Riverside Galleries, Garrison Art Center, 2 Opening Exhibitions: "Some Stories" Melinda Stickney & "BassWood Bodies" Victoria Thorson

The Riverside Galleries at Garrison Art Center in Garrison, New York, announces Two Exhibition Openings, August 11 - September 9, 2018 with a public reception for the artists on Saturday, August 11 from 5 -7pm.

The artists include Melinda Stickney-Gibson and Victoria Thorson.

 Melinda Stickney-Gibson,  Smooch ,  60 x 80 inches

Melinda Stickney-Gibson, Smooch,  60 x 80 inches

Melinda Stickney-Gibson's paintings and painted “tapestries”  involve a diaristic, personal and often graphic approach. Her paintings and sculptural pieces literally incorporate tiny bits of writing from her own journals, favorite fragments of writing by others and universal words such as “yes," “maybe," “no?," “her,” “ummm….,” etc. This aspect of the work is absolutely in relationship to her longtime love of the physical act of painting and her visceral love of the paint itself.

One work that will be featured in the exhibition is LOSING LARSEN C, a painting that is a personal commentary on a gigantic ancient ice cap, named Larsen C, which is rapidly losing mass.

Stickney-Gibson has been living and working as an artist in New York for over 25 years. In addition to painting, she creates sculptural work incorporating steel, glass, concrete and wire often resting on steel wall-mounted ledges or installed on the floor itself.

 Melinda Stickney-Gibson,  Losing Larsen C

Melinda Stickney-Gibson, Losing Larsen C

Victoria Thorson’s sculptures tread a line between recognizable form and pure abstraction. She has been seduced by basswood. Its softness of touch when smooth, evokes the human body. Starting with lumber or recycled wood, Thorson sees potential shapes and feels her way along the cracks, knots and grain, following the lines of energy. She carves and refines to create slits of light between masses and discovers abstract forms to express life’s silences and vibrations.

Her work is often anchored by a re-purposed metal industrial find that is the right weight, proportion and aesthetic to be part of the piece, not a separate base. Most pieces can rotate 360 degrees or swing out to recompose, while the initial core and plumb line stay intact. This exhibition will also feature several ceramics Thorson created in the 90s working with sculptor Peter Gourfain, who taught her to sharpen a wood tool and cut clear planes when the clay was right to the touch. Gallery visitors will see the evolution as Thorson brought her fluid form-language from clay to wood.

 Victoria Thorson,  05 Red Surge     
  
   
  
    
  
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Victoria Thorson, 05 Red Surge

 Victoria Thorson,  08 Bosnia Wood 1

Victoria Thorson, 08 Bosnia Wood 1

Two Exhibition Openings:
Some Stories, Melinda Stickney-Gibson and BassWood Bodies, Victoria Thorson

August 11 – September 9, 2018
Public reception for the artists: Saturday, August 11, 5-7pm

The Riverside Galleries at Garrison Art Center
23 Garrison’s Landing
Garrison, NY 10524
845-424-3960
www.garrisonartcenter.org

4 Outdoor Kitchens - Beautiful Designs that Enhance our Outdoor Living!

Original Posting: On the Drawing Board, July 2018
Newsletter, Crisp Architects
Author: James Crisp, Crisp Architects Blog

"Nothing says summertime like cooking and eating in an outdoor kitchen"

It is the best of both worlds, in that you are outside with friends and family, and the cook can be part of the fun.  We have designed outdoor kitchens that are simple and have just a built-in grill, as well as fully furnished outdoor kitchens that rival their indoor cousins. While an indoor kitchen may be more practical for year-round cooking, it cannot compete with the feeling of cooking a great meal outdoors on a beautiful day. (We worked with Conte and Conte Landscape Architects on this project)

Kitchen One - Pool House Kitchen

 Pool House Outdoor Kitchen

Pool House Outdoor Kitchen

 
 This pool house outdoor kitchen works as a place to cook outdoors while enjoying the pool and a place for guests to enjoy a quick bbq.

This pool house outdoor kitchen works as a place to cook outdoors while enjoying the pool and a place for guests to enjoy a quick bbq.

Kitchen Two - Full Outdoor Kitchen

 Full Outdoor Kitchen

Full Outdoor Kitchen

 This full outdoor kitchen is complete with fireplace.

This full outdoor kitchen is complete with fireplace.

Kitchen Three - Free-Standing, Covered Outdoor Kitchen

 This Free-Standing, Covered Outdoor Kitchen is a destination in itself with a pizza oven and a full kitchen to create amazing meals by the pool.

This Free-Standing, Covered Outdoor Kitchen is a destination in itself with a pizza oven and a full kitchen to create amazing meals by the pool.

 The working side of this outdoor kitchen.

The working side of this outdoor kitchen.

Kitchen Four - Kitchen Below the Bedroom

 We set this kitchen into a stone hillside below a guest bedroom. The bedroom has a walkout porch that includes a stone chimney and a great view of the woods beyond.

We set this kitchen into a stone hillside below a guest bedroom. The bedroom has a walkout porch that includes a stone chimney and a great view of the woods beyond.

 The outdoor kitchen is covered and not too far from the main kitchen.

The outdoor kitchen is covered and not too far from the main kitchen.

Photography by Rob Karosis

Garrison Art Center in Collaboration with Magazzino Italian Art Presents Remo Salvadori, Marco Bagnoli, Domenico Bianchi, Saturday, March 10, 2018

This is a special collaborative curated opportunity with Magazzino Italian Art to experience selected works from these artists on exhibit at The Riverside Galleries at Garrison Art Center. The exhibition will be on view March 10 -April 8, 2018, with an opening reception on Saturday, March 10 from 5 - 7pm.
 

