but also as an instructor.  Her articles on education have been published in professional journals and she has taught many  professional development workshops at annual conferences,  including New York State Art Teachers Association, New York City Art Teachers Association, Long Island Art Teachers Association.

Brian D’Andrea

Brian D’Andrea was born and raised on the east end of Long Island. He studied Printmaking and Fine Arts at SUNY Purchase, earning a BFA, and obtained a degree in Art Education at Manhattanville College. He has since taught art at local camps and recently completed his 20th year teaching in the East Hampton school district. His students’ artworks have been included in the Guild Hall and Parrish Art Museums’ annual Student Art Festivals.

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Rameshwar Das

Ramesh worked as a free-lance photographer for thirty years on the East End, including newspaper work for the East Hampton Star and the New York Times. He used his landscape photography to support environmental causes and helped craft East Hampton’s coastal management plan. More recently he has been an author, writing books in collaboration with an old friend and teacher, Ram Dass. He also teaches meditation.

Robin Gianis

Robin Gianis is an artist and art educator with studies at the University of Michigan study abroad program in Florence, Italy; Sarah Lawrence College, and Long Island University. She serves on the Education Committees of the Parrish Art Museum and LongHouse Reserve and has exhibited at various locations on the East End. Along with her passion for gardening and cooking, Robin has expertise in and a devotion to clay arts. Her knowledge and practice extends to various media, including mosaics, work on paper, and mixed media, making her a truly multidisplinary artist who interweaves her art and her life. Robin has been an art instructor since 2000 and currently teaches at the Bridgehampton Union Free School District.

Robin Gianis
Kimberly Gonzalez

Kimberly Gonzalez

Trained in many disciplines, Kimberly Gonzalez is a freelance artist with a focus in painting, sculpture, and drawing mediums. Inspired by the natural world, much of her work encompasses surrealism, portraiture, and imaginative landscapes, primarily composed of organic materials. Born and raised in Suffolk County, Long Island, she graduated Summa Cum Laude from Long Island University (Post Campus) with a  B.F.A. in Art Education and Art History. She has taught locally, both privately and in public institutions. With a passion for travel and humanitarian service, she has devoted much time and practice to international educational service programs; including Circle K service trips to South America, and abroad programs in Europe. Inspired by the teachings and legacy of Victor and Mabel D’Amico, Kimberly currently dedicates herself to The Art Barge studios and classes. As a newly certified art educator, her aim is to promote a meaningful creative education experience for all students; encouraging them to find their artistic passions, and to engage them in the art-making process.

Sue Ferguson Gussow

Sue Ferguson Gussow is a figurative painter working in a wide range of drawing and painting media. She is Professor Emerita of The Cooper Union School of Architecture where she continues to conduct the Advanced Drawing Seminar. She has taught, lectured or served as visiting critic at Harvard, Princeton, Yale, Columbia, Cornell, Bennington, Maryland Art Institute, Pratt Institute, RISD, Parsons School of Design, Tulane University, New York University, Alfred University, the Frick Collection, the Royal Academy of Art, School of Architecture in Copenhagen, Denmark, the Aarhus School of Architecture in Aarhus, Denmark and the EPFL. Ecole D’Architecture in Lausanne, Switzerland.


Margo Isadora

Margo Isadora is a New York based print, color, and women’s wear designer. Color has always been her vehicle of expression from her Current of Color sustainability work, back to her fashion thesis Conversations in Color. She earned her BFA in Fashion Design at Parsons School of Design and currently is a Print Designer at Aimée Wilder.  Her work is noted for incorporating hand methods of print design, including block printing, screen printing, hand painting, and appliqué. She was selected as a semifinalist for Parson’s Designer of the Year, was chosen for the Parsons Benefit Gala Show, and her work was shown at Saks Fifth Avenue.  Margo worked for Donna Karan at Urban Zen in Haiti right after graduation. She interned from a young age for a number of fashion houses including Mara Hoffman, Cynthia Rowley, Michael Kors, & Milly.  Margo strives to inspire others through her powerful perspective and vibrant collections.

