Drawing and painting all her life, Honey Kurlander has garnered experience in a wide variety of subject matters and styles. She is inspired by what she sees and where she is, so for a while she focused on New York scenes. Ms. Kurlander would visit places throughout the city and sketch them, and then go home and paint. Her work also features a lot of flowers and people. Her preferred mediums are oil and acrylic, and her style encompasses a mixture of impressionism, surrealism, abstraction, and realism.
Over the years, Ms. Kurlander has built a strong reputation for her showings in art exhibitions and juried competitions. Some of her most notable solo exhibitions were at the Kaigado Gallery in Japan, Gallerie Marcel Bernheim in France, and the Frieda Marty Gallery in New York. In recognition of her success and acclaim, her work is represented in the permanent collections of the Dietz Museum in Germany, the C.W. Post College Art Center, Long Island University, Nassau Community College, and Grumbacher, Inc., among others. Further, one of her paintings was selected to be used in a television show, and her achievements have been highlighted in numerous editions of Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in American Education, Who’s Who in the East, Who’s Who in the World, and Who’s Who of American Women.
Marianne Huber has had a long and distinguished career as an art dealer and appraiser. She is presently an expert at Heritage Auctions in Dallas, the world’s largest collectibles auctioneer. Ms. Huber also stands at the head of New World Art Services, a company she founded in 1993 and dedicated to consulting and appraising in the field of tribal art for market advice, donations and insurance. Her particular interests are pre-Columbian art, African art, and Oceanic art, and she has done extensive work in appraising and identifying costumes and textiles.
In preparation for her career, Ms. Huber earned a Bachelor of Arts from Cardinal Stritch College in Milwaukee in 1958, where she studied anthropology and then earned an Associate of Applied Arts, a specialized degree that provided her with extensive artistic training. She also took all the available courses in appraisal preparation at the University of Missouri in Kansas City and pursued Mayan studies at workshops at the University of Texas. She has been garnering experience as an art dealer and consultant for Huber Primitive Art in New York City and Dixon, Ill., since 1963. Prior to her career in the industry, Ms. Huber was a junior high school teacher at the Garside School in Mexico City and a sixth-grade teacher at St. Andrew’s School in Rock Falls, Ill.
With expertise in the fine arts, particularly pastel and oil painting and drawing, Jean Barlow Nunes has spent decades sharing her passions. Her first one-woman show was at the Jenet Gallery in 1965, and her first group show, an invitational pastel drawing at Scripps College, was that same year. Since then, she has exhibited in group shows at Orlando Gallery in Los Angeles, Santa Monica City College, the Living Room Gallery, Bergemot Station T2, the Brentwood Park Group Art Exhibit, the Plaza de la Raza Art Gallery, and Mount Saint Mary’s College.
On the academic side of the spectrum, Ms. Barlow Nunes has been an instructor at Santa Monica City College since 1969. She also served as an instructor in the Extension Division of the University of California, Los Angeles, from 1969 to 1996, as a private art teacher in Los Angeles from 1970 to 1996, an instructor at East L.A. Junior College from 1969 to 1970, and an instructor at Beverly Hills Adult Education in 1969, among others. Her own academic endeavors include a Master of Fine Arts, a Master of Arts, and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of California, Los Angeles, in 1968, 1965, and 1963, respectively.
Renowned for her extraordinary floral and still life paintings, Claudia Seymour is thrilled to have the opportunity to continue exploring her “lifelong fascination with the visual effects of color.” Her preferred mediums are pastel and oil, as she feels they have the best capacity to capture the depth and focus she strives to achieve. At the moment, Ms. Seymour is displaying her work at various annual members’ exhibitions through the Salmagundi Club, although she has participated in more than 200 national and international juried exhibitions in total. Her most recent include the American Women Artists Annual Exhibition in 2018, the Pastel Society of America from 2016 to 2017, and the International Guild of Realism from 2015 to 2017. Some other noteworthy venues are the Gilcrease Museum at the University of Tulsa, the Master Circle Exhibition at the International Association of Pastel Societies, The Kent Art Association, The Pen and Brush, Salon International, and the Pastel Society of the West Coast. Ms. Seymour was also featured in publications like “Great Pastels Profile of 'Red Globes and Apricots’” in Pastel Journal, “Destined to Bloom” in The Artists’ Magazine, “The Setup: Meet Seven Artists Who Arrange Their Own Visions of Loveliness,” in Southwest Art, and “Twelve Artists to Watch in 2012,” by American Artist. She attributes her success and longevity to her consistent emphasis on realism paintings.
