exhibitions

EXHIBITIONS

The Kleinert James Center for the Arts (Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild) mounts exhibitions and organizes events that honor both the cultural legacy established by the Byrdcliffe Arts Colony in 1902 and its contemporary artistic endeavors. Beyond spotlighting Byrdcliffe’s utopian crafts tradition, the K/J’s program features regional, national, and international artists; fine art and functional crafts; historical traditions and cutting-edge experiments; and two, three, and four dimensional artworks.

All exhibitions, opening receptions, and gallery talks are free and open to the public.

Byrdcliffe’s Exhibition Committee as of March 2016 is:
Byron Bell, Tina Bromberg, Oscar Buitrago, Ken Landauer, Katharine McKenna, Douglas Milford, Portia Munson, Melinda Stickney-Gibson, Katharine Umsted, Oliver Wasow, Linda Weintraub, and Sylvia Leonard Wolf (chair). Matthew T. Leaycraft (member Emeritus).

Exhibition programming at Byrdcliffe is dependent on private and corporate sponsors. Contributions at all levels are encouraged, with the following incentives:
$250 and above: You or your company will be named as a sponsor on all printed materials associated with the exhibition to which you have contributed, as well as on our website
$100-$249: You or your company will be named as a sponsor on our website
$20-$99: You or your company will receive an acknowledgement on the exhibition checklist.

2016/2017 CURRENT AND UPCOMING EXHIBITIONS

ANNUAL “5 by 7” SHOW – HOLIDAY FUNDRAISER
The Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild’s 17th Annual 5 by 7 Show launches Friday, December 2, with a catered champagne reception and preview party at the Kleinert/James Center for the Arts from 5:00 to 7:00 pm, one of the most exciting art events happening in Woodstock each holiday season. All work submitted is restricted to 5 inches by 7 inches in size and is exhibited anonymously, a playful way to give an equal voice to all and showcase the talent of our members side by side with that of the international art world community in our midst. This is a major fundraising event for Byrdcliffe, and by contributing and/or purchasing a small work you will help support our arts programming, including exhibitions and performances.

Click here for a list of this year’s participating 5 by 7 Show artists!

The 2016 Annual 5 by 7 Show is proudly sponsored by ARTSYSTEMS and Karen and Les Walker. The food at the Preview Party will this year be provided by Provisions from Woodstock.

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Exhibition Dates: December 3 – December 31, 2016, with the Preview Party on Friday, December 2, 5:00 – 7:00 pm
Location: BYRDCLIFFE Kleinert/James Center for the Arts, 36 Tinker Street, Woodstock, NY
Gallery Hours: Wednesday through Sunday, 12:00 – 6:00 pm, or by appointment on Tuesday, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

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STUART FARMERY: SCULPTURES IN THE LANDSCAPE
Opening July 9, 2016, the Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild hosts Stuart Farmery: Sculptures in the Landscape, an outdoor exhibition of sculpture by Stuart Farmery. Farmery is a British-American artist based in nearby Ghent, NY. His work will be displayed on the grounds of White Pines, the 1902 home of Byrdcliffe’s founders, Ralph and Jane Whitehead, where it will remain until September of 2017. Installation of the work commences in June, with the public opening and reception on July 9. Curated by Katharine Umsted. Read more

Exhibition Dates: reopened on September 17, 2016; on view through September 4, 2017
Artist’s Talk: Saturday, July 9, 2016, 3:00 pm. Free walk-through of installation on the White Pines grounds. Comfortable walking shoes recommended
Opening Reception: Saturday, July 9, 2016, 4:00 – 6:00 pm
Re-opening Party: Saturday, September 17, 2016, 1:00 – 3:00 pm
Location: White Pines, 454 Upper Byrdcliffe Road, Woodstock, NY
Exhibition Hours: Open during daylight hours

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Left: Director’s Chair, 2015. Stained white pine, 98″ x 28″ x 30″ // middle: Big Pink, 2016. Stained wood, 132″ x 17″ x 17″ // right: Blue Cloud, 2016. Stained wood, 12″ x 39″ x 12″.


2017 ANNUAL MEMBERS’ SHOW “BYRD & IMAGE”
The Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild invites all Byrdcliffe members to participate in its 2017 Annual Members’ Show, this year called “BYRD & IMAGE“. The show is open to all current members. A Curator’s Choice award in the amount of $100 will be presented for one work chosen by the Exhibition Committee. In addition to being an opportunity to see exciting new work, the opening reception and Open Mic Night tradition, now in its third year, are lively community events that accompany the show.

