Vicki Chesler has been painting and drawing since her childhood on the North Shore of Long Island. Growing up with a mother who also painted outdoor landscapes in oil, she began drawing and painting as a child. She entered Connecticut College as an art major and studied there as well as at the Roslyn School of Art, C.W. Post College on Long Island, and the Woodstock School of Art (WSA) in Woodstock, New York. She spent the Spring of 2001 painting en plein air in Provence, France, and has painted watercolor landscapes in such far-flung locales as Bali, Kenya, Greece and Italy. At the WSA she has studied watercolors with Staats Fasoldt, pastels with Christine Debrosky, and oils with Mary Anna Goetz. A resident of Olivebridge, New York since 1986, she currently resides with her husband. Their two daughters are living in Brooklyn.
Vicki Chesler’s work has appeared at the Kleinert/James Arts Center in Woodstock, the James Cox Gallery in Willow, the Woodstock Artists Association, the Inn at Stone Ridge, the Reservoir Inn in West Hurley, the Rosendale Cafe, and the Dolan Center Gallery in Locust Valley, NY. She is the Artist-in-Residence at Ashokan Dreams Bed & Breakfast in West Shokan, where her work is on display and changes seasonally. Greeting cards featuring her art are sold at Mohonk Mountain House in New Paltz NY, Catskill Art Supply in Woodstock and Kingston NY, and Under the Sun in Woods Hole MA.
Vicki Chesler served on the Board of Directors of the Woodstock/Byrdcliffe Guild for six years and on Board committees for an additional six years. She created the Arts in Education Committee at the Bennett School in Boiceville where she was chairman for eight years. She re-established the Onteora High School newspaper in 2001 and oversaw that program for five years. She has been a longtime member and supporter of the Woodstock/Byrdcliffe Guild and the Woodstock Artists Association.