Kim & I working on painted paper collage.

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See one of the works here.


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Cohoes Artist Showcase 2014

As an artist who owns a studio in Cohoes while living in another town, the best part of Cohoes is how it provides a platform for new creation that seeds the area.  The forward thinking of Cohosians who want to take the great historical legacy of Cohoes and use it to attract new people, new business, new ideas and new creativity has given me and many other artists a place where we can use our art to help reinvigorate a classic and beautiful city. Continue reading

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Choose Cohoes For Art This Friday


It’s a Rockin’ Friday in Cohoes as the Choose Cohoes For Art gang show their stuff at the Cohoes Farmers Market followed by the Canal Square Concert Series, this week featuring local heroes,  BackBeat.

Kathy will be at the Farmer’s Market, with scarves and other works for sale, right across Remsen Street from her new show at Harmony House MarketPlace, which contains images of bits of textile flotsam along the Mohawk that reveal Cohoes fabric history.

Cohoes is a really exciting place to be this summer.  The 3d annual Cohoes Artist Showcase was a great show, and the energy continues.

Our August 10 Tribute Block Printing Class for Lise Toch (Noon-5) only has one seat left open and Kathy continues to do private scarf printing classes for groups of women who want to get together and create wearable art for themselves and each other.

Summer is great here in Cohoes! We hope you join us this Friday!



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Be Like Lise

Lise Toch


Lise Toch loved creating.

It didn’t matter if she was a master of something, or even if she really understood it all.

Lise just loved to create, even trying her hand at something new, something fun, something bold, something full of imagination.

That’s one reason Lise was at the heart of Ragged Edge Print Studio from the beginning.   She dreamed of someplace where everyone could share her delight in making art, in creating.

Lise is gone now, lost to breast cancer, but her spirit lives on with all of us at Ragged Edge Print Studio.   We want to have a special place where people can plunge right in, try something new and create art.

On Saturday, August 10, we invite you to join us to celebrate Lise and her creative energy by letting loose and being creative in the space she helped create.

Terry Conrad and Rachel Zigler-Sheridan are going to lead us through relief printmaking, that classic technique where you start with a block and end up with a range of prints that keep on giving.   It’s a great technique to make something lasting that makes your very personal art, on paper, on cards, on books, on anything.

Because of Lise and her efforts, we have the tools to do this with grace at Ragged Edge Print Studio in Cohoes.

All you have to bring is the spirit of Lise, that bold claiming of creativity, that willingness to try the new.

All the proceeds from this class go to Breast Cancer Research Foundation in Lise’s name, so even your $50 (which includes all supplies) goes to honor the spirit of Lise.

Please, join us on this summer Saturday to Be Like Lise, to take joy in the creativity that she embraced in her life, and embraced in the creation of Ragged Edge Print Studio.

Details are here: A Celebration of Lise Toch: Introduction to Relief Printmaking

Terry & Rachel give a great class so no matter what your skill level you will leave with a new skill, some of your own fresh and lasting art, the warmth of shared learning, a jolt of creativity and the satisfaction of knowing that you have honored the memory of Lise, with your gathering and your cash.

Please join us.   If you are an experienced artist, or you have never made prints at all, there is something in the graceful simplicity of relief printmaking for you.

Lise knew a good thing when she saw it.  She knew that opening up and creating something new was always good.

Why don’t you spend a morning with us and Be Like Lise?


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A Celebration of Lise Toch: Introduction to Relief Printmaking

Please join us as we celebrate Lise Toch, a founder of Ragged Edge Printmaking Studio and the Cohoes Arts Committee who passed away in April, by creating new art and memories. Lise firmly believed that everyone should have the opportunity to express themselves creatively, so we carry on her dreams by learning, teaching and creating. And there will be wine.

Terry Conrad and Rachel Ziegler-Sheridan will guide us through the basics of relief printmaking. We will explore basic carving and inking techniques utilizing wooden or linoleum surfaces.

Proceeds from the class will go to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation,, in Lise’s name. Continue reading

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Beekman Street Art Fair, This Sunday

Come join me on Sunday as I will be displaying and selling my silk scarves and other work at the 2nd Annual Beekman Street Art Fair in Saratoga Springs!BSAF pcard front 2013

This is put together by Cecilia and Amejo from Frittelli & Lockwood, and it will be a great gathering of Artists in beautiful Saratoga Springs.

