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March Art Highlights

3/2 through 3/30- PACK ART: HEIRLOOM GARDEN IMAGES PAST AND PRESENT, gallery show at the Gardiner Library, Gardiner—Those who get a fresh Spring feeling when they see those Burpee’s seed packets at the store in March, with bright beets, carrots, and flower varieties enticing the inner gardener to till and toil in the soil, will embrace this event in Gardiner. The Hudson Valley Seed Library (HVSL) is excited to have its first gallery show of original heirloom artwork created especially for its seed packs. Curated by HVSL co-founder Ken Greene, this colorful collection of artwork celebrates the diversity of New York’s heirloom vegetables, flowers, and herbs, featuring fourteen works of art by Michael Asbill, Nancy Blum, Ryan Cronin, Jenny Lee Fowler, Ayumi Horie, Dani Leventhal, Cassandra Quackenbush, Carrie Scanga, Sarah Snow, Michael Truckpile, and Cynthia Winika. Gardiner Library, 133 Farmers Turnpike,, 845.255.1255. Mo-Th 10 AM-8 PM, Fr 10 AM-6 PM, Sa 11 AM-4 PM, Su 12-4 PM

3/14 through 4/6- A JOURNEY ALONG THE HUDSON RIVER LINE, oil paintings by Frédéric Lére, at RiverWinds Gallery, Beacon—In the footsteps of those famous 19th Century Hudson River School landscape artists, New York City-based oil painter Frédéric Lére boarded a train in 2007-8 and headed north with a slightly different mission: to create an artistic “catalog” of the thirty-one train stations along the MTA and Amtrak Hudson River lines. From the press release: “Train stations along the Hudson lines played a pivotal role in the development of townships in the valley; they were the pride of the community and built to last, just like banks or churches. A few did not survive the modernization trend of the Seventies. Today, they are rediscovered, protected, and restored—although not always as train stations—as is the Hudson Valley itself.” RiverWinds Gallery, 172 Main St., Beacon,, 845.838.2880. Opening reception Sa 3/14 8 PM

Through 3/28- MARKING TIME: Artists from the NYFA Mark Program, at Hudson Opera House, Hudson—The New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) is the largest provider of direct financial support, information resources and services to artists in the United States, distributing more than $13 million to 1,625 artists and artist-centered organizations in New York State over the last two years. Anybody who’s serious about their art, no matter the genre, owes themselves a peek at their website (, which is chock full of valuable information and resources for artists at all levels. This exhibition at the Hudson Opera House—itself with numerous events and exhibitions year-round—is in conjunction with the Columbia County Council on the Arts, and features twelve varied artists from the NYFA Mark program. The underlying theme: the idea of time and how its passage manifests itself in the artist’s work. The New York State-based artists are Dawn Breeze, Lisa Breznak, Laura Cannamela, Giovanni DiMola, Mimi Czajka Graminski, Tana Kellner, Greg Lock, Karl Saliter, M. Scott Schaffernoth, Carla Shapiro, Matthew Slaats, and Chad Weckler. Hudson Opera House, 327 Warren St., Hudson,, 518.822.1438.

Through 4/14- JAPAN DURING THE OCCUPATION (1946-7), photographs by Annette Chait Finestone, at Northern Spy Café, High Falls—As a young woman in her ‘30s from Ulster County, working a civilian desk job with the Fifth Air Force in Nagoya, Japan, Annette Chait Finestone enjoyed her new Mercury point-and-shoot camera she bought at the PX (military store). Little did she know she was documenting an anomalous time and place: Postwar Japan, 1946-7, less than six months after its devastation and surrender. Many of her film rolls remained undeveloped for years, until they turned up during a family move. The darkroom revealed “a process of both discovery and memory revived,” with unusually sharp images from the Mercury’s fine lens, the resulting prints capturing a historical moment that has been largely undocumented. Though “legally blind” now at 91, Finestone is still very active with exhibitions and workshops, and as these photos prove, has always had more than just “a pretty good eye” for composition. Northern Spy Café, Rte. 213, High Falls,, 845.687.7298.

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