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February Art Highlights

2/5 through 3/19- “WAXING GEOMETRIC” solo exhibition by ASTRID FITZGERALD, at The Gallery at R&F, Kingston—For artists all over the world, the R&F Handmade Paints factory in Kingston is an enormously valuable resource in the field of encaustic painting, which is basically the use of pigment-infused hot wax to paint/sculpt on wood or prepared canvas, resulting in color combinations and textural possibilities difficult—if not impossible—to achieve with traditional oil-based paints. The in-house Gallery at R&F is an ideal place to see work in this medium, and through mid-March they are featuring Astrid Fitzgerald’s “Waxing Geometric,” which documents her exploration into “philosophical geometry, including the Fibonacci sequence, the Pythagorean Theorem and—most importantly—the Golden Mean proportion, a unique ratio preferred by nature as the most advantageous geometry for growth and energy conservation.” The Swiss-born NYC-trained Fitzgerald has shown internationally for 25 years, was selected to represent the US at the ArtCanal Exposition in Le Landeron, Switzerland in 2002, and is also an educator and author, presently living in Kerhonkson. The Gallery at R&F, R&F Handmade Paints, 84 Ten Broeck Ave., Kingston,, 845.331.3112. Gallery open Mo-Sa 10 AM-5 PM. Opening reception Sa 2/5 5-7 PM

2/12 through 4/14- “FROM HUGUENOT TO MICROWAVE”: new and recent works by MARCO MAGGI, at the Samuel Dorsky Museum, SUNY New Paltz, New Paltz—The artworks of Uruguayan-born Marco Maggi often tend to be subtle studies in extremes, blending the everyday and mundane with images of extreme detail and attention, often with an odd humor that always makes you wonder: do I get it? This exhibition at the Dorsky (in the Chandler and North Galleries) includes recent Plexiglas-and-paper objects, altered rulers and straight edges, aluminum-foil drawings, dropped-paper works, a video projection, and a new, large-scale installation work that intervenes in the gallery space itself. Though he lives and works in New Paltz, Maggi is well-known internationally, with extensive exhibits shown throughout the U.S., Europe, and Latin America since 1998. (Also one of Roll’s first art feature subjects, in 2007.) Also at the Dorsky: “Binary Visions: 19th-Century Woven Coverlets from the Collection of Historic Huguenot Street” (Bedrick Gallery, through 3/18), Part Two of “The Illustrious Mr. X: Museum Collection as Character Study” (Anderson and Corridor Galleries, through 7/17), and “Thoughts of Home: Photographs from the Center for Photography at Woodstock Permanent Collection” (Greenberg Gallery, through 3/18).

Through 3/5- DIANA BRYAN’S “CUT PAPER UNIVERSE” at Greene County Council on the Arts (GCCA) Gallery, Catskill—Though she passed away recently in 2010, artist/environmental activist Diana Bryan left behind a lasting image in the art world, very much like the stark back-lit silhouettes she is known best for. As a respected educator and lecturer, Bryan taught illustration at Parson’s School of Design for 20 years, while teaching workshops on professional development and advising artists on portfolio presentation. She also was a tireless researcher for the Arts, Crafts, Theater, Safety (A.C.T.S.) Organization investigating environmental and occupational safety hazards for artists. But the casual observer will see familiar work; her detailed paper cutouts have graced Rolling Stone and The Wall Street Journal, and she was commissioned to create 13 massive paper cutout murals for the New York Public Library’s Books of the Century exhibit, later translating those works to laser-cut steel. Most recent works include a steel silhouette of the Mid-Hudson Bridge at the Ulster County Transportation Building, and the Dutchess County Tourism mural that includes Bannerman’s Castle, Pete Seeger, and early Dutch settlers. The silhouette format suits her storytelling style, infusing her humor with a tinge of darkness and magic. This show is in tandem with the GCCA Paper Arts Exhibit, see website for more. The GCCA Catskill Gallery, 398 Main St., Catskill,, 518.943.3400. Mo-Sa 10 AM-5 PM, Second Saturdays 12-8 PM

Through 3/27- “MADE IN WOODSTOCK V” group show by recent participants of WOODSTOCK A-I-R, at The Center for Photography at Woodstock, Woodstock—As an educational and technological resource for the modern photographic artist, The Center for Photography at Woodstock has no peer in the region, making it a useful digital counterpoint to the more classic and analog art instruction at the Woodstock School of Art (see Roll art & image). Since 1999, CPW has sponsored an outreach program to artists of color called Woodstock A-I-R, an artist in residency program that provides students with two to four weeks at Byrdcliffe, combining quiet and solitude with artistic community. The program encourages the pursuit of creative risk-taking in an inspiring and supportive environment where, working without distraction, photographic artists can focus intensely on their own work, continue works in progress, lay out their goals for the future and break new creative ground. All this plus critical and technical support, and access to CPW’s Digital Kitchen. Participants from 2007-2009 are featured in “Made In Woodstock V,” revealing the intensely diverse, dynamic interests of the artists as a group, and addresses each image-maker’s own particular story and voice. Artists include William Cordova, LaToya Ruby Frazier, Tia-Simone Gardner, Lawrence Getubig, Daniel Handel, Wayne Hodge, Jeanette Louie, Hee Jin Kang, Tarrah Krajnak & Wilka Roig, Emily Hanako Momohara, Ricardo Morales-Hernández, Dawit L. Petros, Tim Portlock, Justine Reyes, Kanako Sasaki, Lupita Murillo Tinnen, and Donna J. Wan. If you are interested in the program, applications for the 2011 program are due February 28. The Center for Photography at Woodstock, 59 Tinker St., Woodstock,, 845.679.6337. We-Su 12-5 PM

Through 3/27- “150 YEARS LATER: NEW PHOTOGRAPHY BY TINA BARNEY, TIM DAVIS, AND KATHRINE NEWBEGIN” at the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center, Vassar College, Poughkeepsie—As Vassar College celebrates its sesquicentennial anniversary this year, the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center continues the school’s strong legacy of capturing the unique architecture and lifestyle of the campus in photography. Three professional photographers were commissioned—none Vassar alumni, interestingly—to create an exhibition that uncovered a side to the school rarely seen by the average visitor. “150 Years Later: New Photography by Tina Barney, Tim Davis, and Katherine Newbegin” is curated by Mary-Kay Lombino, who allows the trio to roam wildly around campus with widely varied results. Barney opts for the more direct approach, with intimate close-ups of people in the school environment, while Davis documents the bittersweet chaos of “Move Out Day,” and Newbegin explores the hidden and forlornly aging basements and attics. Complimenting the exhibition will be original photographs from previously commissioned collections, including architectural shots by Paul Strand in 1915, and a series on campus life by Albert Eisenstadt, for the February 1937 issue of LIFE. The Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center, Vassar College, 124 Raymond Ave., Poughkeepsie,, 845.437.5632. Tu/We/Fr/Sa 10 AM-5 PM, Th 10 AM-9 PM, Su 1-5 PM

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