by Paul Smart
December 02, 2010 01:42 PM | 0 0 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend | print
From last year’s 5x7 show.
From last year’s 5x7 show.
While many will be traipsing store to store this Friday night, December 3, as part of the annual Woodstock Open House kick-off to our town’s holiday season — sipping hot and spirited drinks and noshing on all manner of sweets, a crowd is also expected to start gathering outside the Kleinert/James Gallery by the time the sun starts sinking in the Western sky…the better to get in and get one of the $100 deals inside at the Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild’s (WBG) 11th Annual 5x7 Show.

As in recent years, numbers will be handed out — as at a deli or old-time department store — for those who get out there early, eagerness in their every move. Talk about a collector’s dream come true?

“We’ve reached out to our friends and colleagues, and the response has been fantastic!” commented Nancy Azara, WBG board member and chair of the Guild’s 9-member Exhibitions Committee. “This year’s show will have well over 200 works. It’s a great opportunity for people to find that perfect holiday gift.”

The actual reception and preview party, where folks can start elbowing each other to purchase the $100 a pop anonymously-attributed 5 inch by 7 inch works from the region’s top artists, runs from 5 p.m.-7 p.m. with a $10 cover charge for all but participating artists.

With food prepared by Tenzo Montaine of Revolution Cuisine, who will provide an “edible mandala,” expect a wide variety of a crowd.

Especially with the following list of artists involved, all showing anonymously: Bruce Ackerman, Debbie Adelman. Chris Allieri. David Andrews, Nathalie van Mulken, Andrews, Jeanette Aprile, J.H. Aronson, Daniel Atyim, Orli Auslander, Nancy Azara, Barbara Bachner, Alan Baer, Byron Bell, Ana Akama Bergen, Barbara Berlind, Suzanne Bevier, Kristy Bishop, Darla Bjork, Bobby Blitzer, Laurie Bloomfield, Katherine Bradford, Hope Brennan, Maria Britton, Jude Broughan, Matt Bua, Katherine Burger, Brent Bushnell, Donna Byars, Andrea Cabane, Marty Fusin Carey, Sofia Carmi, Claude Carone, Michael Cartuccio, Nancy Catandella, Stella Chasteen, Sasha Chermayeff, Brian Chu, Nancy Chusid, Yolanda Cioffi, Tricia Cline, Anne Crowley, Peggy Cyphers, Frank D’Astolfo, Carol Davis, Leila Daw, Tasha Depp, Priscilla Derven, Ruth Drake, Sarah Draney, Lynn Dreese-Breslin, Marls Dudley, Richard Edelman, Donald Elder, Judith Emilie, Christopher Engel, Renee Englander, Konie Fatum, Sarah Faux, Manuela Filiaci, Stacy Fine, Howard Finkelson, Gene Fischer, Stacie Flint, Rei Fraas, Martha Frankel, Pascal Frey, Betsy Friedman, Miriam Frischer, Bo Gehring, Jim George, Judith Gerrard, Joan Giordano, Judy Glasel, Milton Glaser, Bob Glassman, Amy Godes, MaryAnna Goetz, Kathy Goodell, Barbara Gordon, Elissa Gore, Calvin Grimm, Laura Gurton, Teri Hackett, Frances Halsband, Thea Hambright, Shelly Hamilton, Elaine Hammond, Jared Handelsman, Bernard Handzel, Ann Hanson, Susan Harrington, Jan Harrison, Catherine Hazard, David Hecht, Eileen Brand Hedley, Steve Heller, Elaine Hencke, Hera, Amy Hill, Vivienne Hodges, Sandy Hoffman, Janet Hofsted, Pat Horner, Roman Hrab, Thomas Huber, Beth Humphrey, Heather Hutchison, Hatti Iles, Margaret Innerhofer, Charise Isis, Betty Jacobson, Kate Jacobson, Alice Jaffe, Annette Jaret, Georgette Kadgen, Mark Thomas Kanter, Gloria Kaplan-Mirsky, Laura Katz, Stephen Kerner, Jessica Kerr, Mark Kessler, SeoKyung Kim, Stuart Klein, John Kleinhaus, Lucinda Knaus, Katherine Koch, Harvey Konigsberg, Judith Koppersmith, Anthony Krauss, Mato Kroyen, Claire Lambe, Mike Lambert, James LaMontagne, Dakota Lane, Katerina Lanfranco, Gretchen Langheld, Barbara Laube, Ellen Leo, Gay Leonhardt, Leonard Levitan, Ellen Levy, Ivan Liberman, Mary Licause, Annette Lieberman, Shelli Lipton, Harriet Livathinos, Justin Love, Ellen Luzy, Delores Lynch, Henrietta Mantooth, Carol March, Grace Markman, Maralyn Master, Katharine McKenna, Paul McMahon, Maureen McQuillan, Sarah Mecklem, Elin Menzies, Chris Metze, Melissa Meyer, Allen Midgette, Jeffrey Milstein, Erica Minglis, Nick Minglis, Shiv Mirabato, Michelle Moran, Laura Moriarty, Ann Morris, Grey Ivor Morris, Portia Munson, Andrea Neher, Paula Nelson, Susan Nickerson, Howard Nisgor, Astrid Nordness, Lucy Nurkse, O, Robert Ohnigian, Alex O’Neal, Pia Oste-Alexander, Ann Pachner, Victoria Pacimeo, Lindsay Packer, Courtnay Elizabeth Papy, Suzanne Parker, Laura Pepitone, Paulette Petterino, Susan Phillips, Vincent Pidone, Marilyn Price, Courtney Puckett, Raquel Rabinovich, Lynda Ray, Bernice Reitmeyer, Carol Rice, Ron Richter, Jacquie Roland, Rachel Romero, Meredith Rosier, Nathania Rubin, Kathy Ruttenberg, Thomas Sarrantonio, Robert Schaad, Lisa Schaewe, Anne Liljedahl Schock, Linda Schultz, Istar Schwager, Robert Selkowitz, F. Green Shaughnessy, Kaete Brittin Shaw, Rita Sherry, Tim Smith, Lizz Smyth, Joan Snyder, Michelle Spark, Tibor Spitz, Ruth Sproul, Greg Stanton, Gary Stephan, Melissa Stern, Melinda Stickney-Gibson, Sandy Straus, Aurora Streger, Amy Talluto, David Tarsa, Abagail Thomas, Tohkal, Lynn Towner, Richard Treitner, Garrett James Uhlenbrock, Katharine Umsted, Michael Valenti, Lori Van Houten, Christina Varga, Les Walker, Karen Walker, Grace Bakst Wapner, April Warren, Chuck Williams, Elizabeth Winchester, Nancy Winternight, Myrah Wizé, Cate Woodruff, Peg Wright, Connie Zack, Adam Zaretsky and Merrie Zaretsky.

