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Artists collaborate with designers in an “ArtFull Living” showcase in Cold Spring; show house at Glassbury Court June to September

(2012, Cold Spring, NY) From June into September, visitors to Glassbury Court in Cold Spring, New York will encounter contemporary fine art living within the comfort of a beautiful home “The ArtFull Living” project show house is an attempt to help novice fine art buyers visualize art in their own homes. Cold Spring Arts and Glassbury Court are sponsoring this event, which brings artists and interior designers of the Mid-Hudson Valley Region (Peekskill north to Garrison, Cold Spring, Beacon, Newburgh, Wappingers and up to Saugerties) together in collaboration to create a beautiful home space; helping designers see how to work better with artists and vice versa.

The ArtFull Living Show House will be open to the public Friday thru Tuesdays, noon to four beginning Sunday, June 3, with a special reception for the public to meet the artists and designers, and running through Sunday, September 9. There is a suggested donation of $10 for the show house tour and all related events with a portion going to charity. No children under 10 years old are permitted in the show house.

The project is the brainchild of Barbara Galazzo, from Cold Spring, a glass artist who has long straddled the fine and decorative art worlds. Her intricately patterned fused glass creations can be found in fine galleries nationwide and have become the “go to” art staple for many high-end home and hospitality decorators. Her travels to both the gallery and the interior shop space gave her keen insight into the customer experience. She noticed how much more open people were to picturing art in their own home when they saw it in a home setting. The white walls of galleries used to put focus on the art were great for art viewing, but sometimes not for art buying. This is especially true for folk just putting their toe into the water of buying original work. “That’s how The ArtFull Living project was born: this venue brings art out of the gallery and into a home setting,” says Galazzo. “The setting makes it less intimidating and easier to visualize how this or that piece could actually work in your own home.”

The developers of Glassbury Court, Wilder Balter Partners, were thrilled to participate in this innovative project. Glassbury Court is an adult community (55 and above) in Cold Spring, featuring maintenance-free living, energy-smart design (the first LEED for Homes® adult community in the region) with spacious, single-level luxury and ease throughout, including pool and clubhouse, putting green, tennis court, park and walking trails, a lake for fishing and a dog run. Says President William G. Balter, “Our communities are for active adults exploring the world in the prime of their lives. We’re pleased to provide our residents the best the region has to offer and excited to give the public a chance to get to know these world-class artists and designers and see their work in a comfortable and relaxed environment such as Glassbury Court.”

Galazzo concurs. “More and more people from all walks of life are discovering the joy of putting beautiful or thought provoking art into their home to experience on a daily basis. A home full of vibrant art is a sign of vitality at any age.”


Each room of the show house will partner a Hudson Valley designer with one or more fine artists and show a beautifully designed room where art is the featured element. All artwork will be available for sale, so visitors to the house can literally take the art out of someone else’s home and put it in theirs. In addition to introducing the general public to some of the valley’s best contemporary artists and designers, special events and activities will be targeted at exposing these talents to residential and commercial interior designers throughout the tri-state area and helping them expand their portfolio of fine artists to offer their discerning clientele. Over 30 artists have been invited to participate, which includes artwork within the design rooms and exhibited in a temporary gallery space provided by Glassbury Court. Both are open to the public and industry folk during regular show house hours.

All of the artists chosen live locally, but show nationally and internationally. At press time they include –

Martee Levi Sheilah Rechtschaffer Cali Gorevic
Karen Reiter Jaanika Peerna Thomas Huber
Carinda Swann Imogene Drummond Kaija Korpijaakko
Barbara Galazzo Janine Sopp Julie Tooth
Jane Soodalter Lucille Tortora Grey Zeien
Tom Holmes Linda Hubbard Chip Schwartz
Hudson Beach Glass Carla Goldberg Jessica Wickham
Kathleen Andersen
Jaime Martorano Ada Cruz
Eric Laxman Elisa Pritzker Barbara Gioia Smith
Carol Flaitz Stuart Sachs Richard Harper
Lisa Knaus Gus Pedersen Donna Blais
Bryan Barger


The award winning designers participating at press time are –
Bill Miller, Bill Miller Interiors, Wappingers Falls
Charles Burleigh, Charles K Burleigh Interior Design, Garrison
Phyllis Harbinger, Design Concepts/Interiors, Cortlandt Manor
Maryann Syrek, M. Studio Gallery, Cold Spring
Nicole Ashey, Burlock Interiors, Beacon
Lithgow Osborne, Lithgow Osborne, Garrison
Gina Samarotto, Gina Samarotto Designs, Poughkeepsie
Darron Andress
Jane Henderson
Deborah Javier, FW Interior Design, Wappingers Falls

The designers have each chosen a theme and dedicated their room to a celebrity that matches that theme. Bill Miller is creating a vivacious world of bubbles with artist Carla Goldberg for his Living Room and Dining Room dedicated to Lady Gaga. Chuck Burleigh is creating a delicious Master Bedroom Suite retreat for actress Kyra Sedgewick. Phyllis Harbinger is bringing high drama to a Bedroom in honor of Broadway Writer/Composer Rupert Holmes (also a local resident). Darron Andress will be creating an inspirational home study dedicated to the memory of Tyler Clementi. Nicole Ashey is making a magical girl’s room with treehouse, inspired by Elle Fanning in the film “Pheobe in Wonderland” and Maryann Syrek is making sure the adults aren’t left out of the fantasy fun with an adult play loft and artist studio where you can let your imagination fly, inspired by the adventuresome spirit of Pee Wee Herman (Paul Reubens). Lithgow Osborne is creating a home gallery setting of art to fill the senses.

While the themes and celebrities make for an exciting energy in the home, it is truly the cross-pollination with living local artists that is fueling the fire of the designers’ imaginations. “Designers are insular and often competitive,” says Ashey. “A show house gets them out of their world and working side by side. The exciting aspect of this one in particular is the connections being made between artist and designer and the collaborative opportunities available to both parties. I have had one-on-one meetings with people I should know, but may have never met if it weren’t for the ArtFull Living Show House.”

Syrek agrees. “Ten artists have been incorporated into the design of my space using wood, glass, cement, metal, paint, photos and fabric…it always feels right when kindred spirits are with you to help you create something new and wonderful!”


In addition to the regular tour days, other special events have been planned in conjunction with the project. A silent auction of both art and designer items from the show house will be held throughout the event, with net proceeds going to the Born This Way Foundation, the foundation started by Lady Gaga and her mother Cynthia Germanotta to foster a more accepting society, where differences are embraced and individuality is celebrated. Industry networking projects/events for regional designers to meet with artists and forge new relationships will also be held. Dates for specific events to follow.

Public Opening Reception, June 3, 12-4
Designers and Artists will be present to meet and talk with the public

Just 5 minutes east of the Village of Cold Spring, Glassbury Court at Cold Spring is located at 3370 Albany Post Road (Route 9). (GPS – latitude x 41.4739; longitude y -73.9159)

For more information, visit, follow Cold Spring Arts on Facebook or phone Barbara Galazzo at 845-265-3618.

This event is sponsored by Garrison Art Center.

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