Connect through art
AMR Artist Inc. (AMR) supports a vibrant cultural life for our Delaware County community by promoting and advocating on behalf of the area’s artists and cultural institutions. As a non-profit arts organization, AMR recognizes that a creative environment is an essential component of energetic civic life and sustained economic growth in a small-town community.
Instrumental in connecting local emerging artists with established pros, AMR creates a welcoming habitat for artists and art lovers alike. The goal is to bridge the gap between the Hudson Valley and the Western Catskills by presenting Delaware County as a vibrant regional hub that celebrates the visual arts and fine crafts.
AMR programs also connect the plethora of talented area artists to main street businesses, the local community, galleries, and tourists. AMR encourages emerging artists, as well as artists new to the area, to join in and learn from the established yet expanding Delaware County arts community.
AMR began as a grass-roots collective founded by Alix H. Travis in 2012 by hosting the Open Studios Tour in the three Delaware County towns of Andes, Margaretville and Roxbury. Now hosting the tour in eight Delaware County towns, we expand each year, providing Access for Mountain Region Artists as we promote both established and emerging creatives.
Upon relocating in 2017, Alix passed the baton to Tabitha Gilmore-Barnes and a group of dedicated volunteers. In 2020, AMR Artists Inc. established its non-profit status with Helene Manzo as President. Additionally, the Annual Exhibition and satellite art events like Paint The Town (2021) contribute to the growing network of Catskill Mountain and NYC-based artists, connecting artists with tourists, local homeowners, galleries, businesses and students throughout the region.
The Open Studios Tour has become a cherished event and was greatly missed by artists and art lovers during the pandemic. The tour provides socialization among artists and their neighbors and highlights the positives of small town living. Important connections and lifelong friendships are born from the visits to the unique, one-of-a-kind studios tucked away in these mountains.
CURRENT BOARD MEMBERS:
- Rita Karpoich
- Tabitha Gilmore-Barnes
- Wayne Morris
Helene is an original member of the AMR Open Studios Tour from its inception in 2012. Helene’s extensive teaching career and her experience as founder of the non- profit Longyear Gallery in Margaretville, NY, enabled her to lay the groundwork for AMR Artists Inc. in 2020. Helene's paintings, mixed media and monotypes move freely between the figurative and the abstract. She has received a variety of awards and recognition for her work. Helene currently serves as President of AMR.
Deborah became a member of the Open Studios Tour in 2018, presenting artwork in her studio in Roxbury, NY (now located in Denver-Vega). She is a retired art teacher known for hosting successful community art fundraisers in her New Jersey school district. Deborah specializes in landscape painting and drawing in a variety of media and is a member of Longyear Gallery in Margaretville, NY. Deborah assists in event coordinating, serves on the grant writing team and is Treasurer of AMR.
Rebecca became a member of the Open Studios Tour in 2017, presenting her photography at what is now the Halcottsville Hub in the Wawaka Grange Hall. This was her first experience with presenting and selling her photos as art. With a background in design and marketing, she was invited to join the AMR Team in 2020. Rebecca currently serves on the grant writing team and as Tour Director.
Sheila visited Alix H. Travis’ studio during the 2016 Open Studios Tour and was inspired to start taking watercolor classes with her. Following a few years of dedicated watercolor painting with Alix in the Catskills and other teachers in NYC, she returned to oil painting. She joined the 2022 Open Studios Tour, showing her paintings at the Wawaka Grange Hall in Halcottsville. Also in 2022, Sheila became part of the AMR Team and designed the new map/brochure, putting her years of graphic design experience to use.
Are you interested in participating in the Open Studios Tour as an artist or gallery? Would you like to know more about partnering with AMR as a sponsor? Are you an art lover looking for more information? Please reach out, we look forward to hearing from you.