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Spencertown Academy Art Exhibition, “Whimsy”

“A Beautiful Day in the Neighborwood” (mural detail) by Dorothy Sabean (roofing paper, vintage stationery paper, acrylic paint, crafting jewels; 6’ x 11’)

Spencertown Academy Arts Center presents “Whimsy” art exhibition featuring paintings and sculptures by Gabe Brown, Keith Davidson, Ron Harrington, Dorothy Sabean, Audrie Sturman, and Elizabeth Wallin. The show will be on display from October 2 through October 31 (Saturdays and Sundays). Admission is free and all art is for sale with a portion of the proceeds to benefit the Academy. 

Spencertown Academy Curatorial Committee Co-Chair Barbara Lax Kranz organized the exhibition. “In a world that seems more and more fractured and traumatized by a pandemic, the idea of a show focusing on whimsy seemed a necessity for the soul,” she says. “Whimsy can be defined in many ways—capricious, fanciful, fantastical, imaginative, and unpredictable are just a few words that come to mind. We all need a little escape now and then. After all, fun and fantasy are necessary ingredients in living.”

“Six very different artists have produced works that will bring smiles to your faces. They look at the world around them in a different way,” continues curator Lax Kranz. “Some travel to an alternate universe while others create work that will just make you laugh or leave you delighted.”

Gabe Brown (Elizaville, NY) searches for meaning in the unknown. “Art is like magic, an illusion created by the force of humanity. Our choices in life can be amazing portals for adventure,” she says. Her paintings are narrative vignettes that are both alluring and mysterious. Brown has won national awards and was the 2018 recipient of a NYFA Fellowship in painting. She is an Adjunct Professor in Painting and Drawing at Fordham University.

A national award-winning artist, Keith Davidson (Egremont, MA) considers himself a self-taught artist. His work comes from his imagination. “The Fish Series” to be showcased in “Whimsy” presents playful, colorful forms that are dramatic, captivating, and complex. “The amorphic, fanciful shapes keep the eyes moving, lifting one’s spirit to a better place,” says Davidson.

Ron Harrington (Hillsdale, NY) creates characters from scraps of wood, debris, and interesting pieces of detritus. “Each unique sculpture comes with a name that reflects its personality,” says Lax Kranz. “You have no alternative but to howl with laughter.” 

Dorothy (Dee) Sabean (Dalton, MA) is a visual artist who works in many different media. She got her training on the city streets. She dreamed and she drew in many street festivals throughout the United States, winning many awards along the way. In 2011, she began canvas painting and has had many solo shows since that time. Lax Kranz says, “Sabean’s mural, ‘A Beautiful Day in the Neighborwood,’ which will be on display in ‘Whimsy,’ will take you, along with Mr. Rogers and numerous friends of the forest to untold places in the woods.”

For sculptor Audrie Sturman (Slingerlands, NY), rhythms of nature ignite her creative vision. Her work is spontaneous and reflects her background in painting and printmaking. “Her sculptures in the show will include both two- and three-dimensional work on a small and large scale and incorporate her vision of stem cells and a Covid cell. “It’s a more pleasant way to look at the disease,” notes Lax Kranz.

The illustrations of Elizabeth Wallin (Kinderhook, NY) are drawn from her imagination and life. She enjoys creating humorous characters, although she is equally comfortable with more sober subjects. Her published illustrations can be found in many books and magazines.

Founded in 1972, Spencertown Academy Arts Center is a cultural center and community resource serving Columbia County, the Berkshires, and the Capital region. Housed in a landmark 1847 Greek Revival schoolhouse, the Academy is located at 790 State Route 203 in Spencertown, New York. For more information, please see spencertownacademy.org.

DATES/TIMES: October 2 through October 31, 2021 on Saturdays and Sundays / 1pm – 5pm

LOCATION: Spencertown Academy
790 NY-203
Spencertown, NY

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Upstate Art Weekend, Aug 27 – 29

The second edition of UPSTATE ART WEEKEND takes place from August 27-29, 2021, incorporating sixty one sculpture parks, museums, galleries, artists’ studios, residencies, public artworks and creative projects situated either side of the Hudson River between Garrison and Chatham.

This three-day self-directed, accessible event connects tourists and locals alike, with art and the outdoors, celebrating the cultural vibrancy of Upstate New York. The full program can be viewed here and the official map is available here, which was produced in partnership with Chronogram.

“UPSTATE ART WEEKEND is about community, collaboration, art and the outdoors, which are essential to our well-being. We are thrilled the event has grown so much and cannot wait to connect more visitors with the arts in the Hudson Valley”, said Helen Toomer.

Founded in 2020 by Helen Toomer of STONELEAF RETREAT to celebrate the cultural vibrancy of Upstate New York, UPSTATE ART WEEKEND connects people and places, building a community that not only visits for the weekend, but explores the Hudson Valley throughout the year.

DATES: Friday August 27 – Sunday 29, 2021


LOCATIONS: official map available here

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Hudson Hall Exhibition, Rodney Greenblat: ‘Something to Look Forward to’

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Photo by Alon Koppel

Hudson Hall presents Rodney Greenblat: ‘Something to Look Forward to’ Exhibition now to August 23. Rodney Alan Greenblat’s aptly-titled, Something to Look Forward to, is an enjoyable, whimsical and engaging collection of new and archival works bursting with color and underpinned with wit and charm.

