Meet the Artists

Donald Brennan

Donald Brennan

Donald Brennan is a 37-year-old native of New York.  He was born in Hudson, NY and raised in Valatie, NY.  He has one sister who lives in Chatham, NY with their mother.  Donald or Donnie—he likes to be called—has always had a passion for art.  He works in several...

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Courtney Carter

Courtney Carter

Courtney Carter, age 22, is a Human Resources college student. She has always had a strong focus on art and uses it as a way of expressing and explaining her emotions. As well as photography, she also dabbles in painting, 3D art, and…

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Jessica Cornwell

Jessica Cornwell

My name is Jessica Cornwell. When living in New York, I had worked as a Family Advocate in Dutchess County. I had referred families to NAMI but it wasn't until I needed help that I understood its true value. When my daughter's mental health declined, I enrolled in the...

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Roman DeJesus

Roman DeJesus

Roman is a 13 year old 8th grade student at MohonasenMiddle School in Rotterdam, NY.  He has a love of art of all types, but especially sketch and drawing.  Roman utilizes art as a form of therapy to help him with his anxiety and finds that drawing and sketching...

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Lorraine Hall

Lorraine Hall

I am a visual artist that lives with mental illness. It was early adolescence that depression and anxiety set in. I went through major depressive episodes and experienced intense anxiety on and off for years. I am alive because of the many people, personally and...

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Jacob Scott Hollowell

Jacob Scott Hollowell

Jacob S. Hollowell is a son of late Dr. Jeff Hollowell, a psychologist in Wisconsin and the fiancé of Dr. Soojae Lee, psychiatry resident at Albany Medical Center. He enjoys hiking and being involved in creative work such as ceramics and knitting. He is...

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Hudson Beach Glass

Hudson Beach Glass

Functional & Sculptural Hand Cast Glass Made in Beacon, NY 162 Main Street, Beacon, NY 12508 Open Daily 10-6 pm, Sun 11-6 pm | 845-440-0068 A glass studio casting functional and sculptural objects for over 25 years. John and Wendy Gilvey, Michael Benzer and...

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Ellen Joffe-Halpern

Ellen Joffe-Halpern

Whether painting figures, still-life, or landscapes, Joffe-Halpern, painting under the signature Joffe, thinks about creating a painting, not about how to document reality. She transforms what she sees and experiences into…

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Angela M. Jorczak

Angela M. Jorczak

I am a photographer based in Albany, NY who just wants to preserve the things that capture my attention. And I do it with a camera in my hand. I have a great appreciation of the world around me, even beyond my photographic endeavors. My…

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Dr. Nona Kocher

Dr. Nona Kocher

Dr. Nona Kocher is a third year resident in the Albany Medical Center Psychiatry residency program. In her spare time she enjoys photography. This photograph is especially pertinent to psychiatry, as it is a photograph of the gingko biloba…

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Joe Mele

Joe Mele

Joe Mele - Musician, Songwriter, Producer, Engineer, Artist Joe Mele has performed locally, regionally, and internationally with the finest local bands as well as many fine international artists. These bands included Joe's own original project bands,...

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Hy Rosen

Hy Rosen

Hyman "Hy" Rosen was a renowned artist, best known for his work as a political cartoonist, painter, and sculptor. A Capital Region native, his extensive career in the art world began at the age of 22 as an airbrush retouching and crime scene artist....

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Amanda Stickney

Amanda Stickney

Amanda Stickney is an artist in the Capital District. She concentrates on the connection between one’s self and the events that happen within their life; capturing emotional, physical and spiritual fulfillment. Mostly aimed at pottery and ceramic…

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Sarah Tilyou

Sarah Tilyou

A successful model, I was 25 when I had my first spiritual crisis / psychotic breakdown. After 16 days, I was released from the local mental institution, only to repeat that experience two times in the coming years. Now at 30, I understand the necessity of adding...

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David Urso

David Urso

David Urso’s highly sophisticated handcrafted jewelry is a visual feast of color, form, and surface, characterized by sensual organic shapes and a painterly use of hand tinted resins applied in solids and patterns. The resulting color range is vibrant,…

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Sharat Vallurupalli, M.D.

Sharat Vallurupalli, M.D.

I am a child and adolescent psychiatry fellow and a board certified adult psychiatrist. My path to medicine was unusual in that I majored in studio art. I’ve been drawing since I was 5 years old. I knew immediately in medical…

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Bart Wasilenko

Bart Wasilenko

Hi, my name is Bart Wasilenko, and I am the owner and sole potter of WAZU Ceramics and More. I got my start a couple of years back while taking a clay hand building class at a local art center with Bill Martin who currently works for…

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Terri Wasilenko

Terri Wasilenko

Terri Wasilenko has been a NAMI NYS affiliate member since 2002 when she co-founded NAMI Cayuga County. An advocate for families affected by mental illness, NAMI Cayuga’s co-affiliate president is a NAMI Family Support Group facilitator, a…

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