The guild store of the Byrdcliffe Kleinert James Arts Center features an artist each weekend. Sherri Cohen (L) with her beautifully crafted copper sculptured judaica and jewelry was the featured artist when I visited. The Byrdcliffe Shop, managed by Megan Daly (R), features both established and emerging work from local artists, some of whom are either instructors or students of the many classes given at the Byrdcliffe Art Colony. Byrdcliffe offers an extensive program of exhibitions, performances, classes, workshops, symposia, summer residences, and artist housing. Byrdcliffe was founded in 1902 and has operated as a nonprofit organization since 1938. http://bit.ly/1AqMJR2 For more about Byrdcliffe take a look online at Raymond J. Steiner’s The Mountain a novel available to read and download at http://bit.ly/1U0Z0sa
As usual, the Woodstock Artists Association Museum opening was filled with artists and art lovers to enjoy the exhibit Recent Work the first show of the 2016 season. Lila Bacon is recipient of the Harriet Tannin award with her painting Late Summer. In the Towbin wing, Director’s Choice: The Responsive Eye, is work from the permanent collection selected by the new Executive Director Janice La Motta. She chose paintings, drawings, prints, sculpture and crafts that span the early years of the association. How nice to see old friends, now all gone but not forgotten: Eugenie Gershoy, Eugene Ludins, and a portrait of the artist Hannah Small by Austin Mecklem. woodstockart.org
Harriet Iles has a show at The Oriole 9 café, Woodstock, NY. She is standing in front of her Magic Feather oil on wood. In this large painting Harriet pointed out the magical flying figure holding a feather. In her paintings, Harriet has created wonderful whimsical fantasy worlds precisely rendered. You can read more about Harriet and her work in a Profile by Raymond J. Steiner online at bit.ly/1ogohTi
Lori Van Houten showed her Reverse Migration & Other Stories at R&F Paints, manufacturers of encaustic paints since 1988. The exhibit features installations of photographs, originally photographed with a Polaroid camera, printed on cotton paper, and variously coated in encaustic medium.
In my conversation with Lori she said “I’m interested in poetic form.” And in her statement she wrote: “The practice of reverse migration aptly conveys the concepts explored in my work……I meditate on losing one’s way, on seeking home, adapting and survival. ……the work conveys a sense of loss, even decay, but also suggests what is recoverable and can be brought back and made to live.” More about R&F at: rfpaints.com
dis/play a group show at the ArtBar in Kingston, NY had work by graduate students from the Metal Program at SUNY-New Paltz. Several of the students came from as far as China, Korea, Oregon, & Florida to study under Master Metalsmith Myra Mimlitsch-Gray, an important figure in the metalsmith and craft world. The work in the show was not their metalsmith work but other artwork by these students. Quoting from the announcement: “the artists explore the formal consequence of parts into a whole and the stylistic methods that emerge from accumulation and display.” on.fb.me/1VebOcW
On to Art Society of Kingston which is located in the Rondout section of Kingston and has 2 large gallery spaces as well as an office, a great room (just recently completed), classrooms and meeting rooms. Under the hard working and dedicated director Vindora Wixom, ASK has become home for a diverse range of visual art exhibitions, performances, workshops, classes, and other arts-related programming for the benefit of artists, art-lovers, and the general community of the Hudson Valley. The Playwrights’ Lab, a workshop for plays in progress, is a mainstay of ASK performances and has hosted ASK Playwrights’ Lab Summer Festival of Staged Readings. In the back gallery, Seeing Red a group exhibit of ASK members, will be on view until Feb 27. The front Gallery exhibit is Hello Neighbor: Lace Mill Factory Artists and has works by artists who live at the Lace Factory, a complex in Midtown Kingston, NY recently converted by RUPCO from an old Lace factory to a building that houses apartments, gallery space and a community room for qualifying artists. For more than 30 years, RUPCO has led the region in creating and maintaining quality, sustainable housing and rental opportunities, fostering community development and revitalization, and providing opportunity to people to improve their living standards.
Their mission is: to create homes, support people and improve communities and they have succeeded in a vibrant community of artists who live and work at the Lace Factory and help to further revitalize midtown Kingston, NY. Having visited the Lace Factory when construction of apartments began and more recently to visit a friend who lives in the building I can see how valuable this artist community is for creativity and support of the Creative Spirit. askforarts.org www.rupco.org
Chris Gagne is managing the Storefront Gallery on lower Broadway in Kingston. I was too late to see the work but didn’t want to leave them out on my Out and About in Woodstock and Kingston