Far & Wide: 2nd Annual Woodstock Regional Exhibition begins Saturday, April 3 and continues through May 2. Juried by distinguished curator and art historian, Patricia Phagan, Far & Wide features artists from the Woodstock area and beyond providing an opportunity to see new works by artists known in Woodstock and to discover new artists not seen at WAAM before. Visitors to WAAM’s Main Gallery will find recent pieces from an intriguing group of artists working in an alluring mix of styles and media. Ms. Phagan noted the variety and quality of the work submitted and chose pieces she considered well made, bold and demonstrating a distinctive artistic voice.
With over 30 artists participating, Far & Wide has excellent examples of photography, painting, and sculpture, along with witty bricolage, visionary collage and thought-provoking digital art. Subjects range from musings about entropy to the contemplation of a flower on the grounds of a monastery, from nature observed to abstractions inspired by science, from the meticulous portrait of a single child to the grand overview of an aerial panorama and much, much more.
Participating artists include: Bette Alexander, Claire S. Anderson, Sheryl Anderson, Jeffrey Antevil, J.H. Aronson, Ron Balsamo, Arlene Becker, Jane Bloodgood-Abrams, Tom Chesnut, Mother Elisabeth Czwikla, Michael DuBose, Carol Flaitz, Kathy Franz, Stuart Friedman, Gail Giles, Laura Gurton, Laura Holmes, Lenny Kislin, Ivan Koota, Polly M. Law, Gay Leonhardt, Robert Lipgar, Sherry Mayo, Elin Menzies, Sandra Nystrom, Susan Phillips, Fredericka Ribes, Nadine Robbins, M’Lou Sorrin, Loren Standlee, Thomas Teich, Hy Varon, Karen Whitman and Ian Worpole.
Jurist Patricia Phagan is the Philip and Lynn Straus Curator of Prints and Drawings at the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center at Vassar. She received her Ph.D in art history from City University of New York and was from 1987 to 1999 the curator of prints and drawings at the Georgia Museum of Art at the University of Georgia. Editor and author of numerous exhibition catalogues including Hudson River School Drawings from Dia Art Foundation and Made in Woodstock: Printmaking from 1903 to 1945, she has organized dozens of exhibitions ranging from old masters to contemporary art. She is currently completing a catalog for an exhibition of the work of Thomas Rowlandson, a social satirist from late 18th Century London, which will take place at the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center next year.
The work of Susan Sommer will be featured in the solo gallery, with a talk by the artist at 2 PM April 4. In the Founders Gallery will be the Small Works exhibit, and Alan McKnight will display his watercolors on the Active Members Wall. An opening reception will be held Saturday, April 3 from 4 to 6 pm.