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Mary Ellen Riell

Schenectady, NY

Mary Ellen Riell

Mary Ellen Riell grew up in the Marine Park neighborhood of
Brooklyn, NY. As a teenager she studied at the Art Students
League in New York City and continued her education at the
Fashion Institute of Technology and Brooklyn College. As an
undergraduate she mentored with painter Sam Gelber and
sculptor Sylvia Stone. She earned a Masters in Education with a
studio concentration in screen printing from the College of Saint
Rose in Albany, NY in 1994.

Mary Ellen is a recipient of top awards in both watercolor and
pastel, including Grand Prize in the Cooperstown Art
Association's 79th Annual National Exhibition, Best in Show at
the Laffer Gallery’s 3rd Annual Upstate Artists Exhibition and,
most recently, the Adirondack Pastel National Silver Award.
Exhibiting since 1995, Mary Ellen has participated in over 100
exhibitions throughout the Northeast. She is a current member
and former co-director of the Oakroom Artists. Her pastel
landscapes, watercolors and prints are found in private and
corporate collections.

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