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


Serena Bates - Sculpture Co-Chair

Over 40 years ago, Serena Bates started her journey of exploration and interpretation of the world around her through art.  Beginning probably at the age of 8 or 9, she started with pencil and paper and went on to study traditional figure painting and anatomy at the Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts and the Rhode Island School of Design.  

Over the years she has explored many mediums including charcoal, pastel, oil and acrylic paint to name a few, but when she discovered clay, she went over to the "Dark Side" as she likes to say.  She had finally found her soul mate and companion saying, "When you find a material that you can work with tirelessly for hours and think minutes have passed, and your excitement still bubbles over when you leave the studio for the day, you have found home." The artist describes herself as a story teller with an affinity for portraits and animals.  "Life’s stories plant seeds in my mind, take shape in my soul, and are born through my sculptures." 

Clay, Bronze and Stone are her mediums of choice. Being non-traditional in her approach, she does not take measurements, but instead relies on her eye and sense of observation to interpret a subject.  Trusting intuition and a connection to the subject are more important to her than static measurements. This approach breathes life into her work and produces what she calls a “wabi-sabi” affect, the Japanese term that literally means the beauty found in imperfection or “imperfectly perfect.”

Serena has exhibited in nationally known exhibitions and galleries across the United States and Canada.  She has won many prestigious awards and honors during her career from the American Artists Professional League, Allied Artists of America, the Salmagundi Club, the Catherine Lorillard Wolfe Club, the Academic Artist Association, Mystic Museum of Art to name only a few.   

The artist is also a member of the American Society of Marine Artists, Artists for Conservation, Allied Artists of America, American Artists Professional League and Salmagundi Club. The artist's studio is located at 194 Potter Hill Rd, Westerly, RI. www.serenabates.com

Maryann Burton - Director

Originally from Jersey City, NJ,Maryann attended the Newark School of Fine and Industrial Art. Her professional career includes Ziff Davis Publications, Park Avenue, New York, in the Advertising Dept. She founded MBurtonArt Studio&Gallery in Moonachie, NJ, where she teaches her own Watercolor classes, and hosts other artist’s workshops. She also teaches workshops via Zoom and Plein aire. A volunteer with the Valley Hospital Auxiliary’s Art Committee, she has attained signature status in the Hudson Valley Art Association, The North East Watercolor Society, New Jersey Water Color Society (served as board member), is an elected member of The Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club (board member), a fellow with The American Artists Professional League, and The Pennsylvania Watercolor Society. Maryann’s paintings have won awards in various art venues and hanging corporate and private collections worldwide.

Kate Faust - Social Media

Kate Faust is an award-winning painter and photographer.  She lives in Chelsea, NYC.  Kate has exhibited work throughout New England and the Tri-state area.  She is currently a member of  Salmagundi Art Club of NYC, Connecticut Academy of Fine Arts and the Ridgewood Art Institute. She serves on the board as Communications Director of Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club and on the Art Committee at the Salmagundi Club.

Gaile Snow Gibbs - Newsletter & Catalog Co-Chair, Past President and 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. 

Lee Hutt - Sculpture Chair

Lee Hutt studied painting in Belgium where her love of classical traditions in art was encouraged. She earned an MS in science from Columbia University, and studied art at the New School and sculpture at Mount Holyoke College and at Lyme Academy. 


Lee Hutt combines psychological insight with an intuitive response to her subjects. Ongoing study of “classical realism” is evident in her great skills as a sculptor. Her work ranges from straightforward portraits of people and animals to figurative compositions.


She has exhibited extensively and received numerous awards.


Hutt is a Fellow and member of the board of the National Sculpture Society, she is on the board of Sculpture Review Magazine. She is a member of the board of The Allied Artists of America and is co-chair of the Sculpture division of the Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club.


Re: “The Portrait”: A Portraits resonate in cultures all over the world.  People are interested in other people: from cultural icons to the gaze of the everyday person on the street. By sculpting a portrait I learn about the other as well as about my own nature. This process, resulting in an ambiguity… allows…invites the viewer in. It becomes a fascinating dialogue.

