by photographs by Seeger Solutions
The 5th annual Art Studio Views (ASV) studio tour presents a tantalizing smorgasbord of art offerings and demonstrations this Labor Day weekend. For the art-loving public who make Art Studio Views an annual excursion, you will not be disappointed. Visitors can look forward to seeing what’s new at their favorite studio, be it photography, painting, printmaking, or ceramics.
Nearly half of the studios are new to the tour this year for visitors to enjoy sculpture, jewelry, glass, and woodcraft, which have been added to the art menu.
From our southern gateway of Hyde Park and Staatsburg to the northern gateway of Tivoli, Red Hook, and Rhinebeck this free open studio event has everything for browsers, art connoisseurs, or families taking a drive in the country. “Spending two glorious days getting an insider’s view of the various art processes and the spaces where these works of art are created is a memorable and unique experience,” says Joanna Hess, director of ASV 2012. “It takes the mystic and mystery away from the artists living and working in isolation,” she said.
Traveling on the self-directed tour through the towns and hamlets in the Northern Dutchess County area is easy using the downloadable map that can be found on the event’s Web site: www.artsnortherndutchess.org/asv. Also on the Web site is a list of the 30 participating artists with samples of the media and range of styles tour-goers will see. “I’ve had the opportunity to photograph each artist in their studio, and walked away with new knowledge and insight about that person’s philosophy on all subjects,” added ASV photographer Alice Seeger. “These particular artists have built a special relationship with one another in a supportive and encouraging way.”
The Rhinebeck Bank, a five-year sponsor of the event, along with Cross River Anesthesiologist Services, are this years’ platinum sponsors of Art Studio Views 2012. Both community-based sponsors anchor the event with their commitment to the arts and enrichment for all people who live, work, and vacation in our area. “With their continued support,” continued Hess, “these sponsors, along with Ameriprise Financial Advisors and additional individually-owned businesses, have helped increase the visibility of these talented individuals who bring an artistic pulse and commerce to our area. We encourage visitors to support our sponsors, as they have supported us.”
Art Studio Views, founded in 2008 by several dedicated artists, is part of a region wide, multi-seasonal celebration of the arts and the creative process. One of its achieved goals is to foster an appreciation for the role that artists play in maintaining the vitality of our Hudson Valley communities.
This year the tour is conveniently organized by town to make it easier for visitors to see more studios in each area. “So, grab your GPS and take a ride!” concludes Hess. “Keep on the look-out for the bright yellow signs, which will guide you to the studios of your choice.”
What “Wood” you do with a BOX?
box by Elizabeth St. Leger
That was the question posed to the artists on this years’ studio tour. As an additional fun element to the Art Studio Views 2012 tour, each artist was given a beautifully hand-crafted wooden box made by Donald Ostoyich of Catskill, NY. These 9”, 5-sided boxes were decorated, sculpted, and built-onto in fanciful ways to celebrate our 5th annual studio tour. It is our way to “give back” and thank our regional community.
The boxes will be displayed in village storefronts in Red Hook, Rhinebeck, and Hyde Park during the month of August. Each box will be labeled with information linking the visitor to our online auction website. The online auction will continue through September 2nd. Funds raised from this auction will be donated to Vassar Brothers Hospital Pediatric Unit in Poughkeepsie.
By the way-did you know that the material to celebrate the 5th year of commitment is wood?
For further information and a complete list of participating artists, visit www.artsnortherndutchess.org/asv, or contact: Joanna Hess, ASV Director, by email at email@example.com. Informational brochures will also be available at the three ASV headquarters locations: Surviving Sisters in Hyde Park; Albert Shahinian Fine Art in Rhinebeck; and Red Hook Community Arts Network Artist’s Collective Gallery in Red Hook.
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The public is invited to savor two inspiring end-of-summer days in the historic Rhinebeck area visiting professional artists in their studios. The free Art Studio Views 2011 tour will be held Saturday, September 3rd and Sunday, September 4th from 11 am to 5 pm. On these intimate artful days, the artists are welcoming visitors to observe, first hand, where they work, see art projects in development, and learn what inspires them.
As part of its continuing support for the arts and the art community, The Rhinebeck Savings Bank has taken the lead role of Platinum Sponsor of Art Studio Views 2011 for the fourth year in a row. “We value the importance of art in our communities and its impact on so many peoples’ lives”, said Rosemary Bertelle, VP Marketing for the bank.
This year’s participating artists work in a variety of mediums including: photography, oils, acrylic, water color, mixed media, ceramics, glass and printmaking. With 26 studios to explore, visitors can plan their own self-guided personal interest tour or visit all 26 artists over the two day event by going to the event website – www.artsnortherndutchess.org/asv to download the tour brochure and map. Albert Shahinian Fine Art, located at 22 East Market Street in Rhinebeck, is the Art Studio Views Headquarters in Rhinebeck. Brochures and maps are available at the gallery and in various shops throughout the region.
“The Art Studio Views 2011 tour is a rare opportunity for the public to visit an artists’ private studio, discuss materials, and the creative process. Many new artists have joined the tour this year, adding to the high quality and range of artistic opportunities visitors will enjoy,” says Joanna Hess, Director of ASV2011. “Many of the studios are clustered together and all are within a few short miles of each other. The areas include Red Hook, Rhinecliff, Staatsburg, Hyde Park and Clinton Corners, with Rhinebeck central to all.”
