This Summer in Woodstock, Artists are Surveying the Landscape and Connecting with the Forest

  |  July 26, 2018

Carol Struve, Dreamtime, Monoprint: oil & w/c on Rives BFK 21 7/8” x 15 ½ “

Woodstock Artists Association and Museum (WAAM) presents a natural approach to visual arts, now through August 26th…

If you think you know landscape art, WAAM is setting out to challenge your notions during its exhibit FOCUS: Surveying the Landscape, on view at the gallery in Woodstock through August 26, 2018.

Ten mid-Hudson Valley artists are contributing multiple works to this exhibit, and, according to WAAM gallery director Carl Van Brunt, “gallery visitors can expect to be surprised, challenged, and perhaps stimulated into rethinking their concepts of this familiar genre by some of the works on view.” Exhibition artists include Gertrude Abramson, Maxine Davidowitz, Yale Epstein, Jerry Freedner, Ginny Howsam Friedman, Milton Glaser, Tim Smith, Suzanne Stokes, Carol Struve, and Natalie Wargin.

Yale Epstein Autumn Poem II – watercolor, photo, inks, pencils – 19″x19″

Van Brunt went on to explain that while some artists take a non-traditional approach to landscapes, “many landscapes in the show that are stylistically very much as one would expect, with beautiful recognizable imagery from the region we know and love.”

Come to the panel discussion for FOCUS: Surveying the Landscape on Friday, July 27 at 5pm, hosted by exhibition juror, Thomas Sarrantonio; WAAM Gallery Director, Carl Van Brunt, and the artists participating in FOCUS: Surveying the Landscape followed by an informal audience Q&A. Admission to the discussion is free. Opening reception is Saturday, July 28 from 4-6pm. For more information on this exhibit, visit

Milton Glaser Purple Slabs, archival digital print, 22 x 17″


Tim Smith Looking East, Catskills, Oil on Canvas. 32″x20″

Chris Gonyea’s HYPHAE: Connecting with the Forest

That’s not all that WAAM has in store for the month. Artist Chris Gonyea’s solo exhibit HYPHAE: Connecting with the Forest also runs through August 26 at the Woodstock gallery. Negotiating the line between abstract and representation, “Gonyea’s work uncovers the patterns in nature revealed by the forms of trees,” said Van Brunt.

Opening reception for HYPHAE is on Saturday, July 28, from 4-6pm, the same night as the FOCUS opening reception. Arrive at 3pm on the same day to hear Gonyea speak on his work at WAAM. For more information on this exhibit, visit

Chris Gonyea March Morning, oil on canvas, 48 x 36 inches

The WAAM gallery is located at 28 Tinker Street, Woodstock, NY. Since its inception in 1919 during Woodstock’s Art Colony days, WAAM continues to foster and promote the visual arts, arts education, and artists.

For more information on WAAM’s gallery exhibitions, events, permanent collection, kids and family programs, membership, and how to help support the not-for-profit organization, visit or call (845) 679-2940.

About WAAM

Since its beginnings in 1919, the Woodstock Artists Association and Museum (WAAM) has been committed to exhibiting and collecting work in all media by area artists.

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