The Hudson Area Library is introducing a series of visits to art galleries in Hudson. The first Gallery Hop is to the Tom Swope Gallery on Warren Street. At this gallery, visitors will be transported back to ancient times in China, Egypt, Greece, Rome and Mesoamerica as Tom Swope guides you through his amazing collection.
Why visit an art gallery? To begin, art is just plain fun, while teaching and revealing who we are to ourselves. Art is also a form of meditation and time to commune with creativity. Nothing carries you away and clears your mind like a visit to a museum or art gallery.
Tom Swope Gallery deals in Antiquities from around the world; some Greek and Roman, Ancient Egyptian, pre-Columbian and Chinese Archaic jades and early Buddhist sculptures. While the range is broad, all the objects are carefully chosen for their beauty, authenticity, and all tell us about our common past. The gallery currently shows a lot of early Chinese Buddhist sculpture from the 6th to 8th Century A.D., and archaic Chinese jades from the Neolithic period to the Han Dynasty.
Always interested in ancient art since being exposed to the Greek myths as a child, Swope then went on to Harvard College where he studied ancient art as a Fine Arts Major. After college, he worked for the distinguished antiquities dealer, Matthias Komor just before he retired in 1982 – 1984. After dealing with antiquities for several years in the city, while working with many contemporary artists, he moved upstate and continued his love affair with antiquities in Hudson.
Attendees will meet at the library and there will be transportation to the gallery as well as the opportunity to walk over. Attendees can return to the library afterward for lunch and discussion.
Friday, June 21, 2019 / 1pm – 3pm
Hudson Area Library
51 N. 5th St. (at State St.)
Hudson, NY 12534
Registration is required and space is limited. Please call the library at x101.