Artists Overview

We are pleased to represent an array of talented local and national artists in our gallery. Please browse through their portfolios below. This is just a sampling of each artists work and more are available and some seen here may not be available. Please contact the gallery about viewing - 518.272.6811

John Emmett Connors

John Emmett Connors, a native of Troy, is known for his local and New york City street scenes.

He studied artistic anatomy and painting on scholarship at The Art Students League of New York where he mentored under Robert Beverly Hale for four years and was awarded a Fine Arts Certificate of Completion. He also studied Sumi-e (Japanese brush painting) including studies in Japan.                                                                               
John is a former Navy Corpsman, and served with the Marine Corps Air Wing. He has worked in caregiving in many critical cases. “Reality, has been my biggest influence, I take great joy in the ordinary, without shadows there would be no light.” 

John has exhibited extensively and has taught   both in the capital Region and New York City and has three books out of his paintings

George Dirolf

George Dirolf  is a painter, printmaker, and graphic artist.

His paintings range from plein-aire oils to larger scale studio work. Subjects are the landscape, snowplows, and trains. He often incorporates relief text or images into these paintings.

As a printmaker he works in relief prints: woodcuts, wood engravings, and linocuts. Images again derive from the landscape; birds, plants and insects round out his interests.  

A recent series of engravings are entitled "A Suite for St. Francis".

He also works in large scale charcoal drawings on mylar, most of which begin with photographic resources shot while hiking in the Adirondacks, Catskills, Colorado, and California.

Robert Moylan

Robert Moylan works masterfully in gouache.

His panoramic landscapes are brightly colored celebrations of the rural beauty of Rensselaer and Washington counties in New York.

In the tradition of the Hudson River School, luminous sunsets and dramatic skies ride above farm houses, barns, silos and fields that serve as reminders of the human existence within these natural settings.

Painstakingly rendered with intricate detail, Moylan’s pieces convey a view that is both vast and expansive.

Harry Orlyk

Harry Orlyk was born in Troy, New York in 1947.

In 1971 after graduating college, he went on to graduate school at the University of Nebraska at Lincoln.

Over the next nine years, he was influenced by several Nebraskan artists. “Still-life painter Robin Smith taught me how to use paint without turpentine – to paint from the tube.”

He also admits the influence of photographer Lawrence McFarland who taught him what spiritual space was, and how to emphasize it.

Lastly he credits well-known Lincoln painter Keith Jacobshagen with having impressed on him the importance of routine. He currently resides with his family in Salem, New York, near the Vermont border. 


Elizabeth Apgar-Smith, best known for her impressionistic landscapes of the Schoharie Valley region, cityscapes, still lifes, and depictions of people engaged in everyday living, is currently focusing on an evolving, touring exhibition, Faithful Labors, a tribute to Schoharie County’s farm families.

The exhibit opened in spring of 2005 at Wellington’s Herb & Spice Farm Gallery in Schoharie, then moved on to The Bennington Center for the Arts in Vermont.

Elizabeth teaches at the Hudson River Valley Art Workshops in Greenville, NY, the SUNY Cobleskill mini-course program, and offers weekly classes in the spring and fall from her studio in Schoharie. She is a juried member of the Pastel Society of America, the Northeast Watercolor Society and the Capital Region Oakroom Artists.

L.F. Tantillo

Len Tantillo is a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design.

Tantillo is a licensed architect who left the field of architecture in 1986, to pursue a career in the fine art of historical and marine painting. Since that time, his work has appeared internationally in exhibitions, publications and film documentaries. He is the author of four books, and the recipient of two honorary degrees.

He is a Fellow of the American Society of Marine Artists. His work is included in the collections of the Fenimore Art Museum, the Minnesota Museum of Marine Art, numerous historical societies, and corporate and private collections in the USA and abroad.

In 2004 he was commissioned by the Metropolitan Museum of Art to create a painting depicting the Daniel Winne house as it may have appeared in 1755. He has produced over 300 paintings and drawings of New York State history. In 2016 he was elected a Fellow of the New York Academy of History.