“Art Murphy Unearths Ageless Beauty in His Photography” is a feature article in the Spring issue of Kaatskill Life Magazine. Art, a WAAM member, was interviewed for the story by Robert Titus (aka “The Catskills Geologist”). An eight page spread of Art’s fossil images accompany the interview. Kaatskill Life can be found on newsstands and in bookstores throughout the area.

Woodstock Museum Collection Explored In ‘Case Studies’ Exhibit

Ault Sunlight and Mist 1911

An article in the Newtown Bee Arts & Antiques journal, a weekly with an impressive
circulation to the art and antique collectors and dealers.

Woodstock, N.Y. :The Woodstock Artists Association & Museum presents “Case Studies: Works from the Permanent Collection by George C. Ault, Marion Greenwood and Ezio Martinelli,” on view through June 10. ”

See complete article here: Antiques and the Arts Online

See also the Exhibition description on our website:

Case Studies: current exhibition in the Towbin Museum Wing

WAAM website: WAAM



Woodstock and its history are mentioned in American Profile; see here: WAAM in the news:Regional from PC

If wishes were fishes…
by Paul SmartWe undertook a truly informal holiday-themed survey of the local arts community, both inside and outside town borders, asking where people would like to show their work over the coming year, both locally and beyond. As an addendum, we also asked what else our arts community might be wishing for during 2010, both aesthetically and otherwise.As can be expected, the answers, as well as accompanying art work, run the gamut.Also, as should be anticipated, we missed some folks not in our usual Internet orbit and will more than welcome further thoughts and wishes, from both artists and non-artists, over the coming issues.In no particular order…

Painter Loel Barr spoke about how much she’s enjoyed showing in local art spaces since moving to Saugerties almost six years ago.

“Although I would like to expand my artistic territory, I want to continue to support and be supported by all these wonderful local venues,” she wrote. “I would relish the opportunity to be represented by a commercial gallery and develop a relationship with it….there are some great ones nearby: Chace Randall in Andes, Carl van Brunt in Beacon, Carrie Haddad, Albert Shahinian. Of course it would be grand to be associated with a gallery in The City, and I’d love to show in Washington DC, where I lived for many years before moving here…Oh, and a show at MOMA would be nice.”

Sculptor Nancy Azara noted her upcoming show in New York’s Chelsea art district, which she wishes to sell out, and wishes not only for a show of her work at the Museum of Modern Art, but an entire “floor for women artists (to make reparations for past injustices) that Jerry Saltz had been writing about at length in 2009 in Facebook.” Plus, an actually-planned show in the works at the Pompidou in Paris and, “peace for our battered world.”

Pat Horner also noted how she would love to show at MOMA and the Pompidou, as well as the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center at Vassar or the Hessel Museum at Bard.

“My holiday wish for all artists in 2010 would be for them to attempt to raise consciousness in their viewers, pushing their own boundaries, challenging their own pre-set aesthetic ideals,” she added, “And strive to reach their own and others soul.”

“I would like to show at Carrie Haddad in Hudson, the Tang Museum in Saratoga, Site in Santa Fe, and somewhere fun in Holland,” tossed in Christy Rupp, newly moved into a new space in Saugerties and working up a new body of work based on our growing drilling nightmares. “I am hoping that gas drilling will be banned in NYS due to the hazardous legacy of contaminated land and water. I am hoping that Obama will stop Mountain Top Removal, and that Coal River Mountain in West Virginia will realize its green potential and become a wind farm, instead of a pile of dead rubble. And that somehow we can put the brakes on Carbon emissions.”

Bronson Eden, of Phoenicia (and formerly New York’s East Village) noted how he likes to show in galleries “that can sell my work” with recent successes at Renee Darmstadt’s Cornell Street Studios in Midtown Kingston, the Varga Gallery, the Arts Upstairs in Phoenicia and Alan Fliegel’s store, 60 Main, also in Phoenicia. “As far as holiday wishes go, why not wish for a pony? Don’t we all?” he posited, with jolly humor. “I wish for peace and justice for every man, woman, child, and critter in the ever-lovin’ universe! And best wishes to universal Life, from slime to sublime!”

