Cold Spring and Garrison Area Artists Invite Art Lovers into Their Working Environment
Cold Spring Arts open studios event is back for its third year and has inspired over 20 artists to join in CSA’s Studio event. This free weekend event has been created by artists for art lovers and collectors to expand awareness of the vibrant artistic community thriving in the inspiring Hudson Valley towns of Cold Spring and Garrison.
Visitors will have access to local artists private studios in relaxed and informal settings, witnessing the creative process first-hand. By going into a studio, viewers get to see what goes on behind closed doors…how the artist’s creativity stirs them into action…and the processes involved in getting to the finished product. The open studio format invites meaningful dialogue between artist and viewer. Whether a collector or an art lover, this is a unique opportunity to discover new talent at the source and purchase works directly from the artist’s inventory. Distinct from the often impersonal and intimidating gallery setting, this personal relationship with the artists brings another layer of meaning to any artwork that you choose to live with.
This year’s Open Studio tour features professional artists of national and international renown, working in ceramics, glass, painting, video, installation, printmaking, and sculpture. Highlights include: Unique, repurposed sculpture created by Cassandra Saulter resembling female robots; Valeria Clark’s oil paintings with gold leaf of the Buddha and female dieties inspired by travels to faraway lands; Jane Soodalter’s macro photography which uncovers hidden beauty in the cracked, peeling, and corroded surfaces of a construction site; Elizabeth Arnold’s 3 dimensional mixed media works which she describes as narrative, psychological stories; Rick Gedney’s Hudson River paintings resembling the old Hudson School style; and Judith Rose’s playful ceramic, animal sculptures whose character transcends its medium and come alive.
Demonstrations will be given by artists including a beadmaking demonstration on the torch by Barbara Galazzo; pointillism sculptural drawings by Carla Goldberg; pastel chalk paintings by Sheilah Rechtschaffer, drawing demos and participation by Irene Karlen and video by Matt Frieburghaus.
The area will also be host to other exciting art events on the same weekend, including “PHOTOcentric”, an internationally juried photography exhibition presented by Garrison Art Center; Collaborative Concepts @ Saunders Farm, a sculpture exhibition of over 50 sculptures and its mid run reception; both located in Garrison, NY. Two exhibitions on abstract art at two galleris on the tour – Marina Gallery and Gallery 66 NY.
The Cold Spring and Garrison 3rd Annual Open Studio Tour 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 group exhibition, featuring one work from each artist, will open at Philipstown.Info at 69 Main St., Cold Spring on Sept. 27th at 6 pm. Representing a diverse range of styles and media, this collection will give visitors the opportunity to choreograph their weekend tour so that they can identify and then visit with the artists that interest them, in the studios where their work is created.
The Open Studio Tour Map highlights the location of all open studios and will be available at various locations in the village of Cold Spring, including the Cold Spring Visitor’s Center at the end of Main Street, Gallery 66 NY and Marina Gallery in Cold Spring; and Garrison Art Center in Garrison. Visitors commuting by Metro-North can choose a walking tour within the village of Cold Spring, where over a dozen artists’ studios will be opened to the public; if traveling by car, visitors can map out a drive to seek out the artists who live in the Hudson Valley towns of Garrison and Cold Spring.