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August Art Hilights

9/5 & 6- THE ANNUAL ART STUDIO VIEWS TOUR, featuring artists of Northern Dutchess County, in the towns of Clinton Corners, Hyde Park, Milan, Red Hook, Rhinebeck, Rhinecliff, Staatsburg, and Tivoli—Sponsored by Rhinebeck Savings Bank, Montgomery Row, Northern Dutchess Hospital and Wells Fargo Financial Advisors, this second annual art tour features works in a variety of mediums including oils, acrylic, water color, mixed media, photography, ceramics, stained & painted glass, etching, and print making in studios all over Northern Dutchess. Participating artists include Molly Ahearn, David Borenstein, Margarita Carreras, Richard Chianella, Doris Cultraro, Kari Feuer, Dan Goldman, Betsy Jacaruso, Roxie Johnson, Vera Lambert Kaplan, Joanne Klein, John Lavin, Joan Blazis Levitt, Lisa Pinto, James Ransome, Jeff Romano, Pierce Smith, James L. Stevenson, Anne-Marie Uebbing, Dean Vallas, Joel Weisbrod, Jennifer Axinn-Weiss and Reese Williams. Art lovers are invited to the artists’ studios over Labor Day weekend to see where the creation occurs, so visit the website ( for artist info and studio tour map. 11 AM- 5 PM

Through October- HUDSON-FULTON: TAKE TWO, Quadricentennial exhibit at the Friends of Historic Kingston Gallery, Kingston—A look back at memorabilia from the 1909 Hudson-Fulton celebration serves as the source of inspiration for works created by 10 artists, for this fresh new exhibit in the Friends of Historic Kingston Gallery, in a variety of media including painting, sculpture, photography, fiber, metal, jewelry and prose. The results make for interesting juxtapositions: a tattooed Henry Hudson, a flag constructed from second-hand clothes, an installation of stickers, a text piece features interviews with Captains from various vocations about the challenges of leadership...are but a few. Featured artists include Michael Asbill, Susan Basch, Francois Deschamps, Aliyah Gold, Ken Gray, Arthur Hash, Casey Kurtti, Sara Pfau, Cozette Phillips and Sean Sullivan. Friends of Historic Kingston Gallery, corner of Wall and Main St., Kingston,, 845.339.0720. Sa/Su 1-4 PM

Through 9/6- ECOTONES AND TRANSITION ZONES, at the Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art, SUNY New Paltz, New Paltz—New Paltz is an ecotone, a place where overlapping natural and social ecologies—the river and the mountains, the cosmopolitan and the rural—exist in a fragile tension. In response, curator Brian Wallace has selected 21 artists/artist teams from the mid-Hudson Valley and organized an exhibition featuring artwork, information, presentations, activities, and other projects connecting global issues such as sustainability, ecological awareness, and bioethics to our immediate surroundings. One component of the exhibition, Habitat for Artists, will offer temporary studio space in repurposed structures in several locations in New Paltz. Featured artists include Michael Asbill, Robert Capozzi, Lorrie Fredette, Dylan McManus, Laura Moriarty, Jill Parisi, Ryder Cooley, Dick Crenson, Simon Draper, Dana Duke, Beth Humphrey, Heather Hutchison, Tanya Marcuse, Susan Miiller, Wayne Montecalvo, Itty Neuhaus, Franc Palaia, J. Gilbert Plantinga, Emily Puthoff, Jill Reynolds, Ryan Roa, Camilo Rojas, Thomas Sarrantonio, and Ida Weygandt. Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art, SUNY New Paltz, 1 Hawk Drive, New Paltz,, 845.257.3844. We-Su 11 AM- 5 PM

Through 9/6- Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild presents GRACE BAKST WAPNER: Selected Works from 1977-2009, at Kleinert/James Arts Center, Woodstock—Though Woodstock—the town, that is—has seen some major changes over the last few decades, one thing has always been consistent: it’s always been a vibrant enclave for the visual arts. The Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild has long been a supporter and nurturer of regional talent with frequent group exhibitions at the Byrdcliffe Colony location and at Kleinert/James Art Center in downtown Woodstock, and for August they have a rare solo show by artist/sculptor Grace Bakst Wapner—a culmination of 32 years of work. Wapner’s earlier work embraced studies in body figure—torsos, arms, legs, hands and feet—that seem to be captured somehow in mid-action. More recent works explore adding layers of Nepalese handmade paper, fabrics, and stitching into wall-hangings; ordered geometric collages with strangely natural textures. Wapner’s work has been shown extensively in galleries and museums in New York City, Chicago, Wisconsin, Arizona, Massachusetts, Indiana, Ohio, and Connecticut (also recently at the Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art, SUNY New Paltz), with articles and reviews appearing in The New York Times, NY Arts, Art Forum, The New Yorker and Art News. Kleinert/James Arts Center, 34 Tinker Street, Woodstock,, 845.679.2079. Daily 12-6 PM

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