Meet the Artists of Washington County, New York

Open studios of washington county

Friday July 19 - sunday july 21, 2019

11am to 5pm Fri, 10am to 5pm Sat & Sun

Sixth showcase expands to four days and features 20 artists

GREENWICH, N.Y., February 8, 2017 — Open Studios of Washington County, an admission-free biennial event featuring the artwork of regional artists in their working environments, announces the 2017 tour dates are Thursday through Sunday, July 13, 14, 15 and 16. Seven new artists join 13 returning artists to make the 2017 tour the largest, most diverse yet. Works range a across a range of mediums, including painting, photography, ceramics, sculpture and fine furniture.

New artists exhibiting as part of the 2017 tour include:

Gigi Begin – The animals, vegetables and botanicals Gigi Begin paints are filled with detail and realism, reflecting a stylized version that represents the essence of her subject. She honed her artistic skills in New York City, working a decade in the fast-paced fashion industry, but now prefers to imbue her sense of humor and optimism in sketches of the living world. She lives and works in Cambridge with her husband and business partner John Begin.

John Begin – John Begin’s studio serves as a laboratory for experimentation in wood, metal, glass and other materials. Here, culling from his three decades of experience in fine carpentry and woodworking, he explores combining elements of the natural world with elements found in industry. His goal is to create beautifully-crafted one-of-a kind pieces which evoke a desire to interact with the work on both a cognitive and physical level. John lives and works in Cambridge with his wife and business partner Gigi Begin.

Barbara Harshman – Harshman has been painting since the age of six, and she works in paintings in oil on canvas, wood or paper; watercolor on paper; and pastel on paper or board. She uses her relationship with her art to maintain each individual piece’s static integrity while injecting her own transformative style. Her studio is located in Greenwich.

Jacob Houston – Twenty-four-year-old Houston always knew he wanted to be an artist, ever since the fifth grade when he made his first commission. Houston works in acrylic paintings of the local countryside as well as distant cityscapes. He also enjoys re-creating architectural styles. He is based in Greenwich.

Mitch Liner – Having worked and lived in every corner of New York state, Liner has returned to his home region to focus on painting after 40 years of working with people with developmental disabilities. His keen eye for color and form allowed him to self-teach in painting, which has led him to start a second career of sorts in designing and producing floor cloths in acrylic on canvas. He also works in acrylic on wood.

Elana Mark – Mark has absorbed images and scenery from her lifetime in both Israel and the U.S. Painting in watercolor or oil and drawing in pencil have allowed her to create her own memory books of reminders of the places and things she has experienced in her travels. She has been drawing and painting since she was old enough to move a pencil across a page. Her studio is located in Cambridge.

Anne Sutherland – Sutherland lets her intuition guide her in painting places and things. In her 44 years of painting, her pieces have continued to oscillate away from realism and more toward abstraction. In her quest to truly capture the essence of a place, Sutherland lets intuition take hold over composition to guide her in decision-making around color and shape. Her studio is in Greenwich.

In addition to the seven new artists, returning artists include Ian Creitz, Leslie Ferst, Anne Fitzgibbons, Karen Koziol, Stephen Lack, Jeri MacDonald, Leah McCloskey, Leslie Parke, Leslie Peck, Gyula Varosy, Hannie Eisma Varosy, Regina Wickham, and Don Wynn.

“This year’s Open Studios will be our largest exhibition of local artists yet, and it is a great opportunity for people to discover the often-overlooked talent and diversity of our regional artists,” said Sue Sanderson, organizer, Open Studios of Washington County. “We’re also excited to be expanding the tour to four days. Many of our artists are nationally and internationally acclaimed, with works in respected museums and the homes of private collectors. The additional days will allow participants to spend more time with a broader range of our artists—and more time to experience different aspects of Washington County’s cultural richness.”

All exhibited work will be available for purchase at the studios. All proceeds go directly to the artists. Each participating artist will open their studio or home from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. during event dates.

Open Studios is also excited to announce the launch of their new website, The website features details about the tour, artist profiles, and artist news and updates.

About Open Studios of Washington County

Open Studios of Washington County is a juried biennial event showcasing professional fine artists and their studios. The showcase was established in 2005 by artists Serena Kovalosky and Brenda McMahon. Five successful tours beginning in 2007 have brought thousands of visitors to local studios and generated significant revenue for the artists. Limiting participation in the Tour to no more than 20 artists is designed to maximize the exposure of each outstanding artist to the public while affording the opportunity for true connections to be accomplished between the artists and Tour participants. For more information, visit the Open Studios website at