Jamie is a visual artist, educator, and organizer living in New York's Hudson Valley. Raised in Orange County NY with B.S. in Visual Arts Education, her interest in teaching sprouted from her own experience with the arts; in addition to visual art, Jamie also studied dance, music, and theatre from a young age. Each experience provided them not only with a breadth of cultural knowledge but also the opportunity to consider the importance of community care via accessible arts, for which she is an advocate.
Through their artwork, Jamie aims to create cultural commentary using a visual language and explores themes of identity, perception, and representation within the arts. Jamie is also the founder of Celebrate845, whose mission is to organize, recognize, and celebrate marginalized creatives via pop-up events across the Hudson Valley. She is thrilled to serve on the ASK Board and be a part of the Kingston arts community.
Brent has worked extensively in the arts as a performer, videographer, and projection designer for 25 years. Originally from Cape Girardeau, Missouri, Felker moved to another small river town (Kingston) in 2014 and began working at ASK in 2018. Initially tasked with marketing, he also worked to create a more robust Performing Arts program culminating in the ASK Presents curated performing arts series. When the previous Executive Director, Vindora Wixom, announced her retirement the Board voted unanimously to select Felker as the next ED. He is proud to work for the members of ASK in all artistic disciplines and provide a space for the community of Kingston to experience and participate in art and art-making.
John has always embraced any potential left and right brain conflicts as illustrated in receiving a BA in Advertising from Michigan State University and Masters in Creative Studies, Creativity and Innovation, from the University of Minnesota. Also, further exemplified by a (what bought our house) career in Retail Marketing (Marshal Field’s/Target) and a Creative Directorship (what bought my sanity) of Dudley Rigg’s Brave New Workshop (satirical revue theater), in Minneapolis.
John has also worked with Tribeca Film Festival in helping to brand and market, not only the festival, but Tribeca media across the board. He also served as Executive Director of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital’s, Thanks and Giving Campaign, along with Marlo (yes, That Girl) and Tony Thomas. John officially retired in 2017 and began acting once again through-out Hudson Valley in over a dozen productions and counting.
A love of theater, acting, writing and directing, is what has brought John to ASK. In October of 2019 John was cast in Straight White Men and through working on that production made him realize that he deeply wanted to become an ongoing part of this particular family.
Currently, John is embracing his Italian heritage (DiConcilio not Remington) and he and his two adult children are nearing the end of their process in obtaining dual citizenship.
‘Non e’ quello che guardi che conta, ma quello che vedi’ -Henry David Thoreau
Clyde is a choreographer and visual artist, and is founding Artistic Director of Lokasparśa Dance Projects. She has been living and working in the Hudson Valley since 2004. She earned her BFA in Visual Art from Carnegie Mellon University in 1991 and completed her MFA thesis work in sculpture and dance in 1996 at Bennington College. Her visual art and performance has been presented across the US, in Canada and in the UK since 1991. clyde has been on faculty in dance and visual arts departments at Bennington Pre-college Program (1995-2001), Eugene Lang College (1999-2005) and SUNY Ulster (2006-2014) and continues to dance independently. In 2018 she became a founding member of Hudson Valley Movement Collective. clyde was a board member at ABACA (Arts Benefit All Coalition Alternative) in NYC from 2003-2004.
She has been active on planning committees for The Byrdcliffe Festival of the Arts (2012, 2013), Zen Mountain Monastery (2015-present), The Secret City Arts Revival (2016, 2017, 2018), and most recently at Arts Society of Kingston as a member of the Performing Arts Committee (2019-present). She is currently living and creating in Jefferson NY.
Francesca’s interest in the arts has led her to join the ASK Board. For several years she worked at the Al Held Foundation administering the operations, artist collections, and business dealings with several renowned contemporary art galleries. Prior to that she worked at the Center for Curatorial Studies-Hessel Museum of Art at Bard College. Throughout the years she has held several leadership positions in the areas of human resources and administration and is currently the Assistant Vice President and Director of Corporate Communications at Rondout Savings Bank.
As a museum enthusiast and avid rower on the Hudson River, Francesca served on the board of the Hudson River Maritime Museum as Second Vice President and was a member of the museum’s Collections & Exhibits Committee. Some of her contributions included coordinating and curating a solo artist’s exhibition and writing “What Does It Take to Make an Exhibit?” for the museum’s Pilot Log publication. She also served on the boards of Girls, Inc., Junior Achievement, and the Rondout Rowing Club.
