Open Studio tours take place Oct. 12-14
By Christine Simek
Cold Spring Arts’ annual Open Studio tour will be held next weekend, Oct. 12, 13 and 14, at various artists’ homes and studios in and around Philipstown. A kickoff reception and group show featuring a piece of work from each of the participating artists will be held on Friday night, Oct. 12, from 5 – 8 p.m. at the Philipstown.info space at 69 Main St. in Cold Spring.
For the second year in a row, members and friends of Cold Spring Arts will open their homes, creative spaces and studios to the public. Visitors will have access to the artists and their art in a relaxed and informal setting, as well as the opportunity to witness the creative process firsthand.
Open Studios is formatted to invite discussion between the artist and the viewer as well as provide the opportunity for a collector to buy work directly from an artist’s inventory. Carla Goldberg, one of the event planners and a participating artist, says that she and the other tour organizers believe “this is a distinct variation from the often impersonal and intimidating gallery setting; the personal relationship with the artists brings another layer of meaning to any artwork that you choose to live with.”
Barbara Galazzo, founder of Cold Spring Arts and ArtFull Living, affirms this sentiment. “By going into a studio, viewers get to see what goes on behind closed doors … how the artist’s creativity stirs them into action … and the processes involved in getting to the finished product,” she said.
This year’s tour features 39 artists — professionals of national and international acclaim — who work in various media, including ceramics, glass, paint, video, printmaking and sculpture.
Highlights of the weekend’s exhibits include a rarely seen 18-foot, wood-fired, Anagama-Norborigama Japanese-style kiln built by Tony Moore; Susan English’s luminous poured paintings; Thomas Huber’s juxtaposition of images, built to create a rich, intriguing surface; Carla Goldberg’s I Remember series, in which she casts items from her childhood in a 3-dimensional translucent resin; Jaanika Peerna’s nature-inspired abstract drawings and installations; Julie Tooth’s paintings that “attempt to realize the influences we see and feel, be they natural or man-made;” Alex Uribe’s sculptures made from recycled and revitalized materials; and Leslie Uribe’s paintings, which encompass a global language introducing, perhaps subliminally, the idea that we are all creators.
A map of the tour, which catalogs the locations of participating homes and studios, is posted on coldspringarts.com, and hard copies will be available at various locations in the village, including Houlihan Lawrence Realty and the Cold Spring Visitor’s Center as well as at the Garrison Art Center. Visitors commuting by Metro-North can take a walking tour within the Village of Cold Spring, where over a dozen artists’ studios will be open to the public.
The Open Studios event is planned for the beginning of the fall foliage season, which the organizers believe is an opportune time for visitors to experience the natural beauty that has long attracted artists to the Hudson Valley region.
The events schedule for the weekend is as follows:
Friday, Oct. 12
- Cold Spring Arts Kick Off Party, Philipstown.info, 69 Main St., 5 – 8 p.m.
- Cold Spring Gallery Openings, 6 – 9 p.m.
Marina Gallery Exhibit Opening, 153 Main St.
Gallery 66 Gallery Opening & Exhibit, 66 Main St.
Van Brunt Projects at the Living Room, Exhibit, 103 Main St.
Houlihan Lawrence, Exhibit, 70 Main St.
Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 13 & 14
- Open Studios tours 12 – 6 p.m.
Sunday, Oct. 14
- Closing Reception and Silent Auction at the Glassbury Court, ArtFull Living Designer Show House, 6 – 7:30 p.m.
Other Weekend Art Events
Saturday, Oct. 13
- Collaborative Concepts at Saunders Farm, Mid Run Reception, 853 Old Albany Post Road, Garrison, 2 – 6 p.m.
Saturday & Sunday, Oct. 13th & 14th
- Garrison Art Center, Artists on Location Silent Auction, Garrison
- Current Sculpture at Boscobel, Cold Spring
- ArtFull Living Designer Show House, Cold Spring
At the Tony Moore studio, visitors will be treated to a conducted tour and detailed explanation of the firing of his 18-foot-long, double-chambered Anagama-Noborigama kiln, visit the 1,200 square-foot studio to view recently made wood-fired ceramic pictorial works and sculptures, and visit the future Ligenza Moore Gallery where the solo exhibition, “Tony Moore: Painting With Fire,” is installed. This exhibition is a survey of some of the artist’s most recent sculptures and pictorial ceramic works, including many large Anagama & Noborigama platters from the September firing. The 800-square-foot gallery with luminous 17-foot-high cathedral ceilings and a sculpture park is scheduled to formally open to private visitors in 2013.