In Something to Look Forward to, the artist presents us with a vision of his own wonderland future; a land of brightly colored modernist forms populated with ladybugs, friendly robots and giant emblematic cats watched over by “Lemon Eye”- a mystical and beneficial Zen deity who’s image is in almost every work. Greenblat offers us an antidote to the pessimism, division, and dangers of today: the possibility of optimism, wholeness and safety. Familiar and wildly imaginative at the same time, the paintings and constructions celebrate the ability we all have to re-imagine our world. 

DATE/TIME: Until August 23, 2020
Friday, 1 – 5pm, Saturday & Sunday, 1 – 4pm
(Timed entry on the hour. 10 reservations max/hour).
Socially-Distanced Guided Tours (maximum of 6 per tour): Saturdays & Sundays, 4pm

COST: Free and Open to public
Socially-Distanced Guided Tours – $10 (free for members)
Reservations required. Visit hudsonhall.org for tickets


LOCATION: Hudson Hall

Center Hall Gallery & Common Council Room
327 Warren Street
Hudson, NY 12534

MORE: In keeping with New York State guidelines to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission, visitors to Hudson Hall must comply with safety protocols, such as social distancing and wearing a mask. Hudson Hall reserves the right to refuse entry to anyone who does not comply with these guidelines or make reservations in advance.
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Spencertown Academy – Virtual Garden Lecture w/ Robert Clyde Anderson, Jun 28

 

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Spencertown Academy’s Garden Lecture with Robert Clyde Anderson will take place on Sunday, June 28 via Zoom.

The lecture, ‘Naturalistic Planting on a Domestic Scale’ is an illustrated talk that will focus on practical techniques for creating and managing naturalistic plantings at a size that’s feasible for the home gardener, in terms of both labor and expense. Using part of his own garden as the example, the presenter will share failures and successes in the development, over three seasons, of a wet meadow style planting. Topics addressed will include site selection and preparation, plant material sources, choices and acquisition, installation tips, and seasonal care.

Robert Clyde Anderson found his way to the Hudson Valley after a New York City career in illustration and book design. A native of Louisiana, Robert is a lifelong gardener and has designed and maintained gardens in Columbia County as well as serving as right-hand man for eight years at the former Loomis Creek Nursery in Claverack, NY.

In 2012 Robert was hired to launch the retail division of Pondside Nursery in Hudson NY, a new garden center specializing in standard and unusual perennials, annuals, shrubs and trees as well as select pottery, tools and garden accessories. At Pondside, Robert served as Creative Director and as the buyer for perennials, annuals and hardgoods, and wrote about plants and gardening for the nursery website/newsletter. In 2017 he resigned his position to concentrate on garden design, writing, teaching and public speaking, although he remains associated with Pondside as a consultant and designer.

Robert makes his home in Stuyvesant, NY where he maintains a two acre “laboratory” garden that includes shrub borders, a sunny terraced xeric garden, a shady wooded streamside area, a moist meadow, a kitchen garden and a small flock of chickens.

DATE/TIME: Sunday, June 28, 2020 / 4pm – 5pm

LOCATION: Zoom

ADMISSION: $10
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Gonzales-Torres’ “Untitled” Fortune Cookie Corner – Exhibition at Hudson Hall

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Hudson Hall is one of several hundred places around the world featuring a live, global installation of Untitled (Fortune Cookie Corner) by the famed artist Felix Gonzalez-Torres (1957-1996). The work has been lent by an anonymous private collector and coincides with Hudson Hall’s reopening to the public.

Exhibition curator Andrea Rosen, the New York gallerist, invited 1,000 individuals around the world to manifest the Gonzalez-Torres work in a place of their choosing as part of one total site. Lawyer and part-time Germantown resident John Sare was one of the 1,000 individuals selected to manifest the work, and he selected Hudson Hall for the installation. Created in 1990, the installation is described as “Fortune cookies, endless supply,” with the dimensions of each installation dependant on each site. The core tenets of the work include the principle that individuals must be permitted to choose to take fortune cookies from the work. Although the original supply of approximately 800 fortune cookies will not be replenished, the work will remain in place through July 5 even if the supply of fortune cookies is exhausted.

Felix Gonzalez-Torres was born in Guáimaro, Cuba on November 26, 1957. He referred to himself as American. He lived and worked in New York City between 1979 and 1995. Gonzalez-Torres died in Miami on January 6, 1996 from AIDS-related causes.

 

DATE/TIME: Friday, June 26 through July 5, 2020

Fridays, 1 – 5pm; Saturday & Sundays, 1 – 4pm (Timed entry on the hour. Reservation only, 10 reservations max/hour).

*This work can be viewed by making a reservation to Rodney Greenblat: Something to Look Forward to.

LOCATION: Hudson Hall
327 Warren Street
Hudson, NY 12534

MORE: Please note: In keeping with New York State guidelines to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission, visitors to Hudson Hall must comply with safety protocols, such as social distancing and wearing a mask. Hudson Hall reserves the right to refuse entry to anyone who does not comply with these guidelines or make reservations in advance.
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