Exhibiting Artists whose last name begins with S through Z

Biographies & Galleries

Below are the brief biographies & galleries of Exhibiting Artists. These are artists whose work has been judged by a committee of their peers and found to represent outstanding excellence and artistic value.

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Michael Scherfen - Watercolor

     He was born in Portland, Oregon and grew up in San Francisco. He graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from the Art Center College of Design, Los Angeles, CA. He is a 27 year veteran Advertising Art Director, NYC.  He retired and started painting in 2008, studying under the renowned watercolor artist Donald Voorhees, AWAS, NJWS. His paintings range from portraits to landscapes and seascapes.
   - Audubon Artists 68th Annual Exhibition, Salmagundi Club, NYC
   - The 2010 Middletown Township Cultural & Arts Council Juried Exhibition
   - Garden State Watercolor Society 41st Annual Juried Exhibition
   - NJWCS 68th Annual Open Juried Exhibition, GSWS 41st Annual Juried Exhibition
   - Art Alliance of Monmouth County 24th Annual State-Wide Juried Exhibition
   - The 2010 Bayonet Farm Arts & Music Festival Juried Art Exhibition
   - Guild Of Creative Art 18th Annual Open Juried Show
   - NJWCS Associate Exhibit, Morris County Library

Elizabeth Schippert - Oil and Watercolor

     Her works in several media: drawing, painting, collage, pochoir, and lithography and intaglio printmaking. Her preferred subjects emphasize the essential structure of a thing, a place, figure, or concept; often she employs imagination to distill interactions of form, value, and color in a succinct and meaningful composition. Lizzi also does illustrations and accepts commissions.
     After studying art and biology at Emmanuel College in Boston, Lizzi went on to study at the Instituto Allende in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico; at the School of the Museum of Fine Art, Boston; and the Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore. She focused on classical techniques in printmaking, figure and portrait drawing and painting, Japanese and Chinese calligraphy, to mention some disciplines. She developed a unique printmaking technique out of the classic hand-coloring medium, pochoir, which utilizes stencils and airbrush. This technique is included in the 1990 edition of the Secrets of Buying Art, by Wenniger and Wenniger, Betterway Press.
     A professional artist since 1973, Lizzi has exhibited her work in over 35 solo exhibitions nationwide, in Sweden, Japan, and the Caribbean, with five shows in Manhattan. An award-winning artist in several media, Lizzi has exhibited in group and invitational events stretching from Hawaii to Sweden. These venues range from a solo invitational billboard in Columbus, Ohio, to Art Expo in New York. Her work is held in museum and public venues in Sweden and in many public, corporate, and private collections nationally and internationally.
     Lizzi has taught self-portraiture at the Teen Arts Festival, Brookdale Community College, sponsored by MCAC, in March 2007. In 1993, Lizzi and her husband, artist Sven Widen, established Open Your Eyes to provide art instruction and international art workshops. As a teaching team, Lizzi and Sven have offered art instruction and inspiration in Red Bank since 1995 and regularly hold Plein Air workshops in New Jersey during the warm months. Together, they have led travel art workshops in Maine; Monhegan Island, ME; Vermont; Florida; France; and Japan. In September 2007, they led cultural and art trips to Classic Florence and Venice, and in spring 2008, a Cherry Blossom Tour to Japan, both sponsored by Classic Travel, Inc. (including Michelangelo Tours of Italy) of Oakhurst, NJ.
New Jersey Watercolor Society, juried member
   - Ocean County Artists Guild, Island Heights, NJ, instructor and member
   - Art Alliance, Red Bank, NJ, instructor and member
   - Guild of Creative Art, Shrewsbury, NJ, instructor and exhibiting member
   - Arts Partner as Open Your Eyes with the Monmouth County Art Council, Red Bank, NJ

Traci Sellers - Pastel

     She is a mother, teacher, and artist. After attaining a degree in Mathematics from Stockton College, she became a math and computer science teacher. She spends her free time enjoying life with her family and creating her artwork whenever she can.
     Throughout her childhood she enjoyed drawing and painting. As an adult, she discovered her current and favorite medium, pastel.
     Traci draws inspiration from serine places in nature as well as her Japanese heritage. When planning a new piece, she looks for a subject that she would enjoy looking at again and again. She hopes that others enjoy viewing her work as much as she enjoys creating it.