Talk about reasons to be cheerful…and after December 19, through the show’s close on New Year’s Eve, all works will drop to $50 in price…with all proceeds going to support the Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild’s exhibition programs and events.

But that’s long after things kick off with this Friday’s flurry, and crowds, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on December 3, during Open House.

For more information call 679-2079 or visit



Lothar Osterburg’s Piranesi exhibition in the solo gallery at the Center for Photography at Woodstock is hauntingly beautiful, and a fabulous demonstration of creative imagination and practiced craftsmanship conjoined in service of the fantastical, as well as a keen appreciation of beauty in its most timeless forms.

Inspired by the notorious Carceri series of imaginary prisons created by 19th century Italian print master Giovanni Batista Piranesi — considered a huge influence on M.C. Escher’s later and more populist works — Osterburg’s photo works depict intricate models that he builds from scrap materials, shot through  a magnifying glass or macro lens to add a limited depth of field.

This new body of work follows earlier depictions of seascapes, with handmade ships and lighthouses, and Osterburg’s process of construction is lyrically captured in a stop-motion animated film set to an original soundtrack by a composer friend that, displayed on a flat screen as part of the CPW show, brings the whole glimpse into inner worlds to life.

Osterburg, Brooklyn based but currently teaching at Bard (as well as New York’s Cooper Union), followed his arts education in his native Germany — which included substantial training in classical music — with years of work as a master printer, in both intaglio (etching) and photogravure processes. His clients over the years? How about Brice Marden, Jim Dine, Judy Pfaff, David Lynch, Tom Freidman, Kara Walker, Marco Breuer, Lee Friedlander, Pat Stier, William Wegman, Kiki Smith, Richard Tuttle, Al Held, John Cage, Sol Lewitt…you get the idea. In addition, Osterburg’s teaching of the photogravure process — a labor-intensive process whereby a copper plate is coated with a light-sensitive gelatin tissue which had been exposed to a film positive, and then etched, resulting in a high quality intaglio print that can reproduce the detail and continuous tones of a photograph — is legendary. And his own complex art work, bought by major museums around the world and regularly shown in top galleries, has won him hosts of awards and grants, from work/study trips around the world to New York Foundation for the Arts and a coveted Guggenheim fellowship.

What’s particularly exciting about the Piranesi exhibit up at CPW until December 23, is the ways in which it excites an appreciation of art history, and a more post-modern nod to an intricate process’ innate beauties, while simultaneously reaching across mediums in pursuit of something both fairy-tale like, in an anachronistic fashion, and contemporary in each piece’s evocation of the gothic horrors of incarceration.

“I take memories, and recreate them after some time so they are cleared of superfluous emotional detail and try to boil them down to the essence. The process goes through model-making, where I’m building small-scale models which I stage in my studio or outdoors,” Osterburg has said of his process. “I then look at the work with a (Hasselblad film) camera and recreate that scene with light and camera angle, and by rebuilding the model…I think being a foreigner has forced me to work harder, in certain aspects, because I didn’t have any support network here. I had to be more diligent and disciplined about my practice of working and getting my foot in, and I’ve kept that up.”

It’s also exciting to play what Osterburg’s created off of the CPW main gallery’s exhibition of INDIE program work, The Frustration of Expression, and the stunning (and thoughtfully grating) Gary Hill performance video, Wall Piece, set up in its own viewing room across the CPW expanse from Piranesi’s studied quietness.

Talk about exhilarating gallery opportunities for those in town looking for the true excitement of contemporary art.++


For more on Piranesi, and artist Lothar Osterburg, call the Center for Photography at Woodstock at 679-9957 or visit at

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