Director’s Notes



Lisa Pinto


Lisa Pinto is a brilliant portrait painter who lives with her family in Red Hook, New York. While you might not find Lisa’s work hung beside Whistler or John Singer Sargent, I believe her work conveys the spirits of her subjects as fine as any of those legendary portrait artists.

You see, one of Lisa’s artistic passions, is her focus on animals. She paints beautiful portraits of animals of all types and has created a demand for commissioned portraits of client’s pets. It has been an extremely rewarding experience for her to capture the essence of pets where their expressive faces and personalities tell a story on canvas. Her love for animals and their welfare is another reason for Lisa’s devotion about her subject matter.

Lisa told us, “My love of animals naturally drove me to think about trying to capture the personality of these creatures in portraiture. It all started with photography as I traveled around the country and photographed farms, pastures, barns and the farm animals in those scenes. Those photos became paintings, people really liked them and in time, began coming to me asking, ‘Would you paint a portrait of my pet?’  So it just sort of took off as a part of my art career as the go-to pet portrait artist. I’ve done everything from cats and dogs to goats and llamas. All animals have personality and soul and the owners that love them really appreciate immortalizing them in an art form.”

Anyone who has had the pleasure of seeing Lisa’s work at thegallery@rhinebeck or The Studio Views Tours knows what a special artist she is. Her artwork can be found in many private residences. For several years, Lisa participated in the “Art Studio Views,” a tour of artists’ studios in Northern Dutchess County, and locations such as Starr Library, The Enchanted Café, and local art shows. From 2009-2012, she was on the steering committee of the Red Hook Community Arts Network. Lisa is a charter member of thegallery@rhinebeck, and we are very proud to have such an important artist in our group.

You can see Lisa’s work on display at the gallery. Contact us to commission a portrait, or view more of her artwork on our web page




By Pat D’Antonio

Nick Busco of Woodstock has been photographing the famous and not so famous in the world of rock and roll for over 30 years.  The recent passing of rock legend Chuck Berry sent Nick scrambling to his files, knowing, just knowing that in there somewhere were terrific portraits of Berry.  He was right. Beautiful low light candid shots of Chuck Berry on stage. Berry had a notoriously prickly personality and shouted down many a photographer off the stage in his decades of performing. But Nick, with years of practice being unobtrusive and a quick shot, got Berry at his best. Colorful, poised and, at least from these brief moments, smiling.

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“It was New Year’s Eve and Berry was opening for Tom Petty in San Francisco and contrary to reputation he seemed to be having a great time and the crowd loved him” Busco told us.

Busco came by his second career as a live rock show photographer almost by chance.  He was taking photos of his college theatre production with the Pentax he just purchased from a classmate.  This helped him get his chops together for low light shooting and the type of film he would later use.  Nick started regularly attending and shooting concerts but was just another kid in the crowd watching the show from the cheap seats.  But that all changed when he was introduced to a local Boston video production group that shot video in Black & White for bands that would come into town and work the local venues. This involvement got him very focused on photographs and video shoots from right on stage.


Busco said, “This was the very early days of live video recording, using little Sony black and white recorders and selling the tapes back to the bands at small venues like the Bottom Line in New York and Paul’s Mall, and the Orpheum in Boston.”

It was when he then got hired as a touring roadie and he started making a name for himself in the music touring business that his access and reputation as a photographer really took off.  He realized that he had the best seat in the house to record performancesby James Taylor, Tom Petty, Carly Simon, Bonnie Raitt, John Hall, Chicago, Neil Young, Crosby, Stills and Nash, Joanie Mitchell, Rod Stewart, Jimmy Cliff, Robert Palmer, Pink Floyd and Queen with Freddie Mercury.


For the next 30 years Nick has continued to take timeless, inspiring candid photos of rock
stars in the wild.  To see Nick’s Chuck Berry photos and others. Visit us at thegallery@rhinebeck, 47 East Market Street in downtown Rhinebeck, N.Y.



By Pat D’Antonio

While we are very proud of our work establishing thegallery@rhinebeck as a first class art destination and tourist attraction, we didn’t do it alone. Along with our great volunteers and the support of the people of Rhinebeck, the Chamber of Commerce and area arts groups, we want to point out some businesses who’s support and services were critical in our early success.

Cigarbox Studios

Many in the general public will have never heard the name Cigarbox Studios but they are an amazing resource for businesses and home owners alike. While primary in the business of theatrical scenic building, Cigarbox also works on museum installations, gallery design and construction and business interiors. They also have a big heart and a generous public spirit. Hearing our plans and our limited resources, Cigarbox’s owner Gary Rausenberger stepped up with a plan exceeding our expectations in quality and style at a price the gallery could afford.

The gallery cannot thank Gary and his team enough for making a beautiful space even better. To find out more about Cigarbox Studios go to

All the beautiful display space in the world won’t work unless you can really see the artwork in detail. That requires specialized lighting equipment and design. Again thegallery@rhinebeck scored a stroke of luck with a high end design firm right in our backyard.


Ledspin, nationally recognized experts in lighting for museums, galleries and custom environments happened to be located right around the corner in Rhinecliff NY.Formerly of Washington D.C. where the principles, Jeff Versakos and Joanne Leffeld worked on museum projects for the Smithsonian and National Museum of Natural History. Since relocating back to the Hudson Valley the team has done displays for the Baseball Hall of Fame, the International Gem Tower, the Brinton Museum and Wilderstien in Rhinebeck .

Again, working with what we had, we got more than anyone could have expected. Service, design and consulting beyond expectations.

Anyone with any flair for design, be it for your home, business or office should give Ledspin a call and let them light up your lives.

Advanced Window Solutions

The Sun might give life but UV rays can be a killer. Damaging artwork, carpeting, upholstery and even interior paint you have to protect your valuable artwork from the sun.As anyone who has been to the gallery knows we have a lot of large windows and a lot of sunlight pouring in. This limited our ability to show the members work the way we wanted.

Enter Advanced Window Solutions of Kerhonkson NY.   One critical issue with UV window treatments is literally transparency. While you treat the windows you don’t want them to look treated. We tried many options until we were introduced to Marc Vitaliani and his team. Mark, who was raised in Rhinebeck, finally came to our rescue. He desired a plan that provided us with total protection without compromising the look of our front windows at a fraction of the price offered by other vendors.Whether a home or business, if you like the way your interior looks and want to protect it forever, don’t look around, just call Mark at Advanced Window Solutions.

Cale Communications

And last, but far, far from least, we come to an indispensable local resource. Creating any business or organization in a new town you need to know the local terrain. I had only been living in the Hudson Valley mere weeks before beginning building the gallery@rhinebeck and without help with local knowledge we would’ve sunk.

Luckily, again, we found that resource right across the street at Cale Communications. Marybeth and Tom Cale are respected local residents with strong ties to Rhinebeck and the greater Hudson Valley.The took us under their wing, introducing us to the area residents and businesses and we to them. Be it connecting us to the community or getting our name out to the press all over the valley we would not be where we are today without their help. They were simply an invaluable resource. If you want to be friends with your community and have the community befriend you back, first, make friends with Tom and Marybeth Cale of Cale Communications.