MaryLou Shipman - Watercolor

     She lives in the historic shore town of Ocean Grove, NJ. She owns a 2 family home which she shares with her sister, niece and several cats. Her practice with watercolor started as a child and eventually led her to art school.
     In 1987, she received a BFA in illustration from Moore College of Art and Design in Philadelphia. Her love for the medium was nurtured through Moore’s teachings of Chinese watercolor and traditional realism. As an illustration major, MaryLou landed an internship with the Philadelphia Zoo Graphic Art Department.
     Since graduating from Moore, she has worked as a freelance illustrator while keeping full time positions in advertising, graphic design and technical publications. Not only has her work been published in Victoria and New Jersey Monthly magazines, her illustrations have been seen on the labels of Sorrell Ridge Preserves as well as other name-brand products. She also had the pleasure of designing menus for TropWorld and Foxwoods Resort Casinos.
     In 1994, MaryLou had her own one woman exhibit entitled "Victorian Watercolors" at The Guild of Creative Art in Shrewsbury, N.J. She has also exhibited and sold her work through the Goldie Paley Gallery in Philadelphia as well as several galleries throughout N.J. For over 17 years, her custom designed artwork and murals were commissioned through Kidegories, a specialty children’s furniture and gift boutique in Shrewsbury until the store's closing in January of 2016. Presently, MaryLou continues to enjoy painting, exhibiting, and designing artwork on a personal as well as freelance basis.
     Elected member of The NJ Watercolor Society
   • Canterbury Art Show, Rumson, NJ “ Honorable Mention” 2001
   • N.J. Watercolor Society, Middletown, NJ "The Ridgewood Art Institute Award" 2012
   • 2nd Annual Jersey Shore Art Show, Belmar, NJ "Best in Show" 2006
   • Graphics 4, Philadelphia, PA “Honorable Mention” 1987

Peter Smejkal - Photography

     A native of Prague, he lived in Munich and New York City before moving to Monmouth County in 1982, and since then has enjoyed the shore’s wealth of cultural, educational and recreational opportunities.
     After a 30+ years business career in downtown Manhattan, Peter returned to school for a Digital Imaging and Photography professional certification at New York University’s Center for Design, Digital Arts, and Film. His graduation project was a self-published photo book “Empty Sky No More,” and his photography was profiled at NYU’s Literary Arts and Visual Festival in 2013.
     Currently, Peter chairs the Nikon Users Group of the Monmouth Camera Club in Colts Neck, NJ, where he is a salon member. He received awards in both the 2016 and 2017 EyeSights Open Juried Photography Show at the Guild of Creative Art, where he is an Exhibiting Member. He also exhibited and is a member of the Belmar Arts Council.
     Peter loves photographing cityscapes to capture their shapes, colors, textures, and patterns, and the contrast between new and old, especially in New York City—a perfect venue for urban photography with its dense network of buildings, designed by the world’s best architects to reach ever higher into the sky. “I love pointing my camera up and capturing the light of the sky reflecting off such iconic buildings. My images are difficult to compose—given the extreme vertical scale—and difficult to expose—given the harsh contrast of bright and dark light. Overcoming these challenges to capture the bold and proud spirit of the city gives me tremendous satisfaction,” says Peter.

Ilene Smith - Oil

     She paints in a representational style that reflects her personal vision of an idyllic world where serenity, beauty, and harmony merge with the history of art to created a visual symbolic language of refuge in today’s often chaotic world.
     Ilene has been in numerous shows across the United States, including exhibits in California, Michigan, Illinois, and Missouri.
     She accepts commission work and home portrait commissions.

