Openings This Weekend in Hudson and Salisbury
To celebrate the new season, Joie de Livres, the well appointed bookstore in Salisbury, CT, that also serves as a gallery and de facto salon, will premiere Spring Awakening, a group show of botanical paintings and photographs (such as Mariana Cook’s Thistle, above) on Saturday, May 10. The show runs through June 21.
In addition to the hanging works by twenty painters and photographers, including Edward Steichen, Tricia Wright,and Jim Osman, signed first editions of books by three of the artists will be featured. Photographer Benjamin Swett’s latest, the acclaimed Route 22, documents the 300-mile highway that connects Manhattan and Montreal. Through Swett’s lens, this familiar artery is rendered unseemly, its tattoo and Off-Track Betting parlors scarcely more vital than the long-abandoned diners and detritus of defunct industry. Close at Hand, the recent book of Mariana Cook (whose photograph Thistle appears here) is a departure from her usual portraiture. In it, she examines the power of the camera to imbue the familiar—objects that are close at hand—with poignance and mystery, a theme similar to that explored in Susan Paulsen’s, Tomatoes on the Back Porch.
Opening reception, May 10, 4 - 7
7 Academy Street, Salisbury; 860.435.2332
On Saturday night, The Hudson Opera House presents a group exhibition, DRESS. Nine artists—Karen Bamonte, Mimi Czajka Graminski (who is also co-curator), Kathy Feighery, Bibiana & Maya Matheis,T anya Marcuse, Sarah Martinez, Lise Poirier (the other co-curator), Carla Shapiro (whose work appears here), and Regan Stacey—explore the relationship between apparel and art. The exhibition will be on display at the Opera House through June 7th.
Along with the necessity to cover herself, clothing has traditionally provided women, in particular, with a means of creative expression, a way of selling herself, as well as a way of announcing actual or aspired to tribal affiliation. This exhibit explores that complex role.
Opening reception, May 10, 6 - 8
327 Warren Street, Hudson; 518.822.1438
Save the Date
Saturday and Sunday May 17 & 18
Tickets are now on sale for Artscape, a tour of 14 artists’ studios in Columbia Counties. Seeing art in the environment in which it was created is a very different experience from seeing it in an immaculate gallery or museum. The spaces often enhance your engagement with and understanding of the work. And, as a bonus, you get to travel the back roads of beautiful Columbia County now, when it’s looking so lovely in its new spring dress.
Artscape Studio Tour, $25 per person (less 10% for members of the Columbia County Council on the Arts)