Arts

Hotchkiss’ Katherine M. Elfers Hall was brought to life on Sunday during their 11th annual Gospelfest. The concert combined choirs from Hotchkiss, Millbrook School, South Kent, Salisbury, Taft and Westover. Michael Whitney Brown led the afternoon with passion and energy.

The Riverwinds Gallery in Beacon has supported Hudson Valley artists for eight years. The gallery displays paintings, photography and jewelry.

The Gallery showed the work of Richard Gedney as their “featured artist” for March and the beginning of April. Gedney’s oil paintings capture moments of beauty in the Hudson Valley. He captures tranquil scenes next to the river as well as the grandeur of the hills.

His paintings are identifiable and relatable to Hudson Valley residents. But his oils can be appreciated universally. His paintings give a glimpse into his soul as the artist, but also into the souls of the observers because they conjure up emotions and convey significance.

John Ruskin wrote in his Stories of Venice (1851), “…the word gothic has become a term of unmitigated contempt, not unmixed with aversion.” However, he continues, “…gothic architecture has been vindicated.” Vassar College’s Mapping Gothic France transplants its viewers to a virtual Europe, in order to appreciate the vindication of gothic architecture.

To say the exhibition is interactive and engaging is an understatement.

After the performance there was a reception in the Moviehouse Gallery for the equestrian artist Susan Dorazio. Her works in oil and watercolor of racing, dressage, jumping, polo and hunting capture the essence of horses—their speed, their brilliance and their talent as well as their individual personalities.

Through the skillful use of color and light, Dorazio evokes the mood of a scene, whether it be tranquil or filled with action. Several hunting pictures—in particular one of the Millbrook foxhounds on Pugsley Hill Road going towards Wethersfield—perfectly depict an early autumn morning in the Millbrook countryside. One can recognize several of the riders.  

 

My previous article accounts my major criticisms of the museum. Nevertheless, the museum offers some excellent exhibitions that demand attention in addition to the featured exhibition.

Robert Smithson

Robert Smithson’s work impressed me. Though his display was limited to one corner of the gallery, I found his installations invigorating. Smithson emerged out of the minimalist movement and founded the genre known as earthworks, or land art. Minimalists reduce the elements of art to bare basics.

By Allison Silvieus

Walking into Dia: Beacon, with its white-washed walls, industrial lighting and despotic guards, I felt an atmosphere more like that of a prison than of an inviting museum.

With two guards per room staring each visitor down and their persistent conversations back and forth via walkie-talkies, my experience with the art was distracted. Stepping a centimeter too close to the display, using a cell phone for a picture, or taking a pen from a pocket produced a reaction from the oversensitive guards.

So much for interactive art.

A gray and rainy Saturday became much brighter upon entering “The Steins Collect” at the Metropolitan Museum of Art where a dazzling world of light and color did much to dispel the gloomy weather outside.

The exhibition is comprised of some 200 works, many by Matisse and Picasso collected in Paris by Gertrude Stein, her brothers Leo and Michael, and Michael's wife Sarah over a period of 30 years.

 

Two very different local artists are exhibited at the Hotchkiss Library in Sharon, but both are distinguished by having strong, sure, stylistic approaches.  Randy Orzano works mostly on paper using ink or ink washes, but he will use straw or hay when drawing a cow.  He depicts animals, abstract shapes and bees, as he is known as a beekeeper. His paper has been in the hives, has wax and propolis on the surface. The bees can tear the paper. He calls it a collaboration.  He takes inspiration from the process of nature, particularly from his hives. There is something raw and fresh about the work. It is also quiet and gentle.  He is a listener.

Exposure

The Mill Street Loft’s ninth juried high-school photography exhibition Exposure opens on Saturday, March 31, 2012. The opening reception is on Saturday, 5 p.m.–7 p.m.

James Klosty became Sir Thomas More in The Center for Performing Arts at Rhinebeck’s production of A Man for All Seasons.

Robert Bolt wrote the play, which has been adapted several times for radio, television, and film. The London Globe Theater introduced A Man for All Seasons.  It soon played on Broadway, where it won a Tony Award. Paul Scofield played the original Sir Thomas More and starred in the 1966 film, winning an Oscar. But the film that might be most the memorable is the 1988 version starring Charlton Heston as More and Vanessa Redgrave as Lady Alice.

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