By the time this article comes out, it will be clearer who will be the nominees for President and, hopefully, we can all take a break from election hyperbole and ad nauseam trumpeting of the Republican candidate by the media, and turn our attentions to something more uplifting: Art — specifically the art going on in your neighborhood. Following are some highlights of exhibitions that are on now in the Hudson Valley, and ones coming up, beginning in the middle in my hometown of Woodstock with Anne Crowley’s new work entitled, Stories: Home and Away, at the Woodstock Framing Gallery (WFG) on Mill Hill Rd. Links to all events at end of article.
Crowley is known for her brushy expressionistic landscapes and, in her last show, cityscapes. The new work, almost entirely figurative, seems like a departure but is really just a natural progression – she has been moving gradually from the macro to the micro of her experience. Here, Crowley draws on images from her present life here and her past in Dublin, Ireland – the latter are the “Home” paintings; it’s a peculiar aspect of Irishness that, regardless of how long people are away — 30 years in Crowley’s case — Ireland remains “home.” Therefore “away” is, conversely, where Crowley is now. This is the conundrum of the immigrant experience. The paintings document small-world moments – a birthday; a summer afternoon; a family get-together; but writ large. While fully Anne Crowley in execution and style, some pieces such as Waitress call to mind the stillness and introspection of a Hopper subject, but with the raw energy of a Yeats (Jack B) and the color of a Kirchner. Each piece evokes a story as the title promises. This show runs through July 24.
Moving the Water(s): Ashokan Fugues — 2014 from Margaret Cogswell on Vimeo.
Coming up in Woodstock, what promises to be a fascinating exhibition at the Kleinert/James Center for the Arts, is Moving the Water(s): Ashokan Fugues 2016. It is a multi-media installation by West Shokan/ New York City-based artist Margaret Cogswell and opens on July 2. This research-based installation explores the link that has existed for over 100 years between New York City’s need for water and the Catskills Watershed. Ashokan Fugues is “an elegy to the people of the Catskills who lost their land and homes through eminent domain for the building of the Ashokan Reservoir which supplies 90% of the drinking water for New York City.” One of a number of water “fugues” that Cogswell has produced over the last ten years, it was first shown at CUE Art foundation in 2014, but this exhibition at the K/J is an expanded version. Curated by Executive Director of Byrdcliffe, Jeremy Adams, the exhibition will run through August and include a number of related events. The opening reception on July 2 at 4pm is preceded at 3pm by a gallery talk and walk-through with the artist.
At the CHRCH Project Space in Cottekill, near Stone Ridge, Linda Weintraub is working on a participatory project to which all comers are invited to contribute. CHRCH is located in a deconsecrated Dutch Reform Church and is administered by Michael Asbill, formerly of KMOCA. The space presents art, but it functions like a laboratory and workshop space whose mission is to engage the wider community. Weintraub has long been a proponent of art that is mindful of the environment and the ecology, and those are the concerns her project, titled Grandmother Earth, highlights. Weintraub posits that the metaphor of “Mother Earth” infantilizes us and releases us from our responsibility to the planet. She wants us to shift our metaphor to “Grandmother Earth” just as, with maturity, our roles shift from being cared for to being care-givers including for the grandparent generation; now we need to assume that adult role with regard to our planet. At CHRCH, Weintraub has constructed a 10 foot sculpture –really, it’s an altar to her subject – as a starting point for the project. She has gathered a host of ingredients from nature: acorns, seeds, twigs, pine needles, etc. for participants to use as materials and she will be present, by appointment until June 30, to guide people in the sculptural process. On June 30th, there will be a culminating event where the results of the project will be celebrated – Weintraub encourages the public to attend. To learn more about this and to join in the project, see the links at the end of the text.
While you’re in Cottekill, scoot over to the Wired Gallery on Mohonk Rd. in nearby High Falls where Sevan Malikyan has designated his exhibition space a Portrait Gallery. The gallery features the work of nine artists including Sidney Cash, Marshall Borris, Bruce Brundock, and yours truly, through July 3. Malikyan also curates exhibitions off-site around the area, for example: the Marilynne Rowley exhibit, “Taking Flight,” at the Moxie Cup in Accord, NY, will add spice to your soup in that venue, through July 31.
An annual highlight is the Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art’s exhibition show-casing Hudson Valley Artists. This year’s show, curated by Corinna Ripps Schaming, is entitled Campsite and it opens on June 18 with a reception on June 25 at 5pm. The intention of Campsite is for the artists to draw inspiration from the traditions, rituals, and aesthetics associated with the region’s rich history of summer camps; the aim is “to transform the museum space into a locus of visual pleasures and unexpected activities where playful exploration leads to more serious engagement with the larger world.” To that end, the curator has chosen a selection of 14 artists that work in a variety of media – the show will include video, performance, and sound art, in addition to painting and sculpture. The Dorsky Museum is part of the SUNY New Paltz campus and the exhibition will run through November 13, 2016 .
In Beacon, Theo Ganz Studio is presenting, Ephemerality, a solo exhibition of recent sculpture, painting, and video by Jayoung Yoon, a Korean-born artist now living and working in Beacon, New York. Yoon is known for her interdisciplinary art using human hair as a medium.
Swinging all the way back upcountry to Hudson, John Davis Gallery is showing the drawings and paintings of Yura Adams’. This show closes on June 19th and, as it is some time since this very interesting artist’s work has been shown in our area, that makes Hudson a worthwhile starting point for your summer culture-hunting. The title of the show is Nature Dress and is inspired by Adams’ life on the farm in Massachusetts where she lives and works. There will be an artist’s talk on Saturday June 18, 3 – 4:30pm at John Davis Gallery, 362 Warren Street, Hudson.
A few blocks up the hill from John Davis in Hudson, Carrie Haddad is celebrating 25 years in business with a nicely balance exhibition of four artists at her space at 622 Warren St. The art covers the bases of painting by Ginny Fox and Leigh Palmer, photography by Dale Goffigon, and sculpture by Leon Smith. Haddad’s career as a gallerist began in 1991 when she worked with 15 artists to launch a cooperative in a building nearby to where she is now. The gallery was an immediate success and initiated Hudson’s contemporary art scene. After one year, Haddad assumed full ownership of the gallery and curatorship of exhibits. Twenty-five years later, Haddad and her gallery continue to occupy an important place in the art scene of Hudson.
Photographs of Linda Weintraub’s project are courtesy of Joan Ades. All other images and media are courtesy of the artists.
For more information on the events mentioned in this article, following are links to the venues and/or artists.
Anne Crowley at the WFG, Woodstock: wfggallery.com
Margaret Cogswell at Byrdcliffe’s Kleinert/James
CHRCH Project Space: chrchprojectspace.org/linda-weintraub/
Linda Weintraub: email to schedule an appointment:
The Wired Gallery: thewiredgallery.com/
The Dorksy, SUNY New Paltz — CAMPSITE: Hudson Valley Artists 2016: newpaltz.edu/museum/exhibitions/future.html
Jayoung Yoon at Theo Ganz Studio: theoganzstudio.com
Yura Adams at John Davis Gallery: johndavisgallery.com
Carrie Haddad Gallery, Hudson: carriehaddadgallery.com
Featured Image: Anne Crowley Birthday, 2016. Oil canvas. 34” x 36” Summertime
Claire Lambe is an Irish born painter whose works have been exhibited on both sides of the Atlantic; she is a graduate of the National College of Art and Design in Dublin and holds an MFA in painting from the City University of New York. Writing credits include contributing author to Teen Life in Europe (part of the Teen Life Around The World series), and articles and reviews for this publication. Claire Lambe’s art work can be seen here: