Film by Stephen Blauweiss. Produced by ArtistFilmDocs.
The inaugural episode of our new Web TV series, featuring:
Carolyn Marks Blackwood photographs nature within a several mile radius of her house, perched on a cliff above the Hudson River facing the Catskill Mountains.
The Beacon art scene and the vibrant 2nd Saturday event have greatly contributed to the city’s cultural and economic renaissance.
Ceramicist Robert Hessler’s style is to improvise within the constraints of the clay he works with, allowing for forms that skirt the edge of chaos through experimentation.
A teacher and member of the Woodstock School of Art for 30 years, Staats Fasoldt’s watercolors interpret nature with spontaneity and minimal application.
Ze’ev Willy Neumann’s “Love Knot” project linked the neighboring towns of Woodstock and Saugerties with identical love seat sculptures.
The Red Hook-based sculptor and Land Artist Steven Siegel takes us on a tour of his studio and his latest seies of intimate sculpture-paintings, “Building Pictures.”
Note from Brian Mahoney, Editor Chronogam
“Fear not, for we at Chronogram are working as tirelessly as ever to enlighten the world to the creative life in the Hudson Valley. Most recently, this has taken the form of our new web TV series, “ArtScene,” launched in January. A collaboration with independent filmmaker Stephen Blauweiss, the monthly show focuses on visual art in the Hudson Valley. “ArtScene” takes the viewer into artists’ studios, on tours of galleries and museums, and into centers of making and creativity. In our first episode, long-time Woodstock School of Art instructor Staats Fasoldt explained his watercolor technique. Photographer Carolyn Marks Blackwood and ceramics wizard Robert Hessler talked about their creative process. We followed sculptor Zev Willy Neuman from conception to completion on his Love Knot project. Steven Siegel, whose work appeared on the January cover, spoke from his Red Hook studio philosophical underpinnings of his work, which is influenced by the concept of deep time and the writings of evolutionary biologist Stephen Jay Gould. The show gets deep, people.
The format is short form: Five segments of approximately four minutes, hosted by the charming and sagacious editor of this magazine. This month, our second episode features more of the torrent of art that flows around us in the Hudson Valley. Danielle Bliss and Joe Venditti of Wishbone Letterpress talk about their decidedly old-timely artisanal printing business. We tour the venerable Women’s Studio Workshop in Rosendale. Multimedia artistic tsunami Wayne Montecalvo explains his latest constructions. Neil Trager of the Woodstock Artists Association & Museum walks through rich artistic legacy of Woodstock. Cover artist Werner Pfeiffer, who opens a retrospective at the Toledo Museum of Art this month, shares stories of his childhood in Nazi-era Germany and how it influenced his choice of primary medium: paper.
We’ve received some very positive feedback and great suggestions for future coverage in just the first couple weeks since launching the show. As well, a couple of the segments from our first two episodes have already been picked up by PBS affiliate WMHT in Albany for broadcast on terrestrial television, so we feel like we’re on the right track. But you be the judge: please tune in Chronogram.com/TV and let us know what you think. The suggestion box is open”
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