ArtBeat: What To See
Warren Street, Hudson. Explore nine galleries and opening receptions, all within a few blocks of each other, on bustling Warren Street. Saturday, June 25, 5-7pm. DownStreet Art @ Downtown North Adams. This first DownStreet Art Thursday of 2016 will include works of visual art on display in museums, galleries and non-traditional spaces; the grand openings of four creative incubator spaces; live podcasting, musical and theatrical performances and a night market featuring local food and craft vendors. Thursday, June 30, 5-9pm.
Opening:Rockwell and Realism in an Abstract World @ Norman Rockwell Museum, Stockbridge. An exhibition that examines the forces that inspired the relegation of narrative painting, and especially the art of illustration, to a lesser status by mid-century as well the resurgence of realist painting during the latter half of the twentieth century. Artists’ panel: Thursday, July 21, 5:30–6:30pm. (Through October 30) Brilliant Colors @ Good Purpose Gallery, Lee. Bold, colorful paintings by Scott Taylor and Joanie Ciolfi. Artists’ reception: Friday, June 24, 5:30-7:30pm. (Through August 8) In Shadow & Light @ Clement Frame Shop, Troy. Landscape paintings by Gail Giles and Dimitrina Kutriansky. Views an online exhibition here. Opening reception: Friday June 24, 6-9pm. (Through July 27) Distinguishable From Magic @ Collar Works, Troy. Collar Works partners with the SciArt Center in New York City to present this exhibition featuring artworks based in or inspired by science, with works by Amber Eve Anderson, Linda Behar, Jared Vaughan Davis, Greg Dunn, Cedric van Eenoo, Anna Fine Foer, Richelle Gribble, Constance Halporn, Alinta Krauth, Robert Krawczyk and Leila Christine Nadir. Opening reception: Friday, June 24, 5-8pm. (Through July 23) Sextet @ Limner Gallery, Hudson. An exhibition of six contemporary American artists, each showing three works. Artists include Jim Haller, Jesse Nusbaum, James Wille Faust, Gerd Dagne, Vlasta Smola and Joan Ryan. Opening reception: Saturday, June 25, 5-7pm. (Through July 23) Susanna Heller @ John Davis Gallery, Hudson. New paintings by Susanna Heller, focusing on space and movement. Also on display are solo shows by John Crawford (sculpture), Matthew Blackwell (paintings), Herbert Reichert (paintings) and Tom Butter (sculpture and painting). Artists’ reception: Saturday, June 25, 6-8pm. (Through July 17) Capturing Color: Contemporary Pastels @ Spencertown Academy Arts Center, Spencertown. An exhibition of works by regional artists Joe Baker, Frank Federico, David Francis, Susan M. Story and Marlene Wiedenbaum that celebrates pastel painting, a medium that dates back to prehistoric chalk paintings, developed through the Renaissance, and evolved through the Impressionist, Fauvist, Abstractionist, Realist and Photo-Realist art movements. Opening reception: Saturday, June 25, 4-6pm. (Through July 17) Living on Earth: The Work of Robert Hite @ Hancock Shaker Village, Pittsfield. A solo show of sculpture and photography, co-presented this summer in a special collaboration by the Berkshire Museum and Hancock Shaker Village. Opening reception and artist’s talk at Berkshire Museum: Thursday, June 30, 5-7:30pm. (Through October 30)
Last Chance To See:Waiting: A Camera Phone Photography Show @ MCLA Gallery 51, North Adams. A collaborative effort between MCLA and Brigham Young University of Provo, Utah, this show will include hundreds of 4-inch by 4-inch color photographs gleaned from students and faculty from the art departments of both institutions, as well as members from the surrounding communities of each campus. (Through June 24) Stu Eichel @ 2nd Floor Gallery, Glens Falls. Paintings of old trucks by Stu Eichel. (Through June 24) Environmental Expressions @ Saratoga Arts, Saratoga. Works by Mara Lefebvre, Gammy Miller, Paula Overbay and Kathryn Bilharz Gabriel, four artists who create work directly influenced by their respective surroundings and upbringings. (Through June 25) Six Stops – Prints & Editions @ Inky Editions, Hudson. Work by 6 artists affiliated with the studio, in small print format, as a meditation on the significance of place in daily living, the imagination or in distant memory, featuring works by Tom Curran, Licha Jimenez, Kahn & Selesnick, Susan Myers, Beth Thielen and George Tsalikis. (Through June 26) Fence Show 2016 @ The Arts Center, Troy. The annual exhibiton of works by Arts Center members, this year’s show is comprised of 382 pieces, including paintings, drawing, photography, fiber arts, stained glass and sculpture, as well as works by young artists in grades K-12. (Through June 26) Cristo & Jeanne-Claude: The Tom Golden Collection @ The Hyde Collection, Glens Falls. An exhibition of over 125 original drawings, sculptures, collages and photographs that traces the career of renowned artists Christo and Jeanne-Claude, capturing the versatility, longevity and international scope of the duo’s extensive career. Tom Golden’s personal and professional relationship with the artists began in 1974, during public hearings for Christo and Jeanne-Claude’s project Running Fence. (Through June 