Ellen Nieves, known for her landscapes but recently ensconced in a series of ecological self portraits, wants to be in MOMA’s drawings and prints division while painter Darla Bjork wants to show at the Kleinert, in town, and the New Museum in New York City…plus a completed Health Care bill. Norm Magnusson says that for 2010, “I would like to have a show in my home town, Woodstock” while, for 2011, he wants to show his “After the 11th” body of work ( at either the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum in CT or the Grey Art Gallery in NYC for the 10th anniversary of 9/11. Plus, “To be back at the easel where I would create a new body of work, each one a perfect balance of beauty and meaning.” Similarly, painter Bill Mead, “Just wants to put a brush to canvas again” once he finished his current omebuilding project which has “been all consuming and interiors walls are the only thing I’m painting… I am, in effect, taking what appears to be a year long hiatus.”

Speaking of new studios, Jenny Nelson noted how she was “blessed to have three new galleries that will be showing my work this year. I could not have wished for more! It must be because we just finished my new home studio… The first studio I have ever had that was truly mine.” She added how, “Aesthetically, this is extremely exciting, as I can paint continuously without the disruption of moving, and this means a whole new way of approaching the paintings. I can’t wait to see what comes out!

Multimedia artist Meredith Rosier mentioned the Foundation Maeght in Saint Paul, France as a place where, “As a child I would stand curbside in the parking area and show arrivals my drawings. I admire the intimacy the Maeght offers in which one can view artistic expression. I would like to see my drawings there, in that intimate setting.” Her husband and fellow artist Frank D’Astolfo added how, “As my family is from Abruzzi, Italy, I would be most pleased to exhibit my work at the Rizziero Arte Gallery in Pescara, a seaside Italian city on the Adriatic coast.”

“I wish for a less objectified world, where holistic and more spiritually infused art is valued. I wish for art that values humanity, the animal nature, and the survival and health of the planet, and does not see a discrepancy between the animal and human spirit,” noted Jan Harrison of Kingston, who wants to have a solo exhibition of a new series of works on paper, “The Corridor Series,” as well as a retrospective in the coming year… at either The Brooklyn Museum, White Box, The Drawing Center, the Kleinert/James Art Center or various overseas (or Hudson) galleries.

Rick Pantell and Karen Whitman, already known locally for their city successes in printmaking circles, want to show at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and MOMA, plus solo shows at The Museum of The City of New York and The New York Historical Society, on Whitman’s part (plus The Dorsky at SUNY New Paltz), while Pantell has eyes on the British Museum in London (and the Dorsky as well). In erms of other wishes, Whitman wanted a larger studio while Pantell noted how, “Back in the 50’s there was an episode on Superman on which a scientist invented a way of dialing a phone number and you could instantaneously travel to the location of that number. I would like one of those devices so that I can spend less time riding on the bus in order to teach my two mornings a week down in the city.”

The collage landscapist Mariella Bisson notes how lucky she feels to show with Elena Zang Gallery “and couldn’t ask for more than that in Woodstock” but would also love to show at the Dorsky Museum…as well as The Drawing Center and The Painting Center in New York…Plus her dream show “in the work on paper corridor at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. and a project space installation of walls covered in collage landscapes at MOMA.”

“I am looking forward to spending the next year in the studio in research and development of sorts, and I hope to be getting feedback from some of the many artists, writers, and visionaries that I feel so fortunate to be in community with in the Hudson Valley,” noted Heather Hutchinson of Woodstock, coming off a successful year with shows in the city and Dorsky, as well as several major art fairs.

“Every artist I know wishes for something career wise that they don’t have. And as artists we often do seem particularly unhappy with our lot. It’s all relative,” added the painter Joan Snyder, one of our region’s most successful artists. “On the work front I continually wish for and struggle for breakthroughs to new places, new horizons, new clarity. The symphony might be in my head, how to get it down on canvas is the challenge.”

Wendy Drolma, nee Klein – known for her maskmaking as well as her sculptures and more recent forays int drawing, is currently pushing into installations… also pushing process over performance for the moment, as it were.

