Buster Levi Gallery’s The Art of Collecting opens First Friday

The Art of Collecting, the new show opening March 6 at the Buster Levi Gallery in Cold Spring, draws attention to the joys and rewards of living with art. On display are works purchased in the Hudson Valley over the last ten years, from the collection of Mary Madden and Greg Glasson.

Madden, the president and CEO of the Hudson Valley Credit Union, and Glasson, a classically trained sculptor who held senior management positions at the Tallix Foundry, met at an art-related event in 2000 and were soon working together at the nonprofit Creative Concepts Gallery in Beacon. Their common interests led to deeper ties and marriage. Today they live in a home they designed overlooking a horse farm in Gardiner, where their art collection is an important part of their lives.

Collecting together is a great adventure. In their visits to artists’ studios, galleries and antiquarians, they have discovered a shared taste. First they look around independently and then confer – and almost always, says Glasson, they like the same works. These memories also enrich their collection.

Today the Madden/Glasson Collection numbers around 80 works of art. For the show in the intimate Buster Levi Gallery, curator Martee Levi has selected 14 small pieces that demonstrate the eclectic range of the collection and, most importantly, the vitality of the collectors’ taste. Seeing their works in new company will be an adventure for the artists on display.

The Art of Collecting opens First Friday, March 6, with a reception from 6 to 8 p.m., and will be on view through March 29. The Buster Levi Gallery, at 121 Main St. in Cold Spring, is open noon to 6 p.m. Friday through Sunday.

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