I’ll be there Sunday from 10-5.  Please come and visit!

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Please Join Us At The Cohoes Artist Showcase!

CAS III Poster_smCome and see and purchase the latest work from Cohoes artists,
including Ragged Edge members Mary Ellen Riell, Helga Prichard, Sunghee Park,
Ruby Silvious and Kathy Klompas will be showing and offering work alongside lots of other great artists. participating Friday and Saturday this weekend
plus have a chance to remember Lise Toch with special auction items.

Cohoes Artist Showcase III

Time(s): 5-9 Friday 10-9 Saturday
Location: Venue @ St Joes Congress St Cohoes NY
Contact: Fred Neudoerffer
Contact Phone: 5184414447
Contact Email:

The third annual Cohoes Artist Showcase will display the work of many Cohoes artists as well as special guest artists from the region. Opening reception 6:30 to 8:30 Friday 6/7/13. If you were born, live, work or attend High School in Cohoes you are encouraged to enter. Contact for more information.

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Lise Toch

Lise Toch, one of the founders of Ragged Edge Print Studio, died on Monday, April 29 from complications of cancer.

It was the determination and energy that Lise brought to every part of her life that made her instrumental in getting Ragged Edge off the ground.  She was a force in all areas, including promoting the arts in Cohoes with projects like a summer workshop for local students.

The Cohoes arts community will be remembering Lise at an upcoming exhibition, including an auction of art to support  breast cancer research.

We all send our deepest condolences to her family, and want them to know that Lise will always have a place in our hearts.



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Mary Ellen and Helga Visit Exposing Rhythms

Hi Kathy,

Helga and I visited Ballston Spa and the Bottle Museum to see your show today. We learned something about the history of bottles (more interesting than you might think) and then we made our way to the top floor gallery space.

The space itself was handsome, spacious and well lit – and your work was perfectly paired with  Fred Neudoerffer’s photographs. There were many, many pieces that I liked and I hope that when your show comes down you hang some of this work at RE. It’s a print studio, let’s see some of these wonderful prints!

Good luck with the talk on Saturday I know it will be an interesting one.

Mary Ellen
I also posted your work on my FB page:

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Come Meet Fred & Me

Fred Neudoerffer and I have a joint show called “Exposing Rhythms”  that continues to April 12 at JRM Artists’ Space @ The National Bottle Museum 76 Milton Ave,  Ballston Spa NY.

This Saturday, March 30, from 1 PM to 3 PM, we will both be there to have a “Meet the Artists / Learn the Process!” event.  Fred’s photographs are special because of the way he plays with exposure and reflection, and my process of printmaking by layering color and mark making is very personal.

We will be talking about how our process affects the images we create.   We invite you to join us.


Artist Statement – Kathy Klompas

The spontaneity and simplicity of monotype allows me to build up rich layers of color, texture and pattern.

Working quickly and intuitively, I manipulate either printmaking inks or thickened dyes on an acrylic plate with a variety of whimsical mark-making tools and transfer that image onto paper or fabric.  To achieve a sense of movement and flow, I work fast, from all directions, expending a fair bit of energy as my thoughts trip, stumble and hopscotch, jumping from shape to shape, ever curious as to how the next stroke of color or pattern will influence the image.

Often I then layer on more color and richness.  Sometimes I crop and reorganize the fragments searching for a pleasing and compelling juxtaposition, as one might weave together thoughts and phrases when trying to express a beautiful or quirky discovery.

A repetition of color or marks might translate from a reoccurring thought, either welcome or nagging, a calendar that lines up a grid of repeated days each with their unique stamp, an observation of structures and architecture, or simply attempting to capture the rippling reflections of sun and surroundings on water’s surface.  I often use a camera to capture images from nature to feed my own work.

Discovering printmaking has been very rewarding.  The techniques are so varied, the results so exciting, that it continually inspires my delight and my love.



“Exposing Rhythms” Meet the Artists / Learn the Process!  Saturday March 30th 1-3pm at the JRM Artists’ Space @ The National Bottle Museum 76 Milton Ave Ballston Spa NY 518-885-7589

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