Gay Leonhardt, of Willow, wants a retrospective “that is about being a real artist who did not hustle and play the game to be a real artist in the real art world. I’d call the show, ‘An Entire Art Career in the Dark.'” Among created objects, she noted, she’d love to exhibit “my various versions of resumes that incorporated shaking Andy Warhol’s hand (yes, it’s true! And he was very shy.) and art moments not about my work, and my more existential books on erasing and one image with a text that reads, ‘she went out to serve out her fate,'” maybe at The Met “with a show at Pace Wildenstein at the same time.” Locally, she’s interested in filling up “one of the many empty storefronts in Kingston or another nearby town…Aesthetically, I wish for more guerrilla art: My own and others,” Leonhardt added. “Art on the thruway toll booths, on sidewalks everywhere, in shopping plazas (are they plazas?) In cars, in the spaces between buildings, You name it.”

Somewhat similarly, Sam Sebren of Athens, fresh from the burgeoning new installation seen blossoming in Newark, New Jersey, would “like to make every single billboard a place for art instead of advertising… the outdoor media companies could perhaps fund the project, thereby creating & supporting a landscape that is more joyful & thought-provoking to balance out the brain-deadening mediocrity that pollutes our eyes the rest of the year.” Sebren added how he’s “also like to see every town with empty storefronts invite artists to come do installations as they do each year in Ellenville or over in North Adams. Do that everywhere. From Newburgh to Troy.” But he’d also like more recognition for his own work, seen locally a few years back in the old Ulster County jail as part of the Kingston Sculpture Biennial, as well as “a peaceful world where we use our intelligence more wisely & less destructively both for ourselves & for our planet. Healthcare for all would be a nice place to start. And more emphasis on the arts in schools… Art is for everyone. It feeds our collective soul. Laugh & love as much as possible.”

Photo montage artist Allen Bryan of Saugerties noted how, when asked about the coming year, he was in the process of mailing out a 24-page booklet introducing his “Comforts of Home” series to selected galleries and museum people. But he didn’t want to say to whom, for sake of any possible future embarrassment.

“Finding the right fit in the NYC gallery world is challenging. At 65 years of age – that looks so old in print – I’m technically classified as an ’emerging’ artist by art world definitions,” Bryan noted. “I think it means that I don’t have steady gallery representation nor appear in museum collections… The meter is running.”

Melissa Harris of Hurley, who makes most of her living from cards of her paintings, said by and large she’s been too focused on replenishing her stock to think of exhibitions beyond wanting to show at Carrie Haddad or maybe the Meyer-Munson Gallery in Santa Fe or the Courtyard Gallery in Mystic CT. And other wishes? A ticket for around the world travel, a new high end easel, a gift certificate for R & F encaustics, eight new private collectors for her work, a major publisher doing a retrospective art book of her work, a new high powered juicer, Lucky Chocalates, new music to paint by…”This coming year I will be working very hard to put together ‘Grace,’ my series of portraits of breast cancer survivors, says the photographer Isis, who noted currently applying for fiscal sponsorship. She’d like the work to show in galleries and museums..

“but also in hospitals, at breast cancer events, etc.”

Christie Scheele of Chichester, already showing all over the local area, hopes to have a museum show in the coming year…with two possiblities being the Queens Museum and the Tyler Museum in Texas, both of which acquired Scheele works in the past year. “I would also love to return to my old stomping grounds in Madrid for an exhibition, but I haven’t yet narrowed my search to a specific gallery,” she added. “Aesthically, I look forward to pursuing, this winter, more and larger pieces of my Affinity Series, which stray further away from any traditional notion of the landscape, into the realm of of pure invention.”

“I will be showing in NYC this spring which I am looking forward to. It will be at a cafe, Cafe Doma. I am very excited because cafes and restaurants are where I got my start exhibiting my work,” said the ever-busy Lora Shelley, who started lines of puppets and other populist multiples this past year. “I like the idea of showing in cafes. People can live with your art for the duration of a meal or a drink and get a good feel for it. It’s a very informal and warm way to get to experience art…My dream is to just continue to create and to find a place (or places) for my work to continue to connect with people. Whether that be in a gallery, magazine, children’s book or whatever. Connections can be found in strange places.”

