BOARD

WAAM Board Members, Officers and Committee Chairs 2022-2023

Maxine Davidowitz, Chair

Maxine Davidowitz is a painter and printmaker, whose works have been shown in galleries throughout the Hudson Valley and in collections throughout the US. For over 40 years she served as Creative Director for major consumer magazines such as Redbook, Parents, TV Guide, Health, Prevention, More and Modern Farmer, garnering many awards from the Society of Publication Designers and The American Society of Magazine Editors.  Her consulting practice included work for Country Living, Consumer Reports’ ShopSmart, Reader’s Digest, Real Simple, and other newsstand publications.

Her non-profit volunteer efforts include a 5-year stint on the board of the Stephen Wise Free Synagogue, and since 2013 she has served on the exhibition committee for Gallery Lev Shalem at the Woodstock Jewish Congregation.

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Regina B Quinn, Vice Chair

Regina B Quinn is an encaustic artist who lives and paints in the Northern Catskills after three decades in Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom.  Her paintings are rooted in her deep connection to the natural world and sense of stewardship for the fragile balance that allows life to exist and thrive on this planet.

Regina serves on the International Encaustic Artists Board as Director of Social Media and on the faculty of the international Painting with Fire course through the Essence of Mulranny Art School in Ireland. She has received several awards for her encaustics including the Faber Birren National Color Award, the Cooperstown Art Association’s Grand Prize, and the WAAM New Visions Award. Her work is displayed at the Carrie Haddad Gallery in Hudson and included in the permanent collections of the Williamsburg Art and Historical Center, in Brooklyn and the Museum of Encaustic Art in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

In addition to her art career, Regina has had a parallel career in education as an elementary and middle school teacher, a K-12 principal, and administrator of a variety of statewide initiatives to strengthen STEM education in Vermont and New York.

Website: www.reginaBquinn.net
Instagram: @GinaBQ
Facebook: Regina Bernadette Quinn,  https://www.facebook.com/reginabernadette.quinn.5

Tracy Phillips, Secretary

Tracy Phillips is a painter and a psychotherapist in private practice. Phillips considers psychotherapy an art and considers art a reflection of our intrapersonal and interpersonal worlds. Phillips’ art and psychotherapy work are deeply informed by her commitment to social and environmental justice.

Phillips received her Master’s in Creative Arts Therapy from Pratt Institute and her Master of Social Work from Fordham University. Phillips has post-graduate training from the Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy and the National Institute of Psychotherapies.

Phillips has been painting her whole life. She received my BFA in fine arts from Parsons. Phillips has been an active member of the Brooklyn Arts Council, The Brooklyn Waterfront Artist’s Coalition, and Nurture Art. Phillips’ resume includes solo and group exhibitions and became an active member of WAAM in 2016.

William Lanford, Treasurer

William Lanford is a Professor of Physics at University at Albany. One of his interests is the applications of physics in art and archaeology and he has taught courses on that topic at Albany and at Yale. He is a member of the Board of Directors, UAlbany Foundation. He has been an external advisor for national laboratories in the U.S. and in Canada. Dr. Lanford had a deep interest in American arts, both decorative and fine. He initiated the creation of the Riders Mills Historic District, now listed on the National Registry of Historic Places. He is currently restoring a 220-year-old house known locally as the Budd Tavern. He has a 25-year interest in the art and the artists of Woodstock and has assembled a number of Woodstock paintings and sculptures, some of which can be seen on his website: www.overbrookart.com.

Laurie Felber, Interim Board Member

Laurie Felber resides in Woodstock, New York. She earned her B.F.A. from Parsons School of Design, NYC and holds a professional certificate in Arts Administration from NYU and a New Jersey teacher’s certification in the Visual Arts. She was on the faculty of the Visual Arts Center of New Jersey, Summit, before her relocation to the Catskills. Laurie works in multiple mediums including watercolors, oils, and pastels. She has exhibited in the St. John’s on the Mountain juried show (honorable mention) and was accepted into the SitE: Brooklyn show featuring small works. She has participated in the Hoboken open studio tours and her paintings have been displayed at the Beach Haven Municipal Building, Site:Brooklyn Gallery, Hoboken Arts Gallery and Monroe Art Center in Hoboken.  Laurie is an active artist member of The Woodstock Artist Association & Museum.