Click here to download the 2017 Members’ Show BYRD & IMAGE Guidelines
Click here to download the 2017 Members’ Show BYRD & IMAGE Loan Agreement
Click here to download the 2017 Members’ Show BYRD & IMAGE Artwork Submission Labels

Drop-off Date: Tuesday, January 3, 2017, 11:00 am – 7:00 pm
Exhibition Dates: January 6 – February 19, 2017
Opening Reception: Saturday, January 7, 2017, 4:00 – 6:00 pm
Open Mic Night: Saturday, January 28, 2017, 8:00 pm
Location: BYRDCLIFFE Kleinert/James Center for the Arts, 36 Tinker Street, Woodstock, NY
Gallery Hours: Friday through Sunday, 12:00 – 6:00 pm, or by appointment on Tuesday through Thursday, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

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SELECTIONS: WOODSTOCK CERAMIC ARTS TODAY
Selections: Woodstock Ceramic Arts Today will complement the exhibition, Carl Walters and Woodstock Ceramic Arts at the Samuel Dorsky Museum at SUNY New Paltz, which runs from February 4 – May 21, 2017. The Dorsky exhibition focuses on Walters’s functional ceramics—plates, bowls and vessels—as well as his independent sculptures. Ceramics predating his own, made by artists who worked at the Byrdcliffe Art Colony including Zulma Steele, contextualize his work. The exhibition at Byrdcliffe’s Kleinert/James Center for the Arts moves this history forward, featuring work by contemporary ceramicists from the region: Rich Conti, D-Day, Eric Ehrnschwender, Sophie Fenton, Mary Frank, Jolyon Hofsted, Brad Lail, Joyce Robbins, Arlene Shechet, Elena Zang, and others. Byrdcliffe is regionally renowned for its recently expanded ceramics program, which dates to the early days of the colony, founded in 1902.

The exhibition will be cohosted by the Historical Society of Woodstock, 20 Comeau Drive. The Historical Society will be open on Saturdays and Sundays during the run of the exhibition, February 24 – April 9 2017. For hours and more information, visit www.historicalsocietyofwoodstock.org.

Curated by Tom Wolf, Professor of the History of Art at Bard College, and the students in his class “History of Art in Woodstock.”

Exhibition Dates: February 24 – April 9, 2017
Opening Reception: Saturday, February 25, 2017, 4:00 – 6:00 pm
Location: BYRDCLIFFE Kleinert/James Center for the Arts, 36 Tinker Street, Woodstock, NY
Gallery Hours: Thursday through Sunday, 12:00 – 6:00 pm, or by appointment on Tuesday and Wednesday, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm




2016 PAST EXHIBITIONS

VALERIE HAMMOND: REVERSE REFLECTION PRINTS AND DRAWINGS
Opening October 21, 2016, the Kleinert/James Center for the Arts presents Reverse Reflection Prints and Drawings, a solo exhibition by Valerie Hammond. Including drawings, prints, ceramic sculpture, and a large-scale paper installation, Reverse Reflection Prints and Drawings reflects the wide range of idioms characterizing Hammond’s fluid artistic practice–from intensively representational to abstract, from the concrete to the transient, deeply real and dreamlike all at once. Curated by Portia Munson. Read more

Exhibition Dates: October 21 – November 27, 2016
Opening Reception: Saturday, October 22, 2016, 4:00 – 6:00 pm
Location: BYRDCLIFFE Kleinert/James Center for the Arts, 36 Tinker Street, Woodstock, NY
Gallery Hours: Wednesday through Sunday, 12:00 – 6:00 pm, or by appointment on Tuesday, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

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Left: Gaze, 2016. Relief print with silver leaf on Gampi paper, 38 x 25 inches // right: Blue Anemone, 2011. Relief printed lithograph on handmade Kozo paper, 72 x 48 inches.


BYRDCLIFFE’S LEGACY: HANDMADE IN THE 20TH CENTURY (AN ODE TO NATURE & PLACE)
An important force in the Arts and Crafts movement in America, with a rich artistic and social legacy, the Byrdcliffe Arts Colony supported self-sufficiency, fulfillment in work and the preservation of local crafts. Opposed to industrial manufacturing, its mission focused on producing beautiful objects in a variety of art forms made by hand using time-honored techniques.

