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 artist member and Art Committee Chair of the Salmagundi Club, a Signature Member and Member of the Executive Board for the Pastel Society of America, an Elected Artist Member of Audubon Artists and the American Artists Professional League, and a Signature Member of the Pastel Society of the West Coast.
Karene is a docent for school programs at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Rebecca Rosenheck, 1st VP Annual Exhibition Co-Chair
Rebecca Rosenheck is an award-winning artist that paints from life and tries to capture the light. Working primarily in pastel and oil, Rebecca paints the luminous colors she sees, which can’t be discerned from photographs. Rebecca is an associate member of Pastel Society of America and a signature member of Pastel Society of New Jersey. For CLWAC, Rebecca held the position of Co-chair of the Annual Open Exhibition in 2022. Rebecca holds a degree in Chemical Engineering from Lafayette College. Her engineering background informs and enhances the drawing and spacial ability seen in her paintings. She has studied pastel painting with Catherine Kinkade, PSA at the Montclair Art Museum and she has studied oil painting with Rebecca Jean Leer, OPA at the Ridgewood Art Institute.
Terry Hartley, Treasurer
Terry Hartley is an artist working in oil, pastel, charcoal and printmaking. Terry graduated as an RN from Kings County School of Nursing, Brooklyn, NY and worked for many years as an oncology nurse. During that time she also earned a BA and an MA in English and Women’s Studies from Ohio State University. Her love of art led her to studies in the art department of Ohio State University and at the Columbus School of Art and Design. After retiring from nursing, Terry was able to devote full time to her passion for making art. Terry’s art education included a three year atelier experience with Jesus Villarreal, a young artist trained in the classical techniques of the Florence Academy. His mentorship along with workshops with accomplished artists like Jeff Hein, Michelle Dunaway, Rose Frantzen, Tim Rees and Laurel Boeck, have enabled Terry to both hone in on her main area of interest, portraiture and figure work, and to reach a level of experience and skill evident in her work, her professional art associations, and awards received in the many shows she’s entered over the years. Terry is a juried artist member of Salmagundi Art Club, a juried Member of the Pastel Society of America, an associate Member of the Connecticut Pastel Society, an associate Member of the Portrait Society of America, and a juried Member of CLWAC. Website: Terryhartleystudio.com
Open Membership Chair
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.
Maryann Burton, Recording Secretary and Benefit Chair
Originally from Jersey City, NJ, Maryann attended the Newark School of Fine and Industrial Art. Her professional career includes Ziff Davis Publications, Park Avenue, New York, in the Advertising Dept. She founded MBurtonArt Studio & Gallery in Moonachie, NJ, where she teaches her own Watercolor classes, and hosts other artist’s workshops. She also teaches workshops via Zoom and Plein aire. A volunteer with the Valley Hospital Auxiliary’s Art Committee, she has attained signature status in the Hudson Valley Art Association, The North East Watercolor Society, New Jersey Water Color Society (served as board member), is an elected member of The Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club (board member), a fellow with The American Artists Professional League, and The Pennsylvania Watercolor Society. Maryann’s paintings have won awards in various art venues and hanging corporate and private collections worldwide.
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.