Lisa Lakeman Miller

Lisa Lakeman Miller is an artist and educator who works in many mediums, from drawing and painting to sculpture and filmmaking. If she doesn’t know a specific medium, it is only a matter of time until she learns it. Inspired by her surroundings growing up in East Hampton, many of her traditional artworks incorporate natural beauty, the ocean landscape, and preserving the environment. Lisa earned her BFA in Film & Media Studies in the Conservatory of Film at SUNY Purchase College, worked in film and animation in NYC and went on to earn her Master of Science in Art Education at Hofstra University. As a newly certified art educator and a seasoned private swim instructor of 11 years, she is passionate about teaching and building up students skills in order to help them achieve their goals. She believes any person can become successful in art, as long as they really want it and spend the time to learn it.

Laurie Lambrecht

Laurie Lambrecht is a visual artist based in Bridgehampton, NY. She is currently involved in photographic series investigating nature including Landskeins, and The Sagg Swamp. In addition to photographing she is working with fiber to explore the tactile experience of seeing. “Roy Lichtenstein in His Studio” the monograph of her photographic series was published by Monacelli Press in 2011. Lambrecht photographed a documentary project for the Rauschenberg Foundation in Captiva, Florida from 2012-2014. Currently she is working on a book project with the theater director Robert Wilson at the Watermill Center. In recent years she has been a fellow at artist residencies including, VCCA, the Rauschenberg Residency and the Montello Foundation. Laurie Lambrecht exhibits her work internationally and participates in photography festivals worldwide. The Drawing Room Gallery in East Hampton, NY exhibits her work locally.

Teresa Lawler

Teresa Lawler was raised in Montauk and since marrying, raised her own family in East Hampton, NY. With one masters’ degree in Education and another in Computer Technology, she was an Art Teacher in the East Hampton public school system for over 22 years. As a schoolteacher, Teresa constantly expanded her knowledge of different mediums and techniques. She believes in the value of being an educated artist. If one doesn’t know how to use it, build it, create it, then one should try to learn how! Her exploratory approach, as an art teacher is what eventually led her to glass fusing, which she first learned with Vermont glass artist Genevieve Cole. Using scientific principles to manipulate her medium and create a landscape out of glass still fills her with awe and excitement. While she enjoys photography, drawing and painting with traditional mediums, glass fusing allows her greater experimentation while still achieving a painterly style.


Aniik Libby

Aniik Libby graduated with a B.A. in Art History from Vassar and a Masters in Art History from The Courtauld Institute, University of London. She also studied at The Arts Students League and The National Academy of Design. Her teaching experience includes children’s classes and Victor D’Amico’s Doing Art Together at the Metropolitan Museum Uris Center, The Children’s Storefront School, and The Art Barge. Her work experience includes the Christie’s Old Master’s Department in New York and Rome and the Sotheby’s Chinese Department; Sidney Janis Gallery and The Alexander Gallery in New York City, and RJD Gallery in Bridgehampton. She apprenticed in painting conservation at The National Academy of Design. Aniik has participated in group and solo shows at the former Elaine Benson Gallery, Mark Humphrey Gallery, and The Nesto Gallery. She is a licensed clinical social worker (Fordham University), counselor, and hypnotherapist living in Sag Harbor, New York.

Jesús Matheus

Since 1973, Jesús Matheus has studied printmaking, both in his native Venezuela as well as in Brazil.  His paintings and drawings reflect this graphic background through their linear and textural layers. Matheus executes drawings, paintings, and installations that evoke a history culled from the artist’s research on culture and ethnicity, his expeditions throughout South America, and other personal experiences.  He cites modern Latin American artists such as Joaquín Torres-García and Wifredo Lam, as well as indigenous and pre-Columbian craft and folk art, as  strong influences on his geometrically minimalist artistic production. Matheus has exhibited in East Hampton since 2002 with ARTSOLAR. In 2014, a solo exhibition of the artist’s work, Jesús Matheus: The Ideogram of Place, was on view at Cecilia de Torres, Ltd. in New York. He has taught drawing and printmaking at the Armando Reverón Institute in Caracas, and has exhibited extensively throughout South America and internationally. His work is part of several public and private collections, including the Cisneros Foundation and the Carlos Cruz-Diez Museum of Illustration and Design in Venezuela, the Wifredo Lam Center in Cuba, and the Robert Blackburn Printmaking Workshop in New York.