Artists participating in the event are: Melissa & Ted Braggins (printmakers); Margarita Carreras (painter on glass); Richard Chianella (photographer); Gloria Cigolini-DePietro (painter); Kari Feuer (painter); Audrey Francis (painter); Maureen Gates (photographer); Dan Goldman (photographer);, Carl Grieco (sculptor); Marilyn Johnson Grieco (textile arts); Rosemary Hanson (painter); Betsy Jacaruso (painter); Roxie Johnson (printmaker); John Lavin (ceramics); Joan Blazis Levitt (printmaker); Christine Livesey (printmaker); Peter McCarty (author/illustrator); Ann Moring (painter); Bruce Murphy (painter); Lisa Pinto (painter); Tatiana Rhinevault (painter); Jeff Romano (painter); Elizabeth St. Leger (painter); Dean Vallas (painter); and Phyllis West (painter).
The Silver Sponsors include: Albert Shahinian Fine Art; Ameriprise Financial; Briggs Mountain Gallery; Cross River Fine Art; Gaby’s Café; Hudson Valley Pottery; Montgomery Row; Northern Dutchess Hospital; The Roosevelt Inn, Red Hook Framing Ltd.; and Rhinebeck Artist’s Shop. Hudson Valley Mercantile has been media sponsor for all four ASV tours. Detailed information about these and other sponsors can be seen at www.artsnortherndutchess.org/asv.
“Several artists will host an assortment of demonstrations of their skills, method, and vision,” adds Hess. “Don’t forget. If you enjoy their artwork, you may purchase something directly from the artist. This is the best way to show your appreciation!”
About Art Studio Views (ASV)
Art Studio Views (http://www.artsnortherndutchess.org/asv) is an annual open studio tour event created and funded by participating artists and community sponsorship. It is dedicated to promoting the work and talent of local artists in the Northern Dutchess area. The free event, established in 2008, brings artists and their artwork to the public by opening their private studios for visitors over the Labor Day holiday weekend. The artists will reveal their creative environment, help visitors understand the meaning behind their creativity as they learn how certain works of art are actually made and see them in production.
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Route 9G, Rhinebeck
Popular sledding spot rises to a 550-foot hilltop with panoramic views of the Hudson River Valley including the Shawangunk Ridge, Catskill and Taconic mountains, Stissing Mountain and the Berkshires. Protected by a Scenic Hudson conservation easement, the park is owned by Winnakee Land Trust and managed by the Burger Hill Committee. Several sledding areas with varying degrees of steepness. Open 9 a.m.-dusk.
Clermont State Historic Site
One Clermont Ave. off Route 9G, Germantown
Annual sledding party with bonfire and snowman contest held in late January/early February. http://www.friendsofclermont.org
Seigel Kline Kill Conservation Area
Route 21, Ghent
Newly cleared public sledding hill on land protected by the Columbia Land Conservancy. http://www.clctrust.org
Staatsburgh State Historic Site/Mills Mansion
Old Post Road, Staatsburg
A favorite and prime sledding area with unobstructed views of the Hudson River and Catskills beyond. Grounds are open daily January-March, dawn-dusk. Sleds with metal runners not allowed. http://www.staatsburgh.org.
Kiwanis Ice Arena
Cantine Memorial Complex, Washington Avenue, Saugerties
Public skate sessions of 1.5 hours each, Monday-Sunday, check website for specific times.
Learn to skate instructional Sundays, 8-9 a.m.; hockey skills instructional: Sundays,s 7-8 a.m.; figure skating lessons, Tuesdays and Thursdays, 3:30-5:30 p.m. The rink is enclosed, but not heated. Admission: $6 adults; $4 students; 5 and under, free; skate rentals, $3.
Info: http://kiwanisicearena.com; 845.247.2590
McCann Ice Arena
Mid-Hudson Civic Center, 14 Civic Center Plaza, Poughkeepsie
McCann offers skating lessons, a hockey skill development clinic, and even speed skating lessons. There are Learn to Skate and Learn to Play Hockey programs.
Holiday skating schedule: Mon., Dec. 27-Fri., Dec. 31, noon-2 p.m.; New Year’s Day, 2-4 p.m.; Sun., Jan. 2, 2-4 p.m.
Check website for full schedule. Friday DJ Skate from 7:15-9 p.m., $10, includes admission and skate rental.
Admission: $7, $4 (children under 10); Skate Rental: $3
Info: http://www.midhudsonciviccenter.com; 845-454-5800
Hudson Park Outdoor Ice Skating Area
3521 Route 9, south of Hudson
Stop by Restaurant to sign waiver before heading to ice rink. Bring your own skates and equipment. Thursday night Pond Hockey. Saturdays, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. & 6-9 p.m.; Sundays, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.; Mon. & Tues., 7 a.m.-3 p.m.; Wed.-Fri., 7 a.m.-8 p.m. Free, donations accepted.
Lake Taghkanic State Park
Exit off Taconic State Parkway in town of Ancram; or, 1528 Route 82, Ancram
Skating permitted when conditions are appropriate. Call to check ice thickness. 518.851.3631
Palatine Park Road, Germantown
ice skating conditions permitting
Rhinebeck Recreation Park
Located behind Starr Library, 68 West Market Street, Rhinebeck