January’s Featured Artists: Ray Easton & Karen Phillips/Mary Helen CollenHelen Collin

Exhibit runs from Tuesday February 4th to Saturday February 29th

A chance to meet the artists while enjoying complimentary hors d’oeuvres and drink specials!


Artist’s Statement

Ray Easton: 

“Raymond J. Easton has specialized in paintings of North American birds for nearly three decades. The love for his avian subjects comes from a lifetime of being a naturalist, as well as growing up in a small rural town, where he spent most of his time in the great outdoors. The genre of birds, he says, has carved a niche for him in the diverse depths of the fine art community, and his accolades are numerous. Raymond’s work has been labeled “world class” by experts in the field, and his paintings can be found in many private and corporate collections nationwide.
He measures the success of each piece through the delicate execution of what he calls his three most important elements – light, composition and anatomy, and his goal has always been to impact the viewer with his end result product.

Easton has been the featured artist at several juried exhibits throughout the Northeast and mid Atlantic states, and was named “New York State Wildlife Artist of the Year” on four different occasions. He was commissioned by the Department of Environmental Conservation to paint the 1997 New York State duck stamp, and similarly petitioned to design and paint the National Audubon Society’s “Wildlife Conservation Stamps”, where he has painted 20 different North American bird species.
Raymond J. Easton is a signature member of the Artists for Conservation Foundation, whose mission is to support wildlife and habitat conservation, biodiversity, sustainability and environmental education, through art that celebrates our natural heritage.



Karen Phillips & Mary Helen Collen: 

Karen began sewing in 7th Grade Home Economics class.  At that time, she enjoyed sewing clothes and later her sewing was for her home and family.   

For the past 30+ years, her passion has been designing and sewing quilts.  She enjoys each step of the quilt making process; design, then color and fabric choice, and finally quilting.  The first quilt that she made was a Christmas Tree Skirt and the second was a baby quilt. She continues to make these for the next generations. Karen’s quilting has evolved from “functional” to Art Quilts. As well as from hand quilting to quilting using the sewing machine. Currently, “illusion quilts” interest her; manipulating fabric, design and color to make secondary designs.

Karen is happy to share her quilts with you.  Each quilt is a one of a kind piece. Made of 100% cotton in a smoke-free environment.  

Karen makes commission pieces.  Contact her if that interests you or if you have any questions. ” 

Karen Lamb Phillips, Honeoye Falls, NY

585-704-0542, Karphilp3@gmail.com