Francesca spends most weekends outdoors either skiing, hiking, or cycling and capturing nature’s inherent beauty through the lens. She holds a BS degree in Environmental Studies with a concentration in environmental design from SUNY College Environmental Science and Forestry in association with Syracuse University and a program certificate from Harvard University Graduate School of Design.
Andrea has lived and worked in Kingston for 30 years. She recently retired from her position as the Executive Director of the YWCA Ulster County. During her employment with the YWCA, she served two terms as the President of the YWCAs of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. Andrea has been honored by the National Women’s Hall of Fame for her leadership role in the YWCA movement.
Andrea received her Master’s Degree in Art Education from the University of Victoria in British Columbia. She taught Art and English in Langley, BC. She has created art through drawing, painting, collage, and mostly recently photography.
Andrea also enjoys gardening, traveling, and coloring with her granddaughter.
Terry is a practicing artist with a studio in Cornwall NY. Over the past five years, he has focused on creating an evolving series of simple, evocative human figures assembled from reclaimed wood and found objects. His work has been featured in galleries and exhibits throughout the Mid-Hudson Region and was featured in the ASK Spotlight Gallery in February 2020. He is currently the chair of the ASK Education Committee.
Terry is an Associate Professor Emeritus in the School of Education at SUNY New Paltz. Over the past 30 years, he taught in the Humanistic/Multicultural Education graduate program. Terry earned his PhD in Curriculum and Instruction from SUNY Albany.
Through his teaching, writing and research over the past 15 years, Terry has worked to integrate mindfulness and contemplative philosophies and practices into graduate and undergraduate courses. He has worked with colleagues nationwide to establish mindful communities on college and university campuses. From 2017-2019, Terry and his wife taught education courses in China as part of a SUNY New Paltz – Chongqing (chung’-ching) University School of Education.
Terry is travelling the Buddhist path and is a member of the Budding Flower Sangha in the tradition of Thich Nhat Hahn. He has taught mindfulness, meditation, and contemplative arts courses in a wide range of community settings.
Barbara has been actively involved with GALA fundraising for several years and as a co-organizer with the Wixoms for the past 3 years. She has been involved in the UC Chamber of Commerce Mixers on occasion and is known as a dedicated promoting force of ASK. She had been an ASK member in 2006 for a few years and then returned in 2015, after her husband, Frank R Johnston, (the artist, art therapist, art professor, and Walker Museum art programs educator) died of lung cancer. She curated and exhibited her husband’s Solo Spotlight Art Exhibit at ASK 7/2019.
Barbara is a sculptor, conceptual artist, and social justice activist. 1st showing of her infamous “B-Helmets” held at the Knaus Gallery 12/2019.
She has been in private practice as a NYS Licensed Clinical Social Worker at BHNY in Kingston (2005 to present), part time now. Also had been a Care Coordinator/ Medical Social Worker & a QA/UR Specialist at Benedictine Hospital for 20 years. Adelphi U (MSW) & SUNY New Paltz (BA Sociology).
She’s a retired St John’s Episcopal Church Vestry member, sings Soprano in the Choir, and is the ongoing (3+ years) St John’s Hospitality Committee Chairperson and Fundraising organizer. Her latest endeavor is ‘Art in the Garden’.
“Without Art, Life has no Soul”
Julio is a graduate of Mason Gross School of Arts, Rutgers University with an M.F.A. in Visual Arts and Queens College (CUNY) with a B.A. in Philosophy He is an artist working primarily in black and white photography. He was Instructor of Photography at the International Center of Photography in New York City for ten years and an Adjunct Associate professor at La Guardia Community College (CUNY) for 17 years. He was an assistant dean in the School of Arts & Sciences honors program and affiliated faculty in the Latino & Caribbean Studies at Rutgers University for 20 years. He has a studio at 50 Abeel Street in Kingston for the last three years. He served in the Vietnam War and was awarded the Purple Heart.
Rita Van Voorhis
Rita is a long time Kingston resident. Rita has a daughter who’s 6 years old. She has been in banking her whole adult life, and has been working with Ulster Savings Bank for 15 years. She started as a teller and worked her way to the current position of Customer Service officer.
Rita has an associated degree from Keystone College in Liberal arts and is a recent graduate of Ulster Leadership, class of 2019.