Mary Anne Erickson has started returning to her Vanishing Roadside Americana paintings, and is looking outside of the local area to galleries in LA, London and NYC…with the fabled OK Harris her big aim. “Have actually spoken to them and they asked me to submit other work that I have as I create it, so who knows,” she wrote, also mentioning an upcoming exhibition at Posie Kiviat Gallery in Hudson, the region’s new cultural nexus in many ways. “That would be my dream!”

Anique Taylor of Phoenicia, who already shows regularly at Posie-Kiviat, had a very specific list of galleries and museums she’s wanting to show in, from New York’s Ricco Maresca Gallery and The Jewish Museum to “anyplace in Paris.” As for other wishes, “Creative facility & excellence, health, inspiration, joy, my dog’s health & longetvity, my roof’s longevity, intelligent caring responsible politicians for all countries.”

Wish-wise, Barr – who we started this all out with – added how, “Artwise, my wishes are that our culture would honor and respect the visual arts at least as much as it does popular entertainers and athletes; that our educational systems would realize the importance of art in enriching our humanity; that art institutions receive the support they need to flourish, and that artists could find abundant places to exhibit their work while receiving enough compensation that they could do what they love without fear of poverty…That’s a pretty big order,” she added, as if for everyone. “So until these wishes are granted, I’ll settle for a new box of crayons.”

Do we need, now, to assuage who’s been naughty, as well as who’s nice?++

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by Paul Smart       Rising MangaDante Kantor, Izzy Reed, and Zac Karis Crawford aren’t paying attention to either the quickly chilling weather about them, or the fact that two of their mothers are shepherding them inside for their first-ever artist interviews, on the campus of the Woodstock Day School they all attend.You see, the three are not only exhibiting artists ready to talk about their current show at the Woodstock Artists Association and Museum. They are mangaka, rising artists in the hot field of Manga, or Japanese-style cartooning.Zac, a 14-year old eighth grader, is the old-timer of the group, having taught the style, philosophy and form of the multi-billion dollar publishing (and artistic) genre to a host of local kids, including Kantor. He’s also in the midst of his first ever Manga book, set in and amongst Woodstock’s youngsters, called Peace.Reed, a 12-year old seventh grader from Saugerties, is becoming adept at classic characters, as well as some of her own. She, like Zac, got her start studying under local Manga legend Alex Wiltsie, who’s since gone on to college.

Kantor, a 10-year-old fifth grader, studied under Zac at one point, but has actually been drawing now almost as long as his one-time mentor and current peer. The show at WAAM, Manga x 3, is his third in town. He wonders aloud why it is folks still don’t get the spelling of his last name right, and still have to ask such simple questions about the art form he’s pinning his future on. At least for now.

Manga, for those not in the know yet, is the Japanese style of comic book art that built on older illustration styles but gained its current moment during the U.S. occupation following World War II. Most Americans are more familiar with the genre’s animated version, Anime, which gained greater traction stateside at first because it was easier to translate and distribute.

It’s largely a black-and-white form, with occasional colored pages, that utilizes specific stylizations, character types, and Japanese-style page layout means (right to left, versus our western left to right eye movements). It’s very visual, prone to darkness, yet also open to a myriad sub-genres, as Kantor is quick to point out.

At present, the format represents a nearly $4 billion worldwide industry, and has recently surpassed $200 million in U.S. publishing sales, including numerous “how to” books and videos.

So how’d Woodstock’s three budding masters get into it?

“I’ve been drawing since I could first pick up a pencil,” Zac says. “I was always watching Anime, reading and making comic books. I guess I started Manga when I was ten and then brought it with me when my family moved up here from the Jersey shore.”

Izzy says she first discovered the form at the Woodstock Library, started collecting books of it and eventually attended a Manga convention in New Jersey where she found herself completely bitten by the bug.

“My mom took us for the whole weekend,” she says of WAAM’s Education Director Beth Humphries. “There was an artist’s alley where everyone was showing off what they could do and plenty of cos play.”

Meaning costumed character play.

Dante started taking a class with Zac at the library, who remembers starting his first class on Halloween.

Taking a break from all the art talk, the three mangaka talk about the ghoulish holiday fast approaching.

