Tom Kelemen • Photography
Tom Kelemen’s interest in photography started at an early age, about 11 or 12, with his first box camera. Next was a twin lens reflex, his first adjustable camera. From there he advanced to using his Mom’s Argus C3, and finally, a single-lens reflex camera.
From where he grew up in Central Valley, Tom made frequent train trips to New York City, shooting people and street scenes. "I shot only black and white, which made a strong and lasting impact on my sense of composition. For me, form and light take precedence over color." He developed and printed his photos in his home darkroom.
Work, marriage and family brought things to a halt until his three boys got through high school. Then, with increased leisure time and a computer, Tom gradually worked his way into digital photography.
These days, Tom seeks out animals and landscapes for his subjects. His main sources of inspiration are the farmland, forests, mountains and waterways of New York State, stretching north and west between the Hudson and Delaware Rivers from his home in Orange County, where he lives with his wife Pat and sons Matt, Billy, and David.
Buff McAllister • Fabric Art
With maternal ancestors in the weaving and tailoring trades, Buff McAllister has carried on the family tradition, having sewn for as long as she can remember. She graduated from college with a BS in Textiles and Clothing and a minor in Art. Since then she has become a lawyer, but "my first love is still textiles."
While she mostly creates large fabric collages, pieced and appliqued vests, and handwoven scarves and rag rugs, she also dabbles in personal adornment. She enjoys putting together disparate materials -- such as semi-precious stones with fishing lures -- to create whimsical, light-hearted jewelry. She also favors chunky, ethnic styles, often creating jewelry components from materials such as polymer clay and epoxy resin.
Buff also does many other types of handwork -- weaving, spinning, and knitting, to name a few. For many years she designed crafts for "Family Circle Christmas Helps" magazine. With Hank Schneider doing the photography, she wrote and designed the projects for a child's first sewing book, Sewing with Felt, which was published by Boyds Mills Press (the publisher of "Highlights for Children") in September 2003.
Buff’s fabric work has been in various group shows, including those sponsored by her weaving guild; at the Wildwood Gallery, Fremont, NY; and Orange County Community College in Middletown, NY. In 2001, she had a solo show at the Catskill Art Society, then located in Hurleyville, NY. In January 2004, she was half of a two-person show at the Delaware Valley Arts Alliance (DVAA) in Narrowsburg, NY. She has also done commission pieces, including one for the foyer of a building in New York City.
Hank Schneider • Woodcraft & Photography
It’s one of the premier New York fantasies . . . to leave Manhattan for a simple life close to nature – to be free to create what you want in an environment that gently nurtures the artistic muse each and every day.
Hank Schneider is living the fantasy. An internationally known commercial photographer, he is a native New Yorker who finally left the concrete canyons of Manhattan for the incomparable beauty of the upper Delaware River valley in Narrowsburg, New York.
In recent years, Schneider has turned his creative interests in a new direction –- woodcraft. Most of the wood he uses is collected in the fall when he cuts his wood pile for the winter. Here he discovers patterns, grains and textures only Mother Nature could create.
Working with the grains and textures of dead or fallen trees, he creates common items in an uncommon way, items such as waterproof wooden vases, hickory benches and tables, cherry and maple chess tables, and ash and oak cheese and bread boards. His work has been shown at The River Gallery in Narrowsburg; the former Niccolina's Country Store in Narrowsburg and her New York City gallery; Woodloch Pines Christmas Craft Shows in Hawley, Pennsylvania; Wayne County Historical Society in Pennsylvania; and a juried show at the Northeast Regional Artists' Exhibit (his work was exhibited at Marywood University and AFA Gallery in Scranton, PA).
Hank delights in finding beauty in nature and turning this beauty into works of art. He continues to imagine new ways to share his vision with others.
He continues to do photography, including nine books for Boyds Mills Press.