Artist Anna Contes Maguire's show, SENSUAL LIGHT and Group Show at the Arts Upstairs Gallery Opening Reception 11/21/15

Saturday, Nov 21 2015;
6:00 PM To 9:00 PM

Phoenicia Arts Upstairs Gallery, 60 Main St, Phoenicia, NY 12464

Arts Upstairs Opening Reception and Potluck Party, 11/21/15 6-9PM. Solo Artist Anna Contes Maguire's show "SENSUAL LIGHT" and Group Show. 60 Main St., Phoenicia. NY 12464 Hours Friday 3-6pm, Sat. 10-6, Sunday 10-4pm

Anna Contes Maguire
"As a painter, I seek to capture the sensation of color and the structure of light energy. Objects reflect and radiate a light force of their own – transparent yet solidly structured planes of color imbued with light. Nature’s forms release me only after her sensuality is expressed. An iconic symbolism emerges that satisfies me until my next encounter."
Selected Biography

A New Yorker by birth, as a teenager, I attended The Metropolitan Museum of Art, with my bagged lunch, every Saturday morning for several months of each high school year. At sixteen, I enjoyed a painting scholarship from the American Art School, NYC, then a B.F.A. from Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY. At SUNY in New Paltz I received my M.S. At The Edwin MacDowell Art Colony, Peterborough, NH, I was awarded a summer painting fellowship.

My reality is a pulsation of color vibrations. To translate this, I formulated my own handmade, fade proof, non toxic pastels. My research in pure pigment came from working in traditional egg tempera as a Greek Orthodox Church iconographer and muralist, in the Byzantine style. Pastels require that one think in color since each color choice be made separately.

I believe in teaching drawing through color and have done so with pastel for twenty four years in my summer workshops at the Woodstock School of Art. Color has been my modeling tool while teaching drawing to all levels of art for over thirty years. My present materials are oil paint and oil paint stick, but my focus is always on color.

Presently, I paint out of my Woodstock studio and travel often to NYC and Ikaria, Greece

Anna Contes Maguire
Post Office Box 809
Woodstock, NY 12498


1979 M.S. SUNY New Paltz, New Paltz, NY
1965 B.F.A. Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY
1961 American Art School Scholar, NY, NY

Grants & Awards

1982 Honorarium, New York State Council on the Arts, Kingston Artist’s Group, Kingston, NY
1968 Fellowship, Edwin MacDowell Painting Fellowship, The MacDowell Artist Colony,
Peterborough, NH
1961 Scholarship, American Art School, NY, NY


Solo Exhibitions

2011 The Arts Upstairs, “[of] The Five Senses”, Owners Alan & Lynn Fliegel,
Phoenicia, NY
2000 Esopus Gallery, Owner/Director Judy Abbott, Lake Hill, NY
98/88 Hawthorne Gallery, Owner/Director Peter Guinan, Woodstock, NY
1992 Donskoj Gallery, Owners Nancy & George Donskoj, Kingston, NY
1984 Work of Art Gallery, Owner/Director Wally Petrucci, Saugerties, NY
1979 Night Gallery, Owner/Director Steven Moskowitz, Woodstock, NY