The objects on view in this exhibit illustrate a spectrum of fine art and design accomplishments by select artists and artisans who lived and worked in the Hudson Valley between 1903 and 1999. As makers of paintings, prints, photographs, weavings, ceramics, furniture, metal, jewelry, and decorative art, the artists in this show produced work aligned with Byrdcliffe’s original pursuit of inspiration from nature and committment to raising awareness of innovative, high-quality handcrafted work. The exhibition includes work by visual artists with international and national reputations such as George Ault, George Bellows, Robert Chanler, William Hunt Diederich, Robert Ebendorf, Mary Frank, Milton Glaser, Philip Guston, Yasuo Kuniyoshi, Doris Lee, Judy Pfaff, and Carl Walters. There are approximately 200 pieces in the show, including important furniture and ceramics from Byrdcliffe’s permanent collection. Read more

Curated by Sylvia Leonard Wolf, Tina Bromberg and Karen Walker.

Exhibition Dates: August 19 – October 9, 2016
Meet the lenders: Saturday, August 20, 3:00 pm. Informal discussion with collectors and lenders to the exhibition; learn what the artworks in the Byrdcliffe’s Legacy exhibition mean to them, from their personal relationships with the artists to how the artworks came into their lives.
Opening Reception: Saturday, August 20, 2016, 4:00 – 6:00 pm
Closing Talks: Saturday, October 8, 3:00 pm – on this penultimate day of the exhibition, gallery visitors will join an informal discussion with collectors and lenders to the exhibition — learn what the artworks in the Byrdcliffe’s Legacy exhibition mean to them, from their personal relationships with the artists to how the artworks came into their lives. Followed by a free concert for Byrdcliffe and Maverick members with Nancy Allen Lundy, soprano, and Douglas Jay Martin, piano, and the closing reception.
Free Concert and Closing Reception: Saturday, October 8, 2016, 4:00 – 6:00 pm
Location: BYRDCLIFFE Kleinert/James Center for the Arts, 36 Tinker Street, Woodstock, NY
Gallery Hours: Wednesday through Sunday, 12:00 – 6:00 pm, or by appointment on Tuesday, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

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Left: Petra Cabot (1907-2006), TEXTILE DESIGN, c. 1928. Gouache. 10 x 7 1/2 inches // right: Zulma Steele, Drop-Front Desk with Three Iris Panels, 1904. Cherry wood, stain. 50 3/8 x 38 3/4 x 16 inches. Photo Matthew Ferrari.


MARGARET COGSWELL: MOVING THE WATERS: ASHOKAN FUGUES
MOVING THE WATER(S): ASHOKAN FUGUES 2016 explores the link between New York City’s unquenchable thirst and the Catskill mountain streams and its people over the past 100 years. This project is of particular significance locally because Woodstock is located in the Catskills near the Ashokan Reservoir which provides 90% of New York City’s drinking water. Combining multiple sculptural components (including water towers), video, and audio, this research-based project culminates in a solo exhibition at the Kleinert/James and serves as a catalyst for a series of parallel events bringing people together to explore the history, water quality and sustainability concerns in these inextricably linked New York communities. Ashokan Fugues is a part of an ongoing series of individually unique River Fugues projects which Cogswell has been creating nationally and internationally over the past 14 years. Curated by Jeremy Adams. Read more

For more information on River Fugues see: www.margaretcogswell.net

Exhibition Dates: July 2 – August 14, 2016
Artist’s Talk and Gallery Walk-through: Saturday, July 2, 2016, 3:00 pm
Opening Reception: Saturday, July 2, 2016, 4:00 – 6:00 pm
Panel Discussion – Is Good Water a Common Good?: Sunday, July 10, 2016, 4:00 – 6:00 pm, with Kathleen Nolan, Rebecca Martin, and Aidan Ferris. Read more
Panel Discussion – We All Live Downstream: Sunday, July 24, 2016, 4:00 – 6:00 pm, with Vincent Coluccio, Eli Dueker, and Diane Galusha. Read more
Location: BYRDCLIFFE Kleinert/James Center for the Arts, 36 Tinker Street, Woodstock, NY
Gallery Hours: Wednesday through Sunday, 12:00 – 6:00 pm, or by appointment on Tuesday, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

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Margaret Cogswell, Ashokan Fugues, 2014. Installation at the CUE Art Foundation, New York City.


