Visual improvisations

New exhibition “6” debuts this Saturday at Denny Dillon’s Drawing Room in Stone Ridge

by Paul Smart
May 19, 2011 12:39 PM | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Denny Dillon 2011 “Art Inside the Box”
Denny Dillon 2011 “Art Inside the Box”
It has been over a year now since there have been any art openings in Stone Ridge, which is the first reason that everyone’s looking forward to this \Saturday’s inauguration for the new show “6” at the Drawing Room along Route 209. Then there’s the reputation that gallery-owner Denny Dillon – also known for her Improv Nation theatrical work around the area, as well as an acting career that has included Broadway and a stint on Saturday Night Live – has built up for the spot-on curation that she does in her intimate gallery space (which doubles as her home).

Finally, consider the art on hand: a virtual cornucopia of talent in a wonderfully eclectic mix of media. There are Chris Hawkins’ supremely original paintings, Expressionist with folk-art accoutrements, all reflective of a wider aesthetic that includes video and musical work born from Western rural roots. There are Galen Green’s puppets and miniature sets, created for her main artform: stop-motion animation. Her Rosendale partner, Tom Legnon, is a theatrical scenic artist/props person who works with the Starn Twins of Beacon, but saves his best material for his own fantastic world.

Kalyani Harrington carves into acrylic on wood, creating naturalistic meditation bas-reliefs reflective of human interaction with the natural world. Finally, there are this critic’s wife, Fawn Potash, who uses encaustic wax media on photographic bases, and Dillon’s own small, witty worlds: a delight for old and new.

It all adds up to a fun, hugely creative and engaging show. A reception for “6” runs from 5 to 8 p.m. this Saturday, May 21 at the Drawing Room, located at 3743 Main Street in Stone Ridge. For further information call (845) 687-4466 or visit It all stays up into June.

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