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					Barney Bellinger                     Painter/Furniture Artist                 518.661.6563
       Barney Bellinger’s creative paintings                  These highly-developed skills served him well        uncompromised integrity.
       and furnishings are inspired by his keen               when he returned to seek natural materials           Northeastern Woodworkers Association Expo—
       observation of wild, quiet places. He hikes. He        where he had started—enjoying fishing trips          Best of Show award (twice)
       fishes. He paddles a favorite guideboat or canoe.      in the woods. Bellinger’s grandfather, who had
       He experiences the beauty of natural light and         worked in Adirondack logging camps, helped           Adirondack Museum Annual Rustic Furniture
       changing seasons in remote, natural landscapes         prepare him with practical knowledge of the          Fair—Best of Show
       from the Adirondacks to the American West.             woods and waters which are now the subjects          ExhibitEd at:
       Bellinger’s intricate designs reveal a mastery         of—and often provide the materials for—his
                                                                                                                   National Museum of Wildlife Art,
       of many techniques. His early brush work               commissioned artworks.
                                                                                                                   Jackson Hole, WY
       was focused on artistic decoration of custom           Inspired craftsmanship is the hallmark of
                                                                                                                   Doyle Gallery, NY, NY
       motorcycles and cars. Later, he mastered               Bellinger’s original creations. Detailed paintings
       premium sign work which incorporated                   merge with carefully-chosen natural wood,            Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute,
       flawless layout, intricate carving, and applied        stone, and gems. The designs are timeless            Utica, NY. n
       gold leaf.                                             and will survive as art treasures for their



Jonathan Sweet                    Furniture Artist             www.nealsweet.com
       Jonathan Neal Sweet, partner in Neal+Sweet             Jonathan merges inspiration from found and           Blue Ribbon, National Woodworkers
       llc—a custom furniture design and build                finely-milled wood with extensive knowledge             Association, 2005, Saratoga Springs, NY
       firm— is inspired by natural materials. His            of contemporary materials and construction           Outstanding Expanded Business Award, EDC,
       passion to create furniture emerged when he            techniques. His architectural solutions for             2005, Fulton County, NY
       returned to the Adirondacks with eighteen              interiors and renovations are enhanced by            MEdia/Publications
       years of interior design and construction              custom furnishings for residential, commercial,      HGTV’s ReZoned, Glove Factory Renovation,
       experience. He renovated a former glove factory        retail, and hospitality projects. Starting with      2007
       building in Johnstown as a studio, offices, and        original concepts, Jonathan demonstrates             Rustic Revisited by Ann Stillman-O’Leary, 2006
       an upstairs loft shared with his wife (partner         exceptional ability to construct, by hand,           Adirondack Home by Ralph Kylloe, 2005
       Tara Sweet) and daughter. The renovation was           unique museum-quality furnishings.
       featured on HGTV’s ReZoned, which also shone                                                                Education
       a spotlight on some of Jonathan’s custom               awards                                               NYIT, Old Westbury, NY 1990–1992
       millwork, cabinets, and innovative furniture.          Best Artist, Woodworking, Western Design             SUNY Hudson Valley, Troy, NY 1988–1990. n
                                                                Conference, 2007, Jackson Hole, WY


Caroline ramerSdorfer                                     Sculptor      www.carolineramersdorfer.at
       Caroline Ramersdorfer started philosophy               project “Inner Views” (2001) reflecting 10 years     year in Zhengzhou, China. In the same year,
       studies of the existentialists in Paris, France,       of work and study in Japan. Exhibitions in           she received the merit award for the Beijing
       in 1979.                                               Japan, Austria and Germany melded sculpture,         Olympic Sculpture where her piece “Seed of
       She continued with African Art history,                video, photography, poetry, calligraphy, and         a Unified Spirit” was installed in 2008 facing
       museum science, and analysis of Renaissance            music.                                               the Olympic tower.
       frescoes and their restoration at the                  Ramersdorfer has participated in expositions         Ramersdorfer’s sculptural projects were
       International University of Art in Florence, Italy,    worldwide. Since 1986 she has been                   nominated and selected to be permanently
       (1981–83). She then enrolled in the Academy            commissioned to create large, site-specific          installed in Urumqi, China, in the
       of Fine Arts sculpture department in Carrara,          sculptures, installed in permanent private and       Harmonious Development Sculpture Park
       Italy, completing her MFA with Summa Cum               public art collections in Europe, Japan, Taiwan,     (2009). Installations in early 2010 are in the
       Laude in 1988.                                         China, Canada, Egypt, the U.S.A., and Dubai,         International Friendship Sculpture Park in
       She received grants from the Austrian Ministry         where she was awarded first prize at the 2005        Ordos City, Inner Mongolia, China, and Abu
       of Art and Education in Vienna, Austria, to work       Emaar International Art Symposium.                   Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (2010). n
       and study in Japan 1991–92 and in New York             She won the Golden Award at the international
       City in 1993. This supported her multimedia            sculpture exposition during the 2006 cultural


John Van alStine                    Sculptor              www.johnvanalstine.com
       John Van Alstine—Van Alstine Studios,                  purchased a 19th century industrial complex on       and fellowships including from the Gottlieb
       Wells, NY                                              the banks of the Sacandaga River and returned        Foundation, the Pollock-Krasner Foundation,
       Born in upstate New York in 1952, John Van             to the Adirondacks where he now lives and            the Tiffany Foundation, National Endowment
       Alstine grew up in the southern Adirondacks            works in the restored historic structure.            for the Arts and a number of state artist’s grant
       Mountains. After attendingSt. Lawrence                                                                      programs.
                                                              Van Alstine’s work has been exhibited widely
       University, Kent State University (BFA 1974)           (more than 50 solo exhibitions) in this country      A hardcover book, BONES OF THE EARTH,
       and Cornell University (MFA 1976) he joined            as well as in Europe and Asia. He has completed      SPIRIT OF THE LAND, recapping the first 25
       the faculty of the University of Wyoming,              many major large-scale outdoor, site-specific        years of his work was released in 2001.
       Laramie, and later the University of Maryland,         commissions recently installing a large, outdoor     Van Alstine’s work is held in many private and
       College Park, to teach drawing and sculpture.          work for the 2008 Olympic Park, Beijing, and         public and corporate collections in this country
                                                              a 35' tall piece for the new Indianapolis Airport.   and Europe. n
       In 1986 he left teaching and moved to the NYC
       area to pursue studio work full time. In 1987 he       He is a recipient of many individual arts grants                               Graphic Design: Janet Marie Yeates

				
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