Here in the Mid-Hudson Region, the Art Studio Views event has become a Labor Day weekend tradition.
Now in its 13th year, the open studio tour, Sept. 5-6, is a great way to see the beauty of the Northern Dutchess and Columbia County area while visiting the studios of resident artists.
CDC health protocols will be followed at all studios and visitors must adhere to wearing masks with social distancing requirements.
Carolyn Ard, a wood sculptor In Staatsburg, will take part in the annual the Art Studio Views, which will take place as scheduled, Sept 5-6 with some COVID-19 restrictions in place. (Photo: Submitted)
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Joanna Hess, director of Art Studio Views and gallery owner in Rhinebeck stated: “I especially encourage families to enjoy this artistic adventure. Visiting an artist’s studio is an opportunity to personally interact with the artist and learn about their processes and particular medium.”
This year there will be 27 contemporary artists opening their studios throughout Germantown, Hyde Park, Red Hook, Rhinebeck, and Tivoli. Visitors to the studios can see a variety of artworks including paintings, prints, glass, mixed media, photography, book-binding, sculpture, textile, and ceramics. There is such a wealth of excellent work that visiting the website prior to setting off will help plan the tour: helpful notes are included on the map and website indicating which spaces are handicap accessible.
Collectors love open studios where they have an opportunity to discover an artist that is new to them. For those that are searching for that perfect painting there are styles from abstract expressionists, portrait painters, to painters of local landscapes using oils, watercolors, and mixed media.
Elizabeth Mcgiff, a ceramicist from Hyde Park, take part in the annual the Art Studio Views, which will take place as scheduled, Sept 5-6 with some COVID-19 restrictions in place. (Photo: Submitted)
The tour features several artists that use photography as their medium, exhibiting a variety of photographs including digital abstractions, work done with a large format camera, to nuanced and manipulated portraits. Ceramics and sculpture are available, as well as blown glass for home décor.
One of the magical moments that happen during the studio tour is that chance encounter meeting an artist and witnessing their process in creating the artworks. Stepping into each studio visitors will experience how the artist uses their individual approach to making their work. This rare opportunity to be in the space where creating happens combined with the ability to have conversations with the artists allows for a deeper connection with the art.
For all of us who have spent the past few months in restricted spaces, being able to get out and see first-hand the creativity of artists in our community might also remind us of the benefits of shopping local. When we shop local we support our neighbors – keeping the dollars local benefits everyone who lives here with a vibrant economy. Through months of uninterrupted time in their studios, artists have created an abundance of work and they will welcome making some sales directly from their studios.
The free, self-guided tour allows for visitors to go at their own pace. Maps are available at four locations and also can be downloaded to pre-plan the trip and the bright yellow Art Studio View signs are easy to spot at each location.
Hess commented, “We are reminded of the joy, brilliance, and resilience of our creative community during these challenging times. Travel the beautiful roads of Dutchess and Columbia Counties with studios as your destination and enjoy an art-filled weekend.”
This year’s participating artists include:
Germantown: Joshua Brehse (encaustic painter); Marie Cole (painter/printmaker); Trevor Hunter (abstract expressionist); Silvana Tagliaferri (painter).
Red Hook/Tivoli: Dvorah Darvie (textile sculptor); Mindy Dubansky (hand book-binder); Dan Goldman (photographer); Drew Miller (painter); Bryan Raskin (glassblower).
Rhinebeck: Melissa Katzman Braggins (printmaker); Ted Braggins (printmaker); Peter Charapko (painter); Richard Chianella (photographer); Lee Courtney (photographer); Mark Hopkins (painter); Linda Lavin (alcohol inks); Franc Palaia (mixed media/photographer); David Silver (photographer); Alix Travis (painter); Dean Vallas (painter); John Verner (photographer); Lisa Winika (painter/sculptor).
Hyde Park: Carolyn Ard (sculptor); Tarryl Gabel (painter); Elizabeth McGiff (ceramicist); John McGiff (painter); and Dennis Rush (painter)
If you go:
What: 13th Annual Art Studio Views Open Studio Tour
When: Sept. 5-6, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. both days, free and self-guided.
Printed maps are available at the following headquarter locations: Tivoli Artist Gallery; Equis Art Gallery, Red Hook; The Betsy Jacaruso Studio & Gallery, Rhinebeck; and the Artists’ Collective of Hyde Park, Hyde Park.
Linda Marston-Reid is the Executive Director, Arts Mid-Hudson
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