Izzy’s headed to Columbia Beauty in Kingston to pick out costume materials after the interview, she says. Zac notes that “he’s taking a break” from trick-or-treating this year. Dante says his costume’s a secret, at least for now.

“Can I say ‘no comment?'” he asks, dead earnest.

Zac gets back to art history and how he started learning Manga technique from Wiltsie at Kathy Anderson’s local art school, where Izzy also started her Manga lessons. Both have been on their own over the past year or so.

Dante notes how he started off with books a couple of years before beginning studies with Zac. Mentions how he also managed to get an art show, at the library, before the others. But he’s still working on his own style, letting it all build.

“In western-style cartooning, such as Marvel and DC, the emphasis was always superheroes, while Japanese style was always more about genres,” Zac adds in.

“Genres and sub-genres and sub-sub and sub-sub-sub genres,” adds Dante, speaking about Ninjas, Samurai, futurist and romance/adventure works.

Zac adds how the legendary Stan Lee, of Marvel, was currently working with a Japanese Manga master, which had everyone in the U.S. excited for a breakthrough into the original Japanese market, and greater respectability for homegrown talent.

Did the local mangaka know about the other key comics creators in the area?

“I just draw. I really like working with characters from Naruto,” Izzy says of a contemporary Manga classic. “I’m also making up some of my own characters now; sorceresses, vampires, werewolves. A few ninjas. Fictional stuff that I float or place before classic backgrounds.”

Zac takes some time to explain what’s up with Peace, his Woodstock Manga.

“I’m hoping to be able to have it finished in a year. Good and evil are the essentials in the story, which I created first. Then I created characters, illustrate them, make thumbnails of the action, then the panels,” he says of his painstaking process. “It’s difficult. After you do the artwork you ink and shake the drawings, erase the sketchmarks, tone everything, then add the dialogue.”

He explains how everything in Peace is taking place throughout town, with much action around the Village Green. The main characters are Woodstock teenagers.

“I’ve been sort of putting off the dialogue,” he adds.

“Like Zac, I usually go through a traditional process with my work as well,” says Dante, describing a project he’s drawing, with his pal Ian Krause writing plot, characters and dialogue. “Our main character has no money and has to live in someone else’s garage. It takes place mostly in New York City.”

Dante considers his creation a moment, seriously, then smiles broadly.

“It’s nice because Ian’s family owns the chocolate store in Saugerties,” he adds. “Whenever we drop him off we get free fudge.”

All three artists talk about wanting to work in more realistic elements beyond the superheros of U.S. comic book style. Izzy notes how she, and all serious mangaka, draw on a daily basis.

“It’s hard to manage sometimes with homework,” Zac adds as the others nod, somberly. “All our notebooks are covered with our drawings.”

So who are their favorite characters, comics, and artists the three follow?

Zac speaks for everybody when he tells of Mashiro, a Manga about a teenager who aspires to be a great mangaka.

Are the three planning more shows, conventions, individual projects?

Izzy speaks of upcoming New Jersey events they want to visit, and a field trip being planned to one of the New York metro area’s giant Japanese supermarkets. All three note how they’d love to somehow get to Japan someday.

Dante speaks about how to really love Manga, you need to also love all things Japanese, from sushi and soba to pocky sticks and the language.

Most read the majority of the Manga that inspires them online. All speak longingly of the classic contemporary mangaka’s lifestyle, sleeping three hours a night so they can produce Manga 24/7, so publishers can have their full 20 pages of intricate artwork and storytelling a week.

“There’s really never been an American manga artist,” says Dante.

Zac adds how the Stan Lee collaboration is making homegrown success a possibility, at last. “It could happen,” says Izzy…

“We still have a bit of time,” throws in ten-year old Dante. “I’ve been planning it for years.”

In the meantime, how was the recent opening, and having an exhibit up in town?

“It felt great,” said Dante. “I had 50 comments in the book and only three were bad!”

“It was wonderful,” adds in Zac.

“A guy asked if I was selling my art work,” says Izzy, with a shy smile. “I’ve got to figure out some prices now.”