Yuka Imata - Painting Co-Chair

Yuka Imata earned her B.F.A. at Massachusetts College of Art and Design. She later studied at the Art Students League of New York winning the Xavier Gonzales and Ethel Edwards Grant to study in Spain and also and Phyllis Mason Grant. She has received awards from the Salmagundi and Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Art Clubs and was featured in American Artist and Plein Air Magazines. Her work has shown throughout the U.S. at the Chelsea Art Museum, National Arts Club, Cork Gallery at Lincoln Center and internationally in Florence, Tokyo, Yokohama and at the Museum of Kyoto, Japan. She is represented by The Good Gallery in Kent, Connecticut.

Katherine Jennings - Benefit Treasurer

Katherine Jennings is an award-winning contemporary realist oil painter living in Chapel Hill, NC.Working both en plein air and from her own photographs, her landscape, cityscape and seascape paintings reflect her love of travel. With diverse subjects ranging from an abandoned sugar plantation in Nevis to the rocky coastline of a remote Maine island, she tries to capture the incredible beauty found in such unique locations.Finding that the world can be transformed by the ephemeral beauty of light, her challenge is to capture that fleeting moment in her paintings.Influenced by the work of Edward Hopper and John Singer Sargent, she worked in the Nyack childhood home of Hopper in Development. Throughout her career she has been committed to the arts as a former intellectual property attorney andArt Law Mediator.She is a member of several Juried art organizations and has exhibited her work in numerous galleries including the NationalArts Club, the Lyme Art Association, and the Upstream Gallery. Jennings studied at the National Academy in NYC and the Arts Students League and continues to take yearly workshops.

Flo Kemp - Painting Co-Chair

I am a “local” artist (I live in Setauket) and although I do work in oils, I specialize in soft ground etchings that have a “painterly” effect.  I work full time as an artist- especially with the etching process. I market my etchings at art festivals from Maine to Florida.

Judith Leeds - Awards Chair

Judith Leeds is an international award winning artist whose paintings reflect her unique and colorful view of our daily life, sometimes with humor and sometimes with pathos.

She paints portraits, still lifes and landscapes in both pastels and oils.  Her work has garnered many awards, medals and honors, som of which are: elected a Signature Member of the Pastel Society of America, elected into the International Association of Pastel Societies' Master Circle, included in Pastel Journal's 2020 and 2021 PASTE 100 International Best of Pastel Editions, Finalist in Artist's Magazine's Annual Competition, Fourth Place Award, Second Place Award and Honorable mention from The Portrait Society of America, First Place Award from the Pastel Society of the West Coast, Finalist in Richeson75 International Exhibition, Audubon Artists' 70th Annual Silver Medal of Honor and Five Best In Show Awards from the Pastel Society of New Jersey, among many others.  She is an elected member of the Salmagundi Club, NYC.  Her work has appeared in the Slater Memorial Museum, Norwich, CT. and is in the permanent collection of the Mayo Performing Arts Center.

Judith was formerly an international award winning graphic artist who created over 3,000 book jackets including The Color Purple.  Print Magazine included her work in their special retrospective issue The Most Innovative Typography in America Spanning Forty Years.

She gives Workshops and Demonstrations throughout the United States.  Judith graduated cum laude from Boston University's School of Fine Arts.  She serves on the Board of Directors of the Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club and served, for 6 years of the Board of Directors of the Pastel Society of New Jersey.  

Her work can be found in both public and private collections.

Janet Lippmann - Awards Dinner Co-Chair

Janet earned BA and MA in Art and Education from Brooklyn College. Post graduate studies, N.Y.U, The Art Students League, and The Pastel Society of America. She taught art in Cincinnati, NYC and Westchester Public Schools.  She also taught painting and pastels to retired NYC teachers in the Si Beagle UFT program . She is currently teaching via Zoom classes. 

Janet also founded and directed The River Gallery, Irvington-on-Hudson, N.Y. from 1974 to 1989 and has been director of Janet Lippmann Fine Arts, Tarrytown, New York, From 1992  to present.

