Artsbridge loses a founding member & friend.
Obituary, details and donations for Ty Hodanish
Over his life, Ty excelled in all that he did. In his two-part career, he was first dedicated to public service and later shifted his dedication to his true passion as artist, teacher and mentor.
Following the completion of his doctoral work in public administration at NYU, Ty worked in the NY city office of the mayor and subsequently in various public service positions including the National Governors Association in Washington D.C. Ty then accepted an invitation to return to his home state of New Jersey as the Executive Director of the New Jersey Parole Board. He subsequently became the Director the State Juvenile Delinquency Commission.
Immediately after retiring from state government, Ty shifted his focus to art and trained side by side with Lois Griffel, a plein air painter and owner of the of the Cape Cod School of Art. Ty opened his first gallery in Sergeantsville, New Jersey in 1997. Thereafter, he moved into the historic building on the grounds of the Prallsville Mill, Stockton, New Jersey where he maintained a working artist gallery for 17 years. Ty was coined the term “Guardian of the Mill.”
It is said that Ty influenced a whole generation of plein air painters, having taught over 1000 painters in his highly attended workshops entitled “Painting the Impressionist Landscapes.” He taught a special method of painting which included the use of a pallet knife with emphasis on color and light.
Over the years, Ty received many honors for his paintings and community service work including the highly coveted “Artist Laurel” award. He served as the president of Artsbridge for a number of years. Ty was heralded as one Bucks County’s 10 most interesting people by a local magazine.
Ty leaves behind the love of his life and spouse Daniel Filoramo, his sister Nancy, his nephews Seaton and Mathew, his dog Fredi and many dear friends.
The mass of Christian burial will be offered on Wednesday, May 23, at 10:30 am at St. John the Evangelist Church, 44 Bridge Street, Lambertville, NJ 08530. Interment will follow at the Solebury Friends Cemetery, N. Sugan Road, New Hope, PA.
Calling hours will be held from 6 to 8 pm on Tuesday evening and on Wednesday morning from 9 am until departure for church at the Van Horn-McDonough Funeral Home, 21 York Street, Lambertville, NJ 08530 (vhmfh.com).
Donations in Ty’s memory may be made to the Prallsville Mills Society/Delaware River Mill Society, PO Box 298, Stockton, NJ 08559 (email@example.com).
More about Ty
Artsbridge has lost one of our founding members and a giant in the local arts community. Ty Hodanish passed away this morning. We will continue to feel his absence for a very, very long time to come. We will miss his strong leadership, wicked sense of humor, generous sharing of his knowledge, and most of all his loyal friendship and support.
Trained by masters in the tradition of the famous Cape Cod School, Ty Hodanish blended the plein air painting traditions of Provincetown and Bucks County in a style filled with color and light. His paintings, imbued with his charm and style were unmistakably Ty’s, and graced the walls of many juried exhibitions, and can be seen in galleries along the east coast. They garnered many major awards, including many at the illustrious Phillips Mill Exhibition.
He brought the New Hope School of Impressionism across the river to Stockton, and established the Art Colony at the Prallsville Mills. Ty’s studio and gallery became a gathering place for artists and friends of the arts. A successful artist, he did not limit his achievements to his own work. He shared his talent as a gifted teacher and mentor. His highly regarded “Painting the Impressionist Landscape” workshops attracted hundreds of students. Ty’s legacy lives on through his students, and his incredible works of art.
His work was one of the most widely recognized styles in the extraordinary art community of Bucks County and its surroundings.
His success came not only from his output as a painter, but also from his gift as a teacher and mentor. His gallery/open studio at Prallsville Mill was a gathering place for artists, friends of the arts and a base for his highly regarded art classes and workshops.
Ty’s highly regarded “Painting the Impressionist Landscape” workshops have trained hundreds of students to embrace plein air painting.
A sign in his studio – “Impressionism Spoken Here”
2018 Members Show
Show Opening Photos
2017 Summer Art Salon
Collaborative Members’ Show Awards and Sponsors
ARTSBRIDGE ARTIST’S LAUREL
Executive Director, New Hope Arts
BEST IN SHOW
Sponsored by Topeo Galleries
OUTSTANDING ARTISTIC MERIT
SUSANNE PITAK DAVIS
Sponsored by Gallery Piquel
Sponsored by Reinard Insurance Company
AWARD FOR CREATIVE PHOTOGRAPHY
Sponsored by Rodney Miller
Sponsored by Al and Cindy Ruenes
Sponsored by Adam and Lucinda Chou
Sponsored by William and Andrea Wallace
Photos from opening reception of the 2017 members show.
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