Stop hibernating…

Winter’s half over, the roads are clear, and it’s time for us to crawl out of our caves.  Intake for the February exhibits is this coming Monday, Feb. 8, so bring your pieces to the gallery for the non-juried Sketches show and Small Works between 12 and 6 PM.  The reception for these shows will be on Saturday, Feb. 13, 4-6 PM.  No solo show this time; that space will be used for the Sketches exhibit.

Coming up:  Artists’ Salon, Monday, February 8 at the Saugerties Senior Center, hosted by Howard and Sue Goldson.  Bring your work, your thoughts or just yourself for some wonderful art-talk and critique.    We really need more people showing up for this to thrive.

This coming Sunday, February 7, at 2 PM: Sunday Salon at Cedar Grove, the Thomas Cole site in Catskill: “First Artist of Her Sex in America.”   Katherine Manthorne, Professor of Modern Art of the Americas (1750-1950) at City University of New York, reveals highlights from her upcoming biography on one of the most fascinating, least-known Hudson River School painters: Eliza Pratt Greatorex. The title of Dr. Manthorne’s talk, “First artist of her sex in America,” is how Ms. Greatorex was described by a 19th-century critic.
Focusing on her extraordinary life – the first female to be admitted to the National Academy of Design, one of the first artists to capture images of New York City’s historic sites before they were destroyed, and a world traveler who made her living as an artist/teacher while raising her children by herself – this talk is a wonderful prelude to our 2010 exhibition, “Remember the Ladies: Women of the Hudson River School.” Join us on Sunday afternoons for inspiration, learning, refreshments and conversation once per month at the home of Thomas Cole, where the Hudson River School began. Tickets are $8 per person, or $6 for members, and admission to these popular lectures is first-come-first-served.

Cedar Grove is also recruiting new docents. “Docents enjoy free admission to our educational programs all year, a free membership, a subscription to our newsletter, and much more. Want to see what it is all about? Join us on Sunday March 14 at 12 noon for a behind-the-scenes tour of Thomas Cole’s home, stories from our docents about why they love it here, question-and-answer time with our staff, refreshments, and free admission to the Sunday Salon program that follows on the same day.”  Please RSVP to Joanna Frang, 518-943-7465 extension 2 or email jfrang@thomascole.org.

One of our favorite WAAM artists, Polly Law, has reached her goal on Kickstarter.com and will now be able to self-publish her amazing creation, The Word Project!  But donations are still more than welcome; she’d like to obtain enough money (beyond her original, minimal goal) that she can print more books and promote them. Visit the site if you haven’t already done so, you might like to donate…and get a copy of the book: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/pollymlaw/publishing-the-word-project .

Be sure to check the Opportunities and Exhibits pages to see what’s going on–our members and friends are doing a lot of exciting things.



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