January 15 – February 27, 2022
Curator, Jen Dragon
Forest Bathing is a concept that originated in Japan in the 1980’s as an antidote to an increasingly technological and alienating world. The idea is to mindfully walk in the woodlands and reconnect with the sounds, smells. colors and texture of nature. Forest Bathing is prescribed by Japanese physicians as a medical cure to calm stressed nerves, mitigate pain and heal the soul. Curated by Jen Dragon, Forest Bathing features artwork by Ashley Garrett, Anne Leith, Iain Machell, John Lyon Paul, Christy Rupp and Martin Weinstein. All six artists independently use the woodlands of upstate New York as a touchstone for very different and contemporary styles of painting and sculpture.
2022 ANNUAL MEMBERS’ SHOW
Another Circle: around every circle another can be drawn
March 12 – April 16, 2022
The Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild is proud to present its 2022 Annual Members’ Show. Open to all current members, come view over 90 works of art in a variety of styles and mediums. This year’s Collector’s Choice Award Recipient is Debera Johnson.
Images, left to right: 2022 Members’ Show installation view
Debera Johnson, “1402 Apologies”, stoneware and encaustic, 36 x 12 in.
BYRDCLIFFE ARTISTS-IN-RESIDENCE SHOW
April 30 – June 5, 2022
A showcase of artistic creations by the 2020 and 2021 Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild Artists-in-Residence participants including writers, performers, filmmakers, visual and multimedia artists.
Exhibiting Artists: Corinne Beardsley, Nancy Bilyeau, Samantha Bittman, Caroline Burdett, Abby Cheney, Rob Collier, Anne Devine, Shasha Dothan, Anya Ferring, Alex Goldberg, Elissa Gore, Fei Li, Taraneh Mosadegh, Andrea Ray, Joan Reutershan, Chris Riddle, Corinne Robbins, Eric Strauss, Maya Strauss, Sludge Thunder, and Rachel Warner.
Organized by Melinda Stickney-Gibson
The exhibition’s premise is the idea of shelter, which has become particularly relevant during the Covid-19 pandemic, but is a basic need not only for humans, but animals, birds, insects, indeed all living organisms, and the endless ingenuity shown in the building of shelter. Several artists have been invited to make site specific temporary structures, while others will exhibit work that reference not only the materials used in building shelter, but also the psychological/emotional facets of shelter. Participating artists include Michael Asbill and Michael Fortenberry, Dan Devine, Erika DeVries, Stuart Farmery, Tristan Fitch, Mimi Graminski, Jared Handelsman, Jan Harrison and Alan Baer, Wendy Klemperer, Ian Laughlin, Alison McNulty, Eileen Power, Hudson Valley Bee Habitat, Julian Rose, Suzy Sureck, and Christina Tenaglia.
SHELTER is on view, dawn to dusk, at Byrdcliffe’s historic White Pines property at 454 Upper Byrdcliffe Road, Woodstock, NY. Exhibition maps and paths to each sculpture maintained to allow for public viewing while minimizing the impact on the natural environment.
Images, left to right: Works by Suzy Sureck, Ian Laughlin, and Wendy Klemperer
Curator, Doug Milford
Always fascinated by the minimal and the maximal of cinema, in this exhibition, Tessa Hughes-Freeland breaks down some of the elements of filmmaking and its physical materials through methods and techniques that she incorporates into expanded cinema performances that have always been a key part of her practice. Using projection machines as instruments of light along with a physical and immediate involvement with original and found materials she creates a personal symbolic language and aleatory iconography created by the manipulation of captured light and shadow.
Known for her contributions to the Cinema of Transgression movement, this exhibition includes a variety of cinematic sculptural objects including various instruments of light, modified film equipment as well as films and installation. Seeking a tactile engagement with film, and often using unusual materials, Tessa Hughes-Freeland has been working with direct and handmade film and slides combined with original footage which she then integrates and layers into the film.
Curator, Douglas I. Sheer
An exhibition of works by eminent regional artists who have participated in the virtual Byrdcliffe Forum “Woodstock Masters” series. Curated by the Byrdcliffe Forum Chair, Douglas I. Sheer, artists include Nancy Azara, Jenne Currie, Donald Elder, Yale Epstein, Mary Frank, Heather Hutchison, Portia Munson, Judy Pfaff, Joan Snyder, and Hongnian Zhang.
To view the online exhibition catalogue, CLICK HERE
To watch the Artist Talk, CLICK HERE
Co-curators, Henry T. Ford and Bruce Weber
An exhibition on the great history, nature, and legacy of the Byrdcliffe arts and craft colony, Arriving at Byrdcliffe will highlight the presence, activities and fascinating lives of many of the key residents, visitors, students and builders of Byrdcliffe over the course of more than a hundred years. Included will be works of art and craft, borrowed from Hudson Valley institutions and private collections. Expanding to recent times, it will also feature works by present-day artists of who have spent time at the arts colony and include images of newly renovated structures paired with buildings from the past. The title, Arriving at Byrdcliffe, has a double meaning – both “physically arriving,” and “artistically arriving.”
Saturday, October 8th
Curator/Artist Talk | 3 – 4 pm
Opening Reception | 4 – 6 pm
To celebrate the opening of the exhibition on Saturday, October 8th, a panel discussion is scheduled for 3 pm with co-curators Henry T. Ford and Bruce Weber and invited artists (TBC). The talk will be followed by an opening reception from 4 – 6 pm with light food and beverages. Please join us!
23RD ANNUAL 5 BY 7 SHOW – HOLIDAY FUNDRAISER
December 2 – 18, 2022
The Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild’s 23rd Annual 5 by 7 Show is one of Woodstock’s premier events, showcasing artists from the Hudson Valley and beyond. The show is open to everyone and we accept and display all submissions. Works are exhibited anonymously, a fun way to give 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. 5 by 7 artworks are sold for $150 each. This is a major fundraising event for Byrdcliffe. By contributing a small work you help to support our high-quality programming in the arts, including exhibitions and performances.
Exhibition preview, Friday December 2nd
Artworks available for sale, Saturday, December 3rd
Exhibition sponsored by
Unless noted, all exhibitions are free, open to the public, and on view at
Kleinert/James Center for the Arts, 36 Tinker Street, Woodstock, New York
Gallery hours: Friday through Sunday, 12 noon – 5 pm
All 2021 Byrdcliffe arts programming is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Governor 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.