Jesus Matheus
Diane Mayo

Diane Mayo

Since the early 1980s Diane Mayo has had twenty solo exhibitions. Ms. Mayo’s ceramic work has been widely exhibited in the United States in recent years and was shown in Germany in 1994. The noted art critic and author Rose C.S. Slivka wrote, “Diane Mayo is in a class by herself as a potter, making uncanny habitats for a world of birds, beasts, fish and creatures of her imagination. Hand-rolled from slabs, they are without a doubt among the most original pottery forms we have seen anywhere.” Other critics who have written essays on her work include Phyllis Braff, Gerrit Henry, Janet Goleas, and Amei Wallach.

Michele Mott

Michele Mott is a freelance artist and art educator based on Long Island. Beginning her studies at University of North Carolina, Charlotte, she graduated Cum Laude in Fine Arts from Southampton College and went on to receive her Master in Art Education from Long Island University, C.W. Post. With roots in  the East End community and the local landscape, and as a landscape painter, Michele exhibited with Chrysalis Gallery in Southampton for nearly two decades; was a founder and chairman of “Farmscapes”, a Peconic Land Trust Art Event, and served on the planning committee for the “Through Farms and Fields” annual tour. She is currently a council member of the Bayville Art Center. In addition to her career in fine art and art instruction she is a book illustrator, including illustrations for “The Great Barrier Beach” field guide and “Adventures of Scurry the Squirrel”.

Michele Mott

Ilse Murdock

Ilse Murdock’s work uses the site of outdoor painting to explore human relationships to nature. She inserts questions about sustainability into her painting practice by working with refuse as art material, with items like studio debris, plastic caps and leftover painting pallettes. Through examining the process and formal elements of painting, she proposes new ways of approaching the rich tradition of plein-air painting. Murdock earned a certificate in perceptual painting from the New York Studio School and studied philosophy and religious studies at New York University before earning her BFA from Parsons School of Design, 2000, and MFA from Rutgers University, Mason Gross School of the Arts, 2009. Murdock has been a resident of the Edward F. Albee Foundation, Vermont Studio Center, DNA Residency and Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture. She has exhibited in group and two-person shows in New York, Los Angeles, New Orleans, Seattle, and Provincetown. In 2013, she held a solo exhibition at the Tibor de Nagy Gallery. She currently produces work in her studio in Greenpoint, Brooklyn.

Bill Nagle

Bill Nagle was born on February 21,1948 in Mineola, New York. He Attended Hobart College from1966-1970 Received a BA in Sociology with minor in Studio Art. In 1970 Attended New York University where he received his Masters in Art Education with focus on studio painting. He became the Head of art department at Hampton Day School in Bridgehampton, New York from1971-1973 and 1986-2001. There, Nagle designed and implemented art curriculum and taught classes from pre-K through 12th. Nagle has been an Instructor at The Art Barge since 2003. He teaches adult classes in studio painting, collage and sculpture.