Group Exhibitions

2011 Zeuxis, “Contemporary Perceptions: Zeuxis Still Life Painting”, Blair Academy, Romano
Gallery, Curated by Phillis Floyd, Blairstown, NJ
2011 The Arts Upstairs (April, May, June, July, August, October), Phoenicia, NY
08/06 Brik Gallery, “Cowgirls 2”: 2008 – Curated by Richard Timperio, “In the Light:
Contemporary Visions of the Hudson Valley”: 2006, Catskill, NY
2007 Broderick Fine Art Gallery, “Winter Invitational”, Owner Frank Giorgini, Freehold, NY
06-81 Woodstock School of Art, Director Paula Nelson, Woodstock, NY
2000/98 Esopus Art Studio, “Femme Florale”, Owner Judy Abbott, Lake Hill, NY
2000 Art Awareness Gallery, Lexington, NY, Owners Judd and Pam Weisberg
1997 A.S.K., “Flowers and Gardens”, Arts Society of Kingston, NY
96/94 Gallery at Park West, “In League with Woodstock 1906 to 1996” Curated by Art
Founder and Director of the Woodstock School of Art, Robert Angeloch
1994 Gallery at Park West, “Art Partners”, Curated by Judy Abbott & Doug
Alderfer, Kingston, NY
95/89/83/78 Kleinart/James Gallery, Woodstock, NY
1993 Pastel Society of America, “Pastels Only” National Art Club Gallery,
Gramercy Park South, NY, NY
93/80 Greene County Council on the Arts (“Catskill Continuum”: 1980, Curated by Reuben
Rivera), Director Kay Stamer, Catskill, NY
93/85 Woodstock Artists Association, “Emerging Artists”: 1985, Woodstock, NY
1992 Elena Zang Gallery, Owner Elena Zang, Shady, NY
1987 Hawthorne Gallery, “Landscapes” Owner Peter Guinan
1988 Columbus Museum of Fine Arts, Member’s Library, Columbus, OH
1988 Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Members Gallery, Buffalo, NY
1987 Katharina Rich Perlow Gallery, Owner Katharina Rich Perlow, NY, NY
1985 Miller Galleries, NY, NY
1978 Ulster County Community College Gallery, “Women Portray ‘Each One as She May,” UCCC,
Stone Ridge, NY
1978 Erpf Catskill Cultural Center, Inc. Arkville, NY
73-72 Sharon Creative Arts Foundation, Sharon, CT
1966 The Tosca Gallery, “Environments,” Owner Alicia Tosca, NYC


78-77 Byzantine Style Iconographer, Greek Eastern Orthodox Archdiocese of NY, NY
78-77 Byzantine Style Icon Muralist, Sts. Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church, Jackson
Heights, NY


1987 Woodstock Artist’s Calendar, Published by the Hawthorne Gallery, Woodstock, NY
1985 Emerging Artists, Woodstock Artists Association, Inc., Raymond J. Steiner,Editor, Art Times


98 Woodstock Times, “Woodstock Sampler: Regional Landscapes by Contemporary Woodstock
Painters”: June 25th, 1998, by Tad Richards,
92/85/83/79 Woodstock Times, March 1992, October 1985, July 1983, August 1979, Woodstock, NY
1996 Daily Freeman, Art Beat, “Exhibit showcases Woodstock artists from 1906 to 1996”, by James G.
Shine, Preview, June 21, 1996, Kingston , NY
1987 Woodstock Times, “Landscapes: Four Women at the Hawthorne Gallery”, by Marc Furstenberg,
November 5, 1987, Woodstock, NY

1981 Woodstock Times, “Spring Art Roundtable Discussion Series” (March, April 1981), Woodstock,
NY, Interview by Jim Reed

Public and Private Collections

Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Members Gallery, Buffalo, NY
Columbus Museum of Fine Arts, Member’s Library, Columbus, OH
Fitness Unlimited, Kingston, NY
The Night Gallery, Woodstock, NY
Greek Eastern Orthodox Archdiocese of NY, NY
Sts. Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church, Jackson Heights, NY
Sarah Conklin, NY, NY
Mina and Alex Morton, Vancouver, Canada
Bette Moraitis, Jackson Heights, NY
Maureen and James Houtrides, Brooklyn, NY
Steven Moskowitz, Woodstock, NY
Tim and Andrea Biggs, Brooklyn, NY
Marylin Hauser, Woodstock, NY
Jill Delisio, Woodstock, NY
Jeanie Dupree, Woodstock, NY
Mr & Mrs. Solis-Cohen, Woodstock, NY
Mr. and Mrs. Allen Young, NY, NY
James Lardas, Pitts. PA
Basil Safos, Jackson Heights, NY

Teaching & Research Experience

06-81 Instructor in Pastel and Pastel Making, Woodstock School of Art, Woodstock, NY
05-81 Art Teacher, Cairo-Durham HS, Cairo, NY
1980 Guest Lecturer in Pastel, SUNY College at New Paltz, New Paltz, NY
1973 Guest Lecturer, Boston University Summer Art Program at Tanglewood, Lenox, MA
1979 Thesis/Research, ‘Permanent and Non-Toxic Pigment Pastel Formulation,’ SUNY College at
New Paltz, New Paltz, NY
74-70 Art instructor, advisor, The Barlow School, Amenia, NY
70-69 Art Teacher, Fiorello LaGuardia HS of Music and Art
1979 Thesis/Presentation, ‘An Investigation of Color Through Pastel,’ SUNY College at New Paltz,
New Paltz, NY

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