About

Toni Quest, MAED/AET, BFA As a self-taught artist, Toni Quest engages in art to express her feelings genuinely and with impact. The canvas has been a vehicle for her to discover feelings that linger deep within. Toni Quest was named one of Westchester County’s ‘Leading New Artists’ in 2006. Her art was featured in the Westchester Arts Council’s Young Emerging Artists exhibition. Toni Quest is one of the artists selected to participate in the ‘James Brown, Visual Soul’ exhibition in Augusta, GA. Her vibrant portraits of the legendary James Brown were exhibited in the May 2006 exhibition and celebration. Her award winning piece, ‘U.S. in Us’ is featured on the cover of the anthology, View from the Middle of the Road, Volume II, U.S. in Us ‘ (PRA Publishing). A selection of her poetry is featured in the anthology as well.

Although most of her work has been portraiture, Toni Quest is also a jewelry designer. She recently launched the Energy Stoners TM Jewelry Design Salon. Attendees gather, in the spirit of comradery, and enjoy food and wine tasting, while engaging in jewelry design instruction which features genuine quartz and other quality energy stones. On occasion Toni will bring her easel and paint at public and private events. She believes interacting with people generates energy and synergy. She taps into this force and blends it into her work. Through her paintings, TQ bears her soul as well as her affinity to the collective consciousness of humankind. Her intent is to provoke emotion and thought, thus inspiring constructive communication about ones relationships to others and the world around us. Ms. Quest teaches an art course called ‘Self-Actualizing Portraiture ©, which is founded on how she taught herself self-portraiture after a debilitating accident in 1994. She later formally wrote the instruction design for this course while in graduate school in 2008. Instructional design focuses on the needs of combat veterans who suffer from the symptoms of PTSD.

Toni Quest has taught psychology, sociology, geriatrics, writing and American history. She genuinely enjoys facilitating the active exchange of ideas between learner within the classroom setting. Toni Quest can be seen interviewing interesting people on her talk show, Talk with TQ, on Youtube.

Toni Quest currently resides in Westchester County, NY, and is a certified Law of Attraction Life Coach, specializing in artists.

 

ART EXHIBITIONS
Solo Exhibitions

2016
‘Actualized’ – Self-actualizing portraiture ©’ H-Art Gallery, Peekskill, NY, Dec 2015-Mar 2016

2015
Open Studios – Screaming Woman ® Studio, Peekskill, NY, June
‘Actualized – Psychologically Illuminating’, Karpeles Manuscript Library Museum, Newburgh, NY, April –May

2014
Open Studios – Screaming Woman Studio, Peekskill, NY, June
Peekskill Presbyterian Church, Peekskill, NY, April

2013
The Preservation Company, Peekskill, NY, February

2011
Art Exhibit – BRC Gallery, July 25 – August 28
BRC Gallery at Bean Runner Café Presents ‘Actualized’ An Art Exhibit.

2009
Actualizing, September 20 – October 23
An exhibition of original art, limited edition giclees, and limited edition prints by Toni Quest aka “TQ” in the DeWindt Gallery.

2007
New Work on Exhibit, The John C. Hart Memorial Library, Shrub Oak, NY, November
Artist and poet Toni Quest exhibited paintings from her Neo Americana and Screaming Woman (TM) series.

Group Exhibitions

2015
Curator – ‘Art & Jazz’ – Gateway Art Center NYC, New York, NY, August
‘September Song’ – Gateway Art Center NYC, New York, NY, September
Embark, Peekskill, NY, Feb-March 2015

2014
PAA/Open Studios – Paramount Gallery, Peekskill, NY, June

2013
Estrogenius – Theatre Lab Gallery, New York, NY, October
The Fifth Dimension, Peekskill, NY, May
Women’s History Month – Energy Movement Center, Peekskill, NY, March
Martin Luther King Commemoration Fundraiser, Peekskill, NY, January

2012
Peekskill Arts Alliance, Small Works Exhibition, Peekskill, NY, November
‘Estrogenius’- Manhattan Theatre Source, New York, NY, October
‘Rebirth’ – AC-BAW Gallery, Mt. Vernon, NY, February – May
Quest and Yarnes Partner for Peekskill Open Studios, June
‘Points of View,’ at SUNYWCC, Peekskill Campus. A video featuring Yarnes and Quest.

2007
Toni Quest Goes GAGA in in Garnerville, June 14 – July 15
The Outside In, Outsider Art Show featured works by 20 artists.

2006
Varga Gallery in Woodstock, NY, November
Arts Bash Features Young Emerging Artists, June
Young Emerging Artists, June
White Plains, NY, Westchester Arts Council’s annual ArtsBash party.