Friday, July 3, 2009

Ecotones and Transition Zones

"Hudson Valley Artists 2009: Ecotones and Transition Zones," will be on view until Sept. 6 in the Alice and Horace Chandler Gallery and North Gallery at the Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art at the State University of New York at New Paltz. It is the first in a series of five major art exhibitions in the museum’s Art & The River project extending through December 2009, which coincides with the Quad.
Organized by museum curator Brian Wallace, Ecotones and Transition Zones will feature artwork, performances, gallery talks and other activities from 24 area artists who connect global issues such as sustainability, ecological awareness and bioethics to the Hudson River Valley landscape.
Featured artist and artist groups include:
· Michael Asbill, Accord
· Robert Capozzi, New Paltz
· Robert Capozzi / Lorrie Fredette / Dylan McManus / Laura Moriarty / Jill Parisi (New Paltz / West Camp / New Paltz / Kingston / High Falls)
· Ryder Cooley, Chatham
· Dick Crenson, Pleasant Valley
· Simon Draper / Habitat for Artists, Cold Spring
· Dana Duke, Roscoe
· Beth Humphrey, Saugerties
· Heather Hutchison, Saugerties
· Tanya Marcuse, Barrytown
· Susan Miiller, Sparrowbush
· Wayne Montecalvo, Kingston
· Itty Neuhaus, Fishkill
· Franc Palaia, Poughkeepsie
· J. Gilbert Plantinga, New Paltz
· Emily Puthoff, Kingston
· Jill Reynolds, Beacon
· Ryan Roa, Newburgh
· Camilo Rojas, Millerton
· Thomas Sarrantonio, Rosendale
· Ida Weygandt, Germantown

Here is more from the event's press release:
“In selecting the artists in the show,” said Wallace, “I wanted to play off the emphasis of art in and of the region and to show that there is an emphasis on the environment in historical styles of art such as Hudson River School painting as well as in the art being produced by the artists among us now. “
Wallace added that New Paltz is an ecotone, a place where overlapping natural and social ecologies – the river and the mountains, the cosmopolitan and the rural – exist in fragile tension. “These artists work in their own mini-environments and there is a great diversity among them even as they take from and share ideas with other artists.”
One component of the exhibition, Habitat for Artists, will offer temporary studio space and a collaborative exhibition project in repurposed structures in several locations in New Paltz. There will also be a benefit concert for Habitat for Artists and ecoartspace with Dar Williams and Nick Panasevich at 7 p.m. in McKenna Theatre on June 27 (tickets are $35 for front row and $25 for all other seats); a fishing trip and Wallkill River talk with artist Michael Asbill at 5 p.m. on June 28; and two evenings of gallery talks followed by artist performances: on July 23 beginning at 5:30 p.m., four exhibiting artists will discuss their work, and at 7 p.m., exhibiting artists Ryan Roa and Darren Jones will present their "Jones and Roa Expedition" project; on August 20, beginning at 5:30 p.m., four other exhibiting artists will discuss their work, and at 7 p.m., exhibiting artist Ryder Cooley will present her "Singing Tree" performance.

Suggested admission to museum is $5. A variety of public educational activities associated with the Art & The River project are planned throughout the summer and fall, including artist and curator lectures, docent-guided tours, school programs, field trips, readings, and musical events. For event details, reservations, accessibility, or directions, visit or call (845) 257-3844.

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