The Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild introduces the Byrdcliffe Forum, a series of free virtual talks beginning in July 2020. The talks will take place every two weeks on Monday at 5:00 pm on Zoom.
Byrdcliffe Forum: Galleries of the Hudson Valley
Monday, August 17 at 5:00 pm
Art galleries are essential to the cultural vitality of the Hudson Valley. The panel Galleries of the Hudson Valley, to be held August 17 from 5:00-6:15 pm on Zoom, will shed light on the diversity, significant contributions, and creative ways galleries are surviving the COVID pandemic by featuring representatives of four of the region’s leading galleries.
The presenters are Alan Goolman, curator of Lockwood Gallery, Kingston; Franklin Parrasch, co-owner of Parts & Labor, Beacon; Jennifer Hicks, owner of 11 Jane Street, Saugerties; and Linden Scheff, co-director of Carrie Haddad, Hudson. The event was organized by Douglas I. Sheer and Lynn Woods. Woods, a local arts journalist, will moderate and briefly introduce the gallerists. The discussion will conclude with a Q&A session with the audience.
The event is free and open to the public and can be accessed through Zoom at the link below:
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Meeting ID: 937 8573 3393
The Galleries of the Hudson Valley panel collectively represents galleries based in Beacon, Saugerties, Kingston, and Hudson, each of which occupies a specific niche in the regional art scene.
Alan Goolman is curator of the Lockwood Gallery, located in Kingston in the architectural office of Michael Lockwood. The 1,300-square-foot gallery opened in January 2019 and has featured a number of large group show of mainly artists from the region. Goolman, a consultant to the cosmetics industry specializing in branding and creative marketing, previously curated shows at Cross Contemporary Galley in Saugerties.
Franklin Parrasch opened Parts & Labor in Beacon in May 2019 with Nicelle Beauchene. Both Parrasch and Beauchene are long-time eponymous NYC gallery owners, respectively located on the Upper East Side, with a branch in Los Angeles, and on the Lower East Side; they conceived their collaborative space in the Hudson Valley as a forum for combining and pairing works by contemporary artists with more historically recognized artists, re-contextualizing dialogues about style, content and other issues that illuminate connections between the two. Currently on display is a show featuring quilts from the Gee’s Bend, in Alabama, and contemporary abstract works; up next is a show of works by surrealistic landscapist Shara Hughes and paintings by the older, established artist she chose to accompany her work, Lois Dodd.
Jennifer Hicks, a painter and performance artist bought a historic brick building in Saugerties after moving there from Boston in 2015. After an extensive renovation she opened 11 Jane St. Art Center in April 2019. The complex features three art galleries, including the performance space in Gallery North and Gallery South at 11 Jane St, for hanging art and installation, plus The JJ Newberry Building around the corner at 236 Main St. for large scale projects. The JJ Newberry building on Main Street is currently showing “Read to Me,” an exhibition of works combining visual art, words and poetry by 10 visual artists and two writers. Paintings by Joseph Conrad-Ferm are displayed in the windows as part of their monthly “Art in the Windows” series. On Aug. 29 a solo show of Jan Harrison’s animal paintings and sculpture will open at 11 Jane St. Art Center, Gallery North and South, with a performance by the artist and a sound accompaniment by Gary Weisberg.
Linden Scheff is co-director of Carrie Haddad Gallery, which was founded by Carrie Haddad in Hudson in 1991, making it the first fine-art gallery in that city and one of the oldest art venues in the Hudson Valley. Currently occupying 3,000 square feet in a building on Warren Street, the gallery represents dozens of established and emerging artists in a range of media, including sculpture and experimental photography. It features eight exhibitions on the main floor as well as revolving photography shows on the second. Carrie Haddad kicked off an art scene which has become internationally prominent in the small city of Hudson, and it continues to be one of the region’s most successful galleries.
Moderator Lynn Woods has interviewed dozens of artists, curators and other influential people in the regional arts scene for Chronogram, Almanac Weekly, Hudson River Museum and Gallery Guide, and Hudson Valley One. She co-directed and co-produced Lost Rondout: A Story of Urban Removal, an hour-long documentary about the 1960s urban renewal project that devastated Kingston’s waterfront district, and co-authored Adirondack Style: Great Camps and Rustic Lodges (Universe Books; 2009).
UPCOMING BYRDCLIFFE FORUM TALKS
Woodstock Masters Artist Talk with Heather Hutchinson on Monday, September 14