RiverWinds Celebrates Beacon’s 100 Years in Blending Old and New

Art of past and present featured in exhibit opening Second Saturday, May 11

'Marsh Logs' – photograph by Joe Diebboll

‘Marsh Logs’ – photograph by Joe Diebboll

RiverWinds Gallery, at 172 Main St. in Beacon, is celebrating Beacon’s 100 years with two artists: today’s Joe Diebboll and yesterday’s Alice Judson. Blending Old and New includes Diebboll’s new photographs of Stony Point and old restored images of Beacon and its surrounding area. Judson was one of the original Beacon artists in the early 1900s. Her paintings were recently discovered and restored. The show opens on Beacon Second Saturday, May 11, 5 – 8 p.m. The show runs through June 2.

Diebboll is a printmaker and photographer. “All of the images that I photographed in this show have been blended with textures from old photos that were printed in the 1860s-1870s,” said Diebboll. “I like the fact that the textures that I am currently using come in part from the Hudson Highland sky that was photographed 150 years ago.” All of the images were digitally printed with pigment inks on various papers.

'Portrait of a Young Woman' – oil painting by Alice Judson

‘Portrait of a Young Woman’ – oil painting by Alice Judson

Judson (1876–1948) was one of Beacon’s earliest famous painters. She studied under John Henry Twachtman at the Art Students League in New York City. Judson’s art career flourished in the ’20s and ’30s. She painted with many other artists, including Edith L. Hubbard (1885–1959) of Poughkeepsie. In cleaning out the family attic, Linda Hubbard, co-owner of RiverWinds Gallery, found Judson’s paintings, many of them rolled in a box, others in piles. Artist Paul Gould of Cornwall-on-Hudson has restored the paintings.

RiverWinds Gallery is celebrating its 10th year of showcasing and supporting Hudson Valley artists and providing a venue of fine art and unique gifts. The gallery offers traditional fine art paintings and photography plus contemporary crafts including ceramics, pottery, stationery, jewelry, scarves and hand-dyed yarn.

Gallery hours are Wednesday through Monday, noon to 6 p.m., with extended hours on Beacon Second Saturdays until 9 p.m. For more information, call 845-838-2880 or visit riverwindsgallery.com.

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