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.

2017 CURRENT AND UPCOMING EXHIBITIONS

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. Read more

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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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″.


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, Hunt Diederich, Bolton Brown and Alexander Archipenko, 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, 2:00 – 4:00 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



FRESH AiR: 2016 ARTISTS IN RESIDENCE AT BYRDCLIFFE
An exhibition featuring the work of visual artists, writers, and composers who participated in Byrdcliffe’s 4-week residencies during the 2016 season. Work presented will be a combination of work created at Byrdcliffe and work that the artist chooses as representative of his/her practice.

Curated by Katharine McKenna.

Exhibition Dates: April 14 – May 14, 2017
Gallery talks by participating artists: Saturday, April 15, 3:00 – 4:00 pm
Opening Reception: Saturday, April 15, 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



THE RITUAL OF CONSTRUCTION
Group show of artists working in a variety of media (painting, drawing, quilting, tile making, mixed media 3D structures), who have been using units of geometric origin to make their work. The central gathering concept of this show is construction from units as a form of ritual, with the methodical process of doing this work considered as a meditation on fragmentation and oneness.

Curated by Jeanette Fintz.

Exhibition Dates: May 19 – July 2, 2017
Opening Reception: Saturday, May 20, 2017, 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



COMPOSITION: THE ABSTRACT LANDSCAPE
The Abstract Landscape takes plein-air landscape painting as a point of departure for a discourse on its inverse: abstract paintings, compositionally related to landscape traditions but entirely divorced from concepts of naturalism or impressionism. Whether by virtue of a distinct horizon line, the use of a coulisse or other framing devices, or specifically horizontal formats, the painters in this show will be abstractionists for whom the so-called non-objective is sourced in visual similes of the natural world. Local painters Donald Elder, Yale Epstein, Jenny Nelson, Robert Ohnigian, and others will be invited to participate in this show. The show will also include abstract landscapes by the best-known locally based artists working in the genre: Milton Avery, Jake Berthot, Philip Guston, and Al Held.

Curated by Derin Tanyol.

Exhibition Dates: July 7 – August 20, 2017
Opening Reception: Saturday, July 8, 2017, 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



GRADATIONS OF LIGHT
Multi-media exhibition by pianist/composer Marilyn Crispell and graphic/animation artist Jo Ganter. Graphic scores will hang on the walls; there will be projected video (animations based on musical scores) and sound pieces as well.

Coordinated by Oscar Buitrago and Melinda Stickney-Gibson.

Exhibition Dates: August 25 – October 8, 2017
Opening Reception: Saturday, August 26, 2017, 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



ANNUAL “5 by 7” SHOW – HOLIDAY FUNDRAISER
The Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild’s 18th Annual 5 by 7 Show launches Friday, December 1, 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.

Exhibition Dates: December 2, 2017 – January 7, 2018, with the Preview Party on Friday, December 1, 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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All 2017 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.