The WAAM regional tops Woodstock agenda

by Paul Smart
April 07, 2011 11:00 AM | 0 0 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend | print
"Bend Over and Bend Over Backwards" by Lynn Herring.
"Bend Over and Bend Over Backwards" by Lynn Herring.
A bonus for art aficionados from a wider area including the rest of New York plus Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Vermont will come this weekend in the form of the Woodstock Artist Association and Museum’s third annual regional exhibition, entitled Far and Wide, running through May 8. Juried by independent curator, lecturer and writer Patterson Sims, the new regional exhibition will feature 42 works of 500 submitted, from a total 31 painters, photographers, sculptors and collage artists.

Sims was director of the Montclair Art Museum from 2001 to 2008, deputy director for research support at the Museum of Modern Art from 1996 to 2001, and associate director of art and exhibitions and curator of modern art at the Seattle Art Museum. He also has been at the Whitney Museum. He has authored books on Ellsworth Kelly, Jan Matulka, Willie Cole and Philip Pearlstein, and has written on a wide range of artists including Georgia O’Keeffe, Ad Reinhardt and Charles Burchfield.

Artists chosen for the new show, which will be hung during the week, include mostly local names, with a few rising stars from the Beacon and Hudson scenes. Four cash prizes totaling $1000, including the Arthur Harris Award Best in Show, a Landscape Painting Award, the Sam Spanier Award Honorable Mention, and an Abstraction Award for Painting or Drawing, will be

announced at the exhibition’s opening reception this Saturday, April 9, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Also opening at that time will be a solo show of watercolor works by noted Woodstock School of Art teacher Staats Fasoldt, and a Small Works exhibition being juried by Carol March, a painter who’s become known for her adept curating work at the Woodstock Guild’s Kleinert-James Arts Center in recent years.

Rounding out the WAAM openings on April 9 will be a show of works by students from the BOCES alternative high school in Port Ewen, a Members’ Wall show of works by Ivan Lieberman, and a Towbin Wing exhibit, The Interior Life: Selections from the Permanent Collection, including a host of recent acquisitions.

Sims will give a gallery talk, part of WAAM’s ongoing Dialogues series, on Saturday, April 16 at 4 p.m. For further information visit the galleries at 28 Tinker Street, call 679-2940, or go to

Other exhibitions will open in Woodstock this Saturday, April 9 at the Center for Photography, the Kleinert-James Arts Center, and Galerie BMG. ++

TransFormative Journey

Grey Ivor Morris moved to town about a year go and has found himself in flux ever since. About a month and a half ago he started gestating an idea based on the many ways he and others have been noticing things changing.

This Saturday, April 9, he opens the new group exhibit, “TransFormative Journeys,” at Mountainview Studio here in Woodstock.

“In a time of change, of rebirth, when the world itself is in flux, artists take on the task of transforming the world around them,” is the tagline for the show, which will include film and video works, as well as music and a dance performance at the opening reception on Saturday. “Journeys, both inner and outer, are the theme of this art event. Working with paint, mosaic, ceramic, photography, film, music or dance, these individuals all experience transformation through their art. They invite you to come on the journey with them.”

Included will be the artists Loel Barr, Evelyne Pouget, Tom Pignone, Annette Jaret, Ann Morris, Hugh Morris, Viorica Stan, Sandra Palmer Shaw, Cathy Pilar McNamara, Kathy Ruttenberg and Morris himself. Film and video works will be by Stephen Blauweiss and Bronson Eden, the latter’s remarkable psycho-pneumatic loops showing in their own “passport booth.” Andrea Pastorella and MOVITA will be dancing, MamaLama playing music.

Hanging works as we talked this past week, the designer/artist/curator added that he was finding the Mountainview space, known for its spiritual movement classes, among other events, challenging for its myriad windows — as well as one wall rendered unusable for art because of its role as a foot-rest for head-standing yoga aficionados. And yet things were coming together well.

“We’re now planning for a closing reception, as well,” he said, noting that there would be further announcements of just when in May that would be.

But that’s jumping ahead a bit.

For now, the facts to remember are that the new show “TransFormative Journeys” will be opening this coming busy Saturday, April 9, from 6:00 through 9:00 PM, and possibly later. Mountainview Studio is located at 20 Mountainview Avenue, just behind the parking lot across from Colony Café off Rock City Road in Woodstock.

For further information call (845) 684-5223 or check out the show’s title on Facebook.++

Pop Up Art

Art’s starting to pop up in new spaces all around town. Like the new Carl’s Rock City Pop Up where Woodstock Music used to be, and David Marell’s put up an installation of 60-some small self-portraits last week that will still be on view for at least another week.

There are some other works mingled in with the Marell blast, by artist friends who have shown with him at Van Brunt Gallery in Beacon and other prime spots. On the surface this is fun art, impressive in its self-observation, obsession and underlying art world savvy, yet provocative and thoughtful as a whole, as an ongoing process made into a single entity.

The show will be open Saturday, April 8 and Sunday, April 9, from noon to 6 p.m. each day. There will be a closing reception on Sunday from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

The pop up gallery is at 18 Rock City Road. There’s no number or website. You can find it on Facebook but the best thing may be to just get on by it while it lasts.

Something’s rumbling to life, hereabouts. And it seems to e more than just Spring arriving this time around…++

Photography Now

Among the many openings this weekend, the most auspicious may be that for the annual Photography Now exhibit at the Center for Photography at Woodstock, which has been juried this year by Vince Aletti, photography curator, writer, and critic for The New Yorker and Photograph. He’s picked 10 artists from around the nation who share a set of multidisciplinary tools, an aptitude for working across mediums, and a curiosity about the changing nature of photography itself. “At a time when digitally captured and enhanced photographs can achieve new levels of flawlessness,” Aleti writes of his choices, “I find myself increasingly drawn to handmade, inherently flawed images.” An opening reception will take place 5 p.m.-7 p.m. Saturday, April 9. Also opening will be Being Upstate, a solo exhibition of work by Carlos Loret de Mola of Hudson. CPW is located at 59 Tinker Street in Woodstock. For further information call 679-9957 or visit

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