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Paola

"Nature and earth are our daily gifts and my daily inspiration. I like catching a moment of life and freezing it in the dream world of the porcelain colors.  

I love the challenge of adapting my fantasy, my inspirations to what surrounds me and to integrate it in the porcelain to form an harmonic unit.

The transparency of the porcelain is fascinating because it contributes to the elegance of the finished work of art."

After ending her carrier as software system engineer at IBM Corporation in Poughkeepsie, NY, Paola devoted most of her time to porcelain painting. She is a certified porcelain artist, one of the original cofounder of RiverWinds Gallery in Beacon, NY and one of the founder of Queen City 15 Gallery in Poughkeepsie, NY. Paola learned to love ceramics as a young girl in Italy, and traveled all over the world to learn different techniques. 

Born in Melzo, Italy, Paola had only just received her bachelor degree when she was hired by IBM Italy. She worked for the prestigious firm in Milano until 1996, when she became an advanced system programmer and was invited to cross the Atlantic. 

At first, Paola's ceramic appeared at the Barnes & Noble in Poughkeepsie, but it would not be long before she began to appear in exhibitions at more prestigious galleries, including the Denise Bibro Fine Art Gallery, Byrdcliffe Barn Pottery, and James Cox Gallery, all in New York. In 2003, she cofounded RiverWinds Gallery and expanded to other local galleries, like Briggs Mountain Gallery, Case Del Arte, Barrett Art  Center and Howland Cultural Center.  Recently she collaborated with a group of artists to open a new gallery, Queen City 15 in the heart of her own city, Poughkeepsie. Paola has had exhibited pieces in both Europe and America.

Though Paola primarily works with paint and ceramic, she also created pieces using metal surfaces. Her art sometimes takes the form of functional objects like tea pots, plates and vases. Additionally, her sculpture in porcelain is quite whimsical, featuring stretching frogs, cats, and ornately decorated game fowl. Paola is a member of the International Porcelain Artists and Teachers, as well as the Arts Mid-Hudson and the Barrett Art Center.

After concluding her carrier with IBM, beside painting, Paola has been dedicating her time to her love for animals and conservation. She is currently a trustee of the Cheetah Conservation Fund, located in Namibia, Africa. Paola has been visiting the conservation multiple times and she is the team leader for the Cheetah Conservation Fund New York chapter. She has been mainly focusing on education and fund raising.

 

Selected Exhibitions:

2019    Lights Up Too!, Queen City 15 Gallery, Poughkeepsie, NY – group show

            From Memory, Queen City 15 Gallery, Poughkeepsie, NY - two persons exhibit

            Paola Bari & Lora Shelley, Millbrook Library, Millbrook, NY - two persons exhibit

2018    Holiday Show, Howland Cultural Center, Beacon, NY - group show

            Lights Up!, Queen City 15 Gallery, Poughkeepsie, NY – group show

2017    Holiday Show, Howland Cultural Center, Beacon, NY - group show

            Gallery at Rhinebeck, Rhinebeck, NY – group show

            33nd Annual Kentucky Derby Art Show, Maplebrook School, Amenia, NY – group exhibit

2016    32nd Annual Kentucky Derby Art Show, Maplebrook School, Amenia, NY – group exhibit

            Birds, Mid-Hudson Heritage Center, Poughkeepsie, NY – group exhibit

            Meeting Past, Akin Library and Museum, Pawling, NY – group exhibit

            Out of the Fire, Howland Cultural Center, Beacon, NY – group exhibit

2015   Porcelain, Babycake Kitchen, Poughkeepsie, NY – solo exhibit

           Paola Bari Porcelain, Betsy Jacaruso Gallery & Studio, Rhinebeck, NY – featured artist 

           Two persons exhibit at Didi Barrett office, Poughkeepsie, NY 

2014    Celebration, Zimmer Brothers, Poughkeepsie, NY – solo exhibit

           At the Rotunda, Poughkeepsie Library, Poughkeepsie, NY – two persons exhibit

           Memories, New Century Artists, New York City, NY – group exhibit

           Fired Up, RiverWinds Gallery, Beacon, NY –  featured artist exhibit    

           Overglazed, Locust Grove, Poughkeepsie, NY – solo exhibit     

2013    KeepSafe Project, Fund-raising at the Trevor Zoo, Millbrook, NY              

2012    Inside Out/Outside In: Sourcing Inspiration, Pequot Library's 15th Annual Art Show, Southport, CT – juried exhibit 

            Safari, RiverWinds Gallery, Beacon, NY –  featured artist exhibit

            Art to the Avenue, Bruce Museum Store, Greenwich, CT –  juried exhibit

            95th Annual Jusried Exhibition, The Bendheim Gallery of the Greenwich Arts Center,

