BluSeed Board Members

Dedicated to making BluSeed Studios great!
Jim Hotaling

Chairman

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Retired architect and land use planner. Former board member of LPCA, Pendragon Theater and the Denver Center for the Performing Arts. Enjoys sketching and painting.

Chris Covert

Treasurer

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Chris is the Broker, Owner and Founder of Guide Boat Realty, LLC. In March of 2000, with 15 years experience listing and selling Adirondack properties, Chris opened Guide Boat Realty, LLC in Saranac Lake, NY. In 2005, Guide Boat Realty, LLC was named the Best Real Estate Agency in the Mountains by the Adirondack Daily Enterprise, the regions only daily newspaper. Saranac Lake is located at the heart of the High Peaks and Lakes area of the 6 million acre Adirondack Park. Chris has served two terms as President of the Northern Adirondack Board of REALTORS. He has also served several terms on the Board of Directors of the New York State Association of REALTORS. Chris is active in the Saranac Lake community restoring historic buildings, has served as a Director of the Saranac Lake Area Chamber of Commerce,is a charter member of the Kiwanis Club of Saranac Lake, is on the loan committee at AEDC, and serves as Treasurer of BluSeed Studios where he can often be found in the pottery studio.

“At Guide Boat Realty, we not only list and sell unique Adirondack properties, we also sell a unique, Saranac Lake lifestyle: a blend of our fabulous, natural Adirondack setting, infused with a vibrant arts community, steeped in the history of Adirondack Great Camps, and filled with a family-friendly community spirit. Let us be your guide to Adirondack real estate.”– Chris Covert

Laura Carbone

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Brandon DeVito

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Brandon currently is a Sales Representative at Craft Beer Guild of New York. A Former prince of winter carnival, and current self-proclaimed prince of Saranac Lake, he can be found hiking or paddling, deep in the wilderness, consuming live music, or enjoying pints of great beer with good people. Brandon also sits on Saranac Lake’s Downtown Advisory board, and is chairman of Saranac Lake’s Music on the Green program.

Shaun Kittle

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Patti Peebles

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Carol Marie Vossler

Artistic Director

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After attaining my Master of Fine Arts Degree at Syracuse University, I shared a studio in NYC for five years While in NYC, I learned first hand the “business of art” and created a strong networking bond with international artists as well as those from the United States. I have been an exhibiting artist for thirty years; as a curator, I have facilitated six international exchanges, dozens of regional exhibitions and numerous studio art workshops for participants of all ages. I have been an Instructor of Art in higher education for eighteen years, five years as an adjunct at Plattsburgh State University and thirteen years at NCCC in Saranac Lake. My teaching objectives are: to embolden critical thinking through research and class critiques; pedagogic projects whose ideals were to incorporate, social, science and or math aspects into the artwork; teach them how to become creative and informed decision makers using both divergent and convergent thought process as they planned their projects.

Vicki Celeste

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Marc Gitlitz

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Marc Gitlitz is a retired management consultant who specialized in identifying, assessing and commercializing new business opportunities driven by information technology. During his 43 year management consulting career he was associated with The Diebold Group, Inc. and Butler Cox LLP, and ultimately managed the business planning practice of the former and the United States consulting practice of the latter. He now makes venture capital investments in emerging information technology sectors.

Marc has also supported social service organizations. He was a board member of the JBFCS Big Brother – Big Sister Program, and launched and managed sports programs for at risk children.

Katherine Levin-Lau

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Katherine Levin Lau is currently a full time artist living and working in San Jose California.
She has shown her work both nationally and inter nationally for the last 30 years.
Her teaching experience includes teaching courses at the University/college level, working with children of all ages, and printmaking workshops.

Ruth Smith

Board Member

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I serve on the Board at BluSeed Studios because I think it is important to support an organization that provides so much to our community. Among the musical performances, artistic exhibits and workshops, and a variety of other activities offered, many people have an opportunity to expand their cultural experiences and appreciation of the arts. As a long-time educator and north country gardener, I know that commitment to a successful endeavor can be very rewarding to all involved, so as a Board member, I look forward to supporting the ongoing success and future growth of BluSeed Studios so many people can benefit from all that it offers.

Jim Connolly

Vice Chairman

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Jim Connolly retired in 2013 after 32 years of service with New York State where he served as Deputy Director for Planning for the Adirondack Park Agency. Responsibilities at APA included overall direction and administration of state land policy issues and local government services. Prior to working for APA, he worked for NYS Department of Environmental Conservation for over twenty years where he worked on the development and implementation of a management plan for Lake Champlain and to administer EPA funded grants through the Lake Champlain Basin Program. He has served as a Board member at BluSeed Studios since 2014 and has been hoping that all the amazing artistic talents of people involved with the arts programs at BluSeed’s will rub off on him. He views the programs at BluSeed’s as providing positive economic impacts to the Tri-Lakes and surrounding communities as well as for their inherent educational and artistic benefit.

Georgeanne Gaffney

Secretary

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Georgeanne Gaffney is a professional artist living and working in the northern Adirondacks. As a fine artist, her work is exhibited and collected nationally. Georgeanne creates mysterious and beautiful paintings, which celebrate and initiate a dialogue about our relationship with nature. She also works in the commercial field of architecture and construction as a decorative finisher as well as a manager, working from the planning stages to completion while collaborating with architects, designers and clients. She is active in fostering art and culture in her local community, is a current member of The Adirondack Artists Guild and Saranac Lake Art Works, and sits on BluSeed Studio’s board of directors. Originally from Baltimore, MD, Georgeanne graduated with a Bachelors of Science, focusing on Painting and Drawing, from Towson University.

George Cook

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Greg Hill

Board Member

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After some 40+ years of professional work, I am delighted to be an active supporter of the diversity, vitality and creativity of programs BluSeed Studios offers North Country residents and visitors alike. Individually and combined, its endeavors help build true and lasting value in all the communities Bluseed serves. I look forward to great things ahead for the organization, and for all the arts in Saranac Lake and throughout the Adirondacks.

Erica Neufeld

Board Member

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Yes, I like piña coladas and getting caught in the rain I’m not much into health food, I am into champagne.

Jim Sonneborn

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With more than 25 years of experience working as an expert litigator, arbitrator, mediator and appellate lawyer in Central and Northern New York, Jim has the experience and passion to solve a variety of problems for his clients. His expertise includes prosecution and defense of civil cases, partnership and shareholder disputes, negligence, contracts, torts, legal malpractice, and securities arbitration. Past clients include individuals, businesses, organizations and government offices throughout Central New York and the Adirondack Region. Decades of experience as a successful trial attorney and negotiator have proven that Jim brings all the skills and creativity necessary to solve complex legal problems for his clients.

If you are interested in serving on the BluSeed Studios Board of Directors or one of our committees we’d love to hear from you!  Please contact us at admin@bluseedstudios.org or 518-891-3799.

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Upcoming Events

Sat 19

Art Exhibit; Italo Clemente 1930-2010

July 28 @ 5:00 pm - September 16 @ 11:00 pm
Tue 22

Design a Workshop

August 22 @ 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Sep 08

Live at BluStage: John Gorka

September 8 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Sep 16

Fabric Marbling

September 16

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