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May Art Highlights

Through June- “REMEMBER THE LADIES: WOMEN ARTISTS OF THE HUDSON RIVER SCHOOL” group show at the Thomas Cole National Historic Site, Catskill—In a famous letter to her husband John Adams written in 1776, Abigail Adams wrote: “I desire you would Remember the Ladies….if particular care and attention is not paid to the Ladies we are determined to foment a Rebellion.” Sadly, discussions of the famous Hudson River School landscape painters often give short shrift to the fairer sex, an oversight that should be somewhat rectified by this ladies-only show in Catskill. Co-curated by Jennifer Krieger (Hawthorne Fine Art, Manhattan) and Nancy Siegal (Towson University), “Remember the Ladies” includes paintings, embroidered landscapes, photography, and drawing manuals by artists such as Julia Hart Beers (sister to William and James Hart), Evelina Mount (niece to William Sidney Mount), Susie Barstow, Eliza Greatorex, Harriet Cany Peale, and Josephine Walters, as well as paintings by Thomas Cole’s sister, Sara Cole, and her daughter Emily. Jennifer Krieger comments, “This remarkable group of female artists was able to overcome all obstacles they faced. Their physical and lifestyle accomplishments (in pioneering an exploration of the outdoors and acquiring their subject matter directly from the landscape) was just as remarkable as their aesthetic and artistic achievements, particularly considering the social constraints imposed on their gender.” The Thomas Cole Historic Site, 218 Spring St., Catskill, www.thomascole.org, 518.943.7465. See website for gallery hours.


Through 5/29- “SENSING SPACE: CONTEMPORARY INTERPRETATIONS OF THE LANDSCAPE” group show at Ann Street Gallery, Newburgh—As part of the ongoing revitalization of the Liberty St. area of Newburgh, Ann Street Gallery—along with the Ritz Theatre—has been consistently exposing art lovers to new and interesting artists. From the gallery: “In this exhibit, seven different artists explore the relationship between our physical environment and the creative and psychological reactions to the natural landscape. The works in ‘Sensing Space’ range from the imaginative to the fantastic, all expressing the idea that the landscape does not have to be about any particular physical location. Rather, we see works that are not so much about the visual representation of the landscape as subject matter, as they are about investigating the concept of landscape environments through individual interpretations.” Artists include Gail Biederman, Robmat Butler, Matthew Cox, Chad Curtis, Barron Hall, Tricia McLaughlin, and Leah Wolff. Ann Street Gallery, 104 Ann St., Newburgh, safe-harbors.org, 845.562.6940 ext. 119. Mo-Th 9 AM-5 PM, Fr/Sa 11 AM-5 PM


Starting 5/28- CURRENT: A SUMMER SCULPTURE EXHIBITION on the grounds of Boscobel Restoration, and paintings by C J COLLINS and LAUREN SCHILLER at Garrison Art Center, Garrison—It’s a two-fer, courtesy of Garrison Art Center for the summer. The CURRENT sculpture exhibition sites works by ten regional artists around the majestic grounds at Boscobel, overlooking the Hudson, where, incidentally, the Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival has their summer performances. Now in its fourth year, the CURRENT reception is at the Art Center (Fr 5/28, 6-8 PM), and a Party to honor the artists and to benefit the Garrison Art Center Gillette Scholarship Fund at Boscobel Rose Garden happens in June (Fr 6/11, 6-8 PM), and features renowned sculptors including David Hayes, Leonda F. Finke, and Judith Steinberg. At the Garrison Art Center galleries, C J Collins shows a playful intensity that finds its genesis in an automatic drawing style, bright color with heavy squiggles. Lauren Schiller’s work contrasts nicely, with a more airbrushed magical realist effect, with a nod to Terry Gilliam. Garrison Art Center, Garrison’s Landing, Garrison, www.garrisoncenter.org, 845.424.3960. Public Reception Fr 5/28 6-8 PM, Boscobel Scholarship Fund Party Fr 6/11 6-8 PM


Starting 6/5- “5+5: NEW PERSPECTIVES” onsite sculpture exhibit; “THE VIEW FROM HERE: STORM KING AT FIFTY” museum exhibit, at Storm King Art Center, Mountainville—Widely recognized worldwide as one of the great sculpture parks, the Storm King Art Center celebrates its fiftieth anniversary with worthy double shows starting in early June. The “5+5: New Perspectives” show comes from Storm King curator/director David R. Cullens asking ten artists to create a new work or select a recent one to loan to the sculpture park: Five of the artists are already represented in Storm King’s collection: Alice Aycock, Chakaia Booker, Andy Goldsworthy, Mark di Suvero, and Ursula von Rydingsvard. Five are new to Storm King: John Bisbee, Maria Elena González, Darrell Petit, Alyson Shotz, and Stephen Talasnik. The sculptures are dispersed throughout the area hills and fields, and are—as always—unpredictable. “The View From Here: Storm King at Fifty” makes use of Storm King’s extensive photographic archives, showing how artists like Claes Oldenburg, Alexander Calder, David Smith, and Louise Bourgeois used the space to develop important installations over the years. Storm King Art Center, Old Pleasant Hill Rd., Mountainville, www.stormking.org, 845.534.3115.



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