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Friday reception at Opus 40 kicks off this weekend’s Saugerties Artists’ Studio Tour

by Paul Smart
August 12, 2010 11:19 AM | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Linocut by Carol Zaloom
Linocut by Carol Zaloom
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Woodstock may get all the hype as the “Colony of the Arts,” but if the growing success of the annual Saugerties Artists’ Studio Tour is any indication, we may be approaching that time when Woodstock artists will be identifying themselves with the Village of the Sawyers, and not vice versa. The eighth annual tour kicks off this weekend, Saturday, August 14 and Sunday, August 15, with a big bash at Opus 40 on Friday night, August 13, from 5 to 7 p.m.

The tour, which will run from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, with free color maps available throughout the town, as well as clear markers of participating studios and artist homes, is touting the fact of its growth to 38 artists in total this year, with ten of those new to the tour. Also key is the vast variety of media and aesthetics, artistic intents and effects that will be on display around town.

“Never idle, all of our returning artists are featuring new work this year,” they’ve been saying on their ever-changing and now truly innovative website heralding the big weekend. “The high quality and range of artistic expression is sure to offer an enjoyable experience to everyone taking the tour.”

Included will be Isaac Abrams, Lowl Barr, Barbara Bravo, Allen Bryan, Poli Ceci, Michael Ciccone, Steve Crohn, Shelley Davis, Ruth Edwy, Rayann Fatizzi, Cris Gamet, Howard Goldson, Sandy Hoffman, Mikhail Horowitz, Jemerick Art Pottery, Marsha Kaufman-Rubinstein, Sean Kelly, Alex Kveton, Debra Lavaggi, Polly Law, Anthony Lee, Yvette Lewis, Ulf Loven, Elin Menzies, Hugh Morris, Willy Neumann, Joanne Pagano Weber, Gus Pederssen, Ellen Perantoni, Tad Richards, Jacquie Roland, Susan Sammis Goldson, Jeff Schiller, Istar Schwager, Prue See, Viorica Stan, Bruce Weber and Carol Zaloom. Mediawise, expect paintings and drawings, ceramics and fiber works, sculpture and ceramics and things less pigeonholed.

All have work online. All will also be on hand Friday night, when the whole kit and kaboodle gets a spirited (and free) kickoff reception in and around the gallery at Opus 40, located between Saugerties and Woodstock off Route 212 and Glasco Turnpike.

A similar event at the historic Kiersted House in Saugerties last Saturday, saw 18 tour artists touted for the works that they created in celebration of this year’s 300th anniversary of the Palatine settlers who came from Germany to East and West Camps (the former across the river in Columbia County, the latter on the northern edge of Saugerties near its border with Greene County’s Catskill) for a show titled “The Palatine Spirit” that will run to September 5.

The Saugerties Artists’ Exhibit at Opus 40 will be running Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 12 noon to 5 p.m. through September 13, at Harvey Fite’s magnificent site on Fite Road. For more information visit www.Opus40.org or call (845) 246-3400. “The Palatine Spirit,” which celebrates such Palatine traits as strength, tolerance and a steadfast spirit, will be at the Kiersted House at 119 Main Street in the middle of Saugerties.

For more on Saugerties’ eighth annual Artists’ Studio Tour, pick up free self-guided tour maps at the Saugerties Tourist Information Booth located on Route 212 across from the northbound New York State Thruway entrance; at Smith Hardware at 227 Main Street; as well as other area business locations. Or get up and preview the artists and their work by visiting www.saugertiesarttour.com. For even more info, call (845) 246-7493. It all takes place rain or shine. Expect shine.

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