Get Visual: 2019 Exhibition by Artists of the Mohawk Hudson Region at The Hyde Collection
The Annual Exhibition by Artists of the Mohawk Hudson Region has rotated to The Hyde Collection in Glens Falls this year and, as ever, it is a must-see show for followers of the local scene. Now in its 84th year, the Regional will be on view at the Hyde through Dec. 4.
Juried by Victoria Palermo, a longtime standout artist from the Adirondack region, this year’s edition has a curated feel – Palermo didn’t aim to select the best or most representative artworks so much as she sensed an overall direction of the submissions – a huge haul of more than 1,500 works by 365 artists – and pulled together a sweeping version of how she saw that vast body.
The main theme is climate, though numerous works unrelated to that theme are also included. A total of 92 pieces by 83 artists made the cut (many more artists than usual, but still maintaining a high level of quality). One result of that selection is that very few artists are represented by more than one piece. Instead, the show is largely organized in ensembles that build relationships and contrasts among the individual artists’ works. While this approach can set your head to spinning, and may always not honor each artist sufficiently, it does make for a stimulating and rich presentation.