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Women Take Center Stage in Museums This Year

As we’re coming out of the pandemic, 2021 appears to be a year dedicated to women in the arts as several museums and art centers in Europe and the United States are hosting programs devoted to female artists, far too long left out of the history books.

Hedda Sterne, Chandelier, 1945, oil on canvas, 38 in. x 32 in. Source: The Hedda Sterne Foundation

When speaking with art historians and scholars, the often-cited reasons that left women behind were: they had no access to education, they were living reclusive lives and did not have as much access to sources of inspiration as men, women painters were not accepted in art shows and museums, they also did not sign their paintings, and finally they were deliberately left out.  

In recent years books were written to correct that, including The Trouble with Women Artists by Laure Adler and Camille Vieville, published in 2019, and Broad Strokes by Bridget Quinn, published in 2017. They provide a wider perspective on the significant achievements and contributions made by women in the arts.

Earlier this year the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam included for the first time ever works by women artists in the Gallery of Honor, alongside works by 17th century Dutch Golden Age masters such as Rembrandt, Vermeer, and Frans Hals. Paintings by Judith Leyster, Gesina ter Borch, and Rachel Ruysch are now exhibited in the Gallery of Honor as a move by the Museum to highlight women’s contribution to Dutch cultural history.  

Musée du Luxembourg in Paris is hosting the exhibition “Peintres Femmes 1780 – 1830”, which includes seventy paintings by forty female painters, most notably Élisabeth Vigée Le Brun and Adélaïde Labille-Guiard, both members of the famous l’Académie Royale de Peinture et de Sculpture (the precursor of the Louvre Museum), and Marguerite Gérard, the sister-in-law of Jean-Honoré Fragonard. Curated by Martine Lacas, the exhibition can also be explored virtually. 


Élisabeth Vigée Le Brun, Self-Portrait with Straw Hat, 1872, oil on canvas, 38.50 in. x 27.75 in. Source: Wikipedia

Centre Pompidou is hosting the exhibition “Women in Abstraction” featuring one hundred and six artists, and more than five hundred works dating from the 1860s to the 1980s in various disciplines. Included in this exhibition are works by Louise Bourgeois, Barbara Hepworth, Verena Loewensberg, and many others. Centre Pompidou is also hosting an online class through June this year, free of charge, titled Elles font l’art and presenting a different history of modern art, one that focuses on women artists in the 20th and 21st centuries. This class is held in French.   

In New York, of course, there is a long tradition of women being active in the art world going back to Sarah Cole, the sister of Thomas Cole, founder of the Hudson River School of Painting (Luminism); Georgia O’Keeffe (Modernism) – married to photographer Alfred Stieglitz, O’Keeffe enjoyed painting Lake George where she vacationed extensively; and Hedda Sterne (Surrealism), who was married to The New Yorker cartoonist Saul Steinberg – both Sterne and Steinberg were born in Bucharest but met in New York.

In 2019 the exhibition “Hilma af Klint: Paintings for the Future” hosted by Guggenheim attracted more than 600,000 attendees, becoming the museum’s most visited show in its 60-year history, according to Artsy. This year, The Metropolitan Museum of Art is hosting “Alice Neel: People Come First”, a retrospective that positions Neel as a radical painter, champion of social justice. 

Art in the Catskills has consistently featured works by women artists who have maintained studios in the Catskill Mountains including Amy Masters, Ann Lee Fuller, Ellen Wong, Helene Manzo, June Lanigan, Lisbeth Firmin, Molly Rausch, and many others.

 See below Gallery of selected works.  

Longyear Gallery Turns 7

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Longyear Gallery, an artist-run cooperative founded in 2007 by Helene and Frank Manzo, celebrated its seventh anniversary this past Saturday. Helene, who graduated from Pratt Institute with a MFA in Art, has been a member of Blue Mountain Gallery in New York City since the 1980s. Seven years ago, when she and her husband photographer Frank Manzo purchased the Commons Building in Margaretville, they thought that it would be a great idea to have an artist-run cooperative right here in the Catskills.

