Acrylic on Canvas

24” x 18”


This art inspired the poem: 




I ride my horse in the deep red forest

where the philosophers live by the light of children's fires


I ride my horse in the deep red forest

where each tree has read the Russian novels and christened the earth with dying needles


I ride my horse in the deep red forest

where moss drapes down like the tattered history of stolen kisses and love-drunk vows


I ride my horse in the deep red forest

where vagabonds plot to steal the coyote's song

and only the artist can teach the butterflies up from down


To whisper in the great god's ear you must shed both your numbers and your name 


— © Will Nixon




An award-winning poet and playwright, Josepha Gutelius made a radical switch to visual art in 2015. Born 1952, raised in Greenwich Village and Waccabuc, NY. A graduate of the Masters School, where she studied under painter Robert Arner, who became a lifelong friend and mentor. Attended Bard College as an art major and switched to Comparative Literature, eventually concentrating on German literature at Ludwig Maximillian University in Munich. Her first collection of poems, To the Perfect Love which Prepares a Table Beyond Us, was published by Rat and Mole Press in 1975. 


In 1971, she met her future husband in Cadaques, Spain, in the home of Salvador Dali. Moved to West Berlin in 1975, where she worked as arts correspondent for the Christian Science Monitor and published her second collection of poems, Rapt Meat, with original collages by the author. Returning to NYC in the late 70s, she became production editor for the Norton Anthologies of literature and simultaneously began playwriting. Plays staged in NYC and regional theaters include Schlag’s Atomica World Machine, Vaseline, Veronica Cory, The Age of Anxiety, Miracle Mile. 


In 1980, she and her husband made a permanent move to Saugerties where she began publishing short stories -- several as fictionalized accounts of artists, notably Penny, which was included in the anthology Best New Writing 2013. Many of her paintings reflect the narrative equivalent of a setting, a mood, an atmosphere — with characters who have a story to tell.

"Night Riders" Josepha Gutelius


    Emerge Gallery & Art Space

    228A Main Street, Saugerties, NY  (845) 247-7515

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