Balancing out the downtown show, as it were, will be the opening of a new exhibit at the fantastically hip Surprenant Gallery, near Elephant and other Uptown fixtures at 324 Wall Street, where the gallery co-owner will be showing new drawings alongside encaustic paintings by Kristen Plouquet for a show that will then be up until the start of December. And downtown, around the corner from the space formerly known as the Kingston Museum of Contemporary Art, will be the opening of a solo show by executive director Vindora Wixom and a group exhibit of works by key Hudson Valley graphic designers at the Arts Society of Kingston building at 97 Broadway. Call (845) 338-0331 for information.
In between the two will be another huge bash at the sprawling collective, Cornell Street Studios at 168 Cornell Street, where there will be a second party for the new “Vintage Inspired” show, including Robert Selkowitz, Polly Law, Jane Bloodgood and Paul Abrams, Rita Schwab and neon artist Don Bruschi. Call (845) 331-0191 for information.
But what about these seed packets? I mean, are we really ready, so close to harvest, for next spring’s plantings? Yes, yes, a thousand times yes. The arts media used to create the original for “Pack Art 2011” include collage, encaustics, oil, watercolor, digital, paper-cutting and ink. The resulting “diversity of the artwork reflects the many stories behind each variety and the genetic wonder that makes each plant unique,” according to the Seed Exchange’s Ken Greene. “We hope that our Art Packs inspire colorful and fantastical garden dreams all winter long.”
Among artists and seed varieties on view will be Allyson Levy working with tatsoi; graphic designer Andrea Stranger and Green Zebra tomatoes; Ayumi Horie on Bloomsdale spinach; calligrapher Barbara Bash doing Provider green beans; eco-artist Christy Rupp on “Flowers for Good Bugs”; Daupo (David Clayton James Gassaway) illustrating Benning’s pattypan squash; David Berube’s linocut print for Muncher cucumbers; Diane Adzema’s painting of cleomes; kids’ book illustrator Giselle Potter’s Tom Thumb tomatoes; Ragged Jack kale done in paper cuttings by Jenny Lee Fowler; a classic botanical illustration of a Velvet Queen sunflower; Expressionist Lynne Friedman’s Aunt Molly’s ground cherry; green packaging designer Sarah Snow’s State Fair zinnia; a painting of Rainbow chard by Sheryl Humphrey; CGI work on an “Ultimate Salad Bowl” seed mix from Yann Mabille; and a Kaleidoscope carrot from Martha Lewis. Lewis’ drawings and paintings evoke the intersection between the organic and the constructed. This watercolor reflects her interests in spiritual diagrams, pie charts, biology and games.
“The Hudson Valley Seed Library strives to do two things: to create an accessible and affordable source of regionally adapted seeds that is maintained by a community of caring farmers and gardeners; and to create gift-quality seed packs featuring works designed by New York artists in order to celebrate the beauty of heirloom gardening,” reads the organization’s mission statement. This year, for the first time, the Seed Library will be selling its signed limited-edition giclée prints of the original artworks in the show, as well as Art Packs filled with seeds and framed seed packs.
For further information visit seedlibrary.org or just head over to KMoCA on Abeel Street in the Rondout on Saturday evening, November 6 from 5 to about 8 p.m. Of course, that’s when all the openings are happening, so prepare yourself for a busy evening. Visit www.askforarts.org for a full listing of all that’s going on.