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July Art Hilights

Through 7/26- “Catching Light: European and American Watercolors from the Permanent Collection,” at the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center, Vassar College, Poughkeepsie—Internationally known for its superb collection of American and European watercolor works, the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center’s Permanent Collection is a garden of delights for any curator. Patricia Phagan, whose somewhat unwieldy title is the Philip and Lynn Straus Curator of Prints and Drawings at the Art Center, does the honors here, celebrating the oftentimes overlooked medium with 47 works spanning the 18th through 20th centuries. As watercolors are generally sensitive to light, many of these works from the collection have not been on display for up to several years, and are well worth seeing: the works are exquisitely rendered by some of the genre’s masters: John Ruskin, J.M.W. Turner, Oscar Bluemner, William Trost Richards, John Marin, Andrew Wyeth, Charles Demuth, Jim Dine, Gustave Doré, Max Beckmann, Hilda Belcher, and Konrad Cramer. 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

Through 7/26- “Intimate Vision” presented by the Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild, at the Kleinert/James Arts Center, Woodstock—From the Byrdcliffe press release: “The Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild proudly presents ‘Intimate Vision,’ which includes the work of five artists who share similar relationships to their environment. On a camera zoom, they would be at a mid-close distance—not clinical magnification, not the grand view, but what one sees in a room, garden, or a harbor. Even more than the spatial closeness between artist and subject, ‘intimate’ refers to an emotional state. It is a slow look, quiet, with a sense of incipient magic—an enhanced awareness of the ‘beingness’ of the objects of vision, and thus of oneself.” Curated by Stella Chasteen and Carol March, the exhibition features works by Jamie Bennett, Katherine Bradford, Lynn Dreese Breslin, Allen Bryan, and Ruth Leonard. Kleinert/James Arts Center, 34 Tinker St., Woodstock,, 845.679.2079. Open daily 12-5 PM

Through 8/16- “Inscriptions II: The Eloquent Brush,” new paintings by Yale Epstein, at Albert Shahinian Fine Art, Hudson—Albert Shahinian has a fascinating exhibition by Woodstock native Yale Epstein these next months, with works that explore the gestural nuances and linear beauty of what is distinctly a Middle to Far Eastern sensibility. To quote the artist, “My travels in Himalayan areas, in Southeast Asia and the Middle East, have put me in touch with the ubiquitous presence of incredibly crafted calligraphic imagery. I might not have been familiar with the meaning, or the historical and cultural context of the markings, but I do know what a powerful, visceral aesthetic affect there was communing with them. There is an objective beauty in the ancient texts and symbols which have no ‘meaning’ in my frame of reference . . . much of my work over the past few years has been devoted to expressing this aesthetic.” Albert Shahinian Fine Art, 415 Warren St., Hudson,, 518.828.4346. Th-Sa 12-6 PM, Su 12-5 PM, and by appt.

7/19- ART & DESIGN AUCTION OF THE HUDSON VALLEY to benefit EMPIRE STATE AIDS RIDE and ANGEL FOOD EAST, at Williams Lake, Rosendale—If you’ve ever wondered what you can do to help raise money for AIDS research and relief, here’s a fun and aesthetically pleasing way. If you’re an artist, donate an item—artwork, photography, art glass, jewelry, literature, home décor, biking gear, gift certificates, etc.—for the live and silent art auctions at Williams Lake, with the proceeds going to benefit two programs. Team Project 19—a group of Ulster County cycling enthusiasts—are actively involved with the Empire State AIDS Ride, a seven-day 560-mile fundraising ride from Buffalo to New York City, as well as Angel Food East, a non-profit volunteer program that provides hot meals and sustenance to Ulster County residents living with AIDS. For a small donation, you can enjoy lunch and the art auctions lakeside. . . then afterwards pop over to the Rosendale Street Festival to hear some great local music. Art & Design Auction of the Hudson Valley, Williams Lake (Binnewater Rd.), Rosendale,, 845.383.1279, 845.901.1400. Noon-4 PM

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