Dan Forlenza

Dan Forlenza is a New York State Licensed Architect with vast experience in architectural design and construction project management. Dan was the university design architect for Facilities Project Design and Construction at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York for 9 years and afterwards worked for Columbia University as the Associate Director of Design and Capital Project Management at the Morningside Heights Campus in New York City for 6 years. Dan has a Master of Science degree from Columbia University in Construction Management & Administration and an Architecture degree from New York Institute of Technology. Dan is an Active Artist Member of WAAM.

Suzannah Kellner

Suzannah Kellner has a Masters’s degree in Art history from NYU’s Institute of Fine Arts. She has worked for the American Folk Art Museum, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Carl Hammer Gallery, Christie’s, and Chashama. She loves art, gardening, photography, tennis, and travel. She has been part of the Woodstock community for more than a dozen years.

Diane King

Diane King is a fine art photographer and mixed-media conceptual artist whose work is widely held in private collections, and has been exhibited at Art Basal Miami, Art Palm Springs, Art San Diego, The Oculus at the World Trade Center, the Southampton Fine Art Fair, The Center for Photography at Woodstock, WAAM, and in New York City galleries.  Her creative aesthetic was formed at an early age while professionally studying ballet, and her contemplative photographic compositions explore the emotional choreography between her subject matter and the voids of negative space. 

For over 15 years she worked in the publishing, film and television industries.  First as a writer, then as Creative Services Director for such publications as Time, Life, Sports Illustrated, and Instyle, where she developed and led key creative initiatives and strategies for Time Warner Inc.  She has studied extensively at The International Center for Photography, and finds everlasting inspiration in the Hudson Valley and its artistic community.

Tracy Leavitt

Tracy Leavitt holds a BFA degree from Maine College of Art (MECA). She is the director of Visions Art Center, which is dedicated to promoting the arts and artists.  She has traveled widely designing and conducting artist residencies and workshops, including her farthest away gig at an International School in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. She produced the Hudson Valley Storytelling Festival for 7 years in conjunction with Vassar and Bard Colleges. In 2008 Tracy received a fellowship from Woman’s Studio Workshop and earlier, produced a one-woman performance piece funded by NYFA.

Recently, Tracy retired from the art faculty of High Meadow School, an independent school in Stone Ridge, NY, and is now a fulltime painter and curator. In January, Tracy mounted an exhibition at Mid-Hudson Arts Council Gallery entitled “Hot/Cold: Expression in Wax” and is planning her next curatorial project with Wired Gallery.  Tracy is an Active Artist Member of WAAM.

Annie Lewis

Enjoying a variety of roles as a designer and artist, Annie first worked as a graphic designer after college. An interest in window display eventually pulled her into that field. A decade later she had an opportunity to design textiles and did so for several NW based sportswear companies. Annie also taught art – her classrooms ranging from garages to art museums. As a volunteer, Annie brought art lessons bedside for children at Fred Hutch Cancer Center. Working with another non-profit, she offered instruction in book arts to adult cancer survivors. Her own mixed media work concentrates on the language of shape and pattern and she has had gallery representation in Denver, Santa Fe, Seattle and most recently, the Hudson Valley. Feeling WAAM offered a welcoming community as well as numerous opportunities for a Seattle transplant, she hopes to contribute to the wellbeing of the beloved organization.

Laurie Marshall

Laurie Marshall is an artist, art historian, and independent filmmaker specializing in programming about art.  She was VP, International Executive Producer at Christie’s for 17 years, and previously developed and supervised departments/projects at Scholastic, Hearst, IBM/Workman Publishing, and WNET/Thirteen. Past films include Jeff Koons Speaks (featured at Art Basel); Holly Solomon: On Warhol & SoHo Story; Studio in a School (WNET/ Thirteen). Laurie is a former WAAM Board Chair and currently serves on four committees.

Website:  www.rashomonproductions.com

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Susan M. Paynter

Susan Paynter earned her BA in studio art and her doctorate in educational leadership from Seton Hall. She was recognized as the best new artist by the Albuquerque designer craftsmen for her fiber art. Susan has worked in a variety of mediums, including leather jewelry and painting, showing her wearable art in galleries, juried craft fairs, and museum gift shops around the US. Her career in education spans 40 years and includes being chosen as teacher of the year, serving as an assistant superintendent, college professor, and principal as well as publishing a book on innovative education. After relocating to Woodstock, she served as the head of school at High Meadow School, in Stone Ridge. Since retiring as an educator, Susan has devoted her time to environmental activism and has led efforts in fundraising and community building to halt the Terramor development as well as Woodstock National LLC.

Susan M. Paynter Ed.D.

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Amanda Russo Rubman

Amanda Russo Rubman is a Hudson Valley based artist, designer, and lifelong learner. She started her career at a boutique creative & marketing agency where she spent a scholarly decade collaborating with clients to bring their vision to life by partnering with, and enabling, creative teams. That time established her foundation of respect for the art of collaboration and talent in all forms. Her travels lead to a luxury design firm, and then her own design studio – further evolving her practice in developing identities for iconic, heritage, and emerging brands. Forever chasing the light and playing with textures, today she leads AR Studio – a home for an evolving collection of her own artwork and collaborations that celebrate New York-based artists and vintage objects. Curating to create a mood – layering texture and style, mixing technique, crossing eras, all an homage to create a beautiful moment to get lost in. Amanda graduated from New York University, Gallatin with a BA in Philosophy. Current medium(s)/ Photography, Film, Clay, Wood, Fiber, Salvaged Materials, Painting…

Website/ amandarussorubman.com
Instagram/ instagram.com/amanda.russo.rubman
Linked In/ linkedin.com/in/amandarusso

Janis Staggs

Janis Staggs is the Director of Curatorial and Manager of Publications at Neue Galerie New York, where she has worked for more than twenty years. She has prior experience at other institutions, including the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, and the Walters Art Museum. Staggs has organized numerous exhibitions during her career and has lectured and written extensively on the intersection between modern fine and decorative arts with a special focus on the period of fin-de-siècle Vienna. She has a Master of Arts in the History of Decorative Arts from the jointly-administered program offered by the Cooper Hewitt/Parsons School of Design (a division of The New School), a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Maryland, and a Certificate in Strategic Management from the Harvard Extension School.

Tom Wolf

Tom Wolf is a Professor of Art History and Visual Culture at Bard College.  His primary areas of research are the history of art in Woodstock, New York, art colony, and Asian American art.  Recent publications include The Artistic Journey of Yasuo Kuniyoshi, Smithsonian American Art Museum, 2015, “Woodstock Artists Association: One Hundred Years of Community and Art,” The Woodstock Artists Association, 2019, and “Doris Lee in Woodstock,” Weatherspoon Art Museum, forthcoming.

Pro Bono General Counsel

Gary M. Schuster, Esq.

Gary Schuster has been an attorney with Jacobowitz & Gubits, LLP, in Walden, New York, since 2004 and a Partner since 2016. His broad practice includes corporate, partnership, LLC and not-for-profit formation, merger, dissolution and other transactions, varied commercial transactions, guardianships, estate planning, administration and litigation, and commercial and residential real estate. His arts and entertainment practice includes copyright and trademark applications, maintenance, and transactions, and representation of painters, sculptors, photographers, dancers, musicians, songwriters, music producers, film producers, publishers, fashion models, agents, galleries and non-profit arts organizations. He also serves on several charitable and non-charitable nonprofit boards, and represents dozens of nonprofits of all kinds.