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January Art Highlights

Through Jan/Feb- LANDSCAPE FOREVER group show, curated by Dion Ogust; and VANITAS, solo show by Justine Reyes, at The Center for Photography at Woodstock (CPW), Woodstock—This winter CPW features LANDSCAPE FOREVEr: a project produced in collaboration with the Woodstock Land Conservancy. Over a seven-month period, ten artists—selected by curator Dion Ogust—were invited to visit WLC protected areas and create new photo-based works. The results are fresh and often surprising: not your average nature photos of regional treasures. Artists include Richard Edelman, Gay Leonhardt, Bill Miles, Yva Momatiuk & John Eastcott, Fawn Potash, Peter Schoenberger, Carla Shapiro, and Williams & Russ. In the Kodak gallery, Justine Reyes’ curious VANITAS exhibit explores strangeness of normality in a series of still lifes, inspired by the Dutch paintings of the same name. These effecting photos bring meaning to oddly juxtaposed objects, perfectly illuminated to simulate Renaissance painting light. CPW is just down the street from Oriole 9, Joshua’s, and Kleinert/James Art Center in downtown Woodstock and these exhibits are free of charge. The Center for Photography at Woodstock, 59 Tinker St., Woodstock,, 845.679.6337.

Through 1/30- THE CONTEMPORARY IMAGE, acrylics on paper by JOHN KRUPPA, 2/6 through 2/27- MUSIC AS MUSE, paintings on the theme of music, at ASK Arts Center, Kingston—The non-profit Art Society of Kingston (ASK)—now under the stewardship of Lew Gardner—keeps rolling along through the lean times without a hitch, enthusiastically exposing folks to local gifted artists, and putting on the occasional musical and/or theatrical performance. This month the featured artist is John Kruppa, whose curious scenes and scenarios appear to have an undercurrent of…chess? Black and white squares vie with a water-colorful world in an odd juxtaposition, realized in acrylic on paper. Then in February the ASK members contribute works that are inspired by music (MUSIC AS MUSE) for a group show in the members lounge, while the Main Gallery features works by students from Vassar College. Arts Society of Kingston, 97 Broadway, Kingston,, 845.338.0331. Tu-Sa 1-6 PM and by appt.

1/22 through April- HARRY ROSEMAN: HOLE IN THE WALL site-specific installation, at Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center, Vassar College, Poughkeepsie—Artist Harry Roseman will create a site-specific drawing installation directly onto a wall in the Atrium Gallery, which boasts thirty-foot arched ceilings in a bright, airy foyer with a round window high overhead. Roseman, the current chair of Vassar's Art Department and professor of sculpture and drawing at the college since 1981, will respond to the unique architecture and scale of the space as he draws across the entire wall, extending around the corners onto the adjacent walls. The resulting work is intended to inspire visitors to gain a heightened awareness of one's physical surroundings, experientially, spatially, and materially. As part of Vassar’s Eighth Annual Modfest (see music highlights), events at the gallery include the Art Center and Modfest Poetry Invitational (Th 1/21 5 PM) and composer and violist Adrienne Elisha performing “Circle Voices,” a piece inspired by Roseman’s work-in-progress (Fr 1/29 6:30 PM; Th 2/4 6 PM). Please see for a complete Modfest (1/21 through 2/7) schedule. Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center, Vassar College, 124 Raymond Ave., Poughkeepsie,, 845.437.5250.

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