George Negroponte

George Negroponte

George Negroponte studied art at Yale University with Bernard Chaet and William Bailey. Since 1980 he has had nineteen one-person shows at numerous galleries: Brooke Alexander Gallery, John Good, Jason McCoy Inc., Kouros Gallery and Anita Rogers Gallery in New York City, and P37 and Skoufa Gallery in Athens, Greece. His work has been included in numerous exhibitions at galleries and museums around the world including The Museum of Modern Art and The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. He has been reviewed by every major art periodical including The New York Times, Artforum, Art in America, The New Yorker, ARTnews and The New Criterion. He has taught painting and drawing for over two decades at The Studio School, Parsons School of Design, The School of Visual Arts, and Princeton University. He has organized several shows including On Line at Feigen Contemporary in 2003, Drawing in The Present Tense at Parsons School of Design in 2000 and Bernard Chaet at the Studio School in 1997. He has also written on many contemporary artists. He and his wife Virva Hinnemo moved to Springs, Long Island in May of 2012. He lives and works in East Hampton, NY.

Kimberly Newman Norris

Kimberly has been working as a teacher of fine arts for the past twenty years in Half Hollow Hills.  Chalk pastels are her favorite medium to work in and she loves them for their brilliant, rich, energizing color as well as the spontaneity that they can capture. Montauk has always been a special place for her to create in and continues to be her major source for inspiration. She has been teaching at The Art Barge since 2003. Kimberly lives in East Northport with her family.

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Amy Pilkington

Amy Pilkington is an award winning maker, sculptor and metalsmith currently living in Beacon, New York. Pilkington’s passion for making, discovery and invention has fueled her since childhood growing up in Australia. “I’m very curious and get inspired while exploring and collecting things. I’m deeply humbled by the creativity and ingenuity of nature. Each rock, animal or plant is a miracle to me; the way they evolved or formed. It’s fascinating to me how the colours and patterns combine with such beauty, genius and humor.” Thriving on creative collaboration; numerous hotels, corporations, boutiques and schools have also commissioned Pilkington to create collections of jewelry, sculptures and wall art. Clients include Limelight Hotels, Ralph Lauren, Gap, Banana Republic, Savannah College of Art and Design, Savannah Film Festival, Kessler Hotels, Greenwich Academy, Matta NY, Auramet, Beach Magazine, Designer James Purcell and many private collectors. Her work has been recently featured in Beach Magazine and Hamptons Magazine. She was included in Plum TVʼs artist series demonstrating her creative process. Pilkington’s work has also been featured in Elle Decor, Vogue, Traditional Home, House & Garden, New York Times, New York Magazine, Beach Magazine, Avenue Magazine, Manhattan File, Ocean Drive, Daily Candy, Atlanta Journal, Martha Stewart Bride, In Style Bride and more. Amy Pilkington spent her youth in Australia and moved to Connecticut with her family where she attended Greenwich Academy. She received her BS from Northwestern University in Chicago and her MA in Metals and Jewelry from Savannah College of Art and Design in Savannah, Georgia.

Bonnie Rychlak

Bonnie Rychlak is an artist and curator. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California at Los Angeles (1973) and a Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst (1976) and has received numerous grants and residencies since then. In 1976 she received a National Endowment for the Visual Arts grant and funding from the Massachusetts Arts Council for the Arts.  In 1985 she was awarded a fellowship from the Rockefeller Foundation for a residency at the Bellagio Study Center in Italy and in 1990 won The Prix de Rome at the American Academy in Rome, which she was unable to attend; she attended however as a visiting artist in September 2009. From 1980 until 2010, Rychlak worked as curator, registrar, director of collections, and studio assistant to Isamu Noguchi and his museum. After her employ at the Noguchi Museum, she taught at the Pratt Art Institute from 2011 until 2013. As a curator, she has organized many exhibitions of modern and contemporary artists. As an authority on the work of Noguchi, Rychlak has lectured at various institutions around the world, including Tamagawa University and Musashino Art University, Tokyo and City University of Hiroshima, Japan; University of Colorado, Boulder Art Museum, The Art Institute of Chicago Art, College of St. Rose, Albany, NY, The Clark Institute, Williamstown, MA, The Guggenheim Museum, NY, The Hirshhorn Museum, Washington, D.C., Museo de Arte Contemporaneo de Monterrey, Mexico, El Museo del Barrio, New York, The Pollock-Krasner House, East Hampton, NY, Royal University College of Fine Arts, Stockholm, Sweden, Storm King Art Center, Mountainville, NY, The University of Central Florida, Orlando, The University of Louisiana at Shreveport, and Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Yorkshire, U.K. Rychlak currently lives and works in her studio in SoHo, New York City, and her work is in various museums and private collections in the United States and Japan.


