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 of the Salmagundi Club, a Signature Member and Member of the 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.
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.
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
Anne Kullaf, Membership Chair and Western US Liaison
Anne Kullaf is a professional fine artist with over 25 years of experience. Her large format, custom oil paintings of the Western landscape capture the colors and textures of the Rocky Mountains. Formally trained in graphic design and painting, she is a summa cum laude graduate of the University of Bridgeport. Anne has had a highly diverse career as a designer, entrepreneur and visual artist.
She is a former Bryant Park, NYC painter-in-residence, and Metropolitan Museum of Art Copyist Program artist who has taught drawing and painting workshops at Princeton University Art Museum, Edward Hopper House, and conducted Plein air painting workshops throughout the US, Canada, France and Italy.
Anne has been a CLWAC signature member since 2007 and is also a full member of the Salmagundi Club of NY.
Her work is in private collections throughout the US and Europe
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.