26) Olivia’s Birds @ Athens Cultural Center, Athens. An exhibition of 50 watercolors by Olivia Bouler, who was 11 years when she began a fundraising effort for the Gulf oil spill by giving bird drawings to those who donated to wildlife recovery efforts. Olivia drew and donated 500 original drawings and thousands of limited edition prints throughout the summer of 2010. Today, she continues her environmental activism as an artist, writer, educator and speaker. Many of the artworks in this exhibition were included in her book Olivia’s Birds, published by Sterling Publishing Children’s Books. (Through June 28) Give ‘Em Hell @ Time & Space Limited, Hudson. New stencil art paintings by Scout/Pines, née Brian Buono, who first got into street art while working in the screen-printing department at the Capital Region independent record label, Equal Vision. His pieces – painted with spray paint or house paint on reclaimed plywood or old metal – depict real-life people on the periphery: the have-nots, the overlooked, the marginalized. The Chatham-based artist then surreptitiously places his stencil-art paintings on abandoned buildings in distressed communities, where they usually disappear fast, unscrewed by collectors or lucky passers-by. (Through June 30) Portraits of Trees @ Lisa Vollmer Photography Studio + Gallery, Great Barrington. The gallery’s inaugural exhibition features photographs by Tom Zetterstrom. (Through June 30)
Continuing:Quietus @ BCB ART, Hudson. With his daughter as his muse, Richard Butler depicts lush expressionistic portraits of a pensive female, who serves as a cipher for himself. Butler was trained as a painter at the prestigious Epson School of Art & Design in London, but he is also known as the singer/songwriter for the acclaimed rock band, The Psychedelic Furs. (Through July 3) Sunup and Hohle Fels @ Jeff Bailey Gallery, Hudson. Recent drawings and paintings by Bill Adams and new sculpture by David Pappaceno. (Through July 3) Waterfront Future: Designing Resilience for an Epoch of Rising Tides @ Hudson Opera House, Hudson. Masters of Landscape Architecture students in Cornell’s Climate-Adaptive Design (CAD) studio spent the spring semester focused on Hudson’s South Bay waterfront with the goal of developing design alternatives for a more climate-resilient, beautiful and connected river edge. (Through July 4) Wind & Rain @ Matteawan Gallery, Beacon. Sculpture and drawings by Kazumi Tanaka, including tiny musical instruments made from small animal skulls, seashells, wood and hair as well as drawings made using coffee as the medium. (Through July 3) Ephemerality @ Theo Ganz Studio, Beacon. A solo exhibition of recent sculpture, painting and video by Jayoung Yoon, a Korean-born artist now living and working in Beacon who is known for her interdisciplinary art using human hair as a medium. Artist’s talk: Thursday, June 23, 7-8pm. (Through July 10) Here-and-Now @ Thompson Giroux Gallery, Chatham. Paintings by Gabe Brown, works on paper by Steven Careau, drawings by Isabel Piazza and paintings by Joseph Yetto. (Through July 10) Woodcuts and Sculptures @ The Laffer Gallery, Schuylerville. Prints and sculptures by Allen Grindle and Mary Pat Wager. (Through July 10) 25th Anniversary Exhibition @ Carrie Haddad Gallery, Hudson. The gallery’s anniversary exhibit marking 25 years in Hudson includes new paintings by Leigh Palmer, color field panels by Ginny Fox, sculpture by Leon Smith and photographs by Dale Goffigon. (Through July 10) Paul Chaleff @ The Re Institute, Millerton. Five large sculptures and a number of monumental ceramic tablets by Joel Schapira. Also on display: a group show with work by Moira Kelly, Dana Gentile, Karen Tepaz, Peter Acheson, Bruce Gluck and Sarah Heinemann, artists who met during the installation of a piece by Sol Lewitt at Bard College. (Through July 16) Summer 2016 Exhibition @ Art Omi, Ghent. This year’s annual summer exhibition includes new works in The Fields by Charley Friedman, Folkert de Jong, Freya Powell, Rob Fischer and Andreas Savva. Visitors will also get a special in-progress preview of Ward Shelley and Alex Schweder’s performative architecture piece, ReACTOR, which will open in the Omi Architecture Field later this summer. Also on display, in the Charles B. Benenson Gallery, is a solo exhibition of Charley Friedman’s indoor work featuring prints, drawings and mechanical sculpture of whirling beach balls, through July 24. Out of Whole Cloth – Scenes and Abstractions Dreamt onto Canvas @ Montgomery Row Second Level, Rhinebeck. A solo exhibition of paintings by Vera Kaplan. (Through July 29) Society After Revolution: Kian Kowrouzi @ Mandeville Gallery, Schenectady. Working in the medium of black and white digital photography, Union College senior Kian Nowrouzi captures human emotion and a diversity of culture within contemporary, post-revolutionary China and Cuba. (Through August 7) Exposed: Heads, Busts and Nudes @ Ferrin Contemporary, North Adams. A group show of ceramic figural sculpture by from 1970 to present, including works by Robert Arneson, Rudy Autio, Christie Brown, Beth Cavener, Cristina Córdova, Claire