Bio

Education

Boston University - BS 1959
SUNY at Purchase - BFA 1981
Post Graduate Studies: School of Visual Arts, NYC
School of Sacred Arts, NYC
Vermont Studio Colony, Johnson, VT
Center for Restoration & Preservation, Venice, Italy

Curatorial

Curatorial Committee, Collaborative Concepts @ Saunders Farm, Garrison, NY
Curatorial Committee, Collaborative Concepts @ Hat Factory, Peekskill, NY
Curator, "Mechanics of Politics" Collaborative Concepts @ Bulldog Studios, Beacon, NY
Co-curator with Lesley Anne Doyel and Robert Bunkin of the first contemporary survey of fresco painting held at Snug Harbor Cultural Center, Parsons School of Design in NYC and with Stoney Conley at Boston College Museum of Art, Chestnut Hill, MA.

Director

President, co-director, founder and instructor (with Livia Monaco) of Accademia Caerite, Inc. in Ceri, Italy. Accademia Caerite, Inc. is a "not-for-profit" workshop dedicated to continuing the traditional techniques of fresco painting and scagliola. 1992 - 2000
Current Board Member of Collaborative Concepts Gallery, Beacon, NY

Teacher and Lecturer: 
Selected Past Teaching

Instructor, Pastel Workshop, Garrison Art Center, Garrison, NY
Volunteer Art Program in Central Vietnam, 2004-2009
Volunteer Art Program in Santarem, Brazil, 2002, 2003
Volunteer Art Program in Vieu Fort, St. Lucia, 1999-2000
Instructor Creating a Visual Journal, Parsons School of Design, NYC
Instructor in fresco painting at Abruzzi Workshop, Anversa degli Abruzzi, Italy
Instructor in fresco painting at New York Academy of Art, NYC
Instructor in fresco painting at Parsons School of Design, NYC
Instructor in fresco painting at Accademia Caerite, Inc., Ceri, Italy
Lecturer at Artists Talk on Art, NYC
Artist in Residence, Westchester Arts Council, White Plains, NY
Lecturer at Bellevue Hospital Alumni Association at Yale Club, NYC
Lecturer at Croton Free Library, Croton-on-Hudson, NY

 

 


Solo
Exhibitions

2013

"Vistas: Separate Takes on Light & Space" with Susan English & Colin Barclay, Skylight Gallery, NYC

2012

"The Landscape Show", Mad Dooley Gallery, Beacon, NY
"Beekman Street Artist Banner Project", Beacon, NY
"Artist on Location", Garrison Art Center, Garrison, NY
"Under 30 Inches", Skylight Gallery, NYC
" The Big Draw", BACA, Beacon, NY
"Fine Art", Beacon Theater Gallery, Beacon, NY (curated Jennifer Mackiewicz) 
"Art of the Heart", LOOK Gallery, Mohegan Lake, NY

2011

Hudson Beach Gallery (with Insun Kim), Beacon, NY "Green in Vietnam", Pastels and Paintings
Also shown at the Bean Runner Gallery, Peekskill, NY

2008

"Artworks: Sheilah Rechtschaffer", Installed at Ameriprise Financial, 67 Woodside Avenue, Briarcliff Manor, NY. Ameriprise purchased the complete collection on site.

2006

"Sheilah Rechtschaffer, Pastels" Carl Van Brunt Gallery, Beacon, NY "Seasons II" Pastels and Oil Paintings, Croton Free Library, Croton-on-Hudson, NY, January 13 to February 28

2005

"Seasons" Pastels and Oil Paintings, Chappaqua Library Gallery, Chappaqua, NY
"The Eighties" Dixie Foam Beds, 113 West 25th Street, NYC (On-Going)

2003

"Landscape Transformed: Sheilah Rechtschaffer & John Haines" Germaine Keller Gallery, Garrison, NY
"Artists of Northern Westchester", Croton-on-Hudson, NY
"Artists on Location" (Spring & Fall) Garrison, NY

2002

"No More War" One Station Plaza, Peekskill, NY
"Artists on Location" Garrison Art Center, Garrison, NY
Germaine Keller Gallery Garrison, NY
"Reflections (9/11)" Exit Art, NYC
"Invitational Exhibition" A.I.R. Gallery, NYC
"Members Exhibition" Garrison Art Center, Garrison, NY

2001

"Faculty Exhibition" NY Academy of Art, NYC
"Summer Exhibition" Anversa degli Abruzzi, Italy
"Artists on Location" Garrison Art Center, Garrison, NY
"Members Exhibition" Garrison Art Center, Garrison, NY

2000

"Tradition Innovation" Marymount College, Tarrytown, NY
"Members Exhibition" Garrison Art Center, Garrison, NY
"Estate 2000" Palazzo Torlonia, Ceri, Italy

1999

"Sacred Spaces" Ossining Art Center, Ossining, NY
"Artists on Location" Garrison Art Center, Garrison, NY
"Members Exhibition" Garrison Art Center, Garrison, NY

