ESSEX — Artists Amy and Judy Guglielmo are spotlight artists for the new season at the Adirondack Art Association gallery in Essex.

The gallery will feature a spotlight artist every month, along with a group show highlighting the works of artist members.

The Guglielmo exhibit will run through June 28. 



The mother-daughter pair have exhibited together often over the years, their first time being in 1990.

They say they draw insight and inspiration from each other and often collaborate on paintings.

"This is the 26th year we have worked together, and we have taken classes together," Judy told the Press-Republican.

"I am inspired by her (Amy's) bright colors, and this helps in our collaboration."

Amy credits her mother for her early interest in art, noting Judy took many art classes and that her father is also creative.

"There was always a lot of art around the home,” Amy said.

She said she is also "influenced by kids because what they do is true and bold."



Judy, a resident of Plattsburgh for the last 46 years, said the beauty of Lake Champlain fuels her love of the area.

A real-estate agent for Fesette Reality, she has studied fine art since her days in high school and college.

Judy has been featured in numerous art exhibits throughout the years, including Lake Placid Center for the Arts, Depot Theater, Adirondack Arts Association, Strand Center for the Arts, Adirondack Artists Guild, Clinton Community College and SUNY Plattsburgh.

Her choice of medium is watercolor.

“I love the free flow of the medium, the non-labored expression I achieve as I capture a mood.  I try to combine all that I see — shapes, colors and composition to express a total feeling.”



Amy is an award-winning painter and printmaker from Plattsburgh, who is known for her popular art classes and children’s books.

She studied art at SUNY Plattsburgh State, Colorado College and the Tamarind Institute at the University of New Mexico.

She is co-author of the "Touch the Art" children’s series and is a freelance writer for various publications, including Adirondack Life magazine.

A former teacher and the founder of Via Verde School of Art in New York City, Amy is gallery director for Depot Theatre and serves on the advisory boards for Adirondack Art Association and the Saranac Review literary magazine.

She recently led 30 City Community Center’s Outside Art: Plattsburgh Public Art Project, receiving grants to bring public art to downtown Plattsburgh.

Their exhibit can be viewed during weekly gallery hours.


— Contributing Writer Alvin Reiner added to this report.




Adirondack Art Association, off Route 22 in Essex next to the ferry dock, features works from close to 100 artists in various mediums.

The gallery is open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m until 5 p.m.

The association offers classes for children and adults and hosts special events.

For more information, visit the website or call 963-8309.