To prepare for her career, Ms. Seymour completed coursework at The Art Student League, the Cape School of Art, and the Silvermine School of Art at the Silvermine Arts Center. She also obtained a Master of Arts in English literature at New York University and a Bachelor of Arts in English literature, with honors, at Duke University. Ms. Seymour ensured she remained connected with her peers and professional community through affiliations with the Pastel Painters Society of Cape Cod, the Academic Artists Association, The Artists Fellowship, Audubon Artists, the Connecticut Pastel Society, Inc., and the Hudson Valley Art Association. From 2007 to 2013, she was the president of the Salmagundi Club, and from 2004 to 2007, she was vice president of the organization. She used her experiences to author “Using Objects in Multiple Compositions.”
Art | WRITINg
In Gene K. Garrison’s eyes, one of the biggest thrills in life is getting published. She entered the literary field after moving to Cave Creek, Ariz., to work on the New Dick Van Dyke Show, finding a fascinating bar full of cowboys, and writing an article on it. She sent it to The Arizona Republic, the state's largest newspaper, and they accepted it immediately. This experience really encouraged her writing, and led her to her next position at a magazine called Carefree Enterprise. Ms. Garrison loved that the job gave her the opportunity to interview and meet a wide variety of people. She produced feature articles for the magazine for 20 years, during which time she started freelancing articles and photographs and writing books.
Besides writing, Ms. Garrison is also passionate about art, dating back to her early twenties. She started with drawing and perspective, watercolor, architectural drawing, and ceramics, and then developed into mediums such as painting, life drawing, art history, sculpture, photography, and cinematography. She exhibited her photographic art at Es Posible Gallery and at Imagine Gallery. Ms. Garrison also displayed her work at Desert Artists, Inc., an artist cooperative she founded, between 1983 and 1999. She attributes her success to her mentors, Jason Williamson, A.W.S., a well-known watercolorist, William Ahrendt, an art instructor and artist extraordinaire, and Jan Sitts and Joella Jean Mahoney, both outstanding abstractionists. Ms. Garrison considers her own style to be independent and experimental, and feels that is conveyed through both her writing and her art.
Finance | Art
Driven by her desire to help others, Ruth McKim has traversed a variety of fields in the hope of making a difference. She initially decided to pursue art therapy, first as the director of art therapy at the Kentucky Baptist Hospital and then as the co-director of art therapy at Norton-Children’s Hospitals Inc. and the director of art therapy at NKC Hospitals. She loved the feeling of seeing art make people feel better, but ultimately decided to go in another direction. From 1970 to 1947, Ms. McKim became a tutor at the Kentucky Association for Specific Perceptual-Motor Disability, and in 1976, Ms. McKim became a researcher for Board Aldermen and public relations staff for the Department of Consumer Affairs. She stayed in the latter role until 1978, and then transferred within the organization to become a realtor associate until 1986. At that point, she assumed her last professional position: financial planner at National Life Vermont, which she held until 2004.
Outside of her career, Ms. McKim was very active in her community. She was a volunteer and art donor for PBS, a coordinator of Louisville Food Day, a voter registration canvasser, and a secretary and treasurer for St. Francis in the Fields Episcopal Church. She also participated with the Republican National Committee, the Republican Presidential Task Force, the National Republican Senatorial Committee, and the National Republican Congressional Committee.
Art | Music | Education
A veteran in her field, Kathryn Hull has demonstrated continued excellence in her roles as an independent music teacher and composer, which she’s been since 1949, and as an arts consultant, which she’s been since 1986. She started her journey by earning a Bachelor of Arts from Pasadena City College in 1949 and by becoming a certified piano teacher, and she never looked back. Over the years, she has accrued experience as a teacher of music theory at the College of the Desert, the chief development officer at ArtScope, the executive director of the Glendale Regional Arts Council, the managing director of the Guild Opera Company, and a music teacher for Mount Olive Christian Elementary School. She has also been affiliated with Public Delos Publications, Pacific Finance, and the Stanford Research Institute.
Even when Ms. Hull isn’t working, she is involved with the arts community. She has been the president of Music Teachers of the Desert since 2014, and on the board of directors of Encore! Musical Moments in Salon Settings since 1994. Previously, she was the founder and president of the Coachella Valley Arts Alliance, the commissioner of the La Quinta Cultural Commission, and a member of the board of directors of the La Quinta Open Air Museum, the Pasadena Boys Choir, the Glendale Youth Orchestra, and the Glendale Chamber Orchestra. Other notable roles include fellow of the National League of American Pen Women, president and secretary of the Steinway Society of Riverside County, and vice president of the Music Teachers National Association, among others.
