PC Van Tassel is an independent artist, writer, and performer. Her paintings and drawings have been accepted in numerous juried shows, both regional and national, and are in private collections in the United States. Van Tassel won first prize for her painting Dreams of Food at the Weehawken Gallery in New Jersey, and has been a teaching artist affiliated with the Smithy Gallery in Cooperstown, NY. Many of her paintings and photographs celebrate the dramatic landscapes near her Catskill Mountain home. She is an alumna of Pratt Institute, Brooklyn.
As a writer and performer, Van Tassel composed both lyrics and music for the songs on her recent CD HOPE AND FEAR (2017) in response to the current political situation in the United States which has spilled into the world. Quiet Christmas CD (2016) is a collection of traditional Christmas songs uniquely arranged with only vocals and percussion. The Last Day of Dorothy Lillian Phelps, Van Tassel’s first play, had its premiere reading at The Open Eye Theater July 15, 2015.
Performing in New York City at the Dramatist’s Guild, The Treehouse Theater, the Provincetown Playhouse Theater and Ripley-Grier Studios, Van Tassel has portrayed some of theater’s memorable characters. She played Maggie Finnegan in the off-Broadway tour of Finnegan’s Farewell. In 2014, The Fenimore Art Museum commissioned her one woman performance of ‘Dorothea Lange’. She also originated ‘Susan Fenimore Cooper’s Garden Tour’ in Cooperstown. Van Tassel has received rave reviews for performances in several one-actor shows, including: the world premiere of Sandra Asher’s Walking Toward America (“Van Tassel’s brilliant performance is still fresh in our memories” -Ilga Vise, upon whose memoirs the play is based); Willy Russell’s Shirley Valentine (“Our audience laughed, came near to tears, and were so moved by Van Tassel’s performance” -Peg Murphy, Ritz Playhouse); William Luce’s The Belle of Amherst (“every eye was on Van Tassel’s tour de force” -Joan Arnold, Ancram Opera House); and Anne Ludlum’s Shame the Devil! (“Van Tassel won not only our minds, but our hearts”- Kitty Montgomery, critic, The Kingston Daily Freeman). Van Tassel’s acting coach was the late Gene Lasko. She has also directed productions of Box and Cox, an 1860’s British farce, and Moliere’s Tartuffe.
Through all disciplines- visual art, writing, and performing- PC Van Tassel explores color, in both light and shadow.