Woodstock Artists Association & Museum Gets Very Local with Radius 50

  |  August 23, 2018

James Adelman, Three Dresses, oil on canvas

From September 1 through October 7, 2018, WAAM features artists from a 50-mile radius around Woodstock…

…and, there were a bevy of artists from which to choose in the region, thanks to an influx of creative types to the Hudson Valley, not to mention the artists who have been living and working here all along.

In total, 189 artists from 65 communities in the region applied to be in the Radius 50 exhibition, and of those artists, juror Vittorio Calabrese, Executive Director of Magazzino Italian Art in Cold Spring, NY, selected 26: James Adelman, J.H. Aronson, Arlene Becker, Gabe Brown, Fred Di Vito, Ken Dreyfack, Lisbeth Firmin, Dan Goldman, Scott Goldwyn, Michael Hunt, Len Jenkin, Norman Magnusson, Elin Menzies, Tony Moore, James Murray, Adelaine Muth, Kenneth Nelson, Franc Palaia, Rob Penner, Linnea Pergola, Bill Ryback, Richard Scherr, Marcia Slatkin, Gregory Slick, Natalie Wargin, and Anna West.

Radius 50 runs September 1 through October 7, 2018. Opening reception is Saturday, September 8, 4-6pm at Woodstock Artists Association & Museum (WAAM) in the village of Woodstock, NY.

Bill Ryback, Palindrome, painted wood


Rob Penner, Butchers Apron, digital archival print

According to juror Vittorio Calabrese, artists migrating from downstate continue to embrace the Hudson River School of painting – popularized by the landscape portraits from painters like Frederic Edwin Church and Thomas Cole during the nineteenth century. “[It’s] still part of the narrative of many of the artist submissions.”

“There’s a sense of nostalgia for the urban conflicting with a desire to escape from it, making the Hudson Valley appear almost as a sort of promised land,” he continued, “a territory that is facing dramatic changes and challenges in order to harmonize the ecosystem of old and new communities.”

Anna West, Orange Chair, oil on canvas


Gregory Slick, Untitled 1 (Brutalithic Sequence series) 2017, ink, gouache, acrylic photo transfer on paper

Welcome to Dollarland.

As part of of Radius 50, WAAM will also play host to Dollarland by renowned filmmaker Richard Kroehling and cinematographer Lisa Rinzler, who has worked with luminary directors such as Wim Wenders and Martin Scorsese. Dollarland is a poetic exploration of an imaginary American city caught in a time warp of past, present, and future, immersing watchers into a multimedia installation with video, sound and projection mapping.

Richard Kroehling and Lisa Rinzler will lead a panel discussion about Dollarland at WAAM, September 29, 2018 at 4pm.

Still from Dollarland: Ghosts in the abandoned mall parking lot — 2018


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Still from Dollarland: The Mayor of Dollarland delivering his stump speech — circa 1931

Remnants Brings Beauty to Purposelessness

For those new to performance art, WAAM invites you to Remnants, Hour Upon Hour by performance artists Rena Leinberger and Thomas Albrecht on September 1September 16 and October 7, 2018. The first two performances will be at 2pm, and the October 7 performance will be at 4pm followed by a Q&A. All performances will be at the Woodstock Artists Association & Museum in Woodstock.

Pathos, hilarity, insight, and creativity combine in Leinberger and Albrecht’s Remnants, as Albrecht uses fictive clay stones to construct a wall while Leinberger utilizes sticks, pieces of fabric, and lumps of clay to consider the processes of constructed representation from landscape painting to cinema. According to WAAM’s gallery director Carl Van Brunt, “Leinberger and Albrecht have developed performance vocabularies that skillfully elicit responses. The audience makes the connections, and the creative sparks fly.”

Thomas Albrecht from Remnants, Hour Upon Hour

For more information on these exhibitions and performances, as well as WAAM’s other events and educational programs, visit www.woodstockart.org, or contact 845-679-2940 or info@woodstockart.org. Woodstock Artists Association & Museum is located at 28 Tinker Street, Woodstock, NY 12498.

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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