Seven years later most of the artists originally affiliated with the gallery are still members: Ellen Wong, Margaret Leveson, Ann Lee Fuller, Alix Travis, Tom Rapin, Ros Welchman, Patrice Lorenz and others.

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The gallery has one opening reception per month: there is space dedicated to group shows, and also a bigger space for solo artists. Ann Lee Fuller’s “Storytellers” exhibit was on display this past Saturday. Fuller’s show included thirty-eight paintings – a bird as an observer in what seemed to be abstract design alluding to various moods and changes in nature. Fuller was on site last Saturday, and signed her newly released photo book based on “Storytellers” show.

Later this month Ellen Wong will open an exhibit of her newly painted plein airs called “The Road Show.” Alix Travis will have an exhibit from October 24 through November 17, and Frank Manzo from November 21 through December 15. Every year in December Longyear has a Holiday Group Show – this year the holiday reception will take place on December 20.

The gallery is open year round Friday, Sunday and Monday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and also by appointment. For more information, visit http://www.longyeargallery.org.

Weekend in the Catskills – 9/12/14

Banner - Copy A September weekend filled with art in the Catskills: an art book reception at Longyear Gallery in Margaretville, a multi-media opening reception at the Opera House in Hudson, an art show at the Angeloch Gallery in Woodstock, and a screening of “To Be Forever Wild” in the Wulff Gallery at the Catskill Fly Fishing Center in Livingston Manor. Also, the “Woodstock Nights” event takes place Friday evening, as it always does on the second Friday of the month. Once again, plenty to do for art lovers this weekend in the Catskills!

Longyear Gallery

Longyear Gallery in Margaretville celebrates its seventh anniversary this Saturday, September 13 from 3 to 6 pm with a “Seven Year Itch” party, and a book signing reception. Artist Ann Lee Fuller will be signing her newly released photo book “Storytellers,” based on her paintings currently on display at Longyear. For more information about this event, go to http://www.longyeargallery.org/.     

Hudson Opera House

Artist Zach Gross is having an opening reception at the Opera House in Hudson this Saturday, September 13 from 5 to 7 pm. The show includes photographs, paintings, photograms and a video by Gross, who is internationally known for his portrait, fashion and landscape photography. For more information, go to http://hudsonoperahouse.org/2014/07/12/zach-gross-september-13-october-19/. To find more about Gross, go to zachgross.com.

Angeloch Gallery

Also, this Saturday, September 13, from 3 to 5 pm The Woodstock School of Art and The Historical Society of Woodstock present “SELDOM SEEN” at the Angeloch Gallery in Woodstock. “SELDOM SEEN” is an exhibit of 63 paintings from the collection of The Historical Society of Woodstock selected by Susana Torruella Leva. The show also includes drawings and prints by artists associated with the Woodstock colony, works that span throughout most of the 20th century. The show can be previewed here. For more information, go to http://myemail.constantcontact.com/SELDOM-SEEN–Art-from-the-Historical-Society-of-Woodstock.html?soid=1103011793515&aid=Jdqw_lAhbXo.

Catskill Fly Fishing Center  

Catskill Fly Fishing Museum in Livingston Manor is hosting the screening of “To Be Forever Wild,” a documentary about the Catskill Mountains, this Saturday, September 13 at 7 pm in the Wulff Gallery. If you visit the Fly Fishing Museum this weekend, also look for its permanent exhibitions documenting the history of fly fishing in the Catskills. More information at http://www.catskillflyfishing.org/exhibits/.

Woodstock Nights

The second Friday of the month it’s the “Woodstock Nights,” an event meant to get people to stroll and shop in Woodstock, while enjoying music performances and artists shows on the street, in shops and in restaurants. Classical pianist Peter Cody and jazz performers Robert Darnell and Elena Batt will be performing this evening at the Kleinart / James Center on Tinker Street from 6:30 to 8:30 pm. For more information, go to http://www.woodstocknights.com/.

