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BRIAN KEELER, Artist in Residence

Brian is renowned for his use of light and color, and evocation of scenes we love.  He recently coined the term "heliodelic" to describe his work, "helio" from "heliotrope"which means light-seeking, as a sunflower turns toward the light, and "delic" from "psychedelic to denote heightened awareness and delight in the visual.

The Roberson Museum, Binghamton, NY presented 95 paintings in a special overview exhibition of his work, "Heliodelic Topography- Expressions of Sun-drenched Forms-the Art of Brian Keeler from June 2016 to January 2017.


Brian's work has won wide acclaim over the years. Most recently he was awarded Best Plein Air Work award for the Dec/Jan Salon competition by Plein Art Magazine. His paintings have been collected by many individuals, corporations, and museums. His paintings have even been incorporated into two song videos by Pat Kane, lyrics and music, (see YouTube, 'Out Here in a Hayfield" and "The Hills Around My Home.

Keeler authored an art instructional book, Dramatic Color in the Landscape, published in 2014 by North Light Books. He has also created several art instruction videos and many catalogs for one-man exhibitions of his work. 


Karen is a Visual artist.  She works in various media inspired by landscape and ethnic identity.  North Star is pleased to feature some of her tango dance art, which is enhanced by her personal joy in the dance. Karen currently teaches Argentine tango in downtown Binghamton. Karen’s art has been exhibited throughout the region and internationally, in Japan, Canada, and Germany, and her work has been included onstage in multi-disciplinary performances with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra and the Cayuga Chamber Orchestra.  

Kurt Lichtmann

Himself a dancer, the artist specializes in dance photography. A voice-operated camera shutter captures the live action. His core perspective for a great dance photo is JOY. In addition to dance photography, the artist works with dip pen and ink on calligraphy in Sanskrit and Tibetan, but that is another show. Website:

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