Passionate and dedicated, Catharine Liles has spent her entire life pursuing art. Her uncle was an artist, and some of her fondest childhood memories are painting with him and talking to him about it. This highly influenced her, and although Ms. Liles began her professional journey as a sales coordinator at Burns Brick Company and an office manager at Sides & Pope Architects, she never gave up on her love for art. She ultimately decided she wanted it to be more than just a hobby, and so, in 1971, she set out as a freelance artist in Macon, Ga., using her preferred mediums of water painting and oil painting. Ms. Liles remained in that role until 1982, when she opened Liles & Associates Marketing and Advertising. She continues to serve as the owner and president to this day. To ensure her endeavors succeeded, she earned a Master in Liberal Studies from Mercer University in 1989 and a Bachelor of Fine Arts, magna cum laude, from Wesleyan College in 1979.
When Ms. Liles isn’t working, she is using her experiences to help out in her community. She has been a member of the Georgia Military Affairs Committee in Warner Robins, Ga., since 1990, and was previously the president of the board of directors of the Museum of Arts and Sciences. Additionally, she has held positions like president of the Macon Arts Alliance, member of the Ad-Hoc Majors Committee of the Georgia Council for the Arts, and member of the board of directors of Leadership Macon and the Greater Macon Chamber of Commerce. On the academic side of the spectrum, she served as an adjunct professor in the business department of Wesleyan College In 1988, instructor in the Department of Art at Mercer University in 1983, and member of the board of directors of the University of Georgia and Stratford Academy.
Growing up in Old Lyme, Conn., a 19th century artist colony, Virginia Greenleaf Koch spent much of her childhood observing the influx of talented painters around her. Her interest grew into a strong desire to make her own mark on the field, so in 1941, she set off in pursuit of her dreams. Over the course of the next two decades, she honed her craft with the likes of Ivan Olinsky, Robert Brackman and Gene Davis, and studied at schools like American University and Yale University. She feels her education really pushed her onto the path she followed the rest of her career.
In 1970, Ms. Greenleaf Koch participated in her first solo exhibition, which was at the Studio Gallery in Washington, D.C. She quickly became a show favorite, and earned solo spots at the Haslem Gallery in 1971, The World Bank Group in 1972, the Art League of Northern Virginia and the In Town Gallery in Ohio in 1973, the Main Street Gallery in Boston from 1976 to 1981, and Gallery 124 in 1983, among others. Ms. Greenleaf Koch’s first group show was Newport News from 1971 to 1972, and she swiftly made a name for herself in that circuit as well. She was invited to be part of group shows at the University of Richmond in Virginia in 1972, the University of Northern Virginia in 1973, the University of Maryland and the Corcoran Gallery in 1975, the Parsons Drefyss Gallery from 1976 to 1977, the Phillips Collection in 1989, and the Maritime Museum from 1990 to 1991, steadily making her way through the industry. Her most recent group exhibitions were at the Diane Birdsall Gallery from 2008 to 2014, Pet Connections from 2005 to 2006, and the Cooley Gallery from 2004 to 2006. Her latest solo show was at the Christy Lawrence Gallery in 2003. Notably, some of her pieces are exhibited in the permanent collections of the Department of State in Washington, D.C., as well as in various ambassadors’ residencies and the Lyme Academy of Fine Arts.
Kit Basquin has loved literature and art history for as long as she can remember, and after more than four decades of excellence, she is proud of the mark she made on the field. She started as an assistant director of public relations in Indianapolis, and advanced to become the director of the Washington Gallery in Indiana in 1972. From there, her career really took off; she opened the Kit Basquin Gallery in 1981, became the curator of education at the Haggerty Museum at Marquette University in 1988, and transitioned to the role of director of outreach for the Milwaukee branch of the Wisconsin Humanities Council in 1995. Other notable positions include curator of the Marvin Low Retrospective at the Indiana University Art Museum, grant writer and curator for the Ten Chimney’s Foundation, Inc., marketing and exhibition manager for the William Doyle New York Galleries, research associate and writer for the Brooklyn Museum of Art, and assistant for administration at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. In 2008, Dr. Basquin was promoted to associate for administration in the Department of Drawings and Prints at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and from 2009 to 2010, she served as an independent curator for the Art Gallery at the College of Staten Island. She retired in 2014.
Now, although no longer professionally employed, Dr. Basquin has remained active in her community. She authored “Gaza City” for Narrative Magazine, “Collecting a Life” for Art in Print, and a Letter to the Editor for New York Magazine in 2017, and maintains positions as a member of the alumnae board of the Spence School in New York, the Special Events Committee of the University Club of New York, Master of Voices, and St. Barts Singers. Previously, Dr. Basquin garnered experience as a member of the Collegiate Chorale, an advisory board member of the Gordon Parks Gallery at Metropolitan State University, a guest curator of “Wording the Image” at the Sherman Gallery of the School of Visual Arts at Boston University, the president of the print forum of the Contemporary Art Society at the Milwaukee Art Museum, and as an instructor at Marquette University, among others. She is further credited as the author of the “Biography of Mary Ellen Bute, Fimmaker,” and the Wisconsin Editor of the New Art Examiner from 1980 to 1981.