Artist-in-Residence Program

Fruitlands is pleased to announce the 2015 Artists-in-Residence. For the first time we have awarded the residency to a group of eight artists who specialize in pastels. Calling themselves 80 Dusty Fingers, the artists will be exhibiting in the Wayside Visitor Center all season and have a special exhibition in the Art Gallery from July 12-September 8, 2015. They will be providing classes, workshops and free demonstrations throughout the year, so check out the Art Classes page on this site and the calendar for various programs and events. Their work will be for sale in the Museum Store, so why not pick up an original?

The Artists:

Linée Baird

Linée was born in Shreveport, Louisiana. At the age of five, her family moved to
Indianapolis, Indiana. It was there her journey with art began. Her mother, a grade
school teacher, taught at the same school Linée attended. This fortunate opportunity allowed Linée to spend many after school hours with a very patient and talented art teacher, Marion Cassell. Mrs. Cassell instilled in Linée the basic principles of art – composition, line, value, form, color, and perspective. Under the watchful eye of her teacher, Linée experimented with different art mediums and worked on various art projects. As Linée progressed, her art received awards in numerous citywide student art exhibitions.
Not only did Linée love art, she also had an interest in architecture. Armed with a passion for both, she earned a Bachelors Degree in Architectural Design from Ball State University. Her abilities garnered a school internship with the architectural firm Skidmore, Owens, and Merrill.
After obtaining her architectural license, Linée and her husband moved to Texas where they started a family. Two of their children were later diagnosed with Fragile- X Syndrome. This lifelong disability includes multiple symptoms, one of which is significant developmental delays. For this reason, Linée left the field of architecture to devote her time and attention to the unique needs of her family. In 1999, the family
moved to Massachusetts. By 2009 her children were older and stable in their programs. At last, she was able to return to her lifelong love of painting.
Linée is a Member of the Salmagundi Club, a Signature Member of the Pastel Society of America, Signature member of the Connecticut Pastel Society; and of the Pastel Society of New Hampshire, She has been juried into both international and national exhibitions. Her pastel paintings are included in private collections across America.


Cindy Crimmin

Originally an Art History major in college, as part of my undergraduate work, I studied for a year in Madrid, working with impressionist oil painter, Luis Azcarate, and spending significant time studying the mural work of Joaquin Sorolla. It was then that I developed a love for the warm lights and purple shadows that characterize Mediterranean light, although I did not find a way to respond to this love until many years later. I began working seriously on monochromatic portraiture in the 1980’s following courses in figure drawing and portraiture through the Boston Art Institute. I also studied both painting and drawing at the DeCordova Museum School in Lincoln, Massachusetts.

It was not until 2011 that I began to attend small group classes with Jeanne Rosier Smith in her studio in Sudbury, Massachusetts, and devoted more serious time to my art. My work with Jeanne has allowed me to add the colors to light and shadow that I discovered in Madrid so long ago.  Since discovering pastels, I have been grateful to have exhibited in juried shows sponsored by IAPS in Albuquerque (2013) and in Boston (2014), as well as shows sponsored by the Connecticut Pastel Society, the Cape Cod Pastel Society, the Bennington Art Center and the Concord Art Association.

Joelle Feldman

Award winning artist Joelle Levallet-Feldman was born and raised in Normandy, France and today shares her time between Harvard, MA and Harpswell, ME.

Joelle began painting 25 years ago, first in watercolor and soon thereafter in pastels and oils, which have become her two media of choice for both studio and plein air painting. Though largely self-taught, Joelle has studied with highly accomplished artists such as Frank Federico, Liz Haywood Sullivan, Aline Ordman, Carol Marine and Colin Page. After a career in high technology, Joelle now dedicates all of her time to painting. The landscapes, flora and architecture of her native France and adopted New England home provide endless inspiration and opportunities to capture a subject and moment: individual natural elements, plants, and vignettes of daily life. Her work is represented by a variety of galleries including The Yarmouth Frame and Gallery in Yarmouth, ME and the NOA Gallery in Groton, MA.  Joelle teaches pastel classes at the NOA Gallery on Groton, MA and will be teaching at the Fruitlands Museum in Harvard, MA in 2015. 

David Kaphammer

Dave has been drawing all his life, and like many artists, was first inspired by Dr. Seuss books. His formal art education started at the Worcester Art Museum about 10 years ago, where he studied charcoal drawing of figures and still life. At the insistence of one of his drawing instructors he tried pastels - they grabbed him and never let go.

Dave has studied with Jeanne Rosier Smith of Sudbury MA, and taken workshops with Marla Baggetta, Teri Ford, Liz Haywood-Sullivan and Barbara Jaenicke among others. He currently lives in Westborough, Mass. He has been teaching pastel painting for 2 years at Post Road Art Center in Marlborough, and also at Out of Line Studio in Westborough. He's done several pastel painting demos and workshops at local art associations and is an active member of the Concord Art Association, the Pastel Society of New Hampshire, the Pastel Society of Connecticut, and a signature member of the Pastel Painters Society of Cape Cod.

