There’s no question that Chris Robinson’s voice is at the heart of the Black Crowes’ sound, but younger brother, guitarist Rich Robinson, has always been the band’s backbone.
Last Thursday night, Young Rich (“Not so young anymore,” he responded to a fan yelling out his nickname) drove his solo project band into Club Helsinki, and not surprisingly, the two-hour show focused on his new album, “Through a Crooked Sun.” That the songs from the album – which had been released just two days earlier – made up more than half of his set list may sound like a daunting prospect for the crowd, but that really wasn’t the case.
While the songs were brand new, the sound certainly wasn’t. The flashback mode was in full effect. Launching into the opening “It’s Not Easy,” my concert companion Dennis said, “They sound like every opening act at the Fillmore,” after a moment’s pause adding, “And I don’t mean that in a bad way.”
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Dennis Herbert has been making art assemblages from found materials for over 10 years. A self-trained artist, he lives in a church rectory in Hudson and spends his free time creating mysterious, dream-like boxes as well as free standing sculptures. His backyard garden overlooking the Hudson River is filled with wandering pathways that snake through and around large-scale sculptures and found objects.
Last fall, he converted his unused garage into an art gallery to showcase his works, offering them for sale to the public in a quest to free up more storage space. The Folk Art Gallery is open from 1-5pm on most Sundays (call ahead if you’re travelling a long distance) or by appointment.
Do you remember the first box you ever made?
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Hudson’s 15th annual ArtsWalk opened last weekend and continues pretty much non-stop through this weekend and next. This one’s a no-brainer, folks: art galleries, street performers, antique shops, restaurants, boutiques, a riverfront festival….all within walking distance. And on one of the prettiest weekends of the year, to boot.
Here’s just a few of the highlights:
- Opening reception for Take Me To The River, CCCA group show @ GCCA Gallery, Friday, 5-7pm
- ArtsWalk Grand Opening @ Basilica Industria featuring artists Arthur Price and Earl Swanigan, The Walking the Dog Improv Ensemble Theater and The Mother Fletcher Band, Friday, 5-10pm
- CCCA Member’s Show @ Cannonball Factory with the work of 100 CCCA artists; paintings, watercolors, photography, sculpture, video and more. Saturday 11:00am – 5:00pm (followed by a special artist reception @ Cannonball Factory starting at 6pm Saturday that’s free for exhibiting artists; $10 for all others.)
- Chili Cook-off and Riverfront FarmFest @ Henry Hudson Riverfront Park with live music, a farmers’ market, children’s activities, crafts & vendors, food, wine & beer. $5 admission to chili tent. Saturday, 12-4pm
- ArtsWalk Live! Performance Showcase @ Jason’s Upstairs Bar featuring; Slinky Armadillo, Tommy Sharp, Chelle Mayer, Andrew Joffe, UpStage Productions presents an excerpt from Gypsy, Robin O’Herin, Cathy Johanson, Chavisa Woods, HVAPA Belly Dancers & Steve Collins, NoBody Parts (Damara & Ngonda), Hudson City Ramblers, and DJ Dizzy. Saturday, 4pm-midnight
- Bid on one of Hudson’s sidewalk dog sculptures at the Best In Show Brunch & Benefit Auction @ Helsinki on the Hudson, Sunday, 12-3pm. $30.00
Here’s the full schedule of events.
Of special note, Dennis Herbert is offering a rare exhibition of his modern folk art assemblages both this weekend (Saturday-Sunday October 10-11) and next (Saturday-Sunday October 17-18) from 1-5pm each day at 75 North Second Street in Hudson (in the garage of the rectory next to the old church), just a few blocks from Warren Street.
Thinking outside the box is sometimes a bit over-rated.
Art-wise, there’s nothing wrong with thinking inside the box.
I’m thinking, of course, of Joseph Cornell.
And Hudson’s own Dennis Herbert:
But I really wasn’t aware of the work of 75-year-old German multi-mediaist Mary Bauermeister, whose fascinating, 1969 box, “The Great Society,” is the cover story of the current issue of Art Conservator, published by the Williamstown Art Conservation Center.
She describes “The Great Society” as an “optical box: a multi-dimensional circumscribbling of my interpretation of life.”
Editor Timothy Cahill conducted an interview with Bauermeister earlier this year via a series of transatlantic faxes (?!?). While the magazine features intriguing excerpts during which she discusses the origins of her fascinating work and the influence of Stockhausen, Rauschenberg and Dylan.
You can read the entire interview transcript here.
Bonus: here’s a video that shows off some of her glasstables::