               Greenwich, Connecticut - group exhibit

               Judge: Marla Prather, Curator in the Department of 19th Century, Modern and Contemporary Art at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York 

2011   Solo, Calico Restaurant curated by Briggs Mountain Gallery, Rhinebeck, New York - solo exhibit

           A sense of seasons, Briggs Mountain Gallery, Milan, New York - group exhibit

           Fire your fantasy, Locust Grove, Poughkeepsie, New York - solo exhibit

           Hudson Valley Art & Wine, A Grand Celebration, Lyndhurst, New York – juried group exhibit 

           Art to the Avenue, The shop around the corner, Greenwich, CT –  juried exhibit

           Made – Architectural Digest Home Design Show,  Pier 94, New York City, New York  

2010   Interiors, Briggs Mountain Gallery, Milan, New York – group exhibit

           Small Works, Woodstock Artist Association & Museum, Woodstock, New York –  juried group exhibit

2009   Play it again Sam, James Cox Gallery, Willow, New York - group exhibit

           Infinite Expression, Briggs Mountain Gallery, Milan, New York - group exhibit

           Invitational Fine Art Auction, Locust Grove – The Samuel Morse Historic Site, Poughkeepsie, New York

2008   Phantasmagoria, James Cox Gallery, Willow, New York - solo exhibit

           Porcelain painting, Locust Grove, Poughkeepsie, New York - solo exhibit

           Dreams, RiverWinds Gallery - Beacon, New York - featured artist

2007   Fragile Dreams, James Cox Gallery, Willow, New York - solo exhibit

           Friends, Piermont Flywheel Gallery, Piermont Landing, New York - group exhibit

2006   Winner's Circle, Katharine Butler Gallery, Sarasota, Florida - two persons exhibit

           Fantasia, RiverWinds Gallery - Beacon, New York - featured artist

           About Cats & Dogs, Elisa Pritzker Studio & Gallery, Highland, New York - group exhibit

           Infusion - Tea and Lights in the Garden, James Cox Gallery - Woodstock, New York - group exhibition

           National Juried Exhibition, Katharine Butler Gallery, Sarasota, Florida - group exhibition

2005   Voices of Ceramics, Yager Museum - Hartwick College, Oneonta, New York - group exhibition

           Old & New Friends, Elisa Pritzker Studio & Gallery @ Casa del Arte, Highland, New York -  group exhibition

           Two persons exhibit at IBM Corp, Poughkeepsie, New York 

2004   Home for the Holidays, Hunter Village Square, Hunter, New York - group exhibit

           Fusione di forma e colore, Elisa Pritzker Studio & Gallery @ Casa del Arte, Highland, New York - solo exhibit

           Art Works at IBM, IBM Corp, Poughkeepsie, New York

          Two persons exhibit at IBM Corp, Poughkeepsie, New York  

2003   MANIFESTATIONS III: Form & Function FUNCTIONAL & WEARABLE ART, Denise Bibro Fine Art Gallery, New York City, New York - juried show

          Tea Time, Casa del Arte New York, Highland, New York - group exhibition

          HCC-Arts Exhibit, HCC-Arts Gallery, Highland, New York

          Just a Tease, Les Bohemes Gallery, Troy, New York - juried show

          First Annual Juried Competition and Art Exhibition, Village Gallery of Katonah, Katonah, New York - group show

2002  MANIFESTATIONS II: Form & Function FUNCTIONAL & WEARABLE ART, Denise Bibro Fine Art Gallery, New York City, New York - juried show

          HCC-Arts Exhibit, Living Seed Gallery,  New Paltz, New York

          Fall Pottery Sale, Byrdcliffe Barn Pottery Studio, Woodstock, New York

          Woodstock-New Paltz Arts & Crafts Fair, New Paltz, New York - juried show

          Dantforth Art Festival, Royal Plaza Trade Center, Marlborough, MA - juried show

          Italy, Casa del Arte New York, Highland, New York - group exhibition

2001  Art in the Cafe, Barnes & Noble, Poughkeepsie, New York - solo Exhibit

          Fall Pottery Sale, Byrdcliffe Barn Pottery Studio, Woodstock, New York

2000   Woodstock-New Paltz Arts & Crafts Fair, New Paltz, New York - juried show

    

Associations and Memberships:

I.P.A.T., International Porcelain Artists & Teacher, member

Arts Mid-Hudson, member

Barrett Art Center, member

Queen City 15 Gallery, founding member

 

Honors and Activities:

