2011 First Annual Open Studios

Fall 2011

Cold Spring Arts First Annual Open Studios

Meet Cold Spring and Garrison Area Artists in Their Working Environment

Cold Spring Arts announces its first annual open studios to be held October 1st & 2nd. The event will kick-off with a preview reception on Friday, September 30th from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm, featuring one work from each participating artist on exhibit at the offices of Philipstown.info and The Living Room in Cold Spring. Artists will open their spaces to the public daily from 12 pm to 6 pm on Saturday, October 1st through Sunday, October 2nd. Representing a diverse range of styles and media, approximately 33 artists will participate in the self-guided tour covering the Cold Spring/Garrison area. Visitors may plan their tour by consulting maps posted on www.coldspringarts.com. The open studio format invites dialogue between artists and the general public. Visitors may gain access to local artists in a relaxed, informal setting, witnessing the creative process first-hand. Collectors have a unique opportunity to discover new talent at the source, and purchase works directly from the artists’ inventory.

Created by artists to expand awareness of the vibrant artistic community thriving in the Cold Spring/Garrison area, this free event provides visitors a rare opportunity to connect with artists in the environments where their work is created. “This spring I curated “Glance: one day of art” in an empty apartment in Cold Spring. There was a tremendous turnout and it drove home for me both how many artists and arts enthusiasts are in this town. Although other surrounding areas have been the more active artist’s centers in recent years, there are many accomplished, working artists in the Cold Spring/Garrison area who are interested in sharing their works and their process,” says artist Susan English, who, together with glass artist Barbara Galazzo, co-organized the event. As Galazzo states “My purpose in starting an Open Studios Tour was for the public to see the huge numbers of talented artists we have here. By going into a studio, they get to see what goes on behind those doors, how the artists’ creativity stirs them into action and the processes involved getting to the finished product.”

The open studio tour features professional artists of national and international renown working in ceramics, glass, painting, video, installation, printmaking, and sculpture. Highlights of the tour include: Tony Moore’s hand-built 18 ft. hybrid Anagama-Norborigama Japanese-style wood-fire kiln; three dimensional illuminated painting on glass by Peter Bynum; Carla Goldberg’s luminous resin paintings; Sheilah Rechtschaffer’s extraordinary collection of 500-plus pastels and pigments gathered on her extensive travels around the world; large-scale painted wood assemblages produced by Simon Draper; and Habitat for Artist small-scale outdoor artist residency sheds located at the Hudson Highlands.

The event occurs at the beginning of fall foliage season-an opportune moment for visitors to experience the natural beauty that has long attracted artists to the Hudson Valley region.

The area will be host to two other exciting art events on the same weekend. Collaborative Concepts holds their Mid Run Reception for the sixth annual Collaborative Concepts at Saunders Farm, Farm Project 2011 on Saturday, October 1 from 1-6 pm. The Putnam Valley based organization, which has curated more than 40 exhibits in galleries and outdoor settings in the Hudson Valley, invites 70 local and national artists to place sculptures throughout 140 acres of an historic working farm at 853 Old Albany Post Rd in Garrison, NY. Also on view will be the Garrison Art Center’s juried photography exhibit Photocentric. Curated by Larry Fink and Stephen Perloff, the exhibit features photographs by 55 artists from around the nation. The show includes 15 award recipients in 4 categories. Located on the bank of the Hudson River on the Garrison Landing, opposite the MetroNorth rail road station, at 23 Depot Square. The Exhibition closes on October 2nd.

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