“Miraculously, my wife got pregnant six and a half years ago and I started making some paintings of fish to pass the time,” Durkin recalls of what led to the exhibit in the huge back room at the former home to I.J. Rose & Sons construction company, built in 1950, but more recently known as Loominus’ previous home before its move to the Village Green, as well as a longtime NAPA store. “When my daughter was born my neighbor Brock said, ‘Even though you’re an Irishman, you should paint, Durkin.’ So I did.”
Asked about his subject matter, Durkin added that he was a “die hard” fisherman. He added that the current show came about when he got in touch with Galkin and Kelsey, who he described as being “friends we each kept bumping into a lot at the restaurant.”
Galkin’s work is playful and naïve in style. Kelsey’s pears, along with a wall of landscapes and portraits, are classically academic and very reasonably priced, given its practiced accomplishment.
The new show, simple and loose, will open with a reception, 6 p.m.-9 p.m. Friday night, November 26, at which Durkin expects a big crowd, then runs Saturday and Sunday, November 27 and 28, from noon to 6 p.m. each day.
After which Roseland will cease to exist as a gallery, according to Durkin, who noted that building owner Loren Rose is reportedly about to close on a sale to a new antiques business planning to move in over the coming weeks.
Prior to Fish-Chicken-Pears, exhibits at Roseland included Judy Glasel’s large aerial photographs of the region and sketches of local notables over the years.
For further information on this coming weekend’s activities, call 514-8087 or just head on over to the temporary gallery either Friday night, November 26, or Saturday or Sunday, November 27 and November 28…it’s just a quarter mile west of the Cub Market and Boiceville Post Office on Route 212.++
Remember Jason D’Aquino, the young Hudson Valley artist who started showing his tattoo-related miniature pen and ink pieces, some on matchbooks, others in shadow boxes, in Kingston, Saugerties and Woodstock back during the 2000-2001 season? He’s now a rising Art Star, with regular solo shows in Los Angeles and Europe, an upcoming hardcover book of his work coming out, and a big presence expected at the Miami art fairs that kick off next weekend.
D’Aquino will be joined among the massive influx of artists to South Florida starting just after Thanksgiving, by a host of other local artists showing as part of the competing fairs throughout the city, and including Miami Beach, under the distinct set-ups at Art Basel Miami, Art Miami, Pulse, Aqua, and Scope, among several dozen.
Among the other local artists expected to be making a presence down south over the coming weeks will be Jeff Milstein, with L.A.’s Kopeikin Gallery at Pulse, Marco Maggi of New Paltz, also at Pulse, and featured regionally-based artists Brice Marden, Judy Pfaff, Arlene Shechet and Kiki Smith at Art Basel.
From what we’ve heard, there’s much more…which we’ll be charting next week, including the ever-busy Portia Munson of Catskill, who’s also got a big exhibit up at Mass MOCA in the Berkshires at present, and Huma Bhaba of Poughkeepksie.
Also showing with D’Aquino at the Galerie Zidoun booth at Pulse will be Woodstocker Devorah Sperber, who also has one of her three spool optical pieces up as part of the new Brain show at the American Museum of Natural History in New York for the coming months.
Talk about making art matter…and taking the Hudson Valley’s subtle effects ever further afield. ++