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Wassaic Project opens with “Deep End”

The Wassaic Project’s June 13 exhibition preview event gathered artists, collectors, gallery owners and supporters to mark the opening of the eighth summer show in the Maxon Mills in Wassaic.  The show will be open every weekend.  
The summer exhibit is called Deep End.  Artists were asked to explore what it means  to be “at the end.”  Walking through the Maxon Mills, I found art that begs for interaction, that peeks into holes, that discovers the unknown.
I saw a shelf filled with pickled vegetables in Mason jars. Each row had a different pickled vegetable. Carrots, green beans, pickles, and beets were color coordinated.  Another shelf was filled with empty Mason jars.  Kelli Rae Adams calls the piece Salt for Salt/Sugar for Salt. She says she uses materials that aren’t permanent but that also are not wasteful.
Kelli Rae Adams's Salt for Salt/Sugar for Salt
Inside a Light Cube by Mike Reamy
Amelia Biewald created a wall of antique mirrors whose lighting fixtures—candles—have drooped to the floor. The effect is that of a room in a haunted house. The installation is called The Thirteen Bad Habits. 
A neon orange sign on a wall reads “Yours.”  The “Y” flickers, showing that the sign can also say “ours.”  The sign was created by Esmeralda Kosmatopoulos.
Mike Reamy’s Light Cubes were wooden boxes in which you could see a 35mm slide. Each image was of a small town that had been flooded. 
Ghost of a Dream is a collaboration by Lauren Was and Adam Eckstrom, regulars at these exhibitions.  For Ghost of a Dream, they created a room filled with 11 television sets showing the final sequences of 11 classic movies, including “Charlie Chan in Egypt” and “From Russia with Love.” Each film was set in a country that is currently experiencing conflict. The continuous loops of  “The End” linked the countries together. 
Jelia Gueramian creates a fiber world to peak into.
Fiber artist Jeila Gueramian created a knitted world, seen through a fuzzy opening in the wall.  It felt like being in a cartoon version of outer space. 
On the top floor, which has the best view, Corina Reynolds created what looks like a doctor’s office waiting room: white walls with nothing but a sign saying “Beacon of Hope.” There are fake plants in each corner, an air conditioner in the window and wooden desks with nothing on them. The ceiling is covered in mirrors. In the center of the room is a beam filled with rotating vertical white lights. 
Weekends through September 20; 
Wassaic Project Co-Founder Bowie Zunino aims a art dart
Andrea Walton and John Robert Massie dress to impress at the Preview Party
Dancer Charmaine Warren holds Wassaic Project co-founder Eve Biddle's baby Kodiak
Wassaic Project Co-Founder Bowie Zunino parents Tony and Sally chat
A couple offers big smiles for the camera