~ Serving Artists and the Community Since 1963 ~

Our Faculty of Current Teaching Artists

Melissa Ann Rossow

Melissa was born an artist. Arts of all sorts fascinate her, but she has long-loved clay. An inspirational high school teacher led her to appreciate ceramics as a deeply spiritual, as well as therapeutic, medium of expression. She has been creating with clay ever since. Her specialty is hand-building, while her favorite forms are boxes and sculpture. Melissa is a graduate of Arizona State University, majoring in anthropology and botany. She has also done graduate level studies in anthropology, botany, therapy, and nutrition. She has been a teacher in several forms – as a teaching assistant in cultural anthropology at the University of Kansas; and, as an after-school art teacher for Young Rembrandts locally in Mahopac, North Salem, and Katonah teaching children how to draw. She truly loves working with children and teens finding it always exciting and fun! Hand-building is her jam! She invites all who are interested to come explore clay, surface treatments, and glazing techniques.

Heidi Stein

Heidi Stein is a mixed-media artist who makes art daily and exhibits locally. Since 2014, she has gravitated toward gel printing to create painted papers with visual texture and pattern. Gel plate printing fuels her love of paper, vintage books, magazines, ephemera and recycled materials. Heidi contintues to explore the creative process of gel print-making using various texture tools. Then, she collages the prints together to make works of art.

​Monica Robinson

Monica is a New York based vocal instructor with over 35 years of teaching experience. She has studios in NYC and Westchester/Putnam counties. She has taught voice classes at the Professional Performing Arts School in Manhattan, Master Classes for arts councils in Westchester County, New York, and at the University of Hartford’s Hartt School of Music. Her students are currently performing on Broadway, National Tours, off-Broadway, regionally, and appearing in commercials, television and movies. Alumni include: Lea Michelle, Scarlett Johannson, Ashley Tisdale and Laura Bell Bundy.

Paul Kmiotek

I consider myself to be kind of an illusionist. By simply scribbling, in a process of tightly controlled chaos, on a blank piece of paper with a fine-point pen, I can trick the observer’s eye into seeing what I want it to see; a jaguar peering from beneath a bush, a barn falling into disrepair, two men chatting on the street, etc.

My work has been displayed, among other places, at the Ridgewood Art Institute, the Hiram Blauvelt Art Museum, the Belle Levine Art Center, The Flywheel Gallery, and the Lake Carmel Arts Center. I currently live in the Hudson Valley with my beautiful wife and two awesome children.

Rosalie Marcus

Rosalie is a painter, illustrator, and graphic designer. She has exhibited her paintings in New York, New Jersey, Colorado, Nova Scotia, and California. Her art work has been reviewed in many newspapers and magazines, including The New York Times, The Bergen Record (NJ), and ArtNews Magazine. Rosalie has also designed books, fabric, housewares, brochures and corporate logos for such clients as Warner Communications, King Features, Bloomingdales, and The National Organization of Women. She was also an art director for a housewares company. She attended Cornell University, got her BFA from Nova Scotia College of Art & Design, and her MFA from California Institute of the Arts. Locally, Rosalie has taught art workshops at the Mahopac Public Library, at the after school program at Fulmar Road School, and is presently teaching drawing and painting at PAC.

Who We Are

Executive Committee: Carlos Passi, Chairman, Joyce Picone, President, Dawn Willis, Vice President, Alex Lindquist, Recording Secretary, Helen Senko

Members at Large: Charles Albertario, Nancy Faulds, James T. Meyer, Beryl Polin

Joyce Picone: Executive Director: joyce@putnamartscouncil.com
Mary Beth Becker: Regrants Coordinator: grants@putnamartscouncil.com

Charlotte Berwind , Terry Fokine, Richard Seney, Melissa Rossow, Heidi Stein

Paul Kmiotek, Rosalie Marcus, James Sparks, Monica Robinson

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PAC is always interested in discussing volunteer opportunities and values the help that volunteers provide. A variety of options exist including gallery sitting, administrative tasks and landscape work.

The board of directors of the Putnam Arts Council recognizes support & sponsorship by our many members & friends, and acknowledges particularly the following:

Individual Supporters
Anne Anastasi Charitable Foundation
Jonathan Galente, President
Jean & Joe Tock
Business Supporters:
Excel Printing
Mahopac-Carmel Chamber of Commerce
Tompkins Mahopac Bank
Hudson Valley Credit Union

NY State Council on the Arts & Putnam County Government.

PAC’s programs and services are made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Governor and the NY State Legislature. Public support is also provided by Putnam County Government.

Additional revenue is generated by the Putnam Arts Council through membership, educational and creative programs, fundraising efforts and through donations from the public and private sectors.

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We offers wide range of art classes for all ages.

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