Thursday, April 16, 2009

Hudson-Fulton: Take Two

Memorabilia from the 1909 Hudson-Fulton celebration was the inspiration for 10 artists whose exhibit of new work opens on May 2 (a Saturday) in the Friends of Historic Kingston Gallery.

“Hudson-Fulton: Take Two” features painting, sculpture, photography, fiber, metal, jewelry and prose, inspired by 1909 memorabilia drawn from Friends of Historic Kingston archives and the John F. Matthews Collection. The items from 1909 are included in the exhibit so that visitors can link the artifacts with the contemporary works

The new pieces include a tattooed Henry Hudson (see image), a flag constructed from second-hand clothes, an installation of stickers, and a felt Half Moon.  A text piece features interviews with captains from various vocations about the challenges of leadership. The artists are Michael Asbill, Susan Basch, Francois Deschamps, Aliyah Gold, Ken Gray, Arthur Hash, Casey Kurtti, Sara Pfau, Cozette Phillips and Sean Sullivan.

Artist and Friends of Historic Kingston Board Member Ken Gray came up with the idea for the exhibit as the preservation organization’s contribution to the 2009 Hudson-Fulton Quadricentennial Celebration. Gray is also the exhibit curator.
“Hudson-Fulton: Take Two” can be viewed in the FHK Museum Gallery on Saturdays and Sundays, from 1-4 pm. through October.  Admission is free.  The Friends of Historic Kingston Museum is located on the corner of Wall and Main Streets in Kingston's Stockade National Historic District.  Call 845-339-0720 or visit    


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