Up and down, back and forth, give and take, push and pull; these are tensions present in the natural rhythm of life that are mirrored in the creative process.
Up and down, back and forth, give and take, push and pull; these are tensions present in the natural rhythm of life that are mirrored in the creative process. “Ebb & Flow”, a collection of abstract works by Shawn Snow, Anne Francey, Allyson Levy, Ragellah Rourke, Bruce Murphy, Vince Vella, and Gary Buckendorf embodies forces of motion, change, and time we embrace with each passing season. After a long winter in the Hudson Valley, this exhibit comes in time to celebrate the swelling signs of spring. On view from April 25 – June 10, 2018, there will be an opening reception for the artists on Saturday, April 28, from 5 – 7 p.m. All are invited to attend.
Shawn Snow’s oil and alkyd paintings harness a sensuous vitality: his new work exhibits powerful restraint with cool, earthly hues and staccato brushstrokes that call to mind heavy rain or surging rivers. The highly excited states of the imagery as observed in the natural world are described by the artist as “beautiful and ominous; dynamic and crashing visually”. The surface texture of the canvas is both smooth and glassy, achieving a depth that suggests an infinite number of layers of oil and alkyd glaze. Gary Buckendorf’s stormy charcoal drawings are referred to as the “Olivebridge Drawings” referencing the town where he keeps his studio in the Catskills. The series has evolved over three decades following the artist’s move from Manhattan to Upstate New York. Each sheet of paper is distressed, showing age and evolution. Teeming with a dark, vibrating energy, the bold gestural marks in charcoal black, white and gray dare to burst outside of its pristine white shadow box frame. Ragellah Rourke’s painting on canvas and panel harmoniously combine grace and chaos in equal measure. With surfaces that are built up over time, the surface holds the memory of the painting’s development. Transparent, watery washes of paint are applied over surfaces, the ebb and flow of time and medium exposing marks and textures that unify to create the overall sense of balance. In contrast, the atmospheric, color field-style works of Bruce Murphy’s and Vince Vella burgeon with hushed turbulence. Layers of wax enrich the vibrantly colorful surfaces of Murphy’s small panels. Vella works with oil pastel to capture the many horizon lines where land meets mountain and sea. Carrie Haddad Gallery donates fifty percent of proceeds from the sale of Vella’s work to charity. Anne Francey’s observation of the natural world has always been the point of departure in her work, evolving into a constant oscillation between representation and abstraction, organic shapes and geometric order, what’s being shown and what’s being hidden. Whether starting from a flower, a twig, an insect or a moss; Francey simplifies and flattens their shapes, blurring their visual identity to reveal a hidden meaning. On view will be painting on paper and canvas, as well as a selection of ceramic wall sculpture. Encaustic artist and arborist Allyson Levy combines natural materials with wax in attempts to capture human-animal interaction with nature. Her botanical garden in Stone Ridge, NY offers a wellspring of inspiration for her work, which involves suspending carefully arranged seeds, insects and flora in clear beeswax. Her work communicates Levy’s augmented concern for the fate of the natural world, as the seeds are quite literally preserved by the wax for future generations.
Carrie Haddad Gallery is located at 622 Warren Street, Hudson, NY, open daily from 11 – 5. Please address inquiries to email@example.com or (518) 828-1915.
The Coachman’s House is open for exploration when you visit Olana. Once the home of the Church’s carriage driver, the space is now home to a reading room, peaceful spot
The Coachman’s House is open for exploration when you visit Olana. Once the home of the Church’s carriage driver, the space is now home to a reading room, peaceful spot where you can learn and relax while you wait for a tour or program to start. There are comfortable chairs, lots of books and articles, and even some cool activities for children. Stop by during your visit out this season, and leave time to read about Church and Olana. Coachmen’s House is located adjacent to the Visitor Center.
May 15 (Tuesday) 10:00 AM - November 30 (Friday) 6:00 PM
Tivoli Tile’s contemporary rustic ceramics are the most acclaimed in the Hudson Valley. Artist Caroline Wallner turns gorgeous shapes and colors into pure tabletop magic. In this event, Dish Hudson
Tivoli Tile’s contemporary rustic ceramics are the most acclaimed in the Hudson Valley. Artist Caroline Wallner turns gorgeous shapes and colors into pure tabletop magic.
In this event, Dish Hudson pairs Tivoli Tile with linens and vintage and wooden pieces in a series of table settings that show the fun you can have using color, shape and texture to create a variety of moods.
Designer Home Tour and Bronson House
Saturday, May 26 and Sunday, May 27
$25 / $20 in advance Cocktail Party at the Bronson House
Friday, May 25
$35 Combination Pass to Tours and Cocktail Party
Designer Home Tour and Bronson House Saturday, May 26 and Sunday, May 27 10-5pm $25 / $20 in advance
Cocktail Party at the Bronson House Friday, May 25 5-8pm $35
Combination Pass to Tours and Cocktail Party $50 in advance
If you are on Facebook, join Olana’s first ever dynamic, interactive, virtual book club. This online book club will include occasional appearances from the author and The Olana Partnership educators.
If you are on Facebook, join Olana’s first ever dynamic, interactive, virtual book club. This online book club will include occasional appearances from the author and The Olana Partnership educators. TOP will launch this online book club with the newly published book Embattled River: The Hudson and Modern American Environmentalism, by David Schuyler.
ABOUT the BOOK: Embattled River describes the efforts to reverse the pollution and bleak future of the Hudson River that became evident in the 1950s. Through his investigative narrative, Schuyler uncovers the critical role of this iconic American waterway in the emergence of modern environmentalism in the United States. Writing fifty-five years after Consolidated Edison announced plans to construct a pumped storage power plant at Storm King Mountain, Schuyler recounts how a loose coalition of activists took on corporate capitalism and defended the river. Led by Scenic Hudson, later joined by groups such as Riverkeeper, Clearwater, the Hudson River Valley Greenway, and the Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area, the coalition won the first of many legal and publicity battles that would halt pollution of the river, slowly reverse the damage of years of discharge into the river, and protect hundreds of thousands of acres of undeveloped land in the river valley. With these legal and regulatory means, the contest between environmental advocates and corporate power has continued well into the twenty-first century. Indeed, as Embattled River shows, the past is prologue. The struggle to control the uses and maintain the ecological health of the Hudson River persists and the stories of the pioneering advocates told by Schuyler provide lessons, reminders, and inspiration for today’s activists. Order your copy through the Olana Museum Store to support Olana and see you online on the 26th.
May 26 (Saturday) 12:00 PM - August 31 (Friday) 12:00 PM