Yelena Snovsky - Oil

     Yelena Snovsky is a nationally recognized award winning artist. Her work has been juried into events around the country, including the Oil Painters of America 21st National Juried Exhibition of Traditional Oils, American Artists Profession League Grand National Exhibition as well as National Invitational Plein Air Events, such as "Easels at Fredericks", "Paint Annapolis" and others. Her work received numerous awards and publications, including recent second prize from the Salmagundi Club in Manhattan, Caivano Memorial Award from the Guild of Creative Art, publication in the book “ 100 painters of Mid-Atlantic “, “2012 Mountain Plein Air calendar” and others.
      Yelena worked as a technical illustrator after graduating university with degrees in engineering and graphic art. She also worked as an advertising illustrator for many years, creating images for various local businesses throughout the New Jersey area. Yelena enjoys painting in oil on canvas. Her art work includes landscapes, seascapes, still life and portraits. Yelena is especially interested in plein air painting and the idea of sharing her instant impression of the moment, in the moment. Most of her landscapes are painted entirely outdoors, in natural light.

Diane Steinmetz - Oil

     She received her BA and MS degrees from City University of New York and her ED.D from Nova Southeastern University.
     In undergraduate school, Diane’s art classes included painting, intaglio graphics, photography, wood sculpture and art history classes. Throughout the past twenty plus years, she has taken classes through the Monmouth County Park System with Grace Graupe Pillard and also enjoyed painting classes with nationally known artists at workshops offered in New Jersey, Pennsylvania and New York. These experiences have broadened her knowledge of many varied and interesting painting techniques and styles.
     She enjoys painting the roses in her large rose garden as well as portraits, landscapes, still life and really anything that she is attracted to for its uniqueness or inherent beauty. With each painting she produces, she further realizes the important role of natural light. Light is what creates the contour and depth of her painting subjects—the “ah” feeling that causes her to go to her easel. As an artist, Diane hopes that viewers of her work will get that “ah” feeling too.
     She has always been fortunate to receive accolades for her paintings from family members and friends. Their encouragement prompted her to have two one woman shows in which she sold several paintings. One was held in 2012 and the other in 2014—both at the Monmouth Beach Cultural Center. She has also exhibited in several local shows sponsored through the Art Society of Monmouth County. She is proud to say that pieces of her work were selected to be in the Monmouth Museum and Monmouth County Arts Council 31st Art Show in 2010 and again in the 2015 Monmouth Museum Members Miniature Show: Big Art in Small Packages. She is extremely proud of having been selected as an Exhibiting Member of the Guild of Creative Art in 2014.

Robert J. Stetz - Watercolor

     He is a New Jersey artist whose primary media is watercolor. His subjects  aim to capture the simple nature of everyday life and characters observed during his travels in the United States and abroad. Although his formal education & career was in engineering, he is primarily a self-taught artist, and has studied with several New Jersey artists including Santo Pezzutti  and the late Pat Lafferty. Bob has received several awards & exhibited throughout New Jersey , performed commissioned portrait work for a number of families and clients, and completed commercial illustrations for technical publications. He is an Exhibiting Artist at the Guild of  Creative Art , and a member of the Manasquan River Group of Artists, Belmar Arts Council, Art Alliance of Monmouth County, and the New Jersey Watercolor Society.
   - New Jersey Watercolor Society- Associate Member Annual Show- Award of Excellence – 2008 and 2012.
   - Belmar Arts Council – “Painters Works” Juried Show -2nd Place – Watercolor.
   - Art in the Park – Long Branch – 3rd Place –Overall Show.
   - Croydon Hall -  Middletown Art Show- 1st Place- Watercolor.
   - Monmouth Festival of the Arts - Annual Juried Show.
   - Art Alliance of Monmouth County - Annual Juried Show.
   - The Rotunda of Metuchen -  Featured Exhibitor.
   - Monmouth Beach Cultural Center - Solo Exhibit.
   - Jay Ross Memorial Library/SeaBright - Solo Exhibit.
   - Eatontown Public Library - Solo Exhibit.
   - Oceanic Free Library - Exhibitor.
   - Monmouth County library-Wall Township -Exhibitor.
Commissioned Portraits/Paintings
References are available on request.
   - New Jersey Watercolor Society
   - Manasquan River Group of Artists
   - Belmar Arts Council
   - Art Alliance of Monmouth County
   - Guild of Creative Art-Exhibiting Member

