Opening Saturday May 8

Metamorphosis, an exhibition exploring artist interpretations of impermanence, opens Saturday May 8th at the Woodstock Artists Association & Museum. Juried by Ellen Jean Keiter, Curator of Contemporary Art at the Katonah Museum of Art, Katonah, NY, Metaphorphosis gives artists free reign to explore any aspect of change, from evolution to revolution to climate change, change of heart… even spare change.

Also on view, will be a solo show of acrylic paintings by Ivan Koota, a self-taught artist who explores his memories of growing-up in Brooklyn, NY.  More about Koota follows below.

There is also a show of small works juried by Ian Worpole and an Active Member show of work by Laura Gurton. In the Towbin Wing, “The Beauty of Discord” featuring lithographs by George Bellows continues through June 6th.

For details about these shows and events, go to http://www.woodstockart.org or call 845 679-2940.  The Woodstock Artists Association & Museum is located at 28 Tinker Street in the heart of Woodstock, New York and is open on Friday and Saturday from 12 – 6 pm and Sunday, Monday, Thursday 12 – 5 pm.  The WAAM is a not-for-profit membership organization featuring a landmark collection of regional art, contemporary artist gallery and a dynamic education program.

Exhibition and programs are supported by the WAAM Founders Circle, other individual supporters and membership.

Self-taught artist Ivan Koota started painting in 1991 about the time he retired from his career as a pediatrician. For the ensuing 19 years Koota’s vibrant paintings have celebrated his lifelong love affair with Brooklyn, NY. Now a resident of Delhi, Koota will exhibit a selection of his recent work in a solo show at the Woodstock Artists Association & Museum (WAAM) beginning Saturday, May 8th.

Most of Koota’s work is rooted in the experience of his first 25 years growing up in Brooklyn. His delightful paintings may make those who did not have the privilege wish they had grown-up there as well. Those who did may find themselves smiling uncontrollably. Besides being colorful and strong compositions brimming with energy, Koota’s paintings are factual records of actual places and events that were at the center of community life.

In one painting, a Good Humor Truck is parked in the middle of a busy Street. Clearly a scene from days gone by, the advertising on the truck boasts of Chocolate Malt and Toasted Almond ice cream bars for 10 cents. Behind the excited children and adults crowding around the truck, the open windows of a tenement building reveal four well lighted rooms. In one a woman makes her bed. It’s a day from long ago, painted by a self taught “naïve” artist, yet Koota makes it compellingly real and full of good humored life.

There will be an opening reception Saturday, May 8th from 4-6 pm. The artist will discuss his work during a Meet the Artist Talk Sunday, May 9th at 2:00 pm at WAAM.



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