This year celebrates the 12th annual Art Studio Views over Labor Day Weekend. This year also marks the 50th anniversary of historic milestones: The Hudson River Sloop Clearwater; The Stonewall Inn riots; the Apollo 11 Moon Landing; the Woodstock Music Festival; and the Mets winning the World Series.
How do these events relate to Art Studio Views? The arts are the seeds of dreams, as each of these events were from 1969. Creativity is innate – from the mark-making of a toddler, to scraping away crayons with a fingernail, or being exposed to various materials by an art teacher.
Art Studio Views is a not-to-be-missed event. Since its inception in 2008, over 300 local artists have opened their studio spaces. The Studio Tour runs Saturday, August 31st and Sunday, September 1st, from 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. featuring studios in Hyde Park, Rhinebeck, Red Hook, Tivoli, and Germantown. This self-guided event is free and open to the public.
Art adventurers have the opportunity to interact one-on-one with the 33 artists about their artwork and observe the various processes used to create 2D & 3D art. I especially encourage families to visit studios, as exposing children to professional artists can be a long-lasting inspiration. For the first time we have a teen-artist, Tess Miller (Rhinebeck) who is excited to receive feedback from visitors, as well as showing paintings posthumously by 91-year old Martha Lloyd’s estate (Germantown).
Many artists are using their art to educate people about environmental issues: climate change, fresh water, green energy. For instance, Richard Marr (Red Hook) is focusing on sea rise in his paintings & prints, while painter Alix Travis (Rhinebeck) studies the environment through her plein-air observations. Josh Brehse (Germantown) began raising bees to make his own wax for his encaustic cut-aways. Printmaker Louise Kalin (Tivoli) is inspired by the imagery of her surroundings with deeply personal memories from her rural childhood. Juliet Harrison (Red Hook) repurposes bones & skulls, shifting our association with death to give new life in a new form.
This year’s participating artists include:
Germantown: Dea Archbold (painted glass), Joshua Brehse (painter), Marie Cole (painter), Trevor Hunter (painter), Ellen Jouret-Epstein (mixed media), Susan Kotulak (ceramics/textiles), and Martha Lloyd (painter); Hyde Park: Tarryl Gabel (painter), Roxie Johnson (mixed media), and Tatiana Rhinevault (painter); Red Hook:, Juliet Harrison (sculptor/photographer), Richard Marr (painter); Rhinebeck: Andrea Alvin (painter), Sean Bowen (painter), Melissa Katzman Braggins & Ted Braggins (printmakers), Thomas Cale (painter), Peter Charapko (painter), Richard Chianella (photographer), Mark Hopkins (painter), Rich Humphrey (painter), John Lavin (ceramics), Linda Lavin (painter), Jean-Marie Martin (painter), Tess Miller (painter), Ann Moring (painter/sculptor), Franc Palaia (mixed media/muralist), Michael D. Scudder (photographer), Alix Hallman Travis (painter), Dean Vallas (painter), Lisa Winika (mixed media); and Tivoli: Louise Kalin (printmaker), Kate Kennedy (jeweler/painter).
Visitors can find brochures at our four ASV tour headquarters: The Artists’ Collective of Hyde Park in Hyde Park (achpny.com).; Betsy Jacaruso Studio & Gallery in Rhinebeck (bestsyjacarusostudio.com); Equis Art Gallery in Red Hook (equisart.com); and Tivoli Artist Gallery in Tivoli (tivoliartistsgallery.com).
Treat yourself to this unique art-filled weekend. Brochures are available at ASV Headquarters: The Artists’ Collective of Hyde Park, Hyde Park (achpny.com).; Betsy Jacaruso Studio & Gallery, Rhinebeck (bestsyjacarusostudio.com); Equis Art Gallery, Red Hook (equisart.com); and Tivoli Artist Gallery, Tivoli (tivoliartistsgallery.com). ASV is grateful for the generous support of our local sponsors with a special thank you to The Henry L. Kimelman Family Foundation and Vicki L. Haak, CFP.
With only two days to see all the studios and enjoy the experiential events, visitors will be hard pressed to see everyone. Pre-plan your personal tour by visiting our website: http://www.artstudioviews.com.
Josh Brehse: Spring, encaustic on wood
Marie Cole: August Twilight, oil on canvas
Dea Archbold: Bird Language, kiln-fired painted glass
Trevor Hunter: Garden I, acrylic on canvas
Ellen Jouret-Epstein: Web Series #2, collage
Susan Kotulak: Samples of Anagama fired ceramics & refurbished kimonos