CATSKILL FLY TYING: THE ART OF ARTIFICE
An exhibition showcasing color photographs of Catskill-style fishing flies by professional photographer and fly fishing guide Mark Loete. The flies are from the Jerry Bartlett Angling Collection at the Phoenicia Library, an informational matrix that shows what insect species an angler might encounter on the Esopus Creek at any given time of year, and what artificial fly best imitates that insect. Having identified 34 aquatic insects of interest to the project, 14 master fly tyers with personal connections to the Catskills were invited to create a selection of artificial flies–clever deceptions in fur, feather, and sometimes man-made materials, lashed to steel with thread in such a fashion as to mimic the size, shape, color, and natural behavior of the aquatic insects trout depend on for their main food source. Once the patterns were tied, every artificial fly was meticulously photographed by Loete. When these beautiful miniature sculptures are photographed at high resolution and enlarged, the art behind the artifice is revealed. The exhibit includes the Bartlett Collection and artifacts associated with the sport of fly fishing. Curated by Tina Bromberg. Read more

Exhibition Dates: May 6 – June 26, 2016
Opening Reception: Saturday, May 7, 2016, 4:00 – 6:00 pm
Location: BYRDCLIFFE Kleinert/James Center for the Arts, 36 Tinker Street, Woodstock, NY
Gallery Hours: Thursday through Sunday, 12:00 – 6:00 pm, or by appointment on Tuesday and Wednesday, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

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Mark Loete. Left: Red Fox; right: Black Nose Dace. Archival prints, 16 x 20 inches. Courtesy of the artist and the Phoenicia Library.


SHIMMERING SUBSTANCE: SELECTIONS FROM POLLOCK-KRASNER FOUNDATION GRANTEES OF THE HUDSON VALLEY
Showcasing work by Tricia Cline, Mary Frank, Elliott Green, Kahn and Selesnick, Jason Middlebrook, Martin Myers, Doug Navarra, David Nyzio, Mia Westerlund Roosen, Carolee Schneemann, Keiko Sono, and Robert The. All are recipients of grants from the Pollock-Krasner Foundation, one of the most prestigious sources of funding sought by artists today and a major supporter of the Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild. The artists in the show were selected by the curators from 75 Hudson Valley grantees. The show brings together a panoply of media that represents both the Pollock-Krasner Foundation’s and Byrdcliffe’s dedication to innovation in the visual arts. Curated by Heather Hutchison, Doug Milford, and Portia Munson. Read more

To see artwork by other Pollock-Krasner Foundation grantees, please visit: http://www.pkf-imagecollection.org/artists

Read an article online in the Hudson Valley Almanac about the Shimmering Substance exhibit and Keiko Sono’s project!

Exhibition Dates: March 11 – May 1, 2016
Opening Reception: Saturday, March 12, 2016, 4:00 – 6:00 pm
Discussion: Art in the World of Post-Capitalism, with participating artist Keiko Sono, Sunday, April 17, 4:00 – 6:00 pm – Read more
Location: BYRDCLIFFE Kleinert/James Center for the Arts, 36 Tinker Street, Woodstock, NY
Gallery Hours: Friday through Sunday, 12:00 – 6:00 pm, or by appointment on Tuesday through Thursday, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

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Left: Robert The, Brook, 2004. Old encyclopedia set, dimensions variable // middle: David Nyzio, Smoke Flow #6, 2011. Smoke on paper, 60” x 40” // right: Tricia Cline, Knowing’s Wife, 2015. Porcelain, 17″ x 11″ x 8″.


2016 ANNUAL MEMBERS’ SHOW “UNUM SUMUS”
The Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild invites all Byrdcliffe members to participate in its 2016 Annual Members’ Show, called “UNUM SUMUS“. The show is open to all current members. A “Curator’s Choice” award in the amount of $100 will be presented for one work chosen by the Exhibition Committee. Curated by the Byrdcliffe Exhibition Committee.

Exhibition Dates: January 8 – February 21, 2016
Opening Reception: Saturday, January 9, 2016, 4:00 – 6:00 pm
Open Mic Night: Saturday, January 30, 2016, 8:00 pm – read more
Location: BYRDCLIFFE Kleinert/James Center for the Arts, 36 Tinker Street, Woodstock, NY
Gallery Hours: Friday through Sunday, 12:00 – 6:00 pm, or by appointment on Tuesday through Thursday, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

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All 2016 Byrdcliffe arts programming is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

Our exhibitions program is made possible in part through support from the County of Ulster’s Ulster County Cultural Services & Promotion Fund administered by ARTS MID-HUDSON.