Claire Gilliam – Life Lines

I began the series Life Lines two or three years ago, after coming into the possession of recent MRI scans of my brain.


I began the series Life Lines two or three years ago, after coming into the possession of recent MRI scans of my brain. The scans, which I spent hours pouring over, both fascinated and horrified me. Even though I’d always known the seriousness of it, I was suddenly confronted with visual evidence of the long ago but significant brain injury I’d sustained as a baby. A large dark mass on the left hemisphere still declaring loudly, after 40 years, my narrow escape. Around the same time, I also experienced a difficult and continuous period of profound familial loss.

Both these episodes left me thinking about the body in a very different way than I had before: I became interested in the biology and physiology of our bodies and the seemingly cruel, capricious way a body can behave, vacillating between strength and fragility. I began to make drawings from the MRIs, at first visually recording the brain itself, to understand how its structure and pathways form to activate the circumstances of the individual being we become. As the series has developed, the imagery has dissolved into abstraction, capturing something more existential. 

Please join me for the opening reception on Saturday, November 2 from 5.00-7.00pm (the Amity Gallery will be open to visitors from 1 pm)

The Gallery is open every weekend from 1.00-4.00 pm.

Shots From Above/Found Paintings

George Haling’s photographs, Discovered Paintings, are unmasked in construction machinery scrap yards, derelict factories, abandoned mining sites and shipyards. Details are isolated and framed out of context. Changing scale, position and perspective forces each subject to loose its recognizable original purpose. Time and space are transformed when an object is pushed from what it once was was to what it clearly wants to be.Haling is interested in transforming the ordinary, by selection and framing, into the extraordinary.

Garret Talbot is an ironworker who likes to take photos sometimes.

Artist’s Reception: Saturday, November 5, 2016, from 5 to 7 PM

Amity Gallery on WTBQ Radio


The gallery was featured on Warwick, NY’s local radio station WTBQ’s The Chamber Show hosted by Michael Johndrow.  Listen in HERE.

The show discusses local community events, activities, and businesses.  Listeners can tune in to The Chamber Show, Mondays at 12:30 on WTBQ 93.5 FM/1110 AM or online.



The Alternative Worlds of James Antonie

Saturdays and Sundays, Noon to 4 for the month of August                                                        Artist’s reception: Saturday, August 6 from 5 to 7 PM

The art of James Antonie is unique and intriguing. “My work as an artist involves the investigation and issues of scale in art and science. I am interested in what constitutes and composes the big, the small and the relativity of size. I compare value and belief systems, priorities, greatness and insignificance, by researching the human archetypes and universals.”

James was born in Two Rivers, Wisconsin.  In 1964 he was awarded a full tuition scholarship from Scholastic Magazine to the Layton School of Art and Design in Milwaukee, Wisconsin where he graduated with a BFA.    In 1968 he received a fellowship from the Whitney Museum’s Independent Study Program.   He received a Masters in Fine Art Degree from the University of Illinois and stayed on as a faculty member in the of the Art & Architecture Program where he taught for one year.   He became a Professor of Painting & Drawing at Arizona State University and Director of the Harry Wood Art Gallery.   He was awarded a Sabbatical Research Grant called The Artist and Ecology, which was an interaction between Scientists and Artists.  James was the co-founder of the Inter-Media Department at ASU, the first multi-disciplinary art program in the US.

Contact: Pat – 845-258-0818

The Art of Donna Haley: Distillations

Haley's Amity Poster_v5


Donna Haley has been painting her entire life. Her formal training began at The Art Students League in New York with Robert Beverly Hale (Anatomy), Gustav Rehberger (Classical Drawing), Richard Goetz (Still Life) and Peter Cox  (the Figure), as well as John Philip Osborne (Landscape).  Experimenting with watercolor master, Paul Ching Bor, in New York, Donna’s life as a painter has come full circle — starting with watercolor and now returning to the medium with new vision and techniques.

Ms. Haley is a member of the American Watercolor Society, and a three time award-winning artist in the Phyllis Harriman Mason Gallery in New York. She is a member of theartbeat345nyc and exhibited there throughout 2015/16. Her work has been seen at the Ridgewood Art Association as well as solo shows in Warwick, NY. Ms. Haley was recently welcomed to the Board of the Hudson Valley Art Association where her painting, Sipi Falls, Uganda, was featured in their 83rd annual show at the Salmagundi Club in New York. Donna’s paintings are in private collections in the U.S. and Canada, and can be seen at the Avenue Gallery in Connecticut.

Artist Statement

Art for me is an exploration of what moves, delights or startles me. My paintings attempt to reach into the emotional core of nature’s moments — whether it be dawn in New York, a sunset in Africa or someone we know or wish to know.

My process is to allow the painting to emerge from the surprising play between water, color, light, and the weight and pull of darkness — the fluidity of the moment in remembrance.  It is my hope that the viewer is moved as well by a new yet familiar feeling.

Contact:  Pat 845-258-0818