She has participated in numerous one-person exhibitions including The River Gallery, Irvington-on-Hudson, New York, The Newington Cropsey Foundation Gallery, Hastings, New York, SUNY/Westchester Community Gallery, The Martucci Gallery at Irvington Public Library, and at The National Arts Club.

Janet has been in several group shows, including The Pastel Society of America, Catharine Lorillard Wolfe, The Salmagundi Club, The National Arts Club Exhibiting Artists Annual Exhibition, The Hudson Valley Art Association, The Pen and Brush Club, the National Association of Pastel Painters of America and The Art Gallery at The Rockefeller State Preserve. 

Awards received include the National Arts Club award for oils watercolor, and pastels. The Hudson Valley Art Association for pastel. Awards include The Art Spirit Foundation Award for Pastel, 2004, 2005, 2009, and 2010 at NAC Annual Exhibition, the Flora Giffuni Award for Pastel at the 2015 Catharine Lorillard Wolf Art Club  Annual Exhibition, and at The National Arts Club  Artist Members exhibit in 2016.

Janet has served on the Board and the Exhibitions Committee of the National Arts Club, and is currently on the Board of the Catherine Lorillard Wolfe  Art Club.  Memberships include Artist member of the Salmagundi Club and Associate  Member of  Pastel Society of America. 

A story Janet wrote about her life-changing experience of painting at Giverny was published in American Artist Magazine. Caspari greeting Card Company published 10 images of Giverny paintings, which were distributed worldwide.  She also wrote Janet Lippmann Paintings, 1986-2006 was self  published in 2006.

Janet has had an art studio at The National Arts Club since 1991.  She is listed in “Who’s Who in American Art”, “Who’s Who in American Women” and “Who’s Who in the World”. 

Jane McGraw-Teubner - Members Exhibition Co-Chair

Jane is a Signature Member/Master Pastelist, Pastel Society of America and a Master Circle Recipient, International Association of Pastel Societies (IAPS). She will be receiving her “Eminent Pastelist” status from IAPS in June, 2022. Jane was chosen as “Member of the Year” by the Catharine Lorrilard Wolfe Art Club in 2019, ath their Annual Juried Show held at the National Arts Club, NYC. She was on the cover, Plein Air Magazine, with 5 page article, Oct/Nov, 2017. She is included in “Pure Pastel” a nationally published book about pastels released in 2019. In 2014 and 2015, she was invited to be a demonstrator and a field artist at the Plein Air Convention held in Monterey, CA, hosted by Plein Air Magazine. Jane’s artwork has been featured on the cover of the 2013 December issue of The Pastel Journal along with an 8 page article. 

She was featured Artist December 2017: Huntington Times News, NY.

Jane is a resident artist in the Salmagundi Art Club, New York, NY and is on the Board of Directors for The Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club. She is a former instructor at The Teaching Studios of Art in Oyster Bay, NY and presently teaches in her home in East Northport, NY and at the Atelier at Flowerfield in St. James.

Recent Accomplishments:

• Gold Medal Award at IAPS Convention Annual Juried Show 2019

• “Member of the Year”, 2019, Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club

• Second Place for “Sea Thru” at the Atelier Juried Art Show, 2019

• Purchase Prize, $2500 to be in the Permanent Collection of the Salmagundi Art Club, 2019

• Juried 5 times into “Easton Plein Air!”

• Invited artist to Olmsted Plein Air, Atlanta, GA

• Board of Directors Award, CLWAC, 2018

• Wayne Plein Air Competition, Plein Air Magazine Award 2017• Jane Impastasto Award, Salmagundi Art Club Members Show, 2016 and 2017• Bronze Award, Master Circle IAPS Show, Albuquerque, NM, 2017

“Best In Show”, Neighborhood House Annual Art Show 2016

Andrea Placer - Advertising

Andrea Placer is a multi-award-winning artist whose colored pencil and graphite drawings have been exhibited in numerous galleries and in national and international juried shows in New York City and State, New Jersey, California, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Wisconsin, Georgia, Minnesota, and Quebec, Canada.  Her drawings have received many 1st and 2nd place awards, and 3 “Best in Show”.   Other juried awards include those from the Colored Pencil Society of America, Salmagundi Club, American Artists Professional League, Audubon Artists, Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club, Manhattan Arts International, Stamford Art Assoc, Hudson Valley Art Assoc., Art Center of Northern NJ, Ringwood Manor Art Assoc., Light, Space & Time Competition, Hopkins Center for the Arts, Mn,  and the Paint the Parks Mini50 Competition. 

Professionally, Andrea has been awarded signature status (CPSA, CPX) from the Colored Pencil Society of America, is a Fellow Maxima Cum Laude of the American Artists Professional League, an elected member of the Salmagundi Club, NYC, and the Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club, where she serves on the Board of Directors.  She has been represented by the Piermont Fine Arts Gallery, Piermont, NY. 

Andrea’s drawings have appeared in several publications, including CP Treasures, Vol. II, III, IV; CP Hidden Treasures; The Richeson 75 International Landscape, Seascape & Architecture 2014,& 2016; The Richeson75 International Still Life & Floral 2015; The Richeson75 International Figure/Portrait 2015; The Richeson75 International Small Works 2016; several issues of CPSA’s “To the Point” magazine.  She was the “Featured Artist”, in the May, 2015 issue of Colored Pencil Magazine

Carole Scinta - Co-Chair Benefit Night

CAROLE SCINTA of East Northport, Long Island, NY, studied Advertising Art and Design at SUNY Farmingdale. She also received a BA in Accounting from SUNY in Westbury, Long Island, NY.  She prefers painting with pastels using watercolor, or a pastel and alcohol wash as an underpainting. She is a member and exhibits at the Long Island Art League, the Huntington Arts Council and with the Setauket Artists. She has also had solo exhibits in local libraries and at The Unitarian Fellowship in Stony Brook. She loves painting Plein Air and when needed uses her photos of lovely landscapes on Long Island.

Karen Tighe - Awards Committee

Karen Tighe PSA  IAPS/MC is a nationally recognized artist, painting primarily in pastels. Before returning to painting full time, she previously had a career as a graphic designer working in the toy industry. She holds a BA in Early Childhood Education from Catholic University of America as well as a BFA in Design from William Paterson University. 

Karen has achieved Master Circle status with IAPS (International Association of Pastel Societies) in addition to reaching Signature Artist stature in the Pastel Society of America.  Karen is also a Signature Inaugural member of the Pastel Society of New Jersey and former board member; and a juried member of the Degas Pastel Society and Connecticut Pastel Society. Currently she is a member of the IAPS Education Committee.

While exhibiting her work in many statewide and national shows, Karen has recently won awards in the following shows: The Pastel Society of America 42nd Annual Exhibition Enduring Brilliance, The Degas Pastel Society 15th Biennial Exhibit, The Connecticut Pastel Society Renaissance Exhibit, and several Best in Show awards at PSNJ exhibits.

Karen currently works of her studio at Artspace Studio in Morristown, NJ., also giving private instruction and demonstrations in pastels.

Carlina Valenti - Catalog

Carlina Valenti is a native Long Islander for whom art has been a life-long passion. The ability to draw came naturally and she practiced painting and drawing constantly, eventually majoring in art at Syracuse University. She worked full-time in the commercial art field for over 35 years, and spent leisure time developing her self-taught watercolor skills.

Her paintings are meticulously rendered realism, loaded with detail. Both photographs and still life set-ups are used and scrutinized to determine the subject matter’s interactions of color, shape, highlight and shadow, and as much of this information as possible (or necessary) is put into each painting, creating a work that is a faithful representation of the subject.

Her work has been accepted in numerous juried competitions, both local and national, garnering many awards, and is in private and corporate collections nationwide. She is a member of the Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club and has had group exhibits of her paintings in 1993, 1996 and 1999 at Gallery East in East Hampton, NY. She is currently represented by Gallery North, Setauket, NY, and J. Pocker Art, Manhasset , NY.

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