Cecilia Swatton - Mixed Media

     She creates digital artwork as well as three-dimensional mixed-media art that ranges from large wall hangings to small tabletop decorations.
     Artwork by Cecilia has been published in Cloth Paper Scissors, Expression, Scrap ‘n Stamp, Altered Arts, Somerset Studio Galleria, The Spring Hill Review, Stampers Sampler and Inspirations.Until its 2007 demise, she was one of the Contributing Designers for The Rubber Stamper magazine, where her work was often published and once highlighted as the cover illustration. One of her digital artworks will appear in the Summer 2009 issue of Somerset Digital Studio and her three-dimensional artwork will appear in The Latest Trends in Mixed Media Arts, Volume II, a book scheduled for fall 2009 publication.
     An independent designer of images for rubber stamps, Cecilia has created designs now sold as rubber stamps through Another Stamp Company, Third Coast Art Rubber Stamps, and Bon Ton Rubber Stamps.
     She is a Design Team Member at Crafters Cafe, an on-line store selling art supplies including Golden paints and media.
     Cecilia’s artwork is often displayed in local venues, including the 2009 Monmouth Festival of the Arts, where her art was accepted into three categories: fine art (for her mixed-media wall hangings), fine crafts (for her altered cigar boxes and trays), and photography (for her digital art.)

Richard M. Tierney - Sculpture

He has been a metal sculptor/welder/ironworker since 1981. He was born in Bronx, NY, in 1963 and lived in Brooklyn from 1964 to 1979. He now resides in Leonardo, NJ.
     Richard says, "I began welding at the age of 17 and continue today to fabricate stainless steel and steel products which over the years developed my skills as an ironworker. Having also been a graffiti writer on the subways of New York, I refined my artistic edge at an early age. The desire to work with fire and molten steel drives the life and creativity of my pieces." 
   - Monmouth Museum
   - Sea Bright Library
   - Kingsley Art Gallery in Red Bank
   - Kwiecinski & Zero Architects, Millstone Township
   - Guild of Creative Art
   - Art Alliance Studio and Gallery
   - Evolve Designer Arts Gallery
   - Oakland Street Shops and Gallery
   - Joyce's Golden Palette Art Gallery
   - Studio 259 Art Gallery
Exhibiting Member, Guild of Creative Art
   - Exhibiting Member, Sculptors Association of NJ

Elina Veyberman - Photography

     She has been a creative person since her childhood in Ukraine. Her love of architecture guided her towards a career in civil engineering after completing high school. Having an impeccable talent for design and decoration, she has often assisted friends with the interior design of their homes. Elina moved to United States in 1992 and is currently residing in New Jersey with her husband and son since 1997.
     Elina and her husband always loved to travel and enjoyed returning home with many photographs from their excursions. A true love for photography began with birth of Elina’s son. Her interest in photography developed as her son grew up, and eventually photography became her primary hobby. She purchased her first DSLR in 2009. Since then, she has been taking classes and participating in workshops that explore the world of digital photography. Currently, her passion is photography that brings enjoyment and appreciation of nature. Elina is interested in landscape and urban photography. She is inspired by the work of numerous known and unknown photographers; those whose work pushes her to become a better artist and one day be recognized for her contributions to the art form.
     Elina has been an exhibiting member of the Guild of Creative Art in Shrewsbury, NJ since 2015. Elina’s work has been juried at various shows and also exhibited at the Belmar Arts Council and the Guild of Creative Art. Her photographs have received different levels of recognition at the Monmouth Camera Club. In 2016, her picture “Morning Tranquility” had been awarded Honorable Mention in a juried photography exhibition The Great American Landscape at Belmar Arts Council.

Nicole Vincenti - Sculpture/Fine Craft

      She lives and works at the Jersey Shore. Her unique sea glass sculptures are inspired and informed by her keen interest in the transformations nature engenders. Her mission is always to correlate the evolution of the human heart and soul with the changes nature brings about in our environment.
     Nicole’s sculptures are collected and exhibited throughout the United States. She is a member of Belmar Arts Council, the Monmouth Museum, Art Alliance of Monmouth County, Grounds for Sculpture and an exhibiting member of the Guild of Creative Art.

