Hotchkiss’s Summer Portals begins July 2, when Melvin Chen and the quartet in residence will play the first concert in a series that runs through July 22.

Chen is associate director of Bard College’s Conservatory of Music. Summer Portals brings visiting artists and Hotchkiss faculty together with students for an intensive program of chamber music.

The quartet in residence includes violinist Hye-Jin Kim; violinist Tien-Hsin Cindy Wu; violinist Péter Bársony and cellist Nicholas Canellakis.

Hye-Jin Kim is the winner of 2004 First Prize in the Menuhin International Violin Competition.

With the day as his model, Harry Orlyk has spent 35 years documenting farmland in Washington County. His colorful paintings hang on the walls of the Ober Gallery in Kent Connecticut.

Orlyk was born in Troy, New York. In 1970 he graduated with a B.S. from SUNY New Paltz and in 1974 received an M.F.A from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln. In 1974 he also received the Woods Fellowship and in 1995 the Guggenheim Fellowship award.

Orlyk is well known just a jaunt away from here in Hudson, New York where he has been featured for the last decade at the Carrie Haddad gallery.

The White Gallery in Lakeville, Connecticut, has been temporarily transformed into a scene out of The Great Gatsby. With 1930s and 1940s music playing in the background, the provocative women on the wall tell the tale of the times in which they lived.

Ann Chernow’s work is edgy. She addresses an aspect of feminism that was not so beautiful. The 1920s paved the way for women to smoke, gamble, drink and wear dresses above the knee. Yet Chernow captures the women in the 1930s and 1940s who went overboard—the tramps, the dames, the hussies and the broads.

Brooke Singer is using photography to tell an unpleasant story. She has documented Superfund sites—the most hazardous contamination sites in the country, as designated by the Environmental Protection Agency.  Her photographs are on display at the Tremaine Gallery at Hotchkiss.

Singer’s photographs reveal both the perverseness of the activities that have transpired on sites and, in certain circumstances, subsequent complete ignorance or neglect of the sites. All her photographs work compositionally but also communicate the sad circumstances of their site.

As the sun slowly began to set over the river on a soggy Hudson Valley day, Wilderstein was coming to life with its season-opening fundraiser, Modern Sculpture & the Romantic Landscape.

Sculptures lined the footpath leading up to the house, as if one were entering an enchanted, Disneylike world. More sculptures surrounded the front and the sides of this historic house, the porches of which were the scene of many social functions when it was lived in by the famous Daisy Suckley. People once again could enjoy the view, the drinks, old friends and art.

The combination of an old estate with modern sculpture was a successful twist. Each sculpture was unique; every piece was created by a different artist.

Peter Buffett, who has won an Emmy Award for his musical compositions, will perform an innovative concert series, Life Is What You Make It: A Concert & Conversation with Peter Buffett, at Bard College on June 9.

Buffett gained fame as the son of Warren Buffett, but he has made his own way and is recognized as a composer, musician, philanthropist and author. 

It is always privilege to watch an artist like Francesca Marina Palumbo evolve. We first discovered her work several years ago on a visit to her studio in Stanfordville.  At the time she was creating large somber paintings of attenuated faceless figures who inhabited a world of deep forests.  172   From there she went on to explore her interest in 19th century military history with works depicting Napoleon’s invasion of Russia. These monumental winter scenes recalled a time when “people travelled so far in such a vast land,” she said.  “It creates a very vulnerable feeling when you’re out there in the wilderness.” 173 174  

The Francis Lehman Loeb Art Center at Vassar College is displaying a selection of magnificent prints by Julie Mehretu. Six of her paintings and drawings from the collection of Jeanne Greenberg Rohatyn, Vassar ’89, and her husband, Nicolas Rohatyn, early Mehretu collectors, are also on view.

Ken Musselman lands somewhere between Norman Rockwell and Johannes Vermeer; he communicates the heart of the American spirit with magnificent success, yet he portrays the idealized side of everyday-life. His crisp compositions are alluring.



If one word had to be chosen to describe this year’s Whitney Biennial, it would be disorientation. Whatever your perspective about art might be, this show is sure to send you ’round the bend.


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