a national organization to show and promote works by professional women artists founded in 1896
Karene Infranco, President
Karene Infranco is an artist working in pastel, oil, and printmaking. She earned a BS in Biology and Chemistry from the State University of NY at Albany in 1985. Karene’s art education includes coursework at the prestigious Brooklyn Museum Art School, the New School at Parsons, the School of the Museum of Fine Art Boston, the Yard School of Art in Montclair NJ, Visual Art Center in Summit NJ, the Pastel Society of America and the School of Visual Art in New York.
Karene is a juried member of the Salmagundi Club, an associate member and advisory board member of the Pastel Society of America, a juried artist member and President of the Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club, an Elected Artist Member of the American Artists Professional League, and Regional Representative of the Pastel Society of the West Coast.
Karene is also a docent for school programs at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Holly Meeker Rom, VP Annual Exhibition Co-Chair
Holly Meeker Rom is fascinated by the visual world around her. Her subjects have ranged from gardens, to architecture, nature close-ups to scenes where she has lived or travelled to whales and portraits of people. She paints outdoors primarily, but in her studio as well, in a style that is both contemporary and representational. It is a lyrical vision, alive with rhythm and color and drawn with precision.
Rom earned a BA from Mills College in 1971. She was an exchange student at the Rhode Island School of Design for two winter sessions in 1970 and 1971. She has an MFA from American University in painting in 1986, and an MA in Art Education from California State University Sacramento, as well as a teaching certificate from the University of Utah. She has taught drawing, color, basic design and watercolor and has been a volunteer guide in museum education at the Metropolitan Museum of Art for 17 years. She has exhibited nationally and won many awards. In 2015 she had a solo exhibit at The NIH Clinical Center Galleries in Bethesda, MD and the same show on Climate Change travelled to the NYU Langone Medical Center. Her artwork is in the collections of Hillary Rodham Clinton, Lawrence Hospital in Bronxville, NY, The Osborn in Rye, NY and NYU Langone Dept. of Medicine.
Dana DiMuro, Treasurer - Operations
Born and raised in the Bronx, NY my early art career was focused mainly in graphic design and advertising. I lived in NY, Paris, and London throughout the 80s working for various ad agencies. Eventually settling in Hoboken, I worked for many years as a freelance art director for companies such as Bloomingdales and Macys. After starting a family and moving to the suburbs in the mid 90s, I decided to revisit my first love, painting. I took many classes and workshops at institutions such as National Academy of Design and The Art Students League but it was not until I was 54 years old that I applied to the Florence Academy of Art for the classical training that I so desired. The program was three years of rigorous traditional atelier training. Since leaving I have participated in many solo and group shows and formed affiliations with artist organizations including the Portrait Society of America and Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club.
Looking past the obvious, close observation and engagement of the subject are a large part of my painting process. One of my goals is to inspire those who see my work to look more carefully at the world around them, to discover beauty in nature, to be drawn towards pictures which find meaning, beauty, and poetry in the everyday. This with a love of drawing and a keen desire to explore the effects of light has formed my passion for painting.
Joyce Zeller, Treasuer - Fund Raising & Vanguard, Past President and Permanent Advisor
During her early years, Joyce studied at The Fashion Institute of Technology and later taught a course in entrepreneurship there. While teaching, she opened up a clothing and shoe boutique in New Jersey and New York. This occupied her for many years. After selling her business so that she could develop as an artist, her first love, she studied at The National Academy of Design, The Art Students League, The New York Academy School and with artists she admired. Portraits became Joyce’s specialty. She has been commissioned to paint the official portraits of many Federal and State Supreme Court Judges, and other professionals. Her portrait of the 81st U.S. Attorney General Michael Mukasey is hanging in the Justice Department in Washington, D.C. Apart from her many professional portraits, other commissions include those of families, children and pets. She works in oil, pastel, graphite and charcoal.
Joyce served as CLWAC’s president from 2006 – 2009. During her term she focused on strengthening the Club’s public image. She was the driving force behind the publication of “The Chronicle,” a richly illustrated narrative of CLWAC’s first one hundred and twenty years. She continues to be an enthusiastic advocate and publicist for the organization. She also established an annual scholarship at The Arts Students League for promising female artists.