Jill White - Colored pencils, Watercolor, Pastel & Acrylic

     Jill grew up in Manhattan, and even as a little girl loved to draw. In grade school, she loved drawing the covers on her book reports; she enjoyed that far more than writing the report itself.
     In high school she studied at Art Students League. At the University of Maryland, she majored in Art Education and minored in Art and Art History. Then she enrolled at New York University, where she earned her Masters in Occupational Therapy.
     As a professional therapist, she continued to incorporate her art into therapeutic activities for hand rehabilitation and later geriatric population. She has illustrated manuals for joint conservation and designed a hand prosthetic.
     After she moved to Middletown, New Jersey, to raise her twin daughters, she taught drawing and painting to children at the Art Connection.
     Upon her retirement from from occupational therapy, Jill decided to take her passion for art to a higher level. She began studying with Ken Stetz. Her love of Shetland Sheepdogs (she has had four) led her to focus on drawing animals.
     Her art is now focused on animal portraits, and her pet portraits can be found in many homes in the area and beyond.
     She is an Exhibiting Member of the Guild of Creative Arts, in Shrewsbury, New Jersey, and is still a resident of Middletown, New Jersey, where she has her studio.

Warner White - Photography (In Memoriam)

     He pursued photography all through high school and college. He took photographs while he was with the occupying forces in Germany and Czechoslovakia in World War II. He has photographed in China, Spain, Italy, Greece, and the American West. Warner has studied photography with Laury Egan for several years. He had extensively explored the many photographic opportunities within Monmouth County and was especially interested in architectural subjects.
   Warner won first place (color) in the 2007 EyeSights Show at the Guild and second place in the 2008 show. He had exhibited at the Monmouth Festival of the Arts, the Frederick Gallery, and in the Monmouth County and Middletown libraries. His photographs have been shown by the Monmouth County Parks System, where they are part of their permanent collection. He was represented by the Evelyn Dunn Gallery in Westfield, NJ, and was an Exhibiting Member of the Guild of Creative Art.

Sven Widen - Oil and Watercolor

     He works in most media, with an emphasis on watercolor in which he employs a variety of classical and experimental techniques. Over the years, he has practiced an extensive repertoire of printmaking techniques, including advanced stone lithography and simultaneous color contrast in intaglio. Sven has always been inspired by Nature’s shapes and colors and deals with this in the expression of Light.
     Sven was born in the town of Vastervik, on Sweden’s east coast, about 180 miles south of Stockholm. He completed his undergraduate and graduate studies at the University of Lund, Sweden. Many of his art studies took place in Gothenburg; the School for Industrial Art & Design, Kursverksamheten at Goteborg University; Gustavus Primus Art School; Hovedskou Art School; and Studio Litografik. Sven also received scholarships to several juried invitational courses held at Artists’ Collective Studios in Hamburgsund, Goteborg, and Vasteras, Sweden, where he studied advanced lithography and intaglio printmaking. In the early 1990s, he moved to the United States after meeting artist Lizzi Schippert. They married in 1990 and reside in Island Heights, NJ.
     A career professional artist, Sven’s work was avidly collected in Sweden by private and corporate collectors and hangs in many regional governmental collections (landsting) and town cultural departmental collections in various parts of Sweden. In the United States, Sven has added to his list of one-man exhibitions, as well as exhibiting widely in group and invitational shows. His work hangs in many private and corporate collections.
     His lithograph, “Norse God,” was used as the cover image for Chrysalis magazine, November 1991; and Jersey Shore Vacation Magazine and Map included Sven’s watercolor, “Going to the Beach,” in their Summer 2005 publication.
     In March 2007, Sven served as an Adjudicator at the Teen Arts Festival, sponsored by the Monmouth County Arts Council, held at Brookdale Community College.
     Sven and his wife, Lizzi Schippert, established Open Your Eyes in 1993 to provide art instruction and international art workshops. As a teaching team, Sven and Lizzi have offered art instruction and inspiration in Red Bank since 1995; during the warm months, Sven and Lizzi regularly offer Plein Air Workshops in New Jersey. Together, they have led travel art workshops in Maine; Monhegan Island, ME; Vermont; Florida; France; and Japan. In 2007, they led cultural and art trips to Classic Florence and Venice, and in spring 2008, a Cherry Blossom Tour to Japan, both trips sponsored by Classic Travel, Inc. (including Michelangelo Tours of Italy) of Oakhurst, NJ.
Ocean County Artists Guild, Island Heights, NJ, instructor and member
   - Art Alliance, Red Bank, NJ, instructor and member
   - Guild of Creative Art, Shrewsbury, NJ, instructor and exhibiting member
   - Arts Partner as Open Your Eyes with the Monmouth County Art Council, Red Bank, NJ

