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Berkshires

Kiki Dufault is a painter and musician residing in the Berkshires for the last 16 years. She studied at the San Francisco Art institute from 1993-1997 with  leading artists like Bruce McGaw of the Bay Area Movement. She also studied landscape painting at the New York studio school with painter John Dubrow. She has shown in and around the Berkshires throughout the last 15 years. Her work has been featured in the New York Times. Currently Kiki Dufault’s works investigate the environment and threats to water, our earth’s life blood. The Housatonic River is one of the precious waterways, she is concerned with protecting. Dufault comes from a family with profound involvement in the arts and environmental conscientiousness here in the Berkshires.

Eva Mae Connell is a sculptor and metal artist from San Diego, CA.  Before her career in art, she studied science and has a BS in Microbiology from California Polytechnic University, Pomona, CA.  She has studied foundry at Palomar College, San Marcos, CA.  Her artistic interests have been ceramics, bronze casting, glass casting, mold making and metal work.  Eva began sculpting in 2005 and her first piece was “Dock of the Bay”, where a couple is passing time at the river’s edge.  She was selected as an artist in residence at Mendocino Art Center and spent five years creating her body of bronzes.  While there, she began casting in glass, blacksmithing and jewelry making.   She sculpts figurative, portraits and has moved on to animals.  Her figures have changed from being primitive and paleolithic to those showing movement and more defined form.  Having no formal sculpture study, it was her goal to produce a style of her own, with little influences from past artists.     Her sculptures and knives have been on exhibit at Mendocino Art Center Gallery, Dacia Gallery, Encinitas Community Gallery and her bronze piece, "The Blacksmith", has been featured on the cover of California Blacksmith Association newsletter (May-June, 2008 issue).    

Sarah Logan is a ceramic artist living on the North Coast of California. She grew up in the Black Hills of South Dakota, and received her BFA from Minnesota State University, Mankato. Her work has been collected and shown nationally and internationally for the past ten years.  Notable shows include Feats of Clay in Lincoln, California, the San Angelo Museum of Fine Art Ceramic Competition in San Angelo, Texas, and Mendocino Art and Craft Show at the Matsumoto City Museum of Art, in Matsumoto, Japan.  Sarah has taught community classes and workshops at places such as the Lux Center for the Arts in Lincoln, Nebraska, the Mendocino Art Center in Mendocino, California and at Stanford University as a visiting artist and lecturer.  She has also shown at the American Craft Council show in Baltimore Maryland, and the Contemporary Crafts Market in Pasadena California.  She is an exhibiting member of the Association of Clay and Glass Artists and will be showing at the Palo Alto Clay and Glass Festival as well as the San Francisco American Craft Council Show.

Natalie Tyler is an internationally exhibiting artist, whose work has shown in museums and galleries across the United States and Europe. Drawing inspiration from nature, she casts its’ essence into the elements of metal and glass. She combines masterly cast bronze and glass sculpture to make truly inventive and original artwork.   She has been a US Embassy sponsored artist twice, once in Dublin, Ireland and again in Tallinn, Estonia exhibiting at the Estonia Museum of Applied Art and Design. She has received numerous grants and awards from art institutions like Mass MOCA, Art Students League of New York, Vermont Studio Center, and Cornell University. In addition to her artwork she has curated large-scale exhibitions.  Originally from California, she moved to the Berkshire Mountains inspired by its’ natural beauty, vibrant arts, culture, and friendly people.

Originally from Atlanta Georgia, Marshall Jones moved to New York City to study at the Art Students League. Like many of his artistic predecessors there, Jones found technical concepts and skills that give a strong voice within his work. His paintings are photorealistic, capturing a moment in time, with an edge. Jones’ paintings have exhibited nationwide and he has won numerous awards, grants and recognition for his artwork, including a Elizabeth Greenshield's Foundation Grant. His work has exhibited across the nation including solo exhibitions in New York City,  Atlanta, and now in the Berkshires. He teaches drawing and painting at the Art Students League of New York and Salmagundi NYC

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John David Ratajkowski’s abstract pieces feature brilliant color and form—large and small canvases initially stun with their vibrancy and then draw the viewer in for the story the paintings tell. Ratajkowski has many stories to share: from his experiences painting in Ireland and Spain, to paintings riffing on ancient texts. A Southern California artist, Ratajkowski is an established painter with exhibitions in New York, Los Angeles, Poland, Ireland and Bulgaria.  He is the recipient of many awards, most notably the National Endowment for the Arts, the California Council for the Humanities, Artist-in-Residence in Torun, in Poland and in Sofia, Bulgaria. Critic Aidan Dunne from the Irish Times has praised Ratajkowski for “the open, expansive rural flavor of his brilliantly coloured abstracts which suggest close affinities with the landscape, aiming for a sense of unity and harmony.”