1998

"The Power of Pastel" Paramont Center for the Arts, Peekskill, NY
"Grassroots" The Gallery of the Hudson, Irvington, NY
"Small Works" Faculty & Staff, Parsons School of Design, NYC
"New Frescoes & Pastels" Palazzo Torlonia, Ceri, Italy
"Members Exhibition" Garrison Art Center, Garrison, NY
"True Fresco" The Painting Center, NYC
"Artists in Chelsea" The Chelsea Market Gallery", NYC
"Members and Friends - Soho 20 Invitational" Soho 20, NYC

1997

"Colleagues in Landscape" Paramount Center for the Arts, Peekskill, NY
"Members Exhibition" Garrison Art Center, Garrison, NY

1996

"New Frescoes" Palazzo Torlonia, Ceri, Italy
"Small is Big" Faculty & Staff, Parsons School of Design, NYC

1988

"Pastel Drawings" Maryanne McCarthy Fine Art, NYC

1995

"Italian Frescoes" Palazzo Torlonia, Ceri, Italy

1985

"Paintings & Works on Paper," Nederlandsche Middenstandsbank, NYC


Gallery

2013

"Small Works", Catalyst Gallery, Beacon, NY
"Blue", Outside In Gallery, Piermont, NY
"Remembering War; 1775 to the Present", Putnam History Museum, Cold Spring, NY
"Riverside Art Auction", Garrison, Art Center, Garrison, NY
"Winter Group", Gallery 508, Beacon, NY
"It’s Not Always Black&White", Westchester Community College, Peekskill, NY, Ellen Keiter, curator
"Collaborative Concepts Pop-Up", Putnam Arts Council, Mahopac, NY
"Alternet", Carla Rae Johnson, Curator, Travelling
"Beacon@100: BAU", Beacon, NY
"Where Have All The Flowers Gone", Amy Lipton/Simon Draper curators, Peekskill, NY

2012

The Big Draw, BACA, Beacon, NY
Fine Art, Beacon Theater Gallery, Beacon, NY (curated Jennifer Mackiewicz)
Art of the Heart, LOOK Gallery, Mohegan Lake, NY

2011

Open Studios Exhibition, Philipstown.Info & The Living Room, Cold Spring, NY
Collaborative Concepts 2011@Saunders, Farm, Garrison, NY
Art Along the Hudson, Paramount Center for the Arts, Peekskill, NY
Benefit for Japan, Sacred Gallery, NYC
"Artists on Location", Garrison Art Center, Garrison, NY
New Work, Westchester Community College, Peekskill, NY

2010

"Collaborative Concepts 2010 @ Saunders Farm," Garrison, NY
"Habitat for Artists," HVLT installation, Garrison, NY & traveling
"Sneak Peek," Studio No. 9 Gallery, Peekskill, NY
"What Matters Most," Eco Art Space Benefit, Exit Art, NYC
"Habitat for Artists," Chashama Installation, NYC
"Small Works," Peekskill Arts Council@Peekskill Paramount, Peekskill, NY
"Artists on Location," Garrison Art Center, NY

2009

"Peekskill Arts Council" at Standard House, Peekskill, NY
"Collaborative Concepts @ Saunders Farm 2009," Garrison, NY
"Artists on Location," Garrison Art Center, Garrison, NY

2008

"Collaborative Concepts @ Saunders Farm Project 08," Garrison, NY
"Collaborative Concepts at The Hat Factory," Peekskill, NY
"Black & White", Beacon Artist's Union (BAU), Beacon, NY
"Artists on Location" (Spring & Fall), Garrison Art Center, Garrison, NY

2007

"Collaborative Concepts at Saunders Farm", Garrison, NY
"Artists on Location" (Spring & Fall), Garrison Art Center, Garrison, NY
"The Flat File Show" William Maxwell Fine Arts, Peekskill, NY - current

2006

"Mechanics of Politics" Collaborative Concepts@Bulldog Studios, Beacon, NY
"Artists on Location" (Spring & Fall, Garrison Art Center, Garrison, NY
"Celebrating Art for 40 Years" Garrison Art Center, Garrison, NY
"Opening Exhibition", Go North Gallery, Beacon, NY

2005

"Dog & Pony Show" Beacon Artists Union (BAU), Beacon, NY
"Artists on Location" (Spring & Fall), Garrison Art Center, Garrison, NY
"The Landscape Show" Carl Van Brunt Gallery, Beacon NY

2004

"New Hudson" Van Brunt Gallery, Beacon, NY
"Artists on Location" (Spring & Fall), Garrison, NY
"Belle Levine Gallery" (Cathleen Cooley, Jurist)), Mahopac, NY
"Benefit Exhibition" Collaborative Concepts, Beacon NY

2003

"Artists of Northern Westchester", Croton-on-Hudson, NY
"Artists on Location" (Spring & Fall) Garrison, NY