2018             Co-founder of Queen City 15 Gallery, 317 Main Street, Poughkeepsie, NY

2017-2018    Curator, Holiday Show, Howland Cultural Center, Beacon, NY

2017             Juror at the international IPAT competition in Miami, Florida

2016             Curator, “Loving the Earth" exhibit at the Mid-Hudson Heritage Center, Poughkeepsie, New York 

                     Curator, “Out of the Fire" exhibit at the Howland Cultural Center, Beacon, NY

2007             Lecture on Porcelain Painting History and Techniques at "Locust Grove" in  Poughkeepsie, New York 

2007             Lecture on Porcelain Painting History and Techniques at SUNY New Paltz, New Paltz, New York 

                     Lecture on Porcelain Painting History and Techniques at the "Sunshine Free" Library in Eldred, New York 

2005             Curator, “Weekend with ART" exhibit at Le Petit Chateau Inn, Hyde Park, New York     

2004             Certified Artist, International Porcelain Artists and Teachers, Inc., Grapevine, Texas

                    "Best in Show", Art Works at IBM , IBM Corp

                    Juror, 7th Annual Mill Street Loft Friend of the Arts , Poughkeepsie, New York

2003-2004   Curator, “HVAG HCC-Arts" on-going exhibit at IBM Corporation, Poughkeepsie, New York

2003-2004   Co-founder and member, RiverWinds Gallery, Beacon, New York

 

 

Selected Bibliography:

2016    Porcelain Artist Magazine, Featured artist, Oct-Nov-Dec, 2016

2012    Poughkeepsie Journal, Enjoy section, Portrait of the Artist, August 17, 2012

            Northern Dutchess News, Exhibitions section, August 28,2012 

2011    Hudson Valley Wine, Volume 4 Spring/Summer, Art section 

            Serendipity, Art to the Avenue complimentary booklet, May

            Listed in Architectural Digest, Home Design Show, March

2007    Catskill Mountain Guide, January, Artist Feature Section - juried

2006    Catskill Mountain Guide, September, Artspace (hand painted tile reproduction)

            Artwork, Daily Freeman & Arts Society of Kingston, September (hand painted tile  reproduction - cover)

            Poughkeepsie Journal, October 6, Enjoy, The Arts  (hand painted tile reproduction)

            Pelican Press, April, Sarasota's Calendar of the Arts (hand painted teapot reproduction)

            Listed in Art in America, Annual 2006-2007

2005    Catskill Mountain Guide, February, Artist Feature Section - juried

            Listed in Art in America, Annual 2005-2006

2004    Upstate House, December, Great gifts for the home, Susan Piperato 

            Catskill Mountain Region Guide, November, Artspace, Sue Stovall

           Pulse, November 4-10, 2004 Visual Art

           Poughkeepsie Journal, November 5, Enjoy, The Arts, Nicole Edwards

           Southern Ulster Times, October 13, The Arts - Community Events

           Listed in Who's Who in America 

           Listed in Art in America, Annual 2004-2005

           Catskill Mountain Guide, May, Artist Feature Section - juried

2003   Poughkeepsie Journal, December 21, Enjoy Events (hand painted ornament reproduction)

           Poughkeepsie Journal, December 12, Enjoy, The Arts, Nicole Edwards

           Poughkeepsie Journal, November 14, Enjoy, The Arts, Nicole Edwards

           Highland Post & Southern Ulster, September 3, The Arts - Community Events

           Poughkeepsie Journal, July 25, Enjoy, The Arts

           Listed in Art in America, Annual 2003-2004

2002   Catskill Mountain Region Guide, October, HCC-Arts

           Poughkeepsie Journal, October 4, Enjoy, The Arts, Nicole Edwards

           The Record, August 30,  Review, Ken Marsolais

           Taconic Press, May 16,  Artectera

           The Times Herald, May 3, Record, Terry Schommer

           Listed in Art in America, Annual 2002-2003

    

Education:

2018    Modern Painting, Porcellana Piu’, Brescia, Italy 

2017    Cazenovia NY Painting Seminar, Hand building technique, Cazenovia, NY

2016    Painting with mat colors, Patrizia Arvieri Porcelain School, Brescia, Italy

2014    Cazenovia NY Painting Seminar, Painting with gold techniques, Cazenovia, NY 

2013    Cazenovia NY Painting Seminar, Portrait, Cazenovia, NY

2005-2013    Modern mixing techniques, private Decorative Arts School, Zurich, Switzerland

2007   Portrait Painting at Mariela Villasmil-Kaminski, Loveland, Colorado

2003    Modern painting, private Decorative Arts School, Zurich, Switzerland

2002    Binding,  Hobbyceram, Milano, Italy

    Modern painting, private Decorative Arts School, Zurich, Switzerland

2001    Modern painting, private Decorative Arts School, Zurich, Switzerland

1994    Dresden roses, Arte del Decoro, private Decorative Arts School, Milano, Italy

1993    Gold techniques,  Arte del Decoro, private Decorative Arts School, Milano, Italy

1991-1996, Traditional techniques in porcelain painting, Arte del Decoro, 

                  private Decorative Arts School, Milano, Italy