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August Art Highlights

Through 8/28- “CAMP: VISITING DAY” and “BECOMING MUSES”, group shows at The Center for Photography at Woodstock (CPW), Woodstock—As a resource for amateur and professional photographers alike, The Center for Photography at Woodstock (CPW) has few peers in the Hudson Valley, with its wide variety of artist-in-residencies, workshops, classes, lectures, and the up-to-date computer tech of their Digital Kitchen. But they also have an accessible gallery in the center of Woodstock, and this month they have two exhibits showing simultaneously, both exploring the appropriate themes of summer and youth. “CAMP: Visiting Day” (curated by CPW director Ariel Shanberg) is inspired by the Catskill's historic ties to sleep-away camps, revisiting “the magical realm where youth reigns, adulthood emerges, secret selves are revealed, an identity is transformed.” Photography and video works are by Gay Block, Adrian Chesser, Anthony Goicolea, Lauren Greenfield, Jennifer Loeber, and Albert J. Winn. “Becoming Muses” (curated by Akemi Hiatt and Lindsay Stern) is a show based on a collection of photographs by CPW workshop participants and instructors, portraits of the children of three Woodstock families, taken over the last 14 years. The resulting images are filled with themes of youth, coming of age and siblinghood in Woodstock, while highlighting the evolving voices that the models assume, the unique experience of growing up before the camera, and their engagement with make-believe. Photographers include Justyna Badach, Sparky Campanella, Patricia Decker, Gene Fischer, Ed Garbarino, Dennis Gaffney, Emma Dodge Hanson, David Hilliard, Edwin Huddle, Lawrence P. Lewis, Carlos Loret de Mola, Jennifer May, Andrea Modica, Dion Ogust, Lydia Panas, Jock Sturges, and Marty Wohl. The Center for Photography at Woodstock, 59 Tinker St., Woodstock,, 845.679.9957. Gallery hours: We-Su 12-5 PM

Th/Fr/Sa 8/12 through 14- NINTH ANNUAL SAUGERTIES ARTISTS STUDIO TOUR, in and around Saugerties—Funny how some things can snowball in the summertime. The Saugerties Artists Studio Tour has steadily expanded its scope over the last nine years; this year 41 artists are participating in the weekend’s festivities. It goes something like this: starting with the group exhibition/tour opening at the Opus 40 environmental sculpture—a must-see art installation destination unto itself—on Friday August 12 (5-7 PM), the weekend follows with art patrons getting maps of the art tour (, and artists opening their individual studio and gallery spaces to the public. It does require a bit of driving along the bucolic byways of Ulster County, but what better way to get to know the scenically beautiful and creatively fertile area better? It’s a pretty intimate way to get to know the artist behind the art, and some great deals can be had on amazing local works. Artists include: Barbara Bravo, pottery and tiles; Carol Zaloom, hand colored linocut prints, Mikhail Horowitz, collages and assemblages; Ellen Perantoni, realistic landscape painting; Howard Goldson, abstract painting; Susan Sammis Goldson, photography; Steve Crohn, abstract painting; Ruth Edwy, abstract painting; Polly Law, bricolage; Michael Nelson, photography; Ana Berger, photography; Sharyn Alexander, sculpture; Tim Sweet, mixed media; Brian Lynch, woodblock prints; Jan Wallen, watercolor painting; Matthew Zappala, wood block prints and collage; Sandy Hoffman, cartooning; Hugh Morris, paintings and prints; Viorica Stan, mixed media; Marsha Kaufman-Rubinstein, painted and etched porcelain; Istar Schwager, collage; Judith Frey, sculpture; Allen Bryan, photography; Jemerick Art Pottery, arts & crafts pottery; Ulf Loven, artist; Jacquie Roland, paintings and assemblage; Yvette Lewis, abstract painting; Isaac Abrams, abstract painting; Prue See, artist; Anita Barbour, watercolor painting and origami; Angela Gaffney Smith, watercolor painting; Raymond J. Steiner, oil painting; Annick Magac, contemporary designs; Gus Pedersen, hand made furniture; Jeff Schiller, welded steel sculpture; Debra Lavaggi, batik clothing; Alex Kveton, contemporary sculpture; Ze’ev Wily Neumann, sculpture; Tad Richards, digital pointillism; Michael Ciccone, sculpture; Shelley Davis, mixed media. Opus 40, 50 Fite Rd., Saugerties,, 845.246.3400, Opening reception Th 8/12 5-7 PM. Visit for map, schedule, and detailed information.

8/13 through 9/4- “PERFECTLY IMPERFECT”, works by MICHAEL GAYDOS and CATHERINE WELSHMAN, at Beacon Artist Union (bau gallery), Beacon—Formed by six artists in 2004, the artist-run collective Beacon Artist Union’s bau gallery has been an important stop on the Beacon ArtWalk Second Saturday, with its diminutive yet inviting storefront on the west end of Main St. Bau members Tom Holmes, Gary Jacketti, Carol Flaitz, Carla Goldberg, Kirsten Olsen, Grey Zeien, and Lisa Zukowski show frequently there, often with special musical guests for opening receptions. This month’s show “Perfectly Imperfect” features “Works On Paper” by bau member Michael Gaydos, curated by the exhibition’s other artist Catherine Welshman, who presents her “New Gouache Paintings.” From the press release: “Michael Gaydos's art defines the nature of the relationship between many an artist and model—exposed, yet somehow distant. Alive and breathing, his work expresses why exactly it is that nudes are still as interesting as ever. Catherine Welshman gathers the soul into precise puddles of form. Her pieces share the thread of simplistic elegance. It is as if they were whipped up on a Sunday morning in a fog after waking out of a deeply dreamy sleep.” Bau gallery, 161 Main St., Beacon,, 845.440.7548. Gallery hours Sa/Su 12-6 PM. Opening wine and cheese artist reception Sa 8/13 6-9 PM

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