2002

"No More War" One Station Plaza, Peekskill, NY
"Artists on Location" Garrison Art Center, Garrison, NY
Germaine Keller Gallery Garrison, NY
"Reflections (9/11)" Exit Art, NYC
"Invitational Exhibition" A.I.R. Gallery, NYC
"Members Exhibition" Garrison Art Center, Garrison, NY

2001

"Faculty Exhibition" NY Academy of Art, NYC
"Summer Exhibition" Anversa degli Abruzzi, Italy
"Artists on Location" Garrison Art Center, Garrison, NY
"Members Exhibition" Garrison Art Center, Garrison, NY

2000

"Tradition Innovation" Marymount College, Tarrytown, NY
"Members Exhibition" Garrison Art Center, Garrison, NY
"Estate 2000" Palazzo Torlonia, Ceri, Italy

1999

"Sacred Spaces" Ossining Art Center, Ossining, NY
"Artists on Location" Garrison Art Center, Garrison, NY
"Members Exhibition" Garrison Art Center, Garrison, NY

1998

"The Power of Pastel" Paramont Center for the Arts, Peekskill, NY
"Grassroots" The Gallery of the Hudson, Irvington, NY
"Small Works" Faculty & Staff, Parsons School of Design, NYC
"New Frescoes & Pastels" Palazzo Torlonia, Ceri, Italy
"Members Exhibition" Garrison Art Center, Garrison, NY
"True Fresco" The Painting Center, NYC
"Artists in Chelsea" The Chelsea Market Gallery", NYC
"Members and Friends - Soho 20 Invitational" Soho 20, NYC

1997

"Colleagues in Landscape" Paramount Center for the Arts, Peekskill, NY
"Members Exhibition" Garrison Art Center, Garrison, NY

1996

"New Frescoes" Palazzo Torlonia, Ceri, Italy
"Small is Big" Faculty & Staff, Parsons School of Design, NYC

1995

"Five Friends/Five Artists" Garrison Art Center, Garrison, NY
"Ossining Painters & Sculptors" Ossining Art Center, Ossining, NY

1994

"Fresco: A Contemporary Perspective" Boston College Museum of Art, Chestnut Hill, MA
"Pastels of the Garden in Ceri" Palazzo Torlonia, Ceri, Italy
"Small is Big" Faculty & Staff, Parsons School of Design, NYC

1993

"Fresco: A Contemporary Perspective" Newhouse Center for Contempory Art
Snug Harbor, Cultural Center, Staten Island, NY and Parsons School of Design Gallery, NYC
"Fresco - 1993," Palazzo Torlonia, Ceri, Italy
"Small is Big," Faculty & Staff, Parsons School of Design, NYC

1992

"River Voices" Paramount Center for the Arts, Peekskill, NY

1991

"Four Friends" Garrison Art Center, Garrison, NY

1990

"Artists on Art" Northern Westchester Center for the Arts, Goldens Bridge, NY
"Ossining Artists" Rye Art Center, Rye, NY

1989

"Small is Big" Faculty & Staff, Parsons School of Design, NYC
"Gallery Artists" Maryanne McCarthy Fine Art, NYC and Southampton,NY

1992

"River Voices" Paramount Center for the Arts, Peekskill, NY

1991

"Four Friends" Garrison Art Center, Garrison, NY

1990

"Artists on Art" Northern Westchester Center for the Arts, Goldens Bridge, NY
"Ossining Artists" Rye Art Center, Rye, NY

1989

"Small is Big" Faculty & Staff, Parsons School of Design, NYC
"Gallery Artists" Maryanne McCarthy Fine Art, NYC and Southampton,NY

1988

"December Invitational at SOHO 20 Gallery" NYC
"Desert Pastels" Rancho Linda Vista, Oracle, AZ

1987

"Ten Artists" Maryanne McCarthy Fine Art, NYC

1986

"December Invitational" Maryanne McCarthy Fine Art & L'Ambiete, NYC
"October Exhibition" Sound Shore Gallery, Port Chester, NY
"The All Natural Disaster Show" Longwood Arts Project, PS 39, Bronx,NY

1985

"Holiday Invitational" A.I.R. Gallery, NYC
"Works on Paper" SUNY at Purchase Alumni Exhibition, Purchase, NY
"Small Works" (Alan Stone, Jurist) NY University, NYC

1984

"Small Works" (C. Janis, Jurist) NY University, NYC
"Grassroots, Winter Exhibition" Hastings-on-Hudson Gallery, Hastings-on-Hudson, NY

1983

"Art of the Northeast USA" (Suzanne Delehanty, Jurist) Silvermine Guild for the Arts, New Canaan, CT (first prize in painting)
"Desert Drawings," Cobble Hill Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

1982

"Rocks, Birds, Shells, Trees & Skulls" Sommerstown Gallery, Somers, NY
"Tenth Annual Alumni Exhibition" SUNY at Purchase Gallery, Purchase,NY

1981

"Discovery 1 - Annual Juried Print Exhibition" Bridge Gallery, White Plains, NY