Bonnie Rychlak

Linda Sirow

Linda Sirow is a New York based artist who focuses on creating abstract images in variety of materials. Sirow’s work reflects her love of color, movement and the process of painting. Using simple and recognizable shapes enables her to transform her pieces into compositions that express infinite emotions and relationships. Reflecting the creative process is an important aspect of her artwork. Ms. Sirow trained at the Boston Museum School and Pratt Institute. Some of the artists she is inspired by are Eva Hesse, Joan Snyder and Ida Kohlmeyer. In addition to painting, she teaches art at the Dalton School in NYC. Ms. Sirow is represented at the Liman Gallery in Palm Beach, Florida. She has also shown her work in New York at the APW, Kathryn Markel and 79th Professional Galleries and in the Hamptons at the Silas Marder, Hampton Road and Magaschoni.


Jenny Balin Sonenberg

Collagist and Sculptor, Jenny Balin Sonenberg’s work investigates how our recollections distort, decay, and retell themselves over time. Sonenberg was an instructor for the Children’s Studio at the Art Barge between 2014 and 2016 and has also taught collage. Jenny studied sculpture at Bennington College in Bennington, VT, and lives and works between Los Angeles, New York City, and the East End.

Corinne Soikin Strauss

Corinne Strauss, a full time resident of the East End for 22 years, was raised in New York and attended the iconic Music and Art HS, Pratt Institute and  The Art Student’s League, studying with Julian Levi. She owned the Westchester School of Art, an adult education facility with an emphasis on painting and drawing and exhibited her own work nationally. A powerful dream changed the course of her artistic life and set her on a totally different path painting on silk for worship spaces. Her hand painted silk canopies are in private collections and museums internationally. For the past few years she has come full circle and has been teaching watercolor mediums and drawing. Corinne says that the importance of her class is to have her students “see more than they ever have, whether they are formally experienced in the arts or not at all and to find their own “voice” in the artwork they do. Her classes combine imagination and technical skills. Asking students to leave artistic reference and messages at the door, she makes a creative  safe zone to perceive the world in new ways. 

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Kathryn Szoka

Kathryn Szoka is a freelance commercial and fine art photographer. She is represented by the Robin Rice Gallery in New York, and teaches a variety of photography courses in the New York region. Szoka is co-owner of Canio’s Books & Gallery in Sag Harbor, New York. Her fine art work concentrates on photographing communities in transition. The VANISHING LANDSCAPES© series documents the remaining farmlands on Eastern Long Island. The Americana series, focuses on people and their sense of place. Her recent essay, WITNESS, uses landscape imagery as a commentary on contemporary culture. Szoka’s documentary essays include Life on the Turnpike: Bridgehampton Today, a study of the hamlet’s African-American community; Crooked Knee, an intimate look at her father’s last year; Through the Seasons on Quail Hill Farm, a year’s work on a community-supported organic farm; and Green & Black, about life in an Irish Coal Patch in Pennsylvania’s anthracite coal region.

Katherine Szoka

Aurelio Torres

Born in Montevideo, Uruguay, to a family of artists, Aurelio Torres was raised in New York City. His father, Horacio Torres, was an accomplished, classically trained artist. Aurelio’s artistic training was in Barcelona, Spain, where he studied for several years with his uncle Augusto Torres, also a classically trained painter. Aurelio’s grandfather, was the acclaimed Modernist Master Joaquin Torres-Garcia. Aurelio’s travels have inspired him to create much of his work in natural, outdoor settings. His aesthetic sensibility is one of essential simplicity and natural, uncontrived beauty. He lives and works in East Hampton, NY.