Ah, the work of budding mangaka!++

Manga x 3, featuring the work of Zac Crawford, Izzy Reed and Dante Kantor, is currently up through the first weekend in November in the Youth Exhibition Space gallery downstairs at the Woodstock Artists Association & Museum, 28 Tinker Street, just off the Green. For more on possible classes in the genre, contact WAAM or the Woodstock Library and request these masters.

For further information visit http://www.woodstockart,org or call 679-2940.

11 Pick 2, by Paul Smart

It’s the Tuesday after Columbus Day weekend and a line of artists is queuing up before tables in the main gallery at the Woodstock Artists Association and Museum. There’s a palpable excitement building amongst the venerable institution’s membership regarding the various exhibitions opening this coming Saturday, October 17. Parents and area kids are buzzing about the new show featuring some of the talented young Manga artists that have been coming up in the area. Active WAAM members are happy that their own Louis Schnackenberg will finally be able to assemble a collection of works for viewing. Fans of sculptor Shelley Parriott’s three dimensional color field work are wondering what she’ll do with a small works show she’s curating downstairs. Lisa DeLoria Weinblatt’s School Lunch paintings that will fill the upstairs solo gallery have won accolades for the award-winning artist elsewhere, and seem particularly apt given all the attention our schools have been getting of late. Most importantly, every seems geared up for the association’s first major exhibition of all living artists from the community in the Towbin Wing that’s usually dedicated to works from the WAAM Permanent Collection, 11 Pick 2. The exhibit seems to have folks aiming for more than wall space and a potential sale by clamoring to get into the new main gallery group show, Into the Mix: Mixed Media – being juried by Westchester County gallery owner Tim Thayer, of Eyebuzz Gallery in Tarrytown – as if it were an entry into eternity. What’s driving it all, now, is that 11 Pick 2 concept. According to WAAM’s description of the show, it is a first for the organization in this format, utilizing the Towbin. The idea is to celebrate 90 years of existence “with a special exhibition highlighting some of today’s most prominent members of the organization.” The idea is simple…and a reinstating of an older tradition that predates the Towbin and stretches back to the association’s earlier days. Eleven artists were selected by the WAAM membership earlier this year, via online survey votes, to exhibit their work. Each artist was then asked to pick out two additional artists to show with them, with the resulting exhibition featuring a total of 33 artists. The original eleven artists chosen were Bruce Ackerman, Bobby Blitzer, Eric Angeloch, Robert Angeloch, Don Ervin, Pat Horner, Bob Glassman, Lenny Kislin, Kate McGloughlin, Elin Menzies, and Nancy Summers. These artists then selected Barbara Bachner, Loel Barr, Elizabeth Broad, Tricia Cline, Bruce Currie, Frank D’Astolfo, Yale Epstein, Wilma Ervin, Staats Fasoldt, Franz Heigemeir, Marianne Heigemeir, Alex Kveton, Polly M. Law, Joan Lesikin, Vince Natale, Paula Nelson, Ze’ev Willy Neumann, Pia Oste-Alexander, Meredith Rosier, Richard Segalman, Williams & Russ, and Jean Young to show with them. Talk about an interesting mix of mediums, joined together by an overall sense of professional accomplishment and staid experimentation. It will be interesting, now, to see how it all hangs together and, most importantly, how it then plays off of the works chosen for the mixed media exhibition out front…and whether some repeats pop up between the two spaces. It will also be apt to notice whether Weinblatt’s paintings, a pictorial essay of contemporary student life derived from on-site drawings in real educational settings, end up appearing more or less contemporary than what’s on either side of her. Weinblatt, considered a contemporary narrative painter, as been showing regularly in a growing number of smaller regional museums around the country of late and works in an expressive, almost documentary fashion akin to the work many of WAAM’s classic artists of the 1930s and 1940s did throughout the Depression and War years for income. It all opens up 4 p.m.-7 p.m. Saturday, October 17 and stays up into November, except the 11 Pick 2 exhibition, which stays up in WAAM’s Towbin Wing until January 3, 2010. For further information on these shows, and the Woodstock Artists Association and Museum in general, stop by their galleries at 28 Tinker Street in the heart of Woodstock, visit or call 679-2940.


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