John Gould has had a long career in art, both as artist and art instructor. He is also well- known as a lecturer on art, particularly oriental painting.
In 1957, he established the Bethlehem Art Gallery and Art School located near Newburgh, N.Y. He was born in Worcester, Mass,, studied art at Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, N.Y. and later instructed at Pratt for 22 years. He was a prominent illustrator for the Saturday Evening Post for more than eight years and an illustrator for many national corporations.
In the world of fine arts, he is a succesful painter. His oil paintings and watercolors are in many private collections. For subject matter, he is partial to historical subjects.
For the past 20 years, Mr. Gould has been art consultant for General Electric Co., Erie Pa., Locomotive Division. His paintings of locomotives and rapid transit subjects can be seen in executive offices of railroads worldwide, as well as in every railroad company office in the USA.
About Bethlehem Art Gallery
In May of 1957, John and Mary Gould opened the doors of the Bethlehem Art Gallery. Their vision was to fill the region's need of a venue for artists to display their talents, to provide a place where people could receive art instruction and to provide full custom framing service.
Take a moment to travel back to view the people, places and events which were the seeds for the creation of the Bethlehem Art Gallery. A few years after John and Mary Gould moved their four sons from Queens Village in New York City to Cornwall New York, a group called the "Fourteen Artists" started meeting for the purposes of show-casing their art and developing their talents. Two of the artists, John Gould and Coulton Waugh decided they needed a place to display art and give lectures and instruction. They found the Bethlehem Fellowship Hall at Bethlehem Church was a wonderful location suited to all these needs.
Fifty years ago, in an effort to stay at home with their four growing children, and yet still meet the need for display, lectures and instruction, John and Mary Gould founded the Bethlehem Art Gallery. The Bethlehem Art Gallery became known as the Premier showcase in Orange County, New York for the works of professional and leisure artists. Shows by Norman Rockwell, Dead Cornwall, Frederick Waugh and many other artists have attracted over one hundred thousand visitors.
Thousands of art students have received instruction from John Gould, Paul Gould and Dorothy Fanizzi. Many motivating techniques were utilized such as indoor and outdoor painting, figure drawing and still life as well as volumes of references. Students developed long-lasting friendships with each other and John and Mary Gould. From the students viewpoint, lessons were a time to develop their skills, to meet new and old friends as well as a time of relaxation therapy.
The need for quality custom framing became evident as artists completed their paintings. Ralph Henderson and later, BIll Gould have together framed over fifty thousand paintings, prints and objects. Among the items framed were fifty paintings for the Children's Television Workshop (Sesame Street's thirtieth anniversary). Creations by Katie Couric, Tony Bennett, Ruth Buzzie, and a host of other stars toured the county and were later auctioned at the Museum of Television and Radio in New York City. Whether it was a tiny object or a large quilt, a child's drawaing or a priceless print, each item received the high quality professional attention expected of a family business.
The Gould brothers, Robert, William and Paul continue the tradition started in 1957 by John and Mary Gould with the Bethlehem Art Gallery located at 58 Orrs Mills Rd. in Salisbury Mills NY. The Gould brothers continue to meet and expand the vision of their parents in providing New York State residents and beyond with images that capture the history and beauty of the Hudson River Valley and give the kind of high quality, friendly service expected from a family owned and operated business with fifty years experience.
About our Prints
Our prints are create by Hudson Valley Giclee using the highest quality ink sets, best papers and the best technology. Each of our different paper types will last many years:
Poster Archival Paper: Unlimited Editions.
Sunset Hot Press: Limited Editions
Canvas: Unlimited Editions. Comes as is or stretched on poplar hard wood stretcher bars.
Any prints prints that have not been created by Hudson Valley Giclee and sold from the Bethlehem Art Gallery are unauthorized prints. You will only be able to purchase works from us.