Gladys Miller-Rosenstein: Co-Chair
Gladys Miller-Rosenstein is the Executive Director of the Puffin Foundation, Ltd, a philanthropic organization which endeavors to open the doors of artistic expression to those who are often excluded because of their race, gender, or social philosophy. Gladys became the director in the 1980’s after retiring from a twenty- five year teaching career. In addition to serving on the Board of the Teaneck Creek Conservancy she co-chairs the organization’s Eco-Art Committee which is responsible for steering the artistic and environmental vision of the restored 46-acre site. She is also on the Board of the Teaneck Festival of the Arts and a member of the Teaneck International Film Festival.
Anthony Santella Phd
Anthony is a Teaneck, NJ based sculptor and computational scientist. He earned a BA in Computer Science from New York University in 1999 and a PhD from Rutgers University in 2005. He is a Senior Research Scientist at Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. His research on graphics, computer vision, computational aesthetics and data analysis methods has been published in CHI, SIGGRAPH, NPAR, Cell and Nature Methods. Self taught as a sculptor Anthony’s current studio work focuses on carvings in reclaimed wood from storm-downed trees. His carefully wrought sculptures draw on world traditions of ritual woodcarving to explore modern dreams and nightmares. His work has appeared in numerous exhibits and is held in private collections throughout the US and abroad.
Richard Kirk Mills
Richard Kirk Mills artwork over the past thirty years has reflected his concern with specific places and with various formal modes of expression i.e., painting, printmaking, paper making, garden design, public and environmental (eco)art. See: http://richardkirkmills.net/home.html
Rick was the project director for TCC from 2000 to 2003 and artist - in - residence from 2001- to 2006. Responsibilities included interpretive graphical placemaking; research and archiving of historic local maps, photos, images and text; liason between artists and place narratives. Working with landscape architect Blair Hines, Mills laid out the first Conservancy pathway plans and presented plans for an an ecoart park through a series of sixteen community meetings to Teaneck’s "communities within communities."
Mills earned an MFA from City College of New York, drove a taxi, worked as a master printer, taught at the Pratt Graphics Center for five years and was Professor of Art at Long Island University/ Post for 28 years where he directed the printmaking and paper making program. Mills was a residency artist at the Jentel Foundation and Ucross in Wyoming and at the Virginia Center for Creative Arts as a Geraldine R. Dodge Fellow.
Mills has at various times narrated, interpreted, represented, (re)designed and abstracted the landscape. After fourteen years of highly collaborative public work he returned to painting, working with everyday subjects. His hope is that the years of revealing the hidden cultural and environmental history of place informs the recent work; that they reflect a deeper feeling of the layers of landscape and memory. Rick is inspired by the work of Lois Dodd, Jane Freilicher, Jane Wilson, Fairfield Porter and many other American painterly realists.
He currently divides his time between studios in New Jersey and the western Catskills.
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Anthony Buscetti: Co-CHair
Anthony Buscetti, former Edison School Vice principal, is retired for twelve years from the Union City School district, after 40 years of service. Mr. Buscetti began his career as an art teacher, having graduated from New Jersey City University as an Arts/Elementary Education major. He received his BA and MA in Education and administration.
He served as a Vice Principal and Staff Development Leader, for the district and he served as an artist-in-residence and cultural outreach program coordinator for the Union City School District. He was Whole School Reform Facilitator for Woodrow Wilson Arts Integrated Elementary Star School. As a consultant to the New Jersey State Council on The Arts and the State Department of Education, Art Assessment Committee,he served on committes to formulate the New Jersey Core Curriculum Art Standards and developed the arts component of the Elementary School Proficiency Assesmemt State Test (ESPA).
Now retired, he serves as a consultant to arts/environmental organizations and school districts,and works as an on-site evaluator for the New Jersey State Council On The Arts. He is also a former member of the Board of trustees for Playwrights Theater of N.J. and is currently the chair for the Eco Art Committee of the Teaneck Creek Conservancyan and serves as a Board Trustee. He consults throughout the state focusing on school improvement,developing assessment tools in arts/environmental studies specialized integrated art programs, and curriculum materials.
I believe that all art is intrinsically abstract. It is my view that art is expressed through the language of the medium. The instruments of color, texture, rhythm and form give voice to that language. The medium itself articulates this voice. Look beyond the serendipitous imagery. What I say in my heart is in the paint itself. The work is about my journey. My paintings reflect but a moment in time, yet span an eternity. Join me. Let us walk together, so we may stand still in quietude.
I have been on the Eco art Committee of the Teaneck Creek Conservancy for more than 10 years. Worked with numerous invited artists who have created installations in the park. including the Labyrinth, the "Five Pipes" that are decorated with murals. I have restored these murals annually due to weather damage. Presently working with other artists from our committee with the installation of " Vine Art " in the park. As an artist I have done sculpting and painting for many years. I have worked with stone, wood, metal, stained glass, and other materials. My work has been shown at several group shows, including New York University and the Puffin Foundation.
A little over forty years ago, Frank Ottochian, answered an advertisement in the New York Times by the Teaneck Board of Education, for an art teacher and football coach. That unusual ad was what led him to Teaneck where his desire to teach art, coach and love of nature could grow. Frank graduated shortly before that from Mankato State University in Minnesota.
Originally, from Brooklyn, New York he moved to Teaneck immediately, enabling Frank to organize district art exhibits, coach and work on his M.A. in Fine Arts Education from William Paterson College all while marrying the “love of his life” Celia. Frank continued his own artistic passions in Kinetic relief paintings, photography, print making and relief sculpture. This opened the door for Frank to open Red Crown Gallery in Sugar Loaf, New York, as well as display his art in prestigious galleries such as Forbes Magazine and Graphic Design Unlimited in New York City.
As Frank and his wife were raising their three children he became keenly aware of the children’s’ relationship with nature so he created an art gallery at Teaneck High School where nature and art could be united. His dedication of leading by example was apparent every day of his 37 years of teaching. A colleague once referred to Frank as a “Pied Piper” walking the grounds with students sharing ideas for art using nature. This love of nature and art grew further when Frank decided his students needed to expand their knowledge. He began an “Environmental Club” once a week to engage the students in using the nature around them.
Early in the fall of 2000, a member of the Teaneck Creek Conservancy contacted Thomas Jefferson school officials about an out-door classroom. Frank’s love of teaching art and including nature, well let’s just says, “The rest is history”! Frank was thrilled to collaborate with fellow colleagues on several multi-cultural projects in both the labyrinth and the conservancy. His enthusiasm spread to others quickly as word of the Conservancy effort to conserve 46 acres of wetlands be preserved. Over the span of a decade, Frank worked tirelessly, with teachers, artists and who ever would lend an ear in helping this conservation effort become a reality.
In June 2010, Frank retired after 37 years of teaching in Teaneck. His goal was in addition to time with his family in Warwick, NY he wanted to spend more time on his own art. Frank has several of his own inventions that he is pursuing to become manufactured while also developing a business in art restoration.