Artist reception March 8
Beacon Institute for Rivers and Estuaries, a subsidiary of Clarkson University, presents the work of renowned artist Fredericka Foster. Water Way is a vibrant collection of oil paintings depicting waters from Norway to the industrial Hudson River. The exhibit runs from March 8 through Oct. 5, at Beacon Institute’s gallery at 199 Main St., Beacon.
The institute will host a free public reception with the artist from 5 to 7 p.m. March 8.
Foster explores waters from the powerful, dramatic fjords of Norway to the urban, industrialized Hudson River, to discover the complex interaction of color, light and energy intrinsic to earth’s most essential element in her exhibit, Water Way. Always moving water, using oils, she applies layers of complex colors to canvas, creating a visual vibrancy that embodies her deep connection with water, evoking its urgent challenges.
Water, to Foster, is the most intimate medium, which allows for a universal connection. While it can evoke stillness, power or turbulence, it is vulnerable to human nature. By nurturing a relationship with water through her art, Foster seeks to be part of the movement to protect it.
“I spent my early life in the watery Pacific Northwest, and when I began to use oil paint to describe a vision of water as meditative, rhythmic, intimate yet grand, I came home to my subject matter,” says Foster.
Gallery hours: Monday through Thursday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Fridays 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturdays 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Second Saturdays 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Sundays noon to 5 p.m. Call 845-838-1600, ext. 10. Visit bire.org.