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9 September 2013 06:21PM
Columbia County Habitat for Humanity

Columbia County Habitat for Humanity will present ReCycle, ReCreate, ReImagine, its biennial art exhibition and auction, on Saturday, September 21st at the OMI International Arts Center in Ghent, NY. This fundraising event features unique works created by 32 Hudson Valley artists who were invited to create art by recycling, recreating and reimagining ordinary building materials or other items they chose from Habitat’s ReStore.
“We invited a select group of area artists to participate, selecting things from our ReStore as their inspiration,” Habitat President Janis Smythe says. “The evening will be great fun for a great cause: building affordable housing for lower-income working families in Columbia County.”
The pieces range from sculptural assemblages to painting, photography and artistic re-purposing. Habitat’s Executive Director Brenda Adams notes, “To complement the exciting art, we’re fortunate to have Katharine Carter as our auctioneer. Katharine is a nationally-known artists’ advisor, lecturer and painter as well as President and CEO of her own firm.” Ms. Carter brings decades of knowledge of the art world and personal expertise as a professional career development arts lecturer. She’s been described as a combination of New York brass and southern gentility.
Cocktails and hors d’oeuvres will be served at the Preview Party beginning at 5pm. The auction begins promptly at 6:30. Tickets to the event are $20 and can be purchased in advance by calling Habitat at 518.828.0892. The show can be previewed at facebook.com/rrrshow. For those who’d like to see The Fields at OMI, a free guided tour will be offered at 3:30 pm. Reservations are suggested and can be made through Habitat at 518-828-0892.
For more information on the tour, call 518-392-4747.
The gifted artists showing at ReCycle, ReCreate, ReImagine include Nancy Andell, Fern Apfel, John Baumann, Valerie Blum, Douglas Culhane, Jane Gennaro, Jeffrey Gibson, Jessica Goerhing, Bart Gulley, Fran Heaney, Bette Cerf Hill, Paula Lalala, Harry Lazare, Ingrid Lisowski, Amber McPhail, Ryan McPhail, Norm Magnusson, Eva Melas, Kelly Merchant, Donna Moylan, Portia Munson, Rune Olsen, Rick Patterson, Vincent Pidone, Kristopher Perry, Sam Reilly, Joel Seaman, Nathan See, Parker Shipp, Shaniqua Smith, D. Jack Solomon and William Stone.
Chatham gallery owner Joyce Goldstein and Hudson artist Jessica Willis, curators of the first ReCycle, ReCreate, ReImagine show and auction in 2011, returned to curate this year’s event.
The ReStore, located at 829 Route 66 in Hudson, sells new and gently-used building materials, tools, appliances, furniture and other household essentials at discounted prices. Like the proceeds from ReCycle, ReCreate, ReImagine, all of ReStore’s profits support Columbia County Habitat’s programs. The ReStore, which just expanded to 7500 square feet of retail space, is open for shopping on Fridays and Saturdays from 9 to 5. Donations may be made by appointment on Wednesdays and Thursdays as well as Fridays and Saturdays.
Columbia County Habitat for Humanity, celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, has built 16 houses for lower-income working families, including the recently-completed Columbia Passive Townhouses in Hudson, the state’s first affordable housing constructed to Passive House standards. Homeowners will save an incredible 90% on heating energy costs and 70% on other household energy use. For more information or to volunteer on a Habitat build or at the ReStore, please call 518.828.0892 or visit http://www.columbiacountyhabitat.org.

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