a national organization to show and promote works by professional women artists founded in 1896

Board of Governors

Karene Infranco, President

Karene Infranco is an artist working in pastel, oil, and printmaking. She earned a BS in Biology and Chemistry from the State University of NY at Albany in 1985. Karene’s  art education includes coursework at the prestigious Brooklyn Museum Art School, the New School at Parsons, the School of the Museum of Fine Art Boston, the Yard School of Art in Montclair NJ, Visual Art Center in Summit NJ, the Pastel Society of America and the School of Visual Art in New York.  

Karene is a  a juried artist member and President  of the Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club, juried member of the Salmagundi Club, a signature member and member of the Board of Governors for the Pastel Society of America, an Elected Artist Member of the American Artists Professional League, and Regional Representative of the Pastel Society of the West Coast.  

Karene is also a docent for school programs at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.


Holly Meeker Rom, VP Annual Exhibition Co-Chair

Holly Meeker Rom is fascinated by the visual world around her.  Her subjects have ranged from gardens, to architecture, nature close-ups to scenes where she has lived or travelled to whales and portraits of people. She paints outdoors primarily, but in her studio as well, in a style that is both contemporary and representational.  It is a lyrical vision, alive with rhythm and color and drawn with precision.

Rom earned a BA from Mills College in 1971.  She was an exchange student at the Rhode Island School of Design for two winter sessions in 1970 and 1971. She has an MFA from American University in painting in 1986, and an MA in Art Education from California State University Sacramento, as well as a teaching certificate from the University of Utah.  She has taught drawing, color, basic design and watercolor and has been a volunteer guide in museum education at the Metropolitan Museum of Art for 17 years. She has exhibited nationally and won many awards. In 2015 she had a solo exhibit at The NIH Clinical Center Galleries in Bethesda, MD and the same show on Climate Change travelled to the NYU Langone Medical Center.  Her artwork is in the collections of Hillary Rodham Clinton, Lawrence Hospital in Bronxville, NY, The Osborn in Rye, NY and NYU Langone Dept. of Medicine.

JoAnn Bishop, Treasurer

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.

Terry Kessler Schwarz, Corresponding Secretary & Calligraphy & Awards Certificates

Terry Kessler Schwarz is a painter, calligrapher, illustrator and teacher. Her work has appeared in various publications including The New York Times, House Beautiful Magazine, Gannett Newspapers, Restaurant Business Magazine, and Westchester Magazine. Terry received her BFA from Syracuse University and MFA in Printmaking/Painting from Tufts University, School of the Museum of Fine Arts. Additionally, she trained at the Tyler School of Art, Temple University, Rome, Italy, the Parsons School of Design, Dillington College, Ilminster, England, The National Academy of Design, Society of Scribes and Bullseye Glass Resource Center. 

She received an assistant professor certificate in Ikenobo, a form of Japanese floral arranging and has shown her creations at the Japanese wing of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Her paintings, drawings and photographs have been exhibited in galleries in Westchester and New York City.

Terry has taught art on the college, high school, middle school and elementary school levels. For many years, she has led workshops in public and private schools, psychiatric outpatient clinics, and community service organizations. 

She is an artist member of Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club, Katonah Museum of Art, Society of Scribes, Arts Westchester and Scarsdale Art Association. 

Alexandra Martin, Membership Chair

Alexandra Martin, originally from Pittsburgh, PA, attended the University of Pennsylvania and Columbia University and has also lived in NYC, California, the Jersey Shore and now Worcester, MA.   Alexandra raised her family in California where she was a successful Real Estate broker.    She only became interested in studying art in her 50s and studied sculpture at the National Academy of Design in NYC.  An elected member of the Salmagundi Club, Pen and Brush Society, Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club, American Artists Professional League, Audubon Artists, and The Guild of Creative Art in Shrewsbury, Alexandra currently serves on the Board of the BAC in Belmar, NJ as well as on the Board of the Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club in NYC.

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