Date: August 1-September 22, 2017
Time: August 1-September 22 at 9 Vassar Street

Liliana Washburn’s Paintings

Born in Brazil and living in New York, Liliana Washburn’s paintings are intuitive and surrealistic evoking in the viewer a sense of mystery and fantasy. Through a collection of works she calls: “Human Nature” she invites the viewer to a journey into the subconscious mind. For five years she owned and operated The Pawling Printery a print shop in the Village of Pawling in New York. That experience gave her the knowledge of commercial print and graphic design leading her to acquire a Bachelor of Science in Visual Arts. In 2007, she received a scholarship from Vassar Collage: Exploring Vassar Transfer. In 2012, she graduated from SUNY New Paltz being awarded the “Summa Cum Laude” Latin Honors. In 2016, she attended her first residency in Poland. She is the holder of 2016 Pawling Public Radio Award Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally. and it is part of several private collections, Her early artistic expression consisted of: building kites she flew in kite competitions, create cake design decorations and cloth flower arrangements. She also worked as a trade fair coordinator for Reliance America in Brazil. There, she received a BA in Licentiate in Letters and a BS in Computer Science. She has visited several countries including: Egypt, Spain, Austria, and France among others. She likes to be called “Lili” her nickname since childhood. She is a resident of Holmes, New York where she lives near a lake with her husband of fifteen years.


Artist Statement

My desire is to bring beauty and happiness into people’s life.

Art is therapeutic. It has the power of healing the most profound wounds and promoting insight. Through colorful water-media, I express my deepest emotions.

I paint because it makes me feel happy. It is my hope that when you look at my work, we can share that moment of happiness.

Date: Sept. 5 through Oct. 19th, 2017
Time: TBA

Karen Gersch for the #12 Vassar St Gallery exhibition

Karen Gersch for the #12 Vassar St Gallery exhibition forSept. 5 through Oct. 19th


DUAL EXHIBITION at Cunneen-Hackett

by Karen E. Gersch

Sept. 5 through Oct. 19th, 2017

“Ruins of War”

Sadly, the connective tissue of war – ANY war = or act of terrorism, genocide,

conscious violence against a culture, a community, an ethnicity; still prevails and still

shatters us on a daily basis. The obliteration of and damage to lives and families, whole

neighborhoods and races, creates pain, destruction and unfathomable loss. The world orbits

in ignited fury.

Global leaders cannot or do not seek intervention, curative actions, pragmatic

solutions. The wounded and slain have no voices and little means of recovery, let alone

restitution. I have no answers. No blueprints for healing or stopping the evil that causes one

society to assault another. I can only offer portraits of wounded lives and the smoldering

aftermath. An insight into what remains when the smoke and ashes of fallen cities, lands

and people, dissipate.

If only, as John Lennon sang, we could “give peace a chance”.

Karen E. Gersch



DUAL EXHIBITION at Cunneen-Hackett

by Karen E. Gersch

Sept. 5 through Oct. 19th, 2017

“Circus Lives”

There are people who liken circus to chaos and pandemonium. One often hears – in

instances of frenetic activity – that a situation is “just like a circus”. It’s really an unfair

reference. Circus is the most precise and orderly world I know.

Having traveled with, performed in and chronicled – through sketches and paint – the

lives and spirits of its denizens for forty years, I can attest that circus artists and their acts

are as finely tuned, disciplined and practiced as any surgical, engineering or military

endeavor. Even better, circus is a universal art form. There are no barriers to appreciating

its beauty and mystique; neither age, language, ethnicity nor religion.

I recall an old episode of the Mod Squad, whose closing line still haunts me: “Men go

to the moon and wonder. Children go to the circus and understand”.

Welcome to my favorite place – the round world – where flight, risk and comedy

pirouette. From the back lot to the center ring, it’s an empire full of visual heroism and

grace. While its artists possess a vitality that seems superhuman, their movements and skills

appear effortless.

In the early 80’s, I toured southern France with a small, one-ring tented show. My

moonlit portraits of that “sleeping circus” depict a life that seems to hover in mist, gentle as

dreams. But the quietude outside the tent always struck me in contrast to the fiery energy

within. Between sequins and sawdust, there always swings a visual impact of color, line and

light. From the communion of acrobats midway in flight to the complex simplicity of

clowns. From the moment before an aerialist descends to the jubilant balance of dancers on


It is this suspense and magic I strive to capture. To depict not just the craft, but to

invoke the power and passion that makes circus such a vital entity. Any circus, well presented,

will lift its audience out of their seats and into its charged air. I hope that these

artworks will do the same.

Karen E. Gersch


Date: September 25, 2017 - December 2017
Time: Artist Reception date to meet the artist is Saturday October 28th at 5:00 pm

Michael Anzalone’s art exhibit on the Gallery page for 9 Vassar Street: Michael Anzalone will be displaying his beautiful artwork in the hall gallery at Cunneen-Hackett Arts Center located at 9 Vassar Street. Among Michael’s many talents, he works in the wardrobe department at Saturday Night Live. His showing will be up September 25 through December. Artist Reception date to meet the artist is Saturday October 28th at 5:00 pm! All art sales benefit the artist and Cunneen-Hackett Arts Center.