a national organization to show and promote works by professional women artists founded in 1896
JoAnn Bishop—Past President Permanent Advisor
For many years JoAnn Bishop, long time Member of the Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club was the go-to person for the Club's board to reach the Metropolitan Museum of Art. She worked at the Museum and was an able intermediary when the Club needed attendance buttons, gift certificates, and other services. She lived up-town in New York City and volunteered to assist at all the Club events. She always made herself available. As president of the Club she is a no nonsense, take charge executive. The board meetings are brief and to the point. She has been able to computerize many of the Club's functions even running inter-active board meetings during the pandemic. When the Members' Exhibition had to be cancelled she immediately planned the exhibit on-line keeping with the Club's mission of publicizing women artists.JoAnn inherited her art talent from her Dad, choosing to attend the High School of Art and Design in New York City near her home where she studied painting and illustration. Later at Hunter College, she entered a work study program majoring in business and minoring in art, her first love. After receiving her degree she entered the Art Students League where she studied under Richard Pionk, Oldrich Telpy, and Greg Kreutz. At the League, in lieu of tuition, she served as a monitor where she would set up a still life, pose a model, and assist the instructor. After mastering the basics, she realized it was time to work independently and to find her own means of expression.
In addition to CLWAC exhibits she has shown her work at the Covello Senior Center and the University Settlement House. Several of her paintings shown in the CLWAC's Annual Open Exhibitions depicted scenes from small spaces at the Met, where the people shown in these small acrylic paintings and the subdued lighting create an intimate mood. More recent work in mixed media collage show a female figure with a patterned background in themes that lend the work meaning, whimsy, and mystery. JoAnn has won many awards in her different styles, yet she trill rmeains the student experimenting with different forms of expression including digital photo images.
Jeanette Dick—Past President Permanent Advisor
Jeanette Dick ascended to the presidency of the Catharine Lorrilard Wolfe Art Club in 2015 after serving as Awards Chair for six years. As president she initiated a complete analysis of the club’s finances and investments, streamlining all the processes. She founded the Gordon Coe Dick Memorial Award given each year at the national exhibition to a deserving pastel artist. Also, she planned and chaired a special exhibit for members and associates at the historical Deepwell’s Mansion in Smithtown, LI.
Jeanette grew up on Long Island, studied Art Education at Queens College and earned her Masters Degree in Liberal Studies at Stony Brook University. She taught art in several public schools in Nassau and Suffolk County spending her last twenty years teaching at Scraggy Hill School in Port Jefferson and coordinating an Artist in Residence program that was well received. After her retirement she was able to make a deeper commitment to her own art expression taking workshops with Christian White and Diana DeSantis. She has focused on the figure and the landscape. Using pastels and oils as her primary media, she has developed a style uniquely her own; composition, color, and design are her primary focus. Her work with the figure has a mystical poetic quality, her landscapes of the Long Island shoreline with a rich buttery texture depicted from unusual angles.
Jeanette is also an active participant in the Setauket Artists, a group of forty local artists who show their work at the Setauket Neighborhood House and other venues several times a year and was selected their Honored Artist in 2012. She has been elected to membership in the Connecticut Pastel Society and as an associate in the American Pastel Society. Jeanette has exhibited in many juried shows, galleries and museums in New York City, Connecticut, and on Long Island, winning many awards.
Susan Twardus Faith – Past President Permanent Advisor
A Full Member of the Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club since 1999. She served as President from 2009 to 2012. Susan was elected to the Board of Directors the year she became a member and through the years has functioned as Treasurer, Awards Chairman, Second Vice President of Sculpture and President. While President, Susan advanced the clubs online presence through social media, updated the jury of selection process to allow a more extensive pool of jurors and increased entries by using digital imagery and phasing out slides. She elevated the Members Show to a major event, moving it to the venerable Salmagundi Club, making the show larger, longer and creating new and more prestigious awards. She is a multi-award-winning Sculptor/Graphic Artist/Photographer living in Philadelphia. Some of her CLWAC awards of note are, the CLWAC Medal of Honor, Anna Hyatt Huntington Award, First Place in Sculpture 1998, 2010, 2011 and the Board of Directors Award. She is now the curator and content editor, as well as artist marketing advisor, for Artspan.com. As a former gallery owner, fine art picture framer and art restorer, along with her many years as an exhibition’s coordinator for numerous artists and organizations, she now brings these skills to artists across the county, advising on marketing, e-commerce and presentation. Susan’s artwork has been exhibited with CLWAC for over 25 years as well as other venues including the Michener Art Museum, Grounds for Sculpture, Merrill Lynch Corporate Galleries, The Phillips Mill and the Trenton City Museum.
Gaile Snow Gibbs – Past President Permanent Advisor
Gaile began studying painting at the age of 15 at the Art Students League of New York. Just one year later, while a student of Jean Liberté, she was published for the first time in the Art Students League catalog. The next public appearance of her work was Off-Broadway: two portraits in oil of Dustin Hoffman were commissioned for the production of “Journey of the Fifth Horse” staged at the American Place Theater in New York City. She pursued a Fine Arts Degree at DePauw University, Hunter College and the School of Visual Arts. She has since studied at the Art Students League with master pastellists Americo DeFranza and Richard Pionk, master classical painter Frank Mason and watercolorist Irwin Greenberg.
