Please join us on Friday February 27 from 6-9pm as we open the exhibition "The World as We See It, as We Know It". Works by Sara Pruiksma & Marlene Wiedenbaum.

This exhibition explores the dynamics of two artists who's work and mediums are separate from each other but have a connection in the way they interpret nature. Wiedenbaum creates high realism paintings through her use of pastels while Pruiksma uses mixed media, including watercolor, pens & metallic paints. Each artist shows through their works the reflection of the world around them.

Marlene Wiedenbaum, PSA, is a graduate of Queens College, SUNY New Paltz & attended the Arts Students League in NYC. Her award winning paintings have been exhibited internationally, including the 2010, 12 & 14th International Pastel Artists Invitational in Taipei, Taiwan and the Xian Art Museum, China. As a result, her work is among six International Master Pastelists featured in two text books commissioned by the Taiwanese government. In 2012, Marlene was selected out of 1500 artists as one of 10 Semi-Finalists for the prestigious Basil H. Alkazzi Excellence in Painting Awards. In 2010, Marlene was awarded a residency at Platte Clove through the The Catskill Center for Conservation and Development. Wiedenbaum was a featured artist in the November 2010 issue of Art Times and the December ‘09 issue of American Artist. Her painting, “Downriver from Potown,” was also selected by American Artist Magazine for their 2011 calendar. She teaches pastel classes & plein-air workshops in the Hudson Valley. An award winning Signature Member of the Pastel Society of America, Marlene is also an Active Member of such prestigious arts organizations as the Woodstock Artists Association & Museum, Audubon Artists Org., NAPPAP, NYPAP & LongReachArts. Her work is in private and public collections throughout the country and is represented in the tri-state area.

Sara Pruiksma was born in Albany, New York and remains nearby in the Hudson Valley. She received her MFA from the State University of New York, and graduated with her Bachelors of Fine Arts from Alfred University School of Art and Design, Magna Cum Laude.Her paintings and sculptures have been shown steadily throughout New York since 2003. Her work has been published in the juried exhibition of Studio Visit Magazine, Edition Sixteen. Sara has been awarded numerous artistic honors including several Best in Shows, and a nomination for the Joan Mitchell Foundation Grant in Painting. Many of her works remain in private collections along the east coast, and in NYC.

Sara Co-Founded, Directed, and Curated Davey Jones Gallery in Albany, NY. For two years, while attending graduate school, Pruiksma led a challenging and diverse exhibition series, featuring talent throughout the Northeast.