Curneen, Stephen Dixon, Jack Earl, Edward Eberle, Philip Eglin, Viola Frey, Alessandro Gallo, Georges Jeanclos, Gerit Grimm, Coille Hooven, Sergei Isupov, Doug Jeck, Michael Lucero, Kadri Pärnamets, Esther Shimazu, Dirk Staschke, Akio Takamori, Tip Toland, Patti Warashina, Kurt Weiser and Beatrice Wood. (Through August 7) Borrowed Light: Selections from the Jack Shear Collection @ The Tang, Saratoga Springs. An exhibition celebrating the major gift of over 500 photographs donated to the Tang by photographer, curator and collector Jack Shear and presenting a visual history of photography from its inception in the 1840s to the present day. (Through August 14) Not Theories but Revelations: The Art and Science of Abbott Handerson Thayer @ Williams College Museum of Art, Williamstown. Works by Abbott Handerson Thayer, renowned twentieth century painter of ethereal angels, landscapes, and delicate flowers, was at the center of a raging debate around Darwin’s theories of evolution. As much a scientist as an artist, Thayer’s study of the visual world expressed itself in articles published in major scientific journals, an epistolary debate with Theodore Roosevelt, and in the development of the first prototype of military camouflage. (Through August 21) Touch The Sky @ Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center, Poughkeepsie. A multi-media exhibition that explores art related to astronomy featuring 50+ works by 18 artists: Laura Battle, Michael Benson, Matthew Brandt, Vija Celmins, Caleb Charland, Chris McCaw, Linda Connor, Teresita Fernández, Nancy Graves, Sharon Harper, Mishka Henner, David Malin, Lisa Oppenheim, Thomas Ruff, Lewis M. Rutherfurd, Kiki Smith, Michelle Stuart, Mungo Thomson and Penelope Umbrico. (Through August 21) African Art Against the State @ Williams College Museum of Art, Williamstown. An exibition examining the history of activism, intervention and resistance that has characterized a great deal of African art-making from prehistory to the present, including works by Lalla Essaydi, David Goldblatt, Fathi Hassan, Fabrice Monteiro, Zwelethu Mthethwa, Zanele Muholi and Yinka Shonibare as well as sculptures by the Yoruba People and masks by the Igbo People. (Through August 28) A Change of Place: Four Solo Exhibitions @ The School, Kinderhook. Working across painting, photography and sculpture, Pierre Dorion, Hayv Kahraman, Richard Mosse and Garnett Puett converge on themes of transformation, environment and remembrance. Richard Nonas: The Man in the Empty Space @ MASS MoCA, North Adams. Nonas has created a major new sculptural work specifically for Building 5, and will also install a selection of existing sculpture. (Through September 5) Masterworks: 225 Years of Collecting @ Albany Institute of History and Art, Albany. An exhibition commemorating the Institute’s 225th anniversary that highlights works from its diverse collections, including paintings, furniture, silver, ceramics, sculpture, prints and more. (Through September 4) The Nature of Glass @ Chesterwood, Stockbridge. Chesterwood opens its 38th annual outdoor sculpture exhibition with works 24 works by 12 internationally recognized glass artists, including Martin Blank, Peter Bremers, Nancy Callan, William Carlson, Daniel Clayman, Sidney Hutter, Richard Jolley, John Kiley, Thomas Patti, Kait Rhoads, Richard Royal and Thomas Scoon. (Through September 18) Both Sides Now: Lexa and Dan Walsh @ Williams College Museum of Art, Williamstown. The first-time creative collaboration by sibling artists Lexa and Dan Walsh. Dan, a minimalist abstract painter, and Lexa, a socially engaged artist, come together to merge their practices around a shared interest in perception and encounters among objects and people. (Through September 25) Splendor, Myth, and Vision: Nudes from the Prado @ The Clark Art Institute, Williamstown. An exhibition of 28 Old Master paintings from the Museo Nacional del Prado that celebrate the role of the nude in Western painting. Twenty-four of the paintings have never before been shown in America. (Through October 10) Finding Raven: Art and Stories from the Northwest Coast @ Berkshire Museum, Pittsfield. Fantastic tales set in the oceans, streams and forests of the Pacific Northwest are accompanied by totem poles, carved masks and other ceremonial and utilitarian objects reflecting the traditions and artistry of the Haida, Tsimshian, Kwak’waka’wakw and Tlingit groups, among others. (Through October 30) Slippery Slope by Georgie Friedman @ Peter Irving Wold Center, Schenectady. A site-specific video installation piece by interdisciplinary artist Georgie Friedman. (Through November 30) Explode Every Day: An Inquiry into the Phenomena of Wonder @ MASS MoCA, North Adams. New and existing works by 23 international artists, each touching on certain facets of wonder, including: the perceptual/visionary, the technological/scientific, the philosophical/meditative, time/cosmos, and illusion/fear. By the Patterns @ Mandeville Gallery, Schenectady. Kira Nam Greene, the fourth featured artist in the gallery’s Art Installation Series, has installed her patternist collages. (Through March 2017)