Also, Dia:Beacon gallery in Beacon is having an Artist Talk this Saturday, September 13 at 2 pm, The Beacon Indie Film Festival opens tonight at the University Settlement Camp theatre, and Pine Hill Community Center is hosting its quarterly Cabaradio program this Saturday, September 13 at 6 pm.

Have a fabulous weekend in the Catskills!

Weekend in the Catskills – 8/29/14

Labor Day weekend in the Catskills: it’s filled with art!

Tonight at 5 pm Orphic Gallery in Roxbury opens a new show: “Rock Seen,” featuring the musical photography of Bob Gruen, an artist known internationally for his work documenting the Rock and Roll music world. From Orphic Gallery: “Rock Seen contains photographs from all stages of Bob’s extraordinary career from Bob Dylan’s groundbreaking electric performance at the Newport Folk Festival to Green Day in New York City in 2002.  Included in the exhibit are concert photos ranging from Elton John at Carnegie Hall to Sid Vicious at The Longhorn Ballroom, and behind the scenes images of John & Yoko, Mick Jagger, David Bowie, Tina Turner, Keith Richards and Alice Cooper with Salvador Dali, all in highly candid moments.” The gallery will also have for sale three books by Gruen – John Lennon: The New York YearsNew York Dolls (with a pink spandex cover), and Rock Seen. The artist will be onsite tonight, and will autograph his books. For more information, go to orphicgallery.com.

Longyear Gallery in Margaretville also has an opening reception this weekend: “Storytellers,” a show featuring thirty-eight works of mixed media on panel by artist Ann Lee Fuller. “I am not an abstract painter, so I let the paint tell me where to go, often combining traditional brushwork and paint glazing with unique crumpled paper brushes and paint dripping. The pieces are not as much about the subject as they are studies of color and form, and surprise,” says Fuller. The show opens tomorrow, Saturday, August 30 at 3 pm, and runs through September 22. For more information, go to longyeargallery.org. For more information about Ann Lee Fuller, go to http://annleefuller.blogspot.com/.

Every year over the Labor Day weekend, West Kortright Center (WKC), which is located in a Greek Revival church in East Meredith, organizes an art fair that brings together the community: a silent auction, baked goods, and folk music are among the most popular attractions. This year, which marks the fair’s ninth anniversary, music will be provided by Mike + Ruthy, Blues Maneuver, and Tumbleweed Highway. For more information about the fair, go to http://westkc.org/event/2014-west-kortright-fair/.

Since 1982 the Woodstock – New Paltz Arts & Crafts Fair has been taking place at the Ulster County Fairgrounds in New Paltz twice a year: Memorial Day weekend in May, and Labor Day weekend, in late August, early September. This year the Labor Day fair takes place Saturday, August 30, Sunday, August 31, and Monday, September 1 with over 250 participating artists and crafters from all over the country. Catskill Mountain Artisan Guild exhibitors will offer a variety of products: soap, candles, jewelry, pottery, furniture and many others. For more information, go to http://quailhollow.com.

Another weekend, another art studio tour in the Catskills / Hudson Valley area. This weekend, the seventh annual Art Studio Views tour takes place in northern Dutchess County – Hyde Park, Rhinebeck, Red Hook, Tivoli and surrounding areas. Nineteen artists in all media – ceramics, sculpture, painting, photography, and mixed media – will open their studios Saturday, August 30, and Sunday, August 31 from 11 am to 5 pm. For information about participating artists, maps, brochures, and a virtual tour visit http://artstudioviews.com/.

And, there is a lot more going on in the Catskills this weekend: The Iroquois Indian Museum in Schoharie County celebrates its 33rd Annual Iroquois Indian Festival this weekend, Belleayre Music Festival presents Brooklyn @ Belleayre show Saturday, August 30 at 6 pm, and the town of Roxbury in Delaware County is having a blast Sunday, August 31 from 4 to 9 pm: fireworks are scheduled at 8:30 pm in Kirkside Park (see info here).

Labor Day 2014

 

Have a great weekend in the Catskills!