She served as a Vice President on Board of Control of the Art Students League and served as President of the Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club for three years. She is a life member of the Art Students League, an associate of the Pastel Society of America, a Fellow of the American Artist Professional League, and an elected artist member of Allied Artists of America, and the Salmagundi Club.
A recipient of many awards, her work is in private collection in California, Florida, New York and Paris
Eleanor Tyndall Meier—Past President Permanent Advisor
Eleanor Tyndall Meier paints still life tableaux in watercolor within the Realist tradition. On a surface saturated with color she endeavors to establish a world of memory and tradition using objects that have passed from generation to generation; objects that possess the potential for significance because of past associations; objects that may be grand or humble, glistening or tarnished, clear or opaque. She includes things associated with life; plants, flowers, fruit, eggs, all solid forms that reflect shifting webs of shadows. Patterned fabrics animate the paintings.
Eleanor Meier is a retired high school art teacher and supervisor. She is a past president of the CLWAC, currently Membership Chair. She is an elected member of NAWA, the Salmagundi Club, and a life member of the Baltimore Watercolor Society. She exhibits at the Long Island Museum, Gallery North, The National Arts Club, and the Salmagundi Club among other venues.
Lucille Paulsen—Past President Permanent Advisor
I create my subjects’ visual personality with my work. My portraits are oil paintings on panel or canvas and works on paper in pastel. I capture likeness, but also portray the attitude behind the face. The stories of individual subjects emerge through posture, symbols, props and sometimes humor. I explore the identities of the people I represent before painting them and then establish their identities in my portraits. Oh, and I love painting dog’s faces.
Jeanette Koumjian—Board Member Emerita
Jeanette has served under ten CLWAC Presidents, as Catalog, Slide, Prospectus Chairs and now as Recording Secretary. She has been called the Club’s “Wordsmith,” helping to edit and proof assorted documents, from the By-Laws to A Chronicle – The Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club, a published history. Her service to the Club earned her the Creative Hands Award in 2004. A decade later she was named Honored Member.
After a more than thirty-year career in advertising design and communications, Jeanette turned to fine art. Rigorous study under Francis Cunningham developed sound technique to serve her creative aspirations. It was during this time that she assisted Cunningham and sculptor Barney Hodes to found the Brooklyn School of Life Drawing, Painting and Sculpture which later merged with The New York Academy of Art.
Three-months-long Residency Grants took Jeanette to New Mexico where she explored Santa Fe, World Heritage Sites in Taos Pueblo and Carlsbad Caverns. Works created during these periods were presented in Inspiration Near & Far at Mill Fine Art Gallery on Canyon Road. Closer to home the National Historical Landmark, Green-Wood Cemetery, and Red Hook, a rapidly changing industrial waterfront, have both inspired her. These paintings reveal both the graphic and intensely emotional impact of places where nature and we meet.
Jeanette’s work has also been featured in Eye of the Beholder, a one-person exhibition at the Armenian Library and Museum of America ; Art in the Yard hosted and curated by The Norman Rockwell Museum; Exhibition of Works on Paper at The Berkshire Museum; and Artists on the Move, an exhibition marking the centennial of Van Gogh’s death, at the Salle Polyvalente in Auvers-sur-Oise.
She has won many awards for her paintings and graphite drawings, including the Horse’s Head Trophy, the Medal of Honor for her drawing “Pick of the Crop II” and the Leila Gardin Sawyer Award from the CLWAC. “Common Threads Unite Us’ received Honorable Mention in The Artist’s Magazine National Competition and “Cabin – Ghost Ranch” won the Allied Artists of America Silver Medal of Honor.
Jeanette has served as an Instructor at Pratt Institute where she earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree and is sought after for private instruction. Her works are in corporate and private collections nationwide.
Merrilee Sett—Board Member Emerita
Her work has had many group and solo exhibitions both in the US as well as Canada. She has won several awards and is a Signature member with the Federation of Canadian Artists, NorthWest Watercolor Society, NorthEast Watercolor Society and a Full Member with the Catharine Lorrillard Wolfe Art Club, Audubon Society as well as N.A.W.A.
She is also a board member and painting co-chair for the annual CLWAC Members Exhibition held at the Salmagundi Club in NYC and in 2014 was juried for full membership with the Salmagundi Club.
Nature has always been Merrilee's strongest inspiration. She is known for her delicate watercolors, but much of her recent work with watermedia is full of texture and vibrant color.
She hopes the viewer sees a more unique, creative and absorbing approach to painting.
Her paintings are in many private and corporate collections worldwide.
Advisors and Alternates
Alta West Salisbury
Mary Allison Donll
Anna G. Morse
Eleanor Gay Lee
Margaret Fernald Dole
Winnie Borne Sherman
Sally Swan Carr
Mae Berlind Bach
Carey Boone Nelson
Jean T. Kroeber
Amy Bright Unfried
Lucille Berril Paulsen
Susan Twardus Faith
Gaile Snow Gibbs