Gary Ozias

Although born in Kansas City, Missouri in 1947, Gary Ozias spent most of his early years in rural Massachusetts. He is a retired language arts teacher who has loved painting and other visual arts since he was a young boy. He graduated from Worcester State College in Massachusetts in 1969, taught for a brief period on the East Coast, and then moved to Downs, Kansas.  He recently moved home to Massachusetts. He has two daughters, Moira and Megan.
His father Stanley was one of the foremost engravers in the United States and gave Gary much of his early encouragement and training. After putting his art aside for a short number of years, he picked it up again in the late 1970’s, and has been drawing and painting since then. He began his professional art career by opening the Prairie Wind Art Gallery and Studio in 1983. Now, he devotes his full energies to his painting. He is comfortable with either studio or outdoor painting.
He has won numerous awards and recognitions for his painting. His work hangs in public and private collections from coast to coast in the United States and also in a number of other countries. He works in a variety of media, but most of his recent work has been in pastels and oils. His painting is representational but also has an impressionist touch to it. I love to capture the essence and feel of the weather conditions which envelop a landscape. If I can capture the quiet, morning fog, the summer sunsets in the western sky, or the morning shadows on new snow, I consider that a success. My subjects range from landscapes and seascapes, to wildlife and still life.  He travels extensively at times and paints wherever he finds a striking scene.  He is a signature member of the Pastel Society of America, Pastel Painters Society of Cape Cod, the Connecticut Pastel Society, Pastel Society of Colorado, and the Pastel Society of New Hampshire, as well as a Master Pastelist in the MidAmerican Pastel Society. He also is a full artist member of the North Shore Arts Association and a Signature Member of the Paint America Association and belongs to other art groups. His work has found favor with jurors and purchasers alike. I consider myself fortunate to be able to paint full time, doing the thing that I love. I hope that others will find the same enjoyment from viewing my work as I do in painting it.

Lisa Regopoulos

Lisa Regopoulos is a Massachusetts artist who captures the beauty of the natural world with her award winning landscape paintings featuring waterfalls, seascapes, floral and night scenes.  Lisa’s paintings are inspired by simply taking a walk, woodland hike or while travelling.  Her pastel paintings have garnered many awards at national and international exhibitions for pastels only, along with multi-media shows.  In 2014, Lisa’s pastel painting, Sound of Winter, was juried into the International Association of Pastel Societies (IAPS) at the Vose Gallery of Boston, and the Pastel Society of America exhibition at the National Arts Club, Grand Gallery, Gramercy Park, New York.   Also in 2014, two of her paintings from her sand dune series, Refuge and Retreat, were juried into the 25th IAPS Juried Exhibition – The 2014 Webshow.

Some of her most recent awards include the Bob Kadis Award at the Academic Artist Association 64th Juried Exhibition of Contemporary Realism 2014 and Best in Show at the Pastel Painters of Maine International Juried Exhibition 2012. She is a Juried Associate Member of the Pastel Society of America, and Signature Member of both the Pastel Society of New Hampshire and Pastel Painters of Maine.  Lisa is also the Vice President of the Pastel Society of New Hampshire.
She has studied art at the Worcester Art Museum  (2005 -2010) and Sharon Arts Center (2006 – 2013) and also participated in many  pastel intensive workshops with nationally recognized pastel teachers such as Robert Carsten and Liz Haywood-Sullivan.  She teaches pastel painting at the Fitchburg State University ALFA program and at her studio located at School Street Studios in Gardner, MA.  Lisa also does pastel demonstrations and judging of exhibitions throughout New England.

Arlene Richman

Arlene Richman uses the pastel medium to create abstract and abstract realist paintings. She has won numerous awards and has been widely represented in many exhibitions, national and international. She has also been recognized several times in Pastel Journal’s Pastel 100 competition, including receiving First Place in the Abstract category in 2013 and Fifth Place in 2014. She is a Signature Member of the Pastel Society of America (PSA), and serves as a member of the Executive Committee of the Board of Governors of the PSA. She is also a Signature Member of the Pastel Painters Society of Cape Cod and serves on the society’s Signature Committee. Arlene is a member of the Salmagundi Club, in New York; the Connecticut Pastel Society; and the Concord Art Association, in Massachusetts.

Jeanne Rosier Smith

Award-winning Sudbury, MA artist Jeanne Rosier Smith studied art at Georgetown University and at the New Jersey Center for Visual Art and the DuCret School of Art in New Jersey.  After earning her Ph.D. and spending ten years teaching college English, she began painting professionally when her youngest child started school in 2004. 

Smith first discovered pastels in 1999, and fell in love at first touch.  She is best known for her active, dramatic seascapes, her opulent food still lifes, and her expressive portraits.  Her year spent in Nice, France, in a dorm room with a sea view began a lifelong love of the water—one she continues to explore in her popular seascape series.  She returns to the cape and islands of the Massachusetts coast year round, and she's fascinated with the challenge and potential of painting crashing water with dry pastel.    Smith is a signature member of the Pastel Society of America, the Connecticut Pastel Society and the Pastel Painters Society of Cape Cod, an IAPS Master’s Circle Member, and a juried artist member of the Copley Society, the Salmagundi Club and Academic Artists of America.  She has exhibited at the Massachusetts State House, the Boston Artists Guild, and nationally at the Pastel Society of America, the Catherine Lorillard Wolfe Arts Club and American Artist Professional League shows, among others.  She has won numerous awards, including the IAPS Prix de Pastel, the Grand Prize in International Artist Magazine's Seascapes Competition, and the Art Spirit Foundation Gold Medal Award for Excellence in Pastel, and has placed in the Pastel Journal’s Pastel 100 in 2013, 2014 & 2015. Her work has appeared in International Artist Magazine, American Art Collector, and The Pastel Journal.  Her paintings are in collections on four continents. 

She is represented by Gallery 31, Orleans MA, Sosebee Gallery on Nantucket, Powers Gallery in Acton MA, Francesca Anderson Fine Art in Lexington MA, and Cecil Byrne Gallery in Charleston, SC. 

Smith is a popular demonstrator and teacher:  her Sudbury pastel studio offers weekly classes and weekend workshops.  2015-16 Workshops are scheduled for Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard, New Hampshire, New Mexico, Florida, plus travel tours in Provence and Croatia.