April showers notwithstanding, this April is gearing up to be 2017’s month of the year for Saugerties. Over the next few weeks, the village will welcome the expansion and relocation of an established gallery, the launch of a new art space, and the inauguration of a month-long festival of sculpture to celebrate International Sculpture Day on April 24.
On April 8, Saugerties will be transformed into a living, breathing sculpture show. To coördinate with International Sculpture Day, this super-show will take place inside three galleries and in various outdoor venues throughout the village. The participating galleries are 11 Jane St, a new venue located at the eponymous 11 Jane Street; Cross Contemporary Art (in their newly acquired space at 99 Partition Street); and Emerge Gallery (228 Main Street), whose exhibit “Metal & Wood” will include assemblages as well as wall and standing sculptures. Artists at Emerge include Fay Wood, Loel Barr, Ed Berkise, 2 Nutty Artists (Janet Costello and Heather Gottfried), Robert George, Ruth Edwy, Michael Ciccone, Shelly Davis and Amy Puccio. This exhibition will be on view from April 7 to May 1, with an opening on April 7 from 5 – 9 pm as a part of Saugerties’ First Friday. The shows at CCA and 11 Jane St will also be available to preview that Friday before their official openings the following day.
The first annual Saugerties Sculpture Show is supported by the town and village of Saugerties and will feature outdoor sculptures in such spots as the new Bella Luna Restaurant Courtyard (124 Partition Street), Cantine Field, outside 11 Jane St and Saugerties Lumber, and in various shops throughout town. Bob Malkin of “Think Big,” the 80s retail phenomenon in Manhattan’s Soho district, is volunteering larger-than-life sculptures of mundane objects to the storefronts of Saugerties — you will find a giant comb in the window of a barber shop, a huge wineglass in a local wine shop, a super-sized clothespin in a drycleaners, and a gigantic champagne cork in the window of a bar! And, at the CCA space, look out for Christy Rupp’s simultaneously witty and deadly serious turtles created from the detritus of, in this case, the laundry room. Additional exhibitors include Debra Priestly, Ian Machell, Susan Mastrangelo, William Greenwood, Alex Kveton, Estate of Jeffry Schiller, Draga Susanj, Colin Chase, Nadine Slowik, Stuart Farmery, and Adrian Frost.
In High Falls, Wired Gallery will also celebrate sculpture with a playful two-part exhibition by Sam Tufnell from April 8 to May 7. The work on view will be divided between Wired’s premises at 11 Mohonk Rd, and the nearby High Falls Emporium Sculpture Garden at 10 Old State Route 13 (corner of Old Route 213 and NY-213) in the form of an outdoor installation. Tufnell has become known for his 3D still lifes, in which he casts mundane items like plastic toys, cans and bottles or, as in the case of Dad, paraphernalia from pop culture, in clear or brightly colored translucent resin. These casts are then lit, or powered, from within, which gives them an ethereal quality. It is these sculptures that will be at the gallery.
A graduate of New York’s School of Visual Arts, Tufnell’s distinctive illuminated sculptures have been exhibited in Miami, Palm Beach, New York City, and other cities around the U.S. He was the recipient of a Solo Award at Artexpo New York 2013. The exhibition at Wired Gallery marks Tufnell’s first solo show in the Hudson Valley and is curated by Colin “Cojo” Jorgensen. There will be an opening reception on April 8 from 5 – 7:30pm, during which, at sunset (approximately 7pm), a lighting ceremony will take place at the foot of the cliffs by the Sculpture Garden, unveiling a site-specific installation, Gnome Mountain, consisting of 13 solid-colored luminous “Power Gnomes” arranged on the rocks. At the flip of a switch, they will be brought to life; there they will remain, glowing sentinels guarding the craggy cliffs of High Falls, NY indefinitely.
“Gnome Mountain”, as it will henceforth be known, is situated less than ten miles from the Hudson Valley Landmark sculpture Gnome Chomsky, former Guinness World Record Holder 2007 for “World’s Largest Garden Gnome” (now the 3rd largest) by artist and gardener extraordinaire Maria Reidelbach at Kelder’s Farm on Route 209 in Kerhonkson, NY.
All Images are courtesy of the artists or their representatives.
Featured Image: Christy Rupp, Red Tide (detail), 2017. Plastic and metal, 48” x 38” x 36”
For further information, including gallery hours, please call or visit the galleries’ websites:
Cross Contemporary Art, 81 + 99 Partition St, Saugerties: crosscontemporaryart.com
Emerge, 228 Main St. Saugerties: emergegalleryny.com