   
  
   
  
    
  
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   Domenico Bianchi (b. 1955),  Untitled  2013, Watercolor on paper, 14 x 9 1/4 inches

Domenico Bianchi (b. 1955), Untitled 2013, Watercolor on paper, 14 x 9 1/4 inches

Remo Salvadori, born in 1947 in Cerreto Guidi, near Vinci in the province of Florence,  currently lives and works in Milan. Salvadori’s important solo exhibitions include those at the Fondazione Querini Stampalia, Venice (2005); Centro per l’Arte Contemporanea Luigi Pecci, Prato (1997); Magasin,Centre National d’Art Contemporain, Grenoble (1991); and the Italian Cultural Institute and The Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto (1987).

Marco Bagnoli, born in 1949 in Empoli, has long been a presence at major international exhibitions including the Venice Biennial (1982, 1993, 1997), Documenta in Kassel (1982 and 1992) and Sonsbeek in Arnhem (1986).

Domenico Bianchi, born in 1955 in Rome, lives and works there today. Bianchi attended the city’s Accademia di Belle Arti, and at age 22 made his debut with a solo exhibition at Salvatore Ala Gallery in New York. In the years that followed, his work was shown at the Galerie Swart in Amsterdam, Yvon Lambert in Paris, Gian Enzo Sperone in Rome and New York, LA Louver Gallery in Los Angeles and Galleria Christian Stein in Turin and Milan.

The materials utilized by Marco Bagnoli, Domenico Bianchi and Remo Salvadori do not stray far from the commonplace pre-industrial objects that defined the “poor art” movement, but these pieces seem to transcend - adding allusions to the spiritual, the cosmic and the soul.

 

 

 

This exchange is the first between the two Hudson Valley arts organizations. Garrison Art Center and Magazzino Italian Art are dedicated to promoting the exhibition and enjoyment of art through educational and cultural experiences. This exhibition will feature select works on loan from the Nancy Olnick and Giorgio Spanu Collection. Olnick and Spanu founded Magazzino Italian Art, which opened in 2017, and is home to one of the most comprehensive collections of Post-war Italian Art and Design in the United States.

Salvadori, Bagnoli and Bianchi represent the next generation, following the Arte Povera movement, and are examples of the artistic talent flourishing in Italy today. These three artists were featured during the Magazzino Italian Art inaugural season. This exhibition at Garrison Art Center is an opportunity to view additional works by these prominent contemporary artists.

Garrison Art Center Presents Remo Salvadori, Marco Bagnoli and Domenico Bianchi in Collaboration with Magazzino Italian Art
March 10 through April 8, 2018
OPENING RECEPTION: March 10, 5-7pm

Garrison Art Center
23 Garrison’s Landing
Garrison, NY 10524
845-424-3960
www.garrisonartcenter.org

Writer Residency in Paris Accepting Applications for its Summer Term, July 1 - August 31, 2018

The Georgia Fee Artist | Writer Residency | Paris is accepting applications for its 2018 Summer Term.

The Residency provides recipient with:

  • A classic Parisian courtyard apartment/studio in the 15th arrondissement for 2 months
  • Travel to and from Paris
  • $1000/month stipend

Deadline: March 19, 2018.  Apply here

  The Georgia Fee Artist | Writer Residency

The Georgia Fee Artist | Writer Residency was established in memory of ArtSlant’s Founder, Georgia Fee, who passed away December 8, 2012. Georgia was dedicated to supporting and investing in artists and writers and had a deep connection with the city of Paris.

The Residency selects artists and writers who critically engage with the city of Paris, its history and its potential. It provides an opportunity for awardees to explore the cultural landscape of the city, to deepen their practice through experimentation and research and to increase exposure of their work to an international audience.

Visual artists of all mediums, art writers, and critics, 24 years or older are welcome to apply.

Selection is made based on the merit of past work, the potential for future success, the ability to independently develop new work and the proposed project’s relevance to the city of Paris. Recipients will be required to produce a serial, web-based component (blog, visual essay, hyper-textual experiment, etc.) which will be hosted on ArtSlant.com.

Deadline: March 19, 2018 - Apply here

Pergola Designs that Enhance your Outdoor Experience - 7 Perfect Pergolas

Original Posting: On the Drawing Board, February 2018
Newsletter, Crisp Architects
Author: James Crisp, Crisp Architects Blog

 Pergola on Stone Terrace

Pergola on Stone Terrace

"I love pergolas. They give shade and add detail and interest to any structure although, I have to admit, there is no pergola which is perfect for all situations."

We sometimes create free-standing pergolas, however most are connected to a home or outbuilding. Materials for posts and beams can either match the larger structure or be completely different creating a contrast. If plants are allowed and encouraged to grow over the structure, care should be taken to choose durable materials and finishes. If the pergola is to be painted, vines may need to be cut back for maintenance.

When designing a pergola, it is critically important that the structure be able to withstand the loads of vines covered with ice or snow as-well-as the forces created by crosswinds. We always have an engineer check our designs for structural capacity in the worst weather.

In addition to providing shade, a pergola can create an entrance or emphasize a path.  A garden entry is a perfect spot for the perfect pergola.

 Dining Pergola

Dining Pergola

 Pool House Pergola

Pool House Pergola

 Vine Covered Pergola

Vine Covered Pergola

 Outdoor Dining Pergola

Outdoor Dining Pergola

 Pool Pergola

Pool Pergola

 Twin Pool House Pergolas

Twin Pool House Pergolas

Photography by Rob Karosis