My formal training in art began at Washington Irving High School for Designing in New York City, followed by oil painting for 8 years at the Forest Park School of Art under Robert Burrell.
Expanding my interest in art, I began classes in watercolor at the Jackson Heights Art School for 5 years with Bob Moffett. I studied pastels using models with Dan Slapo in NY. Then upon relocating to Milford, PA, I have also taken drawing classes with Alice Stolle. I have taken classes with Len Gasp in Warwick and many other teachers throughout the years. I continued advanced training in watercolor with Matilda Gretch.
I have exhibited in Middletown Art League, Orange County Community College, Pike County Arts and Crafts, Golden Fish Gallery, Star Gallery, Hall of the Trotter in Goshen for classes in Mono. I am now active in River Valley Artist Guild, Sussex County Art Society, and still studying with Matilda Gretch for watercolor, and Marie Lui for oils.
Bill Rabsey likes to repurpose things he finds during his daily travels. You have to search for and find all manner of objects and save them. Ordinary objects become unusually interesting because their purpose and content are altered. The viewer sees the object in a totally new “light”. An antique doll’s head nestles in an old wooden box partially revealed from behind an antique coopers tool. Mr. Rabsey’s great grandfather was a cooper or barrel maker, so he has the old tools. When you look at his work, you may notice old plumbing parts , assorted gauges, crushed copper from the Hudson River, old knobs, even a baseball. One of his works in a box, consists of a short piece of chain under 3 small gauges. He calls it “Chain Under Pressure”- a play on the physics of chains, which are under tension not pressure, very clever.
Bill Rabsey comes from a family of artists, his grandfather William Bertkau, was an illustrator and commercial artist and his uncle Howard was an illustrator turned art director. He paid his way through SUNY New Paltz by doing photography and while earning his masters in Instructional Technology he directed the audio visual center at Teachers College Columbia University over three years. A dream job, he says. After retiring from being the “Media Czar” for Middletown Schools he turned to working with his hands. Come see his work at The ARTery in Milford. His website is billrabsey.com