Thomas Wilczewski - Watercolor

     His dedication to watercolor painting started nearly thirty years ago. Entirely self-taught, his subjects range from still life to landscapes and seascapes. His inspiration comes from various sources—it might be a nearby beach or garden or a view of a far away place.
     His painting have been mass produced for greeting cards, brochures, and calendars. One watercolor, entitled "Saturday Wash," was published in the 2002 calendar printed by the Christopher Reeve Foundation. Very Special Arts, an affiliate of the John F. Kennedy Foundation, and the New Jersey Polio Network have published note cards and Christmas cards featuring his work. His rendering of lilies was entered in a nationwide competition held by Easter Seals and chosen in their 2003 spring campaign.
     Tom holds elected memberships in both the New York and New Jersey American Artists' Professional League and is an exhibiting member of the Guild of Creative Arts in Shrewsbury, New Jersey. He holds associate memberships in three organizations: the New Jersey Watercolor Society, the Garden State Watercolor Society, and the Transparent Watercolor Society of America.
     He is past President of the Monmouth Arts Gallery, which is now known as the Art Society of Monmouth County, and serves as the Editor of the Art Society Newsletter. Tom is a former Board Member of the Polio Network of New Jersey and sponsors the Thomas C. Wilczewski Vocational Award given annually to a handicapped student of the A. Harry Moore School in Jersey City.
     In addition to his artistic pursuits, Tom has also written a poetry book entitled Poetry in Watercolor and also Tom Wilczewski's Watercolor Workbook, which focuses specifically on teaching this gratifying subject.

Shan-Shun Yao - Oil

     He (XiaoYao Yao) was born in 1942 in ZheJiang Province, China. He had a passion for painting since his childhood days. His formal training includes Chinese brush painting lessons from Hu, Nian-Zu, oil paintings from Doug L. Mcllvain, Ozzie A. Arnts, and Connelle Gaynor. Over the past couple of years, he has become more interested in portrait paintings.
     Shan-Shun Yao is an exhibiting artist with the Guild of Creative Art in Shrewsbury, New Jersey.
2010 Best in Show
   - N.J. Chapter – American Artists Professional League, Inc., 2010
   - Open State Juried Exhibition of Representational Art
   - 2010 Kojola Award for Realism (painting),
   - Guild of Creative Art 18th Annual Open Juried Show
   - 2009 Honorable Mention in painting,
   - Guild of Creative Art 17th Annual Open Juried Show

Barbara Zagha - Watercolor and Pastel

     She is from Manalapan, NJ and is an exhibiting member of the Guild of Creative Art in Shrewsbury, New Jersey. She minored in art in college and continues to attend classes and workshops to hone her skills and to constantly explore the past, present, and future of art. Her work has been accepted and shown in juried exhibits and art shows through the years.
     Barbara’s paintings hang in restaurants, corporations, and private collections. She works in many medias including watercolors, pastels, photography, pencil, pen and ink, and oil.
     Barbara works closely with many not-for-profit organizations, creating colorful greeting cards for these organizations to sell  for fundraising, or as invitations and thank-you notes for their events. Clients include: Boy Scouts of America, Prevent Child Abuse NJ, Special Strides, Red Mountain Therapeutic Riding Center, and Congregation Sons of Israel.
     Barbara is often inspired and ceaselessly supported by her loving family.
     Personal technique: “Once I’ve determined the subject of the painting, I proceed to layout the theme for composition. The array of colors usually depends upon the mood of the topic to be painted. The fun is watching the colors shine through one another as I paint by layering. For the moment, watercolors are my main focus. Working with them is incredibly exciting. Whether I’m painting landscapes, still lifes, florals, or people, I try to let the watercolor retain it’s own life and movement. My favorite subject is people. I can experience their moods through their body language, dress, and interaction with each other. They swirl by me and I take those that touch me and paint them. Having danced for many years of my life, I’ve become wonderfully aware of movement and line. The choreography of life and the celebration of its colors are the challenges I take with each new picture I venture to paint.”