Kick-Off Concert


The Amity Gallery salutes the Hudson Valley Jazz Festival with an exhibition of paintings and photographs by talented local artists whose artistry pays tribute to some of the great jazz musicians of our time.

Ron Gee, born in Los Angeles, studied art history and studio art at Princeton University.  Drawing from Eastern and Western sources, he often merges vocabularies that refer to both traditions. He derives inspiration from the past and the present, from his immediate natural surroundings as well as from his study of ancient Chinese philosophy and the practice of qigong. The portraits in this exhibit combine classical technique with expressionist exuberance.

Ian Sharp was a dynamic creative who used his artistic impulses to paint subjects that were close to his heart – spiritual and political icons as well as jazz masters.  He is remembered in his community as a force for good.

Milton Mesirow’s photographs of the Paris jazz scene are historical treasures. He is the son of ‘Mezz’ Mezzrow who was part of the jazz scene in Chicago, New York and Paris, France in the 1940’s and 50’s.  Spending time there with his father gave Mesirow access to jazz sessions where the great players interacted and made recordings that are still loved today. His photographs are informal, spontaneous, and insightful.

Gwen Schaffer is a jazz aficionado and artist.  She is known for putting down JAZZ as her religion when filling out paperwork. She studied art at Montclair State College. Her paintings express her admiration and deep connection to the famous players of the past.

The Reception of this exhibit on August 4 from 5 – 7 PM will be followed by a concert by the Hudson Valley Jazz Ensemble featuring Eric Person. Suggested donation: $15.

Bud Powell and Thelonius Monk on the Streets of Paris – Milt Mesirow

Charlie Parker by Gwen Schaffer

Parker’s Mood by Ron Gee

Miles Davis by Ian Sharp

Louis Armstrong by Hal Gaylor




















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North Lights

Susan S. Cynthia, Daniel, Mitchell – need Susan Hope F. Mary Sealfon and osborne

North Light: A Painter’s Study at Amity Gallery in Warwick, NY is an exhibit curated by Cynthia Harris-Pagano that features works inspired by north light and includes pieces by Jeannette McGee, Cynthia Harris-Pagano, Susan Hope Fogel, Mary Mugele Sealfon, Susan Sciarretta, Mitchell Saler, Demetre Bove, Daniel Grant, and renown guest John Phillip Osborne. The exhibit is on display July 7 – July 29 and open weekends from noon-4pm or by appointment. An opening reception will be held Saturday, July 7 from 5-7pm. The gallery will also be open from Noon to 4pm the day of the reception.

The works in the show demonstrate the unique qualities of cool indoor north light.

Quote from Cynthia “ Since north light comes from a North-facing window, it is the coolest, most consistent, natural but indirect light from the sun. In looking and painting, I am invited to see color value and shadow tone vary subtly as mysteries of light.”

Mitchell Saler is a fine art painter who lives in Middletown, New York.  In 2009, he graduated with an Associate Degree in Visual Arts from Orange County Community College in Middletown, New York.  In 2011, he received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting and Drawing, summa cum laude, from the State University of New York at New Paltz.  The university awarded him the Alex Martin Scholarship, and he has received awards in various art exhibits.  He has been exhibiting in a number of venues and is a represented artist at the Wallkill River School.  His works emphasize vastness, dramatic lighting, and atmospheric effects.  He is a Board Member of the Goshen Art League and the Wallkill River School and Art Gallery, and a member of the Orange County Arts Council, the Middletown Art Group, and the Lower Hudson Valley Plein Air Painters.  His website is  He can also be found on Facebook at and on Instagram at and his works can be purchased online at

Information for attached painting: Yellow Daisies and Alstroemeria
oil on board

11 x 14″

by Mitchell Saler

Daniel Grant is

*a California native and graduate of Sonoma State College with BA in Philosophy and


*studied and worked, sculpting in stone and bronze in Pietrasanta, Italy;

*attended The Sculpture Center in NYC; lives, works and teaches at his home/studio in Westtown, NY and will teach children sculpture this summer at Free Spirit Nature Camp also in Westtown.

Entranced by the Hudson Valley, Mary enjoys plein air painting, portraiture and still life in pastel and oil. A third generation San Franciscan, she received a BA in painting at the University of California at Santa

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Special from Iceland


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Nevertheless, She persisted


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