Joyce has had a solo exhibit and has also been accepted into many juried exhibitions in the NY metropolitan area. Many awards have come her way, including ones from The Salmagundi Club, The Greenwich Art Club, the coveted Horse head award from CLWAC for Best in Show and The Creative Hands Award. She sits on the board of The Artists’ Fellowship and is a member of The Portrait Society of America, The Connecticut Society of Portrait Artists and Allied Artists of America. She is also an associate member of The Pastel Society and a permanent advisor to CLWAC. She was the CLWAC Honored Member for 2017.
Jeanette Koumjian, Recording Secretary
Jeanette has served under ten CLWAC Presidents, as Catalog, Slide, Prospectus Chairs and now as Recording Secretary. She has been called the Club’s “Wordsmith,” helping to edit and proof assorted documents, from the By-Laws to A Chronicle – The Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club, a published history. Her service to the Club earned her the Creative Hands Award in 2004. A decade later she was named Honored Member.
After a more than thirty-year career in advertising design and communications, Jeanette turned to fine art. Rigorous study under Francis Cunningham developed sound technique to serve her creative aspirations. It was during this time that she assisted Cunningham and sculptor Barney Hodes to found the Brooklyn School of Life Drawing, Painting and Sculpture which later merged with The New York Academy of Art.
Three-months-long Residency Grants took Jeanette to New Mexico where she explored Santa Fe, World Heritage Sites in Taos Pueblo and Carlsbad Caverns. Works created during these periods were presented in Inspiration Near & Far at Mill Fine Art Gallery on Canyon Road. Closer to home the National Historical Landmark, Green-Wood Cemetery, and Red Hook, a rapidly changing industrial waterfront, have both inspired her. These paintings reveal both the graphic and intensely emotional impact of places where nature and we meet.
Jeanette’s work has also been featured in Eye of the Beholder, a one-person exhibition at the Armenian Library and Museum of America ; Art in the Yard hosted and curated by The Norman Rockwell Museum; Exhibition of Works on Paper at The Berkshire Museum; and Artists on the Move, an exhibition marking the centennial of Van Gogh’s death, at the Salle Polyvalente in Auvers-sur-Oise.
She has won many awards for her paintings and graphite drawings, including the Horse’s Head Trophy, the Medal of Honor for her drawing “Pick of the Crop II” and the Leila Gardin Sawyer Award from the CLWAC. “Common Threads Unite Us’ received Honorable Mention in The Artist’s Magazine National Competition and “Cabin – Ghost Ranch” won the Allied Artists of America Silver Medal of Honor.
Jeanette has served as an Instructor at Pratt Institute where she earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree and is sought after for private instruction. Her works are in corporate and private collections nationwide.
Terry Kessler Schwarz, Corresponding Secretary & Calligraphy & Awards Certificates
Terry Kessler Schwarz is a painter, calligrapher, illustrator and teacher. Her work has appeared in various publications including The New York Times, House Beautiful Magazine, Gannett Newspapers, Restaurant Business Magazine, and Westchester Magazine. Terry received her BFA from Syracuse University and MFA in Printmaking/Painting from Tufts University, School of the Museum of Fine Arts. Additionally, she trained at the Tyler School of Art, Temple University, Rome, Italy, the Parsons School of Design, Dillington College, Ilminster, England, The National Academy of Design, Society of Scribes and Bullseye Glass Resource Center.
She received an assistant professor certificate in Ikenobo, a form of Japanese floral arranging and has shown her creations at the Japanese wing of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Her paintings, drawings and photographs have been exhibited in galleries in Westchester and New York City.
Terry has taught art on the college, high school, middle school and elementary school levels. For many years, she has led workshops in public and private schools, psychiatric outpatient clinics, and community service organizations.
She is an artist member of Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club, Katonah Museum of Art, Society of Scribes, Arts Westchester and Scarsdale Art Association.
Alexandra Martin, Membership Chair
Alexandra Martin, originally from Pittsburgh, PA, attended the University of Pennsylvania and Columbia University and has also lived in NYC, California, the Jersey Shore and now Worcester, MA. Alexandra raised her family in California where she was a successful Real Estate broker. She only became interested in studying art in her 50s and studied sculpture at the National Academy of Design in NYC. An elected member of the Salmagundi Club, Pen and Brush Society, Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club, American Artists Professional League, Audubon Artists, and The Guild of Creative Art in Shrewsbury, Alexandra currently serves on the Board of the BAC in Belmar, NJ as well as on the Board of the Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club in NYC.