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November Art Hilights

impressions of the renaissance art exhibit

11/14 through 12/24- ALBRECHT DÜRER: IMPRESSIONS OF THE RENAISSANCE, at the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center, Vassar College, Poughkeepsie—Nuremberg-based artist Albrecht Dürer (1471-1528)—considered one of the greatest artists of the Northern Renaissance—was a master of printmaking and landscape watercolors who secured his considerable reputation while still in his twenties. Later in his life, as he became more engaged with intellectuals and humanists of the era, Dürer found inspiration from the combination of rediscovered classical sources and new theological ideas, particularly through intellectual discussions with his close childhood friend Willibald Pirckheimer, a scholar and translator who studied at the Universities of Padua and Pavia. Twenty-five of the resulting bibical and allegorically themed prints—most from the permanent collection at FLLAC—shows what can happen when a stimulated imagination and consummate skill meet at the apex. The Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center, Vassar College, 124 Raymond Ave., Poughkeepsie,, 845.437.5237.

we flock together avian photography exhibit

11/1 through 11/30- WE FLOCK TOGETHER: avian photography by F-Stop Fitzgerald, at the Rosendale Café Gallery, Rosendale—As a photographer whose shots have appeared in Rolling Stone, Spin, Villiage Voice, GQ, the Washington Post, LA Weekly, and the San Francisco Chronicle, the suitably monikered F-Stop Fitzgerald has made his reputation mostly by photographing the beautiful and famous. For this exhibition at the venerable Rosendale Café—where you can also get a nice vegetarian meal and catch a touring musical act—Fitzgerald indulges his interest in our “feathered friends” with shots that are also selections from Orvis Beginner’s Guide to Bird Watching. Early in the month might be a good time to visit the Café and gallery, as the Rosendale Theater presents an encore production of Jane Martin’s Talking With… (Th/Fr 11/13,14) just down the street, featuring a talented local cast and director. For the artist reception (Su 11/22, 3-5 PM), Fitzgerald’s son Westin—of Preferably Tapioca—performs a suite of songs inspired by the Hubble Telescope. Rosendale Café Gallery, 434 Main St., Rosendale,, 845.658.9048. Reception Su 11/22, 3-5 PM

Through 11/29- ANIMAL SPIRITS I: the Personal Iconography of Peggy Cyphers and Kathy Ruttenberg, at Kleinert/James Arts Center, Woodstock—Different folks get different strokes out of the Byrdcliffe Arts Colony experience; the beauty and isolation of the woods has a way of giving the artist points of natural resonance from which to explore relevant themes. Byrdcliffe attendee Peggy Cyphers paints large-scale abstracts that attempt to mirror “animal” feelings, while presenting a dream-like iconography that utilizes shapes that echo local rock formations and scenery. Cyphers was a key member of the East Village art scene of the early 80s, combining disparate elements like Darwin’s theories, shamanism, and quantum physics with surprising results. Kathy Ruttenberg’s life-size sculptures have been shown in galleries from LA to NYC, and “encompass a private sense of narrative, an unselfconscious teeter-totter relationship with psychological revelations and metaphoric allusions, combining a child-like exuberance of expression with an adult sense of wounded reserve.” Curated by Paul Smart, the two artists’ work will be juxtaposed for a full effect. Kleinert/James Arts Center, 34 Tinker St., Woodstock,, 845.679.2079.

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