Woodstock Masters: Heather Hutchison
Monday, September 14 at 5:00 pm

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Heather Hutchison will be interviewed by critic and writer Eleanor Heartney. A brief Q&A with the audience will conclude the approximately 50-minute talk. The event will continue the Woodstock Masters series of artist interviews that, along with author talks and panel discussions, fall under the collective title Byrdcliffe Forum.

Heather Hutchison, Photo by Tom Warre

Heather Hutchison was born in Philomath, OR and was raised between the high desert of Bisbee, AZ and the San Francisco Bay Area. For over twenty years, she has lived, worked and raised her family in Saugerties, NY. Hutchison is self taught, and has innovated methods and mediums such as hand-building and bending forms out of Plexiglas to facilitate her artistic process. Hutchison’s work often incorporates ambient light as a primary material. She shares similar concerns with the Light and Space artists, spending decades observing and contemplating nature and the accelerating effect of climate change. Hutchison’s works capture the essence of light in natural environments. Each piece is a direct inquiry into the perceptual experience of color, light, and shadow particular to a time of day and place. Hutchison emphasizes the horizontal world that surrounds us and finds solace in the everpresent rhythms of nature.

Heather Hutchinson, Twilighting, 2020, Mixed media, reclaimed Plexiglas, birch plywood box, 23 3/4 x 25 x 3 3/4 inches

Hutchison’s work is represented by Winston Wächter in NYC and Louis Stern Fine Art in Los Angeles and has been included in numerous museum exhibitions including the Brooklyn Museum, Montclair Art Museum, the Smithsonian, the Knoxville Museum of Art as well as being included in the 44th Biennial Exhibition of American Painting at the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC. She has exhibited in dozens of solo exhibitions over three decades. Several public collections hold her work including the Brooklyn Museum, the Hammer Museum, and the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. Hutchison has received grants from the Gottlieb Foundation, the Pollock-Krasner Foundation, NYFA, and Anonymous Was A Woman.


Eleanor Heartney is a Contributing Editor to Art in America and Artpress and has written extensively on contemporary art issues for many publications. Her books include Critical Condition: American Culture at the Crossroads, Postmodernism, Defending Complexity: Art Politics and the New World Order, Postmodern Heretics: The Catholic Imagination in Contemporary Art, Art and Today and Doomsday Dreams: the Apocalyptic Imagination in Contemporary Art. She is a co-author of After the Revolution: Women who Transformed Contemporary Art, and The Reckoning: Women Artists of the New Millennium. She received the College Art Association’s Frank Jewett Mather Award for distinction in art criticism in 1992 and was honored by the French government as a Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres in 2008. Heartney is a past President of AICA-USA, the American section of the International Art Critics Association.

Byrdcliffe Forum: Galleries of the Hudson Valley
Monday, August 17 at 5:00 pm

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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 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).

Byrdcliffe Forum Author Talk: Nina Shengold
Monday, August 3 at 5:00 pm

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Please join us for a virtual talk with playwright and author Nina Shengold interviewed by artist Kate McGloughlin, President Emeritus of the Woodstock School of Art. Nina’s latest book Reservoir Year: A Walker’s Book of Days is a gorgeous new book about self-discovery through
daily walks around the Ashokan Reservoir

Nina Shengold is the author of Clearcut, a novel (Anchor Books); River of Words: Portraits of Hudson Valley Writers with photographer Jennifer May (SUNY Press); and fourteen theatre anthologies for Vintage Books and Viking Penguin, many co-edited with Eric Lane. Under her nom de tween “Maya Gold,” she wrote the six-volume Cinderella Cleaners series and Spellbinding for Scholastic, and Harriet the Spy, Double Agent, a posthumous sequel to Louise Fitzhugh’s classic, for Delacorte. For the screen Shengold is a Writers Guild Award winner for Labor of Love, with Marcia Gay Harden; Blind Spot, with Emmy-nominated Joanne Woodward and Laura Linney; Double Platinum, with Diana Ross; SHINE Award winner Unwed Father; and more. Shengold has profiled more than 200 writers for Chronogram, Poets & Writers, and Vassar Quarterly, and published stories and essays in Feckless Cunt: A Feminist Anthology, Love on the Road, Odd Shorts, Prima Materia, Riverine, and Tinker Street. She teaches creative writing at Vassar College and lives in the foothills of New York’s Catskill Mountains, near the glorious Ashokan Reservoir.

Kate McGloughlin is a native of Olivebridge in New York’s Hudson Valley. She graduated from the University of Arizona at Tucson with a BA in Drawing & Painting. In 1991 she was awarded The Yasuo Kuniyoshi Scholarship to study printmaking with Robert Angeloch at The Woodstock School of Art where she currently teaches Printmaking, Landscape Painting and is President Emeritus of the Board of Directors. McGloughlin teaches landscape painting and printmaking workshops in Italy, Mexico, Ireland and the United States, and is represented widely in the US. She has exhibited at Kiesendahl +Calhoun Contemporary Art, Kleinert James Gallery, Samuel F. Dorsky Museum, Albert Shahinian Gallery, Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, Attleboro Arts Museum, and many others. Her work is in the collections of Print Club of Albany, Samuel F. Dorsky Museum, Herbert F. Johnson Museum, Woodstock Artists Association & Museum, Sun Valley Center for the Arts, and the Springville Museum of Art.

Images: Nina Shengold; Kate McGloughlin
Shengold’s book Reservoir Year: A Walker’s Book of Days


Click here to see a video from the July 20 Mary Frank interview

The first event in the series is Woodstock Masters: Mary Frank on Monday, July 20 at 5:00 pm. The event will launch the Woodstock Masters series of artist interviews that will take place (along with author talks and panel discussions) under the collective title Byrdcliffe Forum. The talks will be available to watch live through Zoom, with a link provided before each event on our website and via email. Mary Frank will be interviewed by artist and educator David Hornung. A brief Q&A with the artist will conclude the approximately 50-minute talk.

Mary Frank, West of My Childhood, 2018-2019, Acrylic, oil, and paper on board, 41 x 33 x 1 1/2 inches. Courtesy of the artist and DC Moore Gallery, New York.

Mary Frank was born in London, England, in 1933. She moved to the United States with her family in 1940. In the 1950s she studied with Hans Hofmann and Max Beckmann. Frank works across disciplines as a sculptor, painter, photographer and gifted ceramic artist. She has been the subject of numerous museum exhibitions, including a retrospective at the Neuberger Museum in Purchase, New York in 1978. Her work is in the collection of major museums such as the Art Institute of Chicago, the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, the Jewish Museum, the Metropolitan Museum of Art and MoMA, to name a few. Books on her and her work include Mary Frank by Hayden Herrera (1990), Mary Frank: Encounters by Linda Nochlan (2000), Experiences by Mary Frank (2002) and Pilgrimage: Photographs by Mary Frank (2002) among others. Frank lives and works in New York City and Woodstock, New York. She is represented by D. C. Moore in NYC and Elena Zang Gallery in Woodstock.

David Hornung is a painter and collage artist whose work has been widely exhibited in the U. S. and the U. K. He is author of Color: A workshop for Artists and Designers (Lawrence King Publications, Ltd), a textbook that has been published in six languages and is used in art schools and private studios worldwide. David has held teaching positions at Indiana University, Skidmore College and the Rhode Island School of Design. He is currently a professor